Friday, February 12, 2016

FBI searches Phila. home of abortion doctor

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FBI agents on Friday searched the West Philadelphia home of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, whose clinic was shut down by the state in February as a "clear danger to the public."

"The FBI paid a visit to Dr. Gosnell this morning and he cooperated with them in the execution of a search warrant," said Gosnell's lawyer, William J. Brennan.

It was not clear what the FBI was seeking.

Gosnell's medical license was suspended Feb. 22 by the state Board of Medicine after federal and state drug agents raided his clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. The doctor is being investigated on suspicion of illegal distribution of prescription painkillers.

Last month, the state Department of Health cited Gosnell's clinic for a long list of violations, including having no easy way to get patients on stretchers out of the building, lacking emergency resuscitation drugs and equipment, having no backup physician, not reporting all second-trimester abortions, and not reporting serious complications to the state within 24 hours. An abortion patient who suffered cardiac arrest and died in November was not reported in a timely fashion.

"It's important to remember at this point that Dr. Gosnell has not been charged with any state or federal crime," Brennan said.

- Marie McCullough

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