A West Philadelphia abortion doctor has been arrested and charged with 8 counts of murder in the deaths of a woman patient and 7 babies. The bablies were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, his wife and 8 other colleagues were arrested overnight following a Grand Jury investigation. Gosnell and his wife are currently being held at headquarters without bail. Also included in that group is a teenager who reportedly administered anesthetic.
According to the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, Gosnell is facing murder in the 3rd Degree for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.
Mongar died on November 20, 2009 when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell.
He is also facing seven murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the 6th, 7th and 8th month of pregnancy.
Gosnell "induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord," District Attorney Seth Williams said.
Along with the murder charges the District Attorney has charged Gosnell with Infanticide, Conspiracy, Abortion at 24 or more weeks, Abuse of Corpse, Theft, Corruption of Minors, Solicitation and other related offenses.
Williams held a news conference Wednesday morning, where he reviewed the 300-page Grand Jury report, the details of which are incredibly disturbing. “I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Williams. “But as District Attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law."
Last April, the FBI and Drug enforcement agents raided Gosnell's 38th and Lancaster Clinic, called the Women's Medical Society. Inside, they found jars packed with pieces of aborted fetuses and recliners used in a recovery area for women who had abortions.
Gosnell's medical license was been suspended because of the conditions at his clinic. He has also been targeted in multiple lawsuits, at least one charging that a woman died from a botched abortion.
Gosnell is named in nearly four dozen civil suits going back 20 years. Ten of those are malpractice suits, including one by the family of a young woman who died after a March 2000 abortion at Gosnell's office.
Gosnell charged $325 for first-trimester abortions and $1,600 to $3,000 for abortions up to 30 weeks. Abortions are legal up to 24 weeks gestation in Pennsylvania, although most doctors won't perform them after 20 weeks, prosecutors said.
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