By Dave Andrusko
And then there were seven. Pearl Gosnell, the wife of infamous Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, pled guilty today to performing abortion after 24 weeks, conspiracy, criminal conspiracy and corrupt organization, according to the District Attorney’s office.
Gosnell, 50, joined six other employees of Gosnell’s Women’s Medical society in having pled guilty to charges up to and including third-degree murder. One, Tina Baldwin, pleaded guilty last month to lesser charges in an agreement that requires the 46-year-old Baldwin to testify against Kermit Gosnell.
Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner set Pearl Gosnell’s sentencing date for February 15. He warned Gosnell that she could face up to 54 years in prison, but that her actual sentence would not be “nearly that long,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. As is her legal right, she will not testify against her husband at trial, her attorney F. Michael Medway said.
Kermit Gosnell, who is in jail without bail, 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 reportedly prescribed by Gosnell. On Monday a judge set the trial date for august 13.
Referring to the Grand Jury’s 281-page report, prosecutors called Gosnell’s abortion clinic “a baby charnel house,” with fetal remains strewn around an office that reeked of cat urine. While Gosnell is charged with the murders of “only” seven babies, the grand jury concluded he had killed hundreds of viable babies born alive, but kept no records. At least one other woman died at Gosnell’s clinic, the grand jury concluded.
Prosecutors have said that Gosnell, who was never certified as an OB/GYN, made millions off of poor immigrant women. Gosnell aborted viable babies who were born alive and then snipped their spinal cords with surgical scissors.
Mrs. Gosnell worked at Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Kermit Gosnell in 1990, according to the Grand Jury report. That same report said she was a cosmetologist who assisted her husband on Sundays and other days the clinic was closed, to perform “extremely late-term abortions.” She had no medical license.
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