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Kermit Gosnell’s Trial - what the media will not cover

Babette Francis

The grand jury report in the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell is horrifying, but you won't read about it in your daily newspaper or hear about it on TV or radio. This is the same media which devotes pages and pages to whether some footballer had some supplement injected before a match. Perhaps you thought Kermit Gosnell was a green muppet? I wish - no Kermit Gosnell is an abortionist who killed viable babies born alive after third-trimester abortions and endangered the lives of women, resulting in the deaths of two mothers. The grand jury report states Gosnell's surgery was filthy, he perforated wombs and bowels and spread venereal disease with infected instruments. Think it can’t happen here? Remember the Hepatitis C cases spread by the anaesthetist at the Croydon Clinic?

Charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Gosnell is now on trial in Philadelphia. An unlicensed medical school graduate, Stephen Massof, helped Gosnell perform late-term abortions. Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies born alive after abortions, calling it "literally a beheading”. It is separating the brain from the body... at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, "it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place. I felt like a fireman in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires…. I would run around with scissors.”

Sherry West, another Gosnell assistant who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the deaths of children born alive at the clinic, recalled hearing a newborn baby scream before it was killed. "I can’t describe it,’ West said of the cry the baby made. "It sounded like a little alien." [Editor's note: That's right, feminists insist on calling the baby in the womb a "fetus", now it is apparently an alien, all part of the dehumanising process]. Sherry West told a judge that the baby was about 18 to 24 inches long and was one of the largest she had seen delivered during an abortion at the clinic. Sherry West said she saw the child, lying on a glass tray on a shelf, and she told a co-worker to call Gosnell about it. Prosecutors have cited the dozens of jars of severed baby feet as an example of Gosnell's idiosyncratic practices.

One patient who died was a 41-year-old, refugee who had recently come to the United States from a resettlement camp in Nepal. When she arrived at the clinic, Gosnell, as usual, was not there. Office workers had her sign various forms that she could not read. She received repeated unmonitored, unrecorded intravenous injections of Demerol, a sedative seldom used in recent years because of its dangers. After several hours, Mrs. Mongar simply stopped breathing. When employees finally noticed, Gosnell was called in and briefly attempted to give CPR. The defibrillator was broken, he did not administer emergency medications that might have restarted her heart. After further crucial delay, paramedics finally arrived, but Mrs.Mongar was probably brain dead before they were even called. In the meantime, the clinic staff hooked up machinery and rearranged her body to make it look like they had been in the midst of a routine, “safe” abortion procedure.

The paramedics were able to generate a weak pulse. But, because of the cluttered hallways and the padlocked emergency door, it took them over twenty minutes just to find a way to get her out of the building. Doctors at the hospital managed to keep her heart beating, but they never knew what they were trying to treat, because Gosnell and his staff lied about how much anesthesia they had given. Life support was removed the next day.

Steven Massof estimated that in 40 percent of the second trimester abortions performed by Gosnell, the fetuses were beyond 24 weeks gestational age. The grand jury stated "Latosha Lewis testified that Gosnell performed procedures over 24 weeks 'too much to count,' and ones up to 26 weeks 'very often.' The grand jury report summarizing a more typical late-term abortion, as conducted at the clinic, concluded: "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 killed them... He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” He ensured fetal demise by sticking scissors into the back of the baby's neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that ‘snipping’”.

Over the years, there were hundreds of "snippings." Sometimes, if Gosnell was unavailable, the snipping" was done by one of his fake doctors, or even by one of the administrative staff. Most of these acts cannot be prosecuted, because Gosnell destroyed the files. Among the cases that could be specifically documented, one was Baby Boy 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 Gosnell severed his spine... The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could "walk me to the bus stop." Another, Baby Boy B, whose body was found at the clinic frozen in a spring-water bottle, was at least 28 weeks gestation when killed. Baby C was moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times.

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