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Abortionist Kermit Gosnell wants “pill mill” allegations kept out of March trial on eight murder counts

by | Aug 13, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell

Few people know or at least remember that the reason abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Women Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia was raided in February 2010 had nothing to do with abortion. Federal agents suspected Gosnell was running a “pill mill,” illegally dispensing pills, particularly OxyContin prescriptions.

It was only then that agents found jars packed with severed baby feet lining the shelves; bags and bottles of aborted fetuses scattered throughout the office; bloodstained furniture and floors; and unlicensed employees who regularly injected sedatives into women having illegal, late-term abortions, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. All this led to a massive Grand Jury report and eventually to Gosnell being charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies aborted alive and reportedly then killed when their spines were severed; and with third-degree murder in the case of the 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died from a drug overdose reportedly prescribed by Gosnell.

It seems like forever, but the time when Gosnell is going stand trial for these deaths is growing closer–March 2013, to be specific. On October 29, a judge will hear pretrial arguments. Such is the background for a test-case, so to speak, that took place this morning.

“Gosnell first goes on trial next month on federal drug charges, which allege he distributed painkillers like candy at his busy West Philadelphia clinic,” the Associated Press reported. “Prosecutors preparing to try a Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies want the jury to hear evidence he allegedly ran a pill mill and let unskilled workers practice medicine.”

Guess what? “Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s lawyer hopes to keep any such evidence out of his March murder trial.”

The AP’s MaryClaire Dale (who has done outstanding reporting on the case), writes, “Prosecutors say in a motion filed Monday that breaking the law was ‘standard operating procedure.’ They say the deaths were no accident but the result of dangerous medical practices that went on for decades.”

Last December when NRL News reported on the 23-charge “pill mill” indictment, we quoted from an AP story that “Among the fraudulent prescriptions Gosnell is accused of writing and dispensing are for thousands of frequently-abused tablets such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Xanax, and the frequently-abused syrups Phenergan and Promethazine with Codeine.”

In a news release, prosecutors said that customers met with Gosnell for a cursory exam (or no exam) “paid him a fee, and then were given prescriptions for controlled substances without there being any legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions.”

What started out small went big in a hurry, prosecutors allege. “Gosnell raised his first-visit fee from $115 to $150 and he went from writing several hundred prescriptions a month at the outset to 2,300 filled at pharmacies in January 2010,” according to the AP.

The numbers are staggering, according to the indictment—“more than 500,000 pills containing oxycodone, more than 400,000 pills containing alprazolam, and more than 19,000 ounces of cough syrup containing codeine.” This went on from June 2008 to February 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

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