PHILADELPHIA — Steven Massof became the fourth member of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell Women’s Medical Society team to plead guilty, in Massof’s case to two counts of third-degree murder in the deaths of two late-term babies who were aborted alive and then killed when their spinal cords were severed with surgical scissors.
Excerpts from the nearly 300-page grand jury report run earlier this year in National Right to Life News Today show that Massof testified to the grand jury that he snipped the spines of more than 100 babies after seeing them show signs of life.
“Severing the spinal cords of moving, breathing babies outside their mothers’ wombs was, according to Massof, ‘standard procedure,'” the grand jury report charged. “Gosnell encouraged his staff to kill babies born alive; Lynda Williams, Adrienne Moton and Steven Massof all followed his barbaric example.”
Last week Sherry West pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree murder in the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a Bhutanese immigrant, who died in 2009 after receiving an overdose of anesthesia West helped administer.
The same day Andrea Morton pleaded guilty to the third-degree murder in the death of a newborn baby.
“The grand jury heard testimony from a clinic co-worker of Moton’s that a patient gave birth to a large baby at the clinic,” according to the Examiner.
“The child was then placed inside of a toilet. Reportedly, the co-worker told them that the baby was moving in the toilet water as if it was trying to swim. The grand jury than head testimony that ‘Moton reached into the toilet, got the baby out and cut its neck.’”
A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty to perjury.
Gosnell has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of murder and is in custody awaiting trial. A total of ten people who worked at the clinic have been charged.
“Gosnell, the only licensed doctor at the clinic, typically did not arrive until late at night to perform abortions, leaving untrained, unlicensed staff to give anesthesia, monitor patients and perform other skilled care, prosecutors charged,” according to the Associated Press’s Mary Claire Dale. “State regulators did not inspect the clinic for years, according to the grand jury.”
Lynda Williams is due in court next week for a status hearing. She is also charged with first-degree murder.
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