Convicted murderer, Kermit Gosnell was not only an abortionist but an opioid supplier to a large swath of the Philadelphia area. He did not take sides – he had no respect or value for infants or adults. The details of this man’s culpability and criminality were offered up by Detective James Wood this past Sunday in a presentation sponsored by the Bucks County Right to Life and held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham, PA.
In 2009 Detective Wood was part of a team investigating Kermit Gosnell’s role in a prescription drug ring operating out of the doctor’s office in West Philadelphia. Thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs were passed thru drug dealers’ hands onto the streets from prescriptions originated under Gosnell’s signature. The detective presented the details of the step ladder of building the drug case: speaking with the original drug informant, which then led to further informants at Gosnell’s office, gathering evidence of illegal prescription scripts and then ultimately the arrest of Gosnell.
During the drug investigation, which included discussions with Gosnell’s office staff, it came to light that a female patient, Karnamaya Monga, had died due to an untrained staff member administering improper dosages of anesthesia and pain killers during an abortion procedure. In February 2010 Gosnell’s office was raided in connection with the drug case, but what met Detective Wood and the other law enforcement officials at the door was an overwhelming site. Women lying on dirty recliners, blood-stained carpets, cats wandering around the facility, and saddest of all – fetal remains in the office refrigerators, a row of jars containing feet from aborted babies and in a freezer, Karnamaya Monga’s 19-week fetus aborted three months earlier. This had turned into much more than an effort to take Gosnell down for his role in the drug operation.
Since the Pennsylvania Department of Health was included in the raid due to the suspicious death of Karnamaya Monga, representatives from that office clearly saw the result of their lack of oversight of abortion clinics in the state. This clinic had not been inspected in 15 years.
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office was made aware of the situation at Gosnell’s office and the findings eventually were submitted to a Grand Jury in May 2010. Gosnell went to trial in 2011 and was convicted of 3 counts of first-degree murder of infants who were born alive during the abortion procedure, and then subsequently killed; 1 count of involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Monga, along with 21 counts of illegal late-term abortions. He is serving a life sentence without parole at the State Correctional Institution in Huntington, PA. In 2013 he received an additional conviction on illegally distributing pain killers (Oxycontin).
Detective Wood’s account included information such as:
*Gosnell would “adjust” the ultrasound wand to make it look like the babies to be terminated were within the PA gestational limit
*Gosnell admitted that 10%-20% of the babies in the refrigerators were beyond the legal gestational limit for abortions in PA
*One of Gosnell’s staff took a photo of aborted “Baby Boy A” as she couldn’t believe how big the baby was. Gosnell’s comment was “this boy’s so big he could walk me to the bus stop.” This photo was a crucial piece of evidence in convicting Gosnell
*Another staff member’s teen-aged daughter was the person who created a hand printed dosage chart for how much anesthesia to administer during an abortion.
*Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, occasionally would assist on Sundays with abortions that were deemed more difficult due to the size of the baby
*An employee, Eileen O’Neill, was not licensed as a doctor but presented as a doctor to patients
*Gosnell’s personal residence was in disrepair with rain coming in the roof into his daughter’s bedroom, despite a lucrative pill and abortion practice
*Lack of media coverage at the trial due to the media’s perception of it as a pro-life story
*Several Pennsylvania Department of Health staff lost their jobs as a result of their lack of oversight of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion practice.
*The 47 bodies of babies and/or baby parts found at the clinic were cremated and buried by the City of Philadelphia in an unmarked plot at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Three things come to mind after viewing Detective Wood’s presentation. The first of which is the tragic way children died at the hands of this abortionist, many times with a pair of scissors snipping their spines after being born alive. Second, the coalition of people applauding “reproductive rights” continuously fights against regulations and oversight of abortion clinics, claiming it causes roadblocks for women. Well, this is what can happen when no one is looking. And last, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Detective Wood and all the law enforcement personnel and prosecutors involved in putting Gosnell away. Living with such horrific sights as these babies in refrigerators and trash bags, as well as building a case that had to result in Gosnell never performing another abortion was not and is not an 8-hour job. And Detective Wood’s efforts to bring the details of this case to light at every opportunity is also greatly appreciated. People need to know abortion is neither safe nor rare as Hillary Clinton famously proclaimed. Unfortunately, it is legal – within individual state limits – but an unchecked abortionist can sidestep those limits and in doing so not only kill a baby born alive during an abortion but also risk the life of the mother.
Detective Wood was interviewed for a book entitled “Gosnell, The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer”, written by Ann McElhinney and Phelim Mcaleer. This book was later turned into a movie entitled Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer with actor Dean Cain playing the part of Detective Wood.
*This presentation is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Cox who was president of the Bucks County Right to Life. Kathy died this past July. It was Kathy’s wish to have Detective Wood come and give his presentation.