Harry Reid: “Butcher” Gosnell is Why We Need More Abortion Access

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 14, 2013   |   5:01PM   |   Washington, DC

The top Democrat in the Senate is now coming under fire for comments about the Kermit Gosnell murder trial and the verdict finding him guilty on three counts of killing babies sin gruesome abortion-infanticides.

Reid called Gosnell a butcher, according to a Weekly Standard report, but then Senate Democratic leader then went on to blame pro-lifers and said more access to abortion is needed. The top Democrat apparently thinks the Gosnell trial was merely about dirty and unsanitary abortion clinics rather than him taking the lives of women in botched abortions and killing babies by birthing them and snipping their necks.

As the Weekly Standard reports:

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Senate majority leader Harry Reid blamed laws restricting abortion and pro-lifers who picket abortion clinics for pushing women to the clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted Monday for murdering three infants.

“What led to these convictions of murder for this man is the fact that people have been pushed back into these holes to do something that’s legal,” Reid said before mentioning the picketing of clinics and “all these restrictive laws.”

According to the Senate’s top Democrat, the case highlighted the need for “clean and sterile” late-term abortion clinics.

“I think to keep pushing these clinics back into the situations where they wind up like this is wrong,” Reid said. “I think no matter how you stand on the issue of abortion, people who make that decision should do it and not have to be worried about infections and some butcher like this doing the bad things they do. They should be in a place that’s clean and sterile and have people that know what they’re doing and care about what they do.”