Closing Arguments Set for Pa. Abortion Doctor's Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia jury is set to hear closing arguments in the capital murder trial of an abortion doctor accused of killing babies born alive at his clinic.

In this undated photo released by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is shown. Gosnell, 69, a family practice physician, was arraigned Thursday, Jan. 20 2011, on eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven babies and one patient. Nine employees of his Women's Medical Society clinic also have been charged, including four with murder. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department via Philadelphia District Attorney's Office)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia jury is set to hear closing arguments in the capital murder trial of an abortion doctor accused of killing babies born alive at his clinic.

Prosecutors say 72-year-old Kermit Gosnell operated a clinic where poor, desperate women sought late-term abortions they couldn't get elsewhere.

Gosnell was initially charged in the deaths of seven newborns, but a judge threw out three of those counts last week. Gosnell is also charged in the overdose death of a 41-year-old patient.

Closing arguments begin on Monday. Deliberations likely will begin Tuesday.

Gosnell didn't testify in his defense, but he could take the stand during the penalty phase if convicted.

His lawyer says there were no live births at the clinic.


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