Alleged Victim Calls Philadelphia Abortion Doc Kermit Gosnell a 'Monster'


"There were bags, and bottles holding aborted fetuses were scattered throughout the building," Williams said. "There were jars lining shelves with severed feet that he kept for no medical purpose."

Prosecutors say that none of Gosnell's staff were licensed nurses or doctors and that a 15-year-old student performed anesthesia with potentially lethal narcotics.

According to the grand jury report, Gosnell catered to women who were too late in their pregnancies to get legal abortions elsewhere. Most doctors refuse to perform abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy because of the risks involved.

Abortions after the 24th week are illegal. However, Gosnell allegedly aborted and killed babies in the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy and charged more for bigger babies.

Women paid $325 for first-trimester abortions and $1,600 to $3,000 for abortions up to 30 weeks. The clinic took in up to $15,000 a day, authorities said.

Gosnell took extra precautions with white women from the suburbs, according to the grand jury report. He allegedly ushered them into a slightly cleaner area because he thought they would be more likely to file a complaint.

The abortions of the biggest babies allegedly were scheduled for Sundays, when the clinic was closed. The only person allowed to assist with such cases was Gosnell's wife, Williams said. Pearl Gosnell, the doctor's wife, was one of the nine employees charged with Gosnell. She has not obtained a lawyer. Gosnell allegedly took home the files for those patients and disposed of them.

Reid, now 28, says that she never went back to Gosnell after the abortion. She said that for five years, she thought about the incident every day.

"For years, I felt like my life was ruined from the event and the doctor," Reid said. "I used to think about committing suicide."

Today, Reid has a college degree and has moved past the incident.

"Seeing him finally be caught is also a relief because finally, people see what really happened to me," Reid said. "I do hope he gets the death penalty."

Linsey Davis and Seniboye Tienabeso contributed to this report.

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