PHILADELPHIA, September 24, 2013 ( – Kermit Gosnell has justified his violation of Pennsylvania's abortion laws on the grounds that he was a “soldier in the war on poverty,” but he applied the same logic to the other crime he committed: Illegally prescribing prescription drugs.

Allegations that the Women's Medical Society was a “pill mill” passing out controlled substances to area drug dealers brought police to Gosnell's abortion facility in February 2010.

Gosnell admitted writing as many as 2,300 prescriptions a month – once writing 200 in one single night.


“Patients” paid him $20 for each prescription and gave his employees an additional $10 or $20 as a tip.

The doctor sold OxyContin, generic Xanax, and 19,000 ounces of codeine cough syrup between 2008 and January 2010.

Gosnell justified himself to Philadelphia Magazine writer Steve Volk, saying by helping fuel the city's illegal drug racket, he was fighting poverty.

“These are hard economic times. These people need these pills,” he said.

It certainly benefited Gosnell. The abortionist netted at least $200,000 from prescriptions between June 2008 and February 2010.

In all, Gosnell earned an estimated $1.8 million a year at his filthy facility.

Gosnell later claimed his practice “probably lowered the crime rate” – an argument defense attorney Jack McMahon feared would make him look “crazy.”

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Ultimately, Gosnell entered a guilty plea to drug charges on July 9.

“Another doctor has learned that a license to practice medicine is not a license to illegally distribute drugs like a drug dealer,” said U.S. Attorney Joan Burnes.

Gosnell is scheduled to be sentenced on the drug charges next month.

Read the details in Steve Volk's 51-page e-book Gosnell's Babies: Inside the Mind of America's Most Notorious Abortion Doctor. It is available exclusively from for $2.99, or free to subscribers of its Amazon Prime program