Corbett demands probe of failure to regulate abortion clinics in Pennsylvania

posted at 12:25 pm on January 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Hundreds or thousands of live, viable babies have been slaughtered over three decades in a Pennsylvania clinic, and now the two agencies that supposedly regulate medical facilities claim they didn’t know that their jurisdictions covered abortion clinics.  Governor Tom Corbett has demanded answers within a week as to how Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and State could have allowed Kermit Gosnell’s charnel house to continue its operations.  His predecessor, Ed Rendell, declared himself “flabbergasted” to hear the excuses from the two bureaucracies:

Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that he gave the Health Department and the secretary of State a one-week deadline to report to him on what happened in the bungled oversight of a squalid abortion clinic that a Philadelphia prosecutor described as a “house of horrors,” where babies born alive were killed with scissors.

Corbett told the Tribune-Review that he asked for a “detailed report” about how to prevent such a tragedy.

“You can imagine from my role coming as attorney general that we’re going to find out exactly what happened on this side,” said Corbett, the former state attorney general and one-time U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh, who was sworn in as governor Tuesday.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell said yesterday that he was “flabbergasted” to learn last year that the state Health Department did not believe its authority extended to abortion clinics. …

“I was flabbergasted to learn that the Department of Health did not think their authority to protect public health extended to clinics offering abortion services,” Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor and district attorney, said in a statement. ” … I immediately directed them to inspect these facilities. It was simply preposterous that the department took this position, ever.”

Not only should Rendell be “flabbergasted,” everyone should be skeptical in the extreme about this excuse.  It’s not as if the DoH and the DoS in Pennsylvania never bothered to look into Gosnell’s abbatoir.  The grand jury report is damning on these counts.  DoH officials admitted to the grand jury that they knew full well their mandate covered abortion clinics, and indeed that authority is expressly written into the law:

Pennsylvania’s Abortion Control Act charges DOH with regulating and overseeing the performance of abortions and the facilities where abortions are performed “so as to protect the health and safety of women having abortions and of premature babies aborted alive.” 18 Pa.C.S. §3207(a). Abortion facilities require the department’s approval to begin operating.

The DoH didn’t bother to do inspections between 1980 and 1989, but in the latter year found plenty of cause for concern:

By 1989, Gosnell, who is not board-certified as either an obstetrician or a gynecologist, was the only doctor at the facility. The DOH site reviewers also noted that there were no nurses working at the clinic. Blood work was no longer sent out to an independent lab, but was done, supposedly, by “medical assistants.” And in 7 of the 30 patient files reviewed, there was no lab work recorded. The evaluators noted several violations of Pennsylvania abortion regulations, including: no board-certified doctor on staff or contracted as a consultant; no nurses overseeing the recovery of patients; no transfer agreement with a hospital for emergency care; and no lab work recorded in several files. Even so, based on mere promises to improve documentation and filing, and to hire nurses, the DOH site reviewers recommended approval of Gosnell’s clinic for another 12 months.

It took almost three years for DoH to reinspect the facility, however — and they found that little had changed:

Two and a half years later, in March 1992, when DOH representatives next inspected the clinic, there were still no nurses to monitor patient recovery. Evaluators Janice Staloski and Sara Telencio noted that Gosnell was still the only doctor (a Dr. Martin Weisberg was listed as a consultant); that the facility employed no nurses; and that medical assistants were doing lab work. They did indicate there was adequate access for stretchers and wheelchairs, though it is not clear how they reached this conclusion: The facility is multi-leveled and has no elevator.

There is nothing to suggest that these evaluators reviewed any patient files. Gosnell reported performing 62 second-trimester abortions in the previous year, yet the DOH inspectors left blank the section in their report on anesthesia, including who is permitted to give it, what their qualifications are, and the type of anesthesia they are permitted to administer. Also left blank was a section titled “Post-Operative Care,” which addresses the legal requirement that the recovery room be monitored at all times by a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse under the supervision of a physician – the same regulation that the clinic was cited for violating three years earlier. Nevertheless, the evaluators inexplicably concluded on March 12, 1992, that there were “no deficiencies,” and DOH approved Gosnell’s clinic to continue to perform abortions.

The next inspection was conducted on April 8, 1993, by DOH evaluators Susan Mitchell and Georgette Freed-Wolf. This was also the last site review – until February 2010, when an inspection occurred because law enforcement executed search warrants for illegal drug activity. In the 1993 review, Gosnell was the only doctor listed on staff, but “Dr. Weisberg” was still described as a consultant. Four years after Gosnell had promised to hire nurses to oversee the recovery room, there was still none. Lab work was still being performed by unspecified “medical assistants,” whose qualifications the
evaluators apparently did not question, since that section of the review was left blank. For the third time, inspectors found the access for stretchers and wheelchairs adequate, even though the facility’s layout had become even more convoluted and the building still did not have an elevator.

The DoH knew that their mandate included abortion centers; they just decided not to bother inspecting Gosnell or doing anything about the obvious deficiencies.  They willfully turned a blind eye until 1993, and then simply stopped bothering to check on Gosnell at all.

Nor was DoH alone in this pattern of willful obtuseness.  The grand jury detailed a number of instances in which the Department of State ignored ongoing atrocities in Gosnell’s operation, where prosecutors clearly knew they had the power to press charges and declined to do so — or even investigate the numerous allegations of malpractice and fraud:

Attorneys for Pennsylvania’s Department of State disregarded notices that numerous patients of Gosnell were hospitalized – infected, with fetal remains still inside them; and with perforated uteruses, cervixes, and bowels. Incredibly, in 2004, Department of State attorneys closed – without investigation – a case reported to the Board involving the death of 22-year-old Semika Shaw.

Between 2002 and 2009, Board of Medicine attorneys reviewed five cases involving malpractice and other complaints against Gosnell. (The Grand Jury also received records of three older complaints – from 1983, 1990, and 1992 – one of which resulted in a reprimand.) None of the assigned attorneys, or their supervisors, suggested that the Board take action against the deviant doctor. In fact, despite serious allegations, three of the cases were closed without any investigation. The other two were investigated and then closed – without any action being taken.

The grand jury also noted that prosecutors declined to press charges in the death of Semika Shaw in 2002 after being notified by Gosnell’s insurer of a malpractice settlement, as required by law.  They conducted no investigation beyond regurgitating the summary sent to them by the insurer, and yet the same prosecutors knew of at least one other complaint against Gosnell that contained many of the same allegations Pennsylvania now brings in its indictment against Gosnell and his staff.  Indeed, the prosecutors dismissed that complaint on the very same day they dismissed the Semika Shaw case:

What makes these prosecutors’ inaction even more astonishing is that they did know more than the bare facts included in the Board attorney’s evaluation of the case. On the same day in 2004 that they decided not to do anything about Semika Shaw’s death, these same two prosecutors also closed the investigation into the complaint brought to the Department of State more than two years earlier by Marcella Stanley Choung. That was the complaint that had alerted the Board of Medicine – eight years before Karnamaya Mongar died – to almost all of the same violations revealed by this Grand Jury’s investigation.

In December 2001, Marcella Stanley Choung had filed a detailed, written complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of State. Although she wanted to remain anonymous, she provided her name and her phone number, and participated in a follow-up interview on March 4, 2002. She informed the department investigator that Gosnell  was using unlicensed workers (including herself) to give IV anesthesia to patients when he was not at the clinic; that his facility was filthy; that two sick, flea-infested cats roamed freely in the procedure rooms, vomiting throughout; that Gosnell ate in the procedure rooms; that the autoclave used to sterilize instruments was broken; that he reused single-use curettes; that there were no licensed nurses at the facility when IV anesthesia was administered; that Gosnell allowed one patient to use her cousin’s insurance card to pay for an abortion; that Gosnell performed abortions on “underage children” against their will if their mothers asked him to; and that he performed other abortions without consent forms.

Choung told the Department of State investigator that she thought a second trimester patient had died at a hospital after Gosnell performed an abortion on her. And she said that she had seen patient files in which he prescribed 90 Percocet tablets (a narcotic combining oxycodone and acetaminophen) for a patient one week and then, again, 90 more tablets the next week. She gave very detailed information about the files, what she saw, and when. She provided the name of at least one patient, and suggested that the investigator look at her file. Choung wrote that any of the other clinic workers – except one named Jonathan – would be willing to confirm her information.

But the investigator with the Department of State did not question any of the other unlicensed workers. And the Board of Medicine did not use its subpoena power to obtain files to substantiate Choung’s complaint. No one even asked to see the facility or its files. The investigation consisted of three interviews – one with Gosnell; one by telephone with another doctor, Dr. Warren Taylor, who said he performed abortions at the clinic in 2001; and one with a pharmacist two blocks from the clinic on Lancaster Avenue.

Gosnell told easily-checkable lies in his interview with prosecutors:

Gosnell, according to the investigator’s report, did not directly contradict many of Choung’s allegations, but made excuses instead. He also told outright lies that could easily have been disproved. He said the clinic was licensed as a surgical facility – which it was not and is not. This fact could have been confirmed by a simple call to the Department of Health, or by an internet search. Gosnell claimed that he did not use Schedule II controlled substances for anesthesia, even though he did.

Gosnell asserted that he always administered the anesthesia, something any of the clinic workers would have refuted. He acknowledged that he let his patients choose their own anesthesia from mixes entitled “heavy,” “twilight sleep,” and “custom sleep” – names that should have been a tip-off that someone at the clinic was heavily sedating patients. Gosnell declined to provide a written response to Choung’s allegations.

Still, no one at the Department of State probed further to see if one of Choung’s most serious contentions – that unlicensed employees were administering the anesthesia with no medical professional present – was true. The investigator did not request to see any files. His notes indicate that he “visited the area of Women’s Medical Society,” but there is no indication that he asked to go in. He conducted his interview of Gosnell at a regional office in King of Prussia rather than at the doctor’s office where he could have confirmed many of Choung’s allegations first hand.

In this case, the investigaor did recommend further action in 2002.  That came in 2004 – when prosecutors dismissed the complaint on the same day they dismissed the Shaw case.

The argument by both departments that they didn’t think their jurisdiction extended to abortion clinics is a bald-faced lie.  They knew full well that they had the authority to conduct investigations and to prosecute violations.  They just didn’t want to do it.  As the grand jury concluded, the neglect by both DoH and DoS for “abortion patients’ safety and of Pennsylvania laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design.”

Gosnell and his staff of ghouls face criminal prosecution for their crimes.  Corbett and his team should pursue charges against public officials for gross dereliction of duty — and start checking to see how many more Gosnells are operating charnel houses in the Keystone State with impunity because of it.


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because of policy change when pro-life governors took office

I think you mean pro-choice.

Vera on January 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

James Lankford. We need more of his kind.

pugwriter on January 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

But we need to face, and confront this kind of evil head on. Not turn away from it, in disgust, and anger. It’s time to stand up, and put an end to this kind of atrocity.

capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Yes.

Link to it on FaceBook, send it out in emails to everyone in your address book, send it to every MSM outlet and ask why they are not covering it. Even if they ignore or delete it, there is always the possibility that it will turn one heart.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I am angry beyond belief about this story about the abortion butcher. The lack of government inspectors’ oversight since 1993, 1980-89, and 1989-92 is appalling. I lost two contract jobs in my working career because I refused to allow testing rules to be violated at nuclear power plants under construction. That was my responsibility; my employer reassigned me each time so there was minimal economic impact, and I could live with myself because I did what was right.

While being a male and on the fence on abortion, but against late term, I still believe that public officials should be indicted for their lack of inspections. Their attitude on public safety, because it was an abortion clinic, is disgusting. People died because of their lack of scrutiny. Even the private organization that represents abortion clinics was appalled at the facility’s condition during their inspection. They rejected the application but did not report the problems they found. These people and city government officials need to be brought up on involuntary manslaughter charges.

It makes one wonder what other politically connected businesses have no oversight thus placing citizens at risk unnecessarily. This is a perfect example of why I do not trust government and believe every aspect of government needs to be scrutinized.

amr on January 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Tomorrow is the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 1:57 PM

I’m sure that this is the only example extant of an abortion mill seeming like a, well, abortion mill.

Akzed on January 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Everyone at all connected with this horror should, first, be fired, and, second, prosecuted to the extent warranted by their conduct.

Two weeks ago, the country was outraged by the conduct of a deranged gunman (six dead, thirteen wounded). But, today, the country–to the minimal extent it has been reported–largely yawns over the gruesome, 30-year conduct of an abortion provider who, it appears, rivals Vlad the Impaler.

BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

A writer for TIME Mag is now arguing that the problem is that third trimester abortions are illegal in Pennsylvania.

Buy Danish on January 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Obviously mothers forcing their underaged daughters into this, should be held to contempt as well.
capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 1:39 PM

In pretty much any case of mass murder, there’s always a lot of guilt to go around.

In Nazi Germany, a lot of people just stood by, not wanting to see what was happening. Others just gave the authorities a little bit of information. Maybe some of them thought they were being patriotic; or they did it to keep themselves out of trouble, or maybe some even get paid a buck or two…

But when it comes to punishment, you have to draw the line somewhere. In any of these cases, the higher up the chain of command you go, the more guilt there is. And it doesn’t stop at the guy who works the abattoir; the people above him may have cleaner hands, but their souls are even more disgusting.

logis on January 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM

From the Philadelphia Daily News: “Reporter Recalls Abortion Doc As Soft-Spoken, Confident”. Aren’t the sociopaths always the quiet types?

He flipped through photos of bathrooms. “We have nine bathrooms,” he said with a small smile, “and each has a terrarium.”

Monstrous.

Fallen Sparrow on January 22, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Hey Governor Rendell, all those times you put down all those people marching outside that slaughterhouse, did you ever once wonder if they might be right?

And now that you discover that they were right, will you rethink your position and listen to them?

(I apologize for being so stupid as to think he will.)

barnone on January 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Two weeks ago, the country was outraged by the conduct of a deranged gunman (six dead, thirteen wounded). But, today, the country–to the minimal extent it has been reported–largely yawns over the gruesome, 30-year conduct of an abortion provider who, it appears, rivals Vlad the Impaler.
BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

That’s because, at least for the first hour or two, the media assumed Laughner must have done SOMETHING that was conservative in his life. They didn’t know for sure that he thought Bush planned 9/11, thought religion was controlling our brains, and that capitalism was the root of all evil in the world, never held a job a day in his life, and never paid a penny in taxes…

But the liberal media knew from the first second that Kermit Gosnell is one of their own, body mind and soul. And they know they have to close ranks instantly to protect him.

This story is being flushed straight down the Memory Hole. And it’s going fast.

logis on January 22, 2011 at 2:11 PM

BTW, Obama’s State of the Union address is in three days. Anyone want to lay bets on what he’ll say about this?

So far I see two options;

1. He’ll say absolutely nothing about the largest mass murder in American history, or

2. He’ll say it was “just another example of the kind of random violence no one can possibly predict or prevent….”

logis on January 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Abortion, by it’s definition and nature is an act of depravity. For those of us who have been active in the pro-life cause, doctors committing atrocities like Herman Glosnell’s are nothing new. As we have seen, govt. institutions, media and political figures conspire to keep the truth well hidden. They are doing so here, in real time, with Glosnell. Media blackout is sop and has been since 1973, when the nation descended into this legalized mass murder of helpless human beings.

And once a person has transgressed the deeply held internal prohibition which protects human beings from killing each other, and especially from killing a child, then any and all other variations on the killing become possible.
Mark Cruther’s book, LIME 5, published several years ago, catalogued multitudes of horrific deeds in abortion mills coast to coast. I can tell more than a few horror stories personally through my sidewalk counseling experiences.

When one considers that forty million unborn children have been killed through abortion in this nation, how would it be possible that the perpetrators and supporters of such heinous and governmentally protected activity would not mushroom into out of control monsters, since their very trade requires they be monstrous from the start?

If we can rise up in defense of the unborn, and demand their protection and right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then as a nation we will be also able to shake off the iron grip of obama and the Left. If we can’t excercise the first level of human decency in defending these little ones, then I don’t see any real hope of ridding oursleves of the Left on any other level. They will remain “King of the Hill” because they have been able to facilitate the deaths of forty million Americans and leave untold millions of walking wounded parents of shredded children.

And there is not only no end in sight, save a movement to end abortion that is similar to the TP, but obamacare will guarantee that abortion increases exponentially, as it refuses pre-natal care for the poor, minorities, and “caps” the coverage for marrieds at one or two carbon-exhaling offspring. And as a bounus, obamacare will also guarantee hundreds of Kermit Glosnells, at your service and on your dime. Nothing like spreading the blood out onto everyone’s hands…

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

How aboout a nationwide moratorium on every last abortion mill throughout the country. This is 1000 times worse than the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and should have a 1000 times more appropriate response.

fourdeucer on January 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Excellent suggestion.

Perhaps all the new campaign operatives this President has installed in the West Wing might even be sharp enough to grasp as you just did that Obama’s wildly discrepant response to the two tragedies compels most Americans to conclude that he’s much more concerned with protecting the lives of sea otters from “Big Oil” than he is about protecting the lives of all the poor young black women & infants being callously exterminated by our profit-hungry “Big Abortion” industry.

Or not.

leilani on January 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

barnone on January 22, 2011 at 2:05 PM

The saddest part of this is…I believe he did know. Just as Ridge knew. This went on for years, and years. I would almost bet they knew before becoming governors, that this disgusting atrocity was going on, and if I had to hedge my bets, Kermits house of horror isn’t the only one in the state, or any state.

capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Buy Danish on January 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM

I noticed this line in that article.
““You can have a safe abortion if you can afford it,” says Hern. “You can get good medical care if you can afford it. If you can’t, you die.”

The fees charged by this butcher seemed pretty high to me and he apparently gained monetary wealth, I wonder what “good medical care” charges?

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

that Gosnell performed abortions on “underage children” against their will if their mothers asked him to

“Choice” works in exactly one direction.

unclesmrgol on January 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

A writer for TIME Mag is now arguing that the problem is that third trimester abortions are illegal in Pennsylvania.

Buy Danish on January 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hell, why not extend the right to kill them until 6 weeks after birth, so that the parents have the chance to see how the kid is turning out?

LASue on January 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Two weeks ago, the country was outraged by the conduct of a deranged gunman (six dead, thirteen wounded). But, today, the country–to the minimal extent it has been reported–largely yawns over the gruesome, 30-year conduct of an abortion provider who, it appears, rivals Vlad the Impaler.

BuckeyeSam on January 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Tells you all you need to know about who these people are.
They will not hesitate, if given the chance, to dispose of those who stand in their way with as much license and under-the-radar barbarity as they have done with the unborn over the last thirty-eight years.

Take a good look into all of our not-to-distant futures.
The Left always finds a way to mass murder. It’s who they are.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

How aboout a nationwide moratorium on every last abortion mill throughout the country. This is 1000 times worse than the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and should have a 1000 times more appropriate response.
fourdeucer on January 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM

How does that work? “We will stop killing babies, and not start up again until we’re sure we can do it SAFELY?”

Liberal theology can’t work that way. Once the killing has started, it always has to keep going, no matter what.

If they ever stop for even one single moment and admit it’s possible that what they’re doing might in some way be “wrong,” the whole damned edifice they’ve spent a century building will come tumbling down around their ears.

logis on January 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Not only should Rendell be “flabbergasted,” everyone should be skeptical in the extreme about this excuse.

Wait till all the indicted underlings start talking about how they were given the green light by the government.

Get a lawyer, Mr. Rendell, you’ll need one soon.

PattyJ on January 22, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The companion decision to Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton, made abortion legal up through the ninth month, in all 50 states, provided the “health of the mother” was involved. In legal terms, “health of the mother” means any stressors in the physical, psychological, economic, emotional or social life of the mother. IOW, you could drive a mac truck through this provision and it has been the reason that babies can legally be killed through the ninth month, anywhere in the USA, provided a “doctor” sets up shop to do so.

I will have to do a bit of research, but I am almost certain that because of the U.S. Supreme Court, Doe v. Bolton decision, that PA HAS to allow abortion through the ninth month, as do all remaining forty-nine states.

The media has lied to the vast majority of Americans about this, and so they have no idea that abortion is legal throughout pregnancy. It also lulls a populace already unmoored from morality into accepting abortion since the smaller unborn can “look” less like babies aborted in the later second and third trimesters.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM

The fees charged by this butcher seemed pretty high to me and he apparently gained monetary wealth, I wonder what “good medical care” charges?
Cindy Munford on January 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

It’s like Obama is so fond of saying: At some point you’ve made enough money killing babies.

But he never quite gets around to defining exactly how much money is “enough.” He wants to keep his options open on that.

logis on January 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM

The fees charged by this butcher seemed pretty high to me and he apparently gained monetary wealth, I wonder what “good medical care” charges?
Cindy Munford on January 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Perhaps he referred them to the local loanshark for “financing.”

Wethal on January 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

If they ever stop for even one single moment and admit it’s possible that what they’re doing might in some way be “wrong,” the whole damned edifice they’ve spent a century building will come tumbling down around their ears.

logis on January 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM

That’s what I’ve been trying to say but you have said it so much better than I ever could. Abortion is their cornerstone. Take that from them and they will be vanquished. My only question is what have we been waiting for?

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Abortion is a non-negotiable issue to me when voting.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hell, why not extend the right to kill them until 6 weeks after birth, so that the parents have the chance to see how the kid is turning out?

LASue on January 22, 2011 at 2:22 PM

I cannot for the life of me remember who believes this, and said it, and who reported it, but I remember some liberal crony of Obama’s believes abortion should be legal to the age of 2. Because conception to age 2, a child hasn’t been socialized yet.

With that kind of thinking, and belief system….and they call us the nazi’s?!?!?!?!?!

capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I weep everytime I see this story. I want to look away, and have it be gone. However, I leap with joy everytime I see this story, too. Please keep hammering away and continuing to pound on the story, Dailykos, Huffpo, etc, ad nauseum refuse to give it any press. I have to say that all the men that allowed or drove their women there, you should share the women’s shame.

tessa on January 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM

that Gosnell performed abortions on “underage children” against their will if their mothers asked him to

“Choice” works in exactly one direction.

unclesmrgol on January 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Been there, seen that. Nothing new to anyone who spends a little time outside their local mill. It would be so great if someone with brilliant legal and oratorical skills, (Andy McCarthy?) would tie the man who blocked any protections for infants who survived abortions, our fearless leader barry S., to this whole thing. obama, our sitting President, has vigorously advocated for what glosnell has acted out. Who’s the bigger monster? Hard question, I know.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 2:45 PM

capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Peter Singer, YALE DOUCHEBAG.

tessa on January 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Peter Singer, YALE DOUCHEBAG.

tessa on January 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Princeton douchebag.

Wethal on January 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I will have to do a bit of research, but I am almost certain that because of the U.S. Supreme Court, Doe v. Bolton decision, that PA HAS to allow abortion through the ninth month, as do all remaining forty-nine states.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM

In some of the Grand Jury comments, they referred to 24 and a half weeks as the cutoff. Gosnell then proceeded to violate this by tweaking the ultrasound shot angles so the baby appeared smaller than was the actual case which allowed him to fudge what paperwork he did do. I’m still a bit puzzled over the physicians whoo made late term referrals to him in spite of knowing what he was.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Peter Singer, YALE DOUCHEBAG.

tessa on January 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Princeton douchebag.

Wethal on January 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Thank you so much!!! :)

capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Operation Rescue has pictures of the little victims. Warning: graphic and heartbreaking.

Wethal on January 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM
Those pictures are in the actual Grand Jury Report.

Also in the report, the Grand Jury found that the reason these state agencies looked the other way was because of policy change when pro-life governors took office. That is actually in their report.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Question: How do we know these are photos of babies that wern’t aborted “legally?” The moral gymnastics of this story are too much. ALL of these babies were murdered, whether in the womb or outside. Bring obama, shumer, pelosi, reid, frank et al., to the dock, convict them and let them never again know freedm for their intregal part in the holocaust of our nation. Or, let them continue to be feted, and live like decadant sultans on an unlimited stream of wealth and power provided by We the Sheeple.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:04 PM

One of the more truly troubling aspects of this case is that it never would ahve seen the light of day, but for a federal drug investigation resulting in search warrant for the DEA to enter the premises.

As is routine, the DOH was requested to accompany the DEA in the execution of the warrant. The DOH had been there before. The difference now is that you had third parties was witnesses to the horrors, and it was only then that the DOH had its hand forced.

One has to wonder if DOH was there alone, whether this would have ever been stopped. Based on reports of their stance in the past, it is likely they woould have allowed this to continue.

It is a sure bet that more than a few people in positions of influence were paid off to ignore things at the clinic, and hopefully part two of the investigation will round up those co conspirators in murder, for aiding and abetting a serial killer.

Jim M. on January 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I’m getting the feeling that a large percentage of his patients were blacks

I’d like to know

how does that story line play to blacks as to what side is racist

the left has used their lifes for nothing more than governmental power expansion and monetary profit

this guy made 1.8mil last year

that’s a whole lot more tham most physicians make that try to save lifes

what does the gov pay for a spinal scissoring of an infant?

Ugh

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist:

KERMIT GOSNELL was that kid that your mother always said you should be like.

He represented the best and brightest in our neighborhood, the kind of boy we all knew was going to make something of himself someday.

? He chose to kill children for his profession; why are people who knew him shocked that he did this? Wouldn’t they have had a clue when he first started doing this 30 years ago?

Fallen Sparrow on January 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM

This is GREAT BLOGGING, Ed. Thanks for digging deep.

John the Libertarian on January 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM

It is a sure bet that more than a few people in positions of influence were paid off to ignore things at the clinic, and hopefully part two of the investigation will round up those co conspirators in murder, for aiding and abetting a serial killer.

Jim M. on January 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Paid off with money or political favors? Either way, with the seriousness of those charges, there should soon a rush to exchange info for lighter sentences. Ridge et al better hope they have adequate cut outs to avoid the splash. I would like to be privy to some of the upper level political conversations in that state about now.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 3:15 PM

The LA Times has three articles about this. None of them appeared in the print edition, and none of them are in the main index (you don’t find a byline to the side that you can click on). You have to know what you are looking for (e.g., a search on “gosnell”) to find the articles. All of the articles are stringer ones by the AP — the Times has no reporter covering this story.

unclesmrgol on January 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

In some of the Grand Jury comments, they referred to 24 and a half weeks as the cutoff. Gosnell then proceeded to violate this by tweaking the ultrasound shot angles so the baby appeared smaller than was the actual case which allowed him to fudge what paperwork he did do. I’m still a bit puzzled over the physicians whoo made late term referrals to him in spite of knowing what he was.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

A big reason for the misinformation about the legality of late term abortion is the confusing of legality with availability.

The little known but just as federally controlling companion decision to Roe v Wade is Doe v Bolton and Doe allows for abortion throughout nine months of pregnancy. States must abide by and not contradict U.S. Supreme Court decisions as we have been told since knee-high.

Therefore, any abortionist may do “late term” or third trimester abortions. Many abortionists don’t pepetrate third trimester abortions because of the greater incidences of medical complications and to put it simply, it’s not worth the trouble.

But to those intrepid Dr. Glosnells among us, the barbarity, writ larger than it is in say, the first trimester, is well worth it. Second trimester is also very grisly, but again, not as fraught with complications for the abortionist as the third. That’s why other abortionists and doctors can say that they personally won’t do abortions up to their pre-determined cut off, but, as per Doe v Bolton, can legally refer women to Dr.Glosnell or men like him from around the nation. To sum up, the legality is unfortunately there for abortion throughout pregnancy. The availablity is up to the particular abortionist.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

This is a story that could create a tidal shift in politics if it were allowed too

never heard the end of how oil companies were to blame even though a gigantic regulatory body was paid mightily to watch over them

only in this case babies have been brutally murdered while an equally large gov body chose to ignore it’s duty

the press is killing this story, in fact I don’t see or hear much about this unless I’m here

all the time is being used on civil talk, bfd, total misdirection

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

I’m getting the feeling that a large percentage of his patients were blacks

I’d like to know

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

What has always been amazing to me is the initial similarity of appearance new born babies have. I know there are differences, but until they’re hours or even a day or two, it can be hard to tell. God’s idea I think.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

One wonders if the racial/minority aspect of those most exploited might create some traction. Time for Jesse, Sharpton, and the NAACP to step up on this. I hope the next time Sharpton does an interview, someone bops him alongside the head with this and the recent stats from NYC on the 41% rate on noncompleted pregnancies, with the most being blacks. Ask him how he justifies it.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

This sounds like a job Tom Corbett could handle. But I’d recommend backup.

Barnestormer on January 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It also may be that to fulfill the Doe v Bolton “permission” to abort babies throughout the pregnancy, Glosnell would have had to fill out for the records a report stating what the stressors were that allowed for it under the legal loophole, “health of the mother”. Now, these loopholes are huge, encompassing a stressor on the mother’s medical, social, economic, psychological and emotional “health”. Instead of pushing more paper, it was probably easier for Glosnell to tweak an ultrasound on the spot and be done with it. Still, Doe v Bolton stands. If any state in the union tried to restrict a “woman’s right to choose” for all nine months under this Supreme Court decision, they, unlike us, would make sure all h*ll would break loose. I have been closely involved with the pro-life cause for years and would have heard about it, I think.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I’m getting the feeling that a large percentage of his patients were blacks

I’d like to know

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

My guess is that most of the women were minorities because several of the employees testified that white women were treated differently, and they got the (relatively) “clean” and larger treatment room. Most of the white women were there for late term abortions which they could not get elsewhere. For a price, Glosnell would “ensure the demise” of any baby. There were plenty of white babies as well, but I’m sure you agree that that’s really not the point.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Is this Pro-Choice policies eventually lead too?

roy_batty on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

With all respect, do you honestly believe Jesse Jackson cares more about minority babies or the coin he pockets from organizations like Planned Parenthood?

hawkdriver on January 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

“The argument by both departments that they didn’t think their jurisdiction extended to abortion clinics is a bald-faced lie.”

I’d certainly like to know whether either of these departments did any oversight, inspection or regulation on any clinic in the state during this period. Are they saying they’ve never done anything wrt any clinic in the state at all? Not even one?

Dusty on January 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM

*sorry for all the posts. Must stop.*

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Is this Pro-Choice policies eventually lead too?

roy_batty on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

You’re being rhetorical of course. And apologies for the exchange on the 2ND Amendment thread.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

And the founder of Planned Parenthood chimes in:

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

ROCnPhilly on January 22, 2011 at 4:01 PM

My guess is that most of the women were minorities because several of the employees testified that white women were treated differently, and they got the (relatively) “clean” and larger treatment room. Most of the white women were there for late term abortions which they could not get elsewhere. For a price, Glosnell would “ensure the demise” of any baby. There were plenty of white babies as well, but I’m sure you agree that that’s really not the point.
IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

except that 90% of blacks vote for the side that they think supports them

and that side machines them through a most inhuman system rivaling concentration camps

the storie of the fifteen year old whose grandmother brought her and when she resisted they the / dr said,”I don’t have time for this”, and had her forcibly strapped down and drugged against her will

this story stinks to high hell and I don’t very much it is an anomoly

being such a regulated industry I would love to see audits of other reports over the years regarding abortion clinics

it’s not things that can be phonied easily in retrospect

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

This is GREAT BLOGGING, Ed. Thanks for digging deep.

John the Libertarian on January 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Yes, thank you Ed. Keep at it until EVERYONE involved is in JAIL! I can’t wrap my head around the fact that so many people looked the other way and said/did nothing.

TN Mom on January 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

OK, I just hate asking this question, but what race is Glosnell? I can’t tell from the mug shot.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

except that 90% of blacks vote for the side that they think supports them

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Incredible, isn’t it?

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

*sorry for all the posts. Must stop.*

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Please don’t! I have always been pro-life, but I am ashamed to say that unlike you, I have never done anything positive to help reverse Roe v. Wade.

You are educating me, tigerlily, and I’m sure others here as well.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

How can I find out if this is happening in my own state? I cannot believe Pennsylvania is an isolated case. Does anyone know how I can check the reports of Tennessee abortion clinics- if they are being inspected?

TN Mom on January 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Is this Pro-Choice policies eventually lead too?

roy_batty on January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

This IS Pro-Choice.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

*sorry for all the posts. Must stop.*

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM
Please don’t! I have always been pro-life, but I am ashamed to say that unlike you, I have never done anything positive to help reverse Roe v. Wade.

You are educating me, tigerlily, and I’m sure others here as well.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Amen!!!!

capejasmine on January 22, 2011 at 4:17 PM

TN Mom on January 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

I’d like to know if LeRoy Carhart is doing it here.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Appears we now have politically correct murder to add to the leftists accomplishments. Oh well, the ends justify the means don’t they?

chickasaw42 on January 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

With all respect, do you honestly believe Jesse Jackson cares more about minority babies or the coin he pockets from organizations like Planned Parenthood?

hawkdriver on January 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Then he needs to be called out on it. Let them all make a public statement that killing all these black babies is a worthwhile thing to do because of poverty, lack of medical insurance, or whatever other canard they want to use. Black leaders who have condoned this for political or financial reasons need to be exposed. Get the Congressional Black Caucus on record.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Meanwhile lefties just accept and urge you gsters to have sex but omit the catastrohic results and horrors that await some

if this case is reported thoroughly and other chop shops audited severely it could create a devestating blow to the left as it should

Sonosam on January 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I’d like to know if LeRoy Carhart is doing it here.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Why not a little call to the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services? Ask if you can see the inspection/complaint records.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

TN Mom on January 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Good question, TN Mom. I’m wondering about MD, where I live. I think approaching the state department of health would be a good place to go. I imagine things like inspection reports, etc. would all have to be matters of public record. Look to your local medical licensing board and go from there.

Fallen Sparrow on January 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Will do.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Sorry OC, I answered you earlier but it got moderated(!)

Glosnell is black, although light-skinned with freckles. His staff was 50-50. Equal opportunity murderers.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Oh, I agree. But it’ll mean nothing. You and both know liberals are held to a different standard.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

@IrishEi and capejasmine: You’re too kind. :)

p.s. it’s not as hard as you might think to get involved, just ask at your local parish or pro-life activism group/crisis pregnancy center if you can volunteer, or join a group that prays/counsels (you aren’t required to counsel unless you want to learn; prayer is just as vital) outside a local abortion mill. And may God bless you and all here for their devotion to the unborn.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Omaha Conservative:

I have tried answering you twice, and both times it disappears. I will try it one sentence at a time and see what the issue is…..

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong but I read earlier in the week that this monster kept no records.
I do believe it is literally imposiible to tell how many children he murdered.
Oh sorry, how many abortions he performed.
I still can’t see how they prosecute this guy.

ORconservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Thanks

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

To OC. Wow. vaporized again.

Glosnell is black.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

To OC

He has light skin with freckles.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

To OC

His staff was 50/50.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

To OC

Equal opportunity murderers. (END)

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Glosnell is black.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

OK, thanks.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

He is the monster of the century, IMO. Wonder what/who will top him?

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Apparently this sentence was offensive:

Glosnell is bl4ck, although lite-$kinned with fre3ckl3s.

IrishEi on January 22, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It also may be that to fulfill the Doe v Bolton “permission” to abort babies throughout the pregnancy, Glosnell would have had to fill out for the records a report stating what the stressors were that allowed for it under the legal loophole, “health of the mother”. Now, these loopholes are huge, encompassing a stressor on the mother’s medical, social, economic, psychological and emotional “health”. Instead of pushing more paper, it was probably easier for Glosnell to tweak an ultrasound on the spot and be done with it. tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

IIRC, there was little or no “stressor” information on what records weren’t destroyed. Ace had a good piece on this aspect, I believe. So, you may be right.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM

ORconservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Well he had his feet trophy collection, and then some of the staff took pictures of the babies with their throat’s slit. Some of the staff had an inkling of a conscience.

tessa on January 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I’d like to know if LeRoy Carhart is doing it here.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM
Why not a little call to the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services? Ask if you can see the inspection/complaint records.

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Good question, TN Mom. I’m wondering about MD, where I live. I think approaching the state department of health would be a good place to go. I imagine things like inspection reports, etc. would all have to be matters of public record. Look to your local medical licensing board and go from there.

Fallen Sparrow on January 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Thank you!

TN Mom on January 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Within a week?

Is that enough time for a coverup?

Surely they’ll need two, three weeks minimum?

catmman on January 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Who cares what ethic background this monster is?

I wanna know who gets to sever his spinal column when he is found guilty?

jarhead0311 on January 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

a capella on January 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I have to say it’s beyond disgusting to be right about something as horrific as this, a capella, but no restriction abortion has been in place here, and very cleverly hidden by the msm and pols (surprise) since 1973. Thanks for the info re: Ace.

tigerlily on January 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

jarhead0311 on January 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I care. With the large percentage of clack babies being murdered, I don’t want cries of racism rearing their ugly head during the monster’s trial. I am relieved he is also black.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM

…the two agencies that supposedly regulate medical facilities claim they didn’t know that their jurisdictions covered abortion clinics.

Ed Morrissey, you seem to have implied, without discussion, that you think abortion facilities are clinics and that abortion is medicine. You seem to have blamed the directors of the agencies for implying the contrary opinion, that abortion and abortion facilities are not medical, as if those directors were obviously either stupid or insincere. But if one man poisons another, is he a medic? Is a facility featuring gas chambers and crematoria a clinic?

Kralizec on January 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I care. With the large percentage of cblack babies being murdered, I don’t want cries of racism rearing their ugly head during the monster’s trial. I am relieved he is also black.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Shame on the State of Pennsylvania. One wonders how many other states are in the same position. “Pro choicers” meet the result of your advocacy. It is yours and no, you can’t duck it or claim ignorance.

Mason on January 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM
They know it, that’s why the media has been silent on this. This would be to abortion what the China Syndrome was to nuclear power.

Iblis on January 22, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Indeed, they know it. The media are complicit in the silence because this weekend marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and nothing in the media should paint a negative picture on that “landmark” decision. Additionally, the media never give coverage of the March for Life, which takes place in DC this weekend. The optics of the numbers of pro-life marchers undermines the narrative of the media.

onlineanalyst on January 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

What is it? 40 million abortions since Roe vs Wade? Hey Baby Boomers onward. Guess where your SS payment was supposed to come from.

BowHuntingTexas on January 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

No, try about 52 million.

INC on January 22, 2011 at 5:02 PM

While being a male and on the fence on abortion, but against late term, I still believe that public officials should be indicted for their lack of inspections….

amr on January 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Here’s a video for you and others on the fence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mM7KHjbpyv0

INC on January 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

It is providential that this was exposed just before Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. The reality of abortion and the abortion industry (which it is) could not be more clearly seen.

INC on January 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM

The argument by both departments that they didn’t think their jurisdiction extended to abortion clinics is a bald-faced lie. They knew full well that they had the authority to conduct investigations and to prosecute violations. They just didn’t want to do it.

Gods below! Do you really consider anyone worthy of blame who refrains from tidying up others’ abortion facilities? Do you also think one who inspects the work of physicians acting in their capacity as physicians should also concern himself with the work of hitmen? If you object that hitmen but not aborters act illegally, I respond, do you think inspectors of physicians should also inspect soldiers?

Ed Morrissey, you seem to have heard the cant and submitted to it. You seem actually to hold, without reflection or doubt, that abortion as such is medicine.

Kralizec on January 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM

While being a male and on the fence on abortion, but against late term, I still believe that public officials should be indicted for their lack of inspections….

amr on January 22, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Get off the fence. I am a male and I recognize murder genocide/slaughter of the innocents when I see it.

OmahaConservative on January 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Hey Baby Boomers onward. Guess where your SS payment was supposed to come from.

BowHuntingTexas on January 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Beautiful. I’m glad someone else made the point for a change.

Kralizec on January 22, 2011 at 5:19 PM

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