Nine jurors have been chosen this week for the capital murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider.
Twelve jurors and six alternates will be seated for Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s trial. He is charged in the overdose death of a patient and the deaths of seven babies allegedly born alive.
Potential jurors are being asked if they oppose abortion or the death penalty. Both supporters and opponents of abortion rights can serve as long as they pledge to be fair to both sides.
The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.
The 72-year-old Gosnell and co-defendant Eileen O’Neill have pleaded not guilty. She is charged with participating in a criminal enterprise and practicing medicine without a license.
Eight others have pleaded guilty before trial.