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Deliberations continue in notorious Philadelphia abortionist case

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 9th, 2013
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Jury deliberations continue in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the infamous Philadelphia abortionist that performed late-term abortions for low-income women in his filthy clinic. Entering its eighth day of deliberations, the 72-year-old Gosnell is accused on five counts of murder.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Gosnell could face the death penalty if convicted by the jury in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia. Gosnell's clinic, where the crimes allegedly took place, the Women's Medical Society Clinic has since been closed.

Testimony heard in the case has been highly unsettling.  Ashley Baldwin, now 22 years old was a 15-year-old girl who started working at the clinic after she completed the eighth grade. Baldwin recounted helping in the abortion process, saying she saw babies breathe and move - obvious signs of life. A number of employees also heard noises coming from babies after birth.

"A baby making a noise has to have air, has to be alive," Cameron said.

Later, while closing, Cameron turned to Gosnell, pointed and asked, "Are you human?"

Other bizarre testimony offered in the trail was witnesses who said they saw Gosnell eat cereal or talking on his Bluetooth while he performed abortions. 

The seven-woman, five-man jury heard five weeks of testimony before starting deliberations on April 30.

On the seventh day of deliberations, during which jurors heard testimony they had requested be read back to them, ended without a verdict. The jury resumed discussions at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, its eighth day of deliberations.

Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for delivering live babies during late-term abortions and then deliberately severing their spinal cords. It is legal in Pennsylvania to abort a fetus up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy, but Gosnell also faces charges that he performed 24 abortions beyond 24 weeks in term.

Attorneys for Gosnell maintain that there is no evidence the babies were alive after they were aborted.

Testimony depicted a filthy clinic, serving poor women in a largely black community.

Gosnell is also charged with murdering 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar of Virginia, who died from a drug overdose after going to him for an abortion, prosecutors said.

Gosnell has been in custody since his arrest in January of 2011. Eight other defendants have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges and are awaiting sentencing. They include Gosnell's wife, Pearl, a cosmetologist who helped perform abortions.

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