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PA abortion clinic worker: I saw 10 babies breathe

April 18, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is shown. Eight former employees of a run-down West Philadelphia abortion clinic now face prison time for the work they did for Gosnell. Three have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. And Gosnell, 72, is on trial in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department via Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A whistle-blowing worker testified Thursday that she saw more than 14 babies born alive at a Philadelphia abortion clinic, capping a month of prosecution evidence in her former boss’s capital murder trial.

Prosecutors chose Kareema Cross as their final witness before resting their case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Cross said she saw more than 10 babies breathe, with their chests moving up and down.

“I thought they were breathing,” testified Cross, 28. “He would say they’re not really breathing.”

Cross also described seeing three babies move, one after being born in a toilet, and heard a fourth give a “soft whine.” Gosnell explained the movements as a last reflex amid the death process, she said.

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