Prosecutors could rest in abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell trial

PHILADELPHIA - Prosecutors in Philadelphia could wrap up five weeks of evidence Thursday in the capital murder trial of a longtime abortion provider.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged in the deaths of a patient and seven babies allegedly killed after being born alive.

The defense denies there were any live births at Gosnell's Philadelphia clinic, where women from across the mid-Atlantic sought late-term abortions.

Gosnell's co-defendant also is calling witnesses Thursday.

Eileen O'Neill, who is not a licensed doctor, is charged with racketeering and theft for allegedly billing as a doctor.

A prosecution witness testified Thursday that she waited hours for "the doctor" to arrive, then received two pills from O'Neill for a non-surgical abortion.

On cross-examination, the woman said she did not know if O'Neill consulted with a doctor that day.

Investigators say Dr. Kermit Gosnell's clinic went years without inspections by state and local health officials. The 2011 grand jury report on Gosnell prompted state lawmakers to insist that abortion clinics now meet the same standards as walk-in surgical centers.


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