Abortion doctor's murder trial starts

By Associated Press 3:06pm, March 18, 2013
Prosecutors in Philadelphia opened the murder trial of an abortion provider by telling jurors he routinely performed late-term abortions by forcing women into labor and then killing their babies.

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

Prosecutors say Gosnell preyed on desperate women who were often beyond the legal limit for abortions.

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

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.

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore says it was "standard practice" at his clinic was to "slay babies."

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