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The tangled history of an abortion doctor

The tangled history of an abortion doctor

Kermit Baron Gosnell - once a community activist called on to help rebuild Mantua - was arrested on Jan. 19, 2011, and charged with eight counts of murder. One count arose out of the death of a woman who received an overdose of anesthetic at his clinic; seven counts involved infants that, officials say, he delivered live and then killed. Nine employees, including his wife, Pearl, were also arrested. Four were charged with murder. The grand jury in the case said Gosnell had been allowed to keep operating for nearly four decades despite numerous violations of state laws regulating doctors and abortion clinics. Gosnell has maintained his innocence.

Kermit Baron Gosnell - once a community activist called on to help rebuild Mantua - was arrested on Jan. 19, 2011, and charged with eight counts of murder. One count arose out of the death of a woman who received an overdose of anesthetic at his clinic; seven counts involved infants that, officials say, he delivered live and then killed. Nine employees, including his wife, Pearl, were also arrested. Four were charged with murder. The grand jury in the case said Gosnell had been allowed to keep operating for nearly four decades despite numerous violations of state laws regulating doctors and abortion clinics. Gosnell has maintained his innocence.
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Abortion doctor charged with murder
01/20/2011
West Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell routinely delivered live babies in the third trimester of pregnancy, then murdered them by "sticking scissors into the back of the baby's neck and cutting the spinal cord," according to a grand jury report.
01/20/2011
Among questions raised by the 8 counts of murder against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, one stands out: How did it go on so long?
 
Read the grand jury report Warning: Graphic Images
He went from respected to reckless, probes found.
01/23/2011
For a time, Kermit Gosnell's future looked bright. He had top-notch schooling. He was an admired community activist brought in to help rebuild Mantua. So, what happened?