Kermit Gosnell: Understanding the Trial Against the Abortion Doctor

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  • What Is the Trial About?
  • What Were His Other Offenses?
  • What Is Gosnell’s Defense?
  • Who Is Kermit Gosnell?
  • Who Were the Victims?
  • Who Else Is Being Charged?
  • Are Most Women’s Clinics Like This?
  • Update: Judge Drops 3 Murder Charges
  • The 411 on the Trial

What Is Gosnell’s Defense?

Gosnell lawyers have stated that these babies were not born alive therefore he could not have murdered them. They say that he is a licensed physician who is certified to perform abortions. Meanwhile, the grand jury report claims that he was illegally terminating babies into the mother’s third trimester. The state of Pennsylvania only allows for abortions to be performed up to 24 weeks. 


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