All murders are repugnant. But the most nauseating are those that result in deaths of newborns in abortion clinics. In what may be the most sickening case ever of murder in an abortion clinic occurred in Philadelphia where a doctor sank to a new low in murder.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies who authorities say were delivered alive and then killed with scissors in a grimy clinic. He also was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug overdose of a patient who had undergone an abortion.

The doctor could face the death penalty. Former clinic employees said the doctor routinely performed late-term abortions past the state’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies that were moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants “snipped” the newborns’ spines. All of this came to light during an investigation of prescription drug trafficking at the clinic.

Authorities said the clinic was a “house of horrors,” foul-smelling, with bags and bottles of stored fetuses, including jars of severed feet, along with bloodstained furniture, dirty medical instruments. Cats roamed the premises. For 15 years, the state had failed to conduct routine inspections of abortion clinics. After the investigation of the clinic, two top state health officials were fired and Pennsylvania imposed tougher rules for clinics.

In 40 years of legalized abortions in America, there have been 55 million lives ended — murdered. And, we claim to be a civilized nation.