The ‘house of horrors’ abortion clinic went nearly two decades without an inspection and was in a state of squalor, it was revealed in court today as the murder trial for Dr Kermit Gosnell’s clinic goes into its second week.
A Pennsylvania department of health employee testified today that the Philadelphia doctor’s abortion clinic was not inspected by health officials and ‘filthy, corroded’ tubing was used in medical equipment.
Jurors also heard testimony that the clinic’s ‘anesthesiologist’ only had a 6th grade education and that the clinic failed several state regulations.
Why wasn’t it inspected? Why did Gosnell get away with performing such gruesome and late term abortions? Did the politics of abortion lead PA to turn a blind eye here?
In her testimony last Tuesday as part of her guilty plea to third-degree murder, Adrienne Moton told the jury that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox late-term abortions at a West Philadelphia clinic.
Prosecutors accuse Gosnell of killing late-term, viable babies after they were delivered alive, in violation of state abortion laws. Gosnell’s lawyer denies the murder charge and disputes that any babies were born alive. He also challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses, calling them inexact estimates.
Moton, the first employee to testify, sobbed as she recalled taking a cell phone photograph of one baby left in her work area. She thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured him at nearly 30 weeks.
‘The aunt felt it was just best for her [the mother's] future,’ Moton testified.
Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop, she said.
The “anesthesiologist” in this place had a 6th grade education.
Prosecutors allege that Dr. Gosnell, who faces the death penalty for multiple murders, was more than just an abortionist who alledgedly had staff stuff fetal remains in cabinets, the basement, a freezer, jars and plastic bags. He may also have been a drug pusher.
[P]rosecutors believe Gosnell made plenty of money over a 30-year career using cheap, untrained staff, outdated medicines and barbaric techniques to perform abortions on desperate, low-income women.
And they say he made even more on the side running a ‘pill mill,’ where addicts and drug dealers could get prescriptions for potent painkillers. Authorities found $250,000 in cash and a gun at his home when they searched it in 2010.
Kermit Gosnell, who told a judge in 2011 he was too poor to afford proper legal representation, owned as many as 17 properties and earned $1.8million a year, according to a grand jury report.