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In West Philadelphia, Born and Slain: Abortionist Faces Seven Baby-Murder Charges

The murder trial of West Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell began on Monday. He is being charged with the murder of seven babies by stabbing them in the back of their necks and “snipping” their spinal cords. A pregnant woman also died as a result of Gosnell’s actions.

CBS Philadelphia reports that Former Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society employ, Adrienne Moton testified that, although untrained, she was administering anesthesia, and even that she had snipped the spinal cords of “a good ten” babies. She stated that she did not know why that was the practice, but had seen Gosnell do it numerous times.

A 281-page Grand Jury report states:

The premises were dirty and unsanitary. Gosnell routinely relied on unlicensed and untrained staff to treat patients, conduct medical tests, and administer medications without supervision. Even more alarmingly, Gosnell instructed unlicensed workers to sedate patients with dangerous drugs in his absence… In addition, he regularly performed abortions beyond the 24-week limit prescribed by law. As a result, viable babies were born. Gosnell killed them by plunging scissors into their spinal cords. He taught his staff to do the same.

This raises a very important question. Where was the Pennsylvania Department of Health in all of this? Well, on page 12 of the report, the Grand Jury states that in 1993, “for political reasons”, the PA Dept of Health had “abruptly decided” to “stop inspecting abortion clinics at all.” The cause of this change? RINO Governor Tom Ridge, replaced pro-life Democrat Governor Bob Casey, and the new administration concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions.

In her opening arguments, prosecutor Joanne Pescatore, told the jury that Dr. Gosnell killed the seven babies in operations that would have caused the infants pain. She also argued that Gosnell falsified records to avoid violation of the Pennsylvania law that limits abortions to 24 weeks.

Gosnell’s defense attorney denies the “viability” claim of the prosecution, stating that only two of them were actually viable, and both of those were killed prior to exiting the birth canal and therefore born dead.

The Grand Jury report describes details of what took place during the abortions of the seven babies. Baby A, the biggest of the seven, was estimated to be “at least 32 weeks, if not more, in gestational age” by the neonatologist witness in the Grand Jury trial.

According to Kareema Cross, the clinic employ that was present at the deliver of Baby A, Gosnell joked, “This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”

Cross and Moton took pictures of Baby A because, as Cross explained, “it was big and it was wrong and we knew it. We knew something was wrong.” This was one of the pictures:

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She also stated that, “it was a shock to us because I never seen a baby that big that he had done. So it was — I knew something was wrong because everything, like you can see everything, the hair, eyes, everything. And I never seen for any other procedure that he did, I never seen any like that.”

Another employee testifying in the Grand Jury trial recalled Gosnell severing the neck of a baby after being born while Gosnell was out of the clinic. Ashley Baldwin said she saw the baby move and heard it cry. When Gosnell arrived “he snipped the neck, and said there is nothing to worry about, and he suctioned it.”

Another baby had been moving for approximately twenty minutes before an employee slit its neck. The Grand Jury reports reads:

Gosnell had delivered that baby and put it on a counter while he suctioned the placenta from the mother. Williams (another employee) called Cross over to look at the baby because it was breathing and moving its arms when Williams pulled on them. After playing with the baby, Williams slit its neck.

When asked why Williams had killed the baby, Cross answered, “Because the baby, I guess, because the baby was moving and breathing. And she see Dr. Gosnell do it so many times, I guess she felt, you know, she can do it. It’s okay.

The things that took place at this West Philadelphia clinic are disgusting example of the horrors of abortion. But abortion is not just disgusting at 32 or 24 weeks, it is disgusting and any level of development. These examples are easier to see because the babies are bigger. But the same disgusting things happen in chemical abortions that happen in the first trimester.

The inhumane practice of abortion needs to be eliminated at all levels. Abortion laws, like those that exist in Pennsylvania, that do any less that that allow these horrors to continue and grant legal justification for doing so. The only solution to this disgusting problem is the complete abolition of abortion through personhood legislation that would properly identify babies in the womb as persons.