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Convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is spared death penalty

 

 

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia after being convicted. (Yong Kim / Associated Press / May 13, 2013)

 

PHILADELPHIA — Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive in his grimy clinic, agreed Tuesday to give up his right to an appeal and now faces life in prison but will be spared a death sentence.

The 72-year-old Philadelphia doctor was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the deaths of the babies, who were killed with scissors.

In a case that became a flash point in the nation’s abortion debate, former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by “snipping” their spines, as he referred to it.

Prosecutors agreed to two life sentences without parole, and Gosnell was to be sentenced Wednesday in the death of the third baby, an involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a patient and hundreds of lesser counts.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell’s advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.

Gosnell has said he considered himself a pioneering inner-city doctor who helped desperate women get late-term abortions. Defense lawyer Jack McMahon said before the sentencing deal that his client’s bid for acquittal was a battle.

“The media has been overwhelmingly against him,” McMahon said. “But I think the jury listened to the evidence … and they found what they found.”

The gruesome details of Gosnell’s operation came out more than two years ago during a grand jury investigation of prescription drug trafficking. Authorities raiding Gosnell’s clinic for drugs instead found bags and bottles of fetuses, including jars of severed feet, along with bloodstained furniture, dirty medical instruments and cats roaming the premises.

 

 

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Prosecutor to Gosnell: ‘Are You Human?’

April 30, 2013
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The Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic at 3801-05 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. (Grand Jury Report)

(CNSNews.com) – “Are you human?” Assistant District Attorney Ed Cameron asked Kermit Gosnell during closing arguments in the abortionist’s trial on Monday.

Cameron noted that during the six-week trial, “Mr. McMahon (the defense attorney) kept asking the witnesses, are you human?” That question really should be asked of Gosnell, Cameron said, turning to look directly at the defendant: “Are you human?” he asked.

Gosnell stared right back and laughed.

“To med these women up, to stick scissors in babies necks — he’s the one in this case that doesn’t deserve to be called human,” Cameron said.

The trial of Gosnell entered its final phase on Monday, after lengthy closing arguments from defense attorney Jack McMahon and from prosecutor Cameron. Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, for allegedly killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

Cameron ended his closing argument with a plea to the jury to reach a guilty verdict. He quoted Steve Massof, an unlicensed medical graduate who worked at Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia:

“I felt like a fireman in hell,” Massof testified about the time he spent doing abortions late at night before Gosnell would arrive. “It was raining fetuses.”

“[Gosnell’s] the captain of that hell,” Cameron told the court. “It’s time for us to extinguish the hell he created.”

Cameron asked the jurors to “use their common sense” in determining whether the babies were born alive. Gosnell’s defense spent the morning arguing there was reasonable doubt that the four babies alleged to have been murdered were born alive.

“Why do you think there’s a hole in its head?” Cameron said.  “It was because that it was an added step to make sure that baby was dead.”

Cameron recalled clinic janitor Jim Johnson’s testimony that the clinic’s toilet was constantly clogged up.  “You all know what that’s from, that’s from babies in the toilet,” he said.

“Maybe you’ve been desensitized by this case, but just the thought of using a plunger and having an arm and a leg come up,” Cameron told the jury.  He said Gosnell had no respect for the dead, putting fetal remains in the garbage disposal, the toilet, and the freezer.

Cameron also relayed the testimony of Shanice Manning, who was only 14 or 15 years old when her mother brought her into Gosnell’s clinic for an abortion.  She did not receive the required counseling before an abortion under Pennsylvania law, nor was the 24-hour waiting period applied.

Manning had to go to the hospital after complications, and that’s where the baby was stillborn.

“What she said in the hospital when the baby was stillborn was, ‘Can I see the baby?  Can I hold it?’” Cameron said.

“That is why you have to have counseling,” he said.  “To this day she regrets what happened.”

While still at the clinic, Manning had asked Gosnell what the sex of the baby was.  “Well, if you’re a good girl, maybe I’ll tell you,” Gosnell was quoted as saying.

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Defense Attorney: Prosecution of Gosnell Is ‘Elitist, Racist’

April 29, 2013


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Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charged with 4 counts of first-degree murder, killing babies reportedly born alive at his abortion office in West Philadelphia, Pa. (AP)

(Warning: Some of the photos in this story are graphic.)

(CNSNews.com) – Defense lawyer Jack McMahon delivered his closing argument on behalf of abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Monday, accusing  prosecutors of “manipulating” the case to engage in an essentially “racist” prosecution of the man charged with four counts of first-degree murder, killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

“Never have I seen the presumption of innocence so trampled on, stomped on,” said McMahon in court today, adding that the Philadelphia district attorney’s office “tried to manipulate everybody” and was pursuing an “elitist, racist prosecution.”

“Dr. Gosnell is not the only one doing abortions in Philadelphia,” McMahon said, “but he was an African American singled out for prosecution.”

“We know why he was targeted,” he said.  “If you can’t see that reality, you’re living in some sort of la-la land.”

Speaking for nearly two hours before the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, McMahon painted Gosnell as a doctor who cared for his community “providing a service” to vulnerable young girls.

Gosnell “provided a service to the community,” where people would “pay what they could” and often give paper IOU’s, McMahon said.

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Baby Boy B, with slit neck, discovered by police at the abortion office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Grand Jury Report.)

“He knew what he was doing, he was giving this community health care they might not have otherwise had,” he said.

“He never turned away a desperate, troubled young lady because they didn’t have enough money,” McMahon said.

He talked about 13-  and 14-year-old “desperate young girls.”

“And who comes to help them?” McMahon asked.  “Dr. Gosnell.”

“He gave them a solution to their problem,” he said.  “They went in for a service and Dr. Gosnell got it done.”

Gosnell, 72, is facing four counts of first-degree murder for the killing of babies born alive after abortions, and a third-degree murder charge in the anesthesia-overdose death of a mother, Karnamaya Mongar, at his clinic the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia.

He is also charged with infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.

The grand jury report presented in the case asserted that Gosnell killed “hundreds” of babies over the years, by cutting their spinal cords with scissors after they survived late-term abortions.

 

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This Whole  thing makes me weep and mourn the loss of our  humanity.

I want  to be perfectly  clear.  I am  pro choice , however ,I  am not pro  murder  at the whim of an irresponsible  , self absorbed monster who has no respect  for life.  Abortion is not  birth  control, it is  to  be used in dire circumstances  under conditions and terms of  the  law  which  are  violated  by  people such as  this.

While  I  am a  firm  believer  that a  woman  has the  right  to  choose   that  does not  give  any  person the right  to do anything  as  heinous  as  this.  I  would never  personally choose abortion  as I  feel I could not live  with that  choice  personally.  However, I  do not believe  that  I  have  the  right  to choose for another   as is the  case  in  rape and  incest  victims.  To condemn a  woman  to  carry  out the  pregnancy   which   was  the result  of an  attack  is cruel and unusual  punishment making  that  woman  a  victim   twice.  I  do not  believe  that  anyone  has  the  right  to  impose  that  on  another  human  being.  We  must  each  make our choices  and live   with  their consequences  and the part  we  played in it.

Those calling for abortion to  be   illegal because   no one has the right  to  go through  with  an  abortion  would take  a  step back and judge not lest  you  be  judged.  When  society  does a better job   at  taking  care  of  all the unwanted  children  that  we  already  have  and  no one  even  gives a  second  thought   to .  When instead  of condemning  a  young girl who has made a mistake, she  is  taken in and  counseled and  nurtured  then  perhaps  society  can  have a  say . But  not  until then.  For you to pass  judgment then  you  must  first  walk a  mile in their  shoes.  Some out there have  absolutely  no idea  what  other less  fortunate   human  beings  have  to  live through.  Until you  do  , you  don’t get  a say  in  what they  need to  do  to  live it.  Unless  you are planning  to  step in and  help!

That  being  said, those of  you   who have  waited  till  you are   7months  pregnant to   go  through  with  an abortion  should be put in  jail.  You  had  7 months to  think about  it , to  allow that   child to  grow  inside your  body  , to  feel it  move inside you  and   you  still believe  it  is  something  that  needs  to  be  removed  and thrown  out like so much  garbage?

At  7  months it is not only   ILLEGAL to   perform  an  abortion  it  is  IMMORAL and  REPREHENSIBLE.

How  dare  you?

How dare  anyone   think that they have  the  right  to  take a life in this manner and  walk  away with no consequences.  You  had  the  opportunity  to use   birth control and opted out  or it  failed (it  happens).  But  you  also had  ample time to  understand  what  needed  to be  done  if you truly cannot have that  child.

What  were  you  doing   in those   7 months that  was  so  important  that  you  could not  do the responsible thing?

What  in the  world  could  have  been  so important?

To those  performing  the abortion what  kind of  uncaring  unfeeling monster  are you to take a child that is  alive  , breathing  and completely  helpless and  do something like this?

To  treat that  small baby  like it  did  not matter.

Dear  God and we wonder  why  we  are  in  the  situation  we  are in?

Only an  unfeeling uncaring Monster  with  no  heart  could do something like this  and  feel no  remorse……

I like  to believe  that  there  is   good in all people and  it  is stories like this  that  make me think I  am so  very   wrong.  There is   so  much  apathy  and disregard  for  life  in this society.  One  life not as worthy as the  next   depending  on   who you are and  what  level of  society  you  come from.  Self righteous screamers  and  utterances  of curses and punishments who  are   at the  ready  to point  out  the faults  of  others  but  are blinded  to their own  lack of faith in  what  is  expected of  them.  When we  are taught  to love  our  neighbors as  we  love  ourselves , it  did not  say unless they  are poor, raped,imperfect,or  sinners.  It is  not your  job  to   judge  , it is  your   job to be there  to  help pick up the  pieces  and  make this  world a better  place.  Last  I  checked  pointing  fingers  and  yelling insults did not make the  world  a better  place.

Laws  are in place   and   they  need  to be   enforced. Why are they  not  being   enforced?  These  are  crimes  as  real as  the ones committed  at the Boston Marathon.

Why are law  enforcement and FBI not all over this?

This  is a hypocritical issue  everyone pulling   in their  respective  direction and  no one  really  addressing the  problems that   bring it  about.  A little more love  and  care  and   a  lot less   accusations  and  judgement  would go a  very  long  way  in that  respect…….

~Desert Rose~

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April 25, 2013
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Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) took to the House floor on Wednesday, condemning the late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, saying, “May God forgive us.”

Black also blasted President Barack Obama for not speaking out against the “house of horrors” abortion clinic run by Gosnell, who would sever the spinal cords of babies with scissors after they had survived late-term abortion procedures.

“Mr. Speaker, I stand here today outraged and deeply saddened by the heartbreaking story of the abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell,” said Black.  “This is the man currently on trial for the murder of eight people, seven of which were newborns who were killed after surviving late-term botched abortions in his house of horrors clinic.”

“But Gosnell didn’t act alone,” she said.  “He had a host of silent co-conspirators who referred women to his practice knowing full well of the horrors that went on behind those closed doors.  And, meanwhile, the State boards gave Gosnell a free pass for 17 years by failing to inspect his clinic.”

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (AP)

Gosnell, 72, is currently on trial for the murder of four babies born alive and a mother, who overdosed at his clinic the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia.  Gosnell was originally charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, but Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart dropped three of the charges onWednesday, apparently concluding that the prosecution did not present enough evidence that the babies in those cases were “not viable,” or born alive.

Gosnell is also facing charges of infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.  The six-week long trial is set to conclude on Monday, with closing arguments after Gosnell’s defense rested on Wednesday, without offering any witnesses. Gosnell did not take the stand.

Rep. Black also condemned President Obama for not speaking out against Gosnell who, according to the grand jury in the case, had killed “hundreds” of babies over the years by snipping their spinal cords.

“When asked about Gosnell’s crime, our president tells us he has no comment,” Black said.  “Where is your outrage, Mr. President?”

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Gosnell Trial Witness: Baby Abortion Survivor Was ‘Swimming’ in Toilet ‘Trying to Get Out’

April 18, 2013

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gosnellDr. Kermit Gosnell, charged with 7 counts of first-degree murder, killing babies reportedly born alive at his abortion office in West Philadelphia, Pa. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – On the last day of testimony before the prosecution rests in the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, a former worker at Gosnell’s clinic testified that she saw one late-term baby who survived an abortion “swimming” in a toilet and “trying to get out.”

Kareema Cross, a “medical assistant” who worked at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society clinic for four-and-a-half years, testified in a Philadelphia court today, telling of the horrors of babies who survived abortions only to have their necks snipped with scissors.

“Did you ever see those babies move?” asked Prosecutor Joanne Pescatore.

“Yes, once in the toilet,” said Cross.

The baby “was like swimming,” she said.  “Basically, trying to get out.”

Adrienne Moton, an employee at the clinic, then took the baby and snipped the back of its neck while the mother was still in the room.

Cross told the jury that when Shayquana Abrams came into the clinic in July 2008 she was pregnant, “and she was big.”

“That was the largest baby I ever saw,” Cross said.

When the baby was born alive, Abrams was sleeping.  Cross said Dr. Gosnell took the baby boy, which she described as 12 to 18 inches long, and put him inside a plastic container the size of a shoebox.

“The baby was still breathing,” she said.  “He didn’t cut the neck right there.”

The baby was too big for the plastic container, with his arms and legs hanging over the sides.

“The Doctor cut the back of the baby’s neck but didn’t do suction—normally Dr. Gosnell would do suction … to suck the brains out,” Cross said.

“I called people over to come see it [the baby] and we took pictures,” she said.

Grand Jury Report, Abortionist: 'This Baby Is Big Enough to Walk Around With Me or Walk Me to the Bus Stop'Baby Boy A, allegedly killed after being born alive and then having his spinal cord cut at the abortion office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (AP)

The baby boy had curled himself into the fetal position and laid on his side in the box.  An image of the baby taken by Cross was shown to the court, showing him laying lifeless on his side.  (the photo of the infant, Baby A, is included in the Grand Jury Report and is posted in this article.)

“It was supposed to go upstairs in the freezer, but it was still there the next day because the janitor complained,” Cross added.

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