PHILADELPHIA, PA, May 21, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After hearing testimony in the trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, one of his former patients says she regrets the abortion she had inside his office – and wonders if her baby suffered the same grisly fate as so many of Gosnell's other victims.
Six years ago Shree McKinley was 30 years old and six months pregnant. Her father drove her to the “house of horrors” to procure the $1,600 abortion.
She remembers the clinic had “old” and “rusty” equipment.”
“It looked like stuff from back in the 70s,” she told CNN. “And it was dirty.”
The grand jury report from his trial detailed the unsanitary conditions, including the use of non-sterilized instruments, urine-stained furniture, and unlicensed and untrained employees.
McKinley felt “uncomfortable” and “scared” in Gosnell’s Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia. But she thought Gosnell “seemed like he was a helpful person.”
And she felt she had no other choice but to have Gosnell perform the abortion.
Coverage of Gosnell's murder trial has caused her to relive the pain of her long-ago abortion and reflect on her actions.
The doctor's employees told the jury that Gosnell would “snip” the spinal cords of babies who were born alive outside the womb. McKinley worries Gosnell did this to her baby.
“I try not to think about it,” she said. “But I think about it, and it's sad. I wish I never did it.”
“If I would have known what I know now, I never would have had an abortion,” she said.
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A jury convicted Gosnell of three counts of first-degree murder of newborn infants and one count of third-degree murder of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar.
He avoided the death penalty by waiving his right to appeal. He is currently serving three life sentences without the possibility of parole.