The murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider enters its fifth week today.
Prosecutors will continue to call witnesses this week as they pursue their death-penalty case against Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Several patients and about a half-dozen former employees have testified this past month about outdated, dirty - and allegedly deadly - conditions at Gosnell's clinic in West Philadelphia.Gosnell is charged in the deaths of seven babies and the 2009 overdose death of a 41-year-old patient. Authorities allege the babies were killed using scissors.
The former employees describe doing ultrasounds, giving intravenous drugs and helping with abortions, even though they lacked medical training or certification. And unlicensed doctor Stephen Massof testified that Gosnell taught him to cut the necks of babies after they were born to ensure the babies died. He has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder. Seven other former employees have also been convicted in the case.
Defense lawyer Jack McMahon insists that no babies were born alive, and that the patient died of unforeseen complications. In opening statements, he said that Gosnell is not a criminal, even if he didn't run the "Mayo Clinic.
"Prosecutors said the 72-year-old Gosnell made millions over three decades from desperate women trying to end late-term pregnancies using desperate employees who could not find jobs elsewhere.
They said they found about $250,000 in cash at his home in a low-income section of Philadelphia after a 2010 raid of his nearby clinic.
The raid was prompted by Gosnell's high-volume practice writing prescriptions for painkillers, allegedly to addicts and drug dealers.
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