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Posted at 9:54 AM ET, 02/16/2011

Workers fired after abortion scandal

By Associated Press and Maggie Fazeli Fard

Some Pennsylvania state employees have been fired and two agencies have overhauled regulations following allegations that a doctor performed illegal late-term abortions that killed a Virginia woman and several viable infants, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday.

The announcement came less than one month after Dr. Kermit Gosnell and eight employees were charged with killing seven babies born alive. Gosnell was also charged in the death of Karnamaya Mongar of Woodbridge at his West Philadelphia clinic.

Mongar, 41, had fled Bhutan and had survived nearly 20 years in camps in Nepal. She was referred to Gosnell by a clinic in Virginia that didn’t do second-trimester abortions.

Prosecutors said hundreds of babies died in Gosnell’s clinic, and District Attorney Seth Williams called it a “house of horrors.” A grand jury report said Gosnell “murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.”

“Laws are already on the books that should have prevented this situation,” Corbett said. “The correction needs to take place inside the two agencies assigned to oversee them, so my administration has drawn up a set of guidelines or protocols.”

Corbett said that four attorneys and two supervisors at the departments of State and Health -- which was not performing systematic checks of the state’s abortion clinics for more than a decade before Gosnell’s clinic was raided last year -- were either fired or resigned on Friday. Eight other employees involved in the internal investigation remain on the state payroll. Others had previously resigned, he said.

“This doesn’t even rise to the level of government run amok,” Corbett said. “It was government not running at all. To call this unacceptable doesn’t say enough. It’s despicable.”

Corbett said the Department of State, which licenses medical professionals, has changed how it handles complaints and now requires more detailed reports. It also will train lawyers on investigative procedures, rules and regulations, and on how to prosecute complaints, he said.

At the Department of Health, yearly inspections are now mandatory and the results will be posted on the state website.

An attorney who filed a malpractice lawsuit for Mongar’s family said the governor’s moves are a step in the right direction, though they come “too late for my client and for many others.”

“I do applaud his efforts because they certainly appear to be comprehensive and well thought out, with provisions for additional changes, regulations and procedures,” attorney Bernard Smalley told The Associated Press.

By Associated Press and Maggie Fazeli Fard  | February 16, 2011; 9:54 AM ET
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So "Dr. Death" here operates his empire of abattoirs -- "clinics" in name only -- for decades, chronically endangering women's and girls' lives and performing post-delivery murders of viable fetuses and calling them abortions.

Gosnell has the nerve to name his West Phily butcher shop "The Women's Medical Society."

And Pennsylvania and federal authorities only take an interest in his operations when the man is caught dealing oxycontin.

This only demonstrates what a low priority we place on female reproductive health care in America. Apparently aggressively prosecuting the War on Drugs is far more important to many Americans than extending competent, compassionate, accessible health care to vulnerable women and girls.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 16, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The grand jury report is shocking; it can be found here:

http://www.phila.gov/districtattorney/PDFs/GrandJuryWomensMedical.pdf

This should really be a call to action for those of us still interested in extending quality health care to *ALL* people. We Americans can do so much better than this.

We have failed as a society when we enable profiteering bottom feeders like Gosnell to kill and endanger the vulnerable among us, particularly women and children.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 16, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The Pro-Lifers have their doctor-murderers and the Pro-Choicers have their baby-killers.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 16, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

“Abortion foes never want

To admit the fact they won’t confront:

Those unviable tissues that they treasure

Are not babies by any measure.”


-- Victoria Woodhull

Posted by: clitteigh | February 16, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

This should show people the desperate lengths to which women will go when faced with unwanted children.

But all the holier than thou right-to-lifers won't see it that way. They want the baby born, and then they couldn't care less what happens to it.

Keep abortion legal AND SAFE!!!

Posted by: ms1234 | February 16, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Use birth control BEFORE you lie down the dirty hairy bastard. No need for late-term abortions. Come on, ladies. Use your brain.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Use birth control, gf, BEFORE you lie down with the dirty, hairy, stupid, horny bastard. No need for late-term abortions.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Sterilize yourselves. We got enough people in the world already. We don't need any more. Tie your tubes & then tie 'em again. Have all the sex you want. I don't care. Different man every night if that floats your boat. Just enough with all the babies.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

As abortion foes continue to increase the obstacles towards a womans ability to get a safe, affordable, timely, legal abortion, more women will end up dead or injured by being forced to seek alternative means of getting an abortion.

If you are against abortion please do things like promoting condom use or funding adoption services or other things that will result in a reduced need/demand for abortion.
But if you just try to making getting abortions difficult, you are endangering the lives of women. Which is actually very anti-life.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 17, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Discover how babies are made. Apparently some of you girls didn't get that talk from your Mommy.

HINT: The stork isn't involved.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 17, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The pro-life idiots are against Planned Parenthood. Catholics & Jesus freaks don't want any birth control. They live in a fantasy world where sex is always in the context of marriage & solely for reproduction not pleasure/recreation.

But my point is: if you know you're going to be sexually active, get on some form of birth control/contraception. Don't get drunk in a bar, get picked up by some horny dude, have unprotected sex & then wake up sober the next day realizing you may have got pregnant.

Women seem clueless sometimes. Take charge. Screw the Pope. Birth control!
No more unwanted babies!

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 17, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Ah yes.

Moving closer to the (backward) time when a coathanger will (again) be the only option.

Shameful.

Posted by: kjclark1963 | February 17, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

It's too bad abortion was riskier for the Woman. Bet if it were...less would be laying down and not using protection. If you can't control yourself...there should be consequences. We should not have to support those women that want to keep them (and really shouldn't) and we should not have to hear about babies being killed at abortion clinics. As a Woman, I say, WOMEN LEARN SOME SELF-CONTROL!!!!!!! You have a choice....PROTECTION or Not...you should have to live with consequences!

Posted by: DCer10 | February 17, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

OMG, people! I love how most of the comments are about WOMEN controlling themselves and WOMEN taking more responsibility for not getting pregnant and how WOMEN should get their tubes tied if they want to have sex, but don't want to have the babies and how WOMEN should have more self control. Ohmygoodness!

And yet another idiotic comment from TaxiDriver: "Discover how babies are made. Apparently some of you girls didn't get that talk from your Mommy..." @TaxiDriver - you apparently didn't get the talk from your daddy.

It takes TWO TO TANGO! Last I checked, there is usually a MAN present when a woman is getting pregnant. She doesn't do it by herself. And I'm willing to bet that 75% of the time, the abortion comes at the request of the MAN.

It's not always the woman's fault...she's just usually the one taking the blame.


Posted by: aktotlykrzy | February 17, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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