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.”
Keeping Them Honest, the question is how did these alleged practices go on with no one stopping it? Tonight you’ll see how the grand jury laid out several oversight failures over two decades.
One glaring example in its report details a former employee of Gosnell who filed a complaint with the State Board of Medicine and exposed “the whole scope of his operation: the unclean, unsterile conditions; the unlicensed workers; the unsupervised sedations; the underage abortion patients; even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street.”
It turns out in 2010, the FBI raided Gosnell’s facility after reports that painkillers were being improperly distributed. But what they allegedly found was much more gruesome.
Several clinic employees have already pleaded guilty to charges. Gosnell insists he’s innocent. His fate will be decided by a jury. If convicted, prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty.
Tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET, we’ll talk about this case with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, David Altrogge, writer and director of 3801 Lancaster, a documentary about the clinic and Joseph Slobodzian, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer who’s been in court covering the trial.
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