PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Women who say they were left scarred or injured by an abortion doctor now charged with murder are describing their experiences at his West Philadelphia clinic.
Thirty-year-old Davida Johnson says when she got pregnant in 2001 she first visited Planned Parenthood but was scared off by anti-abortion protesters. She says she then went to Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic and was left with venereal disease and later suffered four miscarriages.
Gosnell is being held without bail in the deaths of a 41-year-old patient and seven babies prosecutors say were born alive and then were killed with scissors.
The 69-year-old Gosnell says he was serving poor residents of the neighborhood where he grew up.
Prosecutors call his clinic a "house of horrors."
It was back in 2001 when Johnson was taken to Gosnell's late-term abortion clinic at 38th and Lancaster in West Philadelphia.
Johnson, already the mother of one child, said she decided against aborting her 6-month-old fetus on her way into a filthy operating room after seeing dazed and bloody patients in recovery.
She said Gosnell and his staff not only ignored her change of heart, they hit her, tied her down and sedated her until she passed out.
"This is a house of horror. Where did I come to? What am I doing," Johnson said of the thoughts going through her mind. "They gave me another dose of something that I did not agree to. I was completely out."
"The next thing I knew I woke up on a bloody, dirty recliner," Johnson continued.