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Gosnell Attorney Closes: No Evidence Babies Alive When Necks Snipped
Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/29/2013 12:17:04 PM PDT by Morgana

The defense attorney for abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell presented his closing arguments to the jury today and claimed there was no evidence the babies whose necks Gosnell “snipped” were alive at the time he snipped them.

Jack McMahon attempted to make the case to the jury today that workers for Gosnell are exaggerating the importance of movements in babies Gosnell killed. He was already successful in getting three of the seven murder counts dropped related to the babies. Now he hoped they will find him not guilty on four murder charges.

The grand jury report indicated one baby was “moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times.”

But defense attorney Jack McMahon said the babies Gosnell killed in an abortion process involving their live birth and eventual “snipping” of their necks and spinal cords were dead before they were actually born. He claimed any movement staffers saw after the fact was involuntary or reflexive and not an indication they were still alive after birth.

McMahon says no “scientific evidence” exists that any babies were alive at the time their necks were snipped. McMahon answered the question many pro-life advocates and prosecutors have asked: Why did Gosnell snip the necks of babies who were supposedly already dead from an abortion.

“Maybe (there was) some remote pain…I don’t know,” he said.

Testimony from the medical examiner and toxicologist has indicated that there was no evidence the babies were injected with Digoxin to ensure the babies were dead prior to the abortion, as the defense has claimed.

The medical examiner testified that tests were inconclusive as proof that the babies were born alive. However, the tests also did not prove the babies were dead prior to birth. Those inconclusive test results were overshadowed by the weight of testimony from witness after witness, who detailed how the babies were in fact living prior to being murdered through what one witness described as a “virtual beheading.”

McMahon also defended Gosnell against the murder charge related to killing a patient in a botched abortion, and he called death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar a “tragic accident” but not murder.

During his closing arguments, McMahon used many slides for the jury to see, but showed no pictures of the babies Gosnell killed. But, according to reporter J.D. Mullane, McMahon admitted to jurors that pictures of seven babies Gosnell accused of killing sickened him, and he did not want to download to his computer.

Most of the closing from McMahon tried to paint Gosnell in a positive light. He said Gosnell “never turned away desperate, troubled girls young as 13 who came …for help. He gave them a solution to their problem.”

Mcmahon even went as far as invoking President John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” and implored jurors to “defy public opinion” and find abortion doctor not guilty.

Previously, the judge in the case reinstated one of the murder charges and dropped another.

Gosnell’s defense attorney asked the judge to drop three of the charges for killing the babies and the judge agreed with the contention there was not enough evidence to convict Gosnell on those charges. Another charge of infanticide was also dropped. He still faces the other charges the prosecution has brought and the murder trial will continue on them.

One of the dropped charges involves a 28-week-old baby Gosnell killed and whose remains were kept in an abortion clinic freezer.

Common pleas court Judge Jeffrey Minehart also dropped five counts of corpse abuse at the request of his defense attorney and did not explain his ruling dropping any of the charges.

The defense has argued that there were no live births at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic and contends the babies died during abortions and their necks were snipped afterwards. But former Gosnell staffers testified they saw signs of life even after the abortion had been completed — saying the babies “jumped” and “screamed” and tried to escape.

Gosnell, whose squalid “house of horrors” abortion clinic has surprised even investigative officials, has had almost flippant attitude toward his macabre abortion practices shocked the nation.

“The Gosnell case is a watershed moment for the issue of abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “The discovery of his horrific practices helped shed light on an abortion industry that has run amok without oversight or accountability for decades, and has prompted significant changes in abortion laws and attitudes toward enforcement in several states.”

Previously, Gosnell’s wife Pearl pleaded guilty to assisting her husband at his Philadelphia abortion center where he killed a woman in a botched abortion and has killed hundreds of babies in abortion-infanticides.

Pearl Gosnell was considering a plea deal similar to the one several of Gosnell’s former abortion center employees have made where they have pleaded guilty to receive a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying against Gosnell. Pearl also worked at the abortion center Gosnell ran that had him kill and injure women in failed abortions and kill perhaps hundreds of babies in grisly infanticides by birthing them and “snipping” their spinal cords.

She worked at the Women’s Medical Society abortion business her husband ran as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Kermit Gosnell in 1990, when she switched to only working on Sundays. At that time, the abortion business was officially closed but would do its latest-term abortions possible.

The grand jury report indicates Pearl Gosnell testified that she alone helped Kermit do abortions on Sundays when she would “help do the instruments” in the operating room despite no medical training.

Previously, Judge Lerner ruled two other former employees, Eileen O’Neill and Madeline Joe, are not allowed to have their cases separated from that of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Neither O’Neill nor Joe are charged with killing babies in infanticides and, although their attorneys argued the horrifying allegations against Gosnell could unfairly taint their cases, they were not allowed to plead guilty in deals as was the case with six other former employees.

The murder charges also came in connection with the botched abortion death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died at Gosnell’s abortion clinic after a failed abortion. Mongar died November 20, 2009, after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor. Mongar’s family filed a lawsuit against Gosnell’s abortion business seeking damages.

Gosnell and several staffers at his abortion center, including Pearl, were arrested in January after a grand jury indicted them on multiple charges after officials raided his abortion business following a woman’s death and discovered a “shop of horrors” filled with bags of bodies and body parts of deceased unborn children and babies killed in infanticides. Pearl Gosnell, Kermit’s 49-year-old wife who has no medical license, faces a charge of providing an abortion at 24 or more weeks and conspiracy and other charges.

Gosnell has been denied bail while the case against him moves forward. Women have spoken out about their treatment and one woman says she was drugged and tied up and forced to have an abortion.

Authorities searching the facility last year found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies’ severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.

The grand jury investigation also shows state officials did nothing when reports came in about problems at Gosnell’s abortion center, which has upset incoming pro-life Governor Tom Corbett.

Gosnell’s abortion center was inspected only after a federal drug raid in 2010. It was the first time the facility had been inspected in 17 years because state officials ignored complaints and failed to visit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society for years.

The abortion industry has been forced to suspend two abortion businesses that employed embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who has been the subject of national controversy over his abortion business in Philadelphia.

Following revelations that Gosnell is associated with two other abortion centers in Louisiana and Delaware, the National Abortion Federation made the decision to suspend the memberships of both. Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, the Delaware abortion business that employed Gosnell one day a week to do abortions, and the Delta Clinic abortion center of Baton Rouge, have both had their memberships suspended. Leroy Brinkley owns both abortion businesses. Atlantic operated abortion centers in Wilmington and Dover.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: abortion; gosnell; gosnellattorney; gosnelltrial; prolife; trial

1 posted on 04/29/2013 12:17:04 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Just the fact that somebody needed to snip their spines to kill them would be about all the proof anyone in their right mind would need.


2 posted on 04/29/2013 12:20:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I got expelled from the "fundamental transformation" indoctrination center.)
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To: Morgana

If they weren’t alive, then why go to the trouble of snipping their necks?


3 posted on 04/29/2013 12:21:22 PM PDT by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: Morgana

he just snipped their spinal cords as a tradition.

The jury might have been chosen from people as horrible as he, there are many many people out there as horrible as he. WE don’t have a history of 55 million reported abortions from one stupid, evil man.

It is a successful publication of abortion. Grim but necessary. The decision is secondary.


4 posted on 04/29/2013 12:23:34 PM PDT by stanne
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To: Morgana

Tells us all we need to know about a Lib’s morals/ethics. Society in permanent decline.


5 posted on 04/29/2013 12:27:17 PM PDT by Thom Pain (U.S. Constitution is a CONTRACT!)
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To: Morgana

Why were the babies necks cut if they were already dead? You’d have to be an ignorant juror not to figure that one out.


6 posted on 04/29/2013 12:27:24 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Morgana

What a stupid defense!

If they weren’t alive, why did Gosnell have to kill them?


7 posted on 04/29/2013 12:27:54 PM PDT by miserare
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To: Morgana

banking on the presumption that all of his clients partial birth aborted babies were all still born ought to fly like a pig. Following this trial, I’d bet this defense attorney will be leaving town and changing his name or finding a new career.


8 posted on 04/29/2013 12:33:50 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: Morgana

Praying the jury is NOT as stupid as the lawyer is acting like they are


9 posted on 04/29/2013 12:34:31 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: vikingd00d

Because when you are an evil bastard you just plain enjoy it! That being said, I have no doubt that these poor souls were born alive. This is the kind of immoral practice an evil bastard in service to Satan would find enjoyment, and speaking of in service to Satan why else would Obummer speak to planned un parenthood.


10 posted on 04/29/2013 12:35:01 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Why were the babies necks cut if they were already dead? You’d have to be an ignorant juror not to figure that one out.

So they could have the dwarf midget guy from the Wizard of OZ to tell us that they were truly really utterly DEAD??????


11 posted on 04/29/2013 12:38:50 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Morgana

Of course they were born alive. In many instances, Gosnell probably found it more difficult to pith the baby in utero than to simply deliver the baby and kill it.
Disgusting either way.
Let’s see, maybe the death merchants will now argue that delivering the baby normally and killing it after birth is safer for the mother than traditional method intra-uterine murder technique. In fact, after birth infanticide could be performed by more providers.


12 posted on 04/29/2013 12:42:15 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
You’d have to be an ignorant juror not to figure that one out.

We've seen that a jury of our "peers" doesn't necessarily mean so. When you have a 50% populace that votes for a MARXIST twice you know we have a problem with mental health in this country.

13 posted on 04/29/2013 12:43:09 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Morgana

If they weren’t alive, then why cut them?

There’s not a dungeon deep or dark enough to throw this psychopath in to. Wish the state could “snip” HIS neck.


14 posted on 04/29/2013 12:46:53 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: Morgana
What this means is that they were not ‘babies’ when they were alive and kicking/breathing - just fetuses (i.e. - NOT babies).

It's a horrific splitting of hairs...

They are depending upon a denotative interpretation - one which we disagree with whole hardily.

15 posted on 04/29/2013 12:51:53 PM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: vikingd00d
Exactamundo.
16 posted on 04/29/2013 1:12:06 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: Morgana

He snipped their spinal cords because Gosnell enjoyed it. I will enjoy reading about the violent death he may very well face.


17 posted on 04/29/2013 1:15:57 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Morgana
McMahon also defended Gosnell against the murder charge related to killing a patient in a botched abortion, and he called death of abortion patient Karnamaya Mongar a “tragic accident” but not murder.

I would not be surprised at all if Gosnell walks with nothing more than probation and a fine, along with an involuntary manslaughter conviction.

18 posted on 04/29/2013 1:17:43 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Morgana

All it would take is one low information juror who couldn’t understand the idea that if the babies were dead there would be no reason to snip their spinal cords. After all there were millions of low information voters who reelected Obama so odds are there might be a few on this jury.


19 posted on 04/29/2013 1:17:57 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: DemforBush
Wish the state could “snip” HIS neck

With a splitting maul.

20 posted on 04/29/2013 1:18:28 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: The Great RJ

All it will take is one low information voter pulling an “OJ Juror” and voting not guilty by reason of melanin.


21 posted on 04/29/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Morgana

Baraq Ubama is on record saying that he is unwilling to state that these babies slated for termination are “alive” so you cannot kill what never was alive in the first place.


22 posted on 04/29/2013 1:21:27 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
If they weren’t alive, then why go to the trouble of snipping their necks?

Because he’s afraid they would come back as "evil zombies".

Hey, its not as dumb as as his stupid "already dead" defense!

23 posted on 04/29/2013 1:21:50 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Just the fact that somebody needed to snip their spines to kill them would be about all the proof anyone in their right mind would need.

What if he shot them instead?

24 posted on 04/29/2013 1:25:14 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: DemforBush

There’s not a dungeon deep or dark enough to throw this psychopath in to.
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The “black hole of Calcutta” would work for me .. it was real ,, look it up.


25 posted on 04/29/2013 1:32:00 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Morgana

Turns my stomach, though I can think of a couple of necks I’d like to snip.


26 posted on 04/29/2013 1:32:59 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: GraceG
So they could have the dwarf midget guy from the Wizard of OZ to tell us that they were truly really utterly DEAD??????



Naaah...
They were only MOSTLY dead.

Miracle Max (Billy Crystal, The Princess Bride )

Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk.

Miracle Max: "Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there's usually only one thing you can do." .

Inigo Montoya: What's that?

Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.

27 posted on 04/29/2013 1:53:52 PM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

If he gets off, how long before someone snips his spinal cord


28 posted on 04/29/2013 1:55:16 PM PDT by shadeaud (We need to learn to know what our enemies are truly creating)
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To: vikingd00d

Because, snipping the spinal cord is an American pagan rite of passage.......haven’t your heard yet?


29 posted on 04/29/2013 1:56:45 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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30 posted on 04/29/2013 2:05:43 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Morgana

Then why the hell did he cut their spines? Practice?


31 posted on 04/29/2013 6:36:10 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Democrats are experts at redefining words.)
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To: Doomonyou

“What if he shot them instead?”

Too noisy.


32 posted on 04/29/2013 6:40:30 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (Democrats are experts at redefining words.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat

True, but he could use a suppressor or shoot through a pillow like regular hitmen do, put the point is, would the lamestream media make any noise if it was a”Gun Crime?” Those idiots wouldn’t know what to do.


33 posted on 04/29/2013 6:55:04 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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