Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — The final witness against a notorious Philadelphia abortionist who is facing multiple murder charges took the stand in court today, outlining to the jury that she saw at least 10 babies breathing before being killed, and as many as 25.
Kareema Cross stated that she was so concerned by what she saw at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society that she took photographs and contacted authorities to express her concerns. Her testimony correlated with that of her co-workers, as she told the jury that she saw a newborn flinch his or her arm before employee Lynda Williams snipped the baby’s spinal cord.
“Lynda pulled its hand and the baby pulled the arm back,” Cross said.
She recalled that in another instance, one of her co-workers notified her about a baby born alive, and when she stood listening at the door she heard “a whine, a soft whine.”
Cross stated that on other occasions she asked Gosnell about the babies that were breathing, and he asserted that they were not alive.
She told jurors that Gosnell took one of the late-term babies that was born alive and placed him in a container the size of a shoe box. As the abortionist was carrying the box to the table, the baby “pulled in its arms” and then also pulled in its legs “to fit itself into the box.”
“The doctor then cut the back of the baby’s neck,” Cross said, adding that Gosnell joked that the baby could have “walked to the store and the bus stop.”
She later took a photograph of the child, which is now known as “Baby A” (pictured).
Cross stated that Gosnell desired for her to abort as well.
“[His thinking was,] how can I work here and be pregnant?” she explained. “Other people are not happy about being pregnant, so how can I be?”
Cross’ testimony follows five weeks of gruesome details shared by her co-workers, all of which are behind bars. As previously reported, Gosnell employee Sherry West said that she couldn’t bring herself to kill a tiny newborn that was crying before it died.
“There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West told the court.
“It didn’t have eyes or a mouth, but it was screeching, making this noise,” she recalled. “It really freaked me out and I said, ‘Call Dr. Gosnell,’ and I went back out front.”
Similarly, Stephen Massof testified the week prior that it would “rain fetuses” on some days at the facility, and that he witnessed Gosnell snip the spinal cords of at least 100 newborn babies.
“It was literally a beheading,” Massof stated as he described the “snipping” technique. “It is separating the brain from the body.”
Former employee Adrienne Moton likewise admitted last month that she had participated in the procedure.
Abortionist Kermit Gosnell
“I could remember a good 10 times that I did it,” she said, obviously nervous.
As previously reported, abortionist Kermit Gosnell, 72, was taken into custody in 2011 following an investigation into his practice, called the Women’s Medical Society. Investigators had not initially been aware that Gosnell was running a late-term abortion facility, but visited the location over suspicions about the illegal sale of controlled substances. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who leveled the charges against the abortionist, described Gosnell’s operation two years ago as a “House of Horrors.”
“[Investigators] found jar after jar after jar of fetal remains and specifically severed feet in jars,” he explained in front of a panel following the compilation of the Grand Jury Report. “They found medical waste bags just strewn everywhere.”
He now faces seven counts of first-degree murder — the most severe charge, which signifies that the acts were premeditated — for the deaths of babies who were believed to have died after birth, as well as one count of third-degree murder for the death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old woman who died during an abortion. Over 30 other charges have also been leveled against the abortionist.
Gosnell could face the death penalty if convicted.
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