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Warning Signs: What Robert Rho and Kermit Gosnell Have in Common

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – Robert Rho and Kermit Gosnell were both little-known abortionists who ran abortion facilities that operated under the radar of regulators as well as the general public until their arrests and ensuing trials thrust them into the public spotlight.

But the two men have more in common that a shared profession and having worn a matching set of “bracelets.”

Both have been criminally convicted for killing women during late-term abortions that went terribly wrong.

Robert Rho pleaded guilty to negligent homicide on May 4, 2018, for causing the needless death of Jaime Lee Morales during a horribly botched abortion at his small Flushing, New York, abortion facility in 2016. Rho had unsuccessfully attempted to conduct an abortion on Morales in her 26th week of pregnancy in just one day. As a result, he lacerated her cervix, sliced a 7.5-inch gash through her uterus, severed her uterine artery, and deeply cut into the wall of her vagina. Rho conducted a second procedure – not to fix the severe internal injuries, but to conceal her hemorrhaging. With the business day ebbing away, he discharged her in an unstable condition and Morales died soon after.

Gosnell is best known for his convictions on three counts of first degree murder for killing babies born alive during late-term abortions at a squalid clinic in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But Gosnell also was convicted of the same crime as Rho – negligent homicide – for killing Karnamaya Mongar during an illegal late-term abortion. Mongar was overdosed by Gosnell’s staff with Demerol, a cheaper drug that those with fewer side effects. During her abortion, her vital signs began to slip, but Gosnell continued with the second trimester abortion without attending to his dying patient. When paramedics arrived, Mongar was found unattended on the abortion table, naked from the waist down, with her legs still in the stirrups – and in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics were able to temporarily revive her, but Mongar did not survive.

I personally attended the 2013 Gosnell trial (and even wrote a book about it), so I am very familiar with Gosnell’s attitude and behavior as well as the evidence and testimony during his murder trial. For Rho’s case, I relied on an observer, Lauren Handy, who attended ten days of the trial and relayed to me Rho’s actions and demeanor during his trial as well as details concerning the testimony and evidence in the case.

Of course, there were significant differences between the two criminal abortionists. Gosnell’s demeanor in the courtroom was serene and almost prideful. He had the look of a man who truly believed he had done nothing wrong, which was striking, given the horrific nature of the case. He never seemed troubled by the damning case presented by the prosecution and didn’t seem to care how long the trial lasted.

On the other hand, Rho appeared angry and impatient — even argumentative with his attorney, who he did not seem to trust. He wanted the trial over as soon as possible and seemed to resent having to sit through the proceedings.

But there were also a striking number of similarities. Both men operated in a reckless and criminal manner because them somehow believed that no negative consequences would ever come of their behavior.

This “above-the-law” attitude and conduct must serve as a warning. There are others out there that share these commonalities, and if they haven’t yet killed a patient, it is just a matter of time before they do.

Here’s a closer look at aspects that Gosnell and Rho have in common.

Erratic behavior

Testimony in the Gosnell case reflected he engaged in bizarre behavior at inappropriate times. For example, when police raided Gosnell’s office, Gosnell proceeded to calmly feed the turtles in the dirty tank in his office, delivered a dead baby from a woman in labor, and then sat down to eat his lunch while still wearing torn and bloody surgical gloves.

For Rho, his behavior could also be described as “bizarre” but in a much different way. Rho seemed impatient and paranoid. When and Associated Press reported sat down to speak with Lauren Handy, Rho interrupted and told the reporter not to speak with Handy because she was “anti-abortion.”

A photographer was tasked with photographing Rho and snapped pictures of him in the hallway outside the courtroom during one of the breaks in the proceedings. Rho approached the photographer and told him he could not use that picture because it showed him near the restroom door, then ordered the photographer to retake his picture.

During breaks, he openly argued with his attorney Jeff Lichtman about the cost of his defense, prompting Lichtman to tell him, “I don’t know what it’s going to cost. I’m just trying to keep you out of jail.”

At one point, Rho startled onlookers when he slammed his hand down on a table and shouted, “I’m stretched thin in my bank account!”

It seemed that Rho had much difficulty trusting his defense counsel and controlling his emotions and actions, which nearly led to a mistrial.

Rho’s most disruptive and shocking behavior came in his attempts to improperly communicate with the jury. While Gosnell would often try to make eye contact and smile at his jury members in an effort to connect with them, Rho would make faces and gesture to the jury in an attempt to influence them. These childish outbursts earned him a stern rebuke from Judge Gregory Lasak.

During a break in deliberations, Rho even approached a juror and tried to tell her his side of the story about one piece of testimony, which was completely outrageous conduct. The jury had to be polled to see how many others had heard his outburst or felt influenced by it. Luckily, the jury was allowed to continue deliberations.

Late-Term Abortions Past Legal Limit

Both Gosnell and Rho had no qualms about conducting late-term abortions beyond the legal limits in their states, which happened to both be 24 weeks. These laws meant little to either man.

While Mongar’s baby was determined to be 16-18 weeks gestation – well within the legal limit – other evidence showed he routinely aborted babies more than 30 weeks into pregnancy.

In the Rho case, Morales’ baby was determined by a forensic anthropologist to be 24-26 weeks gestation. This finding was consistent with Rho’s own determination that the Morales baby was 25.1 weeks gestation, or just into her 26th weeks of pregnancy – over the legal limit for an abortion in New York.

Unqualified Staff

Gosnell and Rho both maintained grossly unqualified staffs. None of Gosnell’s workers were properly qualified or trained. He employed one woman with just a sixth-grade education. Another worker was a 15-year old teenager. Both routinely administered sedation drugs outside Gosnell’s presence. Gosnell also hired two medical school graduates, but neither had bothered to obtain valid licenses in Pennsylvania. However, they conducted duties as if they were licensed physicians.

In Rho’s case, none of his staff were properly qualified or trained, either. He hired two women to work as receptionists, but soon had them helping in surgery and conducting ultrasound exams even though they had no medical background. One of Rho’s workers was tasked with taking vital signs during surgery, which she did not know how to do. When she reminded him of that, he told her to “just put down numbers” on the patient’s chart.

Corners-Cutting on Patient Care and Safety

In the medical profession, there are certain standards that physicians must adhere. Facilities must be clean. Medical records must be properly and completely filled out. For certain procedures, such as abortions, there are also standards that must be met. The standards are there to protect the patient from adverse outcomes or harm.

Gosnell operated his abortion facility as if he was the supreme lawgiver. The workers were taught that he was the doctor and could not be questioned. That is how he convinced his staff that snipping the necks of viable babies that were born alive during abortions was standard practice in every abortion clinic.

Rho also ignored patient care standards, a practice that led to Morales’ death, just like Gosnell’s violation of patient standards regarding anesthesia led to the death of Karnamaya Mongar.

Rho’s attempt to conduct a nearly 26-week abortion in one day violated one of those standards. Cinching Morales’ cervix shut to hide the internal hemorrhaging instead of calling an ambulance was another. When Rho released Morales in a semi-conscious, unresponsive state, Dr. Arup De, an expert in anesthesiology, testified that Rho had violated patient care standards.

The utter disregard for the most basic care required made both of these men extremely dangerous and led to the deaths of Mongar and Morales.

Apathy About Fixing Mistakes

Kermit Gosnell didn’t do much for Karnamaya Mongar when she went into respiratory distress, which led to cardiac arrest. He performed no CPR. He simply walked away. When paramedics arrived, Gosnell had moved on from Mongar and was unhelpful to those who were trying to save his patient’s life.

Rho didn’t even bother calling an ambulance for his dying patient. He never tried to repair all the damage he had done to Morales or stop the internal bleeding. In fact, he tried to cover up her hemorrhaging and gambled that someone would realize she needed to go to the hospital. He was impatient and left his office just five minutes after discharging Morales.

“He just wanted her gone,” prosecutor Brad Leventhal told the jury during closing arguments, emphasizing his lack of concern.

Difficulty Admitting Culpability

Both Rho and Gosnell had much difficulty admitting they had done anything wrong and expressed no remorse for their victims. Even after Gosnelll had settled into his new prison home, it was reported that he had begun training for a triathlon that he wanted to compete in once he was released – despite the fact he agreed to give up his right to appeal in exchange for a life sentence with no parole. The alternative had been capital punishment. He even once remarked that one day people would come to understand what he did and embrace it.

When Rho accepted a plea deal on a lesser count, he was forced to admit his culpability in court. At first, he simply stated that he had lacerated the victim’s cervix, repaired in twice, then sent her home where she died unexpectedly. Finally, he was forced to admit – albeit through clenched teeth – that he killed Jaime Morales by inflicting serious internal injuries during an abortion.

While Gosnell will sit in prison for the rest of his life, Rho’s difficulty admitting guilt is a warning flag that he must never be allowed to practice medicine again.

Lack of Empathy for the Family

Neither Gosnell nor Rho had much sympathy for the family. Gosnell had written a letter to the Monger family after Karnamaya’s death, but he never expressed his sorrow. This caused offense and hurt in an already grieving family.

For Rho, his behavior in court, his open arguing over money, his bizarre attempts to communicate with the jury is disagreement and his willingness to allow his attorney to attack the character of Morales as a heavy drinker and her family members as just in it for the money, all offended caused pain for the family.

But perhaps the worst of all for them was when Judge Lasak announced that the jury had reached a verdict. That is when Rho’s attorney jumped up and told the judge he wanted to cop a plea to the lesser charge. After over three weeks of emotional testimony, the family was denied hearing the verdict that had been reached.

Arrogance and Greed

Gosnell and Rho shared two critical traits that led to two needless patients’ deaths and their own downfall: arrogance and greed.

Gosnell, in his arrogance, believed he was never wrong. In his greed, he cut so many corners on safety and practices that he became a danger to his patients.

The same could be said for Rho. His arrogance and greed manifested in his constant arguing with his defense team over money, along with the corners cutting at his abortion facility that was meant to maximize profits without care for his patients’ health, safety, and lives.

They both also lacked remorse. To this day, neither man truly believes he deserves his fate.

How many other abortionists are out there operating under similar dangerous attitudes? Probably more than we know.

Rho is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, 2018. It is hoped that he will be given the maximum prison sentence of four years — not nearly enough for taking Jaime Morales’ life.

It is Operation Rescue’s hope for both men that during their much deserved time in prison, they may contemplate their hurtful actions, realize a sense of remorse, and eventually come to repentance.

WND.com Reports on New Book that Provides Shocking Details of Gosnell Trial

Philadelphia, PA – WorldNetDaily.com, one of the most read news sites on the Internet, has published a review of Cheryl Sullenger’s new book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, which provides shocking details of Gosnell’s 2013 abortion/murder trial.

But perhaps most importantly, the WND.com article points out a disturbing message in Sullenger’s book that the public would do well to heed:

It would be bad enough if the Gosnell case were an isolated incident, but Sullenger, who has over 30 years of experience researching abortion industry abuses, provides evidence that shows Gosnell is not alone.

Sullenger, who serves as Senior Vice President for Operation Rescue, attended the Gosnell trial and reported on it when other news organizations had no interest in it. She recounts the grisly testimony and evidence from a first-hand perspective, then shares documented examples of other abortionists who have engaged in conduct similar to many of Gosnell’s appalling practices.

She reveals that having an abortion in America today is fraught with many dangers of which most women are not aware.

Read the WND.com Exclusive, “Eyewitnesses take you inside abortion ‘house of horrors’”

Order The Trial of Kermit Gosnell at the WNDSuperstore or Amazon.com.

New Book on Gosnell Trial Reveals that Mental Illness Plagues the Abortion Cartel


PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC – A new book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, uses real-life examples to show that aspects of Gosnell’s “criminal enterprise” can be found in abortion facilities around the nation.

One such aspect revealed in the book is mental illness, which plagued some of Gosnell’s employees and is more common among abortion workers than is commonly known.

Several of Gosnell’s workers were diagnosed with mental health issues such as such as depression, bouts of anxiety, and bi-polar disorder. Even Gosnell showed signs of mental illness through the squalid conditions where he lived and worked, the cold-hearted “snipping” of spinal cords on babies born alive, and the ghastly behavior of displaying jars of severed baby feet.

Author Cheryl Sullenger, who attended Gosnell’s 2013 murder trial, calls on her years of research into abortion abuses to reveal that Gosnell and his employees were not alone.

Sullenger relates the case of a Michigan abortionist, Robert Alexander, whose clinic rivaled the filthy conditions found at Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” facility, and his bizarre testimony at a recent medical board disciplinary hearing.

Alexander testified in his own defense for slightly under an hour, detailing his battle with bipolar disorder since he was nineteen years old. Alexander read a lengthy list of symptoms experienced by those with that mental illness and told the administrative judge that he is heavily medicated in order to manage his condition, taking Lithium three times per day and Prozac twice a day. Alexander claimed to be under the regular care of a psychiatrist and a psychologist. . .

“I mean, to be honest with you, as I listen to Dr. Alexander tell me about all the various symptoms that a person may have, I question whether anyone should be practicing medicine with a lot of those symptoms,” the judge said.

Sullenger also describes other abortion workers who suffered from mental impairment that left them unsafe to practice medicine, including one who committed suicide after years of battling mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and paranoia.

“There are hidden risks at our nation’s abortion clinics that are rarely discussed. America has a right to know about them,” said Sullenger. “Mental health issues are only a part of the dangers that lurk unseen behind the abortion clinic doors.”

The Trial of Kermit Gosnell is available now at Amazon.com.

Sullenger, who serves as Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue, is available for interview at 316-516-3034.

New Book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, Describes Shocking Details and What it Revealed About the Abortion Industry in America

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC — When police raided the Women’s Medical Society, they thought that they were putting an end to a pill mill that was the largest supplier of illicit prescription painkillers in Philadelphia. But once inside, police made the grisly discovery that Kermit Gosnell’s medical office was something much worse.

Police seized the bodies of 47 aborted babies – all with mysterious wounds across the backs of their necks. They soon realized they had uncovered a “House of Horrors” where babies were routinely born alive during very late-term abortions amid unspeakable squalor, only to be brutally murdered.

Cheryl Sullenger attended Gosnell’s murder trial in Philadelphia in the spring of 2013, and has penned a new book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, published and released today by World Ahead Press.

She powerfully describes gripping details of the trial proceedings — including shocking revelations from the often-emotional testimony.

Based on over three decades of experience researching and exposing abortion industry abuses, Sullenger also relates disturbing evidence that Gosnell is not alone.

The Trial of Kermit Gosnell has already received excellent reviews.

In The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, Cheryl Sullenger debunks the Planned Parenthood myth of “safe, legal and rare abortions.” While the Gosnell saga is the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” readers will understand the need to expose legal abortion’s underbelly and to join the movement to end the scourge.
-Evangelist Alveda King, civilrightsfortheunborn.com

There is no person who better understands the horrors occurring behind the closed doors of abortion facilities than Cheryl Sullenger, who has spent years documenting and exposing abortion abuses. In The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, Sullenger reveals the full story of the courtroom drama that shocked and outraged America. This page-turning narrative of murder, abortion, political cover-ups, and regulatory failure shatters the facade of “choice,” and demonstrates that Gosnell isn’t the only abortionist committing barbaric crimes in America. Once you read this book, you will never view abortion the same way again.
-David Bereit, Former CEO of 40 Days for Life

Without the hard work of Cheryl Sullenger, the public might never have heard of Kermit Gosnell. Cheryl hounded the district attorney, poured over documents late at night, and traveled to Philadelphia to attend the trial when there was only a couple of local news reporters in the courtroom. As you read her book, you will feel like you are sitting in the courtroom with her, experiencing all the emotions of one of the most important abortion-related trials in history.
-Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue

The Trial of Kermit Gosnell is available now in paperback or digital format at the following booksellers: Amazon.com, Barnes&Nobel.com, Superstore.WND.com.

Sullenger, who serves as Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue, based in Wichita, Kansas, is available for interview and public appearances. Call 316-516-3034 to schedule.

Available June 21: The Trial of Kermit Gosnell Reveals Shocking Details about His Crimes and the Abortion Industry in America

Washington, DC – The Trial of Kermit Gosnell is a gripping new book from Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger that relates shocking details from the 2013 Philadelphia murder trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering innocent babies born alive during illegal late-term abortions at his squalid House of Horrors abortion mill.

Sullenger, who attended the trial, recounts scandalous testimony and describes appalling evidence from her unique perspective of a pro-life advocate with thirty-three years of experience in activism an researching abortion abuses.

But before you think Gosnell was alone, Sullenger reveals the alarming fact that abortion facilities all over the nation engage in similar appalling practices – and have for decades. From her years of research, she shares documented examples of unsanitary facilities, sexual abuse, mental health disorders, criminal conduct and more – even other deplorable incidents of murder that mimic Gosnell’s horrific practices.

The Trial of Kermit Gosnell is set for release on June 21, 2017. Published by World Ahead Press, this 324-page paperback will be available at the WND Superstore, Amazon, Barns & Nobel online stores.

In The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, Cheryl Sullenger debunks the Planned Parenthood myth of “safe, legal and rare abortions.” While the Gosnell saga is the proverbial “tip of the iceberg,” readers will understand the need to expose legal abortion’s underbelly and to join the movement to end the scourge.

-Evangelist Alveda King, civilrightsfortheunborn.com

There is no person who better understands the horrors occurring behind the closed doors of abortion facilities than Cheryl Sullenger, who has spent years documenting and exposing abortion abuses. In The Trial of Kermit Gosnell, Sullenger reveals the full story of the courtroom drama that shocked and outraged America. This page-turning narrative of murder, abortion, political cover-ups, and regulatory failure shatters the facade of “choice,” and demonstrates that Gosnell isn’t the only abortionist committing barbaric crimes in America. Once you read this book, you will never view abortion the same way again.

-David Bereit, Former CEO of 40 Days for Life

Cheryl Sullenger gives an impressive, factual account of the trial of late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell who for thirty years murdered black children in a black neighborhood, perpetuating the epidemic of black-on-black crime. The Trial of Kermit Gosnell is a must read because Gosnell was not an anomaly. There are more Gosnells out there, we must strive to end the killing.

-Dr. Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union

For media interviews with the author contact her at 316-516-3034.

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