3 jurors picked in Pa. abortion doc's murder trial

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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three women have been chose as jurors for the trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider charged with killing a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with third-degree murder in a woman's 2009 death during a botched abortion. He also faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the newborns' deaths.

Jury selection is expected to take a week, given the sensitivity of the abortion issue and the death penalty.

The three jurors chosen Monday told Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Minehart they supported abortion rights.

The 72-year-old Gosnell has pleaded not guilty. He says he helped many vulnerable women and teens get medical care.

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