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Gosnell abortion assistant sentenced for role in woman’s death says she treated patients “like family”

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Kermit Gosnell is serving three life sentences for his role in snipping the necks of several babies at his Philadelphia House of Horrors abortion clinic.

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One of his abortion assistance, Sherry West was sentenced today (March 13,2014) to five to 10 years in prison for her role in the 2009 overdose death of an abortion patient.

Sherry West was hired by Gosnell in October 2008. She had known Gosnell as a patient for 35 years. She had recently been diagnosed with hepatitis C. The doctor hired her to perform the same duties as his other “medical assistants.” Like them, she had no training or certificate that would qualify her to do ultrasound examinations, administer anesthesia, monitor patients in the recovery room, or do any of the other duties that she performed. No precautions were taken to protect patients from exposure to hepatitis C.

West worked at the clinic every day except Wednesday and Sunday. She was paid strictly in cash, at a rate of between eight and ten dollars an hour. Her hours were supposed to be 3:00 p.m. to closing. She was present on the night that Karnamaya Mongar died and was still working at the clinic on February 18, 2010, when the facility was raided.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, West pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges, admitting that on Nov. 19, 2009, she administered some of the Demerol overdose that killed Karnamaya Mongar, 41, during an abortion at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic.

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West also admitted that, after accompanying the comatose Mongar and her family to a hospital emergency room, she lied about what happened and destroyed or altered Mongar’s medical records.

On Thursday, however, West maintained she “treated patients like family” and “didn’t mean to do anything wrong.”

According to Life News, West once 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.

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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.

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.”

Gosnell is serving three consecutive life terms after being convicted of murder for killing babies born alive and viable during illegal late-term abortions.

West was one of nine Gosnell workers charged in connection with the operation of his Women’s Medical Society Clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. All pleaded guilty and two await sentencing.

Workers Plead Guilty to Murder in Abortion “House of Horrors” Case

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Kermit Gosnell, Late term abortion with tags , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Two of Gosnell’s Abortion Workers Plead Guilty to Murder

• Written by Operation Rescue
• Posted October 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm


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Philadelphia, PA – The Associated Press is reporting that two former employees of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell have pled guilty of 3rd degree murder for their parts in the deaths of an abortion patient and one baby born alive during a failed late-term abortion.

This is the first time that an abortion worker has been guilty of murder for killing a baby. Adrienne Moton admitted her part in the murder of one baby. Sherry West pled guilty for helping to drug Karanaya Mongar to death during an abortion. Neither women had any medical training or licensing.

The pair also pled guilty to lesser charges, including participating in a corrupt organization.

Gosnell, who ran a filthy “house of horrors” abortion mill in Philadelphia has been charged with 8 counts of murder and is awaiting trial. Moton and West may testify against his as part of their plea agreement.

“As disturbing as this case is, we know that what went on at Gosnell’s abortion mill is little different than what goes on at late-term abortion mills around the country,” said Newman. “We look forward to a full airing of the evidence in a court of law so Americans can come face to face with the atrocity of abortion. Maybe if we finally have a public airing of the truth about what goes on inside abortion clinics, American will stop tolerating the barbaric, unnecessary, and outdated practice. This case serves as a warning to abortionists who break the law. Sooner or later you will get caught.”

View photos of Gosnell’s victims.

Story from the Associated Press:
2 workers plead guilty to murder in abortion case
By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press – 10/27/2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two abortion clinic workers pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in deaths at a Philadelphia clinic where seven babies were allegedly killed with scissors and a patient died from an overdose of painkillers.

Andrea Moton, 34, admitted her involvement in the death of one baby. Sherry West, 52, pleaded guilty in the February 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, a Bhutanese immigrant. Neither worker was properly trained for the work they did at the clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, authorities said.

Gosnell and nine employees, including his wife, were charged earlier this year after a grand jury report detailed macabre the conditions at the West Philadelphia clinic. Gosnell, the only doctor, and other staff are accused of performing illegal late-term abortions and killing babies born alive by severing their spinal cords with scissors.
Gosnell, who denies the allegations, is being held on $2 million bail.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called the clinic a “house of horrors” in announcing the charges in January.

Moton, of Upper Darby, knew Gosnell through his niece. She worked evenings to assist with abortions, but, like the others, had no relevant training or license. She assisted with procedures and cut the spinal cords of aborted babies, the grand jury report said.

Moton and West each pleaded guilty to related charges, including taking part in a corrupt organization. West also pleaded guilty to drug delivery causing death.

West, of Newark, Del., may have administered at least some of the fatal dose of Demerol that killed 41-year-old Mongar in November 2009, defense lawyer Michael Wallace said after the hearing. However, he noted that she was the only clinic employee to accompany Mongar to the hospital and stay with her and her family until she died, he said.

According to the grand jury report, West and co-defendant Lynda Williams overmedicated the 4-foot-11, 110-pound Mongar when Gosnell was not at the clinic.

“She’s very sorry about the death of that young lady,” Wallace said. “She got caught up in a series of things that probably she did not realize the significance of.”
West was a long-time patient who sought work at the clinic as she fought with the Veterans Administration over a pension, he said. She was hired in October 2008, and made $8 to $10 an hour in cash to perform ultrasound exams, administer anesthesia and monitor patients in the medical room.

Prosecutors said she was not licensed or trained to perform those duties, but Wallace disputed that.
“By my analysis, she was doing the same things she was doing at the VA,” he said.

West has been in custody on $2 million bail since her arrest in January. She has been cooperating and will continue to do so, Wallace said. That could include testifying against Gosnell.

West faces up to 140 years in prison but would likely get far less time given that cooperation.

“She knows she will do time,” Wallace said.

She also had hepatitis C, but she took no precautions to protect exposing patients to the disease, authorities said.

Besides being untrained, staff had warned Gosnell that West and Williams were sloppy and careless with their work, the grand jury report said.

Moton faces up to 120 years in prison.

Neither prosecutors nor Moton’s lawyer, Thomas L. McGill Jr., would comment after the hearing, citing a gag order.

Ten people are charged in the case, several of them with murder. One defendant pleaded guilty last month to a perjury charge, leaving seven people awaiting trial.

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