01-20-2011, 05:52 PM
Just hanging out.
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Join Date: Aug 2005
Originally Posted by Dr. Broncenstein
It was willful neglect on the part of the Department of Health. They had ample knowledge of what was happening from multiple complaints, some hand delivered by a physician who ultimately wound up working for the Philadelphia DOH. That's right -- a physician who repeatedly complained to the DOH about Gosnell ultimately went to work for the DOH. They knew exactly what was going on.
From the grand jury report: http://www.phila.gov/districtattorne...ensMedical.pdf
Ironically, the doctor at CHOP who personally complained to the Pennsylvania
Department of Health about the spread of venereal disease from Gosnellís clinic, the
doctor who used to refer teenage girls to Gosnell for abortions, became the head of the
cityís health department two years ago. But nothing changed in the time leading up to
Mrs. Mongarís death. And it wasnít just government agencies that did nothing. The
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and its subsidiary, Penn Presbyterian Medical
Center, are in the same neighborhood as Gosnellís office. State law requires hospitals to
report complications from abortions. A decade ago, a Gosnell patient died at HUP after a
botched abortion, and the hospital apparently filed the necessary report. But the victims 13
kept coming in. At least three other Gosnell patients were brought to Penn facilities for
emergency surgery; emergency room personnel said they have treated many others as
well. And at least one additional woman was hospitalized there after Gosnell had begun
a flagrantly illegal abortion of a 29-week-old fetus. Yet, other than the one initial report,
Penn could find not a single case in which it complied with its legal duty to alert
authorities to the danger. Not even when a second woman turned up virtually dead.
So too with the National Abortion Federation. NAF is an association of abortion
providers that upholds the strictest health and legal standards for its members. Gosnell,
bizarrely, applied for admission shortly after Karnamaya Mongarís death. Despite his
various efforts to fool her, the evaluator from NAF readily noted that records were not
properly kept, that risks were not explained, that patients were not monitored, that
equipment was not available, that anesthesia was misused. It was the worst abortion
clinic she had ever inspected. Of course, she rejected Gosnellís application. She just
never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had seen.
Bureaucratic inertia is not exactly news. We understand that. But we think this
was something more. We think the reason no one acted is because the women in
question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and
because the subject was the political football of abortion.
Criminal indifference on the part of the DOH and if the last sentence is true, one has to wonder how widespread the problem really is; not just in PA