Jury set to start weighing Pa. abortion deaths

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By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury is set to start weighing murder charges against a veteran abortion provider charged with killing four viable babies allegedly born alive.

A defense lawyer insists Dr. Kermit Gosnell helped poor, desperate women and teens who had no other access to medical care.

However, prosecutors say he routinely killed live babies because he did not know how to do a proper abortion in the womb.

Gosnell also is charged in the 2009 overdose death of a woman patient allegedly sedated by two untrained medical assistants.

Gosnell's clinic has been shuttered since the FBI raided the clinic one night in 2010 looking for prescription drug abuses. Instead, they found Gosnell's abortion clinic in full swing.

The jury is to begin considering the case on Tuesday.

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