Tragic Anniversary: The Death of Karnamaya Mongar

Five years ago this week, Karnamaya Mongar died while undergoing an abortion at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion business in Philadelphia.  Here is her story:

At the age of 41, Karnamaya Mongar had survived nearly 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. What she was unable to survive was a visit to an American abortion clinic.

Karnamaya, her husband, Ash, their three children and one grandchild arrived in the United States on July 19, 2009 as part of a resettlement program.  Karnamaya was more than 18 weeks pregnant when went to a clinic in Virginia for an abortion. But the Virginia clinic, and another in Washington, D.C., did not do abortions that late in the pregnancy. One of the clinics referred Karnamaya to Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia because Gosnell had a reputation for performing abortions regardless of gestational age.

Karnamaya went with her daughter to the Gosnell’s clinic on November 18, 2009. That afternoon, Latosha Lewis, who had completed a medical assistant course but had never been certified, conducted the clinic’s version of a “pre-examination,” which was so scanty it didn’t even involve weighing the patient. Falsified informed consent forms were added to Karnamaya’s file.

After the “pre-examination” was done and the paperwork was completed, Randy Hutchins, a part-time physician’s assistant who worked without State Board of Medicine approval, inserted laminaria to dilate Karnamaya’s cervix and administered Cytotec to soften it. Hen then told Karnamaya to return the next day to complete the abortion.

Read the rest at the RealChoice blog.

Another Gosnell victim, 22-year-old Semika Shaw, died of sepsis and a perforated uterus in March of 2000, two days after undergoing an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic. She had two other children.


Karnamaya’s death could have been prevented had the state prevented Gosnell from renewing his license in 2008:

In December of 2008, the Pennsylvania medical board had a chance to stop Kermit Gosnell in his tracks. When he applied that month to renew his medical license, nobody bothered to check a malpractice suit that had been filed just the month before.

Had they checked this lawsuit, interviewed the patient and Gosnell’s employee, and yanked his license, his filthy clinic would have been closed. Karnamaya Mongar never would have gone there to be doped to death by Gosnell’s staff.

Read the rest here. There seems no end to the tragedies of this story.

Learn More:
Kermit Gosnell’s Crimes: The Women’s Medical Society
Victims say abortion doctor scarred them for life
Kermit Gosnell’s Pro-Choice Enablers
Kermit Gosnell, the Back Alley and the Front Door
Exception or Rule? Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” Not So Rare
Gosnell’s abortion atrocities no “aberration:” Closing arguments leave questions about clinics elsewhere in America
Gosnell-Like Abortion Practices Are Business As Usual in New Mexico
Gosnell Is Not the Only One: Ten Other Notorious Abortionists
Reflections on Gosnell: Important Lessons Learned
Virginia is for … Gosnell Clinic Lovers?

Two Deaths from “Safe and Legal” Abortions: Would More Women Die If Not for Legalization?
5 Myths About Back-Alley Abortions
Abortionists Are Not Held Accountable for Mistakes
Forced to Abort? Don’t Count on Clinics to Help

Resources to Share
Special Report on Invisible Abortion Deaths
Special Report on Coercion Inside the Abortion Industry
Forced Abortion in America: A Special Report
Physical Risks of Abortion Fact Sheet
Psychological Risks of Abortion Fact Sheet

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