Philly abortion doc guilty in 3 babies' deaths

5:50 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
  • Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of 3 counts of murder for performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic.
  • A photo shot through the glass door of Kermit Gosnell's former clinic in Philadelphia, PA. This is the entry foyer. The clinic is now closed. As the abortion rights debate plays out across the nation, a murder trial in Philadelphia offers grisly detail about late-term procedures to end pregnancies. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is on trial for capital murder, charged with killing a woman patient and seven newborns. Photo by Eileen Blass, USA TODAY Staff
    
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient.

Prosecutors say the 72-year-old Gosnell delivered babies alive and had their spines severed with scissors to kill them. They say the baby whose death he was cleared in let out a soft whimper before Gosnell cut its neck.

The defense had argued there were no live births at the clinic.

The grisly details of the case came out more than two years ago when authorities described finding bags and bottles of fetuses at the foul-smelling clinic and unsterile instruments that were reused.

Prosecutors seek the death penalty.

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