Kermit Gosnell abortion trial: Witness says babies were moving

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A young woman who worked at a Philadelphia-area abortion clinic says she saw a baby's chest move after the man in charge of the operation performed a procedure, WPVI reports.

WPVI says that Kermit Gosnell, 72, faces charges of killing seven newborn babies and a woman who died after having an abortion. Gosnell's lawyers have maintained throughout the case that no babies at his clinic were born alive.

According to the New York Daily News, the woman, Ashley Baldwin, was just 15 when she worked at Gosnell's clinic. She said that the children "looked just like regular babies" during procedures and heard at least one newborn crying.

The unlicensed doctor is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies allegedly born alive, and with performing illegal, late-term abortions at his thriving inner-city clinic. Co-defendant Eileen O'Neill, 56, of Phoenixville, is charged with billing as a doctor and participating in a corrupt organization.

Eight former employees have pleaded guilty, some to third-degree murder, and have testified this month about bizarre, often-chaotic practices at the clinic.

Gosnell performed as many as 1,000 abortions a year, charging from several hundred dollars for an early abortion to several thousand for a three-day, late-term procedure. Prosecutors contend that he made millions over the years, especially since he relied on untrained, low-paid staff.

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