Prosecutor to Gosnell: ‘Are You Human?’
April 30, 2013
The Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic at 3801-05 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. (Grand Jury Report)
(CNSNews.com) – “Are you human?” Assistant District Attorney Ed Cameron asked Kermit Gosnell during closing arguments in the abortionist’s trial on Monday.
Cameron noted that during the six-week trial, “Mr. McMahon (the defense attorney) kept asking the witnesses, are you human?” That question really should be asked of Gosnell, Cameron said, turning to look directly at the defendant: “Are you human?” he asked.
Gosnell stared right back and laughed.
“To med these women up, to stick scissors in babies necks — he’s the one in this case that doesn’t deserve to be called human,” Cameron said.
The trial of Gosnell entered its final phase on Monday, after lengthy closing arguments from defense attorney Jack McMahon and from prosecutor Cameron. Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, for allegedly killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.
Cameron ended his closing argument with a plea to the jury to reach a guilty verdict. He quoted Steve Massof, an unlicensed medical graduate who worked at Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia:
“I felt like a fireman in hell,” Massof testified about the time he spent doing abortions late at night before Gosnell would arrive. “It was raining fetuses.”
“[Gosnell’s] the captain of that hell,” Cameron told the court. “It’s time for us to extinguish the hell he created.”
Cameron asked the jurors to “use their common sense” in determining whether the babies were born alive. Gosnell’s defense spent the morning arguing there was reasonable doubt that the four babies alleged to have been murdered were born alive.
“Why do you think there’s a hole in its head?” Cameron said. “It was because that it was an added step to make sure that baby was dead.”
Cameron recalled clinic janitor Jim Johnson’s testimony that the clinic’s toilet was constantly clogged up. “You all know what that’s from, that’s from babies in the toilet,” he said.
“Maybe you’ve been desensitized by this case, but just the thought of using a plunger and having an arm and a leg come up,” Cameron told the jury. He said Gosnell had no respect for the dead, putting fetal remains in the garbage disposal, the toilet, and the freezer.
Cameron also relayed the testimony of Shanice Manning, who was only 14 or 15 years old when her mother brought her into Gosnell’s clinic for an abortion. She did not receive the required counseling before an abortion under Pennsylvania law, nor was the 24-hour waiting period applied.
Manning had to go to the hospital after complications, and that’s where the baby was stillborn.
“What she said in the hospital when the baby was stillborn was, ‘Can I see the baby? Can I hold it?’” Cameron said.
“That is why you have to have counseling,” he said. “To this day she regrets what happened.”
While still at the clinic, Manning had asked Gosnell what the sex of the baby was. “Well, if you’re a good girl, maybe I’ll tell you,” Gosnell was quoted as saying.
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Defense Attorney: Prosecution of Gosnell Is ‘Elitist, Racist’
April 29, 2013
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charged with 4 counts of first-degree murder, killing babies reportedly born alive at his abortion office in West Philadelphia, Pa. (AP)
(Warning: Some of the photos in this story are graphic.)
(CNSNews.com) – Defense lawyer Jack McMahon delivered his closing argument on behalf of abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Monday, accusing prosecutors of “manipulating” the case to engage in an essentially “racist” prosecution of the man charged with four counts of first-degree murder, killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.
“Never have I seen the presumption of innocence so trampled on, stomped on,” said McMahon in court today, adding that the Philadelphia district attorney’s office “tried to manipulate everybody” and was pursuing an “elitist, racist prosecution.”
“Dr. Gosnell is not the only one doing abortions in Philadelphia,” McMahon said, “but he was an African American singled out for prosecution.”
“We know why he was targeted,” he said. “If you can’t see that reality, you’re living in some sort of la-la land.”
Speaking for nearly two hours before the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, McMahon painted Gosnell as a doctor who cared for his community “providing a service” to vulnerable young girls.
Gosnell “provided a service to the community,” where people would “pay what they could” and often give paper IOU’s, McMahon said.
Baby Boy B, with slit neck, discovered by police at the abortion office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Grand Jury Report.)
“He knew what he was doing, he was giving this community health care they might not have otherwise had,” he said.
“He never turned away a desperate, troubled young lady because they didn’t have enough money,” McMahon said.
He talked about 13- and 14-year-old “desperate young girls.”
“And who comes to help them?” McMahon asked. “Dr. Gosnell.”
“He gave them a solution to their problem,” he said. “They went in for a service and Dr. Gosnell got it done.”
Gosnell, 72, is facing four counts of first-degree murder for the killing of babies born alive after abortions, and a third-degree murder charge in the anesthesia-overdose death of a mother, Karnamaya Mongar, at his clinic the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia.
He is also charged with infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.
The grand jury report presented in the case asserted that Gosnell killed “hundreds” of babies over the years, by cutting their spinal cords with scissors after they survived late-term abortions.
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