President "aware" of Gosnell late-term abortion trial

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is "aware" of the Philadelphia doctor accused of murdering newborns and one woman, but can't take a position on it since the trial is ongoing, his press secretary said Monday.

The trial of Kermit Barron Gosnell has garnered renewed attention in the past week as some conservatives have protested the lack of coverage of the case in the mainstream media.

Gosnell has been charged with murder and other offenses related to illegal, late-term abortions. He's accused of causing the death of one of his female patients and killing seven viable babies in illegal abortions. The babies were born alive in the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy, but their spinal cords were allegedly severed with scissors.

Asked about the case Monday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said while Obama was "aware" of the case, "the president does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial."

"Certainly the things that you hear and read about this case are unsettling but I can't comment further on an ongoing legal proceeding," he continued.