WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of 18 Congressmen took to the floor of the House of Representatives today, delivering 18 one-minute speeches highlighting the horrors exposed during the trial of Kermit Gosnell, and tying Gosnell to the whole abortion industry in the United States.

“Kermit Gosnell is a real-life Hannibal Lecter,” said Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-IN, who spearheaded the speeches. “Gosnell operated an abortion clinic that severed the necks of hundreds of babies and stuffed their bodies into freezers, plastic bags, and cat food tins.”

Stutzman said the case should stimulate Americans to “re-examine our national conscience.” 

“More than 3,000 unborn children die in abortion clinics every day in this country. While none of these deaths attracts the headlines of the Gosnell case, each loss is a tragedy,” he said. “Each of these defenseless babies are just as innocent as Gosnell’s victims, just as human as you and I, and just as precious as our own children.”

“There is no moral distinction between killing a baby five minutes after birth or ending her life five minutes—or even five days—before delivery,” he concluded.

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Well-known pro-life champion Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, agreed. “How different, really, is Gosnell’s house of horrors from the abortions that occur in clinics around the country every single day?” he asked. “Not much. Not much at all.”

“Mr. Speaker,” continued Smith, “will Americans ever be told how often abortionists dismember, decapitate, and chemically poison innocent babies?”

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, said that it is difficult for her to even speak about the Gosnell case, pointing out that she has given birth to five children and been a foster mother for 23 more. “It is very hard for me to imagine that a doctor in this country, a doctor that took an oath to ‘do no harm,’ would in fact kill a woman at his abortion clinc, and he would sever the heads of four babies that were born alive, and potentially others, and commit one gruesome act after another.”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, pointed to several recent stories of horrific conditions at abortion facilities around the country, similar in some cases to what jurors have heard about Gosnell’s “House of Horrors.”

“That is where the real War on Women…and on children, is occurring,” he said.

This is the second time that a group of congressman have spoken on the House floor about the Gosnell case. Earlier this month a group of 10 congressman spoke, many of them decrying the lack of media coverage being given to the case.

A few days later, a group of 72 congressmen released a letter lambasting the three major networks – ABC, NBC, and CBS – for ignoring the case. In that letter, the congressman had said that they see “no excuse” for the failure to cover the two stories, other than “blatant media bias.”
 

The following is a list of the congressmen who spoke on the House floor today, with links to videos of their speeches:

Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) (@RepStutzman)
Rep. Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen)
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) (@RepBillJohnson)
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) (@RepDennisRoss)
Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) (@RepChrisSmith)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) (@CongHuelskamp)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) (@JeffFortenberry)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) (@KeithRothfus)
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) (@ToddRokita)
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (@MicheleBachmann)
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) (@RepKerryB)
Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) (@RepLankford)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (@SteveScalise)
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (@RepGosar)
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) (@RepWalberg)
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) (@DrPhilRoe)
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) (@RepScottPerry)