Gosnell Post Script: How They Were Sentenced

The last of the Kermit Gosnell co-defendants were sentenced in June, 2014, putting an end to the Philadelphia abortion “House of Horrors” murder saga. Below is a list of charges for which they were found guilty and the sentences they received.

A list of each defendant’s original charges can be seen here.

The full archive of original reports from Operation Rescue related to the Gosnell abortion/murder case can be viewed here.

KERMIT GOSNELL

Found Guilty at Trial: Jury found him guilty of 3 counts of First Degree Murder, 21 felony counts of illegal abortions beyond the 24 week limit, 211 counts of misdemeanor counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law, numerous conspiracy and corrupt organization charges. He also pled guilty to Federal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including oxycodone, alprazolam, and codeine; distribution and aiding and abetting the distribution of oxycodone; and maintaining a place for the illegal distribution of controlled substances.

Sentence: Three consecutive life terms in State prison without the possibility of parole. Gosnell gave up his right to appeal the verdicts in exchange for not receiving the death penalty. Gosnell also was sentenced to an additional 30 years in prison on the Federal drug charges.

ADRIENNE MOTON

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to Murder in the Third Degree and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. She testified against Gosnell at his trial.

Sentence: Time served (28 months) and 3 years of probation.

LYNDA WILLIAMS

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to 2 counts of third degree murder, distribution of a controlled substance, and conspiracy. She agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. She testified against Gosnell at his trial but did so less than enthusiastically.

Sentence: 2 1/2 years in prison, which was less than prosecutors had wanted.

STEVEN MASSOF

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to two counts of third degree murder and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution in exchange for sentencing leniency. He testified against Gosnell at his trial.

Sentence: 6-12 years in prison.

SHERRY WEST

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to third-degree murder and other charges, admitting that she administered some of the overdose of Demerol that killed abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar. She also admitted to participating in a cover-up by lying about what happened and destroying files. During her court testimony for the prosecution, West denied ever having done anything wrong.

Sentence: 5-10 years in prison.

PEARL GOSNELL (Kermit Gosnell’s wife)

Pled Guilty: Illegal late-term abortions, racketeering, and conspiracy. She turned against her husband to save herself, but did not testify against him at his trial.

Sentenced: 7-23 months in prison.

EILEEN O’NEILL

Found Guilty at Trial:
Guilty of numerous crimes, including conspiracy, participation in a corrupt organization, and two counts of theft by deception.

Sentence: 6-23 months of house arrest, 2 years of probation, and 100 hours of community service.

ELIZABETH HAMPTON (Pearl Gosnell’s foster sister)

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to perjury. Agreed to testify against Gosnell in exchange for sentencing leniency.

Sentence: 1 year probation.

TINA BALDWIN

Plea Bargain: Pled guilty to sustaining a corrupt organization and other offenses.

Sentence: 30 months of probation.

MADALINE JOE

Charges Dropped: Joe’s single charge of conspiracy was dropped. She never testified at Gosnell’s trial.

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GOP Vice Presidential Hopeful: Is New Mexico Gov. Martinez a Pro-life Hero or Zero?

[Operation Rescue partners with Project Defending Life and Protest ABQ to expose abuses and bring an end to abortion in Albuquerque, NM, the Late-Term Abortion Capital of the World. -- OR Staff]

By Tara Shaver, Protest ABQ

Albuquerque, NM – Protest ABQ is an Albuquerque effort made up of local residents, including families, who are committed to protesting and exposing those who support, condone or profit from the New Mexico abortion cartel. To understand why Protest ABQ is currently focusing attention on self-professed pro-life Gov. Susana Martinez (R), one needs to understand two key points.

First, New Mexico is known as the Abortion Capital of the Southwest, acting as a magnet for abortionists who cannot or will not comply with the abortion laws of other states. Abortion facilities in New Mexico are totally unregulated and never inspected or held to any kind of medical standard.

Albuquerque, in particular, is considered the Late-term Abortion Capital of the entire country, with unrestricted abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. At Southwestern Women’s Options, babies are aborted that are in some cases just days away from birth.

Secondly, Susana Martinez was elected as governor in part due to her stated pro-life position. She is currently running for re-election. It is no secret that she is using her status as governor and her conservative, pro-life credentials to attain national political aspirations and has been frequently mentioned as a possible Vice-Presidential candidate on the Republican Party ticket in 2016.

However, during her tenure as New Mexico’s governor, she has done absolutely nothing to advance the pro-life cause, and may have actually hurt it.

History

In the fall of 2011, pro-life State Senator Bill Sharer, along with activists Bud and Tara Shaver, and Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, met with Gov. Martinez and her then-Chief of Staff, Keith Gardner. The meeting was to specifically discuss New Mexico’s national reputation as being the “Wild West” for the abortion industry, where anything goes, including abortions of viable third-trimester babies. References to Albuquerque as the Late-Term Abortion Capital were specifically used with her during the hour long meeting. Other issues specifically discussed with Martinez include:

• The lack of any abortion restrictions in the state.
• The 911-call investigation done by Project Defending Life that exposed abortion injuries at two Albuquerque abortion clinics.
Tax funding of abortion through Medicaid.
• The University of New Mexico’s agenda to promote abortion.
• Other legal issues and much more.

We specifically addressed a multitude of administrative and executive strategies available to the Governor to reduce the number of abortions and provide industry oversight.

Because of this, it would be disingenuous of Gov. Martinez to attempt to plead ignorance about the many abortion-related issues that face the State of New Mexico or the opportunities for action available to her.

The meeting ended on a positive, hopeful note that led us to believe that she would investigate the many alternatives at her disposal that would protect women from unaccountable abortion businesses in New Mexico.

“Since that meeting in 2011, three legislative sessions have passed. During that time, not one piece of pro-life legislation been voted on and not once has Susana Martinez uttered a word of support or expressed any desire to have legislative restrictions placed on the abortion industry in New Mexico,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato.

Most recently, in the fall of 2013, the battle over the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance was being waged in Albuquerque. A letter from major national and local groups was sent to the Governor asking her to come out in support of the referendum. She was completely silent, remarking only that the ordinance was a “local issue” even though she knew the law would have banned late-term abortions at the largest abortion clinic of its kind in the nation that draws women from every state. She was well aware that the ordinance was feared by Democrats nationally and would have affected abortion law statewide as well.

Presently

Martinez recently opened her 2014 Campaign Re-Election Office in Albuquerque. Protest ABQ was there to expose her lack of leadership in opposing unrestricted abortion in New Mexico. Protest ABQ signs stated the truth: “Susana Martinez condones Pre-born Baby Killing.”

During this event, a Protest ABQ core group member was inside the headquarters. Martinez was asked, “Can you tell us one thing you have done to restrict abortion in the State of New Mexico?”

Her response was that the legislature has not been able to pass any pro-life legislation. This is true, but at the same time, unlike many other issues supported by the Governor that have been blocked by the Democratically-controlled legislature, Susana Martinez has never issued even a single statement publicly supporting any piece of pro-life legislation, and has never urged the legislature to pass bills that were even remotely related to abortion.

At that same campaign event, Martinez referenced the Protest ABQ protesters outside the venue, stating that they were from “out of state and not New Mexico locals.” Not only is that not true, but she simply parroted a pro-abortion talking point falsehood that stemmed from the Albuquerque late-term abortion ban referendum campaign!

The fact is that while Protest ABQ core members are indeed citizens of New Mexico, the abortionists who commit the very latest of abortions in Albuquerque are residents of California who travel to New Mexico to conduct abortions that are illegal in their home state. The abortion clinic where they work, Southwestern Women’s Options, is owned by Curtis Boyd, a legal resident of the State of Texas!

Each time Martinez has been given an opportunity to publicly affirm her support for the pro-life position we have heard nothing but silence. Crickets chirping have a louder voice.

Over the past three years, it has become increasingly clear that the reason Martinez has been avoiding the abortion issue is due to the influence of Jay McCleskey, her chief campaign strategist. According to a National Journal article, has latched onto Martinez as a rising star in the Republican Party and has been grooming her for the national political stage.

Just recently, McCleskey referred to Protest ABQ pro-lifers as “pieces of s**t!”

In the days since that comment stirred national controversy, Martinez’s office never denied McCleskey’s statement or even expressed one shred of dismay about it. In an Albuquerque Journal article, Martinez’s office publicly referenced Protest ABQ as an anti-abortion “fringe” group and “bullies,” while McCleskey has outrageously implied that Protest ABQ’s peaceful First Amendment outreaches are “terror” tactics.

Perhaps as further indication of Martinez’s true political alignment, she has remained silent concerning a New Mexico court decision legalizing end-of-life “right to die” measures, and refused to weigh in on a renegade campaign by New Mexico county clerks that were illegally issuing same-sex marriage certificates.

The Bottom Line

Martinez’s steadfast refusal to take any meaningful action as Governor to stop abortion demonstrates that her pro-life commitment is shallow and perhaps only a political expediency.

When confronted with the concerns that Protest ABQ has put forth during a recent KOAT TV interview, Martinez responded, “If it (a bill) is to protect that fetus, I would absolutely consider signing it because I am Pro-Life.” (Emphasis added.)

Offering to “consider” signing pro-life legislation is very different from committing to signing all pro-life bills that cross her desk, a promise made and kept by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, for example.

Only “considering” to signing a pro-life bill and an empty statement about her so-called “pro-life” position are not enough to save lives of children from abortion in New Mexico.

Fr. Imbarrato issued the following statement, “Governor Martinez presides over the most abortion-friendly state in the country. She proclaims herself to be pro-life yet she has not used her office and influence in any way as governor to reign in an out-of-control abortion industry in New Mexico. As governor, Martinez could have urged the Department of Health or the Medical Board to consider regulation changes that would have provided oversight for these abortion clinics, but she has not lifted a finger to do so. Abortion clinics are potentially dangerous, as we have seen from the long list of 911 calls and ambulance runs that transport injured abortion patients to the emergency room. These abortion businesses are possibly involved in illegalities, but without oversight, they continue to run amok, endangering women and killing babies that should have the protection of law. Not only has she stood idly by, offering no leadership in these areas, her negative demeanor towards pro-life efforts in New Mexico illustrates why New Mexico is the Abortion Capital of the Southwest and the Late-term Abortion Capital of the country.”

What can Governor Martinez do?

If she is not going to show even minimal support for the pro-life cause she says she embraces as Governor, she certainly will not take action to prevent abortions if elected to national office. What good does it do to elect “pro-life” officials if all they do is give aid and comfort to the abortion cartel through their silence?

There is an old adage that states, “Silence is consent.”

In spite of the pro-abortion majority in the state legislature, there are still things Gov. Martinez can do to give more than lip-service to the pro-life cause and show she does not in fact consent to the brutal killing of innocent children through abortion.

At a minimum, Martinez should acknowledge and draw public attention to the horrific lack of regulation and oversight that is allowing New Mexico abortion clinics to operate outside any accepted medical standards or oversight. She should commit to doing all she can to change New Mexico’s abortion reputation and provide a legal safety net for women who are exploited by unaccountable and uninspected abortion businesses.

As a Latino woman, she should serve as a role model, encouraging women of color who are disproportionately targeted for abortion, to cherish life. She could acknowledge – instead of attack – the efforts of pro-lifers throughout the state who are working to provide practical alternatives and assistance to abortion-vulnerable pregnant women. She could make it a legislative priority to support common-sense pro-life legislation that has been successful in other states, which New Mexico sorely lacks.

These simple actions are the least of what one should expect from any pro-life elected official.

A more pro-active strategy could include the following actions:

• Replace Lynn Hart as the head of the New Mexico Medical Board. Under Hart’s leadership, late-term abortionist Shelley Sella was “cleared” of wrong-doing even though she nearly killed a 35-week pregnant woman with a history of previous C-Section delivery during an abortion by prescribing drugs that are not supposed to be given to women with that medical history. One expert testified that it was “a thousand wonders” that the woman did not die after suffering a ruptured uterus. Sella continues to conduct dangerous late-term abortions in Albuquerque that fail to meet accepted patient care standards, thanks in part to Ms. Hart.
• Launch an investigation into the nearly-dozen 911 calls originating from Albuquerque abortion facilities that reflect a dangerous number of abortion-related injuries.
• Call on fellow Republican, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry, to stop obstructing public access to 911 records, which were easily obtained until local pro-life activists began calling attention to the abortion abuses revealed by them.
• Call for an investigation into an alleged abortion-related death at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health abortion facility.
• Direct her administration to seek ways in which to establish oversight for abortion clinics as has been done in other states throughout the country.

In spite of the disparaging statements made by Gov. Martinez and her staff, Protest ABQ stands on the facts and continues to offer the challenge to Gov. Martinez: Can you tell us one thing you have done or plan to do as Governor to change New Mexico’s deplorable abortion reputation as the “Wild West” Late-term Abortion Capital where anything goes?

So far, all we have heard are crickets.

Troubled Maryland Abortionist Receives Only a 3-Month Suspension for Operating an Unlicensed Facility, Egregious Behavior

Offenses included using the dangerous, outdated Saline abortion method on a patient who then suffered an “explosive, unattended delivery.”

By Cheryl Sullenger

Forestville, Maryland – Maryland abortionist Harold O. Alexander has once again had his medical license suspended for three months, according to a consent order issued by the Maryland Board of Physicians (MDBP) on April 16, 2014. The suspension is Alexander’s second in two years and is related to his operation of an illegal unlicensed abortion facility. He will also have to serve three years of probation.

The Board found Alexander was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” and violating a previous consent order. The first year of his probation, Alexander is barred from the solo practice of medicine and must only work under the supervision of a Board-approved physician, who must file monthly reports on Alexander’s medical practices with a disciplinary panel of the MDBP.

“The fact that Alexander will be back in business in three months is ludicrous. This man has proved again and again that he is not fit to practice medicine and has no regard for the laws and regulations that govern the practice of medicine in Maryland, much less the safety of his patients,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has complained about Alexander’s shoddy abortion practices several times and was the first to make the formal accusation that he was conducting an illicit abortion business in an unlicensed facility.

2011 Late-term abortion scheme

In 2011, Operation Rescue discovered that Alexander was involved in a shady late-term abortion scheme with disgraced Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV. Alexander’s Integrated Ob/Gyn abortion clinic in Forestville, Maryland, acted as a secret late-term abortion location for patients of Pendergraft’s seeking extreme late-term abortions that are illegal elsewhere. Even though Pendergraft never held a license to practice in Maryland, he offered to in inject the lethal drug digoxin into the preborn babies’ hearts for a hefty fee that was to be wired directly into Pendergraft’s Florida bank account.

Operation Rescue filed a complaint against Alexander for his part in Pendergraft’s dangerous bi-state abortion racket. When the MDBP subpoenaed medical records related to his business with Pendergraft, Alexander reported that he had shredded the records.

2012 Suspension

On August 22, 2012, the MDBP found that Alexander had committed unprofessional conduct when he shredded the medical records engaged in a host of abuses including sexual boundary violations, multiple botched abortions, shoddy or non-existent record keeping, and the illegal prescribing of large amounts of Viagra and other drugs to himself and non-patients.

That 2012 order placed Alexander on a three-month suspension and two years of probation.

In fact, Alexander was on probation when the MDBP confirmed through their own investigation that Alexander was operating an abortion clinic without a license to do so.

Unlicensed abortion facility

Last June, Operation Rescue urged the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality to close Alexander’s Integrated OB/GYN abortion clinic in Forestville after publishing an exposé documenting the fact that Alexander was conducting an illegal surgical abortion operation out of an unlicensed abortion facility in violation of Maryland regulations.

Four months later, on October 21, 2013, the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) conducted an inspection of Alexander’s abortion facility and discovered that in fact Alexander had in fact failed to obtain either an abortion facility license or hospital privileges as required by law, according to the newly-released MDBP documents.

That inspection also found additional disturbing admissions and violations.

150 illegal abortions

While being interviewed under oath by the OHCQ, Alexander admitted that he had performed approximately 150 abortions at his unlicensed Forestville abortion clinic between June and October, 2013.

Those abortions were done illegally and under dangerous conditions that risked the lives of his patients.

Alexander admitted and his employees confirmed that he had no registered nurse on staff as required by law.

Unqualified workers sedate patients

Alexander employed only two workers, neither of which were licensed or qualified to perform medical duties. Nevertheless, Alexander instructed one of them to administer sedation to patients even though they were unqualified to do so. One of his employees, who was only hired in June and had no formal medical training whatsoever, became his surgical assistant. His only other employee, who was hired as a receptionist, also assisted in patient care – if you can call it that.

In the ten abortion records reviewed by inspectors, they found that patients’ vital signs were taken once prior to surgical abortions and were never taken after the abortion. Women were left unattended and unmonitored during recovery with the exception of a pulse-oximetry meter attached to the patients’ fingers for the first 15 minutes after surgery.

Patient B’s dangerously outdated saline abortion

One of the records indicated that a woman referred to as “Patient B” underwent an outdated “saline with cytotec instillation for a mid-term abortion” and suffered “curettage following an explosive, unattended delivery.”

Saline abortions fell out of favor years ago due to high risks of complication and death for the mothers and was first replaced by the now-banned Partial Birth abortion method. Today, most late-second and third trimester abortions are done using the Induction abortion method perfected by George Tiller.

Cytotec was developed as drug to treat ulcers, but is frequently used by abortionists because it induces uterine contractions. The drug’s manufacturer has issued warnings not to use Cytotec during abortions because it causes unpredictable and sometimes violent contractions, which could have accounted for Patient B’s “explosive” delivery of her dead child, alone and unattended.

No medical records

In addition to Patient B’s horrific experience, inspectors found that Alexander continued to keep inadequate medical records, a substandard practice that contributed to his 2012 license suspension. In fact, when the inspectors requested to review medical records for two abortion patients seen by Alexander the previous week, he could not remember their names and could provide no medical records whatsoever for the two women.

Violations found by the OHCQ were so egregious that it lodged a complaint against Alexander with the MDBP.

Cease and Desist

On October 25, 2013, the MDBP issued a Cease and Desist Order against Alexander, barring him from doing surgical abortions or administering certain drugs, including sedation.

However, on December 19, 2013, the Board modified its cease and desist order and allowed Alexander to resume providing surgical abortions as long as he did them only at licensed facilities and prescribed drugs in a manner consistent with DEA regulations.

“The Board’s decision to allow Alexander to resume surgical abortions in light of the fact that he routinely employed practices that showed a complete disregard for the lives and safety of his patients was more than curious. It was appalling,” said Newman. “It was hard to believe that the Board would willingly place the lives of women in this quack’s incompetent hands. Yet, we knew he faced an upcoming disciplinary hearing and fully expected his medical license to be revoked.”

Civil judgement

Also contributing to the hope that Alexander would soon be barred from the practice of medicine was a million-dollar civil judgment levied against him in 2013, which was reduced by a judge in March to the still-significant amount of $650,000. A jury found that Alexander was negligent in the case of Shannon Hall, a 21-year old college student who went to Alexander in 2008 for an abortion of what she was told was a 10-12 week pregnancy.

Instead, Alexander failed to diagnose the fact that Hall suffered from a molar pregnancy that later invaded her lungs and turned cancerous, requiring extensive treatment. As the result of Alexander’s negligence, Shannon Hall will never have children and will suffer health effects for the rest of her life.

Negotiated agreement

However, yesterday, the MDBP released Alexander’s new suspension order that noted Alexander’s discipline was agreed upon after the Board conducted negotiations with him, which will allow him to be back inside an abortion clinic in three short months.

“While we are grateful that disciplinary action was taken, we are disappointed and upset that the discipline is woefully inadequate and only ensures that women will continue to be subjected to Alexander’s shoddy and dangerous abortion practices,” said Newman. “We have to wonder what it takes to get this incompetent man’s license revoked after all the harm he has caused.”

Pro-abortion political agenda?

Newman wonders if a pro-abortion political agenda might be at work within the liberal state government. Could the fact that the number of abortionists and abortion facilities continues to decline has somehow contributed to the MDBP’s willingness to put a substandard abortion provider with a documented history of shoddy practices and disdain for the law back on the street?

Newman continued, “It is as if making sure that he is out there doing abortions is more important than the safety of women to these people. Aborting babies appears to trump women’s lives, and that is a betrayal of the trust the people place in medical boards who have a duty to protect the public and leave political ideology out of it.”

Operation Rescue vows to continue monitoring Alexander for future abuses.

“I have a feeling that the Maryland Board of Physicians hasn’t heard the last of us or of Alexander,” said Newman. “It’s just too bad that more women will have to suffer before the Board finally does the right thing and completely bans him from the practice of medicine.”