Senate resolution to prevent ‘more Gosnells’ is blocked

Senate resolution to prevent ‘more Gosnells’ is blocked

GosnellEven defenders of the mainstream media, which have underreported the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, will have trouble explaining why a Senate resolution aimed at preventing future Gosnell-type atrocities was blocked Monday evening. Caroline May at The Daily Caller writes:

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee attempted to hotline the resolution to express ‘the sense of the Senate that Congress and the States should investigate and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices’ Monday evening, but an unknown senator objected to its unanimous passage, according to Lee’s office.

‘It is difficult to imagine why anyone would object to a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to investigate these alleged disturbing, horrific, and illegal abortion practices committed by Kermit Gosnell and others,’ Lee said in a statement.

‘With numerous reports of similar instances surfacing around the country, the need for greater regulatory oversight of these so-called clinics is so plainly obvious it strains the limits of disbelief to think all members of the Senate would not agree,’ he added. ‘The resolution is simply an affirmation that we as a country — a moral and compassionate society — have an interest in acting to save the lives of innocent women and children, and to prevent these kinds of heinous acts from happening to anyone again.’

Lee’s resolution has 11 co-sponsors. It focuses on the unspeakable acts Gosnell has been accused of perpetrating in the name of ending an unwanted pregnancy. Prosecutors at his trial, which is entering its fifth day of jury deliberations, presented voluminous evidence and testimony to support the 250 charges leveled against the 72-year-old abortionist, among them four counts of first-degree murder.

Insisting that the Gosnell case “should be a wake-up call,” Lee said in a statement on Monday:

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. The Senate should formally recognize that this is a problem in our country and we have a responsibility to investigate the causes, review the effects of certain public policies, and determine what we can do to prevent any woman from being subjected to these reprehensible practices again.

May notes that on Tuesday, the left-wing blog ThinkProgress argued on behalf of the move to block Lee’s resolution, stating that the purported safeguards in his measure would actually result in more women visiting shady practices like Gosnell’s.

Pushing to tighten restrictions on all abortion providers ends up forcing safe, legal clinics to close their doors. And that ultimately limits women’s access to the reproductive care they need, leading some desperate women to resort to unsafe abortion services when they’re left with no other options.

But that argument seems to presuppose that Gosnell operated out of a back alley using a dirty knife, when in fact his clinic, named Women’s Medical Society of Philadelphia, was in plain view for two decades. During that time, Gosnell allegedly snipped the spines of untold numbers of babies born alive and trained staff in his methodology.

As a side note, it is interesting that those on the left, who are generally bullish on regulations, would be so quick to dismiss rules governing a process that in its soundest practice ends a human life.

One also expects left-wing reporters who made a huge fuss over the failure of the Manchin-Toomey gun bill to pass the Senate will likely ignore Lee’s resolution failing to pass as well.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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