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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Anna Higgins, J.D., director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council (FRC), commented today on the conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who performed hundreds of late term abortions and was convicted of the murder of three babies born alive and the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar among other charges.
"The jury's verdict in the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell brings a just conclusion to a horrific case.
"The Gosnell case serves to highlight two major problems with the abortion industry in this country - its callous disregard for the health and safety of women and the inhumanity of abortion, especially late-term abortion.
"The murders of babies and of at least one woman at the hands of Gosnell could have been prevented had the Pennsylvania health department inspected the Gosnell facility immediately after receiving numerous complaints. Instead, the department ignored the dangerous conditions for 17 years. In order to protect women like Karnamaya Mongar and prevent infanticide from being practiced in this country, Congress must work with states to require abortion clinics to apply the same safety standards as those followed by other medical facilities, including veterinary offices.
"For too long, abortion facilities have been allowed to self-regulate. Since these atrocities have been made public, other clinics, such as Planned Parenthood of Wilmington, Delaware, have had to shut their doors due to the discovery of unsafe and unsanitary conditions. These recent closings are indicative of a more widespread problem.
"The lack of concern for both unborn babies and babies that survive an abortion is not an attitude isolated to Kermit Gosnell. More recent reports show other abortionists have no respect for human life and are willing to kill babies very late-term or even let babies who are born alive die. One report reveals LeRoy Carhart aborted an unborn baby at 33-weeks gestation in February, and sadly the mother later died from complications. Another report shows D.C. abortionist Cesare Santangelo admitting he would let a child who survives an abortion die.
"Family Research Council calls on Congress to stop the brutal abortion of pain-capable children. Congress can prevent this in the nation's capitol by passing such protective measures as the 'District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.' The killing of pain-capable unborn babies is inhumane and late-term abortions are dangerous for women," concluded Higgins.