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Gosnell employee worked for second abortion clinic but don’t worry Planned Parenthood says he’s an anomaly !

Posted in Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Kermit Gosnell, National Abortion Federation, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , on May 28, 2013 by saynsumthn

LindaWilliams42 year old Lynda Williams of N. Madison Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware also worked Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Delaware

According to the Kermit Gosnell Grand Jury Report, “*Lynda Williams was hired to work full-time in 2008. She had previously worked with Gosnell at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Delaware, and had filled in from time to time at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. Gosnell originally hired Williams to clean instruments, but very soon had her anesthetizing abortion patients, performing ultrasounds, administering Cytotec vaginally, and dealing with babies born alive while he was not at the clinic. The way Williams dealt with the babies was the way the doctor showed her – she cut their spinal cords with scissors. She was not certified or licensed to perform any of these duties. Williams commuted to work with Sherry West and kept the same hours. She and West were supposedly attending to Karnamaya Mongar in the recovery room throughout the afternoon of November 19, 2009. It was Williams who actually administered the lethal mixes of Demerol, promethazine, and diazepam that killed Karnamaya Mongar. When the clinic was raided in February 2010, she was still employed and still administering anesthetics to patients.

1-Lynda Williams Wilmington. CHARGES:
• Murder (Karnamaya Mongar), 3rd degree, 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502(c)
• Murder, drug delivery resulting in death (K. Mongar), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2506
• Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S. 780-§113(f)(30), F-l
• Controlled Substances Act, 35 P.S.780-§113(f)(14), F-1
• Conspiracy (Controlled Substances Act), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-1
• Murder (Baby C), 18 Pa.C.S. § 2502
• Conspiracy (Murd er of Baby C), 18 Pa.CS. § 903, F-1
• Conspiracy(mu rder,generally),18Pa.C.S.§903,F-1
• Abortion at 24 or more weeks (13 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3211, F-3
• Conspiracy (Abortion, 24 or more weeks), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, F-3
• Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-l
• Corrupt Organization, Conspiracy, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b)(4), F-1
Murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of Ms. Mongar.
Unlicensed
Routinely performed illegal operations
Administered anesthesia

SOURCE:
1- District Attorney’s Office – R. Seth Williams, Press release Jan 19,2011 “West Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged with Murder” ; list of charges
*=quoting Grand Jury Report

Operation Rescue reported, A scheduled hearing was called off yesterday after the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline reached an undisclosed agreement with Panzy Myrie, the owner of two Delaware abortion clinics that had ties to accused murderer Kermit Gosnell.

Authorities had sought a cease and desist order against Myrie, the sole owner of two Atlantic Women’s Medical Services abortion clinics in Dover and Wilmington, who had portrayed herself as a medical doctor in clinic advertisements even though she holds no license in Delaware. Instead, Myrie plans to place the clinics up for sale and “move on.” The two clinics have been closed since March and will not reopen.

Both clinics were members of the National Abortion Federation, an association of particularly troubled abortionists and dangerous abortion clinics. The NAF suspended the clinics’ membership only after embarrassing details of abortion abuses there were reported by the news media.

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Third degree murder plea for abortion clinic worker in Gosnell case

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Worker in Gosnell’s abortion clinic pleads guilty to two murders
By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Inquirer Staff Writer

A worker in the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell pleaded guilty to two counts of murder Wednesday and will testify against him at trial.

Lynda Williams, 43, pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner to counts of third-degree murder involving the 2009 death of a woman undergoing an abortion and the killing of a newborn.

She also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to participate in a corrupt organization, and illegally administering drugs to women undergoing abortions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave.

According to a report and presentment of a grand jury made public in January, Gosnell, 70, and his employees performed illegal late-term abortions on poor women, in some cases killing infants born alive and viable.

Although the charges to which Williams pleaded guilty could bring her a prison term of up to 200 years, Lerner told Williams her actual sentence would be less because of the terms of her plea agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors, for example, waived a sentencing provision calling for a mandatory life term because Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder.

Williams’ sentence will depend on the quality of her testimony in the eventual trial of Gosnell. Lerner did not set a sentencing date.

Williams, of Wilmington, a ninth-grade dropout, got through the hearing composed and assured. At one point she even laughed when Lerner joked about a gnat flying about.

But when the hearing ended, the impact of what will likely be a year or more in prison without bail before Gosnell’s trial starts – followed by a prison sentence – hit her.
Williams’ lip began to quiver and tears rolled down her cheeks.

“I don’t know if I can do another year,” the thin and pale woman said to defense attorney Stephen P. Patrizio, referring to the fact that she is segregated from other inmates for fear about her personal safety.

Patrizio tried to comfort her and was joined by Assistant District Attorneys Joanne Pescatore and Christine Wechsler, who walked over to the defense table.
“You did the right thing, Lynda, you did great,” said Pescatore.

Lerner, who handles pretrial issues for all Philadelphia homicide cases, said he would hold a final pretrial hearing Nov. 17 in the Gosnell case. He will then assign the case to a trial judge.

Williams is the fifth of 10 people charged in the Gosnell case to plead guilty.

Among those still facing trial are Gosnell, who could be sentenced to death if found guilty of first-degree murder, and Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, 50, who is charged with performing one late-term abortion and conspiracy.

According to the grand jury report, Gosnell hired Williams to work full-time at the West Philadelphia clinic in 2008. She had previously worked with him at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Delaware.

Although originally hired to clean surgical instruments, the grand jury report said, she was soon working by Gosnell’s side, anesthetizing abortion patients, performing ultrasounds, and dealing with babies born alive when Gosnell was not present.

Gosnell is accused of killing babies after live births by cutting their spinal cords with scissors. Williams’ guilty plea involves one newborn – identified as “Baby C” – she killed with scissors 20 minutes after its birth in 2006 or 2007.

Williams also pleaded guilty to a count of third-degree murder in the Nov. 20, 2009, death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old Virginia woman who came to the Gosnell clinic for an abortion and, according to the grand jury, was overdosed with anesthetics.

BACKSTORY:

Planned Parenthood accused of secretly referring patients to Gosnell, late term abortionist closed by the state and facing murder charges, black leaders speak out

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“I’m not calling them [abortion] clinics. They are slaughterhouses. We have got to do something. My problem today with the African-American community, whether it be clergy or otherwise, we don’t fight anymore.”” Bishop Aretha Morton of Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Cathedral near Wilmington. (Delaware Online here )

Watch Video below…Planned Parenthood is accused at 2:30 minutes….

Building housing Delaware abortion clinic up for sale
Del. firm allegedly tied to Phila. case
11:31 PM, Apr. 1, 2011 |

A building in Wilmington where Pennsylvania prosecutors allege late-term abortions were started by a doctor facing murder charges in Philadelphia is up for sale.
A woman who answered the phone at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services Inc. declined to comment, but a listing by Jack Stape Realtors of Brandywine Hundred is asking $795,000 for the Baynard Boulevard building. Atlantic Women’s Medical Services will leave the building following the sale, said Jeff Stape, owner of Jack Stape Realtors.

“We’re selling the real estate and the building will be vacant,” Stape said. “I’m hoping we can take a negative situation and have a positive user come in and utilize the building. It’s a decent building in a good location.”

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing infants delivered alive following late-term abortion procedures, worked part time at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services.
Philadelphia charges against Gosnell and nine employees are related to incidents at his West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society clinic, but a grand jury report indicated he routinely started late-term abortion procedures in Delaware at the Baynard Boulevard location and completed them at his Pennsylvania clinic.
Gosnell began treating at least six patients in Delaware and then sent them to Philadelphia, according to evidence considered by the grand jury.

Prosecutors said that one of seven live newborns Gosnell is accused of killing by severing their spinal cords with scissors belonged to a teenage girl who first visited him at the Wilmington clinic. He took her to the West Philadelphia site because she was too far along to get an abortion under Delaware law, prosecutors said.
Two of Gosnell’s charged employees were from Delaware: 42-year-old Lynda Williams of Wilmington and 51-year-old Sherry West of Bear.

Groups that have protested against the clinic were happy to hear it would be leaving — although no one is publicly saying if it will be moving to another location.
“Obviously, Atlantic Services made a business decision and the clergy made a moral decision,” said the Rev. Christopher Bullock of Canaan Baptist Church. “And sometimes moral decisions and business decisions do not see eye to eye.”

Bullock and several other black ministers from the Wilmington area called for state and federal investigations into Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in February.

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1 Abortionist, 3 Clinic workers face the Death Penalty others loose medical licenses while most in the media remains silent

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic dirty, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by saynsumthn

Telll me, other than local news where have you been hearing about this ongoing case ?????????????? If these were pro-lifers the cameras would be rolling day and night !!!!!

Phila. illegal abortion clinic workers could face death
Prosecutors consider penalty for Gosnell, Delaware woman, others

11:06 PM, Mar. 2, 2011 |


Dr. Kermit Gosnell

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania prosecutors said during a court hearing Wednesday they were reserving the right to seek the death penalty for Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing infants delivered alive following late-term abortion procedures.

Prosecutors also said they are considering death-penalty cases against three of Gosnell’s employees, including 42-year-old Lynda Williams of Wilmington.

Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler said there were sufficient facts for prosecutors to file a death penalty notice against Gosnell, but they need to continue their investigation before deciding on the others. Wechsler and Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore agreed with the defense attorneys to postpone the decision for 60 days while both sides investigate the matter.

Prosecutors are considering pushing for the death penalty against Steven Massof, 48, and Adrienne Moton, 33, along with Williams, who is facing two counts of murder for her alleged roles in at least one baby’s death and in the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar from an overdose of sedative medication. Those charges would qualify her for the death penalty, Wechsler said.

The Rev. Derrick Johnson of Wilmington was in the Philadelphia courtroom Wednesday to show support for Williams, who along with her family, has been a member of his Joshua Harvest Church for almost two years.

“The church cannot turn its back on anybody, and we won’t turn our back on her at this time, either,” said Johnson, adding he wasn’t there to judge the acts she is accused of committing.

Johnson, who was accompanied by a friend of Williams and two church members, said Williams’ biggest concern now has been the welfare of her children and grandchild.
“When she was arrested, the landlord in Wilmington immediately moved to evict the family from his property,” Johnson said. “We’ve been helping them by wrapping our arms around them.”


The death penalty will not be considered against six other Gosnell employees, including 51-year-old Sherry West of Bear.

West faces a third-degree murder charge in the death of a patient who was over-medicated, prosecutors said.

The Philadelphia charges against Gosnell and the employees are related to incidents at his West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society clinic, but a grand jury report indicated he routinely started late-term abortion procedures that were illegal in Delaware at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services clinic on Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington and completed them at the Pennsylvania clinic. Gosnell and the workers from his West Philadelphia clinic were arrested in January and charged with a variety of felonies, including homicide.

Gosnell began treating at least six patients in Delaware and then sent them to Philadelphia, according to evidence considered by the grand jury.

Prosecutors said that one of seven live newborns Gosnell is accused of killing by severing their spinal cords with scissors belonged to a teenage girl who first visited him at the Wilmington clinic. He took her to the West Philadelphia site because she was too far along to get an abortion under Delaware law, they said.

There have been no criminal charges filed in the case by Delaware authorities. But Dr. Albert Dworkin, one of two Delaware physicians associated with Gosnell, had his medical license temporarily suspended Tuesday by the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, which cited a “clear and immediate danger” to the public.

Dworkin plans to seek a hearing within 15 days to get his physician’s privileges restored, his attorney said. A request for the emergency suspension of a second doctor, Arturo Apolinario, was turned down, but an expedited hearing to review charges against him is going forward and Apolinario’s ability to write prescriptions has been suspended.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden also filed complaints with the medical board last week seeking a cease-and-desist order against Panzy Myrie, the owner of Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, for improperly advertising herself as a doctor, and seeking a fine against Atlantic for the violations by the doctors and Myrie. The complaints filed against Atlantic, Myrie and the doctors are all civil actions that could result in fines and suspensions but do not carry any prison time.

Dworkin’s suspension is one of the first actions taken against a Delaware physician since a number of new regulations were adopted by state lawmakers last year following the arrest of Lewes pediatrician Earl B. Bradley for abusing young patients.

Gosnell and the nine employees are scheduled to have their pretrial motions heard before Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner on March 30.

Delaware Attorney General’s Office asks for emergency suspension of two abortion docs links to Gosnell abortion clinic

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Delaware Attorney General’s Office seeks suspension, fines for 2 doctors, owner of abortion clinics

2/24/2011
By SEAN O’SULLIVAN
The News Journal
WILMINGTON — The Delaware Attorney General’s Office is seeking the emergency suspension of two doctors associated with an abortion provider in Delaware that employed Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of murdering infants in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors also are asking the state’s Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline to fine Atlantic Women’s Medical Services — which has clinics in Wilmington and Dover — for unprofessional conduct by the two doctors and the clinic’s owner, who has been holding herself up as a doctor despite not having a license to practice medicine in the state.

Because of regulatory reforms passed last year after sex-abuse charges were lodged against Lewes pediatrician Earl B. Bradley, the board now has the ability to act on emergency complaints within 24 hours, meaning the two doctors — Albert Dworkin and Arturo A. Apolinario — may be suspended from practicing in Delaware as soon at this evening.

Division of Professional Regulation Director James Collins said his office will be working closely with the Attorney General’s Office “to expedite these proceedings. The whole situation is very serious.”

An employee at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services who answered the phone Wednesday declined to comment. An attorney who represents the clinic could not be reached.
It is unclear how the suspensions and penalties — if they are imposed — would affect the two clinics.

The five complaints filed by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on Wednesday come as part of an investigation into the Delaware activities of Gosnell, who is facing murder charges in Philadelphia for allegedly killing infants who were delivered alive during late-term abortions. A Philadelphia grand jury report charged Gosnell and three other employees at his Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia with killing seven infants by stabbing them with scissors.

The report also indicated that Gosnell, who worked one day a week at Atlantic’s Wilmington office for a number of years, regularly started late-term abortion procedures that were illegal under Delaware law at Atlantic’s Wilmington clinic.

He then ordered the patients to report to his West Philadelphia clinic the next day to complete the process, according to court papers.
Delaware Right to Life and other groups called for investigations of Atlantic after Gosnell’s arrest, and the National Abortion Federation suspended Atlantic’s membership in the organization and stopped referring patients to it.

On Wednesday, Nicole Collins, president of Delaware Right to Life, said it “is all very good news” that Biden’s office is taking action against Atlantic and several of its employees.
Prosecutors charged that Dworkin — who works at Atlantic and also was listed as the board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist of record for Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic — failed to report unprofessional and criminal behavior by Gosnell and his staff.

Prosecutors charge that Dworkin knew or should have known about the “deplorable” conditions at Gosnell’s clinic along with the substandard care that was provided to patients there, including “permitting unlicensed employees to administer drugs … and perform examinations and procedures on patients … and murdering babies born alive at the clinic.”

In addition to allegations that infants were slain at Gosnell’s Pennsylvania clinic, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams charged that Gosnell and two employees — both women from Delaware — were responsible for the death of an abortion patient who was oversedated in 2009.

The Delaware complaint charged that Dworkin’s failures in his dealings with Gosnell made him an “immediate danger to the public health.”

In the two complaints against Apolinario, prosecutors say he let his license to prescribe controlled substances lapse in June 2009 but continued during the next 20 months to prescribe and dispense drugs at the Wilmington and Dover Atlantic clinics.

He renewed his license on Feb. 14, according to court papers.

In the second complaint, prosecutors charge that Apolinario was Atlantic’s “general medical adviser” and is responsible for providing “overall guidance and ongoing consultation of clinical and ethical issues.” In that role, Apolinario also was responsible for the care of patient records, which must be kept at the facility in secured cabinets for at least seven years, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors charge Gosnell removed or destroyed records of patients at Atlantic.

The complaint charges that Apolinario knew or should have known about Gosnell’s actions and reported them.

The Philadelphia grand jury report indicated that despite Gosnell’s long association with Atlantic, the clinic was only able to produce three files for patients seen by Gosnell at the Delaware clinic.

As in the Dworkin complaint, prosecutors alleged that Apolinario is an immediate threat to the public, requiring an immediate suspension.

In January, the Delaware Family Policy Council called attention to Apolinario letting let his license to prescribe controlled substances in Delaware lapse. On Wednesday, Jordan Warfel, director of life issues for the council, praised Biden’s actions. “I thank Beau Biden for doing the right thing,” Warfel said.

Delaware prosecutors also are asking the Board of Medical Licensure to issue an immediate cease-and-desist order against Atlantic’s owner and sole shareholder, Panzy Myrie, charging she has been holding herself up in online advertisements as a doctor and gynecologist even though she has no license to practice medicine in Delaware.
Philadelphia prosecutors had identified Leroy Brinkley as the owner of Atlantic but Delaware prosecutors listed him as Atlantic’s managing director and president.

The Attorney General’s Office also is asking the board to impose the maximum possible fines against Atlantic for the many violations of the doctors and the owner, which could be up to $10,000 for a first offense and up to $50,000 for subsequent violations.

While the Philadelphia case against Gosnell and nine employees of his West Philadelphia clinic is criminal, the complaints filed Wednesday are civil, meaning only a fine or suspensions may result, not jail time.
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What the AG Found when they went into this abortion clinic:

AG investigates Delaware abortion clinic with connections to Philadelphia abortionist now charged with 8 counts of murder

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, Late term abortion, pro-choice, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2011 by saynsumthn

AG Beau Biden launches probe into abortion doctor’s work in Delaware
By SEAN O’SULLIVAN • The News Journal • January 28, 2011

WILMINGTON — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said Thursday his office has launched a “wide-ranging” investigation of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell — who is facing murder charges in Philadelphia — to see if he broke any state laws or regulations when he was working at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services clinic in Wilmington.

“Like most of us, I’m disturbed by the allegations that were handed up by the grand jury in Philadelphia,” said Biden, referring to a 261-page report released last week by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Biden said his office and Delaware regulators have met with Philadelphia prosecutors to determine if there were any criminal acts or regulatory infractions committed by Gosnell, or those associated with him, in Delaware.

“It is under way and has been under way,” Biden said, adding the probe dates back to at least March 2010, when Gosnell’s license to practice medicine in Delaware was suspended in the wake of a raid on his West Philadelphia clinic.

Gosnell worked at Atlantic at least one day a week for years, likely right up until his license was suspended, according to the report and Philadelphia prosecutors.

Biden’s comments came following a news conference Thursday by Delaware Right to Life outside Atlantic Women’s Medical Services on Baynard Boulevard to call for an inquiry.
James Haley Jr., a member of Delaware Right to Life and a criminal defense attorney, said there is “probable cause” in the Philadelphia grand jury report to launch a criminal inquiry in Delaware.

Delaware Right to Life President Nicole Collins called on state regulators to make sure Atlantic and the state’s other two abortion clinics are meeting safety and sanitation standards. She said she was pleased state prosecutors are looking into the situation.

“I’m very, very glad to hear they are moving forward and they are investigating,” she said.

Biden declined to say directly if the investigation is scrutinizing practices at Atlantic but said his office is “looking at a range of issues.” Biden said people in his office are concerned by things related to Delaware in the Philadelphia grand jury report, “and we want to get to the bottom of it.”

Last week, Gosnell, 69, was arrested and charged with murder in the deaths of seven infants who had allegedly been delivered alive at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic and were killed by Gosnell or a staffer with scissors. Philadelphia prosecutors also charged Gosnell and two clinic staffers with ties to Delaware in the 2009 death of a patient who court papers allege was over-sedated and died following an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic.

Calls to Atlantic Women’s Medical Services — which appeared closed Thursday because of the snow — have been referred to Philadelphia attorney Nino V. Tinari, who has been unavailable for comment since last week.

Because Gosnell has been charged with the murder of “Baby Boy A,” a child delivered by a woman who first consulted with Gosnell at the Delaware clinic, there could be a charge of accessory to murder, Haley said.

According to the grand jury report, in 2008, a teenager’s great aunt paid Gosnell $2,500 in cash at Atlantic for a late-term abortion that could not be performed in Delaware.
Gosnell started the abortion by administering labor-inducing drugs at Atlantic with instructions the teenager be taken to the Philadelphia clinic the next day to complete the procedure, the report says.

When Baby Boy A was delivered the next day, according to the report, he was alive until Gosnell slit the boy’s spinal cord.

The report indicated the child was likely too far along for a late-term abortion under Pennsylvania law. In Delaware, late-term abortions are illegal after 20 weeks. In Pennsylvania, the cutoff is 24 weeks.

Haley noted the grand jury report claims Gosnell defrauded the Delaware Pro-Choice Medical Fund, an organization that provides financial assistance to women seeking abortions in Delaware.

According to the report, Gosnell would routinely have his staff change the addresses of Philadelphia patients to indicate they lived in Delaware and were eligible to have their abortions paid for by the fund.

Officials with the fund could not be reached for comment Thursday.