This happened in Pennsylvania.
A filthy abortion mill where prosecutors say babies were delivered alive and killed with scissors would have been shut down long ago if not for extraordinary failures by state regulators, who had not inspected it since 1993, a grand jury report charges.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, a family practice physician with no certification in gynecology or obstetrics, was charged Wednesday with eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven babies and one patient. Nine employees also were charged, including four with murder.
It is a grand jury report, horribly detailed, but here are the main points:
The guy, besides being uncertified, was preying on poor women and making a bundle off them, while killing and maiming some. He had unqualified staff, including a 15-year-old high school student administering intravenous anesthesia.
He'd lie to women about how far along they were, knock them out, induce labour, then kill the fetuses. He kept some body parts in jars.
And it would not have happened if the state had done its job of inspection and regulation.
The state health department first gave the "Women's Medical Society" a one-year license when it opened in 1979, when a certified obstetrician/gynecologist and nurses were listed as employees. The state approval expired in 1980, but the next site review did not come until 1989.
By then, Gosnell was the only doctor on site, and the clinic had no nurses and no outside lab work being done. Promises were made to improve the failings, and the state renewed its approval. In 1992, a visit showed there were still no nurses or ob-gyn, and nothing suggests the state inspectors checked any patient files. The inspectors left blank the sections on who was providing anesthesia and post-operative care. They they concluded there were "no deficiencies."
The final inspection came in April 1993, four years after Gosnell had promised to hire nurses. There were none. The state cited Gosnell for expired medications and missing lab work but said they had been remedied — though there was no follow-up inspection — three months later.
So, of course, the fetus fetishists are revelling in the gore. P.Z. Myers says he got a whack of 'triumphalist' emails about the story.
But anyone with more than one functioning neuron can see: This situation makes the strongest possible case for legal -- and properly supervised and regulated -- abortion.
This, in fact, is how it used to be in the bad old days. Yes, some abortion providers were caring, qualified professionals risking their licenses and freedom to help. Others, though, were unscrupulous and predatory quacks as this guy is made out to be.
And not just a little weird to boot, from the report.
He'll become the fetus-fetishist poster boy for 'Late Term Abortion! Gosnell! Gosnell! SHRIEEEEEK!!!1!1'
Just checked. Yup, they're aaaall over it.
Kermit Gosnell: Hero of the Forced Pregnancy Gang.