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Worker Describes Gruesome Practices Inside West Phila. Abortion Clinic

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- A woman who once worked in the West Philadelphia abortion clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell was on the witness stand today.  This cooperating witness has previously admitted killing viable fetuses while in Gosnell's employ.

Gosnell is charged with murdering seven born-alive babies and an adult woman who died during an abortion (see related stories).

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(Adrienne Moton, in file photo from Phila. DA's ofc.)

The testimony and evidence have been gruesome.  Adrienne Moton (in file photo at right) broke down several times as she recounted her work at the clinic.

Untrained, she says, she was doing ultrasounds and administering anesthesia within months.  And eventually, she has admitted, she snipped the necks of "a good ten" fetuses.

She says she didn't know why that was the practice but she saw Dr. Gosnell do it countless times.

And she broke down -- and the court took a break -- after she recounted the time a very large baby was born and allegedly murdered by Gosnell.  Moton said she took a picture of the boy, and that dreadful picture has been shown to the jury.

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