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Abortion Assistant Steven Massof sentenced 6-12 years for Gosnell clinic role

Posted in Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2014 by saynsumthn

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On Wednesday, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced Kermit Gosnell‘s assistant, Steven Massof to 6 to 12 years in prison.

The judge credited Massof’s decision to plea guilty to two counts of third-degree murder and testify against Gosnell but called what happened at the clinic “unspeakably horrible.”

“As evil as Dr. Gosnell was, as charismatic as he may have been, he didn’t do this alone,” Lerner said. “He couldn’t do this without the assistance of someone like you.”

“I don’t know how it started,” the 51-year-old Massof, voice cracking as he forced down a sob, told the judge.

“I realize that this is something that’s wrong and will never be right and will never go away,” said Massof, who called his work with Gosnell “a horrific part of my life.”

Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron, who handled the case with fellow prosecutor Joanne Pescatore, argued for a 10- to 20-year prison term.

Despite Massof’s cooperation, Cameron said, he had the education, intelligence and training to know what he was doing was wrong – and stop it.

During his testimony at the Kermit Gosnell abortion murder trial, employee Stephen Massof said he saw at least one baby take a breath, and another jerk its leg.

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Massof estimated that he saw about 100 babies born alive and then “snipped” with surgical scissors in the back of the neck, to ensure their “demise.”Gosnell Behind Bars

Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.”

A mutual acquaintance led him to Gosnell’s clinic, where he spent five years before leaving in 2008 over a dispute with other staffers. He was charged with murder three years later, after a 2010 FBI probe of Gosnell’s distribution of painkillers spawned a raid at the clinic, and the more serious abortion case.

Massof made only $200 to $300 a week to oversee a high volume of second-trimester patients going through labor — and, often, delivery. He said he saw at least one baby take a breath, and another jerk its leg. Gosnell told his staff that such movements were “spontaneous,” Massof said.

Massof estimated that he saw about 100 babies born alive and then “snipped” with surgical scissors in the back of the neck, to ensure their “demise.”
Gosnell, who had another clinic in Delaware, typically came in only at night for the final part of the procedure, leaving Massof to monitor the pain-racked or highly sedated women.

I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires,” he testified.

Gosnell, meanwhile, took in more than $1 million a year, and kept $250,000 in cash under his mattress, prosecutors have said.

“He always led me to believe he was a poor, struggling urban physician and surgeon,” Massof said. “I thought he was hurting financially.”

Planned Parenthood lobbyist and ‘House of Horror’ abortionist Gosnell agree let babies born alive after abortions – DIE!

Posted in Kermit Gosnell, Late term abortion, Planned Parenthood Infanticide with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2013 by saynsumthn

Alisa LaPolt SnowA Planned Parenthood lobbyist recently said that allowing babies to die on the table after being aborted was between the “Doctor and their patient” and that is exactly what Kermit Gosnell believed and did:

Florida Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow testified against a ‘Born Alive’ infant protection bill that would give human rights to babies born after a botched abortion. She said doctors in abortion clinics should not be required to take such babies to a hospital, instead leaving the ‘choice’ of what to do up to them and their patients

The bill was introduced by State Rep. Cary Pigman, a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. It has nine co-sponsors.

‘It is just really hard for me to even ask you this question,’ Republican State Rep. Jim Boyd said during the hearing, ‘because I’m almost in disbelief: If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that’s struggling for life?’

Snow replied, ‘We believe that, you know, any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.’

Next in the line of emotional inquisitors was Republican Rep. Daniel Davis.
‘What happens in a situation where a baby is alive, breathing on a table, moving,’ Davis asked. ‘What do your physicians do at that point?’

‘I do not have that information,’ Snow replied. ‘I am not a physician, I am not an abortion provider. So I do not have that information.’

Testifying at the Kermit Gosnell abortion murder trial, employee Stephen Massof said he saw at least one baby take a breath, and another jerk its leg.

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Gosnell told his staff that such movements were “spontaneous,” Massof said. Massof estimated that he saw about 100 babies born alive and then “snipped” with surgical scissors in the back of the neck, to ensure their “demise.”Gosnell Behind Bars

Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.”

A mutual acquaintance led him to Gosnell’s clinic, where he spent five years before leaving in 2008 over a dispute with other staffers. He was charged with murder three years later, after a 2010 FBI probe of Gosnell’s distribution of painkillers spawned a raid at the clinic, and the more serious abortion case.

Massof smiled oddly Thursday as he gave graphic testimony about conditions at the clinic, which he said deteriorated during his five-year tenure. He made only $200 to $300 a week to oversee a high volume of second-trimester patients going through labor — and, often, delivery. He said he saw at least one baby take a breath, and another jerk its leg. Gosnell told his staff that such movements were “spontaneous,” Massof said.

Massof estimated that he saw about 100 babies born alive and then “snipped” with surgical scissors in the back of the neck, to ensure their “demise.”
Gosnell, who had another clinic in Delaware, typically came in only at night for the final part of the procedure, leaving Massof to monitor the pain-racked or highly sedated women.

“I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn’t put out all the fires,” he testified.

Gosnell, meanwhile, took in more than $1 million a year, and kept $250,000 in cash under his mattress, prosecutors have said.
“He always led me to believe he was a poor, struggling urban physician and surgeon,” Massof said. “I thought he was hurting financially.”

More abortion clinic workers plead guilty in abortion clinic murder trial

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , , , on November 3, 2011 by saynsumthn

Another plea expected in Gosnell case
BY MENSAH M. DEAN
Philadelphia Daily News

A FOURTH defendant charged in the abortion-horror case – known as “Dr. Steve” at Kermit Gosnell’s former clinic – is expected to plead guilty during a court hearing scheduled for today.

Steven Massof, 49, a medical school graduate who never obtained a medical license or certification, faces a status hearing before Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, the same judge who accepted guilty pleas last month from three of the case’s 10 defendants.

Massof, of Pittsburgh, was employed from 2003 to 2008 at the West Philadelphia clinic and is charged with numerous crimes, including the murder of two viable babies born alive at the clinic.

Massof graduated from medical school in Grenada in 1998 and passed some tests necessary to become a physician in the U.S., but never obtained a medical license.

Another defendant, Lynda Williams, 43, of Wilmington, may also plead guilty during a status hearing next week. That hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Lerner.

Williams, who was an unlicensed clinic worker from 2008 to February 2010, when authorities raided the facility, is facing charges that include the murder of a viable baby and the third-degree murder of a 41-year-old woman who died of a drug overdose given to her at the clinic.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys can’t comment on the proceedings outside of court because Lerner has placed them under a gag order.

If Lerner accepts guilty pleas from Massof and Williams, that would leave just five defendants to be tried. Those who have pleaded guilty could attempt to win less harsh sentences by cooperating with prosecutors and testifying against their co-defendants, who include Gosnell, 70, and his wife, Pearl, 50.

Gosnell, who owned the now-shuttered Women’s Medical Society on Lancaster Avenue, faces the most legal jeopardy.

The District Attorney’s Office contends that he is responsible for the first-degree murders of seven babies born viable and alive at his clinic. The babies’ spinal cords were cut, prosecutors allege. Gosnell is also charged with third-degree murder in the death of the 41-year-old overdose victim.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against the doctor if he is convicted of first-degree murder.

1 Abortionist, 3 Clinic workers face the Death Penalty others loose medical licenses while most in the media remains silent

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic dirty, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by saynsumthn

Telll me, other than local news where have you been hearing about this ongoing case ?????????????? If these were pro-lifers the cameras would be rolling day and night !!!!!

Phila. illegal abortion clinic workers could face death
Prosecutors consider penalty for Gosnell, Delaware woman, others

11:06 PM, Mar. 2, 2011 |


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PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania prosecutors said during a court hearing Wednesday they were reserving the right to seek the death penalty for Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing infants delivered alive following late-term abortion procedures.

Prosecutors also said they are considering death-penalty cases against three of Gosnell’s employees, including 42-year-old Lynda Williams of Wilmington.

Assistant District Attorney Christine Wechsler said there were sufficient facts for prosecutors to file a death penalty notice against Gosnell, but they need to continue their investigation before deciding on the others. Wechsler and Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore agreed with the defense attorneys to postpone the decision for 60 days while both sides investigate the matter.

Prosecutors are considering pushing for the death penalty against Steven Massof, 48, and Adrienne Moton, 33, along with Williams, who is facing two counts of murder for her alleged roles in at least one baby’s death and in the 2009 death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar from an overdose of sedative medication. Those charges would qualify her for the death penalty, Wechsler said.

The Rev. Derrick Johnson of Wilmington was in the Philadelphia courtroom Wednesday to show support for Williams, who along with her family, has been a member of his Joshua Harvest Church for almost two years.

“The church cannot turn its back on anybody, and we won’t turn our back on her at this time, either,” said Johnson, adding he wasn’t there to judge the acts she is accused of committing.

Johnson, who was accompanied by a friend of Williams and two church members, said Williams’ biggest concern now has been the welfare of her children and grandchild.
“When she was arrested, the landlord in Wilmington immediately moved to evict the family from his property,” Johnson said. “We’ve been helping them by wrapping our arms around them.”


The death penalty will not be considered against six other Gosnell employees, including 51-year-old Sherry West of Bear.

West faces a third-degree murder charge in the death of a patient who was over-medicated, prosecutors said.

The Philadelphia charges against Gosnell and the employees are related to incidents at his West Philadelphia Women’s Medical Society clinic, but a grand jury report indicated he routinely started late-term abortion procedures that were illegal in Delaware at the Atlantic Women’s Medical Services clinic on Baynard Boulevard in Wilmington and completed them at the Pennsylvania clinic. Gosnell and the workers from his West Philadelphia clinic were arrested in January and charged with a variety of felonies, including homicide.

Gosnell began treating at least six patients in Delaware and then sent them to Philadelphia, according to evidence considered by the grand jury.

Prosecutors said that one of seven live newborns Gosnell is accused of killing by severing their spinal cords with scissors belonged to a teenage girl who first visited him at the Wilmington clinic. He took her to the West Philadelphia site because she was too far along to get an abortion under Delaware law, they said.

There have been no criminal charges filed in the case by Delaware authorities. But Dr. Albert Dworkin, one of two Delaware physicians associated with Gosnell, had his medical license temporarily suspended Tuesday by the Delaware Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, which cited a “clear and immediate danger” to the public.

Dworkin plans to seek a hearing within 15 days to get his physician’s privileges restored, his attorney said. A request for the emergency suspension of a second doctor, Arturo Apolinario, was turned down, but an expedited hearing to review charges against him is going forward and Apolinario’s ability to write prescriptions has been suspended.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden also filed complaints with the medical board last week seeking a cease-and-desist order against Panzy Myrie, the owner of Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, for improperly advertising herself as a doctor, and seeking a fine against Atlantic for the violations by the doctors and Myrie. The complaints filed against Atlantic, Myrie and the doctors are all civil actions that could result in fines and suspensions but do not carry any prison time.

Dworkin’s suspension is one of the first actions taken against a Delaware physician since a number of new regulations were adopted by state lawmakers last year following the arrest of Lewes pediatrician Earl B. Bradley for abusing young patients.

Gosnell and the nine employees are scheduled to have their pretrial motions heard before Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner on March 30.