Skip to comments.Gosnell Attorney: Babies’ Deaths Justify Snipping Their Necks (BARF ALERT)
Posted on 04/11/2013 12:28:40 PM PDT by Morgana
Yesterday, the primary defense theory in the Kermit Gosnell murder case was explored by defense attorney Jack McMahon, who posits that all the babies aborted at Gosnells clinic were already dead when their spinal cords were snipped to ensure fetal demise.
WARNING: This story contains graphic images and descriptions.
McMahon pressed former Gosnell employee Lynda Williams concerning her duties at Gosnells House of Horrors abortion clinic that included cleaning up and disposing of babies born after late-term abortions, many of which were beyond the legal gestational limit of 24 weeks.
Williams had previously testified of a baby that was delivered into a toilet at the clinic in Gosnells absence. She told the court that when she saw the baby moving, she picked him up and stabbed the back of his neck with surgical scissors as Gosnell had taught her to do.
Later, Williams said that Gosnell reassured her that the baby was dead already and that any movement was involuntary movement, a last breath. He told her drugs given to the woman earlier had already killed the baby.
If a baby moves, its alive.
A neonatologist that testified before the Grand Jury said that what Gosnell told his people was absolutely false.
If a baby moves, it is alive. Equally troubling, it feels a tremendous amount of pain when its spinal cord is severed, said the report.
The drug Gosnell claims to have used was Digoxin, a medicine once widely used to treat heart attacks. Late-term abortionists routinely inject Digoxin into the fetus or the amniotic fluid around the growing baby to induce the equivalent of a heart attack, paralyzing the heart muscle and killing the baby.
Babies Known to Survive Digoxin Injection
McMahon stated previously in court that babies never survive Digoxin injections. However, Operation Rescue has documentation McMahons assumptions are simply not true.
In fact, literature on the subject of the efficacy of Digoxin injections to accomplish fetal demise indicate that the injections fail about 13% of the time even under the best circumstances, and if the drug is injected into the amniotic sac instead of the fetus, the failure rate on the first try can be as astronomically high as 70 percent.
One example of the failure of Digoxin to kill a baby on the first effort is the abortion of Michelle Armesto (Berge)s 24 weeks 5 days. Armesto testified before a Kansas Legislative Hearing about her abortion in 2003 at Womens Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas. She provided Operation Rescue with a copy of her abortion records which clearly indicate that the Digoxin injection had to be redone on Day 2 of her procedure after fetal heart tones were detected.
Another well documented example of digoxin survival is that of Baby Rowan who was aborted at 22 weeks at James S. Pendergrafts EPOC Center in Orlando, Florida in 2005. Pendergraft has publicly discussed his use of Digoxin in late-term abortions. However, when Rowans mother delivered him in a toilet inside the clinic, she noticed that he was moving and gasping for breath. A friend called 911 to obtain help when clinic workers ignored the mothers pleas, then turned away emergency responders away when they arrived. Baby Rowan died of extreme prematurity in his mothers arms. The film 22 Weeks is based on this tragic incident.
Expert Testimony Refutes Defense Theory
An earlier witness in Gosnells trial, Dr. Karen Feisullin, a practicing ObGyn at a major metropolitan hospital, testified that Digoxin injections are done prior to the insertion of laminaria sticks, which slowly expand and dilate the cervix. She said it can take up to 24 hours for Digoxin to actually kill a pre-born baby, depending where the injection is made.
Feisullin also testified that there would be no medical reason to snip the spinal cords of babies after they had been aborted, and certainly no known reason to sever their feet and keep them in jars of formaldehyde, as Gosnell did.
Previous testimony is devastating to the prosecutions claims that every baby had been injected with Digoxin, including that of the medical examiner told the court under oath that there was no evidence of puncture in any of the fetuses he examined that had been seized from Gosnells clinic. A toxicologist further testified that there was no trace of Digoxin in any of the toxicology screenings done on the fetal remains.
Fetus or Newborn?
Williams and others testified that the snipping of spinal cords was to ensure fetal demise as if this gruesome technique was used as an insurance policy to make sure the baby was actually dead. Yet all the snippings took place after the babies were born. At that point, they are no longer fetuses but are considered newborn babies. The killing of newborns legally qualifies as murder.
Photos shown in court last week of babies remains that were seized from Gosnells clinic all bore a gaping wound in the back of the neck.
At Gosnells abortion mill, the lines of legal conduct were blurred and the boundaries of ethical conduct seemed non-existent, said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. Once a baby is birthed, it is impossible to ensure fetal demise. Gosnell relied on undereducated, inexperienced workers who would fall for his semantics. Legitimate medical professionals would have turned him in years earlier.
Also testifying yesterday was Chanice Mannings, 20, who tearfully told the court of her late-term abortion experience with Gosnell when she was just 15-years old. Mannings said she did not remember any injection prior to the insertion of the laminaria at the beginning of her late-term abortion.
The medical examiner previously testified that Baby Mannings was 29-weeks gestation at the time of death and contained no puncture wounds, bolstering the prosecutions case that Gosnell never gave the injections and falsified medical records when he noted that he did.
Similarities to Another Abortion Murder Case
Misrepresenting the use of Digoxin injections is not unique to Gosnell. Steven Chase Brigham was suspended from practicing medicine after authorities discovered that he was operating an illegal bi-state abortion clinic in Maryland very similar to Gosnells operation in Philadelphia. Brigham would begin the late-term abortions in New Jersey, then finish them at a secret abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland. Medical records from Patient D.B., who nearly died from a botched late-term abortion, contained a form titled Laminaria Insertion & Induction of Fetal Demise, which was produced at Brighams Voorhees, New Jersey, facility on August 12, 2010, the day before D.B. botched surgery in Maryland. On that form, Brigham documents a pelvic exam and laminaria insertion, but the section of the form that is supposed to document an injection into the baby that would bring about fetal demise is left blank. Like Gosnell, Brigham attempted to tell authorities he had injected the fetus with Digoxin, but records and evidence indicated that he never bothered.
Brigham was arrested and charged with murder in Maryland, however, the charges were dropped when the prosecutions expert witness was pressured by the abortion lobby into withdrawing from the case.
It seems extremely improbable that so many of Gosnells employees would plead guilty to murder if the babies were in fact dead. The weight of the medical examiners testimony and the toxicology results coupled with the overwhelming testimony from his own employees tips the scales against Gosnell. However, the trial has a long way to go and we expect that McMahon will attempt to pull a rabbit out of his hat before this is over, said Newman.
Testimony for the prosecutions case continues today. Operation Rescue will return to the courtroom next week to provide first-hand accounts from the trial.
History shows us that the human conscience can be disconnected, and people are capable of anything.
We are simply repeating history. Next stop, cannibalism.
Including the ones SCREAMING FOR THEIR LIVES ON THAT F***ING TABLE!!!!!???????????
I want Gosnell dead in the worst way....
Next stop? That already happened in Floriduh! Remember the crazy dude on bath salts?
This trial is our moment similar to the concentration camps belching out columns of smoke.
“...I want Gosnell dead in the worst way....”
And I’ll operate the guillotine.
Dibs on who gets to kick the bouncing head first.
Kick it?? I want to smash it. Beyond all recognition.
Yes... I feel that strongly about this.
Ghouls. Soul-less ghouls.
I wish he’d repent but I know I may be asking for a bit much.
It is no longer a culture of death.
The label is the cult of death, and Gosnell is its prophet.
We're already there. We call it "embryonic stem cell research".
May God grant them ALL the grace of repentance and conversion.
‘We’re already there. We call it “embryonic stem cell research”.’
Damn tootin’. Remember the Pepsi thing with that company that was using aborted fetal cells for sweetener testing??
This guy (Gosnell) does not need a lawyer....he needs an exorcist. What a sick bastard. No joke
Come soon Lord Jesus..
I have nothing left but hope in you.
who posits that all the babies aborted at Gosnells clinic were already dead when their spinal cords were snipped to ensure fetal demise. “
Uh...I thought “it” was just a “lump of tissue”?
Since when do “its” have spinal cords like humans?
He can repent all he wants... he still needs to be killed.
It is people like this that make me wish I could... well you image it.
They quit doing it, but it was still thoroughly disgusting that they even thought of it.
One of the most vivid of the many *very* vivid memories I have of having worked for 20 years in a big city ER was once coming upon one of the nurses (who happened to be Catholic like me) baptizing a stillborn child in the ER’s “utility room”.That scene was particularly unusual for us because although ours was a large hospital we didn’t have an OB service because there was a major OB/GYN hospital right across the street. The woman in question was from out of town and didn’t realize that she would have been better served across the street.I can still see the scene in my mind 30+ years later.
He and others need a few snips of their own.
That failing, may we could go for “hanged, drawn, and quartered.”
More that likely, though, he'll get off with a public acclamation for his dedication to “Choice.”
Just before trap opens.
Liberalism is the denial of human nature. Liberals hate themselves so much that they are in constantly in conflict with our human nature. No one can be that much in conflict with their nature and still be mentally stable.
One day they will feel the effect of knowing all those years that they have done something seriously wrong.
I have a very large bolt cutter that would fit around the attorney and his client’s necks to give them a one-time perspective on what was being done.
Propose that be the method of execution for the POS murderer and they would say it is cruel and unusual but if that’s so then cruel and unusual also applies to what he’s been doing to babies.
F’n murdering democrats.
If it was already dead, then you wouldn’t need to ensure “fetal demise.” Last dictionary I checked said demise means death. You can say you were easing its suffering by making ot dead quicker. That raises a legal question: is murder to kill something that’s already dying? I think so.
“Next stop, cannibalism.”
With fetal tissue harvesting for stem cells, medical experiments, and other uses, we are already there.
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