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Pa. abortion trial jury continues deliberations

PHILADELPHIA — A jury reviewed laws on murder and manslaughter without reaching a verdict Monday in the case of an abortion provider accused of killing a patient and four babies prosecutors say were born alive, then killed with scissors.

Jurors resume deliberations Tueday.

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, ran the Women’s Medical Society, which served mostly low-income women.

Former staff members testified Gosnell taught them to ‘‘snip’’ babies in the back of the neck after they were born to ensure they were dead.

Gosnell also faces charges of racketeering and of committing hundreds of abortion-law violations, for allegedly performing third-trimester abortions, and for failing to counsel women a day in advance.

The jurors must also decide whether Gosnell caused the 2009 overdose death of a patient, Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old mother of three.

Codefendant Eileen O'Neill, 56, is charged with billing as a doctor when she did not have a license. Eight former employees have pleaded guilty since the 2011 indictment; all but Gosnell’s wife testified against him. Four others have pleaded guilty to murder.

Gosnell’s lawyer says there were no live births at the clinic and blamed Mongar’s death on unforeseen complications.

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