Abortion Practitioner Loses License in Delaware After Philadelphia Investigation

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 2, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Practitioner Loses License in Delaware After Philadelphia Investigation

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 2
, 2010

Dover, DE (LifeNews.com) — The abortion practitioner in Pennsylvania who lost his medical licensed after local officials raided his abortion facility after a woman died in a botched abortion has lost his licensed in another state. Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who runs the Women’s Medical Society, lost his Delaware license, too.

As LifeNews.com reported, authorities were prompted to investigate Women’s Medical Society after an abortion patient died last November. Massive amounts of drugs found in the victim’s system led authorities to suspect Gosnell was illegally prescribing pain-killers.

They found dozens of unborn children killed in abortions who were frozen for decades. CBS 3 indicates they are now determining whether or not they may have been victims of illegal late-term abortions.

Gosnell’s medical license has been temporarily suspended, but he has not yet been charged with anything illegal. His abortion center is temporarily closed while the investigation proceeds.

Today, the Delaware Board of Medical Practice said it worked out an agreement with Gosnell’s attorney to temporarily suspend his medical license there as well.

The Philadelphia Daily News indicated Gosnell also agreed to stop distributing controlled substances and he waived his right to a board hearing normally scheduled for within 60 days.

"Based upon the severity of the violations alleged in the complaint, and based upon the suspension of Dr. Gosnell’s license in the state of Pennsylvania, we have concluded that the suspension of Dr. Gosnell’s license to practice medicine in Delaware is necessary to protect the public until we can fully hear the matter," Raymond L. Moore Sr., the president of the Board of Medical Practice, said according to the newspaper.

Pennsylvania officials suspect Karnamaya Mongar died from the botched abortion in part because she had been treated by unlicensed personnel.

The State Board of Medicine says Gosnell had the unlicensed staff member give vaginal exams and administer the drugs Demerol, Promethazine and Diazepam. He was eventually fined $1,000 for the violations.

Reports indicate Gosnell has had problems dating back over 15 years.

Record from 1995 show Gosnell was publicly reprimanded by the State Licensing Board which found he ”employed a physician’s assistant that was not certified … saw at least one patient and treated him."

They also reveal another woman who obtained a legal abortion, Semika Shirelle Shaw, died after she had an abortion at his center in 2000.

"I haven’t seen a negative comment that a patient has been dissatisfied with the services that I have provided," Gosnell told a local television station.

But former patient Dayna Haynes, who suffered a botched, incomplete abortion and had to wait hours for proper medical care, had something else to say about that on camera.

"I really felt like he was just going to let me die," she said.

After a reported showed Gosnell a stack of 40 lawsuits against him over the years, he responded: "If you’re not making mistakes, you are not really attempting to do something."

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