According to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Gosnell performed illegal, late-term abortions and used scissors to kill viable babies born after he induced labor.
The family of Karna Mongar, a woman who died after a 2009 abortion performed by Gosnell, has filed a wrongful-death suit. Mongar was a political refugee from Bhutan, and reports indicate that Gosnell catered to low-income and immigrant women.
Gosnell's clinic, a frequent target of complaints, has been under investigation since a raid last year. Williams says the facility was a "house of horrors" where authorities found jars containing aborted fetuses, human remains and several unlicensed workers. Gosnell had his medical license suspended, and the clinic was shut down.
Last year one Philadelphia woman spoke out about her horrifying experience at Gosnell's clinic. Watch:
The pro-life and pro-choice camps have had very different reactions to the news. While those on both sides of the abortion debate decry the horrific allegations against Gosnell and his employees, pro-life Operation Rescue President Troy Newman issued a statement claiming that the case is "in no way an anomaly."
He continued, "Shoddy and illegal practices characterize the abortion industry in America. There are more Gosnell's [sic] out there victimizing and murdering under the cover of secrecy."
But many pro-choice groups are arguing that the Gosnell case underscores the need for abortion insurance coverage and access to quality providers. As the staff of Clinic Escort tweeted:
1 in 3 women abort. 87% of counties have no provider. The right wants AB out of insurance. #Prolife, Gosnell isn't ours. He's YOURS. Bravo.
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