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Philadelphia doctor under fire, local woman speaks out

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Updated: 2/27/2010 12:00 am
Action News talks with a victim about a violation of trust between her and her doctor.

It's a story that is hard to hear, but it involves something so personal, so intimate, that it can't be ignored. Philadelphia Dr. Kermit Gosnell, is under investigation after complaints from dozen's of women across the nation. Licensed investigators say he was performing abortions and injuring them in the process. They also report finding more than two dozen fetuses in his Pennsylvania office.

For one woman, she had an abortion, but days later still had a baby's arm and leg in her body. Now, one brave local woman is coming forward. She still lives with regret and pain because all she wanted was a big family. "He had a warm personality. I trusted him," said the Jacksonville woman.

The woman went to Philadelphia's Dr. Kermit Gosnell in 1979. She was pregnant and looking for a compassionate doctor. She didn't want her identity shown, but told Action News about the horrifying experiences she went through. "This is your option, either you have no foot or you try to run around after your child with no foot or you have no child," she said. "You feel pressured, so I did what I regret." You had an abortion asked Action News reporter Catherine Varnum. "Yes."

But it didn't stop there. Several years later, she went to Dr. Gosnell again, thinking she was pregnant. "He told me I wasn't pregnant," she said. But she says he was wrong. "I was four and a half months pregnant and it almost killed me."

The Jacksonville woman isn't alone. Other women from the Philadelphia area are coming forward after Dr. Gosnell's office was searched by federal agents. Dr. Gosnell says he has no idea why he's under fire. "I was shocked, I was shocked, they thought I knew why they were there, and I really didn't," said Dr. Gosnell.

State licensing investigators suspended the doctor's license after, they say a woman died during an abortion in his office and more than two dozen frozen fetuses were found inside a freezer. Some of those fetuses date back to when the Jacksonville woman was under his care. She hopes they weren't one of hers. "I just think about all those other women that he talked to."

Dr. Gosnell says he didn't do anything wrong and that's why this Jacksonville woman says this doctor needs to be punished.  "I expect to be vindicated and I feel its important to practice again," said Dr. Gosnell.

"He needs to be punished. What he did and is doing is not right. If you don't lock him up, he's not going to stop he'll do it someplace else," she said.

The woman also says she's still having surgeries because of what Dr. Gosnell did to her. She says scar tissue keeps growing that causes her great pain. All she ever wanted was a big family.

Right now no criminal charges have been filed against Dr. Gosnell. Forty-six women have come forward saying Dr. Gosnell forced them into abortions.
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Charity494 - 4/15/2013 6:48 PM
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Please revisit this story. This story should be covered more by the media. And its just not getting enough attention. I never even heard of this man until about a month ago. There are a lot more discoveries since you last talked about. He is now on trial for 8 murders. 1 from a botched abortion killing the mother. And 7 babies where he alledgedly took scissors and snipped their spinal cords. Why isnt the media covering this story? i'll tell you why....its because liberals are calling him a hero for womans reproductive rights. Its wrong what he did. These babies were born alive and since they cant speak for themselves, it is my duty as a pro-life activist to speak for them. May they all rest in peace.

tpatrick - 2/28/2010 8:06 AM
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This would be more interesting if I lived in Philadelphia.
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