A city health department’s “policy of inaction” cost a 41-year-old refugee her life after a botched abortion at a rogue medical clinic, the woman’s family charged in a federal lawsuit.

Kamamaya Mongar, 41, died from an overdose of painkillers given by unlicensed workers at the now-shuttered clinic, where investigators last year found discarded fetuses and other macabre conditions. The Bhutanese woman had survived 18 years in a refugee camp before arriving in the U.S. months earlier.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 70, is charged with murder in her death and those of seven babies allegedly born alive and then killed with scissors. He has pleaded not guilty, although several other clinic employees have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, at least on in Mongar’s death.

The city health department had received repeated warnings about horrific and unsanitary conditions at the clinic before 2009, but failed to act, according to the lawsuit, which echoes allegations in the grand jury report.

Source: Beaver County Times