Still, West testified, she hated working in the room where Gosnell performed abortions - never more than the night a staffer asked for help with a problem at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society clinic in West Philadelphia.
"There was this clear glass pan, and I saw it, and I thought, 'What do you expect me to do?' " West testified Monday at Gosnell's murder trial.
"It wasn't fully developed," West told the Common Pleas Court jury, referring to the 18- to 24-inch-long newborn in the pan. It didn't have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien."
Questioned by Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore, West, 53, said she did not know what happened to the "specimen" - the term she said she used because "it was easier to deal with mentally."Yes, like learning to regard Jews as untermenschen, or rationalizing that blacks weren't capable of caring for themselves as free men. It is amazing what human beings can do to justify evil. Unfortunately, as one of the commenters on the article pointed out, if Gosnell had been a bit cleaner (sterilizing equipment for his black patients, not just his white ones), and had not insisted on performing abortions so late, this would not be a news story at all.