Friday, April 12, 2013

Abortion: The Irony of the Gosnell Murder Trial

April 11, 2013
"Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations?" It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.-- So says USA TODAY Column--Philadelphia abortion clinic horror: Column


In the Grand Jury report, the opening paragraph states: "This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors."

In February of 2010 government officials raided the abortion clinic operated by Dr. Gosnell.  You have to read the whole report for yourself to see how unbelievably horrific this story really is. The report says, "The search team discovered fetal remains haphazardly stored throughout the clinic– in bags, milk jugs, orange juice cartons, and even in cat-food containers. Some fetal remains were in a refrigerator, others were frozen. Gosnell admitted to Detective Wood that at least 10 to 20 percent of the fetuses were probably older than 24 weeks in gestation – even though Pennsylvania law prohibits abortions after 24 weeks. In some instances, surgical incisions had been made at the base of the fetal skulls" (p.21).

When Latosha Lewis began work at the clinic in 2000, the practice would perform approximately 20 first-trimester and 5 or 6 second-trimester abortions every procedure night.

On page 4 of the report it states:

When you perform late-term “abortions” by inducing labor, you get babies. Live, breathing, squirming babies. By 24 weeks, most babies born prematurely will survive if they receive appropriate medical care. But that was not what the Women’s Medical Society was about. Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that “snipping.”

Dr. Gosnell performed hundreds of late term abortions.  The problem is that he destroyed most of the files.  Gosnell wasn't the only one doing the killing. According to the report:

"Ashley Baldwin remembered Gosnell severing the neck of a baby that cried after being born. The baby had “precipitated” when the doctor was not in the clinic. Lynda Williams placed the baby in a basin on the counter where the instruments were washed and called the doctor to come.

Ashley heard the infant cry. She saw the baby move while it was on the counter. She estimated the infant was at least 12 inches long. When Gosnell arrived at the clinic, she recalled, “he snipped the neck, and said there is nothing to worry about, and he suctioned it.”

If Gosnell was absent, his employees would kill viable babies. Ashley Baldwin saw Steve Massof slit the necks of babies that moved or breathed “five or ten” times" (p.103).

Further it states (p.104): Kareema Cross testified that, between 2005 and 2008, she saw Steve Massof sever the spinal cords of at least ten babies who were breathing and about five that were moving.

When Massof left the clinic in 2008, Lynda Williams took over the job of cutting baby’s necks when Gosnell was not there. Cross saw Williams slit the neck of a baby (“Baby C”) who had been moving and breathing for approximately twenty minutes.  Gosnell had delivered the baby and put it on a counter while he suctioned the placenta from the mother. Williams 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.

Adrienne Moton also killed at least one baby by cutting its spinal cord. Cross testified that a woman had delivered a large baby into the toilet before Gosnell arrived at work for the night. Cross said that the baby was moving and looked like it was swimming. Moton reached into the toilet, got the baby out and cut its neck.

Here a few other cases that were documented.

"Baby A" :  His 17-year-old mother was almost 30 weeks pregnant – seven and a half months– when labor was induced. An employee estimated his birth weight as approaching six pounds. He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to the bus stop” (p.5,   101-102). The workers were so shocked that they took a picture of the child.

"Baby Boy B, whose body was found at the clinic frozen in a one-gallon spring-water bottle, was at least 28 weeks of gestational age when he was killed."

You can see how his neck was slit (see p. 115).

"Baby C was moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times."

In 2007 Gosnell did an abortion on a 14 year old girl that ended up going to a local hospital where she delivered a 30 week old baby pictured below  (see p. 84-85).  When a baby was past the 24 week stage the abortion process could be a two or three day procedure.  According the the report, "The neonatologist told us that the survival rate for babies born at 29 weeks is 95percent; at 30 weeks, the survival rate is nearly 100 percent."

Gosnell began an abortion on a 29-week pregnant woman and then refused
to take dilators out when the woman changed her mind 
(see p. 86).

"We learned of another illegal, third-trimester abortion only because the mother changed her mind. In 2004, a 27-year-old woman went to Gosnell, pregnant with her first child. She testified that she was surprised when Gosnell told her she was 21 weeks pregnant. On the first day of what was to be a two-day procedure, Gosnell inserted dilators in the woman’s cervix. After Gosnell had finished inserting the laminaria, the woman asked him what happened to the babies after they were aborted. She testified that Gosnell told her they were burned.

At home, thinking over how Gosnell disposed of the fetuses, the woman had a change of heart. She called her cousin and the cousin called Gosnell to tell him that they wanted him to take the laminaria out. Gosnell said that he could not do that once the procedure was started. And he did not want to return the $1,300 that the patient had already paid. The pregnant woman ended up going to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania to have the laminaria removed. It was determined at the hospital that she was 29 weeks pregnant. A few days later, the 27-year-old delivered a premature baby girl. She was treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is today a healthy

Do a Google search of premature babies and you will find many stories of babies surviving 24, 25, 26, 27 weeks early and are doing well TODAY.

Grand Jury Report, p. 79 states, "The Philadelphia medical examiner analyzed the remains of 45 fetuses seized from the clinic. Of these, 16 were first-trimester; 25 were second-trimester, ranging from 12 to 21 weeks; 2 were 22 weeks; 1 was 26 weeks; and 1 was 28 weeks."

Gosnell, according to the report, "Gosnell left dozens of damaged women in his wake. His reckless treatment left them infected, sterilized, permanently maimed, close to death, and, in at least two cases, dead. Their injuries and deaths resulted directly from Gosnell’s utter disregard for their health and safety. However, if their fate was entirely foreseeable, it was not necessarily the product of specific intent to kill. The same cannot be said of untold numbers of babies – not fetuses in the womb, but live babies, born outside their mothers – whose brief lives ended in Gosnell’s filthy facility. The doctor, or his employees acting at his direction, deliberately killed them as part of the normal course of business" (p.99).

Here are a few articles concerning the present trial (April 2013 articles): *maybe other major news organizations will get on board....

Gosnell Trial: 15-Year-Old Girl Allegedly Helped Kill Live Babies at Hellish Pa. Abortion Clinic

Former Gosnell employee testifies that problem abortion "really freaked me out"

Pennsylvania Abortion Doctor Charged With 8 Counts Of Murder



ABORTION SURVIVORS: The Ones Who Got Away                                                                                                                     
Planned Parenthood recently claimed that the possibility of infants surviving late-term abortions was "highly unusual."  The irony is that in the Gosnell trial you have a doctor that saw more babies born alive because he failed to kill the child while it was still in the womb. They were born alive and then he and others would kill the child.  On p. 111 of the Grand Jury report it states, "He tried to inject a drug called digoxin into the fetus’s heart while it was in the womb. This was supposed to cause fetal demise in utero. But because Gosnell was not skillful enough to successfully administer digoxin, late-term babies continued to be born alive, and he continued to kill them by slitting their necks."

So many see this abortion clinic as a house of horrors and it really is.  However, just because other doctors are better at making sure the child is killed in the womb, the horror continues in clinics across our nation as children are killed in the womb.

 Is it unusual for a baby to be born alive? Absolutely! You have a small baby that can be killed easily by chemicals and instruments... but they have been known to survive their attempted murder.

Have you heard of the stories of the babies who survived being killed? The scenario is that you have a child in the womb that survives an abortion attempt by a person who attempts to kill the child by chemicals or instruments. The odds are astounding that a tiny infant could survive the attempt by full grown adults skilled at taking a human life. BUT there are those that have survived abortion attempts and their stories are amazing.
Melissa Ohden articles:                                                                                                               The Des Moines Register did an excellent article and video on Melissa Ohden's story:
  Claire Culwell, abortion survivor, pro-life advocate, national speaker


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