Ex-patient wants life sentence for Gosnell

    A former patient of West Philadelphia Kermit Gosnell is calling for a life sentence of the abortion doctor. In today’s Daily News, 31-year-old Marie Smith details the botched abortion Gosnell performed on her in 1999 that sent her to the emergency room. Gosnell was charged yesterday on nine counts of murder and other offenses.

    As WHYY Health reporter Taunya English finds, women’s health advocates are speculating that the politics surrounding the abortion debate has created a hole in the oversight of abortion providers in Pennsylvania.

    Carol Tracy with the Women’s Law Project says that chasm allowed a Gosnell to operate an unsafe and unsanitary practice for decades. A grand jury report released this week says he “killed babies and endangered women.”

    His facility operated from 1993 to 2010 without a single inspection from the state Department of Health, the report said.

    Taunya will have the story later today.

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