Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — A former employee for a notorious Philadelphia abortionist took the stand in court Monday morning, recounting an experience that has still left her with what eyewitnesses describe as “a look of horror.”
Sherry West had worked for abortionist Kermit Gosnell at Women’s Medical Society since 2008. During her testimony before those gathered, she recalled one incident that especially stood out in her mind when Gosnell asked her to assist with a matter.
“There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?'” West recalled.
As she looked into the pan, there was an 18 to 24-inch newborn baby inside.
“It’s wasn’t fully developed,” West said.
However, the sound coming from the child struck fear in her heart.
“It didn’t have eyes or a mouth, but it was screeching, making this noise,” she recalled. “It was weird. It sounded like a little alien.”
When Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore asked what happened to the baby, West stated that she did not know, since she left the room traumatized by the incident.
“It really freaked me out and I said, ‘Call Dr. Gosnell,’ and I went back out front,” she explained.
West noted that she called the baby a “specimen” because “it was easier to deal with mentally.”
The former employee plead guilty in 2011 to a 3rd degree murder charge, as well as other charges, over the death of a 41-year-old woman who died at Gosnell’s abortion facility while seeking to end the life of her child. The woman had died from a lethal dose of medication, which West administered. West told the court Monday that Gosnell held a meeting after the death of Karnamaya Mongar and discussed what staff should say if the facility was investigated. She stated that he told her to lie and say that he administered the medication, since she was unqualified.
West is the third employee to testify against Gosnell since his trial began last month. As previously reported, Stephen Massof testified last week 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.
“I could remember a good 10 times that I did it,” she said, obviously nervous.
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.
All of Gosnell’s former employees are currently behind bars for their involvement in the matter.
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 after birth, as well as one count of third-degree murder for the death of Karnamaya Mongar. Approximately 20 other charges have been leveled against the abortionist.
Gosnell could face the death penalty for his crimes if convicted.