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March 22, 2013
IF DAYS in court were given formal titles like book chapters, Thursday's trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell would have been headed "Karnamaya Mongar. " A full day of testimony by anesthesiologist Andrew Herlich, an expert witness, revolved around Mongar, who was not present in court Thursday, the trial's fourth day. She was not present because she died in 2009 within 24 hours of an abortion in Gosnell's "house of horrors," a/k/a Women's Medical Center...
NEWS
March 26, 2013
By Kate Michelman and Carol E. Tracy With Kermit Gosnell's criminal trial under way in Philadelphia, public outrage at the physician accused of murdering one woman and seven infants increases with each grisly revelation. In a state that has led the nation in imposing restrictions on abortion, how could such atrocities go undetected? The answer goes back to the 1970s and '80s, when abortion policy was established. In the wake of Roe v. Wade , Pennsylvania moved to impose as many barriers as possible to abortion access.
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March 22, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Witnesses said abortion patients at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic got to pick their anesthesia: one-size-fits-all doses that ranged in strength from "local" to "custom. " The "custom" formula - a potent cocktail of Demerol, promethazine, and diazepam - that Karnamaya Mongar got several doses of on Nov. 19, 2009, kept her unconscious throughout the abortion. It also put her in a coma and killed her, Pittsburgh anesthesiologist Andrew Herlich told a Philadelphia jury Thursday at Gosnell's murder trial.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
I AM disappointed by the logic of several recent fellow Daily News letter writers. Of course Dr. Gosnell's actions are inexcusable, and every effort should be made to prevent something like this from ever happening again. But to suggest that further restricting women's access to health services is the answer cruelly ignores the fact that more restrictions will only lead to the greater risk that women will seek care at rogue, law-evading providers, because those are the only ones in their area or the only ones they can afford.
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March 23, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Witnesses said abortion patients at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic got to pick their anesthesia: one-size-fits-all doses that ranged in strength from "local" to "custom. " The "custom" formula - a potent cocktail of Demerol, promethazine, and diazepam - that Karnamaya Mongar got several doses of on Nov. 19, 2009, kept her unconscious throughout the abortion. It also put her in a coma and killed her, Pittsburgh anesthesiologist Andrew Herlich told a Philadelphia jury Thursday at Gosnell's murder trial.
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March 17, 2010 | By GLORIA CAMPISI, campisg@phillynews.com 215-854-5935
The state Health Department yesterday moved to try to keep anyone else from performing abortions at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Womens' Medical Society clinic while his license is suspended. Gosnell's license was suspended Feb. 22, after the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided the clinic at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue and found bloodstained floors, jars packed with pieces of aborted fetuses and LaZ-Boy recliners that were being used in a recovery area for women who had abortions.
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March 27, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia fire lieutenant testified Monday that Dr. Kermit Gosnell seemed "confused and discombobulated" when firefighters answered a 911 call about a patient who died during an abortion. Lt. Don Burgess told the jury hearing Gosnell's murder trial that firefighters arrived at 11:15 p.m., Nov. 19, 2009, outside the Women's Medical Society clinic, 3801 Lancaster Ave. "We were perplexed when we responded to a clinic," Burgess testified. "What kind of clinic is open this late at night?"
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February 24, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
SOMETHING had gone wrong with the abortion. That's all Marie Smith could think about as she vomited incessantly and shivered with a high fever, just a week after Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell had performed an abortion on her at his West Philadelphia clinic in 1999. Smith, 19 at the time, fell unconscious at her mother's home and was taken to Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors confirmed her suspicions. Something had indeed gone wrong, but it was worse than she could have imagined.
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February 25, 2010 | By DAVID GAMBACORTA, NATALIE POMPILIO & DANA DiFILIPPO, gambacd@phillynews.com 215-854-5994
MALINA WILLIAMS took one look at the roomful of bottled fetus remains and knew instantly that something wasn't right. She was just 13, still a baby herself, and had just had an abortion at the hands of Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell. She said she had thought something was amiss when the West Philadelphia doctor eagerly agreed to perform the abortion, even though he allegedly didn't have permission from her parents as required by state law. After her procedure was over, Williams said she saw Gosnell cradling a bottle that contained the remains of her fetus.
NEWS
February 8, 2011
IN HER RECENT op-ed on the Gosnell atrocities, Susan Schewel presumes to tell readers they're missing the real issue behind these murders in West Philadelphia. She blames the media for failing to bring our attention to the ultimate problem: money. Money? Certainly this might be a part of the problem - if extra funding to health authorities could have prevented their inexcusable oversights at the "Women's Medical Society," or if funds had been used to support better laws protecting babies and their mothers from the kind of cruel practices used by Gosnell and his staff.
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June 26, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Writing from the Pennsylvania prison where he is serving three consecutive life terms, former West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and the Daily News. The 14-page typed document, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that public comments by Williams and Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, and two 2015 articles in the Daily News, "compromised [Gosnell's]
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December 2, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT WAS A BIZARRE CASE, to say the least. In June 2014, a son of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell broke into a house near his family's Mantua home, stole an Xbox console and other electronics from the young men living inside, then returned a second time and ended up slashing one of the victims inside the house with a bayonet. Barron Alexander was then shot four times by another victim in the house, who had a license to carry a gun. Alexander had legally changed his name in 2012 from Barron Alexander Gosnell to Barron Alexander.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
He went so far as to legally change his name to escape the international notoriety of his father, the West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. What Barron Alexander could not change was the pressure of striving to do well in college as the son of a man dubbed a "monster" in charge of a "house of horrors. " On Monday, a Philadelphia judge accepted the assessment of Alexander's lawyer - a mental breakdown - and freed Alexander to begin eight years of probation for a June 2014 burglary of a house two doors from his mother's in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.
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September 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A PHILADELPHIA judge has awarded nearly $4 million to the daughter of a woman who died while under the care of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, died in 2009 at Gosnell's clinic, the Women's Medical Society, on Lancaster Avenue near 38th Street in Powelton Village. Her daughter, Yashoda Devi Gurung, also of Virginia, as the administrator of her mother's estate, filed a lawsuit against Gosnell and his clinic in 2011. Following an assessment-of-damages hearing last month, Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Allen earlier this week awarded Gurung $3.9 million.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
FOR TWO YEARS, anti-abortion activists have fought with city health officials over the fate of the so-called Gosnell babies - the remains of 47 fetuses found in abortionist Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic. But it turns out the city quietly cremated and buried the fetal remains in Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls about a year ago. So at 11 a.m. today, the Pro-Life Coalition of Philadelphia will hold a news conference and prayer service at the 78-acre historic cemetery where the "Gosnell babies" are buried.
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June 11, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE BABIES killed by Kermit Gosnell died in an unimaginably evil way: Born live in botched, illegal, late-term abortions, they were murdered by a depraved doctor and his untrained staff who used scissors to snip their spinal cords even as they began to wriggle and cry. So perhaps it's fitting that a memorial service Wednesday at Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls where the so-called Gosnell babies now are buried was accompanied by a plague of...
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to serve as secretary of state faced resistance Tuesday from Republican lawmakers who said he deserved blame for not stopping Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. After a hearing, the Senate State Government Committee declined to take a position on Pedro Cortes - an unusual step - and instead moved his nomination to the full Senate floor for consideration. The committee chairman, Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), said after the hearing that the panel was split on Cortes, but that he wanted to give all senators the chance "to make the decisions based on their own conscience.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I STEPPED through a hole in the wooden fence surrounding the Mantua home and beheld the filthy wonder of the once-majestic property. The yard was shin-deep in trash. The second floor's bay window was gone, opening a huge hole to the elements. An extension cord ran from the house to an alley light, dangerously affixed there by God-knows-who. As I picked my way past another missing window, the spring breeze caught the stench of feces (Animal? Human? Does it matter?), jolting me to my senses.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
An unlicensed doctor convicted of fraud and conspiracy in the trial of West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell should have been tried separately because of Gosnell's notoriety, a Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, a three-judge panel of Superior Court granted a new trial to Eileen O'Neill, 58, of Phoenixville. The charges against Gosnell - the 73-year-old was found guilty of murdering three infants born alive in illegal late-term abortions - made it impossible for a jury to fairly consider the case against her, the court ruled.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
For three decades in West Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood, nearly everyone knew the name Kermit Barron Gosnell. Long before he became infamous as an illegal abortionist sentenced to three life-in-prison terms, Gosnell's clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. was the "urgent care" center of its day for the poor and uninsured. To the U.S. Supreme Court, however, Gosnell was just case 14-6672, one of more than 200 petitions seeking consideration. Last month, the court told Gosnell, "No. " In January, the 73-year-old prisoner filed an appeal of his guilty plea and sentence on federal charges that he sold prescriptions for dangerous narcotics, in what authorities call a "pill mill.
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