A jury of seven men and five women, along with five alternates, endured graphic testimony and photographs throughout the day Monday and Tuesday, including one that showed an approximately 2-inch gash in the back of a baby’s neck, where unlicensed medical assistant Adrienne Moton said the babies were routinely “snipped” to “ensure fetal demise.” The capital murder trial of the abortion doctor/owner of the West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Center “Little Shop of Horrors” is underway.
Moton took the stand and admitted that she had inserted a pair of scissors into necks of at least 10 babies after they were delivered, and cut their spinal cords as Dr. Kermit Gosnell had instructed her. Gosnell and another employee regularly “snipped” the spines “to ensure fetal demise,” she said. Moton cried as she recalled taking a cellphone photo of one infant (labeled “Baby A”) because he was bigger than any she had seen aborted before. She testified that she had measured the fetus at nearly 30 weeks, and thought because of it’s size and pink color could have survived. She said that Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop. The untrained Moton said she also administered the anesthesia and did ultrasounds at the West Philadelphia abortion clinic which investigators found strewn with dead fetuses and bloodied instruments and stretchers.
Moton said she once had to kill a baby delivered in a toilet, cutting its neck with scissors, she said. Asked if she knew that was wrong, she said,”At first I didn’t.” Moton has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, which carries a 20- 40 year sentence, as well as conspiracy and other charges.
Gosnell, 72, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing seven late-term babies after they were born alive. He is also charged with third-degree murder in the overdose death of a 41-year-old refugee who sought an abortion in 2009.
His defense team argues that the fetuses were not as far along as is alleged, that Gosnell was merely helping a poor community, and that Gosnell, who is black, is a victim of “prosecutorial lynching.”trial, KERMIT GOSNELL, abortion, abortion clinic, gosnell, Philadelphia