Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged With 8 Counts Of Murder

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

Gosnell is facing charges of murder in the third degree for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.  Mrs. Mongar died on November 20, 2009, when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell.  He is also facing seven murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the sixth, seventh, or eighth month of pregnancy. Gosnell is also facing numerous other charges.

Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies over the course of his 30-year practice. However, he is not charged because the records do not exist.

DA Williams said Gosnell made approximately $1.8 million in one year alone performing the procedures.

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Four of the suspects, some improperly licensed according to officials, also face multiple counts of murder for allegedly killing the newborns.  All of the suspects are now behind bars after warrants were served overnight.

A search of Gosnell’s office, called the Women’s Medical Society, revealed that bags and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building.  Jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf.

Gosnell, a family practioner, was never certified as an OB/GYN. He is accused of re-using unsanitary instruments and performing procedures in filthy rooms.  Some of the rooms had litter boxes and animals present at the time of the operations.

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Investigators also said Gosnell allowed unlicensed employees, including a 15-year-old high school student, to perform operations and administer anesthesia.

The grand jury investigation revealed that, for over two decades, government health and licensing officials had received repeated reports about Gosnell’s dangerous practices.  However, no action was ever taken, even after the agencies learned that Mrs. Mongar had died during routine abortions under Gosnell’s care (see related story).

Dr. Gosnell, who has practiced in the West Philadelphia neighborhood for decades, is also the target of a federal grand jury investigation into illegally prescribing prescription drugs. Investigators say during a search of his home, they found $240,000 in cash.

Defense attorney William J. Brennan, who was out of town when the arrest happened this morning, said he had not yet talked to Dr. Gosnell, but says the charges are extremely serious and emotionally charged, and it is extremely important not to have a rush to judgement. Brennan says Gosnell is “cloaked with the presumption of innocence.”

Meanwhile, a civil suit has also been filed against Gosnell on behalf of the husband and children of the woman who died after an abortion.  The suit seeks unspecified damages for the family of Karna Mongar, an immigrant from Bhutan who spent many years as a refugee.  The suit claims she died after just five months here because of treatment by unlicenced personnel in a facility that lacked proper medical equipment.

The doctor, in past interviews with Eyewitness News, has proclaimed his innocence, predicting if charged, he will be acquitted.

Reported by Walt Hunter, CBS 3; Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060; and John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060.


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One Comment

  1. clarese76 says:

    What’s at issue is that he performed illegal late term abortions, and wrote illegal scripts, just think how many more of these doctors would be out there if abortion were illegal, not to mention how many more dead and injured women. If a woman doesn’t want to deliver her baby she won’t, there are herbal remedies that have been used to create miscarriages for centuries.

  2. Steve says:

    This is disgusting, and anyone involved with it isn’t fit for society. This doctor deserves the death penalty for his part in killing newborn babies. He’s a monster, and he deserves to be treated as such.

  3. chukkalady says:

    Can I be on the jury? Hang him!!!

  4. Dano says:

    Liberals, the real baby killers. Maybe everyone should start spitting on them for their support of infanticide like they spat upon returning veterans who served their country.

  5. Jenny says:

    These abortionists need to face MURDER CHARGES if the abortion is considered successful or unsuccessful.

    No matter what someone always dies when a pregnant woman enters an abortion clinic

  6. Wilberforce says:

    Imagine that; a ghoul behaves ghoulishly.

  7. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    One thing is certain, Guns don’t kill people, but Abortion does, every time.

  8. RAVENofNO says:

    Let’s count the seconds until the NOW comes to his defense.

    1. Garth Milnert says:

      Exactly. I like how the DA virtually apologizes for prosecuting an abortion case. He really didn’t want to given that it isn’t PC to act on the side of PRO LIFE. But in this case he just couldn’t bring himself to refuse.

  9. cccc says:

    Well abortion always always kills a human being it’s just sometimes it works better than others and takes two humans instead of one…..



    1. jojo says:

      Perhaps there should be a moratorium on your spelling.

      1. Richard says:

        I love how those on the left, when faced with an arguement that they can’t win, always resort to finding ways to try and demean the person who’s point they disagree with.

      2. CaseyW says:

        That wasn’t a misspelling; the user is making a point by combining the word mortuary and abortion. I guess that was too advanced for you to see. You sound like a pro-abortion fanatic. You can’t dispute the point, so you try blast the person on spelling.

      3. fred says:

        perhaps there should be a moratorium on you ruse of the word moratorium until you look it up so you can use it correctly.

    2. Dave S says:

      We are talking about the killing of born alive babies, in other words murder, and you are worried about someone’s spelling.

  11. Smokehouse says:

    Just cause I’m black.

  12. Mark says:

    Just because a baby is unwanted by the biological parents doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve a chance. There are many families who cant have children and would like an opportunity. And right “wing wackos” don’t want to “abolish” entitlements, just reform them. Speaking in platitudes doesn’t help you win an argument, but arguing that abortion is a good and useful tool for taking care of “unwanted babies” is an argument you wont win anyways.

    1. Roz Crandall says:

      It would be nice to see this much focus on the unwanted children already in the world, the ones not in demand because they are no longer ‘babies’.

    2. cj says:

      i wouldn’t mind seeing most entitlements abolished.

  13. MontyMan says:

    Right or wrong, the laws in Pennsylvania
    do distinguish between taking the life of a
    human being before birth (yes even just
    before birth) vs. afterward. That doesn’t
    make it right, only in the eyes of the law
    a different act. There are those who will
    do literally anything for money. Sorry to
    read about these people and their victims.

    1. erbie says:

      So doesnt this incident cause you to reflect on whether said laws are just?

  14. Sheila says:

    whatever happened to choice and accountability?

  15. JustAGuy says:

    The abortion doctor should contact President Obama for support. Prior to Obama’s quest for presidency, and more importantly, in spite of Obama denials; the record proves Obama had advocated for and protected infanticide at Christ Hospital in south side Chicago.

  16. Classicdad says:

    The cash doesn’t have to be drug dealing. Abortionists take their payment in cash, too!

  17. Exterminatethebabykillers says:

    Jason S


  18. Jason S says:

    Ummmm, prescribing drugs period, illegal or within the bounds of law, makes you a drug dealer. Unless you want to be naive about the whole thing.

    1. fred says:

      actually it doesn’t any more than you telling some crack head to sell your buddy some crack. So much for you being smarter than everyone else. Now if you had said selling drugs or providing drugs you might not look so stupid.

  19. Dan Smith says:

    Wait, I’m having trouble following this. If he had succeeded in murdering the babies inside the womb, he would have beena fine physician, but if he did not succeed in murdering them there, and they managed to make it out, but died later, then he’s a murderer?

    Gotta love those logical liberals

    1. MaggieLyn says:

      Well stated! I’ll wager no one attempts to really answer the question you present! Why? Because they can’t.

    2. Logical Liberal says:

      He used a pair of scissors to kill the babies after they were born alive… It is different than having an abortion or the baby dying of natural causes after birth. Thanks for your love,
      Logical Liberal

      1. EA says:

        So it is okay to let a newborn baby starve to death or die of thirst (natural causes) but not okay to kill them with scissors? What’s the difference? One lets them be murder quickly, the other more slowly. Where is liberal “logic” with this?

      2. Chipper says:

        and if he had used the scissors INSIDE the wormb?

      3. ivy says:

        Natural causes, oh yes natural causes , I heard years ago when babies are born alive some clinics will take the baby to a closet and put them in there til they die sometimes it takes a day or two. Oh how nice they are, That is not natural causes that is still murder . Have you ever heard of a botched abortion where the so called nurse or doctor goes on to save the baby? Nope never heard of that happening either.

      4. ernie says:

        In D&E procedures, the doctor always used sissors or some sharp instrument to terminate the life of the fetus. This difference in this case is only where the baby was when sissor were inserted into its brain cavity. No fetus dies of natural causes during abortion. But thanks for demonstrating liberal logic for us.

      5. cj says:

        so you’d be okay with this if he had just killed them inside the womb 03 seconds before? you people make no sense. may god have mercy on your souls.

        actaully, second thought, may he not.

    3. ivy says:

      Good point but they did not just simply die later. Did you see the part they used scissors to kill them? Gee if he only slammed those scissors in the babies brains before he/she was taken out what there was probably just the head left in the mothers vagina at that point, it would have been just fine to inflict the murder and excruciating pain on those children. I think those that think abortion is just fine need to be committed. A parent cannot take a newborn and put it in a dumpster but they can pay a doctor to kill it minutes before it is born. And this killing after the child has been born has been going on for years and years all over the nation without justice to those babies. That is insanity.

  20. Exterminatethebabykillers says:

    The bad news is, God is too busy crying over stuff like this to worry about your problems. This doctor is just in the wrong city, he should be in New York, the abort about 45 percent of their pregnancies.

  21. Mark says:

    Who blew the whistle. I’m sure this kind of thing happens in abortion clinics all the time, but there is no oversight or enforcement of these laws. We’ll see.

  22. Joe White says:

    Obama was the chief spokesman against a bill in the Illinois Senate which would have prevented leaving infants without medical care to die, if they were born alive after a botched abortion.

  23. ssinva says:

    Don’t be fooled. God continues to bless this country not because of who we are, but in spite of who we are. I’m not sure how long that will continue though.

  24. Dee says:

    RJSprawl I really hope you were being sarcastic.

  25. Toomuchtodoabout says:

    In West Philadelphia born and raised
    On the playground is where I spent most of my days
    Chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
    And all shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school
    When a couple of guys who were up to no good
    Started makin’ trouble in my neighborhood

    1. gotatake says:

      That’s funny right there now, I don’t care who you are. This must have been what the Fresh Prince was trying to escape.

  26. Jason says:

    Where in the article did it say he was a drug dealer?

    1. Anarcho-Capitalist says:

      Dear Jason,

      You’re an idiot.

    2. Jennifer says:

      “Dr. Gosnell, who has practiced in the West Philadelphia neighborhood for decades, is also the target of a federal grand jury investigation into illegally prescribing prescription drugs.”

      It doesn’t say he is, but he is under investigation and if he does those other sick & twisted things you can only assume the investigation will prove he is.

    3. Ben says:

      Ummmm, illegally prescribing drugs makes you a drug dealer. It was also implied he was doing it for the extra cash, hence the 240K in his basement.

    4. Kerry Early says:

      perhaps the statement that he illegally prescribed drugs.

    5. Roz Crandall says:

      “…illegally prescribing prescription drugs” = drug dealer, according to Wilsonian.

      1. Mark says:

        I’d say according to everyone.

    6. Magic says:

      “Dr. Gosnell, who has practiced in the West Philadelphia neighborhood for decades, is also the target of a federal grand jury investigation into illegally prescribing prescription drugs” halfway down the article.

    7. Numbo says:

      Ehh, you might want to bother reading the _whole_ article before asking, but I’ll just give you the quote from the article again: “Dr. Gosnell, who has practiced in the West Philadelphia neighborhood for decades, is also the target of a federal grand jury investigation into illegally prescribing prescription drugs”.
      That’s where it said he’s a drugdealer. Or alleged drugdealer if you prefer that.

  27. blake says:

    too bad the attempt failed in your case.

  28. Jeanie says:


  29. abd4JC says:

    Animals have more rights than a baby in the womb (and I’m an animal lover).. the tide needs to turn.. Every action has a reaction, since the legalization of abortion there has been a long list of reactions.. the devaluing of our children, women, marriage, more abuse.. I could go on and on….

    1. MST says:

      Thanks, I’m pro-life and an animal lover too. But why does it seem like so many animal rights people, like Peter Singer, are pro-abortion? Really, is the life of a seal or whale more valuable than that of a human being? I just don’t get it.

    2. KateB says:

      Oh yeah, women REALLY had it great back in the day, and marriage was such a picnic when you HAD to stay with an abusive, philandering, distant spouse because you were pregnant with the 20th baby and had NO chance of securing a job due to sexism and lack of educational opportunities. *EYE ROLL* You need to pick up a history book…

      Sounds like this was an illegal clinic – I.E., what there would be HUNDREDS of if Roe v. Wade was overturned…unscrupulous people will take advantage wherever they can.

      1. mongo says:

        you have to be married to irresponsibly kill a baby – when did that happen? Too bad you weren;t aborted – that’d show ’em

  30. Jimbo says:

    We were never given the oportunity to vote on abortion issues.
    A handfull of activist judges did that for us!

  31. festus says:

    $240,000 in cash at the house and he is not a politician? unusual.oh wait,he is a drug dealer

  32. EJ says:

    or 9 months… maybe 10 months… a heck, give or take a few. Nothing scientific here… maybe we just draw the line whenever the social interaction involves critical thinking and non-contradictory philosophy’s, eh RJSprawl?

    1. Gus says:

      EJ- And you’ve barely moved the needle since that day in your case.

    2. apologianick says:

      Your humanity is based on cognitive functioning?

    3. SirGareth says:

      You’ve just murdered the Democrat-socialist party.

  33. Mark says:

    Of which you are one.

  34. UyeahU says:

    Ah the alchemy of the womb, when you’re in it you are not a human being, but the moment you’re out you become one, all without the addition of any new genetic material. I’m having a bit of trouble following the logic here. That these so-called health practitioners killed the newborns shows them to be more interested in death and profit than in the heath and well being of anyone. Since the death penalty is probably not going to be an option, a nice long prison sentence will have to suffice.

    1. Mike says:

      I have no doubt you have trouble with logic, since you clearly don’t follow it.

      My fingernail has all the genetic material to make me. Genetically, my fingernail is human.

      Amy I committing mass murder if I get a manicure?

      A fetus is not viable outside the womb as a human until its lungs can breath air on their own and it can digest food. Neither of these things occur before week 34. When they are done, guess what? The baby is born.

      Isn’t nature grand.

      Nothing in the story indicates the “age” of the fetuses. Nothing indicates their medical condition – born alive but encephalitic (no brain), deformed and unlikely to survive birth We don’t know. I guess that’s why they have trials.

      For the record, 92 % of all abortions occur before 12 weeks and 985 before there is brain activity at 20 weeks. Abortions after this are almost always done for health reasons.

      But don’t let facts get in the way of a good rant eh?

      Again, if these procedures weren’t illegal, then those women would not have gone to an illegal clinic like this. They would have gone to a regular clinic or hospital where they would have got proper treatment and advice.

      Meaning anti-choicer’s are part of the problem and partly to blame for this tragedy.

      Hope you feel better now…

  35. mark says:

    You’re a scary person RJ

  36. rodowal says:

    I’m not sure based on your comment you qualify under your own qualifications of cognitive function and social interaction ability to be considered a “real person”. Should we treat you with the same consideration these innocents are?

  37. Buster says:

    I don’t understand the outrage. We voted its fine for a mother to kill her baby. Why are we so upset when she actually does it? If this disturbs you, vote NO on baby killing next time (shrug)

    1. Quance Slainte says:

      We never got to vote on it. Some old men in the Supreme Court said it was OK

    2. mrm says:

      To Buster

      That’s where you’re wrong WE never voted! All it took was one activist judge whose daughter’s life was changed by an unplanned pregnancy ( he should have recused himself from the case) to set a precedent in Roe v Wade.

      1. icetrout says:

        Here Be Monsters.

    3. Dale says:

      Really? When did the public vote on this? I am curious. The public consistently polls against all types of abortion, yet it is still the law of the land. No one voted except the Supreme Court and the continue to uphold this “procedure”. Congress grew a tiny amount of backbone and voted against partial birth abortion but that is it. The current administration issued an executive order reinstating federal funding for abortions and has not yet rescinded it even though that was part of the compromise to pass ObummerCare.

      1. Mike says:

        What “polls” are you reading. According to Gutmacher, most people in Canada and the US support legalized abortion.

        Only the fanatical few think it should be outlawed.

    4. Doug says:

      I wasn’t aware Roe v Wade was an election.

      1. SirGareth says:

        I wasn’t it was a decree. Decrees are features of dictatorial power.

      2. clint says:

        Sir Gareth,
        It was a judgment by the Supreme Court, yes? So, the Court’s approval of the federal partial birth abortion ban would be a sign of dictatorship, agreed?

    5. Mike says:


      You don’t get to vote what another person can do with their body, mkay? Its kinda no of your business.

      Which is the point of Roe. v Wade.

  38. Jim says:

    I’m praying for you…

  39. Dr. Powell says:

    this is a disgusting example of something I’m sure goes on throughout our country. These people should not be allowed to be called Doctors. This is the most inhumane treatment of another human and they will ultimately pay. If not in this world the next.

  40. Jim says:

    Days? Weeks? Where exactly do you draw the line? 13 days and 4 hours before and arbitrary “term” seems nice. anything before that is okay as far as abortion and anything after that is bad.

  41. bob says:

    Whats the big deal. If a baby is not a person, why is the person having the baby killed considered a person?

  42. Lauren says:

    As someone who has spent a lot of time in the NICU, I will say that babies become people long before 40 weeks of pregnancy.

    1. johnbirch says:

      God Bless You.

  43. MSSpahr says:

    It’s about time someone realized that babies in the womb within days or weeks or term are REAL PEOPLE.

    1. SirGareth says:

      I took SOME people a lot of time to realize that the darkies they considered property were real people too.

      The ability of the human mind to engage in self deception is limitless.

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