Gosnell abortion-clinic worker: I assisted with abortions while in high school

posted at 9:21 pm on April 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

This story just keeps getting more and more revolting.

Like a lot of high school sophomores, 15-year-old Ashley Baldwin found a job.

Baldwin, however, wasn’t working retail or fast-food. She was doing ultrasounds, administering intravenous medicine and, ultimately, assisting in abortions performed by West Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell.

Baldwin, now 22, and the mother of a two-year-old, today told a Philadelphia jury hearing Gosnell’s murder trial of her unusual hands-on medical apprenticeship.

She also told of seeing at least five aborted babies moving, breathing and, in one case, “screeching,” after procedures at Gosnells’ Women’s Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave.

“They looked just like regular babies,” Baldwin said to Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore.

Baldwin said one baby she saw was so big that Gosnell joked that “this baby is going to walk me home.”

Even more unsettling, Baldwin first got the job through her mother, who’d already been working at Gosnell’s House of Horrors for five years. I have no words.

And yet, media mentions of the ongoing trial have been conspicuously few and far between. Could it be that the otherwise highly sensational story sheds just a little too much inconveniently negative light on a preferred narrative of theirs? Krauthammer calls it out:

The media is largely and determinedly looking away, but the House of Representatives did take the floor time to recognize what’s been happening on Thursday afternoon. Kathryn Jean Lopez has some highlights at NRO, and you can watch more video here.


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