By Dave Andrusko
Few people know or at least remember that the reason abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Women Medical Society clinic was raided in February 2010 had nothing to do with abortion. Federal agents suspected Gosnell was running a “pill mill,” illegally dispensing pills, particularly OxyContin prescriptions.
It was only then that agents found jars packed with severed baby feet lining the shelves; bags and bottles of aborted fetuses scattered throughout the office; bloodstained furniture and floors; and unlicensed employees who regularly injected sedatives into women having illegal, late-term abortions, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. All this led to a massive Grand Jury report and eventually to Gosnell being charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of seven babies aborted alive and reportedly 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 reportedly prescribed by Gosnell. On Monday a judge set the trial date for august 13.
On Wednesday, going on two years after that raid, in a 23-charge indictment, 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.
“Among the fraudulent prescriptions Gosnell is accused of writing and dispensing are for thousands of frequently-abused tablets such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Xanax, and the frequently-abused syrups Phenergan and Promethazine with Codeine,” the Associated Press reported.
In a news release, prosecutors said that customers met with Gosnell for a cursory exam (or no exam) “paid him a fee, and then were given prescriptions for controlled substances without there being any legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions.”
What started out small went big in a hurry, prosecutors allege. “Gosnell raised his first-visit fee from $115 to $150 and he went from writing several hundred prescriptions a month at the outset to 2,300 filled at pharmacies in January 2010,” according to the AP.
The numbers are staggering, according to the indictment—“more than 500,000 pills containing oxycodone, more than 400,000 pills containing alprazolam, and more than 19,000 ounces of cough syrup containing codeine.” This went on from June 2008 to February 2010, the U.S. Attorney’s office said
In addition to Gosnell, seven other office staffers were charged: Sherry L. West, Tamirrah M. Fluellen, Kareema N. Cross, Latosha R. Lewis, Earlene Tina Baldwin, Lynda Gail Williams, and Steven Massof.
The indictments come one day after Gosnell’s wife, Pearl Gosnell, pleaded guilty to performing an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy, two counts of conspiracy and participating in a corrupt organization. (See www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/12/wife-of-abortionist-kermit-gosnell-pleads-guilty-won%E2%80%99t-testify-against-husband/)
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