FBI Raids Home of Philly Practitioner Who Killed Woman in Botched Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
April 5, 2010
Philadelphia, PA (LifeNews.com) — On Friday, federal agents from the FBI raided the home of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell of Pennsylvania, who is under investigation following the death of a woman in a botched abortion. They seized boxes of documents and removed them from Gosnell’s home.
Authorities have been probing 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. He lost his license in both Pennsylvania and neighboring Delaware.
Meanwhile, news reports also indicate FBI agents executed a second search warrant at the now-closed Women’s Medical Society abortion center.
William J. Brennan, Gosnell’s attorney, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he wasn’t surprised the 69-year-old saw officials go through his home.
"Well, it’s certainly not unexpected in a federal investigation that something like this would occur," Brennan said. "Dr. Gosnell was cooperative with the federal agents. He’s doing fine."
Gosnell has yet to be charged in connection with the woman’s death or a second incident where a botched abortion he performed claimed a woman’s life. There are also not yet charges in connection with the deplorable conditions officials found at his abortion center.
This is the second time officials raided his abortion business — and they did so first on February 18.
They found what amounted to a "house of horrors" — including collection jars containing the remains of pre-born babies dating back 30 years along with filthy and unsafe conditions and evidence that unlicensed workers had been illegally treating patients.
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.
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.
After suspended his medical license, the Pennsylvania State Health Department has filed documents in Commonwealth Court to prevent any other abortionist from operating in Gosnell’s unsafe abortion facility.
Gosnell has a long history of dangerous practices dating back nearly 40 years.
He was responsible for the death of Semika Shirelle Shaw in 2000, who died from a perforated uterus sustained during an abortion. Gosnell has been sued over 40 times for numerous botched abortions and other troubles.
"The story of Gosnell’s appalling abortion operation makes us wonder how many other abortionists like him are out there preying on vulnerable women," Operation Rescue president Troy Newman told LifeNews.com. "From our own investigations into the abortion industry, we have yet to find an abortionist who is in full compliance with the law."
"Because the abortion business draws practitioners from the bottom of the barrel, abortion presents a serious danger to women in this country. If the laws currently on the books were enforced, most abortion clinics in this country would be forced to close. The Gosnell story is a case in point," he said.
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.
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."
Yet, Gosnell told a local television station recently, "I haven’t seen a negative comment that a patient has been dissatisfied with the services that I have provided."
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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