April 12th, 2013
11:41 PM ET

Abortion doctor charged with murder

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.

The clinic was finally shut down because of drugs – not the doctor's abortion practices. When the feds raided the clinic, they were horrified with what they discovered.

Gosnell faces eight counts of murder and has pleaded not guilty. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says Gosnell killed babies when they emerged alive during illegal late-term abortions. If convicted, prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

Anderson Cooper spoke about the horrifying case with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joe Slobodzian and David Altrogge, who made a film about the sickening allegations. Watch the video for their insight on the lack of state oversight.

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