Nadler on Stopping Future Gosnells: Fund 'a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Every Neighborhood’

Penny Starr | May 24, 2013 | 11:40am EDT
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). ( Starr)

( – The way to prevent abortionists like convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell from occurring again is to build more Planned Parenthood clinics, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said at a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Thursday about legislation that would prevent abortion after 20 weeks nationwide.

“I would urge my colleagues to think about the extent to which he, Dr. Gosnell, represented the poor quality of health care services available in poorer communities,” Nadler said at the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice hearing.

“We should be working to make sure that high quality health care is provided to the uninsured to make sure the full range of health care services, including family planning services that are available to people with money are available to the poor and uninsured as well,” Nadler said.

“If that means funding a Planned Parenthood clinic in every neighborhood to put guys like Gosnell out of business, so be it,” Nadler said.

Nadler called the hearing a “farce” and “just another battle of the Republican war on women.”

Nadler and Rep. John Conyers (R-Mich) were the only Democrats on the committee at the hearing, which focused on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or H.R. 1797.

The witnesses at the hearing included Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OBGYN and former abortionist who brought along the medical tool he said he used before becoming a pro-life activist to dismember unborn babies in the womb.

Baby girl aborted at office of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in West Philadelphia, Pa. (Photo: Grand Jury Report, First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.)

Jill Stanek, a labor and delivery nurse who also became a pro-life activist after holding an aborted baby with Down syndrome for 45 minutes before the child died, also was on the panel.

Conyers used his five minutes to question the panel to ask four Planned Parenthood supporters in pink t-shirts to stand and be recognized.

“Thank you very much for coming,” Conyers said.

The bill’s author and Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) opened the hearing with a much different take on the Gosnell matter.

“If Dr. Gosnell had killed the children he now stands convicted of murdering only five minutes earlier, and before they had passed through the birth canal, it would have all been perfectly legal in many of the United States of America,” Franks said. “More than 325 late-term unborn babies are torturously killed without anesthesia every day in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and President Barack Obama. (AP Photo)

“If there is one thing that we must not miss about this unspeakably evil episode, it is that Kermit Gosnell is not an anomaly in this gruesome Fortune 500 enterprise of killing unborn children,” Franks said. “Rather, Kermit Gosnell is actually the true face of abortion on demand in America.”

Several Republicans on the committee took part in the hearing, including Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Steve King (R-Iowa), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.)

The bill, which was referred to committee, has 120 co-sponsors, including two Democrats.

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