Abortionist Slit Necks of Born Babies in Front of Teenager; Told Assistant: 'That's What You Call a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off'

Terence P. Jeffrey | April 13, 2013 | 12:57pm EDT
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[Editor's note: This story includes a graphic photograph, taken from a grand jury report, that shows a murdered baby with its spinal chord severed.]

(CNSnews.com) - According to a Pennsylvania grand jury, Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the wealthy Philadelphia abortionist now on trial for seven counts of murdering babies who had survived his late-term abortions, repeatedly sliced the necks of born babies in front of a teenage employee, and once told his long-time assistant (the teenager's mother) that a writhing born baby whose neck he had just severed was like a "chicken with its head cut off."

"Ashley Baldwin also saw Gosnell slice the neck of moving and breathing babies," said the report of the grand jury that recommended charging Gosnell with multiple counts of murder.

Baldwin's mother, Tina, worked for nine years as Gosnell's assistant. The teenager herself went to work for the abortionist when she was a 15-year-old high school sophomore.

Baby Boy B, with slit neck, discovered by police at the abortion office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Grand Jury Report.)

"Although Ashley was just a teenager and still in high school, Gosnell had her assisting with procedures, performing ultrasounds, intravenously sedating patients, and assisting patients as they delivered in Gosnell’s absence," said the report. "Gosnell claimed to her mother that allowing the teen to essentially practice medicine was legal, through a 'grandfather clause' which permitted him to train workers and avoid certification requirements. Ashley worked as much as 50 hours a week, into the early morning hours, while a full-time high school student."

On multiple occassions, this teenage girl saw the abortionist slit the necks of living babies after they had been born.

"When asked how many times Ashley had observed babies being delivered that were moving or breathing or crying and the doctor cut the neck, she answered: 'Most of the second tris that were over 20 weeks,'" said the report. "She said this happened probably dozens of times, maybe more. She described at least 10 babies as big enough to buy clothes for, to dress, and to take care of."

In her grand jury testimony, Ashley Badlwin had the following exchange:

Question: "And what happened to those ten babies that came out from their mother, that were big enough that you could put clothes on and take home and take care of, that moved around, what did you see happen to them?"

Ashley Baldwin: "He killed them."

Question: "Who killed them?

Ashley Baldwin: "Doc."

Question: "How did he kill them?"

Ashley Baldwin: "He cut the back of the neck."

The teenager told the grand jury that Gosnell told her this was normal.

Ashley's mother, Gosnell's longtime assistant, told the grand jury about a gruesome remark Gosnell made after severing the neck of a baby that had survived one of his abortions.

"Tina Baldwin," said the report, "told the jurors that Gosnell once joked about a baby that was writhing as he cut its neck: 'That’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.'"

The grand jury charged both Tina Baldwin and Gosnell with corrupting the morals of a minor for their treatment of Ashley.

"We charge Gosnell and Tina Baldwin, his employee, with corrupting the morals of a minor," said the report. "Gosnell hired Tina’s 15-year-old daughter as a staff member. She was required to work 50-hour weeks, starting after school until past midnight, during which she was exposed to the full horrors of Gosnell’s practice. Bad enough that he expected grown-ups to do it."

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