By Dave Andrusko
Last week, on the first day of the National Right to Life Convention, a conclusion, of sorts, came in the nightmarish case of convicted murderer abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Understandably lost in the larger story of Gosnell’s three first-degree murder convictions and a separate conviction for involuntary manslaughter were the convictions of his staff. With one exception, they were uneducated women with lengthy histories of personal problems whom Gosnell taught (in a manner of speaking) to perform medical tasks for which they had no—no—training.
Last Thursday, the final two were convicted. One is well known, comparatively speaking, the other a bloody footnote to the sordid history of the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic.
In May, Lynda Williams, 45, described by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joseph A. Slobodzian, as “a ninth-grade dropout and phlebotomist whom Gosnell taught to administer anesthesia and assist in abortions,” was sentenced in federal court to 2 1/2 years in prison for her role in the illegal “pill-mill” case. That is the part of the Gosnell case that most people don’t know about or have forgotten—that Gosnell made additional millions largely by illegally prescribing the narcotic painkiller oxycodone and the generic version of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
Last Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Williams to five to 10 years on her guilty plea to two counts of third-degree murder. Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron “asked for 10 to 20 years in prison, noting that she killed two people,” Slobodzian explained.
One was the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, to whom Williams had administered excessive amounts of anesthesia.
The other was a baby who was born alive whom Williams killed using the technique Gosnell used to murder hundreds of viable babies (according to the Philadelphia Grand Jury): plunging scissors into their spinal cords. In an earlier story Slobodzian wrote
“One of her duties, Williams said, was to retrieve fetuses women would sometimes spontaneously abort in the waiting room after getting large doses of drugs to dilate the cervix.
“One day, Williams testified, a woman expelled a second-trimester fetus into the toilet and it was moving. Williams said she took a pair of scissors and snipped the spine as Gosnell showed her.
“’I did it once, and I didn’t do it again because it gave me the creeps,’ Williams said.”
Tina Baldwin, 48, was a receptionist at Gosnell’s House of Horrors. Lerner sentenced Baldwin “to 30 months’ probation for her guilty pleas to sustaining a corrupt organization, conspiracy, and corrupting a minor.” Among the many horrific practices Baldwin testified about was how staff members would discharge still-medicated patients when closing time came:
A: Oh, I did see some people, they were so drugged. I mean you had to get them out, take them with a wheel chair –take them out in a wheelchair.
Q: And you would just send them on their merry way out the door?
A: If it got late, at the time when I was working there, if it got too late like 1:00, 2:00 in the morning and they had a family member, yeah they would go out. …