Another employee of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to plead in Separate Charges
By Dave Andrusko
Yesterday we learned that Steven Massof, already convicted of killing two babies born alive at Kermit Gosnell’s Women Medical Society abortion clinic, is due in federal court February 8 to enter a plea on the charge that he illegally prescribed oxycodone. It’s a backhanded reminder that the reason Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic was raided in February 2010 had nothing to do with abortion.
Federal agents suspected Gosnell was running a “pill mill,” illegally dispensing pillS. (In mid-December, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District charged Gosnell and members of his staff with illegally prescribing highly-addictive painkillers and sedatives in a 23-charge indictment.)
Massof is one of the ten Gosnell employees who were charged following the raid and the publication eleven months later of a scathing Grand Jury report that laid out the alleged atrocities at the abortion clinic.
Massof’s convictions make for stomach-turning reading. Last November Teresa Masterson described the setting for television station NBC 10 in Philadelphia:
“The medical school graduate who admitted to snapping the necks of at least 100 moving and breathing babies born in Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the deaths of two late-term babies.
“Steven Massof, 49, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of third-degree murder, murder conspiracy and other charges.
“Massof testified to a grand jury that he regularly delivered babies whose mothers were induced, snipped the umbilical cords and then cut the babies’ spinal cords, as it was ‘standard procedure.’
“When asked how often this happened, Massof answered:
“’More times than I really care to remember. I would have to say every week it would happen to at least 50 percent of the patients.’”
Massof testified that he thought all of those babies were larger than 24 weeks. (See “Gosnell’s illegal and unorthodox practices resulted in the birth and then killing of many viable, live babies.”)
According to the Grand Jury report, Massof was an unlicensed medical school graduate who “worked as a bartender and cook in Pittsburgh after graduating from medical school.”
As for Gosnell himself, he is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies aborted alive and then killed when their spines were severed; and with third-degree murder in the case of the 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died from a drug overdose prescribed by Gosnell. Gosnell is awaiting trial.
Referring to the Grand Jury’s 281-page report, prosecutors called Gosnell’s abortion clinic “a baby charnel house,” with fetal remains strewn around the office which reeked of cat urine. The report “read like a grisly script,” according to the New York Times. “Plastic bags and mineral water bottles holding aborted fetuses were found stashed in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic. Jars containing the severed feet of babies lined a shelf, the Philadelphia district attorney, Seth Williams, said in a statement.”
The Grand Jury also wrote
“Gosnell routinely cracked jokes about babies whose necks he had just slit. He treated his patients with condescension—slapping them, providing abysmal care, and often refusing even to see or talk to them—unless they were Caucasian, or had money. He yelled at and intimadated his staff. And he took advantage of poor women in desperate situations.”
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