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Jan 20, 2011 6:38 PM by Greg Boyce

Abortion clinic doctor charged with murder

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A grand jury report says a Philadelphia abortion clinic would have been shut down a long time ago, had it not been for extraordinary failures by state regulators.

A doctor at the clinic was arraigned today on eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven babies and one patient. Nine employees have also been charged.  Prosecutors say Dr. Kermit Gosnell ran a filthy abortion mill where babies were delivered alive and then killed with scissors.

The grand jury's report says failures by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other agencies allowed the clinic to operate for decades. The report says there were baby body parts on the shelves. It says a 15-year-old high school student administered intravenous anesthesia. And it says Gosnell's wife, a
cosmetologist, performed late-term procedures.

Most of the patients at the clinic were poor minority women, including the woman who prosecutors say died there after being given too much Demerol and other drugs.

The report quotes the state Health Department's chief counsel as saying there was nothing suspicious about the woman's death -- because "people die."

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