Abortionist Arraigned on 8 Murder Charges Including 7 Babies Born Alive Then Killed with Scissors

By Staff | January 20, 2011 | 1:42 PM EST

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) - A former Philadelphia abortion clinic operator has been arraigned on murder charges in the deaths of seven babies and a patient who died of a drug overdose.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell asked in court Thursday that seven of the murder charges against him be explained. He raised his eyebrows as Magistrate Jane Rice detailed the charges on the baby deaths.

Several clinic workers were also arraigned on various charges. Gosnell was denied bail, and his next court appearance is set for February.

He was charged with eight counts of murder and a host of other charges Wednesday after a scathing grand jury report.

It described baby body parts kept in jars on shelves and the killings of live-born, late-term babies by severing their spinal cords with scissors.