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Philadelphia Judge Says One Trial for Gosnell and Staffers

by | Sep 30, 2011

By Dave Andrusko

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his Women's Medical Society abortion clinic

The beginning of the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, charged with eight counts of murder, came one step closer today when a Philadelphia judge ruled that there will be one trial for Gosnell and nine clinic workers, including those not charged with murder.

“Judge Benjamin Lerner sympathized with defense lawyers who expect the testimony to be highly emotional when Dr. Kermit Gosnell and nine clinic workers go on trial together, but he said the daughter of a 41-year-old immigrant who died and other witnesses should not have to testify repeatedly,” according to the Associated Press’s Mary Claire Dale.

Four of the nine are charged with murder (including Gosnell’s wife), the remaining five with lesser offenses.

Gosnell, 70, is being held without bail. 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar  died in 2009 after a botched abortion at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society,  abortion clinic in West Philadelphia.

Prosecutors say seven viable babies were born alive and then killed when Gosnell allegedly severed their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

A Grand Jury report was the catalyst.

“Gosnell’s staff testified about scores of gruesome killings of such born-alive infants carried out mainly by Gosnell, but also by employees Steve Massof, Lynda Williams, and Adrienne Moton. Theses killings became so routine that no one could put an exact number on them. They were considered ‘standard procedure.’ Yet some of the slaughtered were so fully formed, so much like babies that should be dressed and taken home, that even clinic employees who were accustomed to the practice were shocked.”

Authorities believe Gosnell made millions of dollars at what they described as a filthy “house of horrors.” Police originally raided the clinic in 2010 because of suspicions Gosnell was illegally dispensing pills. It was only then that they made the discoveries that shook the medical establishment in Pennsylvania.

Looking for evidence that Gosnell was illegally selling thousands of OxyContin prescriptions, police found abhorrent conditions: jars packed with severed baby feet lining the shelves; bags and bottles of aborted fetuses scattered throughout the office; bloodstained furniture and floors; and unlicensed employees who regularly injected sedatives into women having illegal, late-term abortions, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

The Grand Jury also saved some of its harshest criticism for state and local officials (particularly the Department of State, the Department of Health, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System) who out of incompetence or indifference or fear that regulation might “infringe” on abortion did nothing for years.

And for one other inter-related set of reasons.

“We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”

At this morning’s hearing, Judge Lerner denied motions for two co-defendants to be tried separately.

“There’s no question that there’s going to be some prejudice that attaches to a defendant in that position,” Lerner said, according to the AP. “The judge, however, said the law calls not for separate trials but clear instructions to jurors to weigh the evidence against each defendant individually.”

Meanwhile, there is hope that next week the Pennsylvania House will vote on Senate Bill 732 which would  raise safety standards at abortion clinics in Pennsylvania. Naturally, pro-abortionists are denouncing the new standards as unnecessary and “burdensome.” The legislation is in direct response to the outrage sparked by Gosnell’s ghastly behavior.

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