Convicted Abortion Doctor Avoids Possible Death Sentence

PHILADELPHIA (May 14, 2013)—Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who were born alive, has agreed to give up his right to an appeal to avoid a possible death sentence.

The babies were delivered alive and then were killed with scissors, authorities said.

Gosnell gave up his appeal rights Tuesday, and prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age but Gosnell's advanced age made it unlikely that if he was sentenced to death that he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.

Gosnell will be formally sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts.

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