The allegations against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell — regardless of the outcome — have now spawned reaction from the federal government. On Monday, Republican Sen. Mike Lee introduced a resolution that calls the U.S. Senate to review the policies that led to the purported horrors at Gosnell’s clinic and at other establishments like it.
“Congress and States should gather information about and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices and the interstate referral of women and girls to facilities engaged in dangerous or illegal second- and third-trimester procedures,” the resolution reads.
It goes on to call for Congress to explore this issue further, particularly the notion that babies are being murdered after birth — an alleged phenomenon that led to numerous first-degree murder charges against Gosnell.
“Congress has the responsibility to investigate and conduct hearings on abortions performed near, at, or after viability in the United States and public policies regarding such abortions,” the resolution continues. “And evaluate the extent to which such abortions involve violations of the natural right to life of infants who are born alive or are capable of being born alive, and therefore are entitled to equal protection under the law.”
In announcing the resolution on his website, Lee said that the Gosnell case should be “a wake-up call to all Americans.” The Republican senator argued that the conditions at abortion clinics may be putting women’s lives at risk. He argues that the U.S. Senate has a responsibility to tackle the issue in an effort to spare American women the horror that was allegedly experienced at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.
A press release on Lee’s web site notes that the provision has 10 co-sponsors: “Sens. Toomey (PA), Rubio (FL), Cruz (TX), Inhofe (OK), Scott (SC), Blunt (MO), Burr (NC), Vitter (LA), Johanns (NE), and Boozman (AR).”
Due to purported evidence that unborn babies feel pain at 20 weeks in the womb “or earlier,” the resolution argues that the government has an interest in protecting babies at this point in their development.
The resolution can be read in its entirety, below:
Lee’s resolution emerges as jurors continue to deliberate in the Gosnell case (read TheBlaze’s complete coverage here). The senator plans to introduce a bill this week that would ban abortion after 20 weeks in the Washington, D.C. area.
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