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Abortion doc’s lawyers seek dismissal of murder charges in Maryland

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for a New Jersey abortion doctor charged with murder for the deaths of five fetuses in Maryland are asking a judge to dismiss the charges.

Dr. Steven Brigham’s attorneys list several reasons why the charges should be thrown out, including that the fetuses actually died in New Jersey, not Maryland.

Brigham lost his New Jersey medical license after regulators discovered an arrangement under which he would begin second-trimester abortions in New Jersey, and then have patients drive themselves to Maryland the next day to complete the procedures.

Now, his attorneys are arguing that the arrangement protects him from criminal prosecution in Maryland because Brigham administered drugs that killed the fetuses while the patients were in New Jersey. He then extracted the fetuses at his clinic in Elkton.