Killing Another Human – Criminal Homicide

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It is illegal to take the life of another, despite the prevailing circumstances it is called homicide. Homicides are all killings of humans which violate criminal laws including murder and manslaughter. The most serious criminal homicide is the first degree murder. This means that the killing was intentional and planned, the killer had enough time to form a conscious intent to kill. If someone planned on killing one victim, but accidentally killed someone else, the murder is still regarded as intentional. A first degree murder can also include “malice aforethought“, that means causing great bodily harm before killing a person.

knifeManslaughter means taking the life of a human without having a malicious intent or planning it. It is also called a reckless killing or a killing done in the heat of the moment. A manslaughter can be involuntary when the death occurs during a commission of a non-felony (i.e. reckless driving). Voluntary manslaughter includes killing in the heat of passion or while committing a felony.

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Kermit Gosnell: Accusation Of Illegal Late-term Abortions

A recent Wall Street Journal article written by Peter Loftus and Louise Radnofsky entitled: “Abortion Doctor Convicted of Murder in Baby Deaths”, reports that a Philadelphia abortion doctor was declared to be guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive.

The hot abortion debate was caused by a horrible case of 2009 when Kermit Gosnell, 72 years old, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 sedation-overdose death of a 41-year-old woman during an abortion procedure. Dr. Gosnell was found not guilty on a third-degree-murder charge in the woman’s death, and he was acquitted of first-degree murder of a fourth baby.

Dr. Gosnell can get the death penalty when the jury will return next week to reach its verdict on his case.

Opponents and supporters of abortion rights have seized on Dr. Gosnell’s case. Antiabortion activists, accusing Dr. Gosnell of the violence in terminating pregnancies, believe the issue of late-term abortions could influence Americans who support abortion rights. They believe there are at least some instances in which abortion should be illegal.

Other opinion accuses restrictive laws in Pennsylvania and many other states, where women with low-income have few possibilities to obtain quality care they need. That is why “inexpensive” Dr. Gosnell became so popular for poor and desperate women, despite his practice could be illegal, unethical and unsafe.

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