Opinion

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2013 (Family Research Council) – Senator Mike Lee's resolution should have been a no-brainer. Who could possibly object to a non-binding measure condemning the mass murder of newborns? Senate Democrats, that's who. They spent the better part of a floor debate explaining why Kermit Gosnell's crimes against humanity were no different than getting a root canal in a dirty dentist's office.

Senator Lee, who had hoped to find some common ground after Gosnell's atrocities, learned first-hand how absolutely militant the president's party can be on abortion. Together with 10 cosponsors (Senators Toomey, Rubio, Cruz, Inhofe, Scott, Blunt, Burr, Vitter, Johanns, and Boozman), Lee's resolution would have simply acknowledged that Congress has a “responsibility” to investigate “abortions…[that] involve…infants who are born alive or are capable of being born alive, and therefore are entitled to equal protection under the law.”

Among other things, Senator Lee called for hearings into the gruesome (and growing) trend of infanticide and greater oversight of abortion clinics across the country.

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Senators Barbara Boxer, D-CA, and Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, vehemently disagreed, even going so far as to introduce a counter-resolution that would take the spotlight off the real issue (murder) and put it on a convenient subplot: sanitation. “Whatever the setting is,” Boxer argued, “if it's a reproductive health care clinic, if it's a dentist, if it's any type of doctor, any kind of clinic, where there are willful violations of the law and violations of human dignity and violations of standard of care, we should call them out.”

Under Blumenthal's measure, the Senate wouldn't single out the abortion industry but instead condemn all health care violations. And while the Democrats would be all too happy to turn this into a debate about general medical safety, the reality is this: as horrific as the conditions were in Gosnell's clinic, the biggest health violation there was the taking of innocent human life.

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Senators Boxer and Blumenthal, meanwhile are only interested in helping abortion clinics perform more hygienic killings. But as anyone who's followed the Gosnell trial knows, this is about more than sanitizing murder–it's about protecting living, breathing children. The idea that these cold-blooded killings are on par with a routine teeth-cleaning is outrageous. How many times have you gone to the dentist and worried about the doctor snipping your spinal cord? As wince-inducing as the descriptions of Gosnell's office are, liberals want to distract Americans from the real issue here, which is the systematic killing of born-alive and nearly-born babies.

Unfortunately, the pain of abortion is just as excruciating whether those children are inside the womb or out. That's why Congressmen like Trent Franks, R-AZ, are fighting to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks. Rather than put children through the agony of a late-term abortion procedure, Franks is setting out to ban the brutal practice in an area under Congress's direct control: the nation's capital. Just last week, Lila Rose released the shocking footage of a local D.C. abortionist, who is willing to deliver babies at the latest stages of development before killing them. Under Rep. Franks' D.C. Pain bill, Congress would refuse to let the District's clinics torture children the way Gosnell did.

In the meantime, other House leaders are laser-focused on cleaning up the country's abortion clinic filth. The Chairmen of both the House Judiciary Committee (Rep. Bob Goodlatte) and House Energy and Commerce Committee (Rep. Fred Upton) are doing everything in their power to ensure that no run-down clinics go unpunished.

Regardless of the work it's creating for their offices, Congressmen Goodlatte and Upton are launching nationwide investigations to see what state officials are doing to prevent another “regulatory collapse” like we witnessed in Gosnell's Philadelphia. Both gentlemen sent letters — one to all 50 state attorneys general and another to public health officials — about their efforts to monitor and license clinics, as well as inquiring about what had been done to protect the rights of newborns and their mothers.

Join me in thanking Reps. Goodlatte and Upton for dedicating their time to stopping one of the greatest human tragedies in America. What a contrast it is to the Barbara Boxers and Richard Blumenthals of the Left!

This article originally appeared on the Family Research Council and is reprinted with permission.

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