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Prosecution to Seek Death Penalty for Abortion Doc Accused of Murdering Woman and 7 Viable Babies

Posted Mar 2, 2011 3:06 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The government has announced that it will seek the death penalty in the case of a 70-year-old abortion doctor accused of murdering a woman patient and seven viable babies.

However, a lawyer for Kermit Gosnell, 70, points out that he likely would die of old age before the penalty was imposed, even if he is convicted, reports the Associated Press.

Gosnell, his wife and eight other clinic workers face a variety of charges concerning an allegedly filthy clinic in West Philadelphia that prosecutors contend was a pill mill by day and an abortion mill by night.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Abortion Doc Charged with 8 Murders; 9 Clinic Workers in Custody, 4 Also Face Murder Charges"

Philadelphia Weekly: "Neglect of West Philly Abortion Victims Was 'By Design' "

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