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THE BLAZE by BILLY HALLOWELL

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Soviet poster circa 1925. Title translation: “Abortions performed by either trained or self-taught midwives not only maim the woman, they also often lead to death.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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TheBlaze Goes Inside Philly Abortion Doctor’s Shocking Murder Trial: And More Disturbing Details Emerge (WARNING: Graphic)

 

 

Editor’s Note: This article deals with extremely-disturbing themes and subjects. Please be advised. 

During
Monday’s court proceedings, Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s lawyer, Jack
McMahon, echoed what pro-life advocates have long argued: That abortion
is a violent (or “rough,” as he termed it) act, particularly when the
unborn are further along in their development. And TheBlaze was in the
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  courtroom to see the attorney’s
controversial arguments first-hand.

In
defending his client in front of the judge and jury, McMahon said of
abortion, “The process itself is kind of rough. You go in with
forceps…[you may go in and pull out an arm, a leg].” What he was
essentially admitting here is that the procedure involves, in many
cases, dismemberment — an unpleasant detail that may not always be considered when debating whether or not an abortion is a “woman’s right.”

TheBlaze Goes Inside Dr. Kermit Gosnells Murder Trial | Abortion, Philadelphia

Dr.
Kermit Gosnell’s defense attorney Jack McMahon walks to the Criminal
Justice Center, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Philadelphia. Gosnell, an
abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at
the Women’s Medical Society, goes on trial Monday on eight counts of
murder. Credit: AP

While
it’s hard for those not in the courtroom to understand why McMahon
would make such a proclamation, his rationale was clear, as the lawyer
explained that his client’s alleged horrific actions presented to the
court on Monday are consistent with what one would expect to see in a
“normal” abortion procedure.

So,
while the images of cut-off fetal feet, dismembered babies and other
related charges seem horrifying, the defense seemingly went the extra
mile to explain that these elements are commonplace — or, at the least,
not unexpected, when it comes to abortion.

Initially,
the argument seemed odd as I sat in the courtroom listening, but upon
reflection, strategically, it makes sense. If McMahon can prove that
abortion is gruesome and that his client was merely participating in its
legal practice, then the notion that his client did nothing out of the
ordinary is a bit stronger.

This
is the latest development in the Gosnell case, which has been
particularly striking, because it has offered — and continues to deliver
— a rare glimpse into the abortion process — one that exposes its
violent (or “rough”) nature. Regardless of where one stands on the
issue, this is undeniable: Abortion isn’t a pleasant experience for any
of the parties involved.

This fact struck me throughout the day, as images and testimony painted immensely chilling pictures.

Courtroom
photos, almost unbearable to look at, corroborated this notion, as they
showed aborted babies from Gosnell’s clinic, ranging in gestational age
— but fully formed. The photos and the alleged details, combined, paint
some pictures about what abortion really consists of — and it seems
McMahon used this description in the defense of his client.

To
say that I felt uncomfortable throughout the day would be an
understatement, as the discussions, at moments, forced me to hold back
from cringing or visibly reacting to what was being said.

Entering
its fifth week, the trial’s events on Monday consisted mainly of
prosecutors continuing to call witnesses to the stand. After Dr. Charles
Benjamin, one of Philadelphia’s few remaining abortion providers,
spoke, the majority of the time was spent with Dr. Sam Gulino, the chief
medical examiner of the City of Philadelphia, on the stand.

While
Benjamin focused on outlining the proper protocols for conducting
abortions (which painted a stark contrast to the allegations against
Gosnell), Gulino’s testimony was focused on his first-hand experience
analyzing the fetal remains taken from the embattled doctor’s clinic.

Gulino
told the court that his office handles odd or uncommon deaths — or a
sudden expiration that occurs among an otherwise healthy person (this
includes suicide). An expert in forensic pathology, he detailed the role
he has had in the case since 2010: Examining the remains of the 47
babies that were stored at the clinic.

Following
the FBI raid on Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Center, in 2010,
authorities delivered the remains to Gulino over the period of a few
months, ranging from February to October of that year. What they were
stored and delivered in, though, according to the witness, raised some
eyebrows in the courtroom.

Severed
feet and pieces of tissue were kept in specimen containers and were
purportedly submerged in formaldehyde. One contained a “lower
extremity,” which he described as being part of the pelvis and a
complete right leg. While pictures of this weren’t shared with the jury,
the description created a troubling mental picture for me as I imagined
what the doctor was describing.

These
five containers — all delivered to Gulino’s office in June 2010 — were
labeled with dates (the feet were one of the many indicators he used to
figure out the fetal age of the babies through a heel to toe
measurement).

But
other samples were not delivered in such an organized manner. Gulino
told the court that he also received large bags filled with various
containers. These containers were not described as being medical in
nature; in fact, juice jugs and other similar, mostly-unlabeled
non-medical holders were said to house additional fetuses — and the
remains were reportedly frozen.

TheBlaze Goes Inside Dr. Kermit Gosnells Murder Trial | Abortion, Philadelphia

In
this March 8, 2010 photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an
interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney’s office in
Philadelphia. (Photo: Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim.)

Among
the container types mentioned? A distilled water jug and a
cherry-limeade container. And the most shocking? As Gulino described:
“It was a container that you would have either cat or dog food in.”

The
fetal remains were also said to be mixed with medical supplies,
including rubber gloves, gauze, cervical dilators — and “bloody liquid.”
For those who embrace pro-life sentiments, the notion that remains
would be dumped with what appears to be mere garbage will likely be
troubling. But the containers and the odd elements added in were the
least of authorities’ problems — at least according to the forensic
expert.

“It
was the first time I had to deal with fetal remains that had been
frozen,” the doctor said, going on to note that the freezing created a
plethora of complications, making it more difficult to properly analyze
the babies’ remains.

Gulino
described painstakingly and slowly defrosting the fetal parts in an
effort to slow decomposition and to properly analyze them. At issue was
the medical professional’s ability to tell whether the babies were born
alive and then killed — something that the effects of the freezing has
left up in the air.

If
the lungs contained air, then it would have been evident that the
babies had potentially been born before being killed. That said, none of
the fetuses in the Gosnell case were found to possess air in their
lungs. It’s possible, then, that these babies were terminated before
birth (which is entirely legal, pending they were aborted before the
five-month period) or that the freezing process rendered the benchmark
unmeasurable (Gulino said that the effects of freezing and defrosting
could impact this indicator).

Naturally,
part of the process was determining gestational age, a process that
relied upon a number of factors, including height, weight and length of
the foot, as mentioned. In the end, Gulino ended up with estimates — and
at least one of those exceeded the 24-week limit for abortion in the
state of Pennsylvania. Again, these are round-about figures, thus it’s
difficult to tell definitively how old the baby was.

Of
the 47 bodies analyzed, Gulino estimated that 17 were terminated during
the first trimester and more than two dozen in the second trimester.
While these fall below the 24-week point, the forensic expert believes
that two additional fetuses
were past that mark (at about 26 and 28 weeks of gestation). That said,
there seems to be some uncertainty, as McMahon pointed out — and Gulino
agreed — that these estimates aren’t definitive and can vary.

The
condition of these bodies was chilling, as Gulino said that two of them
that were estimated to be at or beyond the 20-week mark were
incomplete. One of the babies was missing a left arm at the elbow and
the other one was described as “partially fragmented.” His or her feet
were severed at the lower leg and the right hand was removed at the
wrist. Again, the images were uncomfortable to conjure.

It
was in cross-examining the medical expert that McMahon entered into his
explanation about abortion procedures being “rough.” In addition to
explaining that what was found at the clinic is essentially
par-for-the-course when it comes to this procedure, he seemingly
attempted to explain the curious containers used to store frozen
remains.

Considering
that the fetal remains would be disposed of, he alluded to the fact
that these containers were not surprising (he differentiated between
these and the other specimen containers that held fetal feet — the
latter of which were stored to be saved and preserved).

Perhaps
most notably on the defense side, McMahon was able to get Gulino to
admit that there is no evidence that the babies in question were born
alive — something that is clearly key to trying to prove
Gosnell’s innocence, as the doctor is on trial for eight alleged murders
(the death of a female adult and for purportedly killing seven babies
after birth with scissors).

While
Gosnell is rebuffing some of the claims against him, TheBlaze has
covered the shocking allegations in detail. As reported, in March,
Adrienne Moton, a medical assistant at the clinic, provided sickening details about
her alleged actions at the clinic, claiming that she snipped the spines
of at least 10 babies; she said that another worker — and Gosnell
himself — did the same. But that’s not the worst part. Moton also
claimed that she once killed a baby after it was delivered in a toilet
by cutting its neck with scissors. Moton plead guilty and has been in
prison since 2011.

And that’s just a sliver of what’s been claimed (read the other allegations here).

At
moments, the courtroom was tense, as Gosnell fluctuated between
watching testimony and taking notes. I couldn’t help but watch him
throughout the day. He remained relatively measured throughout.

There
were a few unpredictable moments of note. Toward the end of the
proceedings, the judged snapped at McMahon, who was becoming agitated at
the prosecution. “You’ve got to act like a lawyer,” Judge Jeffrey
Minehart barked.

The case will continue today and TheBlaze will update you as it progresses. The trial is still weeks away from concluding.

 

 

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