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Doctor tried for manslaughter after botched abortion

Doctor tried for manslaughter after botched abortion

NEW YORK (AP) — A doctor who presided over a surgical abortion that went wrong and caused a patient to bleed to death is on trial on manslaughter charges in New York City.

A jury in Queens heard closing arguments Tuesday in the case of Dr. Robert Rho.

Prosecutors say Rho botched the operation, bungled a second procedure intended to stop internal bleeding, then sent the patient home despite signs she was in grave condition.

The patient, Jaime (JAY'-meeh) Morales, died hours later. She was 30.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman says that while her death was a tragedy, it was not a crime.

He told the jury Morales was conscious and speaking when she left the clinic.

Rho could get prison time if convicted.

Jury deliberations are expected to start Wednesday.