Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — A former employee for a notorious Philadelphia abortionist testified in court today that the newborn baby she killed by snipping the back of his or her neck “jumped” right before he or she died.
Lynda Williams, 44, told those present that it was indeed the “standard procedure” for babies that were born alive at Women’s Medical Society to have the back of their neck snipped with scissors to ensure their “fetal demise.” She stated that abortionist Kermit Gosnell had taught her how to flip babies over and perform the technique.
While Williams reportedly had difficulty remembering some of the details of her time at the abortion facility, or her past testimony to investigators, she did recall the first and only time that she snipped the neck of a newborn baby. She said that the child had been born into the toilet, and she retrieved the baby out of the bowl and ended its life.
“It jumped, the arm,” Williams recalled, raising her arm to demonstrate to the jury what happened after she severed the child’s spinal cord with scissors.
She advised that when she asked Gosnell about the matter, he replied by stating that it was only an “involuntary response” and that the baby was “already dead.” It was just taking his or her “last breath.”
“I only do what I’m told to do,” Williams replied when asked by the prosecution why she did it. “What I was told to do was snip their neck.”
“I never knew it was murder,” she said.
The abortion worker, who is now behind bars, told the court that she never snipped the neck of another child again because “it gave me the creeps.”
Williams had worked for Gosnell in Philadelphia since 2008. Prior to her time at the facility, she worked for another abortionist in Delaware, where Gosnell was also employed part time. She reportedly has suffered with bipolar disorder since 2007, when her husband was killed.
Williams’ testimony corresponds with that of three other Gosnell employees, who all admitted that “snipping” was common at the abortion facility. Yesterday, assistant Sherry West shared a similar story that eyewitnesses believe has still left her traumatized.
“There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it and I thought, ‘What do you expect me to do?’” West told the court.
As she looked into the pan, there was an 18 to 24-inch newborn baby inside.
“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 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 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 for his crimes if convicted.