Philly Abortion Murder Trial Has National Impact

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

For weeks, jurors in Philadelphia heard grim testimony about deaths and squalor at Dr. Kermit Gosnell's inner-city abortion clinic. While they listened, the murder case reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing -- at least for the moment -- the tone of the national debate on abortion.

Groups supporting legal access to abortion find themselves on the defensive as they distance themselves from Gosnell.

Anti-abortion activists, in contrast, are citing the case in fundraising appeals and renewing efforts to expand state restrictions on abortion.

Gosnell is charged with killing five people -- a patient and four viable babies that prosecutors say were born alive. Among scores of other counts, he also is accused of performing abortions after Pennsylvania's 24-week limit.

Jury deliberations began April 30 and are scheduled to resume Monday.


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