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Black Applauds Jury’s Conviction of Abortion “Doctor” Gosnell

May 13, 2013 Issues: Defunding Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life

Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN) released the following statement today in reaction to the guilty verdict handed down in the trial of Philadelphia abortion “doctor” Kermit Gosnell, 72, on at least three counts of first degree murder among other charges.  

“I applaud the jury’s decision to convict abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of first degree murder. As a mother, a nurse, and an outspoken pro-life advocate in Congress, my heart breaks for the victims and their families who have been hurt by Gosnell, and I hope this conviction brings some small comfort to the families of Gosnell’s many victims. Additionally, I join Americans across the country in wishing for a speedy sentencing phase of this trial so that Gosnell will immediately experience the full weight of justice for what he has done.

“Gosnell’s horrific crimes stand as a stark reminder that there is no such thing as a safe abortion. While Gosnell’s actions were especially egregious, we should remember that this is what happens each time an abortion is performed—a beating heart is stopped and an innocent human life is ended. Gosnell’s crimes also are incredibly revealing about the true nature of the big abortion industry that profits daily off the murder of children and willfully even sacrifices women’s health at the altar of choice. From the work of organizations, such as Live Action and others, it is clear that Gosnell’s house of horrors “clinic” is not alone; similar clinics exist across the country and are failing to protect women’s health by neglecting to follow the most basic health standards. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House to do everything I can to help ensure that federal and state officials are protecting women’s health by investigating how abortion clinics are maintained and ensuring that regular oversight measures are upheld and health laws are enforced,” said Congressman Diane Black.

Background:  As one of the nation’s leading pro-life legislators, Black’s first bill of the 113th Congress, H.R. 217, would prohibit any Title X federal funding from going to organizations that perform abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. This legislation has more than 170 cosponsors. Additionally, Black is the author of H.R. 940, the Healthcare Conscience Rights Act which enforces conscience protections for health care providers who refuse to perform abortions and offers full exemption from the Health and Human Services (HHS) employee healthcare mandate that forces coverage for abortion inducing drugs. To view Congressman Black’s recent floor speech condemning Gosnell’s crimes, click here