Speaking publicly for the first time since his conviction, Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell insisted that he is "spiritually innocent," despite being found guilty of snipping the necks of babies born alive during abortion procedures.
Gosnell, who was also convicted for one count of involuntary manslaughter and more than 200 counts of violating Pennsylvania's Abortion Control Act, told Philadelphia magazine that he believes he was serving the best interests of his community.
"In an ideal world, we'd have no need for abortion," he said. "But bringing a child into the world when it cannot be provided for, that there are not sufficient systems to support, is a greater sin. I considered myself to be in a war against poverty, and I feel comfortable with the things I did and the decisions I made."
Gosnell argued that his conviction was motivated by religion.
"I have come to believe that the presumption of guilt was compounded by religious convictions," Gosnell said. " ... Were you aware that Seth [Williams, Philadelphia's district attorney] was an altar boy? Did you know of the strong Catholic presence in the homicide division?"
Gosnell sent Philadelphia magazine writer Steve Volk 12 letters, more than 50 emails, more than two dozen phone calls and a couple of poems.
One poem, titled "Abortion Providers," is dated April 2013:
Are Labeled Killers!
Not Physicians, Oathed To Heal
Lest We Forget,
What Chance Have Those?
Those Without The Support
Of Their Parents
Their Societies ...
Without Sufficient Support
Stumble Into Drugs
Into Mental Illness
Into Institutions ... And ...
Languish in Jails ...
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