Skip to comments.Gosnell Abortion Clinic Worker Admits Snipping Spines of 10 Babies
Posted on 03/19/2013 9:06:31 PM PDT by Morgana
Not only did abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell snip the spines of babies he killed in his gruesome live-birth abortion process, an abortion clinic worker who worked for him admitted today she did too.
Gosnell is charged with more than 30 criminal counts including the killing of seven newborn infants and a female patient in a botched abortion. Day one of the trial took place yesterday with opening statements and AP has more on an interesting revelation that came to light today.
A medical assistant told a jury Tuesday that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox abortions at a West Philadelphia clinic. And she said Dr. Kermit Gosnell and another employee did the same to terminate pregnancies.
Adrienne Motons testimony came in the capital murder trial of Gosnell, the clinic owner, who is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies. Prosecutors accuse him of killing late-term, viable babies after they were delivered alive, in violation of state abortion laws.
Gosnells lawyer denies the murder charge and disputes that any babies were born alive. He also challenges the gestational age of the aborted fetuses, calling them inexact estimates.
Moton, the first employee to testify, sobbed as she recalled taking a cellphone photograph of one baby left in her work area. She thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured him at nearly 30 weeks.
The aunt felt it was just best for her (the mothers) future, Moton testified.
Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop, she said.
Jurors saw Motons photograph on a large screen in the courtroom, which took on a bizarre look Tuesday as she testified near a hospital bed with stirrups and other aging obstetric equipment. Denied the chance to bring jurors to the shuttered inner-city clinic, prosecutors are instead recreating a patient room in court.
Moton, 35, sobbed as she described her work at the clinic. Because of problems at home, she had moved in with Gosnell and his third wife during high school, and she went to work for him from 2005 to 2008. She earned about $10 an hour, off the books, to administer drugs, perform sonograms, help with abortions and dispose of fetal remains. Workers got $20 bonuses for second-term abortions on Saturdays, when a half-dozen were sometimes performed.
She once had to kill a baby delivered in a toilet, cutting its neck with scissors, she said. Asked if she knew that was wrong, she said, At first I didnt.
Gosnell, whose squalid house of horrors abortion clinic and callous, has had almost flippant attitude toward his macabre abortion practices shocked the nation.
The Gosnell case is a watershed moment for the issue of abortion, said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. The discovery of his horrific practices helped shed light on an abortion industry that has run amok without oversight or accountability for decades, and has prompted significant changes in abortion laws and attitudes toward enforcement in several states.
In all, Gosnell faces 43 criminal counts, including eight counts of murder in the death of one patient, Karnamaya Monger, and seven newborn infants. Additional charges include conspiracy, drug delivery resulting in death, infanticide, corruption of minors, evidence tampering, theft by deception, abuse of corpse, and corruption.
Gosnell could face the death penalty if convicted and he faces a mandatory minimum 20 years. A pool of 125 was narrowed down to 43 potential jurors this afternoon and the death penalty played a role.
The first day of jury selection began with a panel of about 125 people, but most were quickly excused for a variety of factors, including opposition to the death penalty in this potential capital case, personal hardship caused by serving in a trial expected to last 6 to 8 weeks, and having a fixed opinion on the case. At the end of the first day, three female jurors had been selected. The three jurors chosen Monday told Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart they supported abortion.
Previously, Gosnells wife Pearl pleaded guilty to assisting her husband at his Philadelphia abortion center where he killed a woman in a botched abortion and kills hundreds of babies in abortion-infanticides.
Pearl Gosnell was considering a plea deal similar to the one several of Gosnells former abortion center employees have made where they have pleaded guilty to receive a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying against Gosnell. Pearl also worked at the abortion center Gosnell ran that had him kill and injure women in failed abortions and kill perhaps hundreds of babies in grisly infanticides by birthing them and snipping their spinal cords.
She worked at the Womens Medical Society abortion business her husband ran as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Kermit Gosnell in 1990, when she switched to only working on Sundays. At that time, the abortion business was officially closed but would do its latest-term abortions possible.
The grand jury report indicates Pearl Gosnell testified that she alone helped Kermit do abortions on Sundays when she would help do the instruments in the operating room despite no medical training.
Previously, Judge Lerner ruled two other former employees, Eileen ONeill and Madeline Joe, are not allowed to have their cases separated from that of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Neither ONeill nor Joe are charged with killing babies in infanticides and, although their attorneys argued the horrifying allegations against Gosnell could unfairly taint their cases, they were not allowed to plead guilty in deals as was the case with six other former employees.
The murder charges also came in connection with the botched abortion death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died at Gosnells abortion clinic after a failed abortion. Mongar died November 20, 2009, after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor. Mongars family filed a lawsuit against Gosnells abortion business seeking damages.
Gosnell and several staffers at his abortion center, including Pearl, were arrested in January after a grand jury indicted them on multiple charges after officials raided his abortion business following a womans death and discovered a shop of horrors filled with bags of bodies and body parts of deceased unborn children and babies killed in infanticides. Pearl Gosnell, Kermits 49-year-old wife who has no medical license, faces a charge of providing an abortion at 24 or more weeks and conspiracy and other charges.
Gosnell has been denied bail while the case against him moves forward. Women have spoken out about their treatment and one woman says she was drugged and tied up and forced to have an abortion.
Authorities searching the facility last year found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.
The grand jury investigation also shows state officials did nothing when reports came in about problems at Gosnells abortion center, which has upset incoming pro-life Governor Tom Corbett.
Gosnells abortion center was inspected only after a federal drug raid in 2010. It was the first time the facility had been inspected in 17 years because state officials ignored complaints and failed to visit Gosnells Womens Medical Society for years.
The abortion industry has been forced to suspend two abortion businesses that employed embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who has been the subject of national controversy over his abortion business in Philadelphia.
Following revelations that Gosnell is associatedwith two other abortion centers in Louisiana and Delaware, the National Abortion Federation made the decision to suspend the memberships of both. Atlantic Womens Medical Services, the Delaware abortion business that employed Gosnell one day a week to do abortions, and the Delta Clinic abortion center of Baton Rouge, have both had their memberships suspended. Leroy Brinkley owns both abortion businesses. Atlantic operates abortion centers in Wilmington and Dover.
Throwing their sins in God’s face. They won’t get away with a mere mark, like Cain did . . .
Ghastly. Shameful. Horrific. Murderous.
Here in america.
I’d like to snap their spines and see how they’d like it.
This man deserves to burn.
“They wont get away with a mere mark, like Cain did . . .”
For Gosnell yes..
“She once had to kill a baby delivered in a toilet, cutting its neck with scissors, she said. Asked if she knew that was wrong, she said, At first I didnt.”
As for this young woman looks like she grew a conscience. After all if I’m reading this article correctly it was she who took in her cellphone/camera and collected evidence. Something changed her very much. I believe that something was her conscience and she listened.
May a millstone burden them throughout there eternity in hell.
The cruel irony is that snapping the neck is more humane than most abortions. Typically the child is vacuumed to pieces with a sharp nozzle while conscious. That’s legal!
I had to quit reading before I literally got sick to my stomach. The problem is that there are so many others that we don’t or never will know about.
How could any member of Congress support any government program that openly condones such actions.
These are the “values” liberals fight for.
Just drop by the Huffington Compost, they’re defending this murderer in the comment section. I’d give all abortion doctors the same penalty. Death. They’re murderers, all of them.
All this is shielded under the Orwellian “Women’s health”.
“Snipped”? That sounds like something gentle we did to satin with pinking shears, back in the days when we sewed. I hope the trial makes clear the butchery that this is. May the pro-abortion jurors have their minds and hearts changed by this brutal genocide.
This did make me physically sick. Snipping spines of babies ... how can any human do this? Especially one trained in medicine, do such a thing?
Dear God :(
I do not understand how a person could do this.
But by all means let’s focus 100% on gay marriage and illegal immigrants. Let’s keep putting infanticide on the back burner like we’ve been doing.
Even Mengele would be creeped out.
Typical Democrat abortion enthusiasts at work.
Why is it that those faces appear so utterly devoid of compassion?
I know I just read this story, and I’m bothered deeply by it, so maybe I’m not seeing things right but...
It feels like I’m looking at monsters.
I mean for real.
About a baby writhing as he cut its neck, Gosnell joked to a staffer: Thats what you call a chicken with its head cut off.
Absolutely correct. These doctors and their helpers should not be among us.
To take the lives of the most innocent is pure evil.
Just wow! Look at their faces. Never saw such a gloomy bunch.
With the exception of Gosnell they look gloomy to me. Not at all a happy bunch. “Devoid of compassion” is not how I’d describe the rest of them, devoid of happiness is what I’d say it is. Some of them their eyes look dead, and I just know that is how they are on the inside.
Pray for them.
These are very evil days we are living in.
I must confess that reading this fills me with the desire for vengeance unlike anything I have ever felt in my body before.
Only God can give this man the justice he deserves.
But damn do I want to help send him on his way.
Goron, this is one of the worst things that I’ve known about in my time here.
This is Hell.
liberals are more concerned with cruelty to animals than they are to cruelty to humans......
I agree. This wickedness is so appalling it makes the hair on my neck stand up thinking about what awaits this nation.