Pennsylvania abortion doctor’s murder trial starts
by Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press
March 18, 2013 12:10 PM | 502 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In this March 8, 2010 photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia. Gosnell, an abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at the Women's Medical Society, goes on trial Monday, March 18, 2013, on eight counts of murder, but prosecutors say he's not the only person to blame for the deaths. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
In this March 8, 2010 photo, Dr. Kermit Gosnell is seen during an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia. Gosnell, an abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at the Women's Medical Society, goes on trial Monday, March 18, 2013, on eight counts of murder, but prosecutors say he's not the only person to blame for the deaths. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors opened the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider by telling jurors he routinely performed late-term abortions by forcing women into labor and then killing their babies.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of seven infants allegedly born alive at his clinic.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said Monday that Gosnell preyed on desperate women who were often beyond the legal limit for abortions.

And Pescatore says the unlicensed, untrained employees who helped carry out the gruesome procedures were equally desperate because they needed work.

She says investigators found $250,000 in cash at Gosnell’s home in 2010, proof of the money he made from the abortion and pain clinic.

Gosnell has pleaded not guilty.

Pescatore says it was “standard practice” at his clinic was to “slay babies.”

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