Boehner: No Apologies for Pushing 20-Week Abortion Ban, Gosnell Made It Necessary

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 13, 2013   |   4:38PM   |   Washington, DC

Speaker John Boehner has been on the receiving end of attacks from Democrats about how he and Republicans in the U.S. House would push a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

During his press conference today, Boehner fielded a media question about pushing a vote next week on the House floor for the 20-week abortion ban and made no apologizes for it. In fact, Boehner said the measure is necessary given the brutal abortion-infanticides that took place at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion facility.

Q: “Mr. Speaker, next week, the House will take up the issue of abortion, and it stands, as of now, no chance of passing in the Senate. Do you think that you guys should be spending so much time on these issues that have no chance of going any further?”

Speaker Boehner. “Listen, jobs continues to be our number‑one concern. And while we continue to be focused on it, there are other important issues that we have to deal with. And after the Kermit Gosnell case and the publicity that it received, I think the legislation is appropriate. And I hope those who have voted against such proposals in the past will change their minds.”



The Speaker’s remarks come at about one minute into the following video: