Savannah Guthrie: Have you been watching the Gosnell trial. It’s a Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of gruesome crimes. Are you following it, and do you think it animates a larger debate about abortion in this country?Well, duh on that last sentence. Was there a question? Guess Obama had to clarify. And, of course, Obama has had no trouble discussing Trayvon Martin, despite the fact his is an open case.
President Obama: I am familiar with it. I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial.
What I can say is this. I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said, “Abortion should be safe, legal and rare.”
If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic, or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted.
In a follow-up interview Obama needs first to be asked why he thinks abortion should be rare. The word “rare” has been removed from the Democrat platform, because it obviously implies there is something wrong or bad about abortion. In fact, Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL, recently wrote she thinks abortion should be the opposite –“common.”
Another question: Does Obama still believe, as he did in 2002, that all abortionists are to be trusted? In a post the other day I included the written transcript of Obama’s opposition on the Illinois State Senate floor to a bill forcing abortionists to provide medical care to abortion survivors. Here is the audio, pretty chilling:
Yet another question: Does Obama still oppose a law, as he did as state senator, protecting abortion survivors against infanticide?
Interesting that NBC Philadelphia, where Gosnell is being tried, made this section of Obama’s Today Show interview into a lead story, using the photos at the top of this post.
There would be no curiosity about Obama’s position on Gosnell did not everyone know Obama supports infanticide.
Reprinted with permission from JillStanek.com.