Abortion Centers in Delaware Affiliated With Gosnell Will Close

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 18, 2011   |   6:54PM   |   Dover, DE

Two Delaware-based abortion facilities associated with embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell will likely remain closed, according to new information from Delaware officials.

James Liguori, who is representing Panzy Myrie, the other of the two Atlantic Women’s Medical Services abortion centers based in Delaware that closed in March because of problems related to Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion business, made the information available late today. He indicated the Wilmington, Delaware abortion center has been put up for sale and the owner and operator of the abortion businesses wants “to move on.”

“They don’t want to start over,” he said.

The information came to light, according to a Courier Post newspaper report, on the same day state regulators were planning to hold hearings on accusations that Myrie had improperly represented herself as a licensed physician in online advertisements for the abortion business even though she does not hold a valid medical license in Delaware. Prosecutors had hoped the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline would issue a ruling against the abortion facility owner requesting that she stop masquerading as a valid abortion practitioner.

However, both sides reached a weekend agreement and the hearing was called off today. Although details of the agreement were not made public, the newspaper indicated Liguori said the order “amicably resolves the concern that the medical practices board had.”

The two Delaware abortion centers run under the Atlantic name came under scrutiny because Gosnell had worked at them one day a week in addition to operating the Philadelphia abortion business that was shut down when inspectors found horrific conditions and learned he had engaged in hundreds of infanticides whereby he would begin an “abortion” by purposefully inducing an early birth of an unborn child and jabbing the baby in the spinal cord with scissors in an attempt to “snip” the spinal cord. Gosnell faces several charges related to the infanticides and one murder charge related to a woman who died in a failed abortion at his center.

Meanwhile, the Delaware centers presented concerns for state officials who launched investigations into them. They were sufficient to have state officials issue emergency suspensions of the medical license of the abortion practitioners who worked there — Albert Dworkin and Arturo Apolinario — and the Dover and Wilmington centers have been closed. If found guilty of any violations, the abortion business could be fined up to $10,000 for a first offense and up to $50,000 for subsequent offenses the newspaper indicated today.

Gosnell and several staffers at his abortion center, including his wife Pearl, were arrested in January after a grand jury indicted them on multiple charges after officials raided his abortion business following a woman’s death and discovered a “shop of horrors” filled with bags of bodies and body parts of deceased unborn children and babies killed in infanticides.

Last March, the Pennsylvania Department of Health found the abortion center had violated more than a dozen health and safety laws ranging from a lack of equipment and drugs for emergency resuscitation to not having a way to get patients to a hospital or a backup physician. The Philadelphia Inquirer indicated at the time that Gosnell also delayed the report to the state concerning Mongar. He had until April 12 to respond to the charges but has failed to do so, and missed an extension taking him to April 30.

In the raid, officials found 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.

The abortion industry has been forced to suspend two abortion businesses that employed embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who has been the subject of national controversy over his abortion business in Philadelphia.

Following revelations that Gosnell is associatedwith two other abortion centers in Louisiana and Delaware, the National Abortion Federation made the decision to suspend the memberships of both. Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, the Delaware abortion business that employed Gosnell one day a week to do abortions, and the Delta Clinic abortion center of Baton Rouge, have both had their memberships suspended. Leroy Brinkley owns both abortion businesses. Atlantic operates abortion centers in Wilmington and Dover.

Delaware law does not require inspections of abortion centers but Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said his office will launch a “wide-ranging” investigation of Gosnell and probe his work at the Delaware abortion facility given the vast problems at his Pennsylvania abortion center.

Authorities searching the facility last year found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies’ severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.

The grand jury investigation also shows state officials did nothingwhen reports came in about problems at Gosnell’s abortion center, which has upset incoming pro-life Governor Tom Corbett who fired several state employees.