A History of Neglect at West Philly Abortion Factory

A timeline of events in the case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

By Tara Murtha
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Feb. 18, 2010: Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office execute search warrants at the Women’s Medical Society.

Jan. 14, 2011: After interviewing 58 witnesses, the Philadelphia D.A.’s Office publishes a 281-page grand jury report detailing graphic allegations against Kermit Gosnell.

Feb. 9, 2011: Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes rules that the grand jury report is sufficient evidence to obviate a preliminary hearing. She also comments that given the packed courtroom and extra security, the court had to be “practically shut down” to accommodate the case.

Feb. 15, 2011: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett announces sweeping changes, including the firing or resignation of seven state employees. “This doesn’t even rise to the level of government run amok,” said Corbett. “It was government not running at all.”

April 26, 2011: Gosnell is “arraigned on an amended federal indictment charging him and three employees with selling prescriptions for almost a million pills containing the narcotic painkiller Oxycodone.”

September 2011: Judge Benjamin Lerner rules that Gosnell’s employees will have to stand trial with him so that victims do not have to testify twice.

April 2011: Gag order imposed on Gosnell case.

June 19, 2012: Act 122, which requires abortion clinics in Pennsylvania to adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical facilities, goes into effect.

March 18, 2013: The Gosnell trial begins.

April 15, 2013: “A cadre of national reporters trooped into Judge Jeffrey Minehart’s courtroom,” Karen Heller reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Then the bombs exploded in Boston. By Tuesday, the out-of-town reporters were almost all gone, the story a one-day wonder.”

April 19, 2013: The prosecution rests. An anti-abortion rights group, the Susan B. Anthony List, says activists will now also leverage the Gosnell case to galvanize passage of “fetal pain” laws in addition to Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws.

April 23, 2013: Judge Minehart throws out three of the seven first-degree murder charges against Gosnell, as well as five counts of corpse abuse and one count of infanticide. The remaining four first-degree murder charges could still result in the death penalty.
 

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1. Anonymous said... on Feb 2, 2011 at 11:32AM

“no 2011 activity?”

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2. Anonymous said... on Feb 2, 2011 at 12:56PM

“It is atrocious as to the way the proverbial ball was dropped on this case. Every so called "official" from state and city governments to attorneys were negligent in carrying out their duties. They should be prosecute dfor gross neglect along with Gosnell...”

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3. Jungleface said... on Feb 4, 2011 at 04:37PM

“Why am I not surprised this happened in Philadelphia? Why? Because Philadelphia is SHITE. DOH? Uhhh, yeah. Whatever.”

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4. Heather said... on Apr 18, 2013 at 11:33PM

“EVERYONE from attorneys, employees from the DOS, gosnell's office and from the DOH (except Lori Matijkiw and the ex-employee) should be held accountable for negligence and for not following simple rules of conduct and procedures for inspections. This is absolutely DISGUSTING that this man got away with this for so long -right under everyones nose-. I am pro-abortion to an extent IF its early enough. I think the three month cut off is even to long, I believe it should be more like 2 months and I also feel you should not be allowed more then 2 abortions in a life time. People make mistakes and you should learn better after the first time, the second time is your fault considering all of the birth control options we have now a days but some people need an extra lesson to learn. Regardless it should be your own decision, it is your life and its not for any of us to take that option away however its men like this that give abortions such a bad rep. (not that there good). so very disgusted.”

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