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Kermit Gosnell
Abortionist Kermit Gosnell who ran the Women's Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia, Pa., for 40 years, faces the death penalty if jurors find him guilty on any one of the four counts of first-degree murder for babies allegedly born alive, and the third-degree murder for the death of Karnamaya Mongar, 41, who died from a Demerol overdose administered by Gosnell's untrained and unlicensed staff. |

Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion clinic

In May 2013, abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found responsible for the deaths of one woman and four infants born-alive at his West Philadelphia abortion facility. Investigators discovered evidence of his crimes and the clinic’s unsanitary conditions during a February 2010 drug raid. Investigators also found the severed feet of aborted babies kept in jars.

As WCAU reported in June 2013, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office recovered several pieces of equipment from Gosnell’s clinic, including the break room garbage disposal where clinic staff allegedly disposed of the aborted babies' remains. According to Philadelphia Police Crime Scene Investigator John Taggart, human bones were found inside the appliance. 

“They were shoving body parts down the garbage disposal,” Taggart said. “To the point where they plunged it one day and an arm popped out on Lancaster Avenue.”

Beneath the stairs of what Gosnell's employees described as a rat-infested clinic was a basement full of bags containing babies' remains.

At Gosnell's murder trial, employees testified that the clinic's toilets frequently backed up because drains would be filled with babies' dismembered bodies. One employee testified that he was ordered to dispose of the remains, so he shoveled the arms and other limbs into a plastic bag and stored them in a freezer. 

Employees also testified that the clinic's toilets frequently backed up because drains would be filled with babies' dismembered bodies. 

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