Citing Gosnell trial, senators propose abortion resolution
May 7th, 2013
12:47 PM ET
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Citing Gosnell trial, senators propose abortion resolution

(CNN) - Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced a resolution Monday, calling on the Senate to review "public policies" following the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who's charged with killing four babies.

"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," states the resolution.

The resolution has 10 Republican co-sponsors, including Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Gosnell, 72, is accused of killing the infants by using scissors to cut their spinal cords. Authorities allege that some of the infants were born alive and viable during the sixth, seventh and eighth months of pregnancy.

Jurors in the Philadelphia murder trial ended their sixth day of deliberations Tuesday, but they have not given a verdict.

"The facts of the Gosnell case are disturbing and heartbreaking," Lee said in a statement. "It should be a wake-up call to all Americans. The lack of oversight at abortion facilities puts women's lives at risk and leads to the kind of unconscionable practices we have seen recently."

Lee, who was elected to the Senate in 2010, plans to formally introduce a bill this week that would outlaw abortions in Washington, D.C. after the 20th week after fertilization, the time period at which the resolution argues an unborn child can feel pain.

Abortion was legalized in all 50 states in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court. Statutory time limits on when abortions can take place, however, vary from state to state.

- CNN's Sarah Hoye contributed to this report.

Also see:

White House: Obama can't take position on Gosnell trial

Obama: 'Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere'

Filed under: Abortion • Mike Lee • Senate
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    This is a woman's issue !

    I would feel the same if it was the other way around.

    May 7, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    One single, lone, solitary physician, who is obviously a nut case, commits heinous acts that fall squarely outside of medical doctrine and well-established medical protocol, health care and criminal laws – GOPers/Teatrolls demand collection and stockpile of information, widespread national investigations and promotion of the incorrect perception that all abortion facilities are "abusive and unsanitary."

    20 5-6 years olds are dismembered by a nut case with a military style weapon and 60-70 people die PER DAY from gun related violence, crime and accidents – GOPers go completely and inconsolably berserk , demagoguing conspiracy theories and slippery slopes and making comparisons to Nazi Germany, in opposition to common sense universal background checks and a simple registration system for gun ownership and transactions akin to what we use for vehicles.

    Any questions?

    May 7, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. g

    americans are fighting over guns and abortion-while american corporations are pouring billions into communist china. no wonder the middle class are dying

    May 7, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Name lynn

    Gosnell iss crazy for killing those beautiful babies and the stupid so call mothers killings those babies you laid down an got them now you want to kill the baby you need to be killed not those babies.

    May 7, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    If these red states weren't making it so difficult for these mothers to get an abortion, then maybe they wouldn't have to go through these extreme lengths.

    May 7, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Liberal

    Shameful that anyone would protect this baby killer.

    May 7, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Is amazing how those against abortion seem to be so passionate around gov restriction and intervention and even ultrasounds and yet those same individuals deem background checks for gun ownership invasive gov actions that inhibit our liberities....guess when a male issue is involved, we expect privacy

    May 7, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Liberal

    Pro-choice should never be at the expense of another human being.

    May 7, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. Liberal

    This isn't a womans issue but a human issue.

    May 7, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. Tom

    What happened to keeping the federal government out of state policies? It seemed like that was the Republican mantra when they were against the Affordable Care Act. But when it comes to restricting abortion, apparently the federal government can never be too involved in state issues. Funny how the Republican philosophy on state's rights vs. federal government control seems to flip-flop when it comes to regulating something they want to regulate.

    May 7, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. timverba

    This is an interesting scenario. The Republicans have been screaming for states rights over regulation. Here we have an instance whereby a State had the regulatory power, but chose not to use it to protect the vulnerable. Under this scenario, Dr. Gosnell was a job creator, who wanted less government intrusion to his business. This is why we need the federal government to have a hand in areas such as biological waste, clean air and water provisions, and occupational hazards. Government regulation saves lives.

    May 7, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Liberal

    My party for whatever reason is pushing for federally funded abortions.

    This must be stopped at all costs.

    May 7, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Guest

    Perhaps one day, before his impending impeachment, oblabla will set our nations focus on what should be the priorities, security, jobs, less regs, lower know, the old America that works – not the new one collecting from everyone else and giving to illegals and the lazy.

    May 7, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Ferret out the BS

    Deal with the doctor who violated the law, don't try to continuously change the law because it doesn't fit in with your antiquated values.

    May 7, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Marie MD

    The repug are making it impossible for women to obtain contraceptives and/or have to have an abortion at state level mostly and now they want to bring it DC for a federal law?
    Why'll bad that once those babies (both black and white) are born they don't care what happens to them and they and their families can fend for themselves. I am pretty sure that you can throw some white rich folks in there.
    Just ask TN rep desjailars and serial adulterer who, as a doctor, had an affair with a patient (for a foot problem) then told her to get an abortion. Of course he was to busy to go with his mistress for the procedure.
    YIU know what he calls his story a "desperate personal attack". The party of the crazies and hypocrites.

    May 7, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. I'm holding up the mirror

    Mind your business Senator. You think you are slick. For your own theocracy rationale, you want abortion outlawed, despite what the Supreme Court has said. You think you can systematically scale back the legality of abortion first late term, then the inflammatory "partial birth" terminology. Now states like Kansas are allowing Dr. to BE KILLED and states like North Dakota are trying to outlaw arbortion after 12 weeks when many women won't know that they are pregnant or cant arrange for the procedure by week 12.

    Abortion is a tough, personal decision between a female and her doctor. In the case of a minor, it should be between the female and her guardians and the doctor. You GOP' er's keep trying to change the principles of American law & conduct to fit your own selfish objectives. Establish a set of consistent standards and stick to them.

    May 7, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. Terry

    This guy isn't an abortionist, he's a murderer. Delivering healthy babies and then snipping their spoinal cord with scissors isn't abortion. If a mother wants to abort non-viable fetus for whatever reason, that's a choice she gets to make. Nobody gets to choose to deliver babies and kill them.....

    May 7, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Annie

    Difficult to get an abortion? PLEASE! They were mostly LATE TERM abortions border lining infanticide The longer they waited the worse and harder it would have been. I am sick and tired of women not taking responsibility & I am a woman! I understand some people feel they need to have an abortion but to wait 6 months? Come on that's just murder!

    May 7, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. Tony

    At the same time, Republicans are fighting tooth and nail against any attempt at gun control in the wake of the Newtown shooting. Democrats are politicizing a tragedy, Republicans say. The proposed legislation would not have stopped the shooting, they say. So, are Republicans saying that they are not politicizing the Philadelphia abortion doctor case? There are already laws against illegal abortion procedures (that is why they are illegal), but the laws did not stop the abortion doctor. Should we still have laws against illegal abortion procedures?

    May 7, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Pandamonius

    Gotta love GOP hypocrisy. 20 children get gunned down, and when the President tries to put precautions in place, he's screamed at for "politicizing" the tragedy. They then turn around and use a lunatic in an isolated case to try overturning decades worth of Federal Law. I guess it's not "politicizing" when they do it.

    May 7, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. John the Historian

    Just stock up on abortion pills and ignore the Republicans. One bad apple on this issue does not change the law. Roberts said Roe was settled American law. Just keep voting Democrat. Also remember abortion is legal in Canada and Mexico. The Catholics can go to Italy where abortion has been legal since 1978. Oh I forgot the papal bulls don't mean anything.

    May 7, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. Wake up People!

    I wish the lying troll calling himself "liberal" would stop frontin'. If you're liberal, I'm white.

    May 7, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. Data Driven

    "Oversight" won't stop crazy persons masquerading as doctors from committing disgusting acts; therefore, we don't need this legislation.

    Right, gun-nuts?

    May 7, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Liberal

    I remember when democrats used to argue that PBA's nver really happened.

    Here we are.

    May 7, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Warren

    More people are killed by guns that abortions...... And it is none of your business...

    May 7, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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