America’s “abortion monster”
Why did Kermit Gosnell go undetected for so long?
- By: Elisabeth Kostov, Mike Osbourn
You might not have heard of America’s “abortion monster,” Kermit Gosnell. But you wouldn’t be alone: neither have most US citizens. His case only came to light earlier this year when a columnist reported on the scandal that should have made front page news three years ago.
Gosnell was known as the “abortion doctor of last resort” across the east coast of the United States, and had a reputation for providing late abortions to poor minority and immigrant women.1 However, his practice was far from legitimate: he routinely performed abortions after the 24 week limit, employed unqualified staff, and was responsible for numerous cases of infanticide. Despite repeated complaints to government authorities, his practice had not been inspected in more than 13 years2 and he was only stopped when caught “by accident” during an FBI drug warrant in 2010.3 Though the FBI was expecting to find evidence of illegal drug