Thursday, May 9, 2013

Congressional Investigation Related to Gosnell

Since the Special Order and One-Minute Speeches in the House last month, Congressional activity related to the trial of Kermit Gosnell continues.

Recent Congressional actions to protect women and babies (born and unborn) in response to the Gosnell trial now include both House Committees and the Senate.

House Investigation

Two House Committees have launched nationwide investigations in response to the trial of Kermit Gosnell. The Gosnell Grand Jury report identified a “regulatory collapse” that allowed Gosnell to go undetected for decades. They explain how such a collapse could occur saying, “We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.” The Grand Jury further specifies that inspections of abortion clinics were discontinued by the administration of a pro-choice governor who “was motivated by a desire not to be ‘putting up a barrier to women.’”

The Committees are seeking to determine what state officials have done to ensure that such a “regulatory collapse” does not occur in their state.

Senate Resolution

Yesterday afternoon, Senator Mike Lee requested Unanimous Consent to approve his resolution (S.Res. 133) calling on Congress and the States to gather information and correct conditions and actions similar to those that occurred in the Gosnell clinic. The resolution includes clauses identifying facts about abortion clinics and specifies that there is substantial medial evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization.

Senators Blumenthal and Boxer objected to the unanimous consent request, instead offering their own resolution (S.Res. 134) stating that all incidents of abusive, unsanitary, or illegal health care practices should be condemned and prevented, and the perpetrators should be prosecuted. The Blumenthal/Boxer resolution does not specifically acknowledge the unborn and does not call for Congress and the states to take action.

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