Women: Pa. abortions left us sterile, near death
During the day, his untrained or undertrained staff ran the clinic and practiced medicine there, authorities said. They ranged from two supposed “doctors” who had finished medical school but had no licenses to Ashley Baldwin, the 15-year-old daughter of office manager Tina Baldwin, prosecutors said. The teenager came after school to administer anesthesia and assist with abortions, even past midnight, the grand jury charged.
“As Ashley’s involvement in Gosnell’s illegal practices became deeper — at one point she was working 50-hour weeks and well past midnight, while trying to complete high school — Tina did nothing to curtail her minor daughter’s exploitation by Gosnell,” prosecutors wrote in the report.
Tina Baldwin, 45, is charged with corruption of minors and helping to run a corrupt enterprise. Nine other clinic workers are charged in the case.
Baldwin’s husband, Michael Baldwin, told the AP this week that his wife got the Gosnell clinic job eight years ago after a business school she attended referred her there for an internship. She worked up front, taking cash from patients as they walked in.
“How’s she going to give anesthesia? My daughter’s scared of needles,” he said of Ashley, who is now 20 and pregnant and still works in the medical field.
The younger woman, who prosecutors said was present the night Mongar died, was not charged.
Gosnell, at his arraignment Thursday, said he did not understand why he was being charged with eight counts of murder.
“I understand the one count, because a patient died, but I didn’t understand the seven counts,” he told a magistrate.
The magistrate explained the other counts involved babies who prosecutors say were born alive, and she denied him bail.
Four other clinic employees are charged with murder for roles prosecutors say they had in the death of Mongar or the viable babies.
Gosnell’s wife, Pearl Gosnell, charged with performing illegal abortions and other crimes, is being held on $1 million bail.
Kermit Gosnell, in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News after the clinic raid last year, described himself as someone who wanted to serve the poor and minorities in the neighborhood where he grew up and raised his six children. They include a doctor, a college professor and two children with Pearl who are still at home.
Defense lawyer William J. Brennan, who represented Gosnell during the investigation, said Gosnell “feels he has provided a general care medical facility in a fairly impoverished area for four decades.”