The Ghoulish Trial of Kermit Gosnell

A ghoulish cast of characters is emerging from testimony in the “House of Horrors” murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who owned and operated the Women’s Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia, PA. 

Steve Massof graduated from medical school in Grenada in the West Indies, but was not licensed to practice medicine. When Gosnell hired him, he was passed off as “Dr. Steve” to staff and patients alike. A sign inside the door read, “Dr. Steve Massof, Medical Intern.” After a brief stint shadowing Gosnell, he performed gynecological exams independently and prescribed medicine to patients using a pre-signed prescription pad Gosnell had given him. According to the grand jury report, he “treated medical patients for conditions including diabetes, asthma, pain, and infectious diseases; prescribed drugs; anesthetized abortion patients; performed ultrasounds; delivered babies; removed placentas; cut umbilical cords; and, in accordance with Gosnell’s practice, severed the spinal cords of the late second-trimester and the third-trimester babies that precipitated. “ In court, Massof testified that medicine would be delivered to speed up labor and delivery and it would become so chaotic, it would “rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” He admits to “snipping” at least 100 babies’ spinal cords, describing the procedure as “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.”

Courtroom sketch in Gosnell trial
Courtroom sketch in Gosnell trial

Ashley Baldwin was 15 when she started working at the clinic. Her mother, Tina Baldwin, worked at the clinic and got her the job. Still in high school, she administered intravenous sedation drugs, performed ultrasounds, and assisted in patient deliveries in Gosnell’s absence, often working 50 or more hours per week. However, If the women seeking abortions were white, it was a different story. Then, “he [Gosnell] didn’t want me to (administer the drugs), because he wanted to meet with them himself,” she said. She was often the only staff member present in the evenings and would take care of the women as best as she could. She testified to seeing five babies breathe after being delivered; one baby even screamed. Gosnell once joked with her that a baby was “big enough to walk me around or walk me to the bus stop.” According to the grand jury report, Ashley took pictures of some of the babies. She is not being charged with any crime.

Adrienne Moton knew Gosnell through his niece. She had no medical training or license. Working evenings at the clinic, she administered drugs, performed ultrasounds, assisted with abortions and cut the spinal cords of aborted babies. During testimony, she broke down several times as she recounted taking a picture of a baby whose size and pinkish color made her think he could have survived. She lived with Gosnell and his wife from 2005 to 2008 and was paid $10 an hour, off the books, for her work there. She also received $20 bonuses for each second trimester abortion performed on Saturdays. She admitted killing a baby born alive in a toilet, cutting its neck with scissors. When asked if she knew what she did was wrong, she responded, “At first, I didn’t.”

Lynda Williams and Sherry West were two more unlicensed, unqualified employees of Gosnell’s. Not only that, but according to the grand jury testimony both were sloppy and unconcerned as well, routinely over medicating patients and failing to monitor them. Williams, who had an eighth grade education, had worked for Gosnell for 10 years at another abortion clinic in Delaware and had occasionally filled in from time to time at the Philadelphia clinic. In 2008, she was hired full time to clean instruments but was soon administering Cytotec (a labor-inducing agent) and IV drugs and dealing with babies born alive at the clinic in Gosnell’s absence. She testified that Gosnell taught her how to flip the baby over and snip its neck with scissors. Further, she said she once saw a baby’s arm jerk. She tried to explain her actions by saying, “I only do what I’m told to do… what I was told to do was snip their neck.” Sherry West was a longtime patient of Gosnell’s. She was hired at Women’s Medical Society when she lost her job at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center after contracting Hepatitis C. Despite the diagnosis, she never wore gloves treating patients and inserting IV’s. In court, West testified she heard an infant born alive after an abortion scream, describing it as sounding like “a little alien.” The child was 18-24 inches long – the length of a full-term baby – and was one of the biggest babies she had seen delivered at Women’s Medical Society. Describing a child delivered into a toilet as a “specimen,” she said she referred to the dead children that way because “it was easier to deal with mentally.” Both women routinely ignored medication charts and gave patients whatever they felt like giving them. It was Williams who administered the fatal overdose to Karamaya Mongar in November 2009.

Kermit Gosnell
Kermit Gosnell

As disturbing as this is, what is more distquieting is that Women’s Medical Society was never investigated. Shortly after Mongar’s death, Gosnell applied for admittance to the National Abortion Federation, which supposedly upholds the strictest health and legal standards for its members. While the evaluator rejected the application, noting that “records were not properly kept, that risks were not explained, that patients were not monitored, that equipment was not available, that anesthesia was misused,” she did not report the doctor to any authority, allowing him to continue butchering babies and harming women unabated and unfettered. Not that it would have made a difference if she had. A PA health department official had discovered what was taking place at the clinic when she visited as part of a citywide vaccination program. She filed detailed reports regarding the most egregious practices at the clinic, but the reports “went into a black hole.” Philadelphia Department of Health officials, who were supposed to protect public health, made regular trips to the clinic to collect blood samples, but never reported that anything was amiss. Ten years before Mongar’s death, a former employee of Gosnell’s presented evidence to the Board of Medicine that detailed the unsanitary equipment, the unlicensed workers, the underage abortion patients, and the unsupervised medicating of patients. The state investigator conducted an off-site interview with Gosnell, never visited the facility or interviewed anyone and dismissed the complaint as unfounded!

This leads to the lack of media coverage on this case. It was no accident that the state failed to act, just as it’s no accident the mainstream media has refused to cover this case. ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, MSNBC and CNN have all ignored this case and will continue to do so. Fox News is the only major media outlet to cover this, but apologists there insist Gosnell is an outlier.

But in Delaware, a Planned Parenthood clinic that was closed after five botched abortions in 2013 is reported to have been so filthy that women treated there are at risk for AIDS and Hepatitis C. And in Birmingham, AL, the New Women, All Women abortion clinic is continuing to perform abortions, even though the clinic owner Diane Derzis is banned from operating the clinic and Dr. Bruce Norman is prohibited from performing abortions at the clinic by order of the health department. These cases are mere drops in the bucket.

As a society, America has closed its eyes to the horrors. Simply ignoring these atrocities makes it, in the words of Sherry West, “easier to deal with mentally.”

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GRAPHIC: Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors — 3801 Lancaster

From The Brenner Brief:

3801 Lancaster” documents  the conditions that existed inside the Women’s Medical Society clinic on February 18, 2010 when detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the FBI raided it for running a “pill mill.”. What began as a drug trafficking investigation into Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his staff in West Philadelphia, PA lead to a discovery of unimaginable inhumanity and horror, death and destruction. A panel at CPAC discussed these events on Friday.

Gosnell had been reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Health several times for various reasons, including perforating a patient’s uterus during an abortion in 1993 and causing the deaths of two other women in 2002 and 2009. But the state wasn’t interested in investigating those claims. And so Gosnell continued to make $10,000 – $15,000 a day providing late-term abortions on primarily poor minorities in squalid conditions one would expect in a third world country.

When authorities raided his clinic, they found dried blood on examining tables, chairs, walls and floor. The freezer was stuffed to capacity with the remains of aborted babies. Some were completely intact. Having been born alive, Gosnell or one of his staff would insert scissors into the base of the baby’s skull and “snip” the vertebra, killing the child. Feet of aborted babies in jars of formaldehyde were found throughout the clinic. They served no medical purpose…

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Homeschool family flees Germany for refuge in U.S.; Obama admin supporting Nazi-era laws

From The Brenner Brief:

Suppose public education is compulsory and you are required by law to daily send your child to an institution that teaches witchcraft, evolution as fact rather than theory, and forces participation in playacting programs which instruct children how to engage in sex. You could opt to send your child to a religious institution instead, except religious institutions are required to teach the same curriculum. Homeschooling is not allowed because it violates the compulsory attendance laws. Would you rebel against such laws? Even if it meant punishing fines, jail time and ultimately, removal of your children? The Romeikes of Germany did. And then they fled…

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SALEM, OREGON: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that.

Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday “that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.”   The other sponsors are:


Remember them.

I have the sneaking suspicion that this is an Overton Window ploy on the part of the Democrats in the Oregon legislature. Put forth an outrageous, naked attempt to ban guns and when the people predictably get pissed off – step…

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We have not forgotten! And we will keep digging until we have the truth. MSM be damned!

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Stacy Rush shares what her military sources has to say about Benghazi and President Obama’s actions that night.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.- Theodore Roosevelt

On Sep. 11, 2012, when the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were on the line, President Obama did not do the right thing — he did nothing.

benghazi_cloud_white_house_10-28-12-2In the article, The Real Story: Why Obama was MIA During Benghazi, light is shed upon the political backdrop immediately preceding the terrorist attack and the tactics used to attack, delay and mislead the american public about Benghazi.

Additional details emerged from Defense Secretary Panetta who testified that after notifying President Obama of the Benghazi situation, the president remained MIA from 5:00 p.m. the day of the attack until his…

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The Black Bloc Exposed

From The Brenner Brief:

In recent weeks, Egypt has been the scene of upheaval and turmoil. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s government is struggling to stay in power as Egyptians revolt against his rule and the Muslim Brotherhood. Added to the chaos is the emergence of a group that calls itself “Black Bloc.” Dressed entirely in black, with black masks to hide their faces, Black Bloc’s members have been on the front lines, stepping between police and military as they attack protesters in Tahrir Square and Port Said. Egypt’s government and media have been swift to label them as terrorists. But are they? Progressive-activist-turned-conservative-activist, Breitbart writer and Citizen Patriot Response Director, Brandon Darby, doesn’t think so.

Darby explained that Black Bloc is more a tactic than an ideology. When used in the US, Europe and other democratic countries, the method is engaged in exclusively by leftists. This maneuver was employed at the 2008 RNC National Convention when the RNC Welcoming Committee, a self-described anarchist group, attempted to prevent RNC delegates from reaching the convention center.

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Brandon Darby knows all about because he was there. Recruited by the FBI, Darby infiltrated the RNC Welcoming Committee. His work prevented destruction of property and harm to untold numbers of people. He explained that Lisa Fithian, on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, was organizing 10,000 liberals to march in peaceful protest against the RNC Convention, held at the xCel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. Her goal was to prevent the convention from going forward and that couldn’t be done by peaceful means. So she organized three separate groups of people — green, red and yellow — to do separate things…

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The Voice For The Voiceless, The Defense For The Defenseless

After Mitt Romney and the Republican party lost the presidential election last November, numerous voices from the right side of the aisle have come forward to urge the party to take a more moderate stance on important issues in the months leading up to 2014 and 2016. From immigration to abortion, it is being advocated that conservatives should stay quiet  and fall in line so the party can  win more votes. But if there is a lesson to be learned from 2012, it is that Republicans need their conservative base. And we will not be silent. The moderate wing of the Republican party must understand and come to terms with the fact that those involved with the pro-life movement cannot and will not compromise when it comes to abortion. There is no middle ground. Life is sacred. We will be the voice for the voiceless, the defense for the defenseless.

Living beings are begotten by living beings. No living thing was ever begotten by a non-living being. This is an observable truth in nature. No rock has ever caused a plant, insect or animal to be brought to life. Each species reproduces according to its kind. So when a woman becomes pregnant, we can know with certainty she is begetting a human life. The cells in the human body are living; they consume energy and reproduce themselves through mitosis, where the mother cell evenly divides the chromosomes in its nucleus into two identical sets of nuclei, producing two daughter cells. These daughter cells then become mother cells and repeat the process This process takes place in every organ system in the human body – the skin, eyes, heart, liver, kidneys and so on – and continues from conception until death, when this cell function ceases.

However, in order to produce a new human being, two cells with half a set of chromosomes, the sperm and the egg, join their half set of chromosomes to produce one cell that now contains a whole new set of chromosomes with all the instructions it will ever need to develop into old age. A new life has been created. This new cell has its own DNA, separate from the mother in whose body this cell will reside. The only difference between this new life and you is time – time to develop, to become a fetus, a newborn, a toddler, a child, a teen, a young adult, an adult, a senior. Within a few hours, this single cell will divide by mitosis and become two. Twelve to 15 hours later, it will divide again to become four, eight, sixteen and so on. At 21 days, before a woman even knows she is pregnant, a heartbeat is detectable. By 32 days, arms and hands are developing. If the fetus were to continue to develop at this rate, it would weigh 1.5 tons when it was born! Amazingly, the instructions contained in its DNA tell it when to slow down.


Abortion destroys this life. Abortion removes half the amniotic fluid available to the growing child and replaces it with concentrated salt which burns it’s delicate skin. The baby breathes it in, swallowing it, and it poisons the baby, burning it from the inside out as well. After a painful hour or so, the child dies. Mom goes into labor and delivers the shriveled, dead baby around a day and a half later.

Abortion enters the uterus, grabs the baby’s leg or arm with a pair of forceps, and pulls it into the birth canal, except for the head, which remains in the womb. A pair of scissors or other sharp instrument is then jammed into the back of the baby’s skull. The scissors are forced apart to enlarge the wound. The scissors are then removed and a suction catheter is inserted in its place to suck the baby’s brains out of its skull. Once the head is collapsed, the body is completely removed. In 2007, Gonzales v. Carhart was argued before the Supreme Court and testimony from abortionist Dr. Martin Haskell was presented as evidence on how dilation and extraction, also called D&E or partial birth abortion, is performed. After his clinical explanation, a nurse who witnessed the same method on a 26 1/2-week fetus also testified: aborted baby 4

“‘Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby’s legs and pulled them down into the birth canal. Then he delivered the baby’s body and the arms–everything but the head. The doctor kept the head right inside the uterus. . . .

“‘The baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.

“‘The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby went completely limp. . . .

“‘He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used.'”

aborted baby 2Abortion dilates the cervix and pulls the child apart, limb by limb, piece by piece. Suction is used to remove any remains.

Abortion is barbaric. It is brutal. It is murder.

That a civilized society would willingly engage in such a practice defies understanding or comprehension. Not only does our society engage in abortion, it celebrates it. The Center For Reproductive Rights released a video, “Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby,” lauding the Roe v. Wade decision 40 years ago, promising to continue to fight for a woman’s right to slaughter her child. Television personality Touré Neblett used his platform on MSNBC’s The Cycle to  “thank God and country” for the abortion his girlfriend obtained years ago, which allowed him to continue to live his life as he pleased. He’s thankful a child with his blood coursing through its veins was either ripped apart piece by piece, or chemically burned to death, or simply sucked out of its mothers womb because doing so made his life easier. This is how calloused we have become.

The heart of this country is now so hard that most have bought into the lie that a life is somehow worth less than nothing if it came into being through rape or incest. Life begins at conception; this truth doesn’t change with the circumstances. Whether a woman chooses to become pregnant, fails to take birth control, is a victim of rape or incest, is carried away in the heat of the moment, the life that is created is still alive! And abortion ends that life.

Since January 22, 1973, our country has actively participated in the slaughter of 55,000,000 daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers who could have been teachers, activists, writers, television personalities, Senators, Congressmen or Congresswomen, lawyers, doctors, scientists, biologists, geologists, cashiers, janitors, people with potential and the ability to love and be loved. Even the left realizes what abortion does. Make a pro-abortion activist angry and count the seconds until they hurl a “Your mom should have aborted you” insult your way for proof that everyone intrinsically understands that the child developing in the womb is a living person.

Those who support the right to life, no matter the circumstances of conception, are considered radical. How could they be so heartless as to force a mother to carry the child of her rapist to term? How could they be so heartless as to force a mother who doesn’t want a child to have one? Our thinking is so twisted that we think it’s better to murder a helpless, defenseless, voiceless, innocent child than to give it life. Just because a child is unplanned does not mean it is doomed to a life devoid of love. There are parents all across America whose arms are empty and aching for the opportunity to love a child someone else doesn’t want, regardless of that child’s race, gender or ability. It is not more humane to kill that child than to give it an opportunity to reach its full potential. There are worse things in life than being unwanted, like being slaughtered in your mother’s womb.

Conservatives who are pro-life are passionately so because life is at risk. We will not compromise because there can be no compromise when an innocent baby’s life is on the line. Instead of the moderates calling for us to quiet down, perhaps the right would be better served by recognizing why we believe this issue is so important and supporting and respecting candidates who value life. After all, if the “extremists” in the pro-life movement are wrong, who have they harmed? If it is extreme to be passionately pro-life so be it; this is far preferable to having the blood of millions of innocents on your hands.


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