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Prosecution wrapped up today in Gosnell murder trial; NY Times already ending daily coverage

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PHILADELPHIA, April 18, 2013 (National Right to Life News) - On Wednesday, the same day the prosecution said that it would rest its case against abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Thursday, a reporter for Bucks County Courier Times tweeted that the New York Times would be ending its daily coverage.

JD Mullane played an instrumental role in guilting media outlets into covering the Gosnell trial when he tweeted a photo of three rows of empty seats set aside for reporters in the courtroom (take that back—there was one reporter in sight). Among some other major outlets, the Times said it would cover the trial on a daily basis, using reporter Trip Gabriel. That “daily basis” began Monday.

But that has abruptly ended. Alerted by Mullane’s tweet, LifeNews asked Gabriel, a former Style editor for the Times, why he had been pulled from daily coverage. Gabriel responded, “I wasn’t ‘pulled’ from Gosnell. NYT will be there for highlights as we have since 2011. Lots of stories to cover.”

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So what “highlights” didn’t make it into today’s New York Times? According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian, who has been in the court room everyday:

The announcement by the prosecution followed a long day of testimony by Latosha Lewis, who worked at Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic for eight years. Lewis, 31, testified that abortion patients were routinely overmedicated and that sloppy record-keeping sometimes made it impossible to know how much of a dose patients had been given.

Lewis said she stopped assisting Gosnell in abortions in 2007 after a procedure in which she was the de facto anesthetist.

“I was the person who had given her too much and I was concerned whether she would come up from anesthesia," Lewis said.

Lewis was also asked by Cameron to review files of about 20 abortion patients, all over 24 weeks pregnant – the latest that abortions can be legally done in Pennsylvania.

Monday through Friday National Right to Life News Today is running excerpts from the Grand Jury report which is shocking no matter how many times you read what the Grand Jury found. Here is just one example that deal with testimony from Ms. Lewis. (“Precipitate” was the term they used for dealing the aborted babies alive before allegedly cutting their spinal cords)

Latosha Lewis testified that she saw babies precipitate at 23 to 28 weeks. In those cases, [Steve] Massof or Gosnell:

… would cut the back of the neck and insert a curette, which is a plastic tubing … that is used to do a suction. You would insert it in the back of the neck of the baby, so that the brain would come out.

Sometimes, according to Lewis, “he [Gosnell] would just snip the neck.” Lewis saw babies move before Gosnell did this:

Q: How many times did you see precipitated babies that had been fully expelled from its mother moving before he snipped the neck?

A: A lot.

Q: Can you give us a percentage of the time?

A: Probably 25 percent of the time.

No steps were ever taken to attend to these babies; “we never even checked to see if [there] was a heartbeat.” Lewis, who had herself given birth twice, recognized that the larger precipitated babies were viable:

… The bigger cases, you would see more movement or the baby would look a little bit more realer to you.

Q: What do you mean?

A: Like the skin would be a lot different. The color of the skin would be a lot different.

“Lots of stories” to cover, right Mr. Gabriel? I wonder if any of them can compare for sheer horror.

Reprinted from National Right to Life News.

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