3 jurors picked in trial of abortion doctor

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PHILADELPHIA — Three women were chosen as jurors on Monday for the trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider charged with killing a patient and seven babies allegedly born alive.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is charged with third-degree murder in a woman’s 2009 death during a botched abortion. He also faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the newborns’ deaths.

Jury selection is expected to take a week.

The three jurors chosen Monday said they support abortion rights and could judge the case fairly.