Ask Obama About Gosnell, Now That He’s Been Convicted of Murder

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 14, 2013   |   11:22AM   |   Washington, DC

President Barack Obama famously said he could not comment on the brutal abortions and infanticides abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell committed because the
head of the House of Horrors abortion clinic was on trial.

Now that Gosnell has been convicted on three of the four first-degree murder charges he faced, one conservative writer who has helped expose Gosnell says it’s time to ask Obama his opinion again.

“Now that the trial is over, reporters should ask if President Obama still opposes laws that protect infants that survive abortions,” writer Mollie Ziegler Hemingway says. “Let’s find out the specifics of his proposed abortion reforms post-Gosnell.”

As Hemingway writes:

When President Barack Obama was asked about the murder trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, he said “I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial.”

Now that a jury has found Gosnell guilty on three first-degree murder charges for infants he delivered before snipping their spinal cords, one involuntary manslaughter charge in the botched abortion death of Karnamaya Mongar, and 21 counts of illegal late-term abortions, we can find out what Obama thinks about the case and the country’s abortion culture.

It will be particularly interesting given President Obama’s personal history. Known as one of the country’s fiercest defenders of abortion rights, as an Illinois state senator Obama twice voted against bills that would have “defined any aborted fetus that showed signs of life as a ‘born alive infant’ entitled to legal protection.” He said he viewed the bills as backdoor attacks on a woman’s legal right to abortion. He’s also given conflicting information about whether he supports the right to late-term abortions such as the ones Gosnell was convicted of performing.

The National Right to Life Committee describes President Obama’s abortion positions as extreme, saying “he has opposed curbs on even the most horrific abortion practices.”

So now that the trial is over, reporters should ask if President Obama still opposes laws that protect infants that survive abortions.

Obama’s own refusal to weigh in on the case comes after his White House spokesman refused to comment on or condemn the “beheadings” Gosnell did and oversaw at his abortion clinic.



The NBC Today show asked Obama: “Have you been watching the Gosnell trial? It’s a Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of gruesome crimes. Are you following it, and do you think it animates a larger debate about abortion in this country?”

“Well, I’m familiar with it. I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial,” said Obama. “What I can say is this: I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic, or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted.”