Convicted abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell has been sentenced this week for running a pill mill out of his House of Horrors abortion clinic in Philadelphia.
Authorities say that the 72 year abortionist was motivated by money when he illegally dispensed narcotics, wrote fraudulent prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of prescription pills, allowed customers to purchase prescriptions under multiple names, took cash payment for the drugs and allowed customer’s to tip to the clinic’s staff.
In one case, the calloused abortionist took time to write 18 prescriptions for drugs the very night his patient lay dying from a botched abortion.
That women was 41 year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a refugee who had recently come to the United States from a resettlement camp in Nepal, when she arrived at Women’s Medical Society (WMS) “house of horrors” abortion clinic, owned by abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Mongar was 19 weeks pregnant when she came in for her abortion on November 19, 2009. Before the procedure, Gosnell employee Lynda Williams gave Mongar one pill of Cytotec, a drug used to induce labor. Williams also assisted in administering local anesthesia. When Mongar complained of pain, Williams said she called Gosnell, who told her to administer a second round of local anesthesia
According to a report for the grand jury filed by the state’s district attorney, office workers had Mrs. Mongar sign various forms which she could not read, and then began doping her up. She received repeated unmonitored, unrecorded intravenous injections of Demerol. After several hours, Mrs. Mongar stopped breathing. When employees finally noticed, Gosnell was called in and briefly attempted to give CPR. He couldn’t use the defibrillator (it was broken); nor did he administer emergency medications that might have restarted her heart. After further crucial delay, paramedics arrived, but Mrs. Mongar was probably brain dead before they were even called.
In the meantime, the clinic staff hooked up machinery and rearranged her body to make it look like they had been in the midst of a routine, abortion procedure. Even then, there might have been some slim hope of reviving Mrs. Mongar.
The paramedics were able to generate a weak pulse. But, because of the cluttered hallways and the padlocked emergency door, it took them over twenty minutes just to find a way to get her out of the building.
Doctors at the hospital managed to keep her heart beating, but they never knew what they were trying to treat, because Gosnell and his staff lied about how much anesthesia they had given, and who had given it. By that point, there was no way to restore any neurological activity. As a result of the cardiac arrest, she had stopped breathing and suffered acute anoxic encephalopathy – brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.
Mrs. Mongar remained on life support until family members could make the trip from Virginia to say good-bye.
She was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. on November 20, 2009.
The medical examiner concluded that the acute anoxic encephalopathy resulted from the cardiac arrest, which itself had been caused “because somebody gave her a Demerol overdose.”
Gosnell was later arrested and charged with homicide in her death as well as the deaths of 7 babies he allegedly killed with scissors after they were born. Clinic worker, Sherry West, 52, has pleaded guilty to the charge, for her role in administering at least some of the fatal dose of Demerol.
What exactly was Gosnell doing the day Karnamaya Mongar died from her abortion? He was selling narcotics:
According to court documents, Defendants SHERRY L. WEST, TAMIRRAH M. FLUELLEN, and KAREEMA N. CROSS, along with Latosha R. Lewis, Earlene Tina Baldwin, and Lynda Gail Williams, assisted defendant KERMIT B. GOSNELL in operating GOSNELL’s pill mill operation.
Among other things, WMS office staff took customers’ orders for “refill” prescriptions for controlled substances in person, over the phone, or from an WMS office answering machine. These customer orders were for prescriptions for controlled substances with no legitimate medical purpose. Customers did not see or speak to GOSNELL in order to make their request for a “refill.” The WMS office staff recorded the orders for “refills” and gave them to GOSNELL.
NOVEMBER THE DAY OF DEATH:
On or about November 18, 2009, a customer referred to as “T.J.” called Gosnell employee, Latosha R. Lewis on Lewis’ cellular telephone to order prescriptions for controlled substances in several different customer names. T.J. and Lewis discussed several different possible customer names that T.J. could use to pick up prescriptions.
Lewis indicated that GOSNELL was not in the office that day and that the next possible day to pick up prescriptions was on November 20, 2009. Lewis then
gathered the customer charts for those customers along with a written order for controlled substances and gave those charts and the order to KERMIT B. GOSNELL.
Without seeing the customers, GOSNELL wrote the requested prescriptions for the controlled substances.
On or about November 20, 2009, T.J. called Latosha R. Lewis on her cellular telephone to ask whether the prescriptions were ready to be picked up. Lewis said that she had several of T.J.’s names ready to be picked up. Within minutes, T.J. went to WMS where Lewis sold T.J. at least 19 prescriptions written by defendant KERMIT B. GOSNELL in approximately 8 different names for controlled substances totaling approximately 300 tablets of OxyContin 80mg, 280 tablets of Percocet 10mg, 360 tablets of Xanax 1mg, and 20 ounces of Phenergan with Codeine. T.J. paid Lewis $20.00 per name totaling approximately $160.00 for the fee charged by defendant GOSNELL. At the end of Lewis’ shift, this $160.00 was given to defendant GOSNELL along with all of the other money gathered during Lewis’ shift. T.J. paid Lewis an additional tip which Lewis kept for herself.
Latosha Lewis worked at Gosnell’s abortion clinic for approximately eight years, beginning in 2000 and ending on February 18, 2010. (She left to work at another facility for a year in 2002, and took two maternity leaves.) Although she completed an eight-month program at the Thompson Institute, a for-profit vocational training institution in Philadelphia, she received no certificate or license that qualified her for her responsibilities at the abortion clinic. She was not trained or certified to perform ultrasounds, to administer medication, or to deliver babies – all jobs that Gosnell assigned to her.
Lewis was present the day the National Abortion Federation came to visit Gosnell’s clinic ( more on that here)
Lewis’s duties included conducting pre-exams and ultrasounds, drawing blood, administering Cytotec and intravenous anesthesia, putting patient charts together, assisting the doctor with procedures, and attending to patients in the recovery room. She performed almost all of these tasks – except assisting with procedures – without supervision from the doctor, and usually while he was absent from the facility. For most of the time Lewis was employed at the clinic, she worked from about 10:00 a.m. until the night’s procedures were completed – sometimes as late as 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. In the beginning, Gosnell paid her $7 an hour, plus time-and-a-half overtime for anything over 40 hours and $20 cash for every second-trimester abortion. He later revised his pay scale, raising her base rate to $12 an hour, but not paying overtime. In 2008, Lewis stopped assisting with procedures and cut back her hours to 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Lewis was working at the clinic on November 18, 2009, and conducted the pre-exam of Karnamaya Mongar. She was also present the next day when Mrs. Mongar returned, but left for the day before Mrs. Mongar began to have any troubles. Lewis remained at the clinic until law enforcement raided it on February 18, 2010.
ANOTHER DRUG DEAL ON DAY ABORTION PATIENT DIES:
According to court documents, On or about November 20, 2009, A.M., a person known to the grand jury, placed an order with Lynda Gail Williams for prescriptions for controlled substances for a customer by the name of C.B. A WMS office staff member then gathered the customer chart for C.B. along with a written order for controlled substances and gave the chart and the order to KERMIT B. GOSNELL. Without seeing C.B., GOSNELL wrote the requested prescriptions for the controlled substances.
Gosnell has been convicted on three counts of first-degree murder for the death of that patient as well as killing several babies by cutting their spinal cords with scissors.
In addition, Gosnell has received a concurrent 30 years in prison for the distributing of the drugs.