PHILADELPHIA (April 29, 2013)—Jury deliberations are expected to begin Tuesday in the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell, which has spawned courtroom debate over when life ends, as opposed to when it begins.
Gosnell is accused of killing four babies after they were born alive, cutting their spines after they were delivered, which they say he wouldn't have done if the infants were dead.
In closing arguments Monday, Gosnell's defense lawyer called it "ridiculous" to say babies were still alive after in-utero injections of the heart-stopping drug Digoxen, but Gosnell's former staff members have quoted the doctor as saying it was tough to hit the fetal heart through the abdomen and they have testified they saw babies move, breathe or cry.
Gosnell is also charged in a patient's overdose death.
The district attorney called Gosnell’s clinic a "house of horrors."