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Published On: Tue, Jun 4th, 2013

Equipment from Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic available for public to see VIDEO

Prosecutors are giving the public its first glimpse at equipment taken from the clinic of former Philadelphia abortion doctor and convicted murder Kermit Gosnell.

The equipment includes an exam table, recliner and electronic monitoring machines. They were brought from Dr. Gosnell’s West Philadelphia facility, the Women’s Medical Society, to Courtroom 302 at the city’s Criminal Justice Center for his capital murder trial.

“The smells were just unbearable,” Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Investigator John Taggart said following the trial. “You could tell there was death somewhere.”

The conditions found inside the facility led Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to call the clinic a “house of horrors” in a 2011 grand jury report.

The equipment sat in the center of the courtroom – just feet from the jury box — for most of the two-month long trial.

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Kermit Gosnell house horrors equipment

Stained and tattered, the table still had sanitary paper and stirrups attached. Proseuctors said the table would regularly be used for abortion procedures and that former employees said dried blood would often be caked to the medical equipment.

A garbage disposal taken from the clinic’s break room was set on top of a storage drawer. Taggart said investigators learned the employees would dispose of fetal remains in the sink and use the disposal to move them down the drain. Human bones were found inside the appliance, prosecutors said.

“They were shoving body parts down the garbage disposal,” said Taggart. “To the point where they plunged it one day and an arm popped out on Lancaster Avenue.”

Dr. Gosnell, 72, was convicted on May 13 of murdering three newborn babies during late-term abortion procedures. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 overdose death of patient Karnamaya Mongar and for more than 200 abortion law violations. He is serving three consecutive life terms for the crimes.

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