Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — The judge presiding over the murder trial of a notorious Philadelphia abortionist decided Tuesday to drop nine of the over 30 charges filed against the “House of Horrors” proprietor.
Judge Jeffrey Minehart dismissed three first degree murder charges against Kermit Gosnell, who operated Women’s Medical Society, 3901 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia, with his wife. The charges stemmed from three babies that were believed to have been born alive during an abortion procedure and then killed following their birth. One charge of infanticide was also dropped, as well as five counts of abuse of a corpse, the latter charges relating to Gosnell’s storage of severed baby feet in jars.
Gosnell’s defense attorney has been putting on his case this week, and in doing so, he had requested that Minehart dismiss all seven counts of first degree murder due to lack of evidence. Jack McMahon contends that it cannot be proven that any of the babies had been born alive.
“These are not the movements of a live child,” McMahon commented in response to testimony from several former Gosnell employees. “There is not one piece — not one — of objective, scientific evidence that anyone was born alive.”
However, the prosecution said that one of the biggest indications that the babies were born alive is that Gosnell would “snip” the spinal cords of the children to ensure their “fetal demise.”
“Why would you cut a baby in the back of the neck unless you were killing it?” Assistant District Attorney Ed Cameron inquired.
As previously reported, last week, abortion worker Kareema Cross told the jury that 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.”
Days prior, 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 as well 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.”
Gosnell still faces four counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of babies born at the facility, 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.