Gosnell’s wife jailed for her role in ‘house of horrors’


Two of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s former employees, including his wife, Pearl, received sentences Wednesday for their role in his “house of horrors” abortion center.

The court showed mercy to one and passed judgment on the other.

“You chose to be his partner in life,” Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner told Pearl Gosnell. “And you chose to be his partner in this operation masquerading as a medical facility.”

Lerner sentenced Pearl Gosnell to another seven to 23 months in prison. She must serve at least four more months, in addition to the three she served after her 2011 arrest. Gosnell pleaded guilty to helping her husband perform illegal, third-trimester abortions, including one on a 14-year-old girl who was 31 weeks pregnant.

During the sentencing hearing, Gosnell lashed out at her husband, calling him a “coward” for dragging his family through the lengthy trial. Kermit Gosnell, 72, turned down a plea deal that would have spared his wife prison time and allowed her and their teenage daughter to remain in their house.

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