An on-going trial in Philadelphia has the right to life community up in arms about some of the horrible things that can happen in the abortion process. As the second week of the ‘house of horrors’ trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell for murder began, it was found out that Gosnell’s abortion clinic went for nearly 20 years without any inspection and was grossly unclean.
During the trial, one of Gosnell’s employees, Adrienne Moton, testified that she personally had been involved in the murder of ten newborn babies. She stated that she “snipped” the spines of babies who were born alive and had been shown how to do it by Gosnell.
Prosecutors accuse Gosnell of killing late-term, viable babies after they were delivered alive, in violation of state abortion laws. Gosnell’s 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 cell phone 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.
Morton said, “The aunt felt it was just best for her [the mother’s] future.” She went on to say that Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop.
The jury also heard testimony from Shayquana Abrams, who aborted her baby when she was 17 and nearly 30 weeks pregnant, well beyond the 24-week limit in Pennsylvania. A medical assistant from Gosnell’s clinic in West Philadelphia has said the baby’s large size and pinkish color disturbed her. She says babies were routinely cut with scissors after delivery.
But defense lawyer Jack McMahon, on cross-examination, suggested that no babies survive after the drug digoxen is administered. Records show the teen’s aunt was charged $2,750 for the procedure.
The start of the investigation against Gosnell began when Seth Williams, Philadelphia District Attorney, brought charges and labeled Gosnell’s abortion clinic as “House of Horrors.”
Williams said, “[Investigators] found jar after jar after jar of fetal remains and specifically severed feet in jars.” He went on to say, “They found medical waste bags just strewn everywhere.”
Gosnell could face the death penalty for his crimes if convicted.