PEARCE STATEMENT ON GOSNELL CONVICTION

May 13, 2013

Washington, DC (May 13, 2013) - Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement regarding the conviction of Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell on three counts of first degree murder, among other charges:

“Our justice system can be measured by how well it protects the most vulnerable and helpless,” said Pearce.  “Today, with the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, we see justice done for these helpless victims.  But each year, more than 1.2 million unborn children face a similar fate in the United States, and no action is taken.  The sickening accounts from the Gosnell trial have illustrated the atrocities that result when abortions—especially late-term abortions—are accepted by our laws and our society.

“This case powerfully demonstrated the inadequacy of our present laws to protect the very most vulnerable and helpless individuals.  Had Gosnell brutally killed these children only seconds earlier—before their birth—he would not have even been tried for their murders.  It is time to rethink our nation’s approach to abortion, so that these precious lives are not lost in vain.”