Editor's Note: This article contains graphic descriptions. Please be advised.
The Dr. Kermit Gosnell case is entering its final stages, with closing arguments scheduled to run throughout Monday; tomorrow, the jury is expected to be charged. TheBlaze will be in the courtroom today to hear both the defense and the prosecution make final points about the now-infamous abortion doctor -- and Gosnell's fate will likely be decided in the coming days.
While we have shared a plethora of details surrounding the Gosnell trial, it's important to revisit the charges the doctor faces and to take a look at the lives purportedly lost at his Women's Medical Society. Currently, five murder charges remain against Gosnell. Last week, Judge Jeffery P. Minehart dismissed three counts of first degree murder on the grounds that there was not enough proof that those three babies were born alive.
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.)
Thus, the original eight murder charges have been decreased to five (four counts for babies and one for an adult woman who died after having an abortion at the clinic). Considering that the infants did not have names and were intended to be dead upon arrival, the court gave each child a letter (i.e. Baby A, Baby B, Baby C, etc.) to differentiate each circumstance.
As the trial enters its final days, we're providing background on each of these purported victims. The allegations surrounding their deaths are gruesome, so please be advised. Here they are:
Baby A: According to Operation Rescue and LifeSiteNews.com, Baby A was delivered to Shaquana Abrama at 29.4 weeks gestation (this is based on an ultrasound record). Kareema Cross, one of the clinic workers, testified that the baby was the largest she had ever seen delivered at Women's Medical Society. He apparently was so large that he didn't fit into a plastic shoe box that Gosnell placed him in.
And according to Cross, the baby moved his arms and legs (signs of life), but his neck was allegedly cut, regardless. Cross was so shocked by the baby's size that she, along with other clinic workers, took photos on a cell phone.
As TheBlaze and the AP highlighted, the mother of Baby A testified in Gosnell's trial as well:
The mother of “Baby A” testified Tuesday afternoon, describing a painful three-day abortion process that started at Gosnell’s clinic in Delaware. She was 17, had an infant daughter and was told by Gosnell she was 24 weeks pregnant — the legal limit in Pennsylvania, but not in neighboring Delaware, where abortions are banned after 20 weeks.
The Chester woman said she was given abortion drugs in Delaware and sent home the first two days, then was directed to the West Philadelphia clinic the third day. She was in severe pain by then, pain that only worsened the following week, she said.
Her aunt had taken her to the clinic and paid the $1,300 fee, and they had not told her mother.
“I never felt pain like that, ever,” the woman said. “I couldn’t talk to anybody and tell anybody.”
But the teen ended up being hospitalized for two weeks with a large abscess and a blood clot near her heart. Prosecutors say she is one of countless patients injured during botched abortions or unsanitary conditions.
And that's just one of the many alleged stories.
Photo Credit: AP
Baby C: Cross also testified that she saw another baby breathing for 20 minutes before it, too, was purportedly killed. Baby C apparently also responded when a clinic worker lifted its arm. But later, the clinic worker testified to seeing fellow employee Lynda Williams use scissors to snip the infant's spinal cord. Even more shocking, Gosnell was allegedly in the room when this all unfolded.
In sum, Cross testified that she saw at least 10 babies breathe before they were murdered. She has already plead guilty to administering drugs at the clinic and is hoping for probation after cooperating with prosecutors. “I thought they were breathing. He would say they’re not really breathing,” Cross testified, according to the Associated Press.
She apparently worked at the clinic from 2005 until 2009, but was so disturbed by its practices that she took pictures and called authorities and gave a relative’s name instead of her own. In addition to her claims that babies were breathing, she also purportedly saw three move, including one that was born in a toilet, the AP reports. A fourth purportedly let out a “soft whine.”
Baby D: This baby was delivered into a toilet and, according to Cross, the child immediately began struggling and "swimming" once outside of the womb. Another clinic worker, Adrienne Moton, apparently snipped the baby's neck while the infant's mother purportedly watched this all unfold. According to LifeSiteNews.com, the baby was estimated to be 12-15 inches long (based on testimony).
As previously reported, in March, Moton 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. Moton plead guilty and has been in prison since 2011
This undated photo released by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office shows Karnamaya Mongar, left, and her husband, Mr. Mongar, no first name given. Karnamaya Mongar survived 20 years in a refugee camp after fleeing war-torn Bhutan, but died months after arriving in the U.S. in 2009 and seeking an abortion. Credit: AP
Baby E: The legal cap on abortions in Pennsylvania is 24 weeks. Baby E is estimated to have fallen within that time frame and was said to be in utero for about 23 weeks before an abortion took place. According to LifeSiteNews.com, Ashley Baldwin, a teenager who was working at the clinic, heard the baby cry after birth, so she called Cross for help. Cross apparently confirmed this story in testimony and said that it sounded like a "whine." Gosnell then allegedly snipped the baby's neck.
TheBlaze highlighted Baldwin's story earlier this year, noting that she started at the clinic at the age of 15 (she's currently 22). According to her testimony, she saw a number of babies move, squirm -- and one even "screech" -- after birth.
As we previously noted, former employee, Sherry West, shared yet another horrifying story about after-birth noises. She claims that she was once called to the back room at the clinic, where aborted babies’ bodies were apparently kept on a shelf. Once there, West heard a live baby among the bodies cry out. The screaming child “really freaked” her out, she told the court.
“I can’t describe it. It sounded like a little alien,” she said, noting that she previously referred to the babies as “specimens,” because it was easier to mentally handle what was going on at the clinic.
Karnamaya Mongar: Karnamaya Mongar, an immigrant from Bhutan in South Asia, is the sole adult victim in the Gosnell trial. The 41-year-old woman survived a refugee camp for two decades before coming to America, but her fate was inevitably met after a visit to the embattled doctor’s clinic. In 2009, she died after undergoing an abortion at the Women’s Medical Society.
Relatives are claiming wrong-doing and, in addition to the criminal trial, a lawsuit is also pending against Gosnell. The Associated Press reports that the woman’s daughter, Yashoda Gurung, 24, recently testified through a translator, recapping the events that unfolded on the evening and day after her mother underwent the procedure.
In addition to labor inducing drugs, Mongar was purportedly given painkillers, as she waited for Gosnell to arrive. The prosecution charges that unlicensed staff gave Mongar a lethal combination of oral and intravenous drugs. And the Inquirer reports that too much Demerol is purportedly what led to the woman’s death.
TheBlaze has extensively covered the Gosnell trial, noting the overarching details as well as the 10 most shocking among the allegations. As of last week, LifeSiteNews reported that Gosnell is still facing 380 criminal charges (the purported murders are obviously the most horrific).