For the second time, Democrats took to the Senate floor to oppose a resolution condemning abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell and calling for hearings on what led to his abortion horrors.
Lawmakers today debated a resolution introduced by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) calling on the Senate to review public policies that led to Gosnell killing babies after they were born alive in a procedure that was a combination of abortion and infanticide.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, again objected to the resolution, as he did before. He claimed the resolution should address any doctors engaging in objectionable practices rather than focusing on Gosnell and abortion.
The resolution, which has 26 additional cosponsors, resolves “Congress and States should gather information about and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices and the interstate referral of women and girls to facilities engaged in dangerous or illegal second- and third-trimester procedures.”
The resolution also recognizes that “there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at 20 weeks after fertilization, or earlier,” and resolves that “there is a compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of unborn children beginning at least from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain.”
other lawmakers like Sen. Robert Portman of Ohio support the resolution.
“For far too long, an inexcusable lack of attention was given to the disturbing events that occurred in Dr. Gosnell’s house of horrors,” Portman said. “As we learn more about the violations of the infants’ inalienable right to life, it is abundantly clear that a lack of oversight and accountability at this abortion facility contributed to heartbreaking loss of life and put women’s lives in jeopardy. In order to avoid future tragedies, I am calling on the Senate not only to investigate the causes of these mortifying events, but also to review our current public policies which failed to prevent this disaster.”
Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America applauded Lee’s efforts.
“Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) rose to heroic bravery to garner a sense of the Senate on similar efforts and was thwarted by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut). We cannot solve this problem and protect women if a common ideology of right and wrong isn’t acknowledged. Killing innocent human lives is wrong, and monsters like Kermit Gosnell have taken advantage of women for long enough,” she said.
She added: “The evidence is clear that Gosnell’s horror show only gives a peek into what is actually happening in these kinds of clinics. The evidence given by former employees, coupled with the investigative reports from Live Action, must shake Americans and Washington out of their collective apathy. It is a sickening thought that if these babies were killed with guns instead of scissors it would be national news. Instead, the American public has been brainwashed and coddled into believing that abortions in this country are safe simply because they are legal. That is not the case, and this trial has shown how often poor minorities are targeted for these practices.”