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Pa. abortion doctor’s case near trial

PHILADELPHIA — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider, a potentially sensitive task since the case involves both abortion and the death penalty.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder. He is charged with third-degree murder in a woman’s 2009 death during a botched abortion, and first-degree murder for allegedly killing seven viable babies. Gosnell faces the death penalty if convicted on the latter counts.

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