The clinic reeked of animal urine, courtesy of the cats that were allowed to roam (and defecate) freely. Furniture and blankets were stained with blood. Instruments were not properly sterilized. Disposable medical supplies were not disposed of; they were reused, over and over again. Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn't used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut. And scattered throughout, in cabinets, in the basement, in a freezer, in jars and bags and plastic jugs, were fetal remains. It was a baby charnel house.
Perhaps the most damning testimony so far came on April 4 from Stephen Massof, an unlicensed doctor who worked five years at Gosnell's clinic. Massof testified that because of the high volume of patients at the clinic, "I felt like a firemen in hell. I couldn't put out all the fires." Massof said that he was paid $200-$300 a week and that Gosnell - busted with $250,000 in cash under a mattress – "always led me to believe he was a poor, struggling urban physician and surgeon."
Massof, who pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, said he witnessed about 100 babies born alive before having their spinal cord "snipped" to ensure death, the AP reported at the time.
White House spokesman Jay Carney commented on the case Monday.
"The president does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won't as well," said Carney, USA Today reported. Carney said Obama was "aware" of the trial and added, "certainly, the things that you hear and read about this case are unsettling."
Gosnell faces the death penalty if convicted. Several former employees, including his wife, have pleaded guilty to various charges.