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As the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell approaches, a reminder of why he is charged with eight counts of murder

by | Feb 28, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

GosnellClinic88Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday, March 4 in the  trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. I have spent some time refreshing my memory so that I can fully report to you the background for why he will stand trial on eight counts of murder– first degree murder in the cases of seven “late-term” babies he is said to have deliberately aborted alive and then severed their spinal cords with surgical scissors; and third-degree murder in the case of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died after “repeated injections of strong narcotics, administered in accordance with Gosnell’s standard procedures,” according to an indignant Grand Jury report.

And occasionally an outlet will remind its readers (and therefore me), as the Daily Pennsylvanian did yesterday, that there is even more to this hideous case, including allegations of conspiracy and criminal solicitation.

As many times as we’ve written about Gosnell, very, very few people remember that performing allegedly criminal abortions was not the reason authorities raided his Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic in February 2010. They came  because Federal agents suspected Gosnell was running a “pill mill,” illegally dispensing pills, particularly OxyContin prescriptions.

However when they went in law enforcement officials  found blood-stained furniture, bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered throughout the building, and jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf.

No wonder Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called it Gosnell’s “House of Horrors.” 

At a January 2011 press conference Williams told reporters

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic. But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

(Williams said Gosnell made approximately $1.8 million in just one year alone performing abortions.)

But it gets worse. Gosnell is charged for the murders of seven viable unborn babies, but the Grand Jury report stated that hundreds of viable babies had been aborted alive and killed when Gosnell snipped their spinal cords. However, Gosnell is not charged  for those hundreds of deaths for the same reason he is charged in the death of only one woman when the Grand Jury was convinced he’d killed two: because the records do not exist.

We will keep you up to date all through the trial.

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