February 18, 2011
Grand Jury Report is Gruesome, Sickening;
Former GOP Governor Ridge Linked to Scandal
This is a longer than usual E-Notes, and it deals only with one subject: the absolutely inhumane murders of born-alive infants and at least one woman patient during abortions at a Philadelphia abortion clinic which have recently come to light. WARNING: don’t read this report if you are easily upset by gruesome details and by government bureaucrats’ dereliction of their duties!
In a lengthy and detailed report which you can read here, a Pennsylvania grand jury concluded that state regulators failed in their duty to provide oversight to Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion center, which has been described as a house of horrors.
AMIDST THE FILTH of uncleaned, unsterilized instruments, flea-ridden cats who roamed freely throughout the facility, medical waste improperly stored and not disposed of in a timely manner, there were born-alive babies, 6 – 8 months gestation, who were brutally murdered by “snipping” their spinal cords with surgical scissors. Yet another victim was at least one patient who died from an overdose of improperly administered anesthesia.
The report concludes that probably hundreds more babies were murdered, but with no documentation, there can be no charges brought by the prosecutor, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. The D.A. agrees, saying that likely hundreds of other babies died in the squalid clinic that Dr. Gosnell ran from 1979 to 2010. “My comprehension of the English language can’t adequately describe the barbaric nature of Dr. Gosnell,” he added. Williams said he might seek the death penalty for Gosnell, who with nine of his associates, including his wife, was arrested last month.
Additionally, it appeared to the Grand Jury that prescription drugs were illegally dispensed from the facility, and although there were numerous complaints filed regarding the clinic’s lack of cleanliness and medical standards, no investigation was done since 1993 and only sporadic ones prior to that, although PA law requires the Department of Health to inspect abortion facilities. The Grand Jury said, “We discovered that Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.”
Gosnell’s clinic — with its untrained staff, its unsanitary conditions and practices, its perilously lax anesthesia protocols, its willingness to perform late-term abortions for exorbitant amounts of cash, and its routine procedure of killing babies after they were delivered by their unconscious mothers — offers a telling example of how horrendous a Pennsylvania facility can be and still operate with DOH “approval.” Read more
More from the Grand Jury report: “The Department of Health conducted sporadic, inadequate inspections for 13 years, and then none at all between 1993 and 2010. DOH official Janice Staloski blamed the decision to abandon supposedly annual inspections of abortion clinics on DOH lawyers, who, she said, changed their legal opinions and advice to suit the policy preferences of different governors. Under Governor Robert Casey, she said, the department inspected abortion facilities annually. Yet, when Governor Tom Ridge came in, the attorneys interpreted the same regulations that had permitted annual inspections for years to no longer authorize those inspections. Then, only complaint-driven inspections supposedly were authorized. Staloski said that DOH’s policy during Governor Ridge’s administration was motivated by a desire not to be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions.
“Senior Counsel at DOH, Kenneth Brody, confirmed some of what Staloski told the Grand Jury. He described a meeting of high-level government officials in 1999 at which a decision was made not to accept a recommendation to reinstitute regular inspections of abortion clinics. The reasoning, as Brody recalled, was: ‘there was a concern that if they did routine inspections, that they may find a lot of these facilities didn’t meet [the standards for getting patients out by stretcher or wheelchair in an emergency], and then there would be less abortion facilities, less access to women to have an abortion.’ ”
Indeed, that very lack of emergency egress contributed mightily to the death of the female patient, 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar. Dr. Gosnell, who reportedly made more than $1 million annually from his gruesome “practice,” is also charged with murder in her death. Her brother, Damber Ghalley, told CNN, “The clinic was so dirty, filthy with blood stains and a dirty floor, everywhere dirty, I cannot describe how dirty it was.” The Grand Jury report details that many other patients were medically mistreated by Dr. Gosnell who charged more for “large baby” abortions or if the woman selected a larger amount of pain-killer medications to be given to her during the procedure.
It is absolutely shocking and shameful that such a facility could be totally ignored as this butcher cold-heartedly murdered born-alive babies and violated all medical standards pertaining to his female patients. And it is especially disturbing to learn that pro-choice Republican Governor Tom Ridge probably has some culpability in this heinous crime.
The Republican platform is pro-life, but not all Republicans elected to office are pro-life. This demonstrates with shuddering clarity the importance of fully vetting GOP candidates to see if they are truly pro-life.
ACTION: Check with your state Department of Health to determine what health standards abortuaries must maintain and demand that there be frequent routine inspections as well as increased oversight when complaints are lodged. If your state has little or no regulation in this area, urge your state legislators to enact strict standards which will hold these facilities to at least the same standards required of a surgical out-patient clinic with proper enforcement procedures.
Late Breaking News On This Horror Story
In a bold move to hold Pennsylvania state agencies accountable for their lack of action, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has announced that SIX ADDITIONAL INDIVIDUALS IN THE DEPARTMENTS OF STATE AND HEALTH ARE NO LONGER EMPLOYED by the commonwealth, having either resigned or been fired, according to Kathryn Jean Lopez in the National Review Online.
Earlier, three employees named in the grand jury report had quit. Action is pending against eight others.
Corbett called the situation “despicable,” saying this was a case not of government running amok but rather not running at all. He said that any facility that fails to report a serious incident will face fines of up to $1,000 a day.
The governor added that abortion clinics throughout the state WILL BE INSPECTED ANNUALLY, and there will be ADDITIONAL UNANNOUNCED, RANDOM INSPECTIONS.
What can States do in the Pro-Life Arena?
In an upcoming E-Notes, we will take a look at what pro-life measures some state are considering during their current legislative sessions.
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