Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a resolution on Monday inspired by the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
The resolution calls for Congress to “investigate and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices." Lee used Gosnell’s trial as a case-in-point example, describing the doctor’s long career of malpractice and illegal late-term abortions.
Gosnell is currently on trial awaiting jury deliberations.
"Whereas no woman should ever be abandoned, by policy or practice, to the depredations of an unlicensed, unregulated, or uninspected clinic operating outside of the law with no regard for the mothers or children ostensibly under its care," the resolution states, also adding that all branches of government, local and federal, should take action to protect against dangerous clinics.
Kermit Gosnell was arrested in 2011 and charged with multiple counts of murder and malpractice. The gruesome details of the case allege Gosnell caused the death of one patient seeking an abortion due to hazardous amounts of anesthesia, and also the deaths seven newborns who were delivered alive during late-term abortions, but had their spines “snipped.”
The details of the case have sparked angered debate from both sides of the aisle.
Lee’s resolution seeks to limit access to abortions, in addition to making them safer. Pro-choice supporters on the other hand, are attempting to uphold the integrity of the Roe v. Wade decision. Lee’s resolution is specifically seeking to make abortions illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy, citing how the fetus is able to feel pain after that point. Though well-intentioned, the resolution will have little effect on abortion clinics as only 1.5 percent of pregnancies are terminated after the 20-week mark.
The resolution has widespread support among the Republican base, and included 10 Republican co-sponsors, including high profile Sens. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.