Coverage of the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

Abortion Doc May Get Death

Defense lawyers say 70-year-old abortionist won’t live long enough

By Teresa Masterson
|  Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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Shown is the front window of the Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at the Women's Medical Society, was charged Wednesday Jan. 19, 2011, with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams officially filed notice that he may seek the death penalty for the West Philly abortion doctor charged with killing a patient and seven babies at his clinic.

Kermit Gosnell, who is being held in a Philadelphia prison without bail, has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar and seven newborns.

The 70-year-old abortion doctor ran the Women’s Medical Society in West Philly for decades, allegedly inducing labor in women with late-term pregnancies and snapping the necks of babies born alive with scissors.

Gosnell also ran a pill mill, handing out prescriptions for painkillers to any one who had the money, says the District Attorney.

Defense lawyers suggest Gosnell, his wife and eight other defendants treated poor women when no one else would.

Gosnell's lawyer Jack McMahon said the 70-year-old Gosnell would die of old age before a death sentence would ever be carried out, reports the Associated Press.

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