House of Horrors Abortion 'Doctor' Heads to Trial on Eight Counts of Murder
'I feel in the long term I will be vindicated,' he tells reporters
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the notorious Philadelphia abortion doctor who ran a virtual "house of horrors" where poor and under-aged women could get late-term abortions is now headed to trial on eight counts of murder. Gosnell ran a filthy, subhuman clinic where the bodies of aborted children were kept in a refrigerator. "I feel in the long term I will be vindicated," Gosnell told reporters in a 2010 interview, a month after the federal drug raid. "I aspire to perfection, certainly for my patients."
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charged with eight counts of murder
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams called Gosnell's blighted clinic where agents found baby body parts in glass jars and staff refrigerators, and patient rooms filthy and blood-stained - a veritable "house of horrors."
Gosnell, who has since pleaded not guilty, has long pretended he is some kind of medical missionary in the blighted neighborhood where he worked and lived for 40 years. His clinic treated the poor, immigrants, teens and women with late-stage pregnancies who could not get abortions elsewhere.
Many of these patients were left with infections, perforated bowels and other injuries after barbaric abortions were performed by untrained, unlicensed staff, according to numerous lawsuits and a lengthy 2011 grand jury report. Forty-one-year old Karnamaya Mongar lost her life there in 2009.
All but one of the nine clinic workers arrested with Gosnell has pleaded guilty, three of them to third-degree murder, which carries a potential 20- to 40-year prison sentence.
Unlicensed doctor Steven Massof of Pittsburgh told the grand jury that he used scissors to snip the spines of more than 100 babies born alive, working for Gosnell for a few hundred dollars a week. He pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the deaths of two babies allegedly stabbed by Gosnell while Massof assisted with the abortions.
Gosnell's third wife, Pearl, a cosmetologist, pleaded guilty to performing an illegal, late-term abortion and other charges.
"Many times people have not been able to fully pay me for my services," Gosnell said. "As a principle, I have not refused to provide them care."
Gosnell made millions over the years, both from abortions and a thriving side practice where staffers allegedly dispensed his pre-signed prescriptions for OxyContin, Percocet and other highly addictive painkillers.
It's not clear if Pennsylvania jurors have ever been asked to send a man of Gosnell's age or occupation to death row.
"Dr. Gosnell is never going to get the death penalty," defense attorney Jack McMahon said early on, noting his client's age and the cost of protracted capital cases.
He certainly executed death sentences on women and children.
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