Officials Want No More Abortions at Pennsylvania Center Where Woman Died

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Officials Want No More Abortions at Pennsylvania Center Where Woman Died

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 19
, 2010

Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) — Officials in Pennsylvania have taken action to ensure no more abortions are done at the Philadelphia abortion center where a woman died from a botched legal abortion last year. As LifeNews.com reported, authorities investigated 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.

Abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who runs the Women’s Medical Society, lost his license in both Pennsylvania and neighboring Delaware.

During the probe, officials found dozens of unborn children killed in abortions who were frozen for decades. They are now determining whether or not they may have been victims of illegal late-term abortions.

Now, the Pennsylvania Department of Health took action to make it so no other abortion practitioner can do abortions at the Women’s Medical Society.

The Health Department is seeking an order prohibiting abortions at Gosnell’s facility because of dangerous conditions found there.

The office has no access for a stretcher in the case of an emergency. In previous emergencies, care was delayed because exit doors were padlocked shut or blocked with debris from the clinic.

Other infractions included the lack of emergency resuscitation equipment, according to the pro-life group Operation Rescue.

A deficiency report noted that the only source of suction for patients with airway tubes was the same suction machine used for abortions. Filthy and unsanitary conditions were also cited.

Calls made by an Operation Rescue investigator to Gosnell’s clinic today were not answered, the group told LifeNews.com. It said voicemail message boxes were full, and a number for second trimester abortion inquiries for “Ben Gosnell” had been disconnected.

Even Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation has thrown Gosnell under the bus, OR says.

Saporta says NAF recently denied Gosnell affiliation because of nineteen “extensive” violations of NAF guidelines were discovered during an inspection last December. Saporta was “dumbfounded” to learn that Gosnell had been telling reporters that the NAF found his clinic to be clean.

“You, know it’s bad when the NAF won’t even have you. Their abortion clinics have the reputation of being among the worst offenders when it comes to dangerous abortionists and conditions,” OR president Newman said.

“We know because we bought and closed an NAF affiliated abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, and the horrific conditions we found there were appalling," he added.

When Gosnell lost his Delaware license, he 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.

Records 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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