PA abortion clinic worker describes cutting babies

Wednesday - 3/20/2013, 3:40am EDT

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A jury weighing murder charges against a Philadelphia abortion provider is hearing about unorthodox procedures used on clinic patients.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged in the deaths of a patient and seven babies. He faces the death penalty if convicted of killing babies born alive.

A patient who had a 2008 abortion at the clinic told jurors Tuesday that she ended up in a hospital for two weeks with an infection and blood clot.

And a medical assistant admitted that she cut the necks of the aborted babies. She says Gosnell taught her to do that to "ensure fetal demise."

Gosnell's lawyer says the 72-year-old doctor served poor women and others seeking second-term abortions, even if it wasn't "the Mayo Clinic."

The trial resumes Wednesday.

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