by Ben Johnson
Tue Apr 23 4:23 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Kermit Gosnell's
defense attorney argued today that it was “ludicrous” for an abortion
clinic worker to believe a baby was alive simply because she saw it
Attorney Jack McMahon told the court Gosnell's former employee saw only a
baby's final, involuntary movements, not any signs of life.
“If we are going in this room to say a baby is born alive, because it
moves one time without any other movement, that is ludicrous,” McMahon
said. “This wasn’t a baby moving!”
Lynda Williams said Gosnell told her the same thing – that the breathing
she observed was involuntary.
McMahon has maintained that his client snipped baby's necks outside the
womb only to assure “fetal demise.”
McMahon attempted to convince the court that Williams had seen only one
twitch of a baby's arm inside Gosnell's Women's Medical Society in West
Establishing that the babies were alive before Gosnell “snipped” their
necks with scissors is pivotal for the prosecution's case. Chief Medical
Examiner Sam Gulino testified recently that he was not certain the babies
Gosnell killed were born alive.
McMahon asked him, “Am I correct then that, based on your total
evaluation of these fetuses, 47 of them...you cannot testify that any one
of these was born alive, can you?”
“That’s correct,” he replied. “I cannot.”
However, the prosecution can rely on the eyewitness testimony of other
employees who saw more demonstrative behavior.
Former Gosnell assistant Tina Baldwin said one baby writhed in pain so
furiously that the doctor joked, “That’s what you call a chicken with its
head cut off.”
Sherry West, testified she saw an 18-to-24-inch baby who had been
“aborted,” lying in a clear glass pan, “screeching [and] making this
noise” that “sounded like a little alien."
One baby was born alive in a toilet, struggling to swim out, Kareema
Cross said. (...)