Pro-Life Group: Abortionist Can’t Do Abortions Elsewhere With Suspended Licenses
by Steven Ertelt
March 3, 2010
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group that has monitored a Pennsylvania abortion practitioner who killed at least two women in botched abortions says it is glad two states have suspended Kermit Gosnell’s medical license. Operation Rescue tells LifeNews.com Gosnell has no license allowing him to do abortions elsewhere.
As LifeNews.com reported, Gosnell, who runs the Women’s Medical Society, lost his Delaware license as officials there responded to him losing it in Pennsylvania.
Both decisions came after authorities were prompted to investigate the 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.
When an abortion practitioner loses his medical license in one state, he often relocates to another where he has a backup license and opens up an abortion business there.
But Operation Rescue confirmed to LifeNews.com today that Gosnell is not licensed in any other state.
Gosnell once held a license in New York, but in 1996, he was censured, reprimanded, and fined $1,000 there for allowing an unlicensed worker to treat patients. His license status in that state is currently listed as "not registered," the pro-life organization said.
Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger commented on the Delaware decision.
"We commend the medical authorities in Pennsylvania and Delaware for taking emergency action to protect the public from this dangerous man, but it is tragic that two women had to die before action was taken to protect women, especially in light of his long history of abuses," she said.
"This case should be a wake-up call to medical oversight boards across the country. Don’t ignore the red flags when it comes to abortionists because doing so places the lives of women at risk," she added.
Gosnell’s medical license has been temporarily suspended in Pennsylvania, but he has not yet been charged with anything illegal related to the abortion death or the discovery of the frozen unborn children killed in abortions.
Yesterday, 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.
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 Philadelphia Daily News.
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 reporter 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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