Skip to comments.Teen Worker at Gosnell Abortion Clinic: “They Looked Like Babies”
Posted on 04/12/2013 2:18:40 PM PDT by Morgana
Testimony has concluded for the week in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell. But, late Thursday, members of the jury heard from a teenage girl who found an odd work-study program at his clinic.
Ashley Baldwin, a 15-year-old sophomore at University City High School, found herself employed at Gosnells abortion clinic and, despite no medical license or training, working alongside him performing gruesome late-term abortions.
From an AP report on the testimony:
Baldwin landed the job because her mother already worked there.
She was paid, and in no time went from answering phones to doing ultrasounds, administering intravenous medicine, and, ultimately, assisting in abortions performed by her mentor, Kermit Gosnell.
Now 22 and the mother of a 2-year-old son, Baldwin on Thursday told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury hearing Gosnells murder trial of her unusual hands-on medical apprenticeship.
Baldwin also told the jury about seeing at least five aborted babies moving, breathing, and, in one case, screeching after late-term procedures at the clinic.
In Pennsylvania, abortions are legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. After that, medical experts say, a fetus is capable of living outside the womb.
They looked just like regular babies, Baldwin said.
Baldwin said one baby was so big that Gosnell joked that this baby is going to walk me home.
She said the joke bothered her and she talked to her mother about it. Baldwins mother, however, was also a Gosnell employee. Tina Baldwin had worked there since 2001.
Ashley Baldwin said she assisted Gosnell in abortions, applying pressure to the mothers abdomen, handing the doctor instruments and equipment.
She said she also saw Gosnell use scissors to snip the neck of newborns who were moving after the procedure.
Although she sometimes felt uneasy about what she saw, Baldwin said, Gosnell always had an explanation: He told me thats how it was supposed to go.
Baldwin testified Thursday that even his horrific snipping procedure for killing babies in abortions/infanticides didnt necessarily end their lives.
Gosnells defense lawyer, Jack McMahon, claims none of the babies were born alive but were dead before birth due to a lethal drug injection and that Gosnell and his staff snipped their necks after birth. McMahon claims no babies were ever killed in the gruesome abortion process, which involved snipping the spinal cords of the children by jabbing medical scissors into the backs of their necks, because the babies were supposedly already dead.
Thats not what two staffers for Gosnell admitted in court with one saying she heard a baby scream and another saying the baby jumped when the newborn was stabbed in the neck with the scissors.
McMahon is attempting to get the jury to buy a story that Gosnell used a drug called Digoxin to kill the baby in utero and then to deliver a dead child. He claims Gosnell just wanted to snip the spinal cords to ensure the baby was dead already. The Gosnell staffer admitted thats what the abortion practitioner told her he was doing.
Although the defense attorney claimed the babies were dead and that jabbing them in the neck with scissors was needed to make sure that was the case, Gosnell staffers also told the court one at least two occasions that the babies were not dead when their necks were stabbed.
However expert witnesses testified there was no medical reason for Gosnell to cut the spines of aborted fetuses.
Determining if the children were alive or dead at the time their spinal cords were snipped is crucial to prosecuting Gosnell and his staff.
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.
The trial of the abortion practitioner has been so gruesome and vivid in its accounts of the late-term and live-birth abortions that it has shocked the conscience of the nation, despite a relative lack of media coverage outside of local media and conservative and pro-life news outlets.
Gosnell, whose squalid house of horrors abortion clinic has surprised even investigative officials, 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.
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 has killed 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 associated with 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.
She's 15 and she is shocked that They Looked Like Babies Rush is right, young skull full of mush.
Many years ago, before I divorced my ex, I told her about late-term abortions in the US. She was (and still is) a liberal. She refused to believe that such things could happen. She’s also a nurse. Musta been around 1994.
For liberals, only selected facts exist.
If I had a chance to be a member of the jury, I would be out of my seat, in his face with my hands around this SOBs neck. It would take 6 men to get me off of this murderer!!
My heart aches for these babies. As for the women, I’ll leave that to my Lord.
About two years ago I told some lib Catholics about partial birth abortions. One of them just looked at me blankly and asked “That goes on in America?”
Just like in Nazi Germany they have no clue.
That's odd. They're supposed to look like clumps of cells.
“As for the women, Ill leave that to my Lord.”
I should go back and post that article, for real most of those women are mentally ill.
They looked just like regular babies
Obviously this emptyhead was told that they were just a mass of cells.
Thanks to man-hating feminazis for all this.
Funny how dumb and evil can be seen together all over town.
Hey Ashley...welcome to women’s health care.
One thing I have not heard about in this trial is grossly malformed children that supposedly create the "need" for late term abortions.
Maybe I am a bit strange.
This POS was killing these babies inthe birth canal, and just cutting their spine to make sure they were dead.
The strange part of me says What difference does it make if you kill them inside the birth canal or kill them after they are born.
Murder is Murder.
These same witnesses who saw him cut their spines watched him poison them first. That was frickin Murder, but society says that if they pop out and you kill them Thats murder.
Thats Bullshit It’s all murder, and this man is a monster, and these witnesses are as guilty as the Doctor.
Any woman who works at an abortion clinic knows they are murdering children, but if they do it inside where they don’t see it move it’s ok/.
Hope they never can sleep at night the monstrous dreams should haunt them forever.
In the run-up to the 2008 election, I had a conversation with a neighbor who is independent but leans to the left. Trying to convince him not to vote for Obama, I brought up O’s position on the Infant Born Alive Act. I figured that any politician who would not grant the Constitutional right to not be murdered to our youngest citzens, would automatically disqualify himself as a viable candidate to any sentient voter. His reply, “Oh, that never really happens.”
i knew nothing til i stayed home sick n watched c span. santorum walked us thru it. i said the same thing. this just cant happen in america.it was around the lewinski scandle.
This murderer intentionally killed her baby. My wife came to me with that and I posted it here and old my wife to tell the popo's. The result? Hate mail. And...
This murderer is suing the state for wrongful prosecution.
When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria. Where are they now?
They should draw and quarter Gosnell, and then,if he’s still twitching, snip his spinal cord.
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