Dist. Atty. Seth Williams describing Kermit Gosnell’s clinic after raiding it under suspicion that he was prescribing illegal narcotics. Keep in mind that this clinic was legally doing abortions:
“There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with bloodstained blankets.
All the women had been sedated by unlicensed staff – long before Gosnell arrived at the clinic – and staff members could not accurately state what medications or dosages they had administered to the waiting patients. Many of the medications in the inventory were past their expiration dates.
Investigators found the clinic grossly unsuitable as a surgical facility. The two surgical procedure rooms were filthy and unsanitary – Agent [Stephen] Doughtery 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 Equipment was rusty and outdated.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 single blood pressure cuff in the recovery room.”
James Taranto “Back Alley Abortion Never Ended” Wall Street Journal April 18, 2013
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Cheryl Sullenger wrote a book about Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic. She tells the story of Davida Clark, an African American teen who came to Gosnell for an abortion
“She remembered… the receptionist that seemed only to care about taking money. As her name was called and she was moved into the abortion room, she said she saw drugged women who looked “half–dead” languishing about the clinic. She noticed there was blood all over the chairs and on the floor.
“But I just kept going,” she said.
Davida was hooked up to an IV and her midsection strapped with a fetal heart monitor. That’s when she saw Gosnell for the first time. But by then Davida had had enough. She told Gosnell that she had changed her mind, but Gosnell would have none of that.
Davida recalled, “He’s like, “Stop being a little baby,” and he’s pounding on my legs. “Stop being a little baby! Stop being a little baby!” And now, I’m outnumbered. All these women came in and I’m like tied to the bed, and the next thing I know, I was out of it.”
When she came to, Davida was groggy from the drugs, but she knew she wasn’t pregnant anymore. She began to repeatedly sob, “I want my baby!” But the women who worked in the clinic simply ignored her.
Today, Davida is unable to bear any more children and thinks with grief of the baby she should have had, but didn’t.”
Cheryl Sullenger The Trial of Kermit Gosnell (World Ahead Press, 2017) 38
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Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering babies who were born alive after abortions in his filthy clinic, tricked young women into having abortions even when they did not want them. This came from Kareema Cross, who worked with Gosnell. According to writers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer:
“She told detectives about minors who were brought to the clinic against their will by their mothers. If Gosnell sensed the girls might not want the abortion, he would give them a pill. After they had taken it, he would tell them that it was a poison, and that their child was already dead so there would be no turning back. In fact, Cross said, she saw many babies born alive after these mothers were induced.”
Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer (Washington DC: Regnery Publishing, 2017) 124
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