Family: Freeze Assets of Philadelphia Abortion Doc

March 23, 2011 - 1:38 PM

Philadelphia (AP) - The family of a woman who died in a botched abortion wants a Philadelphia court to freeze the jailed doctor's assets.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is not expected at a Wednesday hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit because he is in custody on murder charges. Prosecutors say his practices led to the deaths of a 41-year-old immigrant and seven viable babies who were born alive.

Authorities say Gosnell made millions over the years, and that he and his wife own their city home, the clinic, rental properties and a $900,000 beach house in New Jersey.

A judge has issued a temporary freeze on those assets, and will be asked Wednesday to make the order permanent.

Gosnell, meanwhile, may need money to pay his criminal lawyers after being denied a public defender.