President Obama in an interview with NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie reaffirmed his commitment to so-called “abortion rights” after being asked about the trial of Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist who stands accused of murdering seven newborn infants (allegedly cutting their spines with scissors) and one woman.

“What I can say is this: … I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said, ‘Abortion should be safe, legal and rare,’” the president said during an interview that aired on “Today” on Wednesday.

“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,” he added.

The president also noted that he was “familiar” with the Gosnell trial, but declined to comment on the subject.

“Well, I’m familiar with it. I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial,” he said.

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