Abortion Doc to Freeze Most Assets

Assets frozen so Gosnell’s victims can sue

Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of killing a woman and seven babies will sell his $900,000 beach home if he needs money for lawyers defending him on murder charges.

A defense lawyer vows that Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his wife will not sell any of the seven properties they own in Philadelphia.

Lawyer Jack McMahon says the Gosnells have agreed to freeze those assets at the request of a Virginia family suing Gosnell over their mother's death from a botched abortion.

The family of Karnamaya Mongar sued Gosnell in January for allegedly killing the 41-year-old with too much anesthesia while she was having an abortion in 2009.

Gosnell, 70, was not in court for Wednesday's hearing because he remains in prison, charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of the woman and seven viable babies that were allegedly born alive and Gosnell snapped their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

Mongar’s family will not be the only one suing. Dozens of women have come forward since Gosnell’s arrest, telling stories of perforated uteruses and sterilization as a result of Gosnell’s practices at West Philly Women’s Medical Clinic.

Gosnell and his wife Pearl originally told a judge that they were broke before Kermit Gosnell hired one of the most expensive lawyers in the city.

His wife and eight others are also charged with crimes.

Authorities believe Gosnell made more than $1.8 million a year on late-term abortions each year.

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