A former abortion clinic worker has capped the murder trial of her former boss with testimony that she saw more than 10 babies breathe before they were killed. Kareema Cross is the final prosecution witness against Dr. Kermit Gosnell. She says she saw the babies' chests move but was told by Gosnell they were not breathing. She also says she saw three babies move their arms and legs and heard a fourth give a soft whine. Cross says she was so upset by clinic procedures that she took photos and called authorities. A 2011 grand jury report lambastes state and city officials for failing to inspect the busy Philadelphia clinic.
What else is there to be said? A few more things, actually: This woman is the prosecution's star witness, though she mustn't be confused with another Gosness "nurse" -- a 15-year-old high school student employed at the clinic. That girl was paid under-the-table to assist in macabre late-term abortions, all with zero legal training. Trial testimony has also revealed that Gosnell re-used disposable, unclean surgical materials, posing major heath risks to the patients that he wasn't intentionally killing (via Ed Morrissey):
Lewis indicated that Gosnell’s equipment was outdated and never inspected, and that he often reused disposable curettes, which is the sharp-ended tube that enters the womb in abortion procedures and applies suction for the removal of the pre-born baby and other tissues and fluids. Lewis testified that the curettes were washed, dried and placed in an antiseptic solution, then reused. The curettes are meant to be disposable and for single use only. She indicated that she noticed that women who had abortions using the reused curettes began returning to the clinic suffering from sexually transmitted diseases. Earlier testimony indicated that plastic curettes are more porous than metal surgical instruments and simply cannot be adequately cleaned for reuse.
Read this full story for even more stomach-turning details. Have we mentioned that this sickening saga also includes overt racism? Because it does:
Regarding racism, Pescatore told the jury that it was Gosnell who practiced racism at his Women's Medical Society clinic, on Lancaster Avenue near 38th Street. He treated white female patients better than women of color, she said, by placing whites in different rooms, personally meeting with each and ordering his staff to keep him apprised of every aspect of their treatment. " 'It's the way of the world,' " Gosnell would respond when his employees questioned him about those practices, Pescatore said. "This so-called doctor didn't treat all the women the same. He treated the white women differently," the prosecutor said. To maximize profits, Gosnell performed a high number of abortions, including illegal ones on women beyond the 24th week of pregnancy, Pescatore said. " 'That baby is big enough to walk me to the bus stop,' " Gosnell is alleged to have joked about one of the seven babies he is accused of murdering, Pescatore told the jury.
Needless to say, Gosnell's defense is playing the race card at trial -- replete with a despicable "lynching" reference -- claiming that the African American abortionist is being targeted because of the color of his skin. Not the fact that he murdered at least eight people. "Allegedly." The New York Times evidently doesn't find this story especially compelling; they've recalled their only reporter covering the trial, stating that they'll only cover "highlights" from here on out. I wonder why.
UPDATE - Good Lord:
A former staff worker at the Kermit Gosnell abortion facility testified during the murder trial today that the abortion practitioner and his staff once tossed a newborn child who survived a failed abortion and was still breathing into a shoe box.
Does the Times classify this as a "highlight"?