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The court of common pleas in Pennsylvania goes back all the way to 1776.
But you have to wonder if they've ever had a case more horrific.
-- the capital murder trial of abortion doctor -- Gaza now.
So a strong viewer warning is in order the story we're about to tell is -- The -- guys now case is a landmark legal battle about race class.
And the reality of abortion in America.
But the they're set out in this 281.
Page grand jury report.
That summed up its allegations against Gaza now on page one paragraph want.
Quote he regularly and illegally delivered live viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy.
And then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.
Over the years many people came to know that something was going on here but no one put a stop to it.
Several of -- -- employees testified that this happened and some pleaded guilty to murdering babies.
As -- speak a Philadelphia jury has not yet decided the fate of karma -- now.
Whose controversial career began a half century ago at the dawn of the abortion rights movement.
-- -- now was born in Philadelphia in 1940 want.
Raised in a working class black neighborhood he was this driver.
From his humble beginnings he ultimately go on to graduate from Philadelphia's Jefferson medical college in 1966.
The sixties and early seventies were heady days for a generation pushing social and political change.
And -- does now and deep fit right in says author and Fox News executive editor Peter board he was the expression.
The ultimate expression but our review of the civil rights movement he was also on the -- of and almost radical vein of thought.
When it came to what he called women's health issues which became.
A kind of euphemism for the abortion rights movement.
The Supreme Court had heard arguments in -- historic abortion case but it would be months before the actual Roe vs.
One pro abortion women's health group dreamed up an outrageous piece of political theater.
Ahead of the court's decision.
They reached after Kermit guys now who had trained -- -- New York abortion clinic before returning to Philadelphia he became.
Involved in this.
One of the weirdest and darkest.
Episodes and the abortion rights.
And episode that would ultimately become the subject of a US senate hearing on human experimentation and the story begins in Chicago where abortion was illegal.
The women's group chartered a bus to drive fifteen poor pregnant women in their second trimester to Philadelphia.
-- abortion law was ambiguous.
There the next day Mother's Day.
Kermit and another doctor performed free abortions on all of them with TV cameras rolling -- -- the television footage is lost.
Only newspaper accounts survived.
They report that got us now was using something called the super course the super.
-- was an experimental.
Meant to be inserted into the uterus of whom was pregnant.
And gradually as the super -- heated up body temperature it would expand and start really.
Last rink terror and -- causing bleeding.
Doctor Sidney -- one of Ralph Nader's consumer watchdogs.
Was appalled by the -- -- were never told that this is an experiment there were never told.
Some of the known dangers about it doctor -- knows -- should have been yanked then.
Nine of the fifteen women suffered complications.
Three ended up in the hospital.
The episode became known as the Mother's Day massacre.
When the senate held its hearing a year later.
-- now issued a defiant statement casting himself as one Doctor Who actually did something for women's health.
Rather than just talk about it.
Of the Mother's Day abortions -- now wrote quote.
It would have been irresponsible not to respond to these women.
After Roe vs.
Wade made abortion a constitutional right -- now would make a career out of performing.
Even though he was never certified.
As an obstetrician.
Permit -- now.
Was a failed physician doctor Marc Siegel of the fox medical eighteen he.
Didn't make it through residency and be scrambling to be trying to get a career together what do I do what -- like do you find a role.
If it works for you you keep doing it war.
Before the seventies were over he'd open the -- justly famed women's medical society at 38 street in Lancaster avenue in West Philadelphia.
Complete with the silhouette.
Of a couple swinging a child between.
That community and neighbors around clinic loved doctor asked not and they said he is -- respected.
Upstanding member of their community and he was known for us.
His reputation in the community documentarian Jan Thompson made a short film about -- now.
Lancaster we've had people tell us that if they had a problem.
Doctor -- Alice -- to go to.
But his clinic operated on the shady side from the beginning.
Suggests Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams the doctor was not -- certified obstetrician.
They use the name of another.
Physician who was board certified.
To open a clinic government health officials however it didn't seem to care.
Prosecutor and -- -- We found at the first inspection was done in 1978.
And it was good for year -- 1979.
The second inspection was -- them for ten years later to 1989.
When they did inspect they found significant problems like not having license nurses on staff.
But authorities looked the other way in 1993 was the last time for the approval and over seventeen years no one and it won't.
And no one did any any inspections.
In Miller went out for any complaints the grand jury would learn one reason why that happened politics.
Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers testimony.
Don by department and how top official.
-- -- -- meeting under the administration new governor Tom rich.
They decided that they did not want to inspect these abortion clinics because it would be putting up -- -- access of abortions.
Governor ridge's administration was concerned that if they -- routine inspections they would find.
Too many violations meanwhile does -- clinic became stunningly profitable.
Prosecutors estimate he was taking in 151000.
Dollars a night close to two million dollars a year in cash.
And he kept cost Lowe and his ill equipped clinic with an untrained staff and he had them -- jabs.
That are for professionals.
They get them doing ultrasound.
There was a fifteen year old who was hired to work at the clinic.
Doctor yes -- -- science textbook.
Which you record forty minutes.
She became an anesthesiologist.
Another key employee went to a Caribbean medical school.
The was never licensed to practice there was doctor going to a school in Grenada at the clinic was closed he became a a telemarketer.
Actor got -- wasn't even aired during the day what he.
Managing these women and then he would come there 8 o'clock 9 o'clock 10 o'clock at night.
It really can't these abortions performed throughout the night till 3 o'clock in the morning.
And that's just the beginning.
According to prosecutors in their case against Gaza now is women's medical society was much worse than -- confidently run clinic.
It was a home to butchery and murder plain and simple and after the break.
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