*******Abortion Workers Murder Newborns and Adult Witness in Shocking Case
By NWV News Writer Jim Kouri
November 4, 2011
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Warning: This news story contains gory details of violent, criminal acts.
Two female workers at an inner-city abortion clinic pleaded guilty to murdering newborn babies and an adult patient in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday.
Thirty-four year old Adrienne Moton and 52-year old Sherry West both entered guilty pleas to third-degree murder in the killing of viable newborns as well as feeding a patient enough painkillers to cause her overdose and death.
Both women worked for Dr. Kermit Gosnell at Women's Medical Society, which prosecutors termed "a decrepit and unsanitary clinic."
Sentencing of the two convicted killers is scheduled for December 2 before Judge Benjamin Lerner. According to the Pennsylvania's criminal code the maximum penalty for third-degree murder is 40 years in prison.
In addition to Moton and West, seven other suspects face charges in the case, including the Dr. Gosnell, who the grand jury stated, killed babies and endangered pregnant women, and that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy.
He then allegedly murdered these newborns by cutting their spinal cords with scissors.
The grand jury heard testimony from a clinic co-worker of Moton's that a patient gave birth to a large baby at the clinic. The child was then placed inside of a toilet. Reportedly, the co-worker told them that the baby was moving in the toilet water as if it was trying to swim.
The grand jury than heard testimony that "Moton reached into the toilet, got the baby out and cut its neck."
West was charged with the murder of a 41-year-old patient named Karnamaya Mongar.
The grand jury heard testimony that Mongar died from a severe heart attack as a result of overdosing on the painkiller Demerol, said to be more potent than morphine.
The grand jury was told that West and another abortion clinic worker administered the drug following physician Gosnell's order and Mongar died as a result of what prosecutors called wanton and reckless behavior.
"This is just beyond horrifying. This is torture! This is sheer, senseless madness! 3rd Degree murder? Unbelievable. Who'll speak for the tortured babies? So many spoke up against the Abu Ghraib incident ad nauseum, and yet there's mere silence about this abattoir in Philly. Is America losing its soul or has it lost it?" asked City College of New York's Anthony Lee Nieves.
According to several law enforcement officials, this case illustrates what occurs when there is little oversight and "a lot of covering up to avoid perceived political backlash against the abortion industry."
"When have you ever seen television cameras or journalists with video recorders in an abortion clinic? What is there to hide?" asked former New York City homicide detective Terry Knudsen
The Grand Jury issued a presentment recommending criminal charges against Gosnell and his employees, including charges of murder against Kermit Gosnell, Lynda Williams, Adrienne Moton, and Steven Massof for killing viable babies born alive at the clinic, and charges of conspiracy to commit murder against these persons and Sherry West.
Gosnell was also charged with infanticide and performing illegal late-term abortions. Charged as co-conspirators were Williams, West, and Pearl Gosnell, his wife.
With respect to the death of Karnamaya Mongar, Kermit Gosnell, Lynda Williams, and Sherry West were charged with third-degree murder, drug delivery resulting in death, drug violations, and conspiracy.
Gosnell operated a corrupt criminal enterprise, for which the Grand Jury recommended racketeering charges against Kermit Gosnell, Lynda Williams, Sherry West, Adrienne Moton, Maddline Joe, Tina Baldwin, Pearl Gosnell, Steven Massof, and Eileen O’Neill.
Massof and O’Neill, who pretended to be doctors, will be charged with theft by deception and conspiracy, with Gosnell, to deceive patients. Gosnell and Massof are also charged with conspiracy and drug violations for illegally dispensing narcotics.
Kermit Gosnell Abortion Clinic Was Not Inspected For 17 Years
While this week's indictment involving a grisly abortion mill in Philadelphia has shocked many, the grand jury's nearly 300-page report also contains a surprising and little-noted revelation: In the mid-1990s, the administration of Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, a pro-choice Republican, ended regular inspections of abortion clinics--a policy that continued until just last year.
According to the grand jury report [PDF] released this week by Philadelphia prosecutors, Pennsylvania health officials deliberately chose not to enforce laws to ensure that abortion clinics provide the same level of care as other medical service providers.
The District Attorney's office this week charged an abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, with murder and infanticide. Nine other workers at the abortion clinic, the Women's Medical Society, also face charges. According to the prosecutors, Gosnell and his associates not only broke state law by performing abortions after 24 weeks--they also killed live babies by stabbing them with scissors and cutting their spinal cords. Law enforcement officials found blood-stained furniture, unsterilized instruments and fetal remains scattered about the clinic. At least one woman, a refugee from Nepal, had died under Gosnell's care after being given repeated injections of a dangerous sedative. Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions from treating and sometimes maiming his patients, who were mostly low-income, minority women.
But perhaps most frightening of all? The atrocities were discovered by accident, as the Philadelphia Inquirer points out. Warnings--from patients and their attorneys, a doctor at a Philadelphia hospital, women's health groups, pro-choice groups, and even an employee of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health--failed to prompt state and local authorities to investigate or take action against the clinic.
The grand jury report said that one look at the place would have detected the problems, but the Pennsylvania Department of Health hadn't inspected the place since 1993. Here's the grand jury report, in surprisingly strong language:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be "putting a barrier up to women" seeking abortions.
"Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety," the report states. "Without regular inspections, providers like Gosnell continue to operate; unlawful and dangerous third-trimester abortions go undetected; and many women, especially poor women, suffer."
According to the report, the policy change occurred after 1993 when attorneys under the administration of then-governor Tom Ridge "interpreted the same regulations that had permitted annual inspections for years to no longer authorize those inspections." Thereafter, only inspections triggered by complaints were authorized. The report noted that Department of Public Health officials reinstituted regular inspections of abortion clinics in February 2010. Ed Rendell, the Pennsylvania Democrat whose second term as governor ended last week, released a statement saying he was "flabbergasted" when he learned of the department's lax scrutiny of abortion clinics and immediately ordered increased inspections, the Associated Press reported.
Still, the earlier policy had its defenders. According to the grand jury report, when the Department of Health's chief lawyer was asked about it, she responded, "People die."
Given that between 30,000 to 40,000 abortions are performed each year Pennsylvania, it's unclear how many women have been put at risk in the almost two decades that regulators suspended regular inspections of abortion clinics in Pennsylvania. The grand jury report does note that many organizations perform safe abortion procedures and have high standards of care, but that's "no thanks to the Pennsylvania Department of Health."
The state's Department of Health did not comment on the matter but said it would forward our request on to the governor's press office. We've also left a message with Tom Ridge's spokeswoman. We'll update if they respond.*******
DA: West Philadelphia abortion doctor killed 7 babies with scissors
By Patrick Walters and Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
WEST PHILADELPHIA - January 19, 2011 (WPVI) -- A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling "house of horrors" that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also charged with murder in the death of a woman who suffered an overdose of painkillers while awaiting an abortion.
In a nearly 300-page grand jury report filled with ghastly, stomach-turning detail, prosecutors said Pennsylvania regulators ignored complaints of barbaric conditions at Gosnell's clinic, which catered to poor, immigrant and minority women in the city's impoverished West Philadelphia section.
Prosecutors called the case a "complete regulatory collapse." "Pennsylvania is not a Third World country," the district attorney's office declared in the report. "There were several oversight agencies that stumbled upon and should have shut down Kermit Gosnell long ago."*******
Newborn Killings Symptomatic of Other Ill; Abortion Rights Mind-Set Casting Its Shadow on the Treatment of Babies
August 22, 1997
By any measure, this year has seen an exhibition of youthful maternal malfeasance. Two teen-agers in New Jersey secretly gave birth and threw their infants into trash cans; two in New York did the same; a USC student allegedly sent hers down her apartment building's trash chute and three other Southern California women tossed their newborn babies into garbage bags.
While furrow-browed psychologists and anguished social workers speak to us of ``pregnancy denial'' and issue vague and vapid calls for ``education,'' an obvious and primary cultural impetus for this atrocity remains undiscussed: Pro-choice rhetoric has ignored the value of prenatal life by absolutely denying that women have any objective obligations toward the fetuses they carry.
The constant and prominent repetition of the mantra, ``A woman can do what she wants with her own body,'' has firmly set within our social consciousness the devaluation - indeed, the denial - of human fetal life, which it plainly communicates. Thus, schooled in the moral relativism of their ``right to choose,'' some pregnant young women wishing to evade motherhood choose to cross the increasingly porous boundary into infanticide.
With the abortion rights rhetoric of fetal dehumanization so intense and pervasive, why should it surprise us if immediately after her baby's birth an anxious young women is unwilling to suddenly invest authentic humanity in this person who just moments before was - according to her social milieu - not a person at all, but only a legally disposable part of her body, akin to a bothersome lock of hair or unsightly mole?
It is a fact, that in our information and media-saturated country, the air we breathe is thick with ideas which inevitably affect our behavior to some degree. Indeed, it is a primary axiom of contemporary liberalism that social environment not only influences, but actually determines, individual human conduct.
Hence, to the liberal mind: poverty causes crime; patriarchy and sexism wound girls' self-esteem, causing them to underachieve and unnecessarily limit their own career options; and the American history of slavery and Jim Crow creates a residual racism that causes a measure of self-loathing and self-destructive behavior among some African-Americans.
But now, because pregnancy neglect and infanticide call into question the wisdom of modern liberalism's cherished abortion license, we are to believe that impressionable young women's treatment of their preborn and newborn babies is somehow completely immune from the impact of the ideas comprising our public discourse about maternal responsibility and prenatal life.
The connection between the dehumanization of preborn babies, which has been a staple of American abortion advocacy, and the literal trashing of unwanted newborns is clear and direct. But it cannot be openly recognized, because to suggest that the abortion license is tearing at the fine fabric of civil society is to wonder if perhaps the opening of the abortion floodgates was a mistake.
To court such ideas is to breach the sensitive lines of liberal orthodoxy, and to invite the intimidating scorn of the powerful abortion lobby, the feminist establishment and reporters who disagree. Most of us would rather spare ourselves the headache, and so we are content simply to remain silent about the social corrosiveness of abortion on demand, and instead express shock that a mother could treat her baby like garbage.
Soon, another baby will emerge from the womb only to be stuffed among the dirty refuse of a society that had abandoned belief in her intrinsic value. What blind hubris and gall we have to abort 1.5 million preborn human beings each year and then take umbrage with our culture of brutality.*******
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