The White House has no comment today on the Kermit Gosnell murder trial, but Obama spokesman Jay Carney also had no comment on the president’s record of failing to support a bill in the Illinois legislature that would prevent infanticides.
After getting no comment in response to his question on Gosnell, a White House reporter asked Carney:
“The president as a state senator in 2003 voted against a bill that would provide medical care as I understand to babies who would be born after a botched abortion like this. And the president said at the time that he couldn’t support it as a state senator because he felt like any doctor in that situation would take care of a child.
When you hear this kind of evidence that suggest there’s at least one doctor who apparently did not, I understand you can’t deal with the deliberations of the case, but is there some legislation or legislative solution at least or a conversation that needs to happen in Washington. Because on guns you were just saying “We need common sense reform to save lives.” In this case do we need to be saving lives as well?”
Carney responded: “Well again, you’re relating it to the case that I can’t comment on and the president can’t comment on. I would simply say that the president’s position on choice is very clear. His position on the basic principle that, as President Clinton said, abortions ought to be safe, legal, and rare is very clear. I just don’t have comment that could shed light on this specific case.”
The reporter continued: “Is there any sort of common sense reform though without restricting abortion rights? Does the White House see any line in there where if there is a baby that is still alive, they should be taken care of without restricting abortion?”
Carney replied: “You’re asking for hypotheticals about legislation or proposed legislation that I haven’t seen so it’s hard for me to comment.”
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