Again, I'm sorry. But here's how it went at the Women's Medical Society. Somewhere along the line Gosnell gave up the practice of injecting Digoxin into the abdomens of his "patients"' to kill their babies in utero. From the Grand Jury Report, p. 111:
Kareema Cross testified that when she first started working at the clinic, in 2005,I can't tell anymore what the worst part of this is, but it might be this:
Gosnell slit the neck of every baby. But he subsequently told the workers that the law
changed in the womb. This was supposed to cause fetal demise in utero. But
because Gosnell was not skillful enough to successfully administer digoxin, late-term
babies continued to be born alive, and he continued to kill them by slitting their necks.
So he tried to do the needle in the stomach and that’s what
was supposed to have killed the baby before the baby came
out, but if it didn’t, he’ll say, so that he could not do that anymore. (The law, in fact, never allowed him to cut
necks of viable babies after they were fully expelled.) Cross said that Gosnell then tried a
few times to use a new procedure: He tried to inject a drug called digoxin into the fetus’s
heart while it wasoh, well, the law says that I
can do it. I can still slit the baby’s neck because it didn’t
work. The needle didn’t work.
And according to his staff, the needle never worked. So Gosnell stopped trying and
reverted to his old system of killing babies after they were born.
Gosnell severed spinal cords and suctioned and crushed skulls after the babies were fully delivered.The justification for that in a partial-birth abortion is to make sure the killing takes place before "birth." Why did Gosnell do it?
At one point in his Grand Jury testimony, Steve Massof tried to suggest that the clinic’s practice of cutting babies’ spinal cords was somehow part of a late-termGrand jury report, p. 108-111.
procedure called intact dilation and extraction (IDX), commonly referred to as “partialbirth abortion” and banned under federal law since 2007. In an intact dilation and
extraction, which was used most often to abort pregnancies beyond 17 weeks, the fetus
was removed from the uterus as a whole. In order for the head to pass through the cervix
without damage to the mother, the doctor would collapse the fetal skull by making an
incision at the base of the neck and suctioning the contents. This procedure was done
while the baby was still inside the mother.
This was not the procedure Gosnell used. Under further questioning, Massof
acknowledged that Gosnell and he almost always cut the spinal cords, and sometimes
suctioned skulls as well, after the babies were fully expelled by their mothers, when there
was clearly no need or medical reason to collapse the skull.
Tina Baldwin’s testimony also made it clear that Gosnell was not cutting spinal
cords, crushing babies’ skulls, or suctioning in order to allow the head to pass through the
cervix. Even while claiming that Gosnell sometimes suctioned a fetus’s skull in order to
get it through the birth canal, her description of his technique belied her claim: She said
that he would “crack” the neck after the head was out – when only the baby’s torso was
still inside the mother – and then suction the brain matter out.
Tina Baldwin tried to explain:
Q: He was delivering, for lack of a better word –
Q: -- a fetus?
Q: And then he was taking care of the problem after the
Q: Did you see him do this in instances where the fetus had
been completely expelled from the mother’s body before he
crushed the head?
A: And then he crushed it.
Q: and then he crushed it. I mean I guess you just told the
members of the jury about episodes where he would leave
the shoulders or –
Q: -- the shoulders would be out?
A: The shoulders would be out, yeah
Q: And he would go work on the neck, you said he would
crush the neck and suction the head?
Q: Did you ever see instances where the fetus was
completely expelled from its mother’s body?
A: Oh, yeah, yeah. That’s what we call precipitation.
Q: What do you mean by that? Tell the members of the
jury, what would happen?
A: That’s when a patient would precipitate. Usually by the
Cytotec that was given to the patient and it just made the
uterus so flimsy to where the baby just falls and we had a
lot of patients that was second-trimester, it would just fall
wherever she was at. And it was picked up and it was put in
a dish and it just traveled with the mother. And then the
person put the mother up on the table, the baby was put
inside the – in the dish on the table and the doctor was
called to come in.
Q: And then what would the doctor do when he came in?
A: Let me think back then. Usually he would check and
see, check on the fetus and then I think that’s when he used
to go ahead and do the suction in the back of the neck.
Q: Even though the fetuses had already been removed from
A: Yeah, they had already been removed. He would just go
ahead and finish it.
Q: Would he explain to you why he did that?
Q: Or why that was his practice?
Q: Did you ever question it?
Q: Okay, how many times would you say you’ve seen this?
A: Hundreds. I’ve seen hundreds. . . .
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