Philadelphia Abortion Doctor's Wife Pleads Guilty

December 13, 2011 - 2:50 PM
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In this undated photo provided by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, shows a procedure room at the Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women at the Women's Medical Society, was charged Wednesday Jan. 19, 2011, with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Philadelphia District Attorney)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The wife of a Philadelphia doctor has admitted performing illegal abortions at a filthy clinic that authorities describe as a "house of horrors."

Court documents indicate Pearl Gosnell pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including performing two late-term abortions.

Gosnell is the wife of Kermit Gosnell, who is charged in the deaths of seven babies and a woman who died of a painkiller overdose.

Authorities say babies born alive were killed at the west Philadelphia clinic by having their spinal cords severed with scissors.

Besides the Gosnells, eight others were also charged in the case. Several have already pleaded guilty.

The lawyers in the case are under a gag order.