Kermit Gosnell ‘House of Horrors’ Abortionist Found Guilty on Three Counts of Murder

PHILADELPHIA – Sam Rohrer, President of the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network comments about the guilty verdict of abortionist, Kermit Gosnell:

“Today’s guilty verdict of Kermit Gosnell is a milestone in the culture of death that America has cultivated since 1973 when Roe v. Wade made abortion legal on demand. As we move away from God’s Word, there is no compass to point the way toward right and wrong and as a result, people have gone astray and have been led astray by evil.

“In our day when death threatens the life of the unborn, and increasingly, unthinkably, even those babies who are born alive, there is no other good choice but to rely God’s Word as the only source for truth and confidence on the subject of the sanctity of all human life.

“When a nation and its people obey God’s commands they will have life, liberty, prosperity, and God’s blessing. But when the people don’t believe God’s Word is sufficient and replace God with themselves, or look to government to do what only God can do, a nation declines and freedom and life are lost.”

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues; examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network website continues to offer a wealth of resources to pastors to help them equip their congregations to live a Christian life, from sermon notes to corporate prayers for our nation, to resources for laypeople, covering everything from preparation to finances.
The Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network is a part of Let Freedom Ring, Inc., a 501c(4) non-profit organization. To contact them visit. www.papastors.net or call 610-793-1800.

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To schedule interviews with Sam Rohrer, President of the Pa. Pastors’ Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

Guilty: Abortionist Gosnell Convicted of First-Degree Murder of 3 Babies

Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing three babies born alive after abortions by severing their spinal cords with scissors, and he now faces the death penalty.

After 10 days of deliberation in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, a jury today found Gosnell guilty of three of the four murder charges for babies in the case, including “Baby C,” which was “moving and breathing for 20 minutes” before its neck was snipped, and “Baby D,” which was born alive in a toilet, “swimming,” trying to get out.

The jury, which according to local reports was made up of nine “pro-choice” individuals, did not convict Gosnell of third-degree murder for the overdose death of Karnamaya Mongar, who died at Gosnell’s clinic the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia when seeking a late-term abortion. Gosnell instead was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in that instance.

For the 24 counts of performing abortions after 24 weeks, the jury found Gosnell guilty on 21. Gosnell was also convicted of numerous conspiracy charges and infanticide.

The guilty verdict on Monday ended the lengthy trial that began on March 18, which included five weeks of testimony from 54 witnesses. Gosnell did not take the stand during the trial, with defense lawyer Jack McMahon resting his case without calling any witnesses.

“Obviously the jury has spoken,” McMahon said outside the court following the verdict. “A jury has spoken and we respect that verdict.”

McMahon said Gosnell’s state of mind was “disappointed and he’s upset.”

“[Gosnell] showed me a little bit of something before the verdict even came in, he thanked me very much for my effort, which to me says a lot about it before any verdict occurs, and I respected that out of him,” McMahon said.
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Baby girl aborted at office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in West Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Grand Jury Report, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.)

“His state of mind is—as any intelligent human being would be at this point in time—is he’s disappointed and he’s upset,” he said of Gosnell. “I mean, we aired out our position on this over a long trial, we had a fair trial, we got to put out our position, and the jury spoke, and to me, that’s what our system is all about.”

When asked if he regrets not calling Gosnell to testify, or any witnesses in defense, McMahon said, “No.”

“We started this case with eight murders, there were seven murders and Ms. Mongar was a not guilty of murder, and then there was four other not guilty of murders, but there was three that were, so we have to deal with that.”

Originally, Gosnell was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder of babies, but Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Jeffrey P. Minehart threw out three of the counts during judgment of acquittal, apparently concluding the prosecution failed to put forth enough evidence that the babies in those cases were born alive.

The jury will now move on to sentencing, and will have to be unanimous in order to sentence Gosnell to death. They will reconvene on May 21.
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Fetal remains in a freezer in the Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (Grand Jury Report.)

Prosecutor Joanne Pescatore was reportedly in tears when the verdict was read, ending a years’ long process since Gosnell’s clinic was raided in February 2010.

The jury did not find Gosnell guilty of murder in the case of “Baby E,” which witnesses testified they heard crying before Gosnell killed it with scissors, according to the grand jury report.

Lila Rose, president of the pro-life group Live Action, said “justice has been served.”

“Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s gruesome and inhuman crimes in Philadelphia cried out for justice, and now – for three of his four born and struggling victims, at least – justice has been served,” Rose said. “Even as we celebrate this verdict, we honor and mourn as well those innocents who did not receive ‘their day in court’ – and we must remember that Gosnell is not an outlier within the abortion industry.”

“We call upon Congress to investigate all those participating in or willing to participate in this kind of brutality toward vulnerable women and children, and end it,” she said.

Pope Francis Joins 40,000 Pro-Lifers at Italian March for Life

Some 40,000 pro-life marchers at the March for Life in Italy received a surprise when Pope Francis joined them — driving down the street in his popemobile where the Marcia per la Vita was taking place.

The Pope thanked the participants for their work and called on them to continue protecting the unborn.

“I invite you to keep the attention of everyone on the important issue of respect for human life from the moment of conception,” the pontiff told pro-lifers.

“It brings me great joy to see that so many Italian parishes are taking part in the pro-life signature campaign. This initiative titled ‘One of Us,’ guarantees the legal protection of the embryo, protecting human life from the very start,” he added.

Pro-life Catholics were overjoyed by the head of the Catholic Church joining them so actively in their opposition to abortion.

“Those of you who have been involved in the pro-life movement for many years can appreciate the joy and excitement that was felt when Pope Francis showed up at a pro-life march today,” said Frank Munda, who runs a pro-life blog called Pro-Life Corner. “Those of you who have labored to promote the culture of life by praying at your local abortion mill can appreciate this thought.”

“an you imagine praying at one of the many Planned Parenthood killing centers in America, looking over to your side and seeing your local Bishop or Cardinal praying beside you? Oh how that would lift your heart; your spirit would soar with the eagles,” he said. “I pray that all bishops and cardinals will follow the Holy Father’s good example and start, from this day forth, to show up at mills and at marches.”

“And like St. Francis of Assisi, they would not have to speak at all. I am convinced that if they would just show up the secular world will take note; this very act could be the beginning of the end of the slaughter of the pre-born baby in the womb. Maybe it’s time we make an effort to invite our bishops and Cardinals to come and pray with us at the Planned Parenthood killing fields. Let’s put our light on a lamp stand and show the world that all Christians who love Jesus Christ are pro-life,” Munda continued.

Pope Francis Joins 40,000 Pro-Lifers at Italian March for Life

Some 40,000 pro-life marchers at the March for Life in Italy received a surprise when Pope Francis joined them — driving down the street in his popemobile where the Marcia per la Vita was taking place.

The Pope thanked the participants for their work and called on them to continue protecting the unborn.

“I invite you to keep the attention of everyone on the important issue of respect for human life from the moment of conception,” the pontiff told pro-lifers.

“It brings me great joy to see that so many Italian parishes are taking part in the pro-life signature campaign. This initiative titled ‘One of Us,’ guarantees the legal protection of the embryo, protecting human life from the very start,” he added.

Pro-life Catholics were overjoyed by the head of the Catholic Church joining them so actively in their opposition to abortion.

“Those of you who have been involved in the pro-life movement for many years can appreciate the joy and excitement that was felt when Pope Francis showed up at a pro-life march today,” said Frank Munda, who runs a pro-life blog called Pro-Life Corner. “Those of you who have labored to promote the culture of life by praying at your local abortion mill can appreciate this thought.”

“an you imagine praying at one of the many Planned Parenthood killing centers in America, looking over to your side and seeing your local Bishop or Cardinal praying beside you? Oh how that would lift your heart; your spirit would soar with the eagles,” he said. “I pray that all bishops and cardinals will follow the Holy Father’s good example and start, from this day forth, to show up at mills and at marches.”

“And like St. Francis of Assisi, they would not have to speak at all. I am convinced that if they would just show up the secular world will take note; this very act could be the beginning of the end of the slaughter of the pre-born baby in the womb. Maybe it’s time we make an effort to invite our bishops and Cardinals to come and pray with us at the Planned Parenthood killing fields. Let’s put our light on a lamp stand and show the world that all Christians who love Jesus Christ are pro-life,” Munda continued.

Gosnell Jury Hears About Baby Surviving Abortion Struggling in Toilet

The jury in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell re-heared testimony today of a baby who was delivered alive after an abortion into a toilet and was seen struggling trying to live.

Gosnell is charged with four counts of first-degree murder for killing babies following delivery in an abortion process that involved “snipping” their necks and spinal cords. He also faces a third-degree murder charge related to the death of a woman, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, from a botched legal abortion. Gosnell, who has been in jail since his January 2011 arrest.

The abortionist faces 258 counts total and other charges against him include one count of infanticide and one of racketeering, 24 counts of performing third-trimester abortions and 227 counts of failing to follow the 24-hour waiting period law before an abortion so women can consider its risks and alternatives.

The jury wanted to re-hear testimony from Adrienne Moton, a medical assistant who told the court in March that she snipped the spines of at least 10 babies during unorthodox abortions. And she said Dr. Kermit Gosnell and another employee did the same sipping technique.

Moton, the first employee to testify, sobbed as she recalled taking a cellphone photograph of one baby left in her work area. She thought he could have survived, given his size and pinkish color. She had measured him at nearly 30 weeks.

“The aunt felt it was just best for her (the mother’s) future,” Moton testified.

Gosnell later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop, she said.

Jurors saw Moton’s photograph on a large screen in the courtroom, which took on a bizarre look Tuesday as she testified near a hospital bed with stirrups and other aging obstetric equipment. Denied the chance to bring jurors to the shuttered inner-city clinic, prosecutors are instead recreating a patient room in court.

Moton, 35, sobbed as she described her work at the clinic. Because of problems at home, she had moved in with Gosnell and his third wife during high school, and she went to work for him from 2005 to 2008. She earned about $10 an hour, off the books, to administer drugs, perform sonograms, help with abortions and dispose of fetal remains. Workers got $20 bonuses for second-term abortions on Saturdays, when a half-dozen were sometimes performed.

She once had to kill a baby delivered in a toilet, cutting its neck with scissors, she said. Asked if she knew that was wrong, she said, “At first I didn’t.”

If sentenced for the convictions, Gosnell could face the death penalty following the convictions by the jury in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia.

Under Pennsylvania law, all 12 of the jurors must reach a unanimous verdict on any of the murder counts Gosnell faces for him to be convicted on any of them. Each of the elements of a charged crime must be proven to each juror beyond reasonable doubt for that juror to vote to convict on that count and one reluctant juror could lead to a mistrial on any of the first-degree murder charges.

Since prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty in the case, the jury will only be deciding whether Gosnell is guilty related to the charges. If convicted, a second jury will be impaneled to determine sentencing under the penalty phase of the trial. During this phase, the judge has already instructed jurors to only consider guilt or innocence.

Given the number of charges Gosnell faces, and the fact that Gosnell has a co-defendant the jury is considering for conviction as well, the jury make take a longer period of time to arrive at a verdict on each of the 250-plus charges.

Most of the focus in the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell is on the murder charges he faces for killing babies in abortion-infanticides and for killing a woman in a botched abortion.

But Gosnell faces more than 200 charges related to violating Pennsylvania state law that requires him to provide women with informed consent 24 hours prior to the abortion. Gosnell is charged with breaking that law by not giving women information about abortion risks and alternatives 24 hours prior to the abortion.

Eight other defendants who are former staffers of Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic have pleaded guilty to a variety of charges and are awaiting sentencing.

Previously, the judge in the case reinstated one of the murder charges and dropped another. Gosnell’s defense attorney asked the judge to drop three of the charges for killing the babies and the judge agreed with the contention there was not enough evidence to convict Gosnell on those charges. Another charge of infanticide was also dropped.

One of the dropped charges involved a 28-week-old baby Gosnell killed and whose remains were kept in an abortion clinic freezer.

Common pleas court Judge Jeffrey Minehart also dropped five counts of corpse abuse at the request of his defense attorney and did not explain his ruling dropping any of the charges.

The defense had argued that there were no live births at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic and contends the babies died during abortions and their necks were snipped afterwards. But former Gosnell staffers testified they saw signs of life even after the abortion had been completed — saying the babies “jumped” and “screamed” and tried to escape.

Gosnell, whose squalid “house of horrors” abortion clinic has surprised even investigative officials, has had almost flippant attitude toward his macabre abortion practices shocked the nation.

“The Gosnell case is a watershed moment for the issue of abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “The discovery of his horrific practices helped shed light on an abortion industry that has run amok without oversight or accountability for decades, and has prompted significant changes in abortion laws and attitudes toward enforcement in several states.”

Previously, Gosnell’s wife Pearl pleaded guilty to assisting her husband at his Philadelphia abortion center where he killed a woman in a botched abortion and has killed hundreds of babies in abortion-infanticides. Pearl Gosnell was considering a plea deal similar to the one several of Gosnell’s former abortion center employees have made where they have pleaded guilty to receive a lesser sentence in exchange for testifying against Gosnell.

Pearl also worked at the abortion center Gosnell ran that had him kill and injure women in failed abortions and kill perhaps hundreds of babies in grisly infanticides by birthing them and “snipping” their spinal cords. She worked at the Women’s Medical Society abortion business her husband ran as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Kermit Gosnell in 1990, when she switched to only working on Sundays.

At that time, the abortion business was officially closed but would do its latest-term abortions possible. The grand jury report indicates Pearl Gosnell testified that she alone helped Kermit do abortions on Sundays when she would “help do the instruments” in the operating room despite no medical training.

The murder charges also came in connection with the botched abortion death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, who died at Gosnell’s abortion clinic after a failed abortion. Mongar died November 20, 2009, after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor.

Mongar’s family filed a lawsuit against Gosnell’s abortion business seeking damages. Gosnell and several staffers at his abortion center, including Pearl, were arrested in January after a grand jury indicted them on multiple charges after officials raided his abortion business following a woman’s death and discovered a “shop of horrors” filled with bags of bodies and body parts of deceased unborn children and babies killed in infanticides.

Meanwhile, women have spoken out about their treatment and one woman says she was drugged and tied up and forced to have an abortion. Authorities searching the facility found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies’ severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.

The grand jury investigation also shows state officials did nothing when reports came in about problems at Gosnell’s abortion center, which has upset incoming pro-life Governor Tom Corbett.

Gosnell’s abortion center was inspected only after a federal drug raid in 2010. It was the first time the facility had been inspected in 17 years because state officials ignored complaints and failed to visit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society for years.

The abortion industry has been forced to suspend two abortion businesses that employed embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who has been the subject of national controversy over his abortion business in Philadelphia.

Saving Amanda Berry Was 'Christian, American' Thing to Do, Says Hero Charles Ramsey

Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man whose courage led him to help save Amanda Berry and two other women from a man who had held them captive for almost 10 years, doesn’t think his actions were heroic. It was just the “Christian, American” thing to do, he says.

“No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute,” said Ramsey when asked if he saw himself as a hero in a seven and a half minute interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“This man took love thy neighbor to heart and for that he has stolen mine! I adore him!” wrote Jenny Zale, a commenter on the video of the interview posted to YouTube on Tuesday.
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Missing separately for nearly a decade when they were in their teens or early 20s, the three women were discovered by Ramsey and others, tied up and alive on Monday in a residential neighborhood south of downtown Cleveland, according to news reports.

In the follow-up interview with Cooper that was less animated than the initial news clips that turned him into an Internet sensation, Ramsey gave a poignant and at times haunting recollection of his daring rescue and insight into an uncommonly selfless nature.

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He described how he had just returned from purchasing a sandwich at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant and was enjoying it in his living room when he heard “this girl scream like a car had hit a kid.” The chilling sound made him stop eating and look outside. He and another neighbor from across the street ran to the house, which Ramsey thought was empty since he saw his neighbor, Ariel Castro, leave earlier that day.

It was there that they discovered Berry who pleaded with them for help. “‘I’m stuck in here, help get me out,'” he said the captive woman screamed.

After struggling to open the door, he kicked the door open enough so Berry could crawl out with her young daughter fathered by her captor. Even though he was still in shock himself, he helped her call 911 and waited with her until the police arrived.

Now, Ramsey can barely sleep; not because he is scared, but because he wasn’t able to save Berry and the other women sooner.

“See that’s why now I’m having trouble sleeping. Up until yesterday, the only thing that kept me from losing sleep was the lack of money … Now that that’s going on and I could have done this last year, not this hero stuff, just do the right thing,” said Ramsey, who was unaware of anyone other than Castro living at the house.

When asked if the FBI had contacted him about a reward, Ramsey’s response was like that of a samaritan.

“I tell you what you do, give [the reward] to them. Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck. What that address say? … 2203 Seymour. Where are them girls living? Right next door to this paycheck. So yes, take that reward and give it to – that little girl,” he told Cooper.

According to a USA Today report, Berry arrived home for the first time in 10 years on Monday in a convoy escorted by police with her 6-year-old daughter Jocelyn.

Law enforcement officials said the three brothers who are suspects in the case of the missing women are “talking” but haven’t revealed if they have confessed to alleged abduction and years of sexually abusing the three women.

Ariel Castro, 52, a former school bus driver and his two brothers, Pedro Castro, 52 and Onil Castro, 50, are being held on suspicion of rape and kidnapping.

Christian School's $40 'Pay It Forward' Challenge Leads to Big Rewards for NJ Community

The “Pay it Forward” project at Edgarton Christian Academy in Newfield, N.J., looked like an impossible mission for students in the eighth-grade graduating class who took on the challenge of turning $40 stipends into transformational gifts that benefit their community.

Melissa Knapp, the school’s administrative assistant and coordinator for the Pay it Forward project, told The Christian Post on Tuesday that when she speaks to students about the project it always makes her cry because she knows that once they find a project that drives them, their passion will help them achieve more than they ever believed was possible.

“We challenge the students to step outside their box and look out into the world to find a need,” said Knapp, who is proud of the 16 students in the graduating class who created more than 10 service projects that benefit an array of local charities in their New Jersey community.

Knapp told CP that when she introduced the Pay it Forward project to students in January, they were allowed to embark on the project on their own or with a partner to create a joint venture with the $40 stipend they received from the academy’s parent-group’s fundraising efforts.

“My enjoyment comes from when I first go into that class and they look shocked because the task appears monumental to them,” she said about the challenge.

“We didn’t require students to set a specific goal, we just asked them to find something they’re passionate about and assured them that their plans would fall into place once they found an organization in need. The goal is for the students to see that one person can make a difference in someone’s life,” Knapp said about the project. “It’s a very emotional thing for me. They took it to heart and found something of meaning to them.”

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The students’ efforts have also been featured on the New Jersey news website NJ.com that mentioned the success achieved by the graduating class, which includes raising $3,600 that will be donated to The Seeing Eye, the oldest guide dog school in the world. Nicholas Dutra and Corbin Mazur combined their $40 stipends and solicited pet stores for donations for their raffle, which raised funds that will be used to train and send service dogs to the people who need them.

Knapp noted that two eighth-grade boys who recently visited the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home saw a need to collect and provide clothing for the veterans. And two girls in the class teamed up to raise money for a family whose mother is battling breast cancer, by designing beaded bracelets and hosting a raffle where ticket buyers have a chance of winning Vera Bradley designer bags.

Madison Hagerty, who runs a free soccer clinic for kindergarten, first and second-grade students, asked for donations from parents and raised more than $400 to pay for a bench at the Franklin Township Soccer Complex in honor of a young girl who recently died.

Knapp also highlighted the success achieved by Samantha Bevilacqua, who raised $750 that will be donated to Franklin Township’s Shadow Equestrian ranch that provides therapeutic riding class for children with special needs. Bevilacqua came up with the idea to raise funds for the program after seeing how the classes have helped her cousin who has Down syndrome.

“Two students raised money to supply welcome bags to children whose parents are attending the Celebrate Recovery program, a biblically-based recovery ministry at Glouster County Community Church in Sewell, N.J.,” she said. Other students raised money to buy toiletries for a local shelter, and two students raised money for the Lone Survivor Foundation, an organization that helps wounded soldiers and their families.

Students are wrapping up their projects this month and will soon have the opportunity to present their donations to their selected organizations. Before graduation, the students are required to write an essay about the experience and state whether they believe one person’s efforts and actions can make a difference in someone’s life. Knapp said the students will also be required to read their essays to faculty and staff as part of their eighth-grade graduation ceremony.

First 8 Days: ‘Gay’ Jason Collins 2,381 News Stories; Gosnell Abortion-Murder Trial 115 Stories – 1,970% Difference in Coverage

In the eight days since NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay, the news media have covered the story in 2,381 places. But in the first eight days of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his “House of Horrors” abortion business, the media covered the story in 115 places, meaning that Collins’ “gay” news received more than 1,970.4% more news coverage.

In addition, a search of the news coverage of the Gosnell trial that started 49 days ago on Mar. 18, shows there have been 1,876 stories, which is still less than the 2,381 Collins stories over the last 8 days – a 27% difference in coverage, still in Collins’ favor.

Jason Collins, who plays center for the Washington Wizards, announced he was a homosexual in a self-written article for the Sports Illustrated website on Apr. 29. Kermit Gosnell is charged with five counts of murder and 263 other criminal offenses related to his abortion business in Philadelphia; his trial started on Mar. 18 and the jury currently is still deliberating.

A general Nexis search of “All News” in English, for the first eight days in each case, shows the following: a search for “Jason Collins” and “gay” (between Apr. 19 and May 6) reveals 2,381 news stories; a search for “Kermit Gosnell” and “abortion” (between Mar. 18 and Mar. 24) pulls up 115 stories.

A Nexis “All News” search retrieves stories from newspapers, blogs, newswires, news transcripts, news, aggregate news sources, magazines, journals, newsletters and web-based publications.
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That means that in the first eight days of coverage, there were 2,266 more news stories about Jason Collins coming out of the closet as gay than news stories about Gosnell who, specifically, is charged with killing four babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors. The fifth murder charge against Gosnell concerns a woman who died from an anesthesia-overdose.

Some of the other 263 criminal charges against Gosnell include conspiracy, solicitation, infanticide, theft by deception, corruption of minors, and tampering with or fabricating evidence. The grand jury report on the Gosnell case states there were “hundreds of ‘snippings,’” and that Gosnell “committed hundreds of acts of infanticide.”

The difference in coverage between the two stories from when each broke – Collins’ announcement and the start of the Gosnell trial – and for eight days thereafter, is 1,970.43%.

Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial Jury Now Considering Murder Charges

The Common Pleas Court jury of seven women and five men have finished their deliberations for the week in the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

They will return on Monday, but not before having apparently moved on from considering charges against Gosnell’s co-defendant (according to multiple news sources including the Philadelphia Inquirer and CNN) and on to the 72-year-old abortionist charged with five counts of murder.

Eileen O’Neill, 56, is charged with six counts of theft by deception (she is accused of posing as a licensed doctor) that form the basis of racketeering and conspiracy counts for her alleged role in a “corrupt organization.” The jury, CNN reported

“asked to be given the written definition of RICO charges, and a property receipt for the medications removed from the clinic and put into evidence. RICO charges extend from the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

“After consulting with attorneys, Judge Jeffrey Minehart answered the jury in the deliberation room. Gosnell and his co-defendant, Eileen O’Neill, 56, were not in the courtroom.”

However the most important request of the day was clearly for records compiled the day Gosnell’s abortion clinic was raided, February 18, 2010. According to the Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian, they asked for the police property receipt for all medicines and drugs removed from the Women’s Medical Society. Why is that significant?

It is of critical importance in the context of another request—“identifying details to help them differentiate the four babies – known thus far as babies A, C, D and E – allegedly killed by Gosnell or his staff after they were born live during illegal late-term abortions.”

Jack McMahon, Gosnell’s flamboyant defense attorney, has stated flatly that no babies were born alive—that every movement, twitch, even scream witnesses testified to were simply “reflexes.” They weren’t born alive, McMahon argued, because Gosnell administered the drug Digoxin that would have killed the babies in utero.

But (a) police found no evidence of Digoxin when they searched the abortion clinic, and (b) according to prosecutors, “Gosnell had stopped using the drug to save money,” Slobodzian explained. “Instead, prosecutors allege, Gosnell gave patients heavy doses of the labor-inducing drug Cytotec so they would spontaneously abort. If the fetus was alive, Gosnell allegedly would then cut the spine to kill it.”

CNN summarized the bundle of charges lodged against Gosnell who, prosecutors say, made millions off of illegal late-term abortions:

“The [four] babies Gosnell is accused of killing include one that a former employee testified whined after it was expelled from its mother; one that a former employee testified was a large baby boy that breathed before having its neck snipped and was placed into a plastic box the size of a shoebox; one whose neck was snipped after an employee played with the baby; and one that was delivered into a toilet and appeared to be swimming before being scooped up and having its neck snipped.”

In addition, “Gosnell also is charged with conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks of pregnancy, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses. He and O’Neill have pleaded not guilty.”

Gosnell also stands accused of one count of third degree murder in the 2009 death of Karnamaya Mongar, who was 41. Prosecutors say Gosnell’s untrained, unlicensed assistants administered an overdose of Demerol, a powerful painkiller.

Last week, without explanation, Judge Minehart threw out three of the seven first-degree murder counts, one count of infanticide, and all five abuse-of-corpse charges which were about the fetal body parts authorities found when they raided Gosnell’s abortion clinic, ironically not because of abortion but because they believed he was running an illegal “pill mill.”

In his testimony, Philadelphia Chief Medical Examiner Sam Gulino told the jury about an “unprecedented” task. According to the Slobodzian, that task was “Examining bag after bag of frozen fetuses removed from Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic.” Without guidance what to do, Gulino said

CBS Finally Sends Reporter to Cover Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial

CBS News has finally sent a national reporter to cover the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell.

As local reporter JD Mullane of the Bucks County Courier Times tweeted today:

 

CBS was criticized for devoting only 13 seconds of its national broadcast to covering the Gosnell trial, and NBC and ABC were even worse. As Newsbusters previously reported:

For the first time in over a week, CBS covered the murder trial of abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning. But instead of a full report, as on April 15, Norah O’Donnell read a news brief that lasted just 13 seconds on the trial judge dismissing three of the murder charges against the Philadelphia physician.

ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today on Wednesday failed to cover this noteworthy development in the case. Neither broadcast network has aired one second of reporting on the Gosnell trial on their morning and evening newscasts.

The transcript of Norah O’Donnell’s news brief from Wednesday’s CBS This Morning:

NORAH O’DONNELL: The Philadelphia Inquirer says the judge in the trial of abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell has dismissed three of seven murder counts. The judge has not stated why. Gosnell is accused of killing babies born alive, and the remaining counts will go to the jury.