PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former abortion clinic worker capped the five-week murder trial of her former boss with powerful testimony that she saw more than 10 babies breathe before they were killed."I thought they were breathing," Kareema Cross testified Thursday, explaining that she saw their chests go up and down in the clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell. "He would say they're not really breathing."Cross, 28, is the final prosecution witness in the capital murder case against Gosnell. He is charged in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive.
Cross also described seeing three babies move, one after being born in a toilet, and heard a fourth give a "soft whine." [...]She said she routinely saw Gosnell abort babies who were past the state's 24-week abortion limit. She said staff left late-term patients alone on the second floor after they'd been given painkillers and potent drugs to induce labor, and said some even stayed overnight unattended in a makeshift bedroom.
She said Gosnell and others snipped the backs of the babies' necks after they were born and sometimes removed the brain through the opening. And she described the clinic as filthy and the equipment as outdated. [...]Another photograph, taken by a co-worker, showed "the largest baby she had ever seen" aborted at the clinic.
The jury has seen the disturbing picture before and heard from the boy's then-teenage mother. The baby's gestational age has been estimated by some to be nearly 30 weeks.
The teen mother was asleep when the baby came out, and Gosnell put the body in a container the size of a shoe box, Cross testified. The baby drew in its arms and legs and curled up in a fetal position, she said.
Is there any reason in a civilized country for this sort of thing to happen? No, not really. But in America, it is clear that the acceptance of Sex Without Consequences as a guiding principle of the public "virtue" requires easy abortion all the way through a pregnancy, up to the very moment of birth. Dr. Gosnell's alleged crime is that he thought it would be okay to abort living children even after birth. Even there, it could be argued that he is merely ahead of his time.
Abortion is both the torture and the murder of the living unborn human in his or her mother's womb. But in America, only the born count--and only some of the born.