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Philadelphia abortion clinic worker pleads guilty to third-degree murder

Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion Clinic
CBS - WKYW
(CBS/AP) PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - A worker in a West Philadelpha abortion clinic pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder Wednesday.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 43-year-old Lynda Williams, a worker in the abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell is charged in connection with the 2009 deaths of a newborn baby and a woman who died after an anesthesia overdose.

As part of her plea agreement with prosecutors,  Williams agreed Wednesday to testify against 70-year-old clinic operator Gosnell. She also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to participate in a corrupt organization, and illegally administering drugs to women undergoing abortions at the clinic.

Williams was one of ten people charged in the grand jury report that alleged that Gosnell and his employees performed late-term illegal abortions on poor women. It was also reported that in some cases, viable, live-born babies were routinely killed at the clinic by having their spinal cords severed with scissors.


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