Fifth Abortion Clinic Worker Pleads Guilty to Murder
Facing up to 200 years in prison, Lynda Williams, a former employee of a West Philadelphia abortion clinic, pleaded guilty Nov. 9 to two counts of murder in exchange for a lesser sentence and her testimony against her boss, Kermit Gosnell, WORLD News Service reports. Williams, the fifth person to plead guilty out of 10 employees charged, admitted killing a viable newborn baby with a pair of scissors and participating in an abortion that ended with a woman being drugged to death in 2009. Maria Vitale of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation said the ongoing court cases against the clinic workers were adding fuel to SB 732, a state bill seeking to impose regulations on abortion clinics statewide, which was drafted in response to the conditions federal drug agents found at Gosnell's clinic during a raid last year. Gosnell's clinic had not been inspected in 17 years, and federal agents got involved when word spread that he was illegally distributing prescription drugs through the clinic. SB 732 has passed the state Senate and is now pending in the House of Representatives; legislators expect to have it on the governor's desk by the end of the year.