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Doctors Failed to Report Kermit Gosnellís Botched Abortions
Life News ^ | 4/11/11 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/11/2011 1:18:56 PM PDT by wagglebee

Doctors in Philadelphia are attempting to defend why they apparently failed to report the numerous botched abortions and other medical problems that took place at the clinic run by abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell.

Gosnell has been charged with eight counts of murder related to a failed abortion that claimed a woman’s life and seven infanticides that saw him use an abortion technique where he purposefully prematurely birthed babies late in pregnancy so he could use medical scissors to snip their spinal cords and end their lives.

Gosnell also botched the abortions of other women, who eventually found themselves in local medical centers treated by physicians for injuries sustained in the abortions. However, doctors at University of Pennsylvania Health System, which operates to medical facilities near Gosnells abortion business, were criticized by the grand jury that indicted Gosnell for failing to hold him accountable for the problems.

“We are very troubled that almost all of the doctors who treated these women routinely failed to report a fellow physician who was so obviously endangering his patients,” they wrote in January.

Now, according to an AP report, the health system released a statement saying it “provided reports to the authorities regarding patients of Dr. Gosnell who sought additional care at our hospitals” as early as 1999 even though officials reportedly could only produce one report of an instance where doctors informed state or local officials of potential problems. AP indicates the report centered on 22-year-old Semika Shaw, who died at the university hospital of internal bleeding and sepsis following the surgical abortion she obtained at Gosnell’s abortion center in 2000 — a case in which Gosnell eventually settled a lawsuit for $900,000.

Health system spokeswoman Susan Phillips told AP “we have staff who specifically recall making oral reports” to Pennsylvania authorities about problems with Gosnell, but she added, “Unfortunately, we have not been able to find additional written reports from these past years.”

AP indicates one physician and suburban medical examiner who did report problems to state officials never heard back from them about the problems — which is consistent with the grand jury report that noted the state government failed to properly monitor many of the concerning reports it received over the years regarding Gosnell and his abortion facility.

The AP story notes no reports were filed with state officials concerning Marie Smith, who went to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in 1999 after an abortion that left parts of her unborn baby inside her caused her to fall unconscious, or Dana Haynes, who went to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s emergency room in 2006 with a perforated cervix, uterus and bowel following a failed abortion that also left parts of her baby inside her.

No reports were issued when Karnamaya Mongar died following an abortion in 2009 that eventually resulted in authorities raiding Gosnell’s abortion center.

Latosha Lewis, a Gosnell employee, told the grand jury that staff at the university hospital treated numerous Gosnell patients and AP documented at least five cases in which women suffering from botched abortions requiring emergency medical treatment were not reported to state authorities. That’s despite the state board of medicine saying doctors who fail to file reports within 30 days of treating women who suffer from failed abortions are guilty of unprofessional conduct” and could see their licenses suspended.

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.

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 associated with 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; kermitgosnell; moralabsolutes; prolife
At the very least, the doctors who covered-up Gosnell's crimes should lose their licenses to practice medicine.
1 posted on 04/11/2011 1:19:02 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 04/11/2011 1:19:48 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 04/11/2011 1:20:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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we have staff who specifically recall making oral reports

Maybe they alluded to something at a cocktail party. s

Gosnell's name should be known by every American. Unfortunately, due to media bias, more Americans will continue to believe that bombing abortion clinics ("women's health centers") is common than believe that places like this house of horrors exist.

4 posted on 04/11/2011 1:25:26 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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I suppose that if there is a lesson in all of this, that lesson would be to never hire a sadist to do abortions. Makes for bad press, you know.


5 posted on 04/11/2011 1:36:15 PM PDT by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness with global social consequences)
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To: wagglebee

They probably didn’t report them because they figured no one would pay attention. After all, one must not criticize the sacred rights of the left.


6 posted on 04/11/2011 1:46:47 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: wagglebee
Per capita, what makes you think Gosnell's clinical incident rate was any any higher than any other abortion provider under the cover of an LLP, or franchaise like Planned Parenthood?

Nobody gets the thinking person with emotions to discard logic and reason in favor of the emotions like a reporter doing a story on Gosnell.

Everyone wants to focus on Gosnell. He is but one tiny speck on a much bigger canvas. It's misdirection.

7 posted on 04/11/2011 1:50:53 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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>>It’s misdirection.<<

You’ve got the bone in your teeth, bite hard.Atta boy!


8 posted on 04/11/2011 2:24:43 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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Yeah I know..........Like nobody will connect that this story comes out the day after Planned Parenthood gets it's funding?

Lynching Gosnell is not a free pass for Planned Parenthood. That's how it's playing out. Gosnell just needed to pay former governors, lobbyists, and register as NFP with a board of directors from the usual cabal, and they would have been building him a statue right next to the clothespin as a convenient but artsy way to hold yer nose.

9 posted on 04/11/2011 2:34:06 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: wagglebee
Health system spokeswoman Susan Phillips told AP “we have staff who specifically recall making oral reports” to Pennsylvania authorities about problems with Gosnell, but she added, “Unfortunately, we have not been able to find additional written reports from these past years.”
AKA- The dog ate my homework.
Scumbags one and all.
10 posted on 04/11/2011 2:37:58 PM PDT by a02001 (Help the third world poor one person at a time- www.kiva.org)
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>>A raid on Gosnell’s chamber of horrors turned up blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses displayed in jars. “People were practicing without a license. A non-licensed person was administering drugs. The conditions were horrific, uncleanly, just abysmal,” a board spokeswoman told ABC News.<<

I fail to see where this is more horrific than the practice of killing babies six days a week. Ask any combat vet and they’ll tell you that the shock and disgust of seeing a dismembered human significantly diminishes with each one. After a few dozen, having a smoke or a cup of coffee with bodies laying all around you isn’t disgusting at all. It’s accepted as normal working conditions.

I am certain that to Gosnell, he didn’t find anything disgusting about killing babies. People paid him to do it because he was “a professional”, the same way we prefer to have “a professional” dentist and doctor treat us.

The big question in my mind is why did they finally decide to prosecute a man whose shoddy business practices was well known in the community.

>>The grand jury also was highly critical of state and city agencies and officials who it said had reason to know what was going on at the clinic but failed to act.<<

None of these people will be prosecuted, suspended or fired. That’s the part that needs correcting.


11 posted on 04/11/2011 2:52:49 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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In the late 70's my sister worked at a major center city Philadelphia hospital. She worked in the building and wing which did abortions. They had babies in jars all over the place. People(not the patients) took them home because they thought it looked cool. She worked there until 1980.

That was the largest and most prestigeous hospital in the city to give you an idea...............

The business is all the same. It's just how much you're willing to lay out for the overheads that seems to buy you legitimacy and respect.

And since when does a government agency solve a problem?

If you were an abortion clinic inspector, wouldn't you find your charge to be a bit contradictory in purpose? And if you find nurses aides doing medical procedures a bit scary, you may want the whole Obama care bill to change. For the biggest area for cost savings is to get rid of doctors in favor of other healthcare workers trained to take care of you(and you know what that means)

12 posted on 04/11/2011 3:05:55 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: blackdog

Give them time and they’ll accomplish everything to make the people more secure.


13 posted on 04/11/2011 4:16:38 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are .)
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To: wagglebee

abortion is really a darwin test... to see who’s smart enough to pass along their dna

dumb enough to abort... you fail the test


14 posted on 04/12/2011 12:20:46 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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