PA abortionist loses license after raid

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PA abortionist loses license after raid
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Tue, 02-23-2010 - 7:51pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100224/ap_on_re_us/us_abortion_clinic_investigation;_ylt=AkO5weA_iHMv3XId2V.PgYys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFob2VzNTllBHBvcwMyNwRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNwYWFib3J0aW9uZG8-

Pa. abortion doctor's license suspended after raid

By JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press Writer – 41 mins ago

PHILADELPHIA – Federal agents raided a clinic where abortions are performed and found "deplorable and unsanitary" conditions, including blood on the floor and parts of aborted fetuses in jars, according to the state agency that shut it down and suspended the license of the doctor in charge.

In the order suspending Dr. Kermit Gosnell's license, the Pennsylvania Department of State's Board of Medicine said investigators found numerous health and safety risks at Gosnell's abortion and pain-management clinic, including a preoperative and recovery area that consisted of several recliners grouped together.
The Women's Medical Society clinic is open during the day, but Gosnell does not arrive until somewhere between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and is the only person with a medical license working there, according to the order.

A clinic employee told investigators that Gosnell directed her in his absence to conduct gynecological examinations and administer painkillers to patients, the document states.

The temporary suspension of Gosnell's license follows at least two raids by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI. At the time of one raid — at 9 p.m. on Feb. 18 — investigators found the clinic full of patients.

On Nov. 20, the document states, a patient died after being given two separate doses of painkillers plus anesthesia before an abortion.
Gosnell's number is unlisted and calls to the clinic rang unanswered. It's not known if he has an attorney. His practice is located near the University of Pennsylvania campus in a large corner building, where a note in the window said that all patient appointments were canceled.

No criminal charges have been filed. Officials from the Philadelphia district attorney's office, DEA and FBI declined to comment, citing the ongoing probe and a sealed search warrant.

Kenneth E. Brody, attorney for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, confirmed that the department was assisting in the investigation but declined to discuss details.

Separate from the criminal probe, an investigation by state regulators will determine whether there is enough evidence for a formal hearing before the state Board of Medicine, said Department of State spokesman Charles Young.

"The petition alleges in this case that there is a threat to public safety," Young said, "but he is presumed innocent until proven otherwise."

According to Department of State records, Gosnell, 69, received his medical license in 1967. He also was authorized to practice medicine in New York in 1970.

In 1996, he was fined $1,000 by the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine for employing an uncertified physician's assistant. No other disciplinary actions were found.

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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 8:37am

Yikes, that sounds awful!

 


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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 10:31am
I agree with you! I'd even venture to say that this place was almost luxurious when compared to the kinds of hellish places and procedures some women must had to utilize in the pre-Roe days. This is bad enough...
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Wed, 02-24-2010 - 11:18am

This is horrible.

What I found interesting, or bothersome, is that they focused on mainly the abortion portion of the office. They barely referred to the pain management portion of it. I guess an article on deplorable conditions in a pain management clinic doesn't evoke as much emotion or uproar as one with the word "abortion" in it.

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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 7:24am
If it is true I hope there is a formal hearing and he is shut down. No clinic should be able to stay licensed if it is as unsanitary and unsafe as this sounds.
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Thu, 02-25-2010 - 8:10am

It's a good thing that abortion is legal.

If it wasn't, this place would probably not have been discovered, because the Pennsylvania Department of State's Board of Medicine would not have known of its existence and sent investigators.

It was treated as other types of clinics that have health issues are treated:

http://www.injuryboard.com/national-news/las-vegas-health-clinic-shut-down.aspx

Thank goodness for Roe v. Wade. It extended the reach of medical authorities to clinics that provide abortions.

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Registered: 06-24-2009
Tue, 03-16-2010 - 11:49am

Some perspective from today's Wall Street Journal:

"Errors made by doctors, nurses and other medical caregivers cause 44,000 to 98,000 deaths a year. Hospital infections, many considered preventable, take another 100,000 lives. And mistakes involving medications injure 1.3 million patients annually in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704588404575123500096433436.html?KEYWORDS=medical+errors

However, one abortion provider's mistakes will make national news, as if this is something that is just not heard of in any other medical specialty.

Not that medical errors by any physician should be brushed off, but if you indict all abortion providers on this basis, then no medical specialty or provider will live up to your expectations.