Skip to comments.Gosnell used and reused unsanitary instruments to perform abortions, Grand Jury found
Posted on 03/20/2013 7:13:21 PM PDT by Morgana
As the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell unfolds over the next 6-8 weeks, on most days we will run an update on what happened at the trial of the man charged with eight counts of murder along with an excerpt from the Grand Jury report that was the basis for the indictment. Todays installment from the 261-page report details an abortion clinic of almost unimaginable filth and Gosnells insistence that unqualified, unlicensed staff to administer drugs both to initiate labor and to sedate patients before he arrived. __________________________
The instruments that were inserted into womens bodies were also unsanitary, according to the workers. Kareema Cross showed the Grand Jury a photograph she had taken, showing how the instruments were purportedly sterilized. The photo shows a pan on the floor. In it are the doctors tools, supposedly soaking in a sterilizing solution. But the photo shows that the instruments cannot get clean because they do not fit in the pan, and are not submerged. Gosnell would nonetheless pluck instruments from this pan on the floor and use them for procedures. Cross said that she saw Gosnell insert into a womans vagina a speculum that was still bloody from a previous patient. She testified about how Gosnell would ignore her complaints about his unsanitary practices. Kermit Gosnell
Several workers testified that Gosnell insisted on reusing plastic curettes, the tool used to remove tissue from the uteruses, even though these were made for single use only. Latosha Lewis testified that Gosnell would make his staff reuse the curettes until they broke. Like Cross, Lewis believed it was the unsanitary instruments that were causing patients to become infected with chlamydia and gonorrhea. When inspectors from Pennsylvanias Departments of Health and State surveyed the facility in February 2010, they corroborated much of what the former staff members described.
As bad as the physical condition of the facility was, the practice that Gosnell conducted inside of it was even worse. It was not a mistake or an exceptional circumstance that forced Lynda Williams and Sherry West to sedate Mrs. Mongar [who later died] when Gosnell was absent from his clinic. According to multiple staff members, that was routine procedure. In fact, Gosnell, the clinics only licensed medical provider, rarely arrived at all before 8:00 p.m. Abortion patients, on the other hand, began arriving as early as noon. It was Gosnells intention and instruction that his untrained and unlicensed staff administer drugs both to initiate labor and to sedate patients before he arrived.
Patients, meanwhile, did not receive individual medical consideration. Drugs were administered without regard to a patients weight, medical condition, potential risk factors, or any other relevant factors that physicians need to weigh in determining appropriate medication. Gosnell ordered his untrained and inexperienced staff to administer drugs to patients even when they protested, as 16-year-old Ashley Baldwin did, that they were not qualified. Gosnell told Ashley and other employees that if they were not willing to administer medication and anesthetize patients, procedures that
Pennsylvania law requires a medical license to perform, they could not work at the clinic.
As Kareema Cross explained it, Gosnell told her when she was first hired that it was her job to medicate the patients when they were in pain. But after assigning this as one of her job responsibilities, he did not oversee what she did on individual patients. Indeed, he couldnt oversee his workers as they anesthetized patients, because he was usually not at the clinic when they did so. His practice was to leave it to the untrained workers to decide when to medicate and re-medicate the patients. He also left the precise medication mixture to the judgment of his unlicensed, untrained staff.
Gosnell disliked it when workers disturbed him by calling for medication advice. Ashley told us that he complained that they were rushing him. According to Lewis, You had to rely on your own. If you felt like they were in pain and you wanted to administer medication, you would just administer the medication yourself. Williams was known by other staff members to improvise her own drug cocktails. She would give a patient [w]hat she thought she needed, according to Ashley. She used what she wanted. West would do the same. Other staff members repeatedly reported this dangerous practice to Gosnell, yet he continued to give Williams responsibility for drugging his second-trimester patients.
Cross warned Gosnell in 2008 that Williams gave too much medication, but Gosnell didnt care what she did. Cross would tell Williams that she was giving too much medication; Williams would respond, well, that is what Dr. Gosnell told me to give. Gosnells practice of having unqualified personnel administer anesthesia began years before the death of Mrs. Mongar.
This guy better fry.
Who cares? It doesn’t matter whether he cleaned his tools or shoved them inside his own ass before use, he KILLED CHILDREN! Give him the death penalty quickly.
Every now and then a curtain gets pulled back giving a clear view of hell.
The pro choice-er hold up wire coat hangers and shout “we will never go back”. Yet I gotta think back alley abortions were much cleaner and sanitary then this. Where is the pro choice movement on making sure the clinics are up to par? They don’t care! They are just in the office counting the money from each abortion. They crawl over dead bodies of babies to get that money.
What do you expect from a man who would murder a baby as easily as a butcher slaughters an animal.
Woman’s right to choose, don’t ya know. Margaret Sanger’s legacy - killing black babies.
safe and legal/s
he’s black, he won’t.
This is a stain on PA and former, pro-choice, DHS, RINO, Gov. Ridge. Ridge stopped all inspections of abortion clinics in PA. Of course, Rendell kept that policy. Inspections are primary tool to shut down death mills.
Lots of bad things to say about Sanger, but she was vehemently anti-abortion. She has gone on the record referring to abortionists as parasites.
The Grand Jury report is damning not only of the doctor, but of the entire government of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.
One final misconception about Mrs. Sanger must also be addressed, it seems, and in this case the truth will terribly inconvenience the propaganda efforts all around. It is not right, pace Planned Parenthood, that Margaret Sanger declined to advocate abortion on grounds that it was then a dangerous and illegal surgery. There are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, she wrote in 1920, and we know that abortion, when performed by skilled hands, under right conditions, brings almost no danger to the life of the patient. On the evidence in The Woman Rebel, the real reason Sanger declined to advocate abortion, notwithstanding the laws flexibility and what she took to be the procedures safety, is that abortion appalled her. She turned women seeking abortions away from her clinics: I do not approve of abortion. She called it sordid, abhorrent, terrible, barbaric, a horror. She called abortionists blood-sucking men with MD after their names who perform operations for the price of so-and-so. She called the results of abortion an outrageous slaughter, infanticide, foeticide, and the killing of babies. And Margaret Sanger, who knew a thing or two about contraception, said that birth control has nothing to do with abortion, it has nothing to do with interfering with or disturbing life after conception has taken place. Birth control stands alone: It is the first, last, and final step we all are to take to have real human emancipation.
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