(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Two doctors who performed late term abortions in Maryland have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of murder.
Officials say it’s an unusual use of a law that allows for murder charges in the death of a viable fetus. The investigation began in 2010 after what authorities say was a botched procedure at Dr. Steven Brigham’s clinic.
This may mark the first case in the United States where an abortion provider has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a fetus.
Prosecutors say that doctors conspired to kill viable fetuses. They say after a botched abortion tipped them off, the search of an abortion clinic yielded a freezer containing numerous late term fetuses.
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