Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — An unlicensed assistant to a notorious abortionist testified Thursday in court against his former mentor, stating that dozens of babies were “beheaded” after their delivery.
Stephen Massof was a medical school graduate that spent time shadowing Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell as he performed surgical abortions on women that came to his facility. As he took the stand, he told the court that within two months, he became involved in performing exams, and was present when Gosnell ended the lives of newborn children by snipping the back of their necks with scissors.
“It was literally a beheading,” Massof stated as he described the technique. “It is separating the brain from the body.”
He said that Gosnell killed approximately 100 babies in this manner during the five years that he spent at the facility, and that he saw at least one child jerk his or her leg, but that Gosnell claimed that it was just a “spontaneous” movement.
Massof also advised that at times women would be given drugs to expedite delivery, and that on some days, the atmosphere was chaotic.
“[I]t would rain fetuses,” he said. “Fetuses and blood all over the place.”
The abortion assistant stated that it was difficult for him to deal with the numerous women that were heavily sedated with medication and/or wracked with pain.
“I felt like a fireman in Hell,” Massof told the court. “I couldn’t put out all the fires.”
He also admitted that illegal late-term abortions were being performed on babies past 24 weeks (6 months) and that the ultrasound machine had been manipulated to make the babies appear smaller and younger than they really were.
Massoff has been incarcerated in Pittsburgh as he awaits his official sentencing, along with other employees and assistants to Gosnell.
As previously reported, former Gosnell employee Adrienne Moton likewise told the court last month that babies who were born alive did indeed have their spines snipped with scissors.
“I learned it from Dr. Gosnell,” she stated when asked by Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron where she came up with the idea. “I never asked why.”
“I could remember a good 10 times that I did it,” Moton said, obviously nervous.
She told the court that another employee also performed the snipping technique as well, and that she “couldn’t give … a number” for how many times she saw Gosnell ending the lives of newborn babies in this manner.
Moton advised that one of the children that was aborted was approximately 30 weeks in gestation. She cried as she spoke of the child, a boy, whom she said Gosnell boasted was big enough to walk to the bus stop. As Moton had taken a photo of the baby with her cell phone, the photo was projected onto the screen for the jury.
Moton has been incarcerated since 2011, and has pled guilty to third degree murder, along with other charges, for her participation in Gosnell’s late-term abortion operation. She agreed to testify against Gosnell in a plea deal.
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 initially 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 in this manner.
Gosnell also has been accused of one count of third-degree murder for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, an abortion client who died after she was administered a lethal amount of medication. Approximately 20 other charges have been leveled against the abortionist.
Gosnell could face the death penalty for his crimes if convicted.