Kermit Gosnell's son can't stand dad's name

Kermit Gosnell
Kermit Gosnell
Posted: August 15, 2012

Gosnell.

For some Philadelphians, the name conjures up images of the Women's Medical Society, the barbarous "house of horrors" where jailed abortion doctor and accused pill-pusher Kermit Barron Gosnell allegedly delivered babies and killed them by severing their spinal cords with scissors.

It apparently doesn't play well on a resume, either.

Barron Alexander Gosnell, the doc's 20-year-old son, recently filed a petition in Common Pleas Court to change his name, saying his father's name is hurting his job prospects.

"My last name stopped me from getting an internship and I would like to drop my last name to prevent this from happening again," he wrote in the petition.

Barron Gosnell, a junior at Cheyney University, lists his address as his parents' Mantua home. He didn't return an email or message left by the Daily News on his cellphone.

"I don't blame the kid," said Kermit Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon, who was unaware of the name-change petition. McMahon said Gosnell's six children are "all real bright." They include a medical doctor and a college professor.

As Barron Gosnell seeks to change his surname, the selling price of the domain name kermitgosnell.com has increased slightly, from $959 last August to $1,103 on Monday.

Gosnell's wife, Pearl, 51, who pleaded guilty in December to helping her husband perform illegal late-term abortions on poor women at the West Philly clinic, hung up the phone when contacted Monday by the Daily News.

Kermit Gosnell, 71, charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies that were born alive, and with the third-degree murder of a 41-year-old patient, was due in court Monday for a pretrial hearing, but it was postponed until October. He's also facing federal drug charges for allegedly distributing prescription painkillers and other pills.

His trial is to begin in March. Six former employees of the Women's Medical Society have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their work there.


Contact William Bender at 215-854-5255 or benderw@phillynews.com . Follow him on Twitter @wbender99.

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