WASHINGTON, D.C., April 15, 2013 ( – The Obama administration weighed in on the capital murder trial of Kermit Gosnell at a press briefing today, saying the case was “unsettling” but refusing any further comment.

When Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked if President Obama is “following” the trial of Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of killing seven children after delivering them alive in a dilapidated “house of horrors,” White House press secretary Jay Carney responded that “the president is aware of this.”

“The president does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won't, as well,” he said.


“Certainly, the things you hear and read about this case are unsettling, but I can't comment further on an ongoing legal proceeding,” Carney offered.

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When asked if there were “some legislative solution, or at least a conversation, that needs to happen in Washington” to save babies' lives similar to the one the administration favors on gun control, Carney reiterated the president's support for abortion-on-demand.

“I would simply say that the president's…position on the basic principle that, as President Clinton said, 'Abortions ought to be safe, legal, and rare' is very clear,” he added.

Carney declined to comment on “hypotheticals about legislation or proposed legislation that I haven't seen.”