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  1. page How Did This Go On So Long? edited ... using the Grand Grand Jury Report on on the crimes In order to distinguish between m…
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    In order to distinguish between my own writings, and those of the Grand Jury, I will use a different font that makes the Grand Jury Report appear to be typed.
    Summary: a brief look at how Gosnell was able to continue his dangerous and illegal practices, despite many governmental organizations that were supposed to provide oversight.
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  1. page Baby Boy A edited ... The doctor released Sue to go home 13 or 14 hours after she arrived. Her aunt described her co…
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    The doctor released Sue to go home 13 or 14 hours after she arrived. Her aunt described her condition: "She was moaning. She was standing up. She was like holding her stomach, doubled over." She remained in pain for days and could barely eat. When she developed a fever, her aunt called Gosnell. He instructed the aunt to take her temperature and asked if she was taking pain medicine he had given her -- which she was. But he did not have her come in to be checked out. And he did not suggest that she go to a hospital. When Sue started throwing up a few days later, her grandmother contacted a different doctor, who told her to get to a hospital right away.
    Sue was admitted to Crozier-Chester Hospital. Doctors there found that she had a severe infection and blood clots that had traveled to her lungs. According to Kareema Cross, who spoke to the aunt, Sue almost died. The teen stayed at the hospital for a week and a half. She became extremely thin and took months to recover, according to her aunt.
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    You can read here about the National Abortion Federation and the empty promises they make patients. In particular, on their web site, they promise :
    NAF believes in setting the highest standards of quality abortion care. NAF's Clinical Policy Guidelines (CPGs) serve as a convenient and readily usable set of systematically developed statements that assist practitioners in their efforts to provide quality, patient-centered care. ....
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  2. page Baby Boy A edited Baby Boy A... was a boy born in July 2008 to a 17-year-old we will call "Sue." Sue fir…

    Baby Boy A... was a boy born in July 2008 to a 17-year-old we will call "Sue." Sue first met Gosnell at the Atlantic Women's Medical Services , an abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day a week.
    Note: This Delaware clinic was, and remains, a National Abortion Federation member.
    The girl was accompanied by her great aunt, who had agreed to pay for the procedure, and who testified before the Grand Jury.
    After an ultrasound was performed on Sue, Gosnell told the aunt that the girl's pregnancy was further along than she had originally told him, and that, therefore, the procedure would cost more than the $1,500 that had been agreed upon; it would now cost $2,500. (Gosnell normally charged $1,625 for 23-24 week abortions.) The aunt paid Gosnell in cash at the Delaware clinic. He inserted laminaria, gave Sue pills to begin labor, and instructed her to be at the Women's Medical Center in Philadelphia at 9:00 the next morning.
    Again, this all took place in a clinic that a careful prospective patient, wanting to avoid quacks like Gosnell, would be referred to by the National Abortion Federation , or other prochoice organizations, with the assurance that it was a top-rate clinic, with only the best and most professional physicians, providing only the best of care.
    Sue arrived with her aunt at 9:00 a.m. and did not leave the clinic until almost 11:00 that night. An ultrasound conducted byKareema Cross recorded a gestational age of 29.4 weeks. Cross testified that the girl appeared to be seven or eight months pregnant. Cross said that, during 13-plus hours, the girl was given a large amount of Cytotec to induce labor and delivery. Sue complained of pain and was heavily sedated. According to Cross, the girl was left to labor for hours and hours. Eventually, she gave birth to a large baby boy. Cross estimated that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long. She said he was nearly the size of her own six pound, six ounce, newborn daughter.
    After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, "the doctor just slit the neck," said Cross. Gosnell put the boy's body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, "it's the baby's reflexes. It's not really moving."
    The neonatologist [who testified to the Grand Jury] testified that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false. If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a "tremendous amount of pain" when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not quite completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.
    Cross was not the only one startled by the size and maturity of Baby Boy A. Adrienne Moton and Ashley Baldwin , along with Cross, took photographs because they knew this was a baby that could and should have lived. Cross explained:
    Q. Why did you all take a photograph of this baby?
    A. Because it was big and it was wrong and we knew it. We knew something was wrong.
    * * *
    I'm not sure who took the picture first, but when we seen this baby, it was -- it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was -- I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.
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    Gosnell simply noted the baby boy's size by joking, as he often did after delivering a large baby. According to Cross, the doctor said: "This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop."
    The doctor released Sue to go home 13 or 14 hours after she arrived. Her aunt described her condition: "She was moaning. She was standing up. She was like holding her stomach, doubled over." She remained in pain for days and could barely eat. When she developed a fever, her aunt called Gosnell. He instructed the aunt to take her temperature and asked if she was taking pain medicine he had given her -- which she was. But he did not have her come in to be checked out. And he did not suggest that she go to a hospital. When Sue started throwing up a few days later, her grandmother contacted a different doctor, who told her to get to a hospital right away.
    Sue was admitted to Crozier-Chester Hospital. Doctors there found that she had a severe infection and blood clots that had traveled to her lungs. According to Kareema Cross, who spoke to the aunt, Sue almost died. The teen stayed at the hospital for a week and a half. She became extremely thin and took months to recover, according to her aunt.
    htmldiff1From the Grand Jury's Presentment:
    htmldiff2“Baby Boy A”
    htmldiff3One case was particularly memorable. htmldiff4Kareema Cross htmldiff5and htmldiff6Ashley Baldwin htmldiff7testified about a baby who we will call “Baby Boy A,” born in July 2008. According to an ultrasound, the 17-year old mother was 29.4 weeks pregnant. Gosnell induced labor and sedated the mother, who delivered a baby boy. Cross saw Baby Boy A breathe and move. Gosnell dismissed Cross’s observations, telling her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.” Cross told us that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long and nearly the size of her own newborn daughter, who was six pounds, six ounces at birth. Even Gosnell commented on Baby Boy A’s size, joking “this baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.” Cross testified that she saw “the doctor just slit the neck” and place the remains in a clear plastic shoebox for disposal.
    htmldiff8Employees ppAdrienne Moton]] and htmldiff9Ashley Baldwin htmldiff10also were present. All three workers were so startled by Baby Boy A’s size that they each took a photograph. Cross explained,
    htmldiff11Q. Why did you all take a photograph of this baby? htmldiff12A. Because it was big and it was wrong and we knew it. We knew something was wrong. htmldiff13*** htmldiff14I’m not sure who took the picture first, but when we seen this baby, it was – it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was – I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.
    htmldiff15FBI Agent Huff testified that htmldiff16Adrienne Moton htmldiff17gave him consent to search her cell phone for the photograph that she took. The FBI lab was able to find the picture on cell phone; we saw this photograph, introduced as Exhibit 57. Moton told Agent Huff that she took this picture because Baby Boy A was born alive.
    htmldiff18A neonatologist viewed Exhibit 57, the photograph of Baby Boy A. Based on his size, hairline, muscle mass, subcutaneous tissue, well-developed scrotum, and other characteristics, the neonatologist opined that the gestational age was at least 32 weeks. The Grand Jury was able to identify this baby because htmldiff19Kareema Cross htmldiff20remembered the 17-year-old mother, who came in with her great-aunt, who testified before the Grand Jury. We recommend that htmldiff21Kermit Gosnell htmldiff22be charged with murder for killing Baby Boy A in July, 2008.
    You can read here about the National Abortion Federation and the empty promises they make patients. In particular, on their web site, they promise :
    NAF believes in setting the highest standards of quality abortion care. NAF's Clinical Policy Guidelines (CPGs) serve as a convenient and readily usable set of systematically developed statements that assist practitioners in their efforts to provide quality, patient-centered care. ....
    .... The CPGs strive to allow for individual practitioner choices, patient care concerns, and provide a baseline of quality abortion care.
    NAF's Clinical Services Department works with NAF's more than 400 institutional members to ensure compliance with the Clinical Policy Guidelines by conducting Quality Assurance and Improvement (QAI) site visits during which each guideline is addressed. Members who have completed the site visit process receive a certificate of compliance. Members also complete self-evaluations annually and receive a window decal signifying their compliance.
    The standards in the CPGs for hiring physicians seem a bit ambiguous:
    Standard 1: Abortion must be performed by licensed physicians ....
    Standard 2: All personnel performing abortions must receive training in the performance of abortions and in the prevention, recognition, and management of complications.
    They're not very specific, are they?
    Then there's something that they only recommend, but don't set as a standard: "Appropriate referrals should be available for patients who cannot be cared for at your facility." Does letting Kermit Gosnell take Sue to his filthy mill count as an appropriate referral?
    Nothing else in the Guidelines really applies to Gosnell, I suppose. He was good enough to work at a NAF facility, and what he did under his own roof with NAF patients was, I presume, up to his individual judgment.
    The Grand Jury noted that Gosnell's reputation as a dangerous practitioner who ran a seedy, unsanitary clinic was known to "community groups" who had helped some women try to file complaints. Evidently NAF never checked -- or required their member clinic to check -- Gosnell's reputation. The member clinic evidently never checked the facility to which they were allowing Gosnell to treat their patients. And even after the NAF inspector had seen it for herself, and found it appalling, the organization showed no concern for the affiliation between their member clinic and Kermit Gosnell.
    The Grand Jury noted that " at least six patients were referred from Atlantic to Gosnell's clinic in Philadelphia for illegal late-term abortions. These patients paid Atlantic for late-term procedures performed by Gosnell in his Lancaster Avenue clinic. We heard evidence that Gosnell would insert laminaria in patients in Delaware and then have them come to his Philadelphia office for the abortion procedure itself. "
    Note that this behavior is similar to the behavior NAF found so reprehensible in Steven Chase Brigham.
    The director of Atlantic Women's Medical Services, Leroy Brinkley, was unconcerned. He did not properly supervise the doctors he hired as "independent contractors" to assure that they were complying with the law. Remarkably, despite Gosnell's long time association with Atlantic, Brinkley only produced three files for patients seen by Gosnell at Brinkley's clinic.
    But it's no surprise to me that NAF turned such a blind eye to the way Brinkley ran his clinics, if all he was doing was letting Gosnell troll for illegal late-abortion patients there. Brinkley had nothing on other NAF members, who over the years have included:
    Abu Hayat , "The Butcher of Avenue A", who killed a teenage abortion patient and gained national notoriety when he ripped the arm off a 32-week fetus who was shortly thereafter born alive and maimed .
    Hanan Rotem , who, after the death of abortion patient Gloria Aponte, was discovered to have been allowing his untrained receptionist to administer general anesthesia.
    Eastern Women's Center , responsible for at least three patient deaths, and so chaotically run that for three days they were unable to find their medical director.
    Family Planning Associates Medical Group , a mega-chain of abortion mills responsible for a dozen patient deaths that I know of, and whose founder, Edward Allred, admitted in a deposition that he never did a preventability study after a patient death.
    Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, that was finally closed down after decades of debacles including a disgusting late-abortion scandal.
    Summit Medical Center of Alabama , where a nurse nearly killed a near-term abortion patient by attempting an RU-486 abortion on her. ( Three of four seedy abortion clinics disciplined in Alabama turned out to be NAF members.)
    Either NAF's standards are pretty low, or they're not very good at enforcing them. Just look at how these women who trusted NAF died .
    Yes, I realize that there is also a pretty big story in the way public officials dropped the ball again and again. But the National Abortion Federation insists that these organizations really aren't needed, that regulations and government oversight just make abortion services less "accessible," and "limit choices," and aren't really necessary for safety.

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  3. page Baby Boy A edited I am using the Grand Jury Report on the crimes of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell as t…

    I am using the Grand Jury Report on the crimes of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell as the basis of this Wiki. I will add material to support my contention that though Gosnell is beyond the pale, this is mainly in the way he combined and refined aspects of the ghoulish and callous disregard for humanity often seen in abortionists. He was hardly a pioneer.
    In order to distinguish between my own writings, and those of the Grand Jury, I will use a different font that makes the Grand Jury Report appear to be typed.
    Baby Boy A... was a boy born in July 2008 to a 17-year-old we will call "Sue." Sue first met Gosnell at the Atlantic Women's Medical Services, an abortion clinic in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day a week.
    Note: This Delaware clinic was, and remains, a National Abortion Federation member.
    The girl was accompanied by her great aunt, who had agreed to pay for the procedure, and who testified before the Grand Jury.
    After an ultrasound was performed on Sue, Gosnell told the aunt that the girl's pregnancy was further along than she had originally told him, and that, therefore, the procedure would cost more than the $1,500 that had been agreed upon; it would now cost $2,500. (Gosnell normally charged $1,625 for 23-24 week abortions.) The aunt paid Gosnell in cash at the Delaware clinic. He inserted laminaria, gave Sue pills to begin labor, and instructed her to be at the Women's Medical Center in Philadelphia at 9:00 the next morning.
    Again, this all took place in a clinic that a careful prospective patient, wanting to avoid quacks like Gosnell, would be referred to by the National Abortion Federation, or other prochoice organizations, with the assurance that it was a top-rate clinic, with only the best and most professional physicians, providing only the best of care.
    Sue arrived with her aunt at 9:00 a.m. and did not leave the clinic until almost 11:00 that night. An ultrasound conducted by Kareema Cross recorded a gestational age of 29.4 weeks. Cross testified that the girl appeared to be seven or eight months pregnant. Cross said that, during 13-plus hours, the girl was given a large amount of Cytotec to induce labor and delivery. Sue complained of pain and was heavily sedated. According to Cross, the girl was left to labor for hours and hours. Eventually, she gave birth to a large baby boy. Cross estimated that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long. She said he was nearly the size of her own six pound, six ounce, newborn daughter.
    After the baby was expelled, Cross noticed that he was breathing, though not for long. After about 10 to 20 seconds, while the mother was asleep, "the doctor just slit the neck," said Cross. Gosnell put the boy's body in a shoebox. Cross described the baby as so big that his feet and arms hung out over the sides of the container. Cross said that she saw the baby move after his neck was cut, and after the doctor placed it in the shoebox. Gosnell told her, "it's the baby's reflexes. It's not really moving."
    The neonatologist [who testified to the Grand Jury] testified that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false. If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a "tremendous amount of pain" when its spinal cord is severed. So, the fact that Baby Boy A continued to move after his spinal cord was cut with scissors means that he did not die instantly. Maybe the cord was not quite completely severed. In any case, his few moments of life were spent in excruciating pain.
    Cross was not the only one startled by the size and maturity of Baby Boy A. Adrienne Moton and Ashley Baldwin, along with Cross, took photographs because they knew this was a baby that could and should have lived. Cross explained:
    Q. Why did you all take a photograph of this baby?
    A. Because it was big and it was wrong and we knew it. We knew something was wrong.
    * * *
    I'm not sure who took the picture first, but when we seen this baby, it was -- it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was -- I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.
    {http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PtijYSkNn3A/TTjPW_pBCuI/AAAAAAAABBo/pwPGv-s4-gs/s400/BabyBoyA.jpg}
    Gosnell simply noted the baby boy's size by joking, as he often did after delivering a large baby. According to Cross, the doctor said: "This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop."
    The doctor released Sue to go home 13 or 14 hours after she arrived. Her aunt described her condition: "She was moaning. She was standing up. She was like holding her stomach, doubled over." She remained in pain for days and could barely eat. When she developed a fever, her aunt called Gosnell. He instructed the aunt to take her temperature and asked if she was taking pain medicine he had given her -- which she was. But he did not have her come in to be checked out. And he did not suggest that she go to a hospital. When Sue started throwing up a few days later, her grandmother contacted a different doctor, who told her to get to a hospital right away.
    Sue was admitted to Crozier-Chester Hospital. Doctors there found that she had a severe infection and blood clots that had traveled to her lungs. According to Kareema Cross, who spoke to the aunt, Sue almost died. The teen stayed at the hospital for a week and a half. She became extremely thin and took months to recover, according to her aunt.
    From the Grand Jury's Presentment:
    “Baby Boy A”
    One case was particularly memorable. Kareema Cross and Ashley Baldwin testified about a baby who we will call “Baby Boy A,” born in July 2008. According to an ultrasound, the 17-year old mother was 29.4 weeks pregnant. Gosnell induced labor and sedated the mother, who delivered a baby boy. Cross saw Baby Boy A breathe and move. Gosnell dismissed Cross’s observations, telling her, “it’s the baby’s reflexes. It’s not really moving.” Cross told us that the baby was 18 to 19 inches long and nearly the size of her own newborn daughter, who was six pounds, six ounces at birth. Even Gosnell commented on Baby Boy A’s size, joking “this baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.” Cross testified that she saw “the doctor just slit the neck” and place the remains in a clear plastic shoebox for disposal.
    Employees Adrienne Moton and Ashley Baldwin also were present. All three workers were so startled by Baby Boy A’s size that they each took a photograph. Cross explained,
    Q. Why did you all take a photograph of this baby?
    A. Because it was big and it was wrong and we knew it. We knew something was wrong.
    ***
    I’m not sure who took the picture first, but when we seen this baby, it was – it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was – I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.
    FBI Agent Huff testified that Adrienne Moton gave him consent to search her cell phone for the photograph that she took. The FBI lab was able to find the picture on cell phone; we saw this photograph, introduced as Exhibit 57. Moton told Agent Huff that she took this picture because Baby Boy A was born alive.
    A neonatologist viewed Exhibit 57, the photograph of Baby Boy A. Based on his size, hairline, muscle mass, subcutaneous tissue, well-developed scrotum, and other characteristics, the neonatologist opined that the gestational age was at least 32 weeks. The Grand Jury was able to identify this baby because Kareema Cross remembered the 17-year-old mother, who came in with her great-aunt, who testified before the Grand Jury. We recommend that Kermit Gosnell be charged with murder for killing Baby Boy A in July, 2008.
    You can read here about the National Abortion Federation and the empty promises they make patients. In particular, on their web site, they promise:
    NAF believes in setting the highest standards of quality abortion care. NAF's Clinical Policy Guidelines (CPGs) serve as a convenient and readily usable set of systematically developed statements that assist practitioners in their efforts to provide quality, patient-centered care. ....
    .... The CPGs strive to allow for individual practitioner choices, patient care concerns, and provide a baseline of quality abortion care.
    NAF's Clinical Services Department works with NAF's more than 400 institutional members to ensure compliance with the Clinical Policy Guidelines by conducting Quality Assurance and Improvement (QAI) site visits during which each guideline is addressed. Members who have completed the site visit process receive a certificate of compliance. Members also complete self-evaluations annually and receive a window decal signifying their compliance.
    The standards in the CPGs for hiring physicians seem a bit ambiguous:
    Standard 1: Abortion must be performed by licensed physicians ....
    Standard 2: All personnel performing abortions must receive training in the performance of abortions and in the prevention, recognition, and management of complications.
    They're not very specific, are they?
    Then there's something that they only recommend, but don't set as a standard: "Appropriate referrals should be available for patients who cannot be cared for at your facility." Does letting Kermit Gosnell take Sue to his filthy mill count as an appropriate referral?
    Nothing else in the Guidelines really applies to Gosnell, I suppose. He was good enough to work at a NAF facility, and what he did under his own roof with NAF patients was, I presume, up to his individual judgment.
    The Grand Jury noted that Gosnell's reputation as a dangerous practitioner who ran a seedy, unsanitary clinic was known to "community groups" who had helped some women try to file complaints. Evidently NAF never checked -- or required their member clinic to check -- Gosnell's reputation. The member clinic evidently never checked the facility to which they were allowing Gosnell to treat their patients. And even after the NAF inspector had seen it for herself, and found it appalling, the organization showed no concern for the affiliation between their member clinic and Kermit Gosnell.
    The Grand Jury noted that "at least six patients were referred from Atlantic to Gosnell's clinic in Philadelphia for illegal late-term abortions. These patients paid Atlantic for late-term procedures performed by Gosnell in his Lancaster Avenue clinic. We heard evidence that Gosnell would insert laminaria in patients in Delaware and then have them come to his Philadelphia office for the abortion procedure itself."
    Note that this behavior is similar to the behavior NAF found so reprehensible in Steven Chase Brigham.
    The director of Atlantic Women's Medical Services, Leroy Brinkley, was unconcerned. He did not properly supervise the doctors he hired as "independent contractors" to assure that they were complying with the law. Remarkably, despite Gosnell's long time association with Atlantic, Brinkley only produced three files for patients seen by Gosnell at Brinkley's clinic.
    But it's no surprise to me that NAF turned such a blind eye to the way Brinkley ran his clinics, if all he was doing was letting Gosnell troll for illegal late-abortion patients there. Brinkley had nothing on other NAF members, who over the years have included:
    Abu Hayat, "The Butcher of Avenue A", who killed a teenage abortion patient and gained national notoriety when he ripped the arm off a 32-week fetus who was shortly thereafter born alive and maimed.
    Hanan Rotem, who, after the death of abortion patient Gloria Aponte, was discovered to have been allowing his untrained receptionist to administer general anesthesia.
    Eastern Women's Center, responsible for at least three patient deaths, and so chaotically run that for three days they were unable to find their medical director.
    Family Planning Associates Medical Group, a mega-chain of abortion mills responsible for a dozen patient deaths that I know of, and whose founder, Edward Allred, admitted in a deposition that he never did a preventability study after a patient death.
    Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, that was finally closed down after decades of debacles including a disgusting late-abortion scandal.
    Summit Medical Center of Alabama, where a nurse nearly killed a near-term abortion patient by attempting an RU-486 abortion on her. (Three of four seedy abortion clinics disciplined in Alabama turned out to be NAF members.)
    Either NAF's standards are pretty low, or they're not very good at enforcing them. Just look at how these women who trusted NAF died.
    Yes, I realize that there is also a pretty big story in the way public officials dropped the ball again and again. But the National Abortion Federation insists that these organizations really aren't needed, that regulations and government oversight just make abortion services less "accessible," and "limit choices," and aren't really necessary for safety.

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Tuesday, October 7

  1. page National Abortion Federation edited ... a pioneer. In order to distinguish between my own writings, and those of the Grand Jury, …
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    a pioneer.
    In order to distinguish between my own writings, and those of the Grand Jury, I will use a different font that makes the Grand Jury Report appear to be typed.
    Summary: Kermit
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    the authorities.
    Gosnell also worked part time at a National Abortion Federation clinic in Delaware. Women, such as the mother of Baby Boy A, would walk into that highly reputable clinic, which would collect their money and turn them over to Gosnell. He'd start the abortion at the NAF clinic, then send them to his clinic to finish the abortion. Those women would end up doped within inches of their lives by untrained people and left to moan on blood-stained recliners amid the fleas and cat feces.

    I will begin with what the Grand Jury Report has to say about the National Abortion Federation, and add some links at the end that tell more about this organization.
    A national association of abortion providers declined to admit the Women’s Medical Society as a member, finding it to be the worst facility its inspector had ever seen.
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Wednesday, May 7

  1. page Gosnell’s Illegal Practice edited ... Some 40,000 abortions are performed across the Commonwealth each year. Abortion is normally on…
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    Some 40,000 abortions are performed across the Commonwealth each year. Abortion is normally one of the simplest and safest medical procedures. But not in Gosnell’s clinic. Employing unlicensed, untrained workers in a facility that was grossly inadequate and unsanitary, his operation made a pretext of providing health care. In the absence of any regulatory oversight, Gosnell recklessly cut corners, allowed patients to choose their medication based on ability to pay, and provided abysmal care – all to maximize his profit.
    We estimate that Gosnell took in as much as $10,000 to $15,000 a night, mostly in cash, for a few hours of work performing abortions. And this amount does not include the money he made as one of the top Oxycontin prescribers in the state. The Women’s Medical Society stands as a monument to an absolute disdain for the health and safety of women, and in many cases of babies who were born alive in this filthy clinic.
    The- The deaths of
    Employees at the Women’s Medical Society who testified before the Grand Jury were not surprised when a lethal overdose of drugs killed one of Gosnell’s patients in November 2009. They had seen many close calls and at least one other patient’s death caused by Gosnell’s careless and criminal practices. They knew that Gosnell chose unlicensed, untrained, and unsupervised workers to anesthetize his abortion patients, and that the drugs, in accordance with his office procedure, were administered in the doctor’s absence.
    None of Gosnell’s employees were licensed or properly trained. Gosnell’s staff warned him that two of his employees, Lynda Williams and Sherry West, were not only unlicensed and unqualified, but sloppy and unconcerned as well. They presented an obvious danger to the clinic’s patients, whom they routinely over-medicated and failed to monitor.
    ...
    Gosnell and his employees performed abortions long after the legal limit. The doctor’s unorthodox methods, especially with late second-trimester and third-trimester pregnancies, virtually mandated the premature delivery of live babies – whose spinal cords he would then routinely slit. These practices persisted for many years without interruption by any regulatory body.
    The pain, suffering, and death that he and his employees perpetrated were not the result of accidentally botched procedures. It was Gosnell’s standard business practice, to slay viable babies. The women who died, or whose health he recklessly endangered or irreparably harmed, were simply collateral damage for the doctor’s corrupt and criminal enterprise.
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    Latosha Lewis, who worked for Gosnell for over eight years, explained to the Grand Jury how the doctor ran the clinic. According to Lewis and other staff members who testified, the office was actually split into two practices – the abortion clinic, which was mostly on the first floor, and a family practice on the second floor. (Witnesses testified that the family practice had devolved in the last several years into mainly a “pain management” practice.) The office opened at approximately 10:00 a.m., with family practice patients coming only in the evenings. Abortion patients arrived throughout the day. Gosnell, who was the only licensed doctor, did not usually arrive to see patients or perform procedures until after 8:00 p.m.
    Abortions were generally scheduled four days a week – on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Gosnell did not see patients on Wednesdays, but some were seen by his unlicensed staff. According to his staff, the doctor and his wife, Pearl, performed extremely late-term procedures on Sundays. First-trimester abortions at the Women’s Medical Society were generally one-day procedures and were performed all four days. Second-trimester abortions were performed usually over a two-day period. Questionable late-term and suspected third-trimester procedures took three days.
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    If fetuses had not precipitated, Gosnell would often have his staff physically push them out of their mothers by pressing on the mothers’ abdomens.
    According to a board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician who testified as a medical expert, Gosnell’s labor-induction method of performing second-trimester abortions – as opposed to a standard surgical procedure – entails significant risks, including hemorrhage and debilitating pain that leaves patients unable to care for themselves. The pain suffered by women in full labor requires careful supervision and appropriate sedation. Thus, according to the expert, labor induction should be performed only in a hospital setting, where medical professionals can monitor the women throughout their labor. Gosnell had neither the staff nor the facility to perform this type of abortion safely. He did it routinely anyway.
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    Gosnell deliberately hired unqualified staff because he could pay them low wages, often in cash. Most of Gosnell’s employees who worked with patients had little or no remotely relevant training or education. Nor did they have any certifications or licenses to treat patients. Yet they did so regularly, and without supervision – in violation of Pennsylvania’s medical practice standards and the law.
    Tina Baldwin testified that certification did not matter to Gosnell. He told his workers that there was a “grandfather clause where if you – since he’s a doctor and he taught you, you could be automatically whatever it is he taught you to be. You could be certified because he taught you to do that.”
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    Gosnell hired unlicensed medical school graduates Steve Massof and Eileen O’Neill to practice as doctors at his clinic. They were presented to patients and staff as “Dr. Steve” and “Dr. O’Neill, ” and Massof was listed on a sign inside the office door as “Dr. Steve Massof, Medical Intern.” Both saw, diagnosed, and treated patients when Gosnell was not at the clinic. And both prescribed medicine to patients who never saw Gosnell – even though their prescriptions bore Gosnell’s signature. (Massof admitted writing on pre-signed prescription pads; O’Neill insisted that Gosnell signed the prescriptions after she wrote them.)
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    Investigators found the clinic grossly unsuitable as a surgical facility. The two surgical procedure rooms were filthy and unsanitary – Agent Dougherty described them as resembling “a bad gas station restroom.” Instruments were not sterile. Equipment was rusty and outdated. Oxygen equipment was covered with dust, and had not been inspected. The same corroded suction tubing used for abortions was the only tubing available for oral airways if assistance for breathing was needed. There was no functioning resuscitation or even monitoring equipment, except for a single blood pressure cuff in the recovery room.
    Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but (just as on the night Mrs. Mongar died three months earlier), no one, not even Gosnell, knew there the keys were to open the emergency exit. Emergency personnel had to use bolt cutters to remove the lock. They discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients (just as emergency personnel had been obstructed from reaching Mrs. Mongar).
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    A simultaneous search of Gosnell’s house found patient files that he had taken from the clinic. In a filing cabinet in his 12-year-old daughter’s closet, they found $240,000 in cash and a gun.
    On February 22, 2010, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine suspended Gosnell’s medical license, citing “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”
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