Dr Charles Rossman pled guilty on June 17 on a charge of criminal abortion. The Georgia physician was sentenced in a Valdosta court to a total of ten years with five to be served in prison. The remainder of the sentence will be served on probation. He was also fined $3,500.
Troy Newman, who leads Operation Rescue – a well-known pro-life advocacy group - "Another Gosnell-like abortionist has been convicted of crimes and is behind bars. This is a victory for justice, for the women Rossman preyed upon, and for the innocent babies whose deaths from which Rossman profited." Kermit Gosnell is a former physician and abortionist who was convicted in 2013 of the murder of three infants.
Authorities pursued Rossman over 11 years as he remained a fugitive from justice, travelling to several European countries. It was Interpol that arrested him in Germany and returned him Lowdnes County, Georgia, in January of this year. He had been held without bond since his return to the United States. During his time as a fugitive, Rossman called himself "Boris Cernoch."
According to prosecutors, Rossman dispensed abortion pills in 2003 to a 23-year-old woman who was beyond the 30-week mark of gestation. Rossman then left the woman to undergo labor and delivery alone, locking the door of his office and walking out. Police arrived after receiving an emergency call from the woman. After breaking down the door to the office, police witnessed the birth of the woman’s child. Both mother and baby required emergency care.
In a statement, Operation Rescue said, “The case was particularly shocking due to the callous nature of Rossman's treatment of his patient and the advanced stage of her pregnancy. Unlike some states, such as New Mexico and Maryland, abortions that late in pregnancy are a crime in Georgia.”
"We are relieved that justice has finally been done. The Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners got it right when they determined that Rossman posed a 'threat to the public health, safety and welfare' when they suspended his license in 2003," said Newman. "Rossman is an example of a dangerous abortionist, like Gosnell, that behaved as if patient safety standards and medical ethics did not apply to him. We just have to wonder how many others like Rossman are still out there victimizing women who haven't been caught. Based on our research into the abortion cartel, the answer is likely more than we can guess."