Reaction to the guilty verdict of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted of murdering three babies born alive in his clinic, was swift Monday from Christian and pro-life leaders, who while applauded justice being served in Gosnell's case, said there are many more abortions and "Gosnell-like" atrocities to stop across the nation.
"The guilty charge of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, dethroned ruler of 'Gosnell's House of Horrors' may spark justice for more women and babies across America," said Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Gospel of Life Ministries. "Justice is served with this verdict, but injustice will continue unless we end abortion in this country. Gosnell was not the only abortionist who killed mothers and their born babies, he was just the one who got caught. Now we have to turn out attention to charging, trying and convicting others like him."
On Monday, Gosnell, 72, was acquitted in the fourth baby's death, but found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient. The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, reached a verdict on all 268 charges on the tenth day of deliberations. Gosnell now faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. A separate set of jurors will reconvene on May 21 to consider whether he should be executed. more >>
Onil and Pedro Castro, two brothers of accused Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, 52, who were fingered in connection with their brother's crimes, declared in a heart-wrenching interview over the weekend that their brother is now dead to them.
Last Monday, after nearly 10 years of captive living as sex slaves, Amanda Berry, 27, her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn and two other women, Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were rescued from Ariel's house in Cleveland Ohio by courageous neighbors.
The accused Castro is now in custody on $8 million bond and is facing four counts of kidnapping and three of rape. The prosecutor in the case has also vowed to seek murder charges against him for forcing the abortion of several pregnancies. more >>
Reported cases of priest abuse from last year have been the lowest since 2004, according to an annual compliance audit of Roman Catholic Church dioceses in the United States.
In 2012, there were six credible cases of abuse found of 34 claims, with 15 of those allegations still under investigation, reported the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
The audit itself was performed by StoneBridge Business Partners, a multinational organization founded in 1994, on behalf of CARA. more >>
Still riding a wave of cheers from the public for his role in the selfless and daring rescue of three young women and a girl in Cleveland, Ohio, unflappable Internet sensation Charles Ramsey said media reports of domestic violence arrests in his past were teaching moments which helped him become the man he is today.
On Monday, Ramsey helped Amanda Berry, 27, her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, escape from a house where they were being held captive as sex slaves for almost 10 years.
His star began its meteoric rise after several animated media interviews he gave about the rescue went viral across social media. Subsequent to those interviews, however, a number of websites revealed information on three separate domestic violence arrests involving Ramsey's ex-wife recorded between 1997 and 2003. more >>
There were rumors. A naked woman had reportedly been roaming the backyard and someone had glimpsed a child staring from a window in the attic where no children supposedly lived. But inside the house at 2207 Seymour Ave., in Cleveland, Ohio, three captive young women and a child were desperately waiting to be freed from the horrors within.
On Monday, after nearly 10 years of captive living as sex slaves, Amanda Berry, 27, her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn and two other women, Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, were finally set free by shocked but courageous neighbors.
In a preliminary incident report noted by CNN on Thursday, the women detailed the horrors allegedly inflicted upon them by their captor, 52-year-old Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver, in his more than a century old 1,400-square-foot home. more >>
Twenty-one years ago Michael Rowe killed Wilfredo Colón. Today, Wilfredo's younger brother, Anthony, who was 15 at the time of the murder, is friends with Wilfredo's killer after forgiving him for the murder.
In 2006, Anthony Colón was visiting a friend who was serving time at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County, New York, when he recognized Rowe across the room. Colón got up, walked towards Rowe with an outstretched hand and a smile on his face, and said, "brother, I've been praying for you. I forgave you. I've been praying I would see you."
On June 13, 1992, 17-year-old Wilfredo Colón was shot thirteen times by three young men who were fighting over drug dealing turf. The corner on which he was shot was outside his family's apartment located at the East River Projects in Manhattan. Michael Rowe was one of those three men. Wilfredo was Anthony's older brother. more >>