Inside the ‘baby charnel house’
By DANA DiFILIPPO
Philadelphia Daily News
The grand jury called it “a baby charnel house.”
For more than 30 years, Kermit Gosnell ran an abortion clinic in West Philadelphia that was the “go-to” place for women wanting illegal late-term abortions or for people seeking no-questions-asked prescription drugs, according to a grand jury.
Here are some highlights from the jury’s report:
* Gosnell performed thousands of abortions at his Women’s Medical Society at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue, even though he was a family practitioner never certified as an obstetrician or gynecologist. Gosnell was rarely present in the clinic, allowing his unlicensed, untrained staff to administer drugs and perform procedures.
* Gosnell routinely induced labor in patients in their second and third trimesters rather than perform risky late-term abortions. That sometimes resulted in live births. He and his staffers killed the babies by stabbing their necks with scissors to sever their spinal cords and sometimes suctioning their skulls, too. About a baby writhing as he cut its neck, Gosnell joked to a staffer: “That’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.”
* Gosnell is accused of murder in the November 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died a day after a staffer overdosed her with sedatives. Another woman, Semika Shaw, 22, died after Gosnell punctured her uterus and sent her home. Gosnell allegedly injured “scores” of others, leaving some sterile, perforating the bowels and uteruses of others. He frequently left fetal remains inside women, who then had to seek treatment elsewhere. * Gosnell and his staffers frequently left their patients unattended, so that the dead fetuses or live babies “fell out” wherever the patient was, often the bathroom. One clinic janitor told the grand jury that this happened so often that fetuses frequently clogged the toilet.
* Conditions at the clinic were deplorable. The walls were urine-splattered, and the floors were bloodstained. A janitor testified that the bathrooms were cleaned just once a week, even though patients routinely vomited into sinks and miscarried into toilets.
* White patients waited and were treated in a cleaner room than patients of color. Patients of color who became “too rowdy” got a slap on the thigh from Gosnell, one worker testified. Gosnell photographed his patients’ genitalia before procedures, another told the grand jury.
* A high-schooler, the daughter of staffer Tina Baldwin, worked in the clinic for four years, starting at age 15. She worked as much as 50 hours a week for $8.50 an hour. She routinely operated the ultrasound machine, administered anesthesia, diagnosed sexually transmitted diseases and told grand jurors she often was “in charge” of the clinic at night.
* Investigators say Gosnell made up to $15,000 a night, mostly in cash, for a few hours of work performing abortions. That doesn’t include the money he made as one of the state’s top Oxycontin prescribers. When authorities searched his home, they found a gun and $240,000 in cash stashed in his 12-year-old daughter’s closet.
* Instead of trashing disposable medical supplies, Gosnell directed workers to reuse them over and over until they broke. They were rarely sterilized, allowing venereal disease and other germs to spread among patients. After the raid, inspectors found that the suction source used to perform abortions was the only one available to resuscitate patients.
* Medical waste and fetal remains were supposed to be picked up weekly by a licensed disposal provider. But because Gosnell didn’t pay his bills, months might pass between pickups, leaving leaking bags and boxes to pile up in the clinic’s basement and freezers.
Eyewitness News has learned that a West Philadelphia doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation.
Sources say Dr. Kermit Gosnell faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed with scissors.
The grand jury report states that Dr. Gosnell’s office was filthy and cat litter was apparently found inside the office.
Four of the suspects, some improperly licensed, also face multiple counts of murder for allegedly killing the newborns.
All of the suspects are now behind bars after warrants were served overnight.
Dr. Gosnell, who has practiced in the West Philadelphia neighborhood for decades, is also the target of a federal grand jury investigation into illegally prescribing prescription drugs.
Investigators say during a search of his home, they found $240,000 in cash.
The doctor, in past interviews with Eyewitness News, has proclaimed his innocence, predicting if charged, he will be acquitted.
The Philadelphia District Attorney held a press conference Wednesday morning to officially announce details of the arrests and the grand jury presentment.
According to Operation Rescue, abortionist Gosnell killed Karnamaya Mongar, 41, on November 20, 2009, after she was overdosed on painkillers during an abortion in her 18th or 19th week of pregnancy. Mongar’s brother, told reporters that Gosnell’s abortion clinic was “dirty and bloody.” Gosnell’s medical license was suspended and his clinic closed.
A grand jury was convened to investigate. It has charged Gosnell with eight counts of murder for the death of Mongar and seven babies who were born alive during failed illegal late-term abortions then killed by Gosnell or his clinic workers. Some clinic workers have been charged with multiple counts of murder in the deaths of the infants.
When police raided Gosnell’s home and took him into custody, they discovered $240,000 in cash. Gosnell is also the subject of a Federal grand jury that has yet to reach a conclusion of its investigation.
Operation Rescue had urged supporters earlier this month to contact the district attorney as ask for criminal charges.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, who catered to minoritesmade millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could, prosecutors said. State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to visit or inspect his clinic since 1993, but no charges were warranted against them, District Attorney Seth Williams said.
Dr. Gosnell “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,” Mr. Williams said.
Mr. Williams said patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Dr. Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.
Authorities went to investigate drug-related complaints at the clinic last year and stumbled on what Mr. Williams called a “house of horrors.”
“There were bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building,” Mr. Williams said. “There were jars, lining shelves, with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose.”
The clinic was shut down and Dr. Gosnell’s medical license was suspended after the raid.
Workers, some of whom were also charged with murder, were untrained and unlicensed, including a high-school student who performed anesthesia with potentially lethal narcotics, Mr. Williams said.
Dr. Gosnell and nine other employees are in custody, authorities said.
Dr. Gosnell has been named in at least 10 malpractice suits, including one over the death of a woman who died of sepsis and a perforated uterus.
Philly.com reports that Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, his wife and 8 other colleagues were arrested overnight following a Grand Jury investigation. Gosnell and his wife are currently being held at headquarters without bail. Also included in that group is a teenager who reportedly administered anesthetic.
According to the DA’s office, Gosnell is facing Murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of 41 year old Karnamaya Mongar. Mrs. Mongar died on November 20, 2009 when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell. He is also facing seven Murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the 6th, 7th and 8th month of pregnancy. Along with the Murder charges the District Attorney has charged Gosnell with Infanticide, Conspiracy, Abortion at 24 or more weeks, Abuse of Corpse, Theft, Corruption of Minors, Solicitation and other related offenses.
D.A. Seth Williams held a news conference Wednesday morning, where he reviewed the 300-page Grand Jury report, the details of which are incredibly disturbing. “I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Williams. “But as District Attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law.”
Last April, the FBI and Drug enforcement agents raided Dr. Gosnell’s 38th and Lancaster Clinic, called the Women’s Medical Society. Inside, they found jars packed with pieces of aborted fetuses and recliners used in a recovery area for women who had abortions.
Dr. Gosnell’s medical license was been suspended because of the conditions at his clinic. He has also been targeted in multiple lawsuits, at least one charging that a woman died from a botched abortion.
Dr. Gosnell is named in nearly four dozen civil suits going back 20 years. Ten of those are malpractice suits, including one by the family of a young woman who died after a March 2000 abortion at Gosnell’s office.
Grand Jury Report here
Read Indictment here
Past News Story of Gosnell claiming his innocence here Abortionist Kermit Gosnell says “He did the very best” despite a FBI raid, bloody fetuses on floor, and one patient dead
UPDATE – Operation Rescue is releasing these Shocking Photos Of Gosnell Murder Victims Included in Grand Jury Report
This happens all the time inside abortion clinics – Proving my point- read this story about this dead women killed after her botched abortion in Miami
Some “Safe and Legal” Abortion Stories
A Woman’s Freedom to Choose…! or a potential to be abused?
Abortion providers have preyed on women in a crisis and have even raped and killed their patients. Some abortion doctors have performed abortion while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. They have been caught selling controlled substances, telling non-pregnant women they were pregnant and doing abortions anyway, creating private pornography files with photos of their patients. Some have just operated filthy facilities to maximize profits.
Considering that abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country and yet the most unregulated why aren’t lawmakers improving clinic standards and safety?
Ghanaian Woman Eunice Agabgaa entered Y&P Medical Clinic in New York. Dr. Abram Zelikman allegedly left the clinic while Eunice was in recovery from an abortion Zelikman had performed. Unfortunately the abortion was so bad, it resulted in her death. A friend who was present at the clinic testified that she pleaded with the clinic staff to call paramedics once she noticed Eunice’s bloodied body and poor vital signs. her friend stated” I felt if I hadn’t been there they would have wrapped her dead body and thrown it in the garbage. New York Newsday 7/9/89
The California Medical Board #11593, investigated action by Dr. Tati Okereke, A/K/A High Street Medical. In 1982, Dr. Okereke was accused of fondling a female patients breast without medical justification He subsequently was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with her without her consent. This doctor who performed abortions was also accused of injecting patients with anestectics , then engaging in sexual intercourse without the permission of the woman. One woman testified to the medical board that she could not move any muscles during this ordeal, but just kept crying “What are you doing?” Another patient testified that after Okereke examined her vagina that he licked his finger. She said the doctor tried to pay her of to keep her quiet following the incident Okereke’s Medical License was revoked in November of 1989.
In March of 1993, Abortion doctor Nareshkumar Patel of Shawnee Oklahoma was accused of Forcible Oral Sodomy and sexual battery by a patient he was treating after hours in his clinic. Patel was the focus of a controversy in 1992 when several aborted fetuses from his clinic were found partially burned in an open field owned by Patel. Officials could not cite any law that prohibited the burning of aborted fetuses in that manner and those charges were dropped. The Daily Oklahoman 5/28/93 Oklahoma Medical Board Case # 90-09-1129
The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure revoked the license of Milan D. Chepko in 1991. Dr. Chepko, who performed abortions at the New Women Medical Center in Jackson, MS was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury (Case # J89-00064 W) involving interstate transportation of a VHS cassette showing minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The tape contained scenes with children as young as four years old in sexual conduct with adult males and females. One incident allegedly involved children and adults engaged in sodomy. Jackson Herald 9/30/89 and Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure vs. Milan Chepko.
In 1990 the Florida Medical Board disciplined male nurse Barry A. Hill. Hill was employed at Today’s Woman Medical Center of Coral Gables, FL , an abortion clinic owned by Dr. Vladimar Rosenthal. On October 26, 1989 HRS inspector Diane Robie discovered two envelopes in the clinic containing pictures of several women undressed with their legs apart. According to Medical Board reports the perineal area was the focal point of the photographer. Hill, the clinics anestisists claimed ownership of the photographs. Former employees of the clinic also accused Hill of fondling their breasts of several female patients while they were under anestesia. The former clinic employees told news reporters that they were fired by clinic owner Rosenthal after he heard them complaining to a National Abortion Federation Representative (the clinic was a member) of the conditions at the clinic and Mr. Hills activities. Florida Department of Professional Regulation Case # 89-010853 and Miami Herald 10-7-89.
The Miami Herald in August of 1990 reported that abortion doctor Pravin Thakker was convicted of performing abortions on his former lovers without their consent. Thakker was also investigated by the Indiana Medical board for lewd and immoral conduct toward female patients under his care. On June 11,1991 a jury found Thakker guilty of two counts of battery, two counts of illegal abortion and two counts of criminal recklessness. Thakker was sentenced on July 31, 1991 to prison in the Indiana Department of Corrections. The Indiana Health Profession Bureau Case # 89 MLB 003.
In 1987 the Tamarac, FL police department began an investigation into allegations of sexual assault by abortion doctor Jeffrey Goldenberg. Dr. Goldenberg was employed by the University Women’s Center abortion clinic in Tamarac. Goldenberg was never tried on charges developed during investigations. Dr. Goldenberg was killed in a traffic accident prior to trial. Florida Department of Professional Regulation case numbers -102532,73882,70744,75174,80918,85142, 94175, and 76, 95832, 102527, and 528,529,531,598, 103134 and 466,467,468,489, 103751 and 752,755, 867793,86772,32342,77112,86774,959320.
The Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of Dr. Hideo D. Mori, a past volunteer at Planned Parenthood in Austin Minnesota. Dr. Mori was found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with several of his female patients. The charges against Mori included, massaging the clitoris and vagina of a patient during pelvic exams, kissing the face neck and breasts of patients during exams and embracing a patient. Mori allegedly told one of his patients that she should have sex with her husband in front of him so he could observe and determine why the patient was not climaxing. Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners vs. Hideo Mori.
In 1983 Dr. Nabil Ghali’s medical license in Kentucky was revoked following his conviction on four counts of unlawful sexual transaction with a minor. (A fourteen year old female neighbor) The victims younger sister also testified she has seen Ghali improperly touching a five year old child. In 1989 while Ghali was operating an abortion clinic in Florida and performing abortions in several other South Florida clinics, the states medical board began revocation procedures of his license due to falsification of his license application. When Ghali later lost his license in Florida he moved to Ohio and continued to perform abortions. The State of Ohio after learning of Ghali’s history began revocation procedures. In February 1993 the Ohio Medical Board won an appeal upholding Ghali’s license revocation. In addition to Ghali’s sexual conduct he was involved in the death of at least one woman from an abortion procedure in Florida. Kentucky Medical Licensing Board case #190, State Medical Board of Ohio vs. Ghali’s, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services inspection reports, 1989, The Miami Herald Tropic Magazine September 17, 1989.
Dr. Ronald Tauber had his Florida medical license suspended following the abortion related death of Gloria Small. In 1985 after moving to Michigan Tauber’s License to practice osteopathic medicine in that state was revoked following his conviction of First Degree criminal sexual assault, and second degree criminal sexual conduct. In the case of People vs. Ronald Tauber (Michigan Case # 80-46749-FY) the doctor was convicted after the state proved he had forcibly transported a six year old girl in his car against her will. Tauber admitted exposing himself to the girl and placing her hand on his penis. He also lifted the child’s undergarment to expose her vulva. Tauber released the girl when she began to cry. Tauber was also cited for masturbating in his car outside a high school where young girls were exiting. Tauber was released from prison on January 3, 1990 and his parole ended on August 15, 1991. Tauber was licensed to practice by the state of New York in August of 1992 Michigan Medical Board case #82-202 and California Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners case # 90-6 and OAH # N-37351.
Dr. Chris Simpoulous of the American Women’s Clinic in Norfolk, VA was accused of scheduling dozens of women for abortions who were not pregnant. Simpoulous was arrested in July of 1984 following an attempted abortion on an undercover police woman who was not pregnant. New York Times 7/28/84.
In April of 1992, Dr. Larry Thompson’s Nevada medical license was revoked. The Board of Medical Examiners of Nevada determined that while performing an abortion at The Women’s Place in North Las Vegas, Dr. Thompson lacerated the uterus of his patient. The board said Thompson failed to monitor the woman’s condition adequately, and the clinic did not have adequate medical equipment. As a result of the laceration and inadequate care that followed the woman died. Dr. Thompson also failed to recognize the cause of the patients death. Nevada Board of Medical Examiners case # 8289.
In February of 1993, Dr. Abu Hayat was convicted of performing an illegal third trimester abortion in which he ripped the child’s arm from its body in the abortion attempt. The child was later born alive and has recovered with just one arm. In addition to the above occurrence Dr. Hayat, (an individual member of the National Abortion Federation) was cited by the Medical Board for refusing to complete an abortion on a patient after he demanded an additional payment of $500. The woman left the clinic bleeding and with an incomplete abortion when she told Hayat she could not pay the extra $500. New York Times 2/23/93, New York Department of Health and Professional Conduct, and New York Times 1/22/91.
In January 1993 police arrested the owner of Clinica Feminina de la Cominidad an abortion clinic in Orange County, CA after the suspicious death of a patient at the clinic. News reports alleged Alicia Ruiz Hanna a non-physician performed numerous abortions at the clinic. The body of one of the clinic patients was found outside in the parking lot. Clinic employees have stated that the patient, Angela Sanchez suffered complications and Ruiz refused to call for help and would not allow her employees to call either. The Orange County Register August 24, 1993.
Abortion doctor David Benjamin (A.K.A. Elysa Bonrouhi) was implicated in charges of negligent homicide and tampering with physical evidence following the death of Guadalupe Negron. Police reports said that Negron was bleeding profusely and complaining of pain following her 2nd trimester abortion at the Metro Women’s Clinic in Corona, Queens New York. Benjamin ordered the patient to be cleaned up and began an abortion on another patient. Benjamin delayed calling an ambulance to transport Ms. Negron and attempted emergency treatment in such a negligent manner that Ms. Negron was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at a local hospital. Associated Press 8/12/93 and New York Times 7/17/93.
If these stories horrify you, they should. Abortion is one of the most unregulated businesses in this country. Minors can walk into the hands of unqualified physicians with questionable and even criminal backgrounds.
The incidents outlined above are just a few incidents involving women and their abortion experiences. Many women never report their negative abortion experiences because of the fear that someone may find out they had an abortion. We have other anecdotal information and more court documents from hundreds of women. The abortion business continues to makes no effort to clean up it’s act.