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Published On: Tue, May 7th, 2013

Mike Lee leads GOP Senators in abortion resolution ‘gather information about and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices’

With a national controversy swirling surrounding abortion as the Kermit Gosnell murder trial unfolds, several Senate Republicans are seeking hearings on the abortion practitioner and abortion in general.

Sen. Mike Lee, a Utah Republican, released a letter along with 10 of his GOP colleagues introducing a resolution calling for the Senate to hold hearings on abortion facility regulations.

Forsaken: Women from Tauton Talk about Abortion Photo/Amazon

Forsaken: Women from Tauton Talk about Abortion Photo/Amazon

“Congress and States should gather information about and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices and the interstate referral of women and girls to facilities engaged in dangerous or illegal second- and third-trimester procedures,” the resolution states.

“The lack of oversight at abortion facilities puts women’s lives at risk and leads to the kind of unconscionable practices we have seen recently,” Lee said in a statement on the resolution. “The Senate should formally recognize that this is a problem in our country and we have a responsibility to investigate the causes, review the effects of certain public policies, and determine what we can do to prevent any woman from being subjected to these reprehensible practices again.”

“Congress has the responsibility to investigate and conduct hearings on abortions performed near, at, or after viability in the United States, public policies regarding such, and evaluate the extent to which such abortions involve violations of the natural right to life of infants who are born alive or are capable of being born alive, and therefore are entitled to equal protection under the law,” the resolution says.

“The facts of the Gosnell case are disturbing and heartbreaking,” Lee said. “It should be a wake-up call to all Americans.”

The senators who joined Lee include Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. James Vitter of Louisiana, Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska, and Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas.

No Democrats signed on to the resolution.

A sense of the Senate that Congress and the States should investigate and correct abusive, unsanitary, and…

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