WASHINGTON, D.C., May 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Now that Kermit Gosnell has been convicted of capital murder crimes, it's time to “find out what Obama thinks about the case and the country's abortion culture,” says a writer at USA Today.
“Now that the trial is over, reporters should ask if President Obama still opposes laws that protect infants that survive abortions,” writes Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, whose work often appears in GetReligion.org.
Obama voted against a state version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in the Illinois State Senate four times. The bill would have mandated that doctors attempt to save a baby born alive during a failed abortion. Pro-life advocates have charged that the voted amounted to tacit support for infanticide.
The president and his spokesman have avoided commenting on the Gosnell case by saying they could not comment on a pending case.
During an appearance on NBC's Today Show on April 17, Obama told co-host Savannah Guthrie he was “familiar” with the Gosnell trial, but “I can’t comment on it, because it’s an active trial.”
At a press conference two days earlier, White House spokesman Jay Carney ducked a question that posed by Fox News reporter Ed Henry posed about Gosnell's “house of horrors.”
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“Certainly, the things you hear and read about this case are unsettling, but I can't comment further on an ongoing legal proceeding,” he said.
Carney declined to answer whether President Obama believed in “some legislative solution or at least a conversation that needs to happen in Washington,” analogous to the gun control debate he advocated following the Newtown school shooting.
“Let's find out the specifics of his proposed abortion reforms post-Gosnell,” Hemingway writes.
The president has not always been tight-lipped about ongoing legal controversies, especially if they touch on divisive social issues. Obama commented on the ongoing case of Trayvon Martin, saying, “If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.”
On another occasion Obama said, while he he did not have “all the facts,” local police were “acting stupidly” by arresting professor Henry Louis Gates at his home in July 2009.
His comments came shortly after Cambridge, Massachusetts, police dismissed disorderly conduct charges against Gates.