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May 13, 2013
Abortion Doctor Gosnell Guilty of Murder
American Family Association Applauds Verdict as a Victory for Women and Unborn Children

Making perhaps the biggest headlines in abortion news since Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was found guilty today of three counts of first degree murder. The long-awaited verdict took social media by storm and perhaps will change America’s perception of abortion clinics and their accountability. 

A jury of seven women and five men found Gosnell guilty after days of deliberations ended today. Gosnell was originally charged with four counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing four babies born alive in his West Philadelphia abortion clinic. He also faced charges for one count of third-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died in 2009 at the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic after Gosnell’s untrained and unlicensed staff administered a lethal dose of Demerol, an opioid pain reliever, then failed to provide emergency care when she stopped breathing during her abortion. 

Gosnell, 72, could receive the death penalty or life in prison for the charges. It was widely reported that Gosnell performed 40,136 abortions in his clinic from 1988 to 2009. 

“This guilty verdict is victory for unborn babies around the world—and their mothers,” said Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association. “No longer will we look at abortion as just another ‘simple procedure’ for the sake of convenience. In this case, abortion killed a 41-year-old woman with a full life ahead of her. But abortion kills so much more—human spirit, a child’s chance to grow up and flourish, and love that can blossom in family relationships. We hope and pray that this decision today will send a loud and clear message that abortion is wrong and it’s murder.” 

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. 

Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner. 

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as and that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. 

AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.


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