A grand jury investigation found that Pennsylvania health and licensing officials received reports about Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion practice, the Women's Medical Society, but took no action. Official inspections, dating as far back as 1989, repeatedly found health violations in the clinic, but no one ever ensured they were corrected.
The grand jury report also said, "the medical examiner of Delaware County informed the department that Gosnell had performed an illegal abortion on a 14-year-old girl carrying a 30-week-old baby." They also received official notice of the death of a 41-year-old woman, for which Gosnell now faces a murder charge.
The Pennsylvania Department of State, through its Board of Medicine, received a complaint a decade ago from a former employee of Dr. Gosnell, who according to the grand jury report, "laid out the whole scope of his operation: the unclean, unsterile conditions; the unlicensed workers; the unsupervised sedation; and the underage abortion patients; even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street." An investigator was assigned, but Gosnell was interviewed offsite. There was no inspection of the clinic or interviews with employees. Yet, the complaint was dismissed.
Editor's note: CNN'S Gary Tuchman reports on a Georgia county that is having its first ever integrated prom.
As Quanesha Wallace remembers, it was around this time last year when the idea first came up at Wilcox County High School. It was nothing big, just chatter about prom, school, what comes next, what they'd change.
If things were different, someone said, we'd all go to the same prom.
For as long as anyone could remember, students in their South Georgia community went to separate proms, and homecoming dances, too. White students from Wilcox County attend one. Black students, another. They’re private events organized by parents and students, not the school district. Schools have long been desegregated, but in Wilcox County, the dances never changed.
Adventurous foodie Anthony Bourdain took a much less daring eater, Anderson Cooper, to a New York City restaurant to feast on a delicacy, Yakitori, including chicken elbow.
Between bites they traded stories about their travels and differing philosophies on dining while abroad. One of them prefers to play it safe on the road, the other will try just about anything given to him by locals.
Bourdain's new CNN program brings viewers along to learn about the people, places, traditions and meals he discovers, starting with Myanmar in the premiere episode of "Parts Unknown" this Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET. Besides the spectacular beauty, he found the people very open to outsiders, and they didn't shy away from the camera.
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We’re Keeping Them Honest tonight with a report on an abortion doctor on trial in Philadelphia on eight counts of murder. That’s for the deaths of seven babies and one 41-year-old woman seeking an abortion, who allegedly died after receiving too much anesthesia.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is accused of performing illegal abortions past the 24-week limit allowed by law. According to the grand jury report, Gosnell “regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns.”
In January 2011, shortly after Gosnell was charged, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams told CNN, "It was a house of horrors beyond any type of definition or explanation I can humbly try to give.”
Teens going to prom across the country have a lot of choices to make about the quintessential high school experience – a date, outfit, transportation, flowers, photos. But in one rural Georgia town, white students have another decision to make: whether to attend the integrated prom or the white prom.
Having two separate proms for black and white students has been the norm in their community until now. For the first time ever, a group of kids in Wilcox County, Georgia, are making history in their tiny town.
They've organized a dance that invites everyone to attend, regardless of race. The teenagers who go to school together and play sports together can finally hit the dance floor together.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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