PHILADELPHIA — The wife of ‘House of Horrors’ abortionist Kermit Gosnell was sentenced in a Philadelphia criminal court on Wednesday, a day after Gosnell’s sister-in-law likewise learned of her fate.
Pearl Gosnell, 51, was sentenced to 7 to 23 months in prison for her role in assisting her husband with illegal late-term abortions. According to the Grand Jury Report, “Pearl testified that she alone assisted on Sundays, and that her role was to ‘help do the instruments’ in the procedure room and to monitor patients in the recovery room.” Gosnell performed abortions on the largest babies, which were all past the 24-week “legal” limit, on Sundays when none of his other staff were present.
“Only one person was allowed to assist with these special cases – Gosnell’s wife,” the Report continues. “The files for these patients were not kept at the office; Gosnell took them home with him and disposed of them. We may never know the details of these cases. We do know, however, that, during the rest of the week, Gosnell routinely aborted and killed babies in the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy. The Sunday babies must have been bigger still.”
During her sentencing, Gosnell called her husband a “coward” for not apologizing for his deeds and said that she was sorry that she trusted him. She plead guilty in 2011 to racketeering charges and performing an illegal abortion.
The Gosnell’s children, Alexandra, 15, and Barron, 21, appeared in court Wednesday and asked that their mother be spared.
“Don’t take my mother, too,” Alexandra said.
Gosnell has been ordered to report to prison in 30 days, and will likely obtain parole after four to five months of imprisonment.
On Tuesday, Kermit Gosnell’s sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hampton, was sentenced to 1 year probation on perjury charges, and was praised by Judge Jeffrey Minehart for testifying against the convicted abortionist.
According to reports, Hampton’s duties were cleaning out the suction device used in first term abortions, which filled with blood and baby body parts. Hampton would dump the contents into the sink and grind the fetal remains in the disposal, which is against Pennsylvania law.
Other aborted babies were collected by the medical waste company Stericycle, as the Grand Jury outlined that “James Johnson, who worked for Gosnell since 2001, testified that his duties included collecting the red biohazard bags of fetal remains and putting them in boxes for pickup by an outside firm, Stericycle.”
As previously reported, the Campaign to Stop Stericycle believes that the bodies of the aborted babies collected by the company were unlawfully disposed of in a municipal landfill, as it has obtained documentation indicating that the babies were mislabeled and trucked to the wrong location.
Other Gosnell employees await their sentencing in the days and weeks ahead. One worker was recently sent home after being jailed for over 2 years.
Kermit Gosnell, who was sentenced earlier this month, is serving three life terms without parole. He was convicted of over 200 charges, including three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive during abortion procedures and performing illegal late-term abortions past 24 weeks.