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Are NARAL and Planned Parenthood DELUSIONAL On Gosnell?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by saynsumthn

Gosnell NARALIS NARAL DELUSIONAL? Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America told the media, “The American people join me and my organization in being outraged that this man was able to operate for years, preying on poor women who desperately needed safe and clean medical services but were unable to get it because of the restrictions that drove credible and reputable providers and doctors out of business in Pennsylvania and we were the first out of the gate to call attention to this case. And you know why?… It’s because unfortunately as the anti-choicers try and restrict more and more doctors out of business, they are the ones keeping the Kermit Gosnells operating.”

Erik Wemple at the Washington Post must think they are, he responded, “Having done precisely 3,454 Nexis and Internet search on the Gosnell case, we missed the part where NARAL had led a charge to highlight the alleged atrocities in West Philadelphia. So we Nexised again, checking on NARAL’s footprint around the time that Gosnell was indicted in January 2011. Not much there. When asked to provide news releases or other evidence of activism around that time, NARAL didn’t provide anything.”

Did NARAL get right on the case? Again, evidence is tough to dredge up. A search of the NARAL site for “Gosnell” yields six results, all of which date to the past two weeks. The earliest of them is an April 16 statement by NARAL’s director of communications. It reads, in part:
Kermit Gosnell’s actions were reprehensible, illegal and reminiscent of back-alley abortions from the days before Roe v. Wade. The conditions in Gosnell’s clinic were horrific, demonstrating what can happen to women when abortion isn’t available through safe and legal providers. This is why we work every day to protect the constitutional rights of women to access legal and safe abortion care regardless of income and geography.

MEANWHILE PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S SONG AND DANCE TAKES AN INTERESTING TURN- DID THEIR CEO LIE ABOUT KNOWLEDGE OF GOSNELL?

DaylesteinbergDayle Steinberg is CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Steinberg began her association with Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) in 1978 as a graduate intern, joined the full-time staff in 1981, served as director of surgical services from 1986-1992, then served for eight years as senior vice president, and was appointed president and CEO in 2001.

In February of 2010 WHYY reported that Steinberg denied knowing of any of the horrific conditions at Gosnells’ abortion clinic. They wrote:

Steinberg: We do anticipate that women who might have scheduled appointments for abortion procedures at the Women’s Medical Society will be calling Planned Parenthood.

and then reported, “Steinberg says she knows that Gosnell has provided abortions in Philadelphia for many years, but says she hadn’t heard of any problems at clinic until the allegations surfaced in recent days.”

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PP LIED

But later, according to Philly.com : Steinberg said this about Gosnell at a public fundraiser:

“Steinberg said that when Gosnell was in practice, women would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood for services after first visiting Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, and would complain to staff about the conditions there.

“’We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,’ Steinberg said as she sat with Steinem before Tuesday’s events.”

PP Lied Gosnell

Why would Steinberg lie? Perhaps because abortion deaths and shoddy abortion clinics and botched procedures, are not so UNCOMMON even in Planned Parenthood.

tonya-reaves-0722 Tonya Reaves died at a Chicago Planned Parenthood and the media was silent, even though the Medical Director’s Office which ruled it an “Accident” was a Planned Parenthood supporter ( read here)

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Another reason that Steinberg and Planned Parenthood might lie is to keep her hefty tax funded almost $200,000 Salary:PP SE PA DARYL 2010

Also Read: Planned Parenthood abortionist – Partner had abortion patient die – testimony at Gosnell trial

Gosnell – Abortion Clinic Conditions

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Kermit Gosnell with tags , , on April 25, 2013 by saynsumthn

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CLINIC CONDITIONS:

*Dirty facilities; unsanitary instruments; an absence of functioning monitoring and resuscitation equipment; the use of cheap, but dangerous, drugs; illegal procedures; and inadequate emergency access for when things inevitably went wrong, all put patients at grave risk – every day.

*Gosnell and his staff showed consistent disregard not only for the health and
safety of their patients, but also for the laws of Pennsylvania. After reviewing extensive
and compelling evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the clinic, the Grand Jury has issued
a presentment recommending the prosecution of Gosnell and members of his staff for
criminal offenses including:
• Murder of Karnamaya Mongar
• Murders of babies born alive
• Infanticide
• Violations of the Controlled Substances Act
• Hindering, Obstruction, and Tampering
• Perjury
• Illegal late-term abortions
• Violations of the Abortion Control Act
• Violations of the Controlled Substances Act
• Abuse of Corpse
• Theft by Deception
• Conspiracy
• Corrupt Organization
• Corruption of Minors

The inspector from the Department of State reported: “The clinic conditions are deplorable and unsanitary … There was blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars.”

*The Women’s Medical Society was filthy and totally unsuitable as a medical office or a surgical facility. The Grand Jury toured the facility at 3801 Lancaster Avenue. It is unbelievable to us that the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved this building as an abortion facility. We were stunned to learn that, between 1978 and 1993, the department
sporadically inspected and approved the clinic, and then never inspected it again until February 2010, when health department employees entered the facility at the request of
law enforcement officials who were investigating allegations of the illegal sale of drugs and prescriptions.

*According to former staff members, the facility had been substantially cleaned up by the time the Grand Jury visited it. Between late February 2010, when the practice was
closed, and our tour of the clinic in August, significant efforts had been made to make the facility look and smell cleaner. Despite such efforts, it remained a wretched, filthy space.

FEB 18,2010 Search Team for RAID:

*The search team waited outside until Gosnell finally arrived at the clinic, at about 8:30 p.m. When the team members entered the clinic, they were appalled, describing it to
the Grand Jury as “filthy,” “deplorable,” “disgusting,” “very unsanitary, very outdated, horrendous,” and “by far, the worst” that these experienced investigators had ever
encountered. There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets.

Aborted Remains Flushed Down the Garbage Disposal
• Hampton testified about her cleaning duties, which included the large bottle on the suction machine that would fill with blood and fetal remains during first trimester abortions. She testified that she would dump the blood contents of the bottle into a wash sink located between procedure rooms then turn on the garbage disposal – the same one present in the court room as evidence – and grind and flush the contents down the drain. It is illegal in Pennsylvania to dispose of bloody remains in this way.
• It was above that same wash sink that Crime Scene Unit Officer Taggart testified he discovered several jars containing the severed feet of aborted babies.
Body parts flushed down the toilet

• Johnson worked as a janitor, maintenance man and plumber of sorts and he was the common-law husband of 51-year-old Elizabeth Hampton, who is herself Gosnell’s wife’s sister. He told jurors some of the morbid details that appear in the grand jury report — including how he threatened to quit working at the abortion clinic because he refused to pull any more flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing. …He told the jury toilets backed up one-two times a week and said he opened the outside clean out pipe and fetal parts such as babies’ arms came spilling out.Johnson said he scooped up body parts with shovel and put them in a bag that was taken to rat infested basement. Johnson said a cat kept at the Gosnell clinic was there to deal with rat infestations that kept happening. He said the [cat] pooped in plants all over clinic.
• The abortion could take as long as three days, one staffer admitted in it.
• “If … a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet,” testified Latosha Lewis, who worked for Gosnell for over eight years. “I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes. She would not move.”
• According to the report, “[Johnson] described how he had to lift the toilet so that someone else—he said it was too disgusting for him—could get the fetuses out of the pipes.”If the unborn baby hadn’t “fallen out” by the time Gosnell was able to attend to the woman, staff would push and shove on the women’s abdomen.“By maximizing the pain and danger for his patients, [Gosnell] minimized the work, and cost, for himself and his staff,” states the report. “The policy, in effect, was labor without labor.”

ABORTIONS PAST 24 WEEK LEGAL LIMIT:

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Gosnell routinely performed abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit
*Several of the clinic’s former staff told the Grand Jury that Gosnell performed many, many abortions beyond the legal limit in Pennsylvania – a gestational age of 24
weeks. Their testimony is confirmed by clinic files, by fetal remains found at the facility, by photographs of babies that Gosnell delivered and then killed, and by a 30-plus-weeks baby girl born dead at a hospital after Gosnell had inserted laminaria to begin a third trimester abortion.

*Gosnell routinely performed abortions beyond the 24-week limit. He was ruthless in severing the spinal cords of viable babies outside their mothers’ wombs. This conduct
clearly constitutes prosecutable criminal behavior. In order for district attorneys to be able to prosecute, however, the crimes must first be detected. This is DOH’s job – to
ensure that violations of Pennsylvania health care laws are detected. Its inspectors must review files as part of their inspections. They must look at ultrasound tests and pathology reports on second-trimester fetuses. They must make sure that informed and parental consent forms have been signed and that abortions have been reported to DOH.
Instead, Pennsylvania officials have created what amounts to an honor system, a system conspicuously lacking in regulatory oversight or enforcement. If DOH abdicates its responsibility to monitor and inspect abortion clinics, the protections that the Abortion Control Act provides to prematurely born infants and unborn post-24-week fetuses become meaningless to those willing to break the law. The wrongful death of a viable fetus is deemed a homicide. DOH must ensure that the law is applied to protect those
least able to protect themselves.

ANESTHESIA:

Patients received multiple, heavy doses of sedatives that kept them anesthetized for several hours with no licensed medical professional on the premises.

• The anesthesia form confirms what Latosha Lewis and Kareema Cross told the Grand Jury: the “custom” medication administered to second-trimester patients was not just a single dose that was administered to keep the patients asleep through a surgical procedure of limited duration. Rather, the medication was first “inserted prior to the
procedure” and sedation was “repeatedly administered” until the procedure was completed.

• *Latosha Lewis described the same standard procedures as Cross We would undress them eventually from waist down, cover them up, and just put a blanket over them and they would sit there for hours while we’re – either every hour on the hour or whenever we got a chance, we’re still giving them more Cytotec. If the IV is in, we’re giving them pain meds through the IVs. And that’s what we’re doing the whole time until the doctor arrives, unless the baby comes out.

The workers Gosnell hired were incompetent and uncaring in administering anesthesia to his patients – while he was not on the premises.

• *Latosha Lewis testified: “It was a game to them.” Lewis said that when they were supposed to be administering medications, West and Williams were “just goofing off and playing around.”

• *Cross testified that she could recall at least 15 times when she had medicated a second-trimester patient only to have Williams come along right behind her and medicate
again. Lewis said that no one, including herself, recorded the repeated doses of sedation that the clinic’s staff administered to second-trimester patients to keep them anesthetized throughout their – often six- or seven-hour – wait for the doctor.

• *Ashley explained that the workers did not usually call to consult with Gosnell because he frequently became angry when they called him.


ANIMALS/FECIES/URINE /FOUL SMELL :

• [ Former Employees] * There were cat feces and hair throughout the facility, including in the two procedure rooms. Gosnell, they said, kept two cats at the facility (until one died) and let them roam freely. The cats not only defecated everywhere, they were infested with fleas. They slept on beds in the facility when patients were not using them.

• “The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely.”
• Cat feces on the stairs/ flea Infested Cats
• *Former employees, including Latosha Lewis and Kareema Cross, testified to the abhorrent conditions when the clinic was operating. They described the odor that struck
one immediately upon entering – a mix of smells emanating from the cloudy fish tank where the turtles were fed crushed clams and baby formula; and from boxes of medical
waste that sat around for weeks at a time, leaking blood, whenever Gosnell failed to pay the bill to the disposal company.

BATHROOMS NOT CLEAN:
• [Former Employee] *Kareema Cross testified about the procedure rooms: “The rooms were dirty. Blood everywhere. Dust everywhere. Nothing was clean.” The bathrooms, according to Lewis, were cleaned just once a week despite the fact that patients were vomiting in the sinks and delivering babies in the toilets.

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BLOOD STAINS:

• Crime Scene Unit officer John Taggart was cross examined by McMahon about the condition of the clinic and the furnishings. Taggart admitted that he had never tested any of what he thought were blood smears and stains found throughout the clinic to prove the substance was in fact blood. He explained that at a normal crime scene, blood would be tested to determine if it belonged to the victim or the perpetrator. In the Gosnell case, there had been no need to determine who the blood belonged to, so it was not tested. Cameron then asked Taggart to test the apparent blood stains on the equipment in the courtroom, including smears on a dirty gray recliner seized from the clinic’s recovery room.
COVER-UPS:
• *Gosnell and his staff tried to cover up what drugs were administered, who administered them, when, and how. The evidence indicates that Sherry West made false entries on Mrs. Mongar’s file before handing it over to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ashley Baldwin testified that the paramedics asked for Mrs. Mongar’s file so they could take it with them to the hospital. Instead of giving it to them, Ashley said, West grabbed the chart and took it herself to the hospital. By the time the file was turned in to the hospital doctors, it had notations about medications that Ashley said had not previously been there [See Appendix D]. The notations were totally inconsistent with all of the other evidence – from Lynda Williams, from Mrs. Gurung, and even from Gosnell – and grossly understated the amount of medication that was given… What Gosnell and others reported to the hospital, to the Health Department, and to law enforcement about the amount of medication they gave to Mrs. Mongar was demonstrably false.

EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT : NO RESCECITATION EQUIPMENT: CRASH CART/EKG
• *although Pennsylvania’s abortion regulations, 28 Pa. Code §29.31 et seq., require abortion providers to have functional resuscitation equipment and drugs “ready for use,” Gosnell had no such provisions. The clinic’s one defibrillator, the device used to help revive cardiac arrest patients, had not worked for years. There was only one suction source – the one Gosnell used for the abortion procedures – and no equipment to assist with breathing. And on February 18, 2010, three months after Karnamaya Mongar had died of an overdose of anesthesia, there was no “crash cart” with the drugs necessary to reverse the effects of just such overdoses. Had a ny of these items been present in the clinic, as the law requires, Mrs. Mongar might be alive.

• *Gosnell’s facility also lacked equipment legally mandated for monitoring sedated patients. According to Kareema Cross, the clinic owned one old electrocardiogram
(EKG) machine to monitor heart rate and a pulse oximeter, an instrument that is attached to the patient’s finger and measures oxygen saturation in the blood, but these had not
worked for at least six years. These instruments are the minimum equipment required to monitor patients who are sedated, according to the certified gynecologist and obstetrician who shared his expertise with the Grand Jury.

• The Department of Health found only one blood pressure cuff in the clinic in February 2010.
• *There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff in the recovery room.
• A crash cart was present in court that was discovered under a bed in Gosnell’s house. There was no crash cart found inside his clinic.
• Ashley Baldwin said she was in the clinic on the night Mongar went into cardiac arrest. She said Gosnell was pumping on Mongar’s chest and called to her to plug in a defibrillator. “I got a small shock when I plugged it in,” Baldwin added. “It didn’t work.”

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EMERGENCY EXIT LOCKED
• A locked emergency exit at the clinic. Paramedics who arrived to transport Karnamaya Mongar to the hospital needed access to this door in order to get a stretcher into the clinic, but, according to the Grand Jury report, clinic staff could not find the keys.

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• *Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but (just as on the night Mrs. Mongar died three months earlier), no one, not even Gosnell, knew where the
keys were to open the emergency exit. Emergency personnel had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock. They discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the
building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients (just as emergency personnel had been obstructed from reaching Mrs. Mongar).

• Gosnell sent Ashley to the front desk to look for the key, but she could not find it. Ashley told us that a firefighter needed to cut the lock, but “It took him awhile … because the locks is old.” She testified that it took “twenty minutes, probably trying to get the locks unlocked.” Mrs. Gurung and her mother-in-law ran outside, crying. Mr. Ghalley and Mrs. Gurung, frightened, watched the firefighters struggling to get the door open, while Karnamaya Mongar lay motionless. After cutting the locks, responders had to waste precious more minutes trying to maneuver through the narrow cramped hallways that could not accommodate a stretcher.

REFUSED AMBULANCES:
• *In at least one case, Gosnell prevented a patient’s companion from summoning help. The patient, a recovering addict who was undergoing methadone treatment, started
convulsing when Gosnell administered anesthesia. When she fell off the procedure table and hit her head, the staff summoned her companion who was waiting for her. The companion asked Gosnell to call an ambulance, but Gosnell refused. He also prevented the companion from leaving the clinic to summon help. (See also PATIENTS SHEET)


EMPLOYEES – DID AS THEY WERE TOLD:

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Gosnell employee MORTON
Adrienne Moton , “I kept doing whatever I was told,” she told the jury last week.
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Sherry West, “I felt a loyalty to him because he had been my doctor for so long,” West testified.

Elizabeth Hampton – During the FBI investigation of the clinic, Hampton said that she wasn’t “totally truthful” with investigators because she was scared. She was later arrested for perjury in August 2010 and pleaded guilty. After the investigation, Elizabeth Hampton said that Gosnell ordered the employees to clean and scrub the clinic. The first floor was repainted. When asked why he did so, Hampton replied “If he said to do something, we did it. We didn’t question him.”
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Lynda Williams told investigators she only snipped a neck the one time, “because it gave me the creeps.”“I only do what I’m told to do,” she told the jury. “What I was told to do was snip their neck.”

• ASHLEY BALDWIN: “They looked just like regular babies,” Baldwin said. Baldwin said one baby was so big that Gosnell joked that “this baby is going to walk me home.” She said the joke bothered her and she talked to her mother about it. Baldwin’s mother, however, was also a Gosnell employee. Tina Baldwin had worked there since 2001. Ashley Baldwin said she assisted Gosnell in abortions, applying pressure to the mother’s abdomen, handing the doctor instruments and equipment. She said she also saw Gosnell use scissors to “snip” the neck of newborns who were moving after the procedure. Although she sometimes felt uneasy about what she saw, Baldwin said, Gosnell always had an explanation: “He told me that’s how it was supposed to go.”

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EQUIPMENT
ULTRASOUND MACHINE OLD:
• Dr. Karen Feisullin, a practicing ObGyn at a major metropolitan hospital testified that another piece of equipment in the courtroom, the ultrasound machine, was so old that she had never seen one like it. She put on latex gloves before picking up the abdominal and vaginal transducers, which were discolored and filthy. Feisullin testified that she was not even sure where the monitor screen was on the ancient device.

EQUIPMENT: Broken equipment / OUTDATED
In this photo of a procedure room at the clinic, corrosion can be seen on the osygen tank tubing.

*Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used.


FAILED TO GAIN CONSENT:

• *Mrs. Mongar’s initials, perhaps written by someone else, appear on a form entitled “Consent to Office Procedure Administration of Anesthesia and Rendering of Other Medical Services.” This form purported to authorize Gosnell or “whomever he may designate as his assistant” to perform a therapeutic abortion. Unspecified anesthesia was to be administered “by or under the direction of one of the staff members.” The form included a waiver of “any claim that my consent is not informed consent.” This consent form and waiver were supposedly initialed by the non-English-speaking patient. Her daughter, who also spoke almost no English, was asked to sign as a witness.

FAILED TO REPORT AB’s TO STATE:
• The most recent report filed by Gosnell’s clinic stated that it had performed 118 first-trimester and 2 second-trimester abortions in the fourth quarter of 2009. But even in the few files that DOH evaluators reviewed in February 2010, there were six second-trimester procedures performed in the last two months of 2009.

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FETAL PARTS STORED IN BLDG FOR YEARS:
• *The search team discovered fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic
– in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers
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• Some fetal remains were in a refrigerator, others were frozen.
• *scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.
• Bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building.
• Jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf.
• Investigators found fetal bodies and body parts in garbage bags, plastic boxes, and bottles at the clinic, the report said.
• A search of Gosnell’s office, called the Women’s Medical Society, in West Philadelphia revealed that bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building. Jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf. Furniture and equipment was dusty, broken, and blood-stained.

• It took the medical examiner, Dr. Gulino, five days just to catalog the containers of fetal parts and the examiner also examined feet and lower extremity found in jars of formaldehyde belonging to five babies Gosnell killed. The ages of the unborn children ranged from first trimester to 22 weeks and the latter baby was possibly viable. “Most fetuses he examined were found in cat food, other containers. Frozen in red plastic bags,” Sullenger said. “He never encountered situation before and attempted to get guidance. This case was “unprecedented” he said.”

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BABIES STORED IN FRIG:

• *The Philadelphia Department of Public Health does not regulate doctors or medical facilities; but it is supposed to protect the public’s health. Philadelphia health department employees regularly visited the Women’s Medical Society to retrieve blood samples for testing purposes, but never noticed, or more likely never bothered to report, that anything was amiss. Another employee inspected the clinic in response to a complaint that dead fetuses were being stored in paper bags in the employees’ lunch refrigerator. The inspection confirmed numerous violations of protocols for storage and disposal of infectious waste. But no follow-up was ever done, and the violations continued to the end.

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JAR OF SEVERED FEET:
• *Another of the doctor’s practices that defies explanation was his habit of cutting the feet off of aborted fetuses and saving them in specimen jars in the clinic. Kareema
Cross showed the Grand Jury photographs she had taken in 2008 of a closet where Gosnell stored jars containing severed feet. During the February 2010 raid, investigators
were shocked to see a row of jars on a clinic shelf containing fetal parts. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw about 30 such jars. None of the medical experts who testified before the Grand Jury had ever heard of such a disturbing practice, nor could they come up with an explanation for it. The medical expert on abortions testified that cutting off the feet “is bizarre and off the wall.” The experts uniformly rejected out of hand Gosnell’s supposed explanation that he waspreserving the feet for DNA purposes should paternity ever become an issue. A small tissue sample would suffice to collect DNA. None of the staff knew of any instance in which fetal feet were ever used for this purpose.

*The investigators found a row of jars containing just the severed feet of fetuses. In the basement, they discovered medical waste piled high. The intact 19-week fetus
delivered by Mrs. Mongar three months earlier was in a freezer.

• One of the most bizarre things about this case is Dr. Gosnell’s fetal foot collection. He cut the feet off the fetuses he aborted and kept them in a row of jars. No civilized society can accept such an abomination, whether the fetuses in question were viable or not…
• [Page 74] Another of the doctor’s practices that defies explanation was his habit of cutting the feet off of aborted fetuses and saving them in specimen jars in the clinic. Kareema Cross showed the Grand Jury photographs she had taken in 2008 of a closet where Gosnell stored jars containing severed feet. During the February 2010 raid, investigators were shocked to see a row of jars on a clinic shelf containing fetal parts. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw about 30 such jars [click to enlarge]…

• *We heard evidence that Gosnell often mutilated dead babies and fetuses by cutting off their feet, which he, weirdly, kept in specimen jars in the clinic. During the February 2010 raid, investigators were shocked to see a row of jars on a shelf in the clinic containing fetal parts. Kareema Cross showed us several photographs that she took in 2008 of a closet where Gosnell stored jars containing severed feet of fetuses. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw about 30 such jars. None of the medical or abortion experts who testified before the Grand Jury had ever heard of such a disturbing practice, nor could they come up with an explanation for it. The medical expert on abortions testified that cutting off the feet “is bizarre and off the wall.” The experts uniformly rejected out of hand Gosnell’s supposed explanation that he was preserving the feet for DNA purposes should paternity ever become an issue. A small tissue sample would suffice to collect DNA. None of the staff knew
• The following severed feet and a fetus without feet were discovered in the 2010
raid:
The feet of a 22-week fetus in specimen containers that the
medical examiner referred to as 4C-1 and 4C-2. These
containers were labeled with the same name and the date
12/5/09. Each foot was in a separate container. The medical
examiner found with respect to each foot that “the distal portion
of the leg has been sharply transected 2.5 cm above the sole of
the foot.”
A 21-week fetus, gender indeterminate, found in a plastic bleach
bottle, wrapped in red biohazard bag 3F. The medical examiner
discovered that “Both feet have been severed at the level of the
distal leg and are not present in the container.”
The left foot of a 19-week fetus in specimen container 4B.
According to the medical examiner, “The distal portion of the
leg has been sharply transected 2.7 cm. above the sole of the
foot.”
The feet of a 19-week fetus in specimen containers 5B-1 and 5B-
2. As to the left foot, the medical examiner found, “The distal
portion of the leg has been sharply transected 2.5 cm. above the
sole of the foot in an oblique fashion.” As to the right foot, “the
distal portion of the leg has been sharply transected 1.9 cm.
above the sole of the foot in an oblique fashion.”

• We also heard evidence that, after cutting the spinal cords of live babies, Gosnell
would put the babies in cut-off milk jugs, water containers, and juice cartons. The intact
body of one 28-week-old male, which we previously referred to as Baby Boy B, was
discovered in a bag in the clinic’s freezer during the February 2010 raid. It was in a
plastic water container with the top cut off, along with the placenta and gauze pads. The baby had a surgical incision at the base of the neck and was determined by the medical
examiner to have been viable.

FETAL POC’S NOT SENT TO PATHOLIGIST:

• *After entering Gosnell’s facility with law enforcement agents, DOH representatives reviewed the files of some of its patients (some of whom were present and had procedures on February 18, 2010, when the search was conducted; and some of whom had had procedures in the previous few months). Nine of the patients had had second-trimester abortions. Under Pennsylvania’s abortion regulations, abortion providers are required to send any tissue from second-trimester procedures to a pathologist to determine whether there is evidence of viability. Gosnell had failed to do this for any of the nine patients, thus violating §29.33(8) nine times. (Count V.)

FORCED ABORTIONS –
• *We were particularly appalled by the reference in the form to a decision being “forced” on a patient by a partner or parents.. As long as he was paid, the patient’s
wishes or circumstances were not his concern.
• In December 2001, Marcella Stanley Choung had filed a detailed, written complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Among her allegations.. Gosnell performed abortions on “underage children” against their will if their mothers asked him to; and that he performed other abortions without consent forms…According to the files turned over to the Grand Jury by the Department of State, no further action was taken until April 29, 2004 – nearly two years later – when Greenwald, the same prosecuting attorney who recommended against following up on Semika Shaw’s death, also recommended closing the case on Choung’s allegations

FRAUD:

DEFRAUDED PATIENTS:
• *Gosnell committed a variety of frauds. He defrauded his patients by charging them for appointments with Steve Massof and Eileen O’Neill under the pretense that they
were real doctors. Kareema Cross testified that this sometimes caused confusion with patients and hospitals. She said that the clinic would receive calls when patients reported
to a hospital that they had been treated or sent to the hospital by “Dr. O’Neill.” When no one at the hospital could find a record of a Dr. O’Neill, the patient would call to find out her first name. Cross said that the staff were instructed to say that O’Neill was a student and that Massof was a resident. The patients were told to use Gosnell’s name even if they thought they were patients of “Dr. O’Neill” and “Dr.” Steve. By defrauding patients, Gosnell, O’Neill, and Massof could charge for doctors’ appointments even when no
licensed physician was present.

Defrauded insurance companies

• *Gosnell also defrauded insurance companies. For example, although Gosnell was not an approved provider for Keystone East Health Insurance subscribers, this did not
stop him and O’Neill from treating Keystone East subscribers and charging the insurer for their services. According to Randy Hutchins and others, Gosnell simply asked Dr. Agnes Simmons, a fellow West Philadelphia doctor, who was a Keystone provider, to pretend that she worked at the Women’s Medical Society so that the clinic could bill
Keystone under her name.

• Maddline Joe, the office manager in charge of submitting insurance forms, claimed, unconvincingly, that Dr. Simmons saw some patients at Gosnell’s clinic. But no
other worker, including the receptionist, Tina Baldwin, ever saw Dr. Simmons working at the clinic. Randy Hutchins testified that he learned that Gosnell would split insurance
payments on these claims with Dr. Simmons.

DEFRAUDED Delaware Pro-Choice Medical Fund

• Gosnell defrauded the Delaware Pro-Choice Medical Fund as well. This organization provides financial assistance to Delaware women seeking abortions. Gosnell
tapped into the Delaware fund by falsely claiming that some of his patients lived in Delaware.

HALLWAYS TOO NARROW:

• *The physical layout of the clinic, a confusing maze of narrow hallways and multiple twisting stairways, should have been an obvious bar to its use for surgical
procedures. The three-story structure, created by joining two buildings, had no elevator. Access from procedure rooms to the outside by wheelchair or stretcher was impossible,
as was evident the night Karnamaya Mongar died.
• *Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but (just as on the night Mrs. Mongar died three months earlier), no one, not even Gosnell, knew where the
keys were to open the emergency exit. Emergency personnel had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock. They discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the
building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients (just as emergency personnel had been obstructed from reaching Mrs. Mongar).

INFECTIOUS DISEASE
• *A doctor from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hand-delivered a complaint, advising the department that numerous patients he had referred for abortions came back from Gosnell with the same venereal disease.

• *In 2008, however, Lewis stopped assisting with the abortion procedures, and Cross stopped in July 2009. Sherry West and Lynda Williams, whom Gosnell hired to
take over their duties, were not as conscientious. According to Lewis, Gosnell hired Sherry West when she lost her job at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center after contracting hepatitis C. Yet, despite her hepatitis, West regularly failed to wear gloves when treating patients. Cross testified that she never saw West wear gloves, even though West worked in the procedure room with the doctor and inserted patients’ IV connections.

MEDICAL RECORDS NOT PRIVATE:

• A simultaneous search of Gosnell’s house found patient files that he had taken from the clinic. In a filing cabinet in his 12-year-old daughter’s closet, they found
$240,000 in cash and a gun.

• Della Mann, a registered nurse who had worked at the clinic years earlier , and had become a patient, said that in 2008, she decided to stop going to Gosnell’s office because of its reckless handling of patient files. She said that the files were left all over the place and that anyone, including other patients, could have access to them.

• *Clinic staff testified that Gosnell took patients files home and did not keep records of most of his late-term abortions at the clinic. Tina Baldwin explained that Gosnell took second-trimester files home “if there were difficult cases or some cases where he thought they shouldn’t be in there.” Massof told us that Gosnell always took files home, so “I think he has them. If he hasn’t destroyed them, he has them.” A subsequent search of Gosnell’s home and car turned up only some of these files. One of the files seized from Gosnell’s car was partially shredded.

biohazard-bags-gal
MEDICAL WASTE NOT DISPOSED OF PROPERLY
• *Former employees, including Latosha Lewis and Kareema Cross, testified to the abhorrent conditions when the clinic was operating. They described the odor that struck
one immediately upon entering – a mix of smells emanating from the cloudy fish tank where the turtles were fed crushed clams and baby formula; and from boxes of medical
waste that sat around for weeks at a time, leaking blood, whenever Gosnell failed to pay the bill to the disposal company.

• Sometimes, according to Tina Baldwin, fetal remains were left out overnight. “You knew
about it the next day when you opened the door … Because you could smell it as soon as you opened the door.” According to a plan that Gosnell filed with the Philadelphia Health Department in 2004, waste was to be stored in the basement for once-a-week pickup by a waste disposal company. But he didn’t follow the plan. He failed to pay his bills. Weeks went by without a pickup, and the containers in the basement leaked.

• *On May 7, 2004, a city health department inspector was sent to the clinic. His report stated that

1. proper labels were missing from areas where waste was stored
2. that red bag containers for infectious waste were not lidded
3. that marked boxes of infectious waste were sitting on the basement floor – not raised as they should be
4. that red bags for pick-up were not properly stored in the basement
5. the clinic did not provide a contract with a disposal company. Gosnell subsequently produced some more paperwork, including a copy of a contract for disposal. However, he never paid his fee.

The city never approved his medical waste plan. And he never cleaned up the infectious waste. Yet five years later, he was still operating. When the Grand Jurors toured the facility in 2010, boxes of waste were still sitting on the basement floor. Gosnell still stored aborted fetuses in plastic containers in the freezer. Employees described a stench emitted by bags of fetal tissue that piled up in the clinic… according to what Dr. Schwarz was told, sometime in 2004 or 2005 – shortly after Davis sent to the clinic the form letter reminding delinquent medical providers to submit their waste plans and pay their fee – the department stopped trying to enforce the regulation against those who had not complied.

IMPROPER DISPOSAL:

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This photo shows bags of biohazard in the basement of the clinic. According to the report, Gosnell had arranged for a weekly pickup of biohazardous materials, but because he failed to pay his bills, the materials piled up in the basement.

DISPOSAL:

Taggart testified that last Friday he returned to the clinic and retrieved one final item which was also in court. It was a large garbage disposal that was under the sink in the wash room that was between the O’Keefe and Monet abortion rooms where jars containing the severed feet sat on a shelf. When asked why the garbage disposal was brought to court,


MEDICATE/SLAP UNRULY PATIENTS:

• *Tina Baldwin testified that, while the size and weight of the patients were immaterial to dosages, one factor that did influence the staff’s use of medication was the
temperament of the patient. Baldwin said that she would call Gosnell at home when she
had a question about medicating a patient:
A: . . . He would ask you what her temperament was, you know.
Q: Why did it matter what her temperament was?
A: I don’t know. He would just ask you what it was, you
know, what she was doing.
Q: For instance, if someone was carrying on, really crying out in pain –
A: Oh, you would knock them out completely.
Q: Why?
A: Because he wouldn’t want you – he didn’t want to hear all that. He just didn’t want to hear all that. He didn’t want that in his office. He didn’t like confrontation. He didn’t like nobody calling the police or anything. He didn’t like none of that stuff going on.
Q: So he would just drug a girl in the back if she was complaining and carrying on?
A: If she was out of hand, yeah, she would get put under.
Q: How often would that happen?
A: Any time somebody got out of hand.
Q: How often would people get out of hand?
A: Let’s say 24 weeks and you’re feeling all of it, I would say at least three a week, three or four a week, something like that.
Q: And there’s other patients there with her, right?
A: Yeah. And when it gets like that, we try – they used to take the other patients upstairs through the back way or we would shut the front, shut the door before surgery and that girl that was being a problem, nine times out of ten – you would get her out of the way first. Put her in a room, put her in a room, let’s give her her medication, quiet her up. She’s upsetting everybody else. So usually she would getdone first.

• *If Gosnell was present in the clinic, drugs might be the back-up plan for subduing
unruly patients. Tina Baldwin testified that she saw Gosnell slap a woman on the thigh when she got “a little bit rowdy.” Baldwin explained that when that did not quiet her, he used drugs: “I mean he slapped her and that didn’t work, then he would medicate her and put her under.” According to Baldwin, some women returned to complain and ask why they had slap or hand marks on their thighs.

MEDICATIONS IMPROPERLY STORED:
• *The City of Philadelphia employee who did notice and report the abysmal conditions she observed at Gosnell’s clinic was a registered nurse named Lori Matijkiw.
Matijkiw conducted what the Health Department calls an “AFIX” visit, or vaccine inspection, in July 2008. On July 16, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., Matijkiw made a vaccine inspection visit to Gosnell’s clinic. Unlike the inspectors before her, she did not simply stick to her narrow, assigned task of inspecting vaccines and their storage units. She took seriously her broader duty to protect public health. Following her visit to Gosnell’s facility, she reported on a multitude of deficiencies she found….She noted that the office was “not clean at all, and many areas of the office smell like urine.” She reported a “dark layer of dust” on the baseboards and described the “enormous” fish tanks, filled with murky water. In the refrigerator, she found expired vaccines – one with an expiration date of March 2006, another 2005. The temperature log, which was supposed to record the refrigerator temperature every day, had not been marked since the second day of June – a month and a half earlier. On top of the refrigerator, she found a stack of temperature logs, already filled out, showing readings twice a day, with no initials, time, or month. Matijkiw wrote that Tina Baldwin showed her to a freezer in a “lab” (quotation marks are in the original email) on the second floor. Inside she found “3-4 large plastic containers with blood-colored frozen contents, wrapped in blue chux.” She described a “red fluid spilled/frozen on the floor of the freezer.” Chicken pox vaccines were stored in an ice tray above the containers of bloody fetuses.

MEDICATION OUTDATED

• *All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff – long before Gosnell arrived at the clinic – and staff members could not accurately state what medications or dosages
they had administered to the waiting patients. Many of the medications in inventory were past their expiration dates.

MEDICINE ADMINISTERED BY UNLICENSED STAFF
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A sedation dosage chart drawn by Ashley Baldwin, a 15-year-old girl who worked at the clinic alongside her mother, Tina Baldwin.
• *Even when Gosnell was in the clinic, he did not give written or oral orders for medication. Rather, the unlicensed workers determined the mix of drugs they would
administer by referring to, although not always following, a chart that was posted in the recovery room. The chart – a “cheat sheet” of the clinic’s sedation cocktails – was handwritten by high-school-student Ashley Baldwin, who worked every night except Sunday at the clinic, performing a variety of medical procedures for which she had no
training.
• Ashley’s color-coded chart described the various levels of sedation that Gosnell
provided, and the mix of drugs that comprised them, as follows:
 Local (10 mg. of nalbuphine and 12.5 mg. of promethazine);
 Heavy (50 mg. Demerol, 12.5 mg. promethazine, and 5mg. diazepam);
 Twilight (75 mg. Demerol, 12.5 mg. promethazine, and 7.5 mg. diazepam); and
 Custom (75 mg. Demerol, 12.5 mg. promethazine, and 10 mg. diazepam).

• Latosha Lewis described how she and the other unlicensed staff members presented the choice of medication to the clinic’s patients: You can pick which anesthesia you want to receive, whether you want to be up, half asleep, if you want to be knocked out, and it’s additional to your procedure, but local anesthesia is included in the smaller cases and custom anesthesia, which is the highest, to be put to sleep in the bigger cases.

An “Anesthesia for Surgery” form [Appendix B] presented to patients for their signature – and payment – did not identify or describe the drugs to be administered.
However, it suggested:
It will probably be best to pay the extra money and be more comfortable if some of the following conditions are true for you.
1. The decision to have the procedure is a difficult
decision.
2. Medication is usually necessary for your
menstrual cramps.
3. Your decision has been forced by your parents
or partner.
4. Your family members or friends “don’t like pain.”

*Gosnell had unlicensed and unsupervised staff routinely administer potent and dangerous drugs when he was not present at the clinic.

• As bad as the physical condition of the facility was, the practice that Gosnell conducted inside of it was even worse. It was not a mistake or an exceptional
circumstance that forced Lynda Williams and Sherry West to sedate Mrs. Mongar when Gosnell was absent from his clinic. According to multiple staff members, that was routine
procedure. In fact, Gosnell, the clinic’s only licensed medical provider, rarely arrived at all before 8:00 p.m. Abortion patients, on the other hand, began arriving as early as noon. It was Gosnell’s intention and instruction that his untrained and unlicensed staff administer drugs – both to initiate labor and to sedate patients – before he arrived.

• The doctor himself was seldom present. In his absence, untrained, unsupervised workers, one of them a teenage girl, routinely injected dangerous sedatives into women undergoing illegal late-term abortions.
• *Drugs were administered without regard to a patient’s weight, medical condition, potential risk factors, or any other relevant factors that physicians need to weigh in determining appropriate medication. Gosnell ordered his untrained and inexperienced staff to administer drugs to patients even when they protested, as 16-year-old Ashley Baldwin did, that they were not qualified. Gosnell told Ashley and other employees that if they were not willing to administer medication and anesthetize patients, procedures that
Pennsylvania law requires a medical license to perform, they could not work at the clinic.

• *Gosnell disliked it when workers disturbed him by calling for medication advice.
Ashley told us that he complained that they were “rushing him.” According to Lewis, “You had to rely on your own. If you felt like they were in pain and you wanted to
administer medication, you would just administer the medication yourself.” Williams was known by other staff members to improvise her own drug cocktails.
She would give a patient “[w]hat she thought she needed,” according to Ashley. “She used what she wanted.” West would do the same. Other staff members repeatedly
reported this dangerous practice to Gosnell, yet he continued to give Williams responsibility for drugging his second-trimester patients. Cross warned Gosnell in 2008
that Williams gave too much medication, but “Gosnell didn’t care what she did.” Cross would tell Williams that she was giving too much medication; Williams would respond, “well, that is what Dr. Gosnell told me to give.”

• *Even if the strong sedatives offered by Gosnell were being administered by licensed professionals – which they were not – the implications of the clinic’s
“Anesthesia for Surgery” form are troubling for several reasons. First, decisions on medication dosages were left totally up to patients, and were almost always made without
any consultation with a doctor. Even worse, the patients were encouraged to make these decisions based on factors that have nothing to do with medicine – factors as irrelevant to
their health as their friends’ feelings about pain.

Cytotec
• *The person at the front desk, usually the unlicensed and untrained longtime employee Tina Baldwin, would start medicating the patients by giving them more Cytotec to induce labor and temazapan (Restoril) to make them sleepy. The doctor did not arrive before 8:00 pm or later, despite the fact that patients frequently began arriving at noon.
For hours after they came to the clinic, patients were left naked from the waist down (the clinic provided no robes, only blankets that were washed once a week).
Women sat in bloodstained lounge chairs in the “recovery room” while unlicensed, unsupervised workers gave them large doses of various drugs. Cytotec was administered hourly, or whenever the staff got around to it. Pills of either 100 mg. strength or 200 mg. – the workers were unclear what they were giving -were administered both buccally, that is, by placing them in the patient’s cheek or lip, or vaginally. These frequent doses of Cytotec made the women’s uteruses contract and cramp, throwing them into active labor and causing severe pain. Kareema Cross, a coworker of Lewis’s, testified that as the patients got “bigger and bigger” over the years, the workers would give more and more Cytotec.
OVER MEDICATE:

• *To make the patients “comfortable” – and keep them quiet – the clinic’s unlicensed and untrained workers used butterfly needles for IV access and injected
several different strong, sedative drugs into the women and girls in order to, as Latosha Lewis and Kareema Cross put it, “knock them out.” All afternoon and evening, as patients woke and complained of pain, workers would continue to medicate them with injections of sedatives. Between doses, the staff would leave patients largely untended. This would go on until the doctor arrived, some six or more hours after the patient did, or until the woman delivered.

PATIENTS LEFT UNSUPERVISED:
• Gosnell’s failure to equip his clinic with functioning monitoring and resuscitation instruments was all the more dangerous because of his use of unlicensed workers to perform crucial jobs. State abortion regulations require that women in the recovery room be “supervised constantly” by a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse under the direction of a registered nurse or a physician. From 2006 until the clinic closed in 2010,Gosnell’s recovery room was often supervised – and not constantly, because she had several other duties – by a high school student, Ashley Baldwin. The state Department of Health documents that, as far back as 1989, Gosnell had no registered or licensed nurses to staff the clinic’s recovery room.


NOT MONITORED:

• Lynda Williams testified that they never hooked patients up to monitoring devices to check their pulse, heartbeat or breathing and the one monitoring machine they had in Gosnell’s clinic never worked. Williams said she monitored patients by simply looking at them and watching for a pulse in their neck veins.

PRO-CHOICE COMMUNITY KNEW OF CONDITIONS:
• We have learned during our investigation that Gosnell’s reckless ways were not unknown to people in the community. Some pro-choice and women’s health groups learned from Gosnell’s patients of their frightening experiences. Patients reported that they were put totally to sleep for long periods of time, that they were treated badly, and that the facility was dirty. The community groups tried to help women file complaints. They were unsuccessful, however, in part because the complaint form used by the Department of State – the same form that one would use to complain about a barber or a car salesman – is difficult to fill out, especially if the complainant is not well educated or does not speak English. It demands considerable personal information, and it does not guarantee confidentiality for medical records. When representatives of one of the organizations tried to file a complaint with the Board of Medicine on behalf of the women, they were allegedly told that they could not file a third-party complaint.

PRESIGNED PRESCRIPTION FORMS /PILL MILL:

*By day it was a prescription mill; by night an abortion mill. A constant stream of “patients” came through during business hours and, for the proper payment, left with scripts for Oxycontin and other controlled substances, for themselves and their friends. Gosnell didn’t see these “patients”; he didn’t even show up at the office during the day. He just left behind blank, pre-signed prescription pads, and had his unskilled, unauthorized workers take care of the rest. The fake prescriptions brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

PROFIT:

A price list for procedures. Former employee Kareema Cross testified, “[for] 20 to 24 weeks, [Dr. Gosnell] will do dilation for two days. For 23 to 24, he’ll do dilation for two days and . . . he’ll go in. We’ll give them the medication to put them to sleep.” Abortions past the gestational age of 24 weeks are illegal in Pennsylvania.

A price list for sedation packages. According to the report, Gosnell made at least $1.8 million per year, in addition to the money he made writing prescriptions. Authorities say Gosnell was one of the top three prescribers of Oxycontin in Pennsylvania.
• The real business of the “Women’s Medical Society” was not health; it was profit.. With abortion, as with prescriptions, Gosnell’s approach was simple: keep volume high, expenses low – and break the law. That was his competitive edge.. At the Women’s Medical Society, the only question that really mattered was whether you had the cash. Too young? No problem. Didn’t want to wait? Gosnell provided same-day service… Gosnell catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere – because they were too pregnant… But for Dr. Gosnell, they were an opportunity. The bigger the baby, the more he charged… Gosnell prepared a list of preset dosage levels to be administered in his absence. But no allowances were made for individual patient variations, or for any monitoring of vital signs. All that mattered was the money. The more you paid, the more pain relief you received.

• *A simultaneous search of Gosnell’s house found patient files that he had taken from the clinic. In a filing cabinet in his 12-year-old daughter’s closet, they found
$240,000 in cash and a gun.
• *Gosnell ran a criminal enterprise, motivated by greed… Gosnell recklessly cut corners, allowed patients to choose their medication based on ability to pay, and provided abysmal care – all to maximize his profit.

• *We estimate that Gosnell took in as much as $10,000 to $15,000 a night, mostly in cash, for a few hours of work performing abortions. And this amount does not include
the money he made as one of the top Oxycontin prescribers in the state.

• The only thing Gosnell seemed to care about was the cash he raked in from his illegal operation.

• *Williams’s habit of using too much medication was so serious that Cross reported it to Gosnell at least a year before Karnamaya Mongar died. Cross got the doctor’s
attention by telling him that he was losing money because Williams was using so much medication. As a result, Gosnell put a logbook in the recovery room to keep better track of drugs. This solution, however, was designed to save money, not protect patients.

• *Tina Baldwin testified that sometimes Gosnell would manipulate ultrasounds for women who were within the 24-week legal limit so that he could charge them more “From 15 weeks to 24 weeks then, you’re talking about money and you’re talking about making it, moving it to make it bigger and smaller.” Gosnell charged his patients on a sliding scale based not on gestational age, with late-term abortions sometimes costing $2,500 or more.

• *Massof said that even if the ultrasound showed a fetus was 24 weeks, it would often be a week or two older by the time the procedure was done because “they would have to get their money.”

• Charged for abortions at various gestational ages:
 6 weeks – 12 weeks $330
 13 weeks – 14 weeks $440
 15 weeks – 16 weeks $540
 17 weeks – 18 weeks $750
 19 weeks – 20 weeks $950
 21 weeks – 22 weeks $1,180
 23 weeks – 24 weeks $1,625
• *Gosnell charged as much as $3,000 for a single late-term abortion.

• *Even using conservative estimates, the amount of money that Gosnell took in every procedure night is staggering. If he did 20 first-trimester abortions at $330 a piece, and five 19- to 20-week abortions at $950, he would take in $11,350 a night.

• Similarly, in the later years, if he performed 10 first-trimester and 5 late-second-trimester (23 to 24 weeks) abortions a night, Gosnell would still take in $11,425. And that does not include any of the illegal abortions past 24 weeks for which he charged much more, or the profits he made by selling additional anesthesia a la carte to first-trimester patients.

• This amounts to nearly $1.8 million a year – almost all of it in cash – assuming just three procedure nights a week. (Testimony indicated that he performed abortions
from about 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., three nights a week – for a total of 15 hours.) In light of the testimony we heard that Gosnell performed the really late third-trimester abortions on Sundays, his take was likely much higher. And none of this includes his income from writing prescriptions – according to one law enforcement agent, Gosnell was one of the top three Oxycontin prescribers in the state of Pennsylvania.
• Pictures were also presented to the jury showing Gosnell’s
 two large homes,
 his boat
 private boat dock
 his newer model F150 extended cab pickup truck.
 a photo of his gaudy deep purple bedroom at his Philadelphia home was revealing. In it belongings were strewn about and piled everywhere, and appeared much as one would expect a hoarder’s house to look, and resembled the general junky appearance of his abortion clinic rooms.
• Authorities found $250,000 in cash under a mattress when they raided his home in 2010, although they believe he also made significant sums through a separate “pill mill” at his street-corner clinic, where they say a steady stream of people sought painkiller prescriptions.

• Patients were allowed to choose any level of sedation, as long as they paid for it. Gosnell did not actually prescribe the amount of medicine, if any, to be used on a
particular patient. Instead, he had his staff offer patients a list of medications that could be bought a la carte, in differing quantities, for first-trimester abortions. This practice demonstrates that he was not really practicing medicine; he was running a money-making racket, cutting corners and endangering patients to maximize his profits.


OUT OF STATE PATENTS:

• He couldn’t get doctors to refer patients because of his declining reputation. So he increasingly relied on attracting women from out of state. He even provided a bed in the clinic for overnight stays, the grand jury report said.
• Gosnell began to rely much more on referrals from other areas where abortions as late as 24 weeks are unavailable. More and more of his patients came from out of state and were late second-trimester patients. Many of them were well beyond 24 weeks. Gosnell was known as a doctor who would perform abortions at any stage, without regard for legal limits. His patients came from several states, including Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, as well as from Pennsylvania cities outside the Philadelphia area, such as Allentown. He also had many late-term Philadelphia patients because most other local clinics would not perform procedures past 20 weeks.

REUSED UNSANITARY INSTRUMENTS ON PATIENTS
NOT STERILIZED:
• *Gosnell used and reused unsanitary instruments to perform abortions. The instruments that were inserted into women’s bodies were also unsanitary, according to the workers. Kareema Cross showed the Grand Jury a photograph she had taken, showing how the instruments were purportedly sterilized. The photo shows a pan on the floor. In it are the doctor’s tools, supposedly soaking in a sterilizing solution. But the photo shows that the instruments cannot get clean because they do not fit in the pan, and are not submerged. Gosnell would nonetheless pluck instruments from this pan on the floor and use them for procedures. Cross said that she saw Gosnell insert into a woman’s vagina a speculum that was still bloody from a previous patient.

• *She testified about how Gosnell would ignore her complaints about his unsanitary practices:
• The instruments were dirty. It was plenty of times that I had complained. He’ll – it would be a spec, a speculum and he’ll use it. I would complain – I’ll leave the speculum on his tray, so he can see it. So he can say something to whoever is cleaning them. It’ll have blood on it. And he would still use it and it was a lot of girls that was complaining about getting infections . . . trichonomas, chlamydia because of the instruments not being cleaned.

REUSED CURETTES

• *Several workers testified that Gosnell insisted on reusing plastic curettes, the tool used to remove tissue from the uteruses, even though these were made for single use
only. Latosha Lewis testified that Gosnell would make his staff reuse the curettes until they broke. Like Cross, Lewis believed it was the unsanitary instruments that were
causing patients to become infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea.

SEXUAL ABUSE:

• Gosnell took photographs of his patients’ genitalia before procedures *Gosnell engaged in other practices with patients that defy any medical or even
common-sense explanation. Steven Massof testified that the doctor would often photograph women’s genitalia before he performed their abortions. According to Massof,
Gosnell told him that he was photographing women from Liberia and other African countries who had undergone clitorodectomies, the surgical removal of the clitoris.
In his curriculum vitae, Gosnell described this activity as “clinical research: clitoral surgery patients – cultural and functional realities.” There is no evidence,
however, that the doctor obtained the necessary permissions to engage in human experimentation. Massof said that Gosnell took pictures of women, and of fetuses, with a digital camera and with his phone. Gosnell told Massof that he was taking the photographs for “his teaching,” but Massof said that he was unaware that Gosnell taught anywhere. Gosnell would often show the photographs to Massof and exclaim about the skill of the surgeons who had sewn the women’s labia together, leaving only a small opening allow menstrual flow. (Page 76 Grand Jury Report)

ULTRASOUND DECEPTION:
• *Gosnell’s solution was simply to fudge the measurement process. Instead of hiring proper ultrasound technicians, he “trained” the staff himself, showing them how to aim the ultrasound probe at an angle to make the fetus look… smaller. If one of his workers nonetheless recorded an ultrasound measurement that was too big, it would just be redone. Invariably these second ultrasounds would come in lower. In fact, almost every time a second ultrasound was taken, the gestational age would be recorded as precisely 24.5 weeks – slightly past the statutory cutoff. Apparently Gosnell thought he would get away with abortions that were just a little illegal. In reality, of course, most of these pregnancies were considerably more advanced.

MANIPULATE ULTRASOUNDS:

• *Gosnell taught his employees how to manipulate the ultrasound machine to get a false reading – one that would make the fetus appear to be smaller, and younger, than it actually was… Lynda Williams told the FBI that “Gosnell dummies paperwork and he will redo ultrasounds over himself to manipulate the image to reflect fetuses at younger ages.”
• Kareema Cross and Tina Baldwin testified that they also manipulated ultrasound
results at Gosnell’s direction. They told of other instances in which Gosnell replaced
ultrasound photos that they had put in patient files. If their photos showed a biparietal diameter, a measurement of the fetus’s skull, corresponding to a gestational age above 24 weeks, Gosnell simply substituted a different photo showing a measurement consistent with a younger fetus. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw Gosnell manipulate ultrasound results himself “a good ten times.” Tina Baldwin testified that sometimes Gosnell would manipulate ultrasounds for women who were within the 24-week legal limit so that he could charge them more “From 15 weeks to 24 weeks then, you’re talking about money and you’re talking about making it, moving it to make it bigger and smaller.” Gosnell charged his patients on a sliding scale based not on gestational age, with late-term abortions sometimes costing $2,500 or more.

UNLICENSED STAFF –
• *The people who ran this sham medical practice included no doctors other than
Gosnell himself, and not even a single nurse. Two of his employees had been to medical
school, but neither of them were licensed physicians. They just pretended to be.
Everyone called them “Doctor,” even though they, and Gosnell, knew they weren’t. Among the rest of the staff, there was no one with any medical licensing or relevant
certification at all. But that didn’t stop them from making diagnoses, performing
• procedures, administering drugs.

UNLICENSED STAFF PERFORMED ABORTIONS/ULTRASOUNDS/EXAMS:

• *While there was no doctor on the premises during the day, the clinic’s unlicensed assistants saw abortion patients beginning at about 10:00 a.m. Women could walk in for
ultrasounds and for what the clinic staff called “pre-exams.” During the pre-exam, which cost $125, one of the clinic’s workers would ask the patient about her past medical
history, allergies, and last menstrual period. The staff member would also draw blood, take the woman’s blood pressure, and perform an ultrasound to determine the age of the
fetus – even though none of the staff was properly trained to do ultrasounds. The clinic worker would have the patient sign the facility’s consent form (rarely if everreviewing it with the client), and then schedule the procedure.

• *Gosnell staffed his abortion clinic with unlicensed and unqualified workers. Gosnell deliberately hired unqualified staff because he could pay them low wages,
often in cash. Most of Gosnell’s employees who worked with patients had little or no remotely relevant training or education. Nor did they have any certifications or licenses to
treat patients. Yet they did so regularly, and without supervision – in violation of Pennsylvania’s medical practice standards and the law.
• *Tina Baldwin testified that certification did not matter to Gosnell. He told his workers that there was a “grandfather clause where if you – since he’s a doctor and he
taught you, you could be automatically whatever it is he taught you to be. You could be certified because he taught you to do that.”
Gosnell employed a high school student to medicate and monitor abortion patients

• *In September 2006, Gosnell hired Ashley Baldwin, Tina’s daughter, to work at his clinic when she was just 15 years old…Gosnell showed Ashley how to operate the
ultrasound machine – which he told her was old and didn’t really work – and how to measure and record the size of the fetuses. This became a routine part of her job.
By her senior year, Ashley was doing just about everything in the clinic except performing surgeries.

• *Ashley Baldwin was 15 when she began working for Gosnell, she testified:” I was just supposed to be in the recovery room, and inside another small room. But since they weren’t there, I had to bring the girls from the front to the back, set them up in both rooms, wait until he got there, if a precipitation happened, I had to handle it on my own.” By “precipitation,” Ashley meant that women and girls actually delivered babies. They delivered babies when Ashley was the only person present in the clinic to take care of them, their babies, the placenta, and all of the other drugged patients waiting for procedures. By Ashley’s own admission, the women and babies did not get any kind of standard medical care…Based on this “training,” Ashley would draw up the medications for as many as20 patients a night….Ashley often worked until 2:00 a.m. and performed the duties of a registered nurse or a doctor. When asked who was in charge of the clinic before Gosnell arrived, Ashley testified: “Me.”

DELIVERY W/O DOCTOR PRESENT:

• *Very often, the patient delivered without Gosnell being present. Lewis testified
that one or two babies fell out of patients each night. They dropped out on lounge chairs, on the floor, and often in the toilet. If the doctor was not there, it was not unusual for no one to tend to the mother or the baby. In fact, several of the clinic’s workers refused to deal with the expelled babies or the placenta. So, after delivering babies, women and girls would have to just sit and wait – sometimes on a toilet for hours – for Gosnell to arrive.

• Lewis acknowledged that she would not do anything but wait with the women:
“A lot of times this happened when [Gosnell] wasn’t there. If . . . a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet and I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes. She would not move.”


UNSTERILE CONDITIONS:

*The walls appeared to be urine-splattered. The procedure tables were old and one had a ripped plastic cover. Suction tubing, which was used for abortion procedures – and
doubled as the only available suction source for resuscitation – was corroded. A large, dirty fish tank stood in the waiting room, filled with turtles and fish. The dirt-floored
basement was stuffed with patient files, plants, junk, and boxes of un-disposed-of medical waste. The entire facility smelled foul. These were the conditions after the facility had been shut down and cleaned.

SUCTION TUBING/ CANNULAS

• The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed.
• OPERATION RESCUE: Gosnell had two abortion rooms where he gave poor women abortions that were small, cramped, cluttered, and dirty. They were called the Monet Room and the O’Keefe Room after the cheap painting reproductions that hung in each. Taggart had gathered furniture and objects from the clinic and brought them to the courtroom. Each piece of equipment was identified, including a box of cloudy yellowish plastic disposable cannulas that had been repeatedly reused.
• A cannula is the sharp plastic tube that attaches to the suction machine which enters the womb to suction out an early-term baby. It is also used to suction out the amniotic fluid in later abortions and to clean out the remaining tissue after the abortion is completed.

*Investigators found the clinic grossly unsuitable as a surgical facility.

The two surgical procedure rooms were filthy and unsanitary – Agent Dougherty described them
as resembling “a bad gas station restroom.”

• Instruments were not sterile.
• Equipment was rusty and outdated.
• Oxygen equipment was covered with dust, and had not been inspected.
• The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed.
• There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff in the recovery room.
• Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but
• Instruments were not properly sterilized.
• Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again.
• The walls appeared to be urine-splattered.
• The procedure tables were old and one had a ripped plastic cover.
• Suction tubing, which was used for abortion procedures – and doubled as the only available suction source for resuscitation – was corroded.
• A large, dirty fish tank stood in the waiting room, filled with turtles and fish.
• The dirt-floored basement was stuffed with patient files, plants, junk, and boxes of un-disposed-of medical waste.
• The entire facility smelled foul.
• Furniture was dusty, broken, and blood-stained
• Furniture and blankets were stained with blood.
• Smell of Urine
• Animal Feces and litter boxes in rooms
• “filthy, deplorable, and disgusting”
• Blood on the floor
• blood-stained blankets;
• Filthy Rooms: Accused of performing procedures in filthy rooms some of the rooms had litter boxes and animals present at the time of the operations;
• Reusing unsanitary instruments

*When inspectors from Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and State surveyed the facility in February 2010, they corroborated much of what the former staff members
described. Department of Health workers found that the suction source used by the doctor to perform abortions was the only one available to resuscitate patients. They found the
tubing attached to the suction source was “corroded.” They also described the suction source’s vacuum meter as “covered with a brown substance making the numbers on the
meter barely readable.” An oxygen mask and its tubing were “covered in a thick gray layer of a substance that appeared to be dust.” The inspector from the Department of State reported: “The clinic conditions are deplorable and unsanitary … There was blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses were displayed in jars.”

[Former Gosnell employees]
*They described blood-splattered floors, and blood-stained chairs in which patients waited for and then recovered from abortions. Even the stirrups on the procedure table
were often caked with dried blood that was not cleaned off between procedures. There were cat feces and hair throughout the facility, including in the two procedure rooms.
Gosnell, they said, kept two cats at the facility (until one died) and let them roam freely. The cats not only defecated everywhere, they were infested with fleas. They slept on beds in the facility when patients were not using them.

Stains and tears are seen on this examination table in the procedure room. According to the testimony of former employee Kareema Cross, “The rooms were dirty. Blood everywhere. Dust everywhere. Nothing was clean.”

IGNORED STATE REQUIREMENTS – the 24-hour waiting period
MANIPULATE ULTRASOUNDS:
PERFORMED SAME DAY ABORTIONS
REFUSED AMBULANCES: ( See Patients)
Semiconscious women moaning in the waiting or recovery rooms
*When two of Gosnell’s staff members sought abortions, they knew better than to go to him. They went to other clinics, where they marveled that physicians actually counseled patients, the facilities appeared sanitary, and a doctor was in the room when they were medicated.

Gosnell’s baby abortion and live birth butcheries

Posted in Kermit Gosnell, Late term abortion with tags , , , on April 24, 2013 by saynsumthn

BABIES:

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(Quoting the Grand Jury Report/ The AG’s charges and media reports)

“The standard practice here was to slay babies. That’s what they did,” Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore told jurors, who echoed a 2011 grand jury report in calling the clinic “a house of horrors.” Staff went along with the routine because they were nearly as desperate as the women, she said. The two other “doctors” on staff were allegedly medical school doctors without licenses. The woman giving anesthesia was a sixth-grade dropout who could hardly read or write, Pescatore said. And one of the employees who advanced from the reception area to the operating room was a 15-year-old high school student.

“They looked just like regular babies,” Employee Ashley Baldwin said. Baldwin said one baby was so big that Gosnell joked that “this baby is going to walk me home.”

*The Philadelphia medical examiner analyzed the remains of 45 fetuses seized from the clinic. Of these, 16 were first-trimester; 25 were second-trimester, ranging from 12 to 21
weeks; 2 were 22 weeks; 1 was 26 weeks; and 1 was 28 weeks. The raid took place on a Thursday, so the clinic’s busiest day for late-term abortions – Saturday – was not included.

Gosnell would not give them that chance. Pennsylvania law requires physicians to provide customary care for living babies outside the womb. Gosnell chose instead to slit their necks and store their bodies in various household containers, as if they were trash… Gosnell’s intent to never resuscitate was obvious from his failure to employ even
minimally qualified personnel or to have the equipment necessary to save the lives of newborn infants. The policy he instituted and carried out was not to try to revive live,
viable babies. It was to kill them.

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Medical Examiner Sam Gulino – THAWED BABIES

Dr. Sam Gulino said he examined 47 fetuses recovered from the clinic run by Dr. Gosnell after a 2010 FBI raid. However, Dr. Gulino said many of the bodies had been stored in a freezer, complicating his examinations because some fetal tissue degraded as it thawed, the Associated Press reported. Gulino testified about the difficult task of examining the remains of 47 frozen fetuses discovered in Gosnell’s clinic during a Feb. 18, 2010, raid by a federal-state prescription drug-abuse task force. Gulino called it “unprecedented.”
“This was something that in 15 to 16 years . . . I had never been asked to do,” Gulino testified.

“There was no guidance on how to proceed,” Gulino testified, adding that he asked fellow coroners, medical examiners, and forensic pathologists, who were as stumped as he.
Gulino said he finally opened the red and blue plastic bags from Gosnell’s freezer, tagged the remains, and slowly let them thaw, to minimize decomposition.
The 47 aborted fetuses ranged in age from 12 weeks – the end of the first trimester – to late second trimester, and included two that looked beyond the 24-week limit for legal abortions in Pennsylvania.

Some were stored in makeshift containers, such as the cut-down plastic water jug or juice containers, Gulino said. Other remains, body parts, were stored in cat and dog food containers.

Former employees testified last week that Gosnell gave different explanations for why he kept up to 30 specimen jars containing fetal feet. He told some the feet were for DNA testing and others they were for medical research.

The reason for the freezer full of fetuses was more mundane. Gosnell was disputing charges by his medical waste disposal firm. He froze the remains and other medical waste awaiting a resolution that never happened.

Cheryl Sulenger said it took the medical examiner, Dr. Gulino, five days just to catalog the containers of fetal parts and the examiner also examined feet and lower extremity found in jars of formaldehyde belonging to five babies Gosnell killed. The ages of the unborn children ranged from first trimester to 22 weeks and the latter baby was possibly viable.

“Most fetuses he examined were found in cat food, other containers. Frozen in red plastic bags,” Sullenger said. “He never encountered situation before and attempted to get guidance. This case was “unprecedented” he said.”

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Dr. Karen Feisullin, a practicing ObGyn at a major metropolitan hospital

OPERATION RESCUE: Perhaps most damaging to Gosnell of Feisullin’s testimony was her discussion of ultrasound images found in three abortion charts. Each record contained two to three sonogram images showing babies that would have been between 24 weeks six days and 30 weeks gestation. The upper limit for abortions under the Pennsylvania Abortion Control Act is 23 weeks 6 days.She also testified that the ultrasound photos were of such poor quality that she could not see the anatomical landmarks needed to ensure that the measurements of the babies’ heads were accurate. In one case, the measurement of the baby’s head, which determines gestational age, was done in the wrong place making it completely unreliable incorrect. In each case, Gosnell had written in his own had that each baby was 24 weeks six days, no matter how big the heads measured. This was an indication that he did not have an accurate view of the legal abortion limit in Pennsylvania.
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One newborn who weighed almost six pounds was breathing and moving when the doctor severed its spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox, the grand jury said.

“The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop,’ ” a grand jury report said
April 15, 2013- The jury in the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell was told this morning that the embattled abortion practitioner kept at least 47 babies in odd places at his clinic such as cat food jars and other containers.

GRAND JURY REPORT:
*He also killed live, viable, moving, breathing, crying babies. He killed them by cutting their spinal cords after their mothers had delivered them after receiving excessive
amounts of medication designed to induce active labor. This report documents multiple murders of viable babies. The evidence makes a compelling case that many others were
also murdered.

*It was Gosnell’s standard business practice, to slay viable babies.

*Gosnell set up his practice so that, in his absence, excessively medicated patients went into labor and often delivered live babies.

FETAL DEMISE:
*Gosnell’s approach, whenever possible, was to force full labor and delivery of premature infants on ill-informed women. The women would check in during the day, make payment, and take labor-inducing drugs. The doctor wouldn’t appear until evening, often 8:00, 9:00, or 10:00 p.m., and only then deal with any of the women who were ready to deliver. Many of them gave birth before he even got there. By maximizing the pain and danger for his patients, he minimized the work, and cost, for himself and his staff. The policy, in effect, was labor without labor… Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.”

The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called
that “snipping.” …Over the years, there were hundreds of “snippings.” Sometimes, if Gosnell was unavailable, the “snipping” was done by one of his fake doctors, or even by one of the administrative staff. But all the employees of the Women’s Medical Society knew. Everyone there acted as if it wasn’t murder at all… Most of these acts cannot be prosecuted, because Gosnell destroyed the files.

*OLDER than 24 Weeks:
Gosnell admitted to Detective Wood that at least 10 to 20 percent of the fetuses were probably older than 24 weeks in gestation – even though Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks. In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls.

*Gosnell and his employees performed abortions long after the legal limit. The doctor’s unorthodox methods, especially with late second-trimester and third-trimester pregnancies, virtually mandated the premature delivery of live babies – whose spinal cords he would then routinely slit. These practices persisted for many years without
interruption by any regulatory body.

*Second-trimester procedures were more complicated because the woman’s cervix had to be dilated sufficiently to extract the fetus. If the woman was between 15 and 24
weeks pregnant, a worker would usually schedule her to come back on a Monday or a Friday night for the first step of a two- or three-day procedure. If, however, the pregnancy
was 24 weeks or more – and the patient had her money ready – dilation would often begin that night.

MASSOF

*Steven Massof estimated that in 40 percent of the second-trimester abortions performed by Gosnell, the fetuses were beyond 24 weeks gestational age. Latosha Lewis testified that Gosnell performed procedures over 24 weeks “too much to count, ” and ones up to 26 weeks “very often.” When Lewis started working at the clinic, 20 first trimester abortions and five or six second-trimester abortions typically were performed per night. But in the last few years, she testified, Gosnell increasingly saw out-of-state referrals, which were all second-trimester, or beyond. By these estimates, Gosnell performed at least four or five illegal abortions every week. When a detective asked the doctor what percentage of the fetuses – including the first- and second-trimester fetuses – found at the facility during the February 2010 raidwere beyond 24 weeks, Gosnell himself estimated “ten or twenty percent at the most.”

*Steve Massof told the jurors that when the ultrasound showed that the fetus was beyond 24 weeks, the staff would give the chart to Gosnell for him to “counsel” the patient. It is not clear that Gosnell ever counseled these patients. However, he did negotiate the price, because he charged more for women with pregnancies beyond 24 weeks. Latosha Lewis testified that Gosnell would still perform abortions on these patients. She rarely, if ever, saw Gosnell decline to do a procedure because a woman was too far along. Massof said that even if the ultrasound showed a fetus was 24 weeks, it would often be a week or two older by the time the procedure was done because “they would have to get their money.”

*Kareema Cross told us, “If it’s a big baby, he [Gosnell] never tell us the truth.” Instead, “He’ll always say the baby was 24.5.” According to his workers, Gosnell
recorded any fetus over 24 weeks as “24.5” weeks on their charts. The fetus could be 26 or 28 weeks, but on the chart, the doctor would always write 24.5. They testified that he
told them 24.5 weeks was the legal limit. Yet, because Gosnell regularly recorded lateterm abortions as 24.5 weeks, his own notations prove that he performed numerous
illegal abortions in violation of Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit.

*Law enforcement officers seized some abortion patient files from Gosnell’s clinic. Between the time that law enforcement raided Gosnell’s office in February and the time
that investigators returned with a warrant to seize patient files, many files had disappeared. The Grand Jurors viewed a videotape of the February 2010 raid and saw
files on shelves outside the procedure rooms and along a hallway. Those shelves and that hallway were empty when investigators returned. Lewis and others told us that these were
second-trimester files. Most of the second-trimester files from 2008, 2009, and 2010 remain missing.

*The Grand Jury, reviewing just the fraction of Gosnell’s abortion files seized by authorities, was still able to document numerous instances in which ultrasound readings
were manipulated to disguise illegal late-term abortions. Our review, although limited by the disappearance of many patient files, revealed that Gosnell reported performing
abortions on 24.5-week fetuses more than 80 times between 2007 and February 2010.

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Dilation procedure

*The dilation procedure involved placing synthetic or seaweed rods called laminaria into the woman’s cervix. The rods would expand as they absorbed moisture and
would slowly push the cervix open. Although Gosnell usually performed this delicate procedure himself, it was not uncommon for him to have unlicensed employees pry open
the patient’s vagina with a speculum and insert the laminaria.

Cytotec
*After the laminaria were placed, the patient would be sent home with pain medicine and Cytotec to soften the cervix. Patients would be instructed to return the next day to complete the abortion or to have laminaria replaced if the fetus was really large. Sometimes, if a patient had come from out of state, the doctor would allow the woman to sleep in the facility. No personnel stayed with these patients; they were left alone and unsupervised in the clinic.

Inserting laminaria
*Inserting laminaria is a standard procedure followed by doctors who perform second-trimester abortions. Thereafter, Gosnell’s procedure was not only grossly out of
compliance with accepted medical standards, it was ghoulish, dangerous, and criminal. Patients returned to the clinic the next day (if they hadn’t spent the night).

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SNIPPING

Gosnell and his staff severed the spinal cords of viable, moving, breathing babies who were born alive Gosnell performed the procedure, which he called “snipping,” hundreds oftimes, but most cannot be prosecuted because the evidence is gone.

*We were able to document seven specific incidents in which Gosnell or one of his employees severed the spine of a viable baby born alive. We charge Gosnell, Lynda
Williams, Adrienne Moton, and Steven Massof with murder in the first degree. Along with Sherry West, they are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in relation to
the hundreds of unidentifiable instances in which they planned to, and no doubt did, carry out similar killings. We also charge Gosnell with various violations of the Abortion
Control Act, including infanticide and performing illegal late-term abortions. Charged as co-conspirators with him in this regard are Williams, West, and Pearl Gosnell, his wife.

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*Tina Baldwin corroborated that this was Gosnell’s standard procedure. She explained that after a fetus was expelled, Gosnell “used to go ahead and do the suction in
the back of the neck.” She saw this “hundreds” of times. Gosnell told her that this was “part of the demise.”

MASSOF
*Massof said that Gosnell cut the spinal cord “100 percent of the time” in second-trimester (and, presumably, third-trimester) procedures, and that he did so after the baby was delivered. Massof testified that he saw signs of life in some of these babies. He recalled seeing a heartbeat in one baby and observed a “respiratory excursion” (meaning a breath) in another. On other occasions, he observed “pulsation.” Gosnell dismissed these observations as “spontaneous movement.” “That was his answer for if we ever saw anything that was out of the ordinary, it was always a spontaneous movement.”

*Kareema Cross said she saw Gosnell slit the neck of babies born alive “more than 15 times” – “over 10 times,” when she had seen a baby breathing, and about “five times”
when she had seen a baby move. She could tell these babies were breathing because “I just seen a baby’s chest go up and down and it would go real fast, real fast.”

*Ashley Baldwin also saw Gosnell slice the neck of moving and breathing babies. When asked how many times Ashley had observed babies being delivered that were moving or breathing or crying and the doctor cut the neck, she answered: “Most of the second tris that were over 20 weeks.” She said this happened probably dozens of times,
maybe more. She described at least 10 babies as big enough to buy clothes for, to dress, and to take care of.

*Tina Baldwin told the jurors that Gosnell once joked about a baby that was writhing as he cut its neck: “that’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.”

*Although Massof was not as cavalier about what he did, he admitted that there were about 100 instances in which he severed the spinal cord after seeing a breath or
some sign of life:

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BABIES STORED IN FRIG:

*The Philadelphia Department of Public Health does not regulate doctors or medical facilities; but it is supposed to protect the public’s health. Philadelphia health department employees regularly visited the Women’s Medical Society to retrieve blood samples for testing purposes, but never noticed, or more likely never bothered to report, that anything was amiss. Another employee inspected the clinic in response to a complaint that dead fetuses were being stored in paper bags in the employees’ lunch refrigerator. The inspection confirmed numerous violations of protocols for storage and disposal of infectious waste. But no follow-up was ever done, and the violations continued to the end.

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SEVERED FEET

One of the most bizarre things about this case is Dr. Gosnell’s fetal foot collection. He cut the feet off the fetuses he aborted and kept them in a row of jars. No civilized society can accept such an abomination, whether the fetuses in question were viable or not… [Page 74] Another of the doctor’s practices that defies explanation was his habit of cutting the feet off of aborted fetuses and saving them in specimen jars in the clinic. Kareema Cross showed the Grand Jury photographs she had taken in 2008 of a closet where Gosnell stored jars containing severed feet. During the February 2010 raid, investigators were shocked to see a row of jars on a clinic shelf containing fetal parts. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw about 30 such jars [click to enlarge]…

*We heard evidence that Gosnell often mutilated dead babies and fetuses by cutting off their feet, which he, weirdly, kept in specimen jars in the clinic. During the
February 2010 raid, investigators were shocked to see a row of jars on a shelf in the clinic containing fetal parts. Kareema Cross showed us several photographs that she took in
2008 of a closet where Gosnell stored jars containing severed feet of fetuses. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw about 30 such jars. None of the medical or abortion experts who testified before the Grand Jury had ever heard of such a disturbing practice, nor could they come up with an explanation for it. The medical expert on abortions testified that cutting off the feet “is bizarre and off the wall.” The experts uniformly rejected out of hand Gosnell’s supposed explanation that he was preserving the feet for DNA purposes should paternity ever become an issue. A small tissue sample would suffice to collect DNA. None of the staff knew

The following severed feet and a fetus without feet were discovered in the 2010 raid:
• The feet of a 22-week fetus in specimen containers that the
medical examiner referred to as 4C-1 and 4C-2. These
containers were labeled with the same name and the date
12/5/09. Each foot was in a separate container. The medical
examiner found with respect to each foot that “the distal portion
of the leg has been sharply transected 2.5 cm above the sole of
the foot.”
• A 21-week fetus, gender indeterminate, found in a plastic bleach
bottle, wrapped in red biohazard bag 3F. The medical examiner
discovered that “Both feet have been severed at the level of the
distal leg and are not present in the container.”
• The left foot of a 19-week fetus in specimen container 4B.
According to the medical examiner, “The distal portion of the
leg has been sharply transected 2.7 cm. above the sole of the
foot.”
• The feet of a 19-week fetus in specimen containers 5B-1 and 5B-
2. As to the left foot, the medical examiner found, “The distal
portion of the leg has been sharply transected 2.5 cm. above the
sole of the foot in an oblique fashion.” As to the right foot, “the
distal portion of the leg has been sharply transected 1.9 cm.
above the sole of the foot in an oblique fashion.”

We also heard evidence that, after cutting the spinal cords of live babies, Gosnell would put the babies in cut-off milk jugs, water containers, and juice cartons. The intact
body of one 28-week-old male, which we previously referred to as Baby Boy B, was discovered in a bag in the clinic’s freezer during the February 2010 raid. It was in a
plastic water container with the top cut off, along with the placenta and gauze pads. The baby had a surgical incision at the base of the neck and was determined by the medical
examiner to have been viable.

MANIPULATE ULTRASOUNDS:

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*Gosnell taught his employees how to manipulate the ultrasound machine to get a false reading – one that would make the fetus appear to be smaller, and younger, than it actually was… Lynda Williams told the FBI that “Gosnell dummies paperwork and he will redo ultrasounds over himself to manipulate the image to reflect fetuses at younger ages.”

Gosnell caused a 30-week baby to be stillborn. ( 14 YEAR OLD GIRL)

*The vast majority of Gosnell’s post-24-week abortions we learned of from files. But there were some that came to the attention of other doctors and hospitals that were called on to treat his patients. This is how the Grand Jury learned of one third-trimester viable fetus that Gosnell caused to die before it was born. He did so by initiating an
abortion on a 14-year-old girl who is estimated to have been 30 weeks pregnant. The teenager came to Gosnell for an abortion in September 2007. Although most post-first-trimester procedures took two days to complete – one day for insertion of laminaria and dilation of the cervix, with the patient returning the next day for extraction – a woman we will call “Nancy” was scheduled for a three-day procedure because her pregnancy was so advanced. On the first day, Gosnell inserted laminaria to begin dilation. Two days later, Nancy returned to have the laminaria replaced for further dilation. She was scheduled to return the following day, a Sunday, for the abortion procedure. At home at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, however, her membranes ruptured after several hours of labor. She attempted to contact the clinic, but was unsuccessful and went instead to Crozer-Chester Hospital. There, she delivered a stillborn baby girl weighing 2lbs., 1 oz. Because the fetus was clearly beyond Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit for
abortions, the hospital reported the stillbirth to the Delaware County Medical Examiner,

Dr. Frederick Hellman.
Dr. Hellman’s autopsy established that the baby’s gestational age was at least 29 to 30 weeks, and perhaps as much as 34 weeks. This conclusion was corroborated by a
neonatologist who testified before the Grand Jury. The expert witness told the jury that the average weight of a baby born at 29 weeks is a little over two pounds.
In response to a subpoena, Gosnell sent Nancy’s file and a letter to Dr. Hellman on September 28, 2007. In the letter, Gosnell stated that an ultrasound showed that the
pregnancy was 24.5 weeks on September 7 (three days before the scheduled abortion). Gosnell’s own file, however, contained an ultrasound indicating that Nancy was more
than 25 weeks pregnant, based on a measurement of the fetus’s head. Dr. Hellman testified that even that ultrasound appeared to have been manipulated to make the fetus’s
head appear smaller. Dr. Hellman’s measurement of the skull during the autopsy showed that Nancy was almost 30 weeks pregnant. Gosnell also wrote in his letter to Dr. Hellman that he had injected the fetus with Digoxin the day before the birth, in order to cause fetal demise before the intended abortion procedure. The medical examiner, however, testified that he found no indication that the fetus had, in fact, been injected with Digoxin. The autopsy did not reveal any puncture wound from an injection, nor was Digoxin evident in the toxicology screen. Based on scalp hemorrhage, the medical examiner concluded that the fetus had died during labor, possibly from the strong contractions that would have resulted from the heavy doses of labor-inducing medications. Dr. Hellman opined that Nancy’s baby was viable. The neonatologist told us that the survival rate for babies born at 29 weeks is 95 percent; at 30 weeks, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent. Based on his findings, the medical examiner reported Gosnell’s violations of the
Abortion Control Act to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It took no action.

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Gosnell BABY A
BABY A
* Boy A. His 17-year-old mother was almost 30 weeks pregnant – seven and a half months – when labor was induced. An employee estimated his birth weight as approaching six
pounds. He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he
could “walk me to the bus stop.”

Gosnell employee MORTON

Adrienne Moton, 35, who spent four years working for Gosnell, administering drugs and performing ultrasounds despite having only a high-school diploma, testified that she, Gosnell and other employees cut the spinal cords of dozens of babies – some still moving and seemingly alive.Moton’s memory of one baby – known in court as “Baby A” – brought her to tears. The child was born in July 2008 so large and seemingly healthy in the 29th week of pregnancy that Moton took a cellphone picture before Gosnell rushed in and carried the boy away, she said. Abortions after the 24th week of pregnancy are banned in Pennsylvania.”I just saw a big baby boy. He had that color, that color that a baby has,” a weeping Moton said under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron.”I just felt he could have had a chance. . . . He could have been born any day,” added Moton, who has been jailed for 26 months. She previously pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related counts and is cooperating with prosecutors, who are seeking the death penalty against Gosnell, 72.

The grand jury report includes the account of another of Gosnell’s employees, Kareema Cross, describing the moment of Baby A’s birth:
After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, “the doctor just slit the neck,” said Cross. Gosnell put the boy’s body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.”

*Baby Boy A

One such baby was a boy born in July 2008 to 17-year-old we will call “Sue.” Sue first met Gosnell at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, an abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day a week. The girl was accompanied by her great aunt, who had agreed to pay for the procedure, and who testified before the Grand Jury. After an ultrasound was performed on Sue, Gosnell told the aunt that the girl’s pregnancy was further along than she had originally told him, and that, therefore, the procedure would cost more than the $1,500 that had been agreed upon; it would now cost $2,500. (Gosnell normally charged $1,625 for 23-24 week abortions.) The aunt paid Gosnell in cash at the Delaware clinic. He inserted laminaria, gave Sue pills to begin labor, and instructed her to be at the Women’s Medical Center in Philadelphia at 9:00 the
next morning.

*Sue arrived with her aunt at 9:00 a.m. and did not leave the clinic until almost 11:00 that night. An ultrasound conducted by Kareema Cross recorded a gestational age
of 29.4 weeks. Cross testified that the girl appeared to be seven or eight months pregnant. Cross said that, during 13-plus hours, the girl was given a large amount of Cytotec to
induce labor and delivery. Sue complained of pain and was heavily sedated. According to Cross, the girl was left to labor for hours and hours. Eventually, she gave birth to a large baby boy. Cross estimated that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long. She said he was nearly the size of her own six pound, six ounce, newborn daughter.
After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, “the doctor just slit the
neck,” said Cross. Gosnell put the boy’s body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she
saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.”
The neonatologist testified that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false. If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a “tremendous amount of pain”
when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A. continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating
pain.

*Cross was not the only one startled by the size and maturity of Baby Boy A. Adrienne Moton and Ashley Baldwin, along with Cross, took photographs because they
knew this was a baby that could and should have lived. Cross explained:
Q. Why did you all take a photograph of this baby?
A. Because it was big and it was wrong and we knew it.
We knew something was wrong.
* * *
I’m not sure who took the picture first, but when we seen this baby, it was – it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was – I knew
something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that. The neonatologist viewed a photograph of Baby Boy A. Based on the baby’s size, hairline, muscle mass, subcutaneous tissue, well-developed scrotum, and other characteristics, the doctor opined that the boy was at least 32 weeks, if not more, in gestational age.

*Gosnell simply noted the baby boy’s size by joking, as he often did after delivering a large baby. According to Cross, the doctor said: “This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”

*The doctor released Sue to go home 13 or14 hours after she arrived. Her aunt described her condition: “She was moaning. She was standing up. She was like holding her stomach, doubled over.” She remained in pain for days and could barely eat. When she developed a fever, her aunt called Gosnell. He instructed the aunt to take her temperature and asked if she was taking pain medicine he had given her – which she was. But he did not have her come in to be checked out. And he did not suggest that she go to a hospital. When Sue started throwing up a few days later, her grandmother contacted a different doctor, who told her to get to a hospital right away. Sue was admitted to Crozier-Chester Hospital. Doctors there found that she had a severe infection and blood clots that had travelled to her lungs. According to Kareemam Cross, who spoke to the aunt, Sue almost died. The teen stayed at the hospital for a week and a half. She became extremely thin and took months to recover, according to her aunt.

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BABY B

*When investigators raided the clinic in February 2010, they sent the fetuses they discovered to the Philadelphia medical examiner’s office. The medical examiner concluded that two of them – aborted at 26 and 28 weeks – were viable, and another, aborted at 22 weeks, was possibly viable. The 28-week fetus, a male (Baby Boy B) had a surgical incision on the back of the neck, which penetrated the first and second vertebrae. The 22-week fetus, female, had a similar incision.

*Baby Boy B, whose body was found at the clinic frozen in a one-gallon spring-water bottle, was at least 28 weeks of gestational age when he was killed

BABY C
*When Massof left the clinic in 2008, Lynda Williams took over the job of cutting baby’s necks when Gosnell was not there. Cross saw Williams slit the neck of a baby
(“Baby C”) who had been moving and breathing for approximately twenty minutes. Gosnell had delivered the baby and put it on a counter while he suctioned the placenta
from the mother. Williams called Cross over to look at the baby because it was breathing and moving its arms when Williams pulled on them. After playing with the baby,
Williams slit its neck.When asked why Williams had killed the baby, Cross answered: Because the baby, I guess, because the baby was moving and breathing. And she see Dr. Gosnell do it so many times, I guess she felt, you know, she can do it. It’s okay.

*Baby C was moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times.

K. Mongar’s baby

OPERATION RESCUE: Mongar’s baby was estimated to be 16-19 weeks gestation. The baby’s skin was bright red, (a condition later described as the early stages of decomposition), and sported a head of dark brown hair. The Medical Examiner found no fetal anomalies when he examined the baby’s body. A photo of the back of the child showed a deep gash approximately an inch long in the back of the baby’s neck. Mongar’s abortion took place in 2007, meaning that those remains had been stored in a freezer at the clinic for three years.

Chanice Mannings BABY:
Also testifying yesterday was Chanice Mannings, 20, who tearfully told the court of her late-term abortion experience with Gosnell when she was just 15-years old. Mannings said she did not remember any injection prior to the insertion of the laminaria at the beginning of her late-term abortion. The medical examiner previously testified that Baby Mannings was 29-weeks gestation at the time of death and contained no puncture wounds, bolstering the prosecution’s case that Gosnell never gave the injections and falsified medical records when he noted that he did.

BABY BOY E – CRIED AFTER BEING BORN:
*Ashley Baldwin remembered Gosnell severing the neck of a baby that cried after being born. The baby had “precipitated” when the doctor was not in the clinic. Lynda Williams placed the baby in a basin on the counter where the instruments were washed and called the doctor to come. Ashley heard the infant cry. She saw the baby move while it was on the counter. She estimated the infant was at least 12 inches long. When Gosnell arrived at the clinic, she recalled, “he snipped the neck, and said there is nothing to worry about, and he suctioned it.”
We recommend that a murder charge be filed against Kermit Gosnell for the murder of “Baby E,” a baby that Ashley Baldwin heard crying before Gosnell killed it.
Ashley testified that she heard the baby cry in the large procedure room, the one used for 227 later-term abortions, and saw the baby moving. She said Lynda Williams summoned Dr.
Gosnell, who then went into the procedure room where the baby was.

BABY BOY F

We recommend murder and conspiracy charges against Kermit Gosnell and Steven Massof for killing “Baby F.” Massof testified that he was assisting Gosnell with an abortion when he saw the baby’s leg “jerk and move.” The neonatology expert testified about the significance of movement in determining gestational age, and explained that the muscle tone and neurological development for a baby to pull back a limb exist “definitely in the bigger preemies like above, you know, 25, 26, 27 weekers.” After Massof observed this movement of Baby F outside the mother’s womb, Gosnell severed the baby’s spine with scissors. We believe that the evidence supports charges of murder and conspiracy against Gosnell and Massof.

BABY BOY G
Steven Massof also testified about the killing of a baby whom he observed breathing. We refer to this baby as “Baby G.” Massof said that he was again helping Gosnell in the large procedure room when he saw the fully expelled baby exhibit what he called “a respiratory excursion,” meaning a breath. According to Massof, Gosnell then “snipped the cervical part of the vertebra.” The evidence supports charges of murder and conspiracy against Kermit Gosnell and Steven Massof for the killing of Baby G.

BABIES BREATHING- NECKS SEVERED:

*If Gosnell was absent, his employees would kill viable babies. Ashley Baldwin saw Steve Massof slit the necks of babies that moved or breathed “five or ten” times. Massof, repeating what he had been taught by Gosnell, told her that that it was standard procedure to cut the spine in all cases. Ashley testified:
Q. These larger babies, when Dr. Steve was there, did he
ever – was he ever there when any of the larger babies
precipitated?
A. Yes
Q. Babies that would move?
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A. Yes.
Q. So, Dr. Steve – what would Dr. Steve do with babies
that moved?
A. The same thing.
Q. The same thing. And how many time did you see Dr.
Steve?
A. A lot. He told me that – don’t worry about it. They are
not living. It is just a reaction.

Kareema Cross testified that, between 2005 and 2008, she saw Steve Massof sever the spinal cords of at least ten babies who were breathing and about five that were moving.

Gosnell be charged with two counts of infanticide:
• A 28-week-old male, found frozen in container 1B with a
surgical incision at the base of the neck, discovered in the
February 2010 raid, and determined by the medical examiner to
have been viable.
• A 26-week-old female also found in the February 2010 raid,
determined by the medical examiner to have been viable. Her
frozen remains were in a distilled water container labeled by
the medical examiner as 1C.


Gosnell severed spinal cords and suctioned and crushed skulls

*At one point in his Grand Jury testimony, Steve Massof tried to suggest that the clinic’s practice of cutting babies’ spinal cords was somehow part of a late-term
procedure called intact dilation and extraction (IDX), commonly referred to as “partialbirth abortion” and banned under federal law since 2007. .. This was not the procedure Gosnell used. Under further questioning, Massof acknowledged that Gosnell and he almost always cut the spinal cords, and sometimes suctioned skulls as well, after the babies were fully expelled by their mothers, when there was clearly no need or medical reason to collapse the skull.
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Tina Baldwin’s testimony also made it clear that Gosnell was not cutting spinal cords, crushing babies’ skulls, or suctioning in order to allow the head to pass through the
cervix. Even while claiming that Gosnell sometimes suctioned a fetus’s skull in order to get it through the birth canal, her description of his technique belied her claim: She said that he would “crack” the neck after the head was out – when only the baby’s torso was still inside the mother – and then suction the brain matter out.

Digoxin

*Kareema Cross testified that when she first started working at the clinic, in 2005, Gosnell slit the neck of every baby. But he subsequently told the workers that the law
changed so that he could not do that anymore. (The law, in fact, never allowed him to cut necks of viable babies after they were fully expelled.) Cross said that Gosnell then tried a few times to use a new procedure: He tried to inject a drug called digoxin into the fetus’s heart while it was in the womb. This was supposed to cause fetal demise in utero. But because Gosnell was not skillful enough to successfully administer digoxin, late-term babies continued to be born alive, and he continued to kill them by slitting their necks.

CUT SPINAL CORD:

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*Adrienne Moton also killed at least one baby by cutting its spinal cord. Cross testified that a woman had delivered a large baby into the toilet before Gosnell arrived at
work for the night. Cross said that the baby was moving and looked like it was swimming. Moton reached into the toilet, got the baby out and cut its neck. Cross said the baby was between 10 and 15 inches long and had a head the size of a “big pancake.” Gosnell later measured one of the baby’s feet and said that it was 24.5 weeks.

*Cross testified:
So he tried to do the needle in the stomach and that’s what was supposed to have killed the baby before the baby came out, but if it didn’t, he’ll say, oh, well, the law says that I can do it. I can still slit the baby’s neck because it didn’t work. The needle didn’t work. And according to his staff, the needle never worked. So Gosnell stopped trying and reverted to his old system of killing babies after they were born.

FLIPPING BABIES:
Lynda Williams, 44, of Wilmington, said Gosnell taught her how to flip the body of the baby over and snip its neck with a pair of scissors to ensure “fetal demise.” Williams also testified that she followed Gosnell’s orders one time, when Gosnell was away either running, swimming or working at a clinic in Delaware, and took a baby that was delivered in a toilet and snipped its neck. “It jumped, the arm,” she said, showing the jury by raising her arm. Williams told investigators she only snipped a neck the one time, “because it gave me the creeps.” “I only do what I’m told to do,” she told the jury. “What I was told to do was snip their neck.”

NOT MURDER:

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Lynda Williams also responded the same way when asked about seeing Gosnell cut the necks of babies who were delivered before abortion procedures, admitting after reviewing earlier statements that she had seen Gosnell do this at least 30 times. Williams said she asked Gosnell about the baby that moved, and said Gosnell told her it was just an “involuntary response” and a “last breath” because it was “already dead” due to drugs that had been administered earlier. “I never knew it was murder,” Williams told investigators and repeated to the jury.


THE “BIG ONES”

• And these were not even the worst cases. Gosnell made little effort to hide his illegal abortion practice. But there were some, “the really big ones,” that even he was
afraid to perform in front of others. These abortions were scheduled for Sundays, a day when the clinic was closed and none of the regular employees were present. Only one person was allowed to assist with these special cases – Gosnell’s wife… The files for these patients were not kept at the office; Gosnell took them home with him and disposed of them. We may never know the details of these cases. We do know, however, that, during the rest of the week, Gosnell routinely aborted and killed babies in the sixth and
seventh month of pregnancy. The Sunday babies must have been bigger still.

*No steps were ever taken to attend to these babies; “we never even checked to see if [there] was a heartbeat.” Lewis, who had herself given birth twice, recognized that the
larger precipitated babies were viable: … The bigger cases, you would see more movement or the
baby would look a little bit more realer to you.
Q. What do you mean?
A. Like the skin would be a lot different. The color of the
skin would be a lot different.

45 FETUSES RECOVERED:
In all, the remains of 45 fetuses were recovered at the clinic that evening and turned over to the Philadelphia medical examiner, who confirmed that at least two of them, and probably three, had been viable.

DELIVERY W/O DOCTOR PRESENT:
*Very often, the patient delivered without Gosnell being present. Lewis testified that one or two babies fell out of patients each night. They dropped out on lounge chairs,
on the floor, and often in the toilet. If the doctor was not there, it was not unusual for no one to tend to the mother or the baby. In fact, several of the clinic’s workers refused to deal with the expelled babies or the placenta. So, after delivering babies, women and girls would have to just sit and wait – sometimes on a toilet for hours – for Gosnell to arrive.

Lewis acknowledged that she would not do anything but wait with the women:
“A lot of times this happened when [Gosnell] wasn’t there. If . . . a baby was about to come out, I would take the woman to the bathroom, they would sit on the toilet and basically the baby would fall out and it would be in the toilet and I would be rubbing her back and trying to calm
her down for two, three, four hours until Dr. Gosnell comes. She would not move.”

BABIES CLOG TOILET:

*James Johnson, who supposedly cleaned the clinic and bagged its infectious waste, confirmed Lewis’s account. He testified that sometimes patients “miscarried or
whatever it was” into the toilet and clogged it. He described how he had to lift the toilet so that someone else – he said it was too disgusting for him – could get the fetuses out of the pipes.

Precipitations
*Amazingly, these premature deliveries – what Gosnell called “precipitations” – were routine. The doctor’s customary practice called for intense and painful labor,
accompanied by heavy doses of potent drugs, all while he was absent from the clinic. Lewis said Gosnell told her that he preferred it when women precipitated, often before he
got to the clinic, because it made his job easier. A surgical procedure to remove fetuses, Lewis explained, could take half an hour. Whereas there was little to do – just suctioning the placenta – when babies were already expelled. In addition, by avoiding surgical abortions, Gosnell was less likely to perforate the women’s uteruses with surgical instruments – something he had done, and been sued for, many times. If fetuses had not precipitated, Gosnell would often have his staff physically push them out of their mothers by pressing on the mothers’ abdomens.

*Ashley Baldwin was 15 when she began working for Gosnell, she testified:” I was just supposed to be in the recovery room, and inside another small room. But since they weren’t there, I had to bring the girls from the front to the back, set them up in both rooms, wait until he got there, if a precipitation happened, I had to handle it on my own.” By “precipitation,” Ashley meant that women and girls actually delivered babies. They delivered babies when Ashley was the only person present in the clinic to take care of them, their babies, the placenta, and all of the other drugged patients waiting for procedures. By Ashley’s own admission, the women and babies did not get any kind of standard medical care

*She described doing the best she could:
Q: Okay. You said that as a senior you would be working
and the babies would precipitate and you would be left to
take care of it; is that right?
A: Yes.
Q: How would you take care of it?
A: I would usually tell the girl to go to the bathroom, and I
would – there is a phone right by one of the bathrooms, and
I would call his phone.
Q: Call whose phone?
A: Doc. Call his cell phone while he’s running or doing
something.
Q: What do you mean by running?
A: He go for a run before he come to work.
Q: And that is why he would get there so late?
A: . . . Yes. Or go swimming. And I would wait until he got
there, so I would have to sit in the bathroom with the girl.
Q: How many times did you see babies precipitate when
you were there?
A: A lot. Mostly all the second tri’s mostly.

*Other staff members confirmed that it was standard procedure for women to deliver fetuses – and viable babies – into toilets while patients and staff waited for Gosnell to
arrive at the clinic

MASSOF
Steve Massof described this “standard procedure.” It required the clinic’s unequipped staff to manage a clinic full of sedated patients who were thrown into full
labor, and then to “deal” with whatever precipitated, including live babies – all while the doctor was at home, or jogging, or working at a clinic in Wilmington. In particular,
Massof described what Gosnell expected him to do when babies precipitated in the afternoon and evening before the doctor arrived:

A: As I mentioned earlier, Dr. Gosnell would dilate the
cervix to make room for passage of the products. And with
the Cytotec, softening the cervix, the outlet of the uterus,
well, mother nature would take its course. Every woman is
different.
Q: What would happen?
A: Well, the fetus would precipitate.
Q: What do you mean?
A: Oh, come right out, right out. Just you know, I would
be called, somebody would call me and at that point what I
would have to do is, I’d have to go and tend to that patient.
Q: How would you do that? What would you do?
A: As – well, my first – my first reaction would be is at
that point it depended sometimes it happened in the waiting
room, sometimes it happened in the bathroom because, you
know, a woman would be pushing in the bathroom.
Sometimes, you know, it happened everywhere in the
clinic.
So what I would do is, I’d make sure that when – if the
fetus precipitated, the cord was cut. Also, a standard
procedure, the cervical spine was cut, as well as make sure
that there wasn’t bleeding or, in other words, the placenta
came down and that’s the way – we insured less blood
would be lost.
Q: How often did this happen?
A: More times than I really care to remember. I would
have to say every week it would happen to at least 50
percent of the patients.
Q: Fifty percent of the time?
A: Yeah, easy, easy. That – you know, and that is how, you
know, and that’s what would happen.
Q: You said it was standard procedure to cut the – first to
cut the umbilical cord?
A: Yes.
Q: That’s from the mother or how is that attached?
A: Well that is from the mother to the fetus.
Q: And where would it be? Would it still be – the placenta
would still be in the mother’s uterus?
A: Yes.
Q: Okay.
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A: Yes. And so I would cut the attachment and you know,
then the cervical portion of the spine at that point. Those
were the larger patients.
Q: So you said that was standard procedure. What do you
mean when you say standard procedure?
A: Well, that’s – that was his standard procedure.
Q: When you say his, do you mean Gosnell?
A: Yes.
Q: Did he show you how to do that?
A: Yes, he did.
Q: When did he show you how to do that?
A: He showed me how to do that maybe 2004, sometime
within a year I started working there, that is what he did
during his [second-trimester] procedures.

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SHERRY WEST: it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird, it sounded like a little alien.”


LIFE NEWS: TESTIMONY AT MURDER TRIAL:

Abortion clinic employee Sherry West described an incident which “really freaked (her) out” and related to the jury how she heard a child scream who was born alive following an abortion.West remembered how she referred to the dead children killed in these gruesome abortion procedures as “specimens” so she could avoid the mental trauma associated with knowing how they died. As local media reported: Sherry West, of Bear, said she was loyal to Gosnell – who is now facing multiple counts of murder for allegedly killing children after they were delivered alive at his clinic – but said the incident “really freaked me out.” When Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore pressed the 53-year-old West for specifics about the incident, West struggled to answer, clearly uncomfortable with the memory.

“I can’t describe it. It sounded like a little alien,” West testified, telling a judge and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury that the body of the child was about 18 to 24 inches long and was one of the largest babies she had seen delivered during abortion procedures at Gosnell’s clinic.

West said she saw the child, whose face and features were not yet completely formed, lying on a glass tray on a shelf and she told a co-worker to call Gosnell about it and fled the room.During her two years working for Gosnell, West said she also saw patients deliver “specimens” in the toilet, which she made a co-worker remove, adding she called aborted fetuses “specimens” because “it was easier to deal with mentally.”

At the time Gosnell was operating that clinic, he was also working at a since-closed Wilmington abortion clinic.
West, who said she called aborted babies “specimens” because “it was easier to deal with mentally,” said a co-worker had called her back to the room that night because she did not know what to do. West said the baby’s eyes and mouth were not yet completely formed and it was lying on a glass tray on a shelf and she told the co-worker to call Gosnell and fled the room.

“I didn’t look at it long,” she said.

ANOTHER ACCOUNT: Even four years later, a look of horror was on Sherry West’s face as she told a Philadelphia jury of the time a staffer asked her to help out with a problem in the abortion procedure room at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic.

“There was this clear glass pan and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?'” West testified today at Gosnell’s murder trial.
“It’s wasn’t fully developed,” West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch long newborn in the pan. It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird, it sounded like a little alien.”

“It really freaked me out and I said call Dr. Gosnell and I went back out front,” West added.

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LYNDA WILLIAMS: BABY JUMPED, ARM MOVED
LIFE NEWS: TESTIMONY AT MURDER TRIAL:
And Lynda Williams, 44, of Wilmington, said Gosnell taught her how to flip the body of the baby over and snip its neck with a pair of scissors and recalled one time when she followed these orders and saw the child move. “It jumped, the arm,” she said, showing the jury by raising her arm. Earlier she testified, “I only do what I’m told to do … what I was told to do was snip their neck.” Williams also testified that she followed Gosnell’s orders one time, when Gosnell was away either running, swimming or working at a clinic in Delaware, and took a baby that was delivered in a toilet and snipped its neck. Williams told investigators she only snipped a neck the one time, “because it gave me the creeps.”
“I only do what I’m told to do,” she told the jury. “What I was told to do was snip their neck.” Williams said she asked Gosnell about the baby that moved, and said Gosnell told her it was just an “involuntary response” and a “last breath” because it was “already dead” due to drugs that had been administered earlier. “I never knew it was murder,” Williams told investigators and repeated to the jury.

ASHLEY BALDWIN: BABIES moving and “flinching
On Thursday, when I was there, Ashly Baldwin, 22, testified that she began working at the clinic when she was 15. Though unqualified and unlicensed as a medical technician, she began medicating women, even administering injections with a butterfly needle, under Gosnell’s instructions. She testified that she saw digitalis injected, and explained that its purpose in abortions is to kill the unborn child so “it would come out dead.” But in some of the most horrifying testimony of the day, Baldwin described how she saw babies born alive, with hearts beating rapidly, some of them moving and “flinching,” and some making baby sounds or “screeching.”

Gosnell sexual abuse not that rare for abortion docs

Posted in Abortion and rape, Abortion and Sexual Assault, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Kermit Gosnell, National Abortion Federation with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2013 by saynsumthn

DrKermitGosnellAccording to the Grand Jury Report, abortionist Kermit Gosnell took photographs of his patients’ genitalia before procedures. This practice is not totally uncommon. an entire chapter of Life Dynamics, Inc..’s book Lime5 details the sexual abuse happening inside abortion clinics. In the Gosnell case, according to the grand jury report, “Gosnell engaged in other practices with patients that defy any medical or even common-sense explanation. Steven Massof testified that the doctor would often photograph women’s genitalia before he performed their abortions. According to Massof, Gosnell told him that he was photographing women from Liberia and other Africancountries who had undergone clitorodectomies, the surgical removal of the clitoris. In his curriculum vitae, Gosnell described this activity as “clinical research: clitoral surgery patients – cultural and functional realities.” There is no evidence, however, that the doctor obtained the necessary permissions to engage in human experimentation. Massof said that Gosnell took pictures of women, and of fetuses, with a digital camera and with his phone. Gosnell told Massof that he was taking the photographs for “his teaching,” but Massof said that he was unaware that Gosnell taught anywhere. Gosnell would often show the photographs to Massof and exclaim about the skill of the surgeons who had sewn the women’s labia together, leaving only a small opening allow menstrual flow.” ( Grand Jury Report)

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For more on the sexual abuse of women inside abortion clinics order Lime 5. Author Mark Crutcher dedicated an entire chapter to the sexual abuse by abortion clinic workers. http://www.lifedynamics.com

PLANNED PARENTHOOD:

The Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners suspended the license of abortionist: Dr. Hideo D. Mori, a past 18 year 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. (SOURCE: Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners vs. Hideo Mori.)

Former Planned Parenthood Staff

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In 2008, a former employee and abortionist for Planned Parenthood of the Columbia-Willamette in Oregon by the name of Dr. GEORGE ELLIOTT KABACY, M.D., was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for possession of child pornography. He was not practicing at the Planned Parenthood at the time of his arrest.

Dr. George Elliott Kabacy was actively practicing as an OBGYN in Washington State at the time of his arrest in December 2006.

At the sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Lombardi said Kabacy “traded pictures of children being subjected to rape and degradation.”

Kabacy admitted in his plea agreement that he knowingly possessed more than 8,000 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Kabacy also admits to possessing videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, both on his computer and on 36 compact disks. Some of the images depict children under the age of 12, authorities said.

Kabacy admitted that he communicated with other people over the Internet, expressing his interest in having sex with minors and exchanging more than 40 images of child pornography with those other people over the Internet.

He first came to the attention of the FBI after the arrest of an Atlanta man who indicated he had communicated with Kabacy.

The man alleged that Kabacy had sent him a computer in exchange for the man’s promise that he would send Kabacy pornographic pictures of his grandchildren.

Kabacy moved to Washington state and worked until his arrest at Sound Choice Health Center in Olympia.He ceased practicing when he was indicted.

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The California Medical Board , investigated actions by abortion doc: 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 was also accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with her without her consent. This lovely abortion doctor was also accused of injecting patients with anesthetics , then engaging in sexual intercourse without the permission of the woman. ( Lovely defender of “reproductive rights, huh?). 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 off to keep her quiet following the incident. Okereke’s Medical License was revoked in November of 1989. (SOURCE: California Medical Board case #11593)

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 also 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. (SOURCE: The Daily Oklahoman 5/28/93 Oklahoma Medical Board Case # 90-09-1129)

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The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure revoked the license of abortionist, 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. ( SOURCE: Jackson Herald 9/30/89 and Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure vs. Milan Chepko.)

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In 1990 the Florida Medical Board passed a disciplinary action against male abortion clinic nurse Barry A. Hill. Hill was employed at the Today’s Woman Medical Center of Coral Gables, FL , a South Florida abortion clinic chain owned by abortionist: Dr. Vladimar Rosenthal. On October 26, 1989 Florida’s Department of Health and Human Services inspector Diane Robie discovered two envelopes in the abortion clinic containing pictures of several women undressed with their legs apart. According to State Medical Board reports the perineal area was the focal point of the photographer. Hill, the abortion clinic’s anesthetists claimed ownership of the photographs. Former employees of the abortion clinic spoke to the Miami Herald where they stated they saw Hill fondling the breasts of several female patients while they were under anesthesia. The former abortion 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. ( SOURCE: 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. ( SOURCE: The Indiana Health Profession Bureau Case # 89 MLB 003.)

In 1987 the Tamarac, Florida 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, because Goldenberg was killed in a traffic accident prior to trial. ( SOURCE: 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.)

In 1983 abortion doc 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 state’s medical board began revocation procedures of his license due to falsification of his license application. Ghali was caught in Florida performing abortions in South Dade County. 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. ( SOURCE: 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, Utah Medial Board)

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Abortion Doctor 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. Details of the case revealed that abortionist Tauber 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 later licensed to practice by the state of New York in August of 1992. Forget the fact that, based on the Michigan conviction, California revoked [Ronald Tauber]’s license to practice medicine. The New York State Department of Health believes that Tauber is fit to practice medicine.
According to Newsday, during Tauber’s 1982 Michigan trial his psychiatrist testified that Tauber had confessed to exposing himself to more than 700 girls and women.Tauber himself reportedly testified that his psychiatrist had misunderstood him – Tauber had only told the psychiatrist that he fantasized about exposing himself on at least 700 different occasions. (SOURCE: Michigan Medical Board case #82-202 and California Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners case # 90-6 and OAH # N-37351. People vs. Ronald Tauber (Michigan Case # 80-46749-FY)

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WHY DID NAF NOT REPORT #GOSNELL TO AUTHORITIES?

Gosnell submitted an application to become a National Abortion Federation (NAF) member in November 2009 –apparently, and astonishingly, the day after Karnamaya Mongar died. The NAF evaluator conducted a site review on December 14 and 15, 2009. According to the Grand Jury testimony, she found several disturbing issues with the clinic. In response the Grand Jury Report quotes officials as observing, “We understand that NAF’s goal is to assist clinics to comply with its standards, not to sanction them for deficiencies. Nevertheless, we have to question why an evaluator from NAF, whose stated mission is to ensure safe, legal, and acceptable abortion care, and to promote health and justice for women, did not report Gosnell to authorities. To the jurors, the most appalling thing revealed by the NAF review is not that Gosnell tried to bluff his way through the application process with a borrowed nurse and some new lounge chairs. It is that he made no effort to address the grave deficiencies in his practice that had caused Karnamaya Mongar’s death.”

Planned Parenthood abortionist – Partner had abortion patient die – testimony at Gosnell trial

Posted in Abortion clinic sued, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortionist, child predator, Kermit Gosnell, Planned Parenthood Employee with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by saynsumthn

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Planned Parenthood Abortionist Charles Benjamin testified that he is one of about four abortion providers left in the city since Kermit Gosnell’s arrest two years ago. Gosnell, 72, is charged with causing the deaths of a patient and seven babies who prosecutors say were born alive. Defense lawyer Jack McMahon has maintained that no babies were born alive.

Benjamin, who said he has performed 40,000 abortions over a 30-year career, testified Monday that he doesn’t do them after 21 weeks, or three weeks under the 24-week limit in Pennsylvania. Benjamin also said he performs abortions after 17 weeks gestation in a hospital. That’s in contrast to Gosnell, who performed about 1,000 abortions a year — virtually all at his clinic. He shows up on Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania financial reports in 2007 and 2008 and 2008 2009 2010 racking in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from the tax funded Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.

On cross-examination, Benjamin did testify that his partner once had an abortion patient die of sepsis.

Who is Benjamin’s partner?

Apparently Charles Benjamin testified that his “PARTNER” was involved in an abortion related death. Was that abortion death reported? Who is the abortionist “partner” who was involved in that death? Well…the media report linked here did not say…..but- records online with Planned Parenthood and the other clinic where Benjamin performed abortions gives us an indication who his many “PARTNERS” were:

Beverly M VaughnOne possibility is a doctor listed as board member of the clinic he works for. According to a 2010 990 Dr. Beverly M Vaughn , M.D. is a board member of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She has no complaints on file with the state, and we do not know if this is who Benjamin was referring to.

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Another possible “PARTNER” is – Lee Anthony Trip, MD who was listed along with Charles Benjamin on the 2010990 as a physician at the Planned Parenthood clinic.

Trip earned a whopping $566,334 in ONE YEAR working for the TAX FUNDED ABORTION GIANT !

Anthony Trip MD- who was employed by Planned Parenthood has a State Action on file – read here and at that time had performed over 8000 abortions. He dates back to at least yearsat the abortion giant’s center. He has been raking in the BIG BUCKS $$$$ for years: (2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 ). Trip earned MAJOR BUCKS with the tax funded abortion giant each year!

Charles David Benjamin earned a whopping $329,810 doing abortions for Planned Parenthood.

Apparently Charles Benjamin was involved in some sort of court case involving a teen who sued him, in this CASE: Stephanie Carter v. Charles D. Benjamin, D.O. a teenager was transported across state lines for an abortion, and suffered issues of standard of care, informed consent, and psychological trauma following abortion. here – Stephanie Carter, at the age of 17 years, had the induced abortion performed by Dr Charles Benjamin. On the consent form, the words “breast cancer” did not appear. Stephanie Carter filed a lawsuit against Dr Benjamin alleging, in part, that Benjamin did not inform her of the breast cancer risks of that induced abortion.

And according to World Magazine, (State of the states: 1/10/2004), “When a Pennsylvania teenager , filed by Stephanie Carter, 19, of Hatboro, Pa, (“Sarah,” as she was referred to in a lawsuit) became pregnant at 16, a high-school guidance counselor told her how to get around all that: All Sarah needed to do was cross the state line. The counselor then arranged for the teen a secret abortion in neighboring New Jersey, where no laws require parental involvement or informed consent. That was in 1998. In 2000, after being diagnosed with abortion-related post-traumatic stress syndrome and learning that studies link abortion with breast cancer (ABC connection), Sarah sued abortionist Charles Benjamin and the Cherry Hill Women’s Center in Cherry Hill, N.J. Her lawsuit alleged that Dr. Benjamin and his clinic should be held liable for violating Pennsylvania laws meant to protect her. In October 2003, on the eve of trial, the defendants settled out of court, agreeing to pay an undisclosed sum to cover Sarah’s post-abortion counseling and future health care Her parents, Harold and Marie Carter, already have settled a lawsuit against the Hatboro-Horsham School District. They claimed that
her guidance counselor advised her to get an abortion in suburban Cherry Hill, N.J., where state parental notification laws aren’t as strict as Pennsylvania’s.

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Another “Partner” works with Benjamin who performs abortions at his private office Bruce Berger, MD where he does abortions thru 20 weeks.

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Here On December 29, 1999, Antoinette Hartdegen filed a medical malpractice action
against Appellee, Bruce Berger, M.D. (“Berger”)1 claiming that Berger failed to obtain her informed consent before performing a tubal ligation/
sterilization procedure. Bruce Berger performed the surgery after he performed an abortion because she claimed she was a rape victim. After the abortion she received the Tubal Ligation and suffered complications which resulted in a hospital stay for emergency bowel repair. The jury ruled in favor of Berger.

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One more possibility is Mark_Woodland1A 2010 Board Member is Mark B. Woodland, M.D

ANOTHER would be Paul Copit, MD who worked for Planned Parenthood in 2006 taking in $61,300. He appears to still be listed as with PP. Copit supervised Anthony Trip after he was disciplined by the state. (here)

We may never know just who Charles Benjamin was referring to when he testified that his “Partner” was involved in the death of an abortion patient. But, one thing we do know is that women DO DIE from abortions and that is not a rare event. For proof go to SafeandLegal.com

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Covers Gosnell Trial

Posted in Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , on April 15, 2013 by saynsumthn

Also Read Jill Stanek’s Report here

CNN’s Anderson Cooper tackled the case of mass murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell on his April 12 show.

Cooper fairly and with credible disgust gave an overview of Gosnell’s crimes and the unwillingness of Pennsylvania state agencies to shut him down…

AP calls abortion doc accused of murdering born and unborn children as well as patient “Elegant”

Posted in Kermit Gosnell, Media Bias with tags , , , , , on March 28, 2013 by saynsumthn

Only in a Pro-abortion Media World can the killer of both born and unborn children as well as an abortion patient be described as “Elegant.”

As Newsbusters, Tom Blumer, asks,” Has anyone ever seen a defendant in a murder trial described as “elegant” in a report describing his or her appearance during a trial?”

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found this AP story still up at the Huffington Post.

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The AP Story is still up at the Huffington Post here :

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Gosnell, an elegant man who appears serene in court, smiled softly as he listened to testimony last week, even that of a young woman who said she was hospitalized for two weeks after a 2009 abortion.

… A neonatologist testified that his gestational age appeared to be about 27 to 30 weeks. But defense lawyer Jack McMahon pointed out the margin of error for prenatal testing is nearly two weeks.

The legal limit for abortions is 24 weeks in Pennsylvania, where that teen mother delivered, and 20 weeks in Delaware, where she was given drugs to start the abortion process.

It was removed from the AP website after NewsBusters.org linked to it asking, “Maryclaire Dale really ought to let us know why she considers Gosnell “elegant.” Is he “refined and dignified”? Does he move gracefully? Does he demonstrate “refined taste”?”

Although the words ELEGANT have been scrubbed from the AP Website and other AP Stories online but Google still had this

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I prefer Horace Cooper’s description of Gosnell better:

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As Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation states,

There’s nothing elegant about a man who killed and maimed women, delivered and killed babies by snipping their spinal cords, and kept severed babies’ feet in jars as trophies. Media bias has just gotten obscene. Gosnell is not the exception among abortionists. He is more common than the American public knows. For a reminder of his butchery, watch this excellent short doc, 3801 Lancaster. **WARNING: a few graphic images***