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Published On: Thu, Jan 20th, 2011

Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell faces 8 counts of murder, including death of Karnamaya Mongar

A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation.

Kermit Gosnell

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who were born alive then had their spinal cords “snipped” by Gosnell in illegal late-term abortions.

“Snipping” is Gosnell’s practice of killing the baby by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.

“I am aware that abortion is a hot-button topic,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “But as district attorney, my job is to carry out the law. A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats female patients, to the point that one of them dies in his so-called care, commits murder under the law. A doctor who cuts into the necks severing the spinal cords of living, breathing babies, who would survive with proper medical attention, is committing murder under the law.”

The third degree murder charge surrounds the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died on November 20, 2009. Mongar died from an overdose of anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell.

Autopsy evaluation confirmed intact cerebral material, confirming that the seven babies were killed outside of the womb, viable and alive past the sixth month of pregnancy.

Gosnell has also been charged with many other infractions, including mishandling of biomedical material, storing whole feet of the aborted fetuses rather than small DNA samples for identification.

Gosnell is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies over the course of his 30-year practice. However, he is not charged because the records do not exist.

DA Williams said Gosnell made approximately $1.8 million in one year alone performing the procedures.

Karnamaya Mongar died in 2009 after an abortion by Kermit Gosnell

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