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Blackburn Joins House Colleagues Introducing Resolution to Review Illegal Abortion Practices

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Last night Congressman Marsha Blackburn, along with two other co-sponsors introduced H. Res. 206, a resolution calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to review public policies that led to illegal abortion practices, such as those of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion provider.

Dr. Gosnell is currently standing trial for four counts of first-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder for killing four babies who survived abortions, and a woman who died after a botched pain-killer injection, among other charges.

The resolution, which was introduced with three original co-sponsors: Rep. Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Fincher (R-TN), and Rep. Stutzman (R-IN) resolves "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."

BLACKBURN: "Gosnell has debunked the myth that abortion in America is safe, legal, and rare. No one -- not the President, Planned Parenthood, nor the mainstream media -- can defend that lie anymore. America is better than allowing Gosnell-like clinic conditions and Gosnell-like abortions from being swept under the rug like nothing ever happened and that women and children never died. Oversight and enforcement are desperately needed so we can help stop these Gosnell abortion horror stories from continuing."

FINCHER: "The more I hear about the Gosnell trial, the more my heart breaks. With today's technology you can actually see the baby grow, move and hear their little heart beats. Late-term abortions are unconscionable. As a nation, it's time to put politics aside and do the right thing to protect innocent little babies."

STUTZMAN: "We owe it to the weakest among us to investigate public policies and abortion practices to determine what can be done to prevent more of these barbaric crimes. In a nation grounded upon equal protection under the law, Congress has an obligation to gather the facts and prevent future atrocities."


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