Kermit Gosnell drugged women having abortions

Karnamaya Mongar

Karnamaya Mongar

The following comes from a March 26 posting on

Monday, testimony resumed in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial with a state inspector testifying about what she found inside Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in West Philadelphia where he conducted his late-term abortion business for decades without inspection or accountability.

Elinor Barsony, a Pennsylvania Department of Health employee, told the court that in 2010, she conducted the first inspection of Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic since the early 1990s. What she found there was appalling.

Inside, Barsony witnessed women who had been drugged into stupors and left unmonitored for hours. She indicated that the staff she questioned seemed nervous about their qualifications, and it is easy to see why.

The so-called “doctors” who worked for Gosnell doing abortions through every stage of pregnancy had no medical licenses. One of the ladies who worked in the place of an anesthesia dropped out of school in the sixth grade. Another was a 15-year old high school student, the daughter of another of Gosnell’s employees, who drugged women with a one-size-fits-all cocktail of cheap drugs without regard to the woman’s height, weight, or medical history. There were no nurses on staff, as required by law.

At least two of the patients had no pre-abortion counseling. The state’s 24-hour waiting period was ignored. The emergency exit remained locked with a padlock and blocked with broken medical equipment, even though those same conditions contributed to the death of Karnamaya Mongar the year before when paramedics could not find a way to get the tiny, overdosed immigrant out of the clinic.

Jurors were shown photographs of the some of the medications that were supposed to be administered to patients after anesthesia, but most of them had expired in 2007.

The general condition of the clinic itself was an appalling as the gross lack of staff qualifications and adherence to state-mandated practices. Barsony found “filthy, corroded” tubing attached to what appear to describe as the abortion machines. Records were not properly maintained.

Barsony testified that she spent hours inspecting the abortion clinic, only finishing at 2:00 a.m. A few days later, Barsony returned to the clinic to ask Gosnell to voluntarily close is clinic.

Last week’s testimony concluded with prosecutors questioning an expert in anesthesiology, Dr. Andrew Herlich, who said that Karnamaya Mongar was drugged into a coma until her breathing stopped. Mongar was given Demerol, which Dr. Herlich said has fallen “out of favor” due to the number of complications associated with the drug. The dosages given to Mongar and other women were well beyond the standard dosages.

Gosnell’s defense attorney, Jack McMahon, attempted to blame Mongar for her death because she left spaces blank on her medical history forms and did not tell Gosnell of heart and lung disorders discovered during her autopsy, even though she was likely unaware of her condition. Mongar was an immigrant from Bhutan who spoke little to n English and had only been in America less than a year.

“It is more than likely that Karnamaya did not understand the forms. In that case, it seems completely negligent for Gosnell to go ahead with her abortion anyway, not knowing her history and lacking the ability to communicate with her,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “It is despicable for anyone to blame her for Gosnell’s lack of proper staff, filthy mill, and the dangerous drugs that were given in overdose that caused her death.”

It was also revealed that Gosnell offered pain relief based on a woman’s ability to pay. Those who could afford it were dangerously drugged into oblivion while those who had less money were forced to endure hat can only be described as torture as they submitted to surgical abortions without adequate pain medication.

Gosnell has been charged with eight counts of murder, including that of Mrs. Mongar and seven late-term babies that were killed by snipping the spinal cord with scissors after they were born alive during Gosnell’s shoddy abortions. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

So far, only one of Gosnell’s employees, Adrienne Moton, has testified. The other six workers arrested with Gosnell in 2011 are expected begin to testify later this week.

Operation Rescue plans to be present in the courtroom during the week of April 1, and will be reporting first-hand accounts from the trial.

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  1. Abeca Christian says:

    This article is good to know but still gave me the creeps and an upset stomach. I hope that more will pray an exorcism prayer. These evil forces are much too powerful for any of us to be able to handle.

  2. You need to understand that Gosnell remains a hero to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. He eliminated minority babies. He dedicated himself to population control. Gosnell was an elitist who profited financially from his grisly trade.

    When Planned Paenthood inspired National abortion Federation inspected his killing place, they found it grossly substandard in regard to the care of women according to the Grand jury report, but they would not report this to health officials—-they wanted their tireless hero to continue with his population elimination pogrom and the hell with women.

  3. That his employees will be witnesses tells me they are also charged with crimes and made a deal with the prosecution. I don’t like plea bargains as a means to arrive at truth. There’s too much self interest involved for credibility to be maintained.

    But Gosnell left enough evidence, undoubtedly because of his arrogance. He is a ghoul, and this trial will end his ability to murder, and that’s the most important thing to think about. He is really appalling in what he was doing to get rich. I wonder how a person can sink so low !

  4. Anonymous says:

    The ONLY thing that changed when abortion became legal was that the back-alley abortionists opened a store front! In fact, my mother was a nurse and told me that some abortions were safer before it was legal because they were done in hosptitals and labeled D&C’s. Of course, any abortion is terribly wrong, but now that it has been made into a whole industry, it has actually become a dirty factory mill churning out as many as they can for the money. This is what happens when you legalize a dirty business with big profts. Wait until drugs are legalized. It will be a horrible catastrophe like abortion.

    • Abeca Christian says:

      Anonymous a D&C is actually done when a woman miscarriages but sometimes bleeds to no end and everything doesn’t come out well, so they have a DandC done to clean her out. So I wouldn’t call them an abortion in that case.

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