Kermit Gosnell — the abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive — used a legal maneuver to avoid the lethal injection because he couldn't face the same fate as the infants he murdered, Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee says.
"When I heard this I thought, my goodness, he doesn't want to face the death penalty and here he sentenced these babies who survived this abortion to death,'' Blackburn told "The Steve Malzberg Show'' on Newsmax TV.
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"I had thought that he would receive the death penalty and obviously he felt that he would receive the death penalty, also.''
The 72-year-old physician, convicted last week of using scissors to kill three newborns, agreed Tuesday to give up his right to appeal his verdict — thus guaranteeing a sentence of life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
Blackburn, the Vice-Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a founding member of the Women’s Republican Policy Committee, said Congress must provide new protections to mothers and their unborn kids with more comprehensive regulations.
"I anticipate what we're going to do is have some additional oversight. Number one, looking at the states and how they are overseeing and regulating these clinics, how they are going in and reviewing them, overseeing them,'' she said.
"They have gone sometimes 10 or 15 years without going into monitoring these clinics.''
Blackburn is also continuing an investigation into the funding of Planned Parenthood and has introduced a bill to get government money out of it.
"When you see that Planned Parenthood has a mandate to their affiliates to conduct abortion, then you know that it's time for the federal government to get out of funding this,'' she said.
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