Philadelphia abortion doctor charged in pill case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia doctor charged with killing babies at his abortion clinic now faces allegations that he ran a pill mill out of the now-closed business.
Federal prosecutors say 70-year-old Kermit Gosnell wrote thousands of prescriptions for painkillers and sedatives for no legitimate medical purpose. Seven members of Gosnell's staff were also charged Wednesday in the drug-conspiracy case.
Federal agents raided Gosnell's clinic in February 2010 after receiving reports that he was running a pill mill. They reported finding deplorable and unsanitary conditions, including fetal parts in jars.
That led to a state investigation and murder charges against Gosnell. Authorities say babies born alive were killed by having their spinal cords severed with scissors.
Gosnell's attorney, John J. McMahon Jr., says he was unaware of the new charges.