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12/17/2013 (1 year ago)

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Philadelphia doctor convicted of running 'pill mill' in lieu of performing abortions this time

For months, the United States was shocked and horrified to learn the details surrounding abortion provider and physician Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Preying upon the poor and uneducated, many immigrant women went to his filthy Philadelphia abortion clinic, where stray cats wandered the halls and equipment encrusted with blood was everywhere. Gosnell has now been sentenced to 30 years in prison - not for the frequently fatal abortions, but for running a "pill mill" from said clinic.

Enraged neighbors covered Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic windows with stickers bearing epithets.

Enraged neighbors covered Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic windows with stickers bearing epithets.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/17/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Dr.Kermit Gosnell, Philadelphia, Oxycontin, abortion, murder


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 72-year-old Gosnell pleaded guilty to prescribing and dispensing narcotics from June 2008 to February 2010. Gosnell admitted to writing fraudulent prescriptions for hundreds of thousands of prescription pills, including 600,000 pills containing the highly addictive Oxycontin. These pills were reportedly provided to cash-paying customers who showed no medical need. Gosnell's staff allowed customers to purchase prescriptions under multiple names.

In particular - Gosnell wrote more than 2,300 prescriptions for controlled substances - in January of 2010 ALONE. Gosnell charged up to $150 for prescription, according to an official release.

Gosnell also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of Oxycontin and maintaining a place for the illegal distribution of controlled substances.

Gosnell was convicted in May on three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies at his West Philadelphia abortion clinic by cutting their spinal cords with scissors. At that time, he was sentenced to life without parole in exchange for waiving his right to appeal the convictions. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.

Gosnell and nine other employees at his Women's Medical Center were charged with crimes for the illegal practices at the clinic. The clinic had been engaged in reckless practices, according to a 2011 grand jury report.

Eight people involved at the Gosnell's clinic have pleaded guilty to various charges, including four to murder.



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