Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Jury selection began today in the trial of a notorious abortionist who is facing multiple murder charges for the deaths of seven babies and one adult.
Kermit Gosnell, 72, of Philadelphia was taken into custody in 2011 following an investigation into his practice called the Women’s Medical Society. Investigators had not initially been aware that Gosnell was running a late-term abortion facility, but visited the location over suspicions about the illegal sale of controlled substances.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams described Gosnell’s operation as a “House of Horrors.”
“[Investigators] found jar after jar after jar of fetal remains and specifically severed feet in jars,” he explained in front of a panel following the compilation of the Grand Jury Report. “They found medical waste bags just strewn everywhere.”
Williams also outlined that several babies had been found with their spinal cords severed. It was believed that Gosnell birthed a number of babies alive, then “snipped” the back of their neck with scissors in order to kill them.
He now faces seven counts of first-degree murder — the most severe charge, which signifies that the acts were premeditated — for the deaths of babies who were believed to have died in this manner.
“Killing really had to be part of Gosnell’s plan. His method for performing late-term abortions was to induce labor and delivery of intact fetuses, and he specialized in patients who were well beyond 24 weeks,” the Grand Jury Report outlined. “The subsequent slitting of spinal cords, without any consideration for the babies’ viability, was an integral part of what Gosnell’s employees called his ‘standard procedure.’”
Pennsylvania law requires that babies born alive are to receive immediate medical treatment.
“Gosnell chose instead to slit their necks and store their bodies in various household containers as if they were trash,” the report stated.
In addition to the seven first-degree murder charges, Gosnell also faces one count of third-degree murder for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, an abortion client who died after she was administered a lethal amount of medication. Approximately 20 other charges have been leveled against the abortionist, who could face the death penalty for his crimes.
Two of Gosnell’s employees, Sherry West and Lynda Williams, have agreed to testify against the abortionist as part of a plea deal.
As previously reported, a new documentary series called 3801 Lancaster provides an in-depth look into Kermit Gosnell and the Women’s Medical Society, and features stories from two women named Davida and Makeda who had obtained an abortion at the facility.
“I just remember walking through and looking and seeing some women that seemed half dead,” Davida explains in the film. “There were bloody recliner chairs. There was blood all over the floor. … And I was just like, ‘I can’t do this,’ and he [said], ‘Stop being a little baby.’”
“Over the next fourteen years, I had eight abortions — eight,” shares Makeda, who becomes tearful as she recounts her story. “I look back at it, and it’s like, ‘God, what was I thinking?’”
Reports state that Gosnell might have been offered a plea deal on Thursday as he appeared in court in a meeting with prosecutors and others involved in the case.