Pa. Abortion Doctor’s Murder Trial Star ts
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.”