Bachmann on Gosnell: Mainstream Media 'Failed to Cover this Horrific Violence Against Women’

By Elizabeth Harrington | April 25, 2013 | 7:55pm EDT

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) (AP)

( – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the mainstream media have “all but gone silent” in their trivial coverage  of the trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, a dearth of reporting that she described as perpetrating “violence against women.”

“Mr. Speaker, it’s difficult for me to even speak about this subject today,” Bachmann said from the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday.  “I’m a woman who’s been privileged to give birth to five children and I’ve also taken 23 children into my home as foster children.”

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“It’s very hard for me to imagine, Mr. Speaker, that a doctor in this country—a doctor who took an oath to do no harm—would, in fact, kill a woman at his abortion clinic and he would sever the heads off of four babies that were born alive and potentially others, and commit one gruesome act after another and shamelessly the mainstream media has all but gone silent and failed to cover this horrific violence against women,” she said.  “No one—Democrat or Republican—believes in violence against women, we abhor it.”

“But there’s nothing that comes close to what’s happened in this abortion clinic in Pennsylvania,” Bachmann continued.  “And the officials in Pennsylvania in the State Department unfortunately, it appears, willfully ignored this heinous crime and also it appears that this has been ignored now across our nation.”

“Well, we won’t,” she said.  “And I thank God for the men who stood up here today to stand for women and against violence against women.  And I lend my voice and my support to that effort as well. I yield back [my time].”

Dr. Kermit Gosnell. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department via Philadelphia District Attorney's Office)

Bachmann was among the lawmakers who gave one-minute speeches on the House floor on Thursday to condemn the acts of Gosnell, who currently is on trial in Pennsylvania.

Gosnell, 72, is on trial for the murder of four babies born alive and a mother, who overdosed on anesthesia at his clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, in West Philadelphia.  He is also facing charges of infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.

The clinic has been described as a “house of horrors,” where babies were routinely killed after they survived botched abortions.  Gosnell would snip the spinal cords of babies with scissors, something the grand jury report in the case has asserted he did “hundreds of times.”

The six-week long trial is set to conclude on Monday, with closing arguments after Gosnell’s defense rested on Wednesday, without offering any witnesses. Gosnell did not take the stand in his own defense.

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