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  • aretired_1998t aretired_1998t Apr 18, 2013 3:12 PM Flag

    PA abortion clinic worker: I saw 10 babies breathe

    PA abortion clinic worker: I saw 10 babies breathe
    By MARYCLAIRE DALE | Associated Press – 2 mins 1 sec ago
    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.
    "He would say they're not really breathing,"
    Cross, 28, is the final prosecution witness in the capital murder case against Dr. Kermit 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."
    Cross, who worked at the clinic from 2005 to 2009, was so disturbed by its operation that she took photos and called
    authorities, although she gave a relative's name.
    A 2011 grand jury report blasts state and city officials for failing to inspect or shutter Gosnell's busy clinic in West
    Philadelphia. A 2010 FBI raid over Gosnell's separate pain management practice ultimately led to its closure.
    The defense has denied that babies were born alive, and Cross is sure to face strenuous questioning Thursday afternoon from
    Gosnell's lawyer, Jack McMahon.
    Her direct testimony encompassed many of the charges against Gosnell and nine co-defendants.
    She admitted that she studied only to be a medical assistant, but performed ultrasounds, gave anesthesia drugs and helped
    perform abortions.
    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

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