Pelosi Says Gosnell ‘Really Disgusting,’ Dodges Question Whether Congress Should Act

By Elizabeth Harrington | May 9, 2013 | 2:23 PM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP)

( – After giving lengthy answers to questions during her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was curt when asked about the late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell – charged with murdering babies born alive during abortions -- and ignored a follow-up on whether Congress should act to make sure Gosnell’s “house of horrors” abortion work is not happening elsewhere.

Pelosi did say that “whatever went on” at Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, was “disgusting.” Explicit details of what went on are documented in the grand jury report on the case, which was released in January 2011; Gosnell’s trial started on Mar. 18 of this year and is still ongoing. (Grand Jury Report.pdf)

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The jury in the trial of Kermit Gosnell is currently still deliberating more than 250 criminal counts against the abortionist, who is accused of murdering babies born alive after abortions by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.  Testimony during the trial revealed horrors of babies born alive, “swimming” in toilets to try to survive and deplorable conditions.

On Thursday, a reporter asked Pelosi about the trial: “In light of the trial in Philadelphia of the Dr. Kermit Gosnell, is there any role at all that Congress should play in making sure that what happened in that clinic isn’t happening elsewhere in this country?”

Pelosi said, “I think what whatever went on there—and I only know what you all reported—is it’s really disgusting.”

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, charged with 4 counts of first-degree murder, killing babies reportedly born alive at his abortion office in West Philadelphia, Pa. (AP)

“It’s really disgusting and when we talk about reproductive health for women, that’s not what we’re talking about,” she said.

When the reporter tried to follow up, asking, “Is there any role for Congress to play to make sure that isn’t going on elsewhere?” Pelosi turned away and did not answer the question.

The jury for the Gosnell trial is currently in its second week of deliberations, since closing arguments were delivered on April 29.  Gosnell, 72, is facing four counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive after abortions, and a third-degree murder charge in the anesthesia-overdose death of a patient, Karnamaya Mongar.

He also is charged with infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.

During her press conference on Thursday, Pelosi gave long responses to questions on sexual assault in the military, the Republicans’ plan to vote to repeal Obamacare, and the decline of gun-related homicides since 1993, of which she credited the assault weapons ban of 1994.

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