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Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/AP Photo) Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/AP Photo)  

Senate Democrats object to GOP Gosnell resolution, introduce separate resolution condemning all health-care abuses

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Democratic senators offered objections to Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee’s Gosnell resolution Wednesday, responding with their own resolution to condemn illegal activities in all health-care settings.

Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee attempted to bring his resolution to express “the sense of the Senate that Congress and the States should investigate and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices” to the floor Wednesday afternoon for consideration under unanimous consent.

Lee’s resolution highlights the alleged crimes of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, currently awaiting judgment on more than 250 charges, including first-degree murder in the deaths of four babies born alive in attempted abortions and third-degree murder for the death of a woman from a drug overdose during an abortion.

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal objected to Lee’s resolution, which focuses on abortion crimes, and offered his own resolution with California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen condemning “all incidents of abusive, unsanitary, or illegal healthcare practices.”

“I believe this problem is broader than the one cited in [Lee's] resolution,” Blumenthal said.

“Anytime, anywhere patients are endangered or threatened by criminal conduct or malpractice they should be prosecuted and disciplined to the fullest extent of the law,” he said. His resolution “will call upon our colleagues to condemn these actions in all healthcare settings — whether clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, or dental offices across the country and so with that I object.”

Lee objected to the resolution on the basis that he had not had time to read the language.

“I am heartened and I think all Americans should be heartened and the entire pro-life movement should be heartened by the clear implication in this proposal that health regulations should be equitably applied and enforced on abortion clinics as they are on other healthcare facilities,” he said.

Lee continued to discuss some of the details of the Gosnell crime and recalled the recent testimony a Planned Parenthood lobbyist provided before the Florida legislature suggesting that infants born alive should not be entitled to medical attention. He further highlighted the recent series of undercover Live Action videos, which have offered an additional look into the late-term abortion industry.

“Is the case of Dr. Gosnell really an outlier? Or is the legitimacy of the late-term abortion industry merely a lie?” Lee asked. “The American people deserve to know.”