Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged With Murder

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Prosecutors have described a Philadelphia, Pa., abortion clinic as a "house of horrors."

Dr. Kermit Gosnell and four members of his staff have been charged with murder after allegedly delivering hundreds of live babies and then killing them.

When authorities raided Gosnell's abortion clinic they found a stench-filled, unsanitary mess -- bags of fetuses stuffed inside a refrigerator.

Should this arrest be a wake-up call for lawmakers on abortion? Wendy Wright, with Concerned Women for America, talked about this and more, on CBN Newswatch, Jan. 20.  Click here to watch.

Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life, talks more about this arrest and it's impact on the abortion industry, on CBN News Channel Midday program, Jan. 20. Click play to watch, following this report.

"The grand jury went to the scene wearing hazmat suits," said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. "It was filthy. Squalid. There was feces - cat feces every where.

"[In] case after case Dr. Gosnell and his assistants induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies," he added.

Authories said Gosnell used scissors to kill the babies. He reportedly killed scores more. but destroyed the records. He was also charged with the death of a patient who died after being over-medicated.

"A doctor who knowingly and systematically mistreats women patients to the point that one of them dies in his so called care commits murder under the law," Williams said.

Women were infected with venereal diseases through Gosnell's unsterilized instruments.

"He sent woman after woman to the emergency room with punctured uteruses and intestines," Williams continued. "Untrained, unsupervised workers injected dangerous drugs into women undergoing illegal late-term abortions."

Late-term abortions are illegal in Pennsylvania. State regulators hadn't inspected Gosnell's clinic in nearly 20 years and ignored 46 lawsuits which were filed against the clinic.

"There's more oversight for women's hair salons than for abortion clinics in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," Williams said.

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