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GOP lawmaker blasts Obama, press for ignoring Pa. abortion trial
"Mr. President, your silence is deafening," Perry said on the House floor Thursday. "Are you so blind, are you so intractable, are you so extreme that you yourself can't even call this out for what it is, something that is reprehensible? Pro-life or pro-choice, this is reprehensible.
"It is worthy as a father, as I am, of two little girls. It is worthy of your attention, it is worthy of your leadership, it is worthy of your direction."
He said prosecutors suspect Gosnell may have been involved in dozens of illegal abortions, and said the U.S. Attorney General should be looking into the case as well.
"This does fall into the purview of the United States Attorney General because these patients often time travel across state lines," Perry said.
But Perry also blamed the press for failing to cover the trial. "The media doesn't want to talk about it," Perry said. "Not NBC, CBS, ABC, CNBC, not Fox, and not the leaders of our nation, not the president."
Perry said that among other things, Gosnell is charged with forcing the live birth of fetuses up to eight months old, then killing them by cutting their spines. "He called it snipping," Perry said.
He also said Gosnell subjected women to brutal surgeries. "He perforated bowels, cervixes and uteruses, and he left women sterile," he said.
"It gives me great pain and sorrow to have this entered and read into the record," Perry concluded. "But since the media outlets refuse to cover this because it's uncomfortable, because it might not meet with their agenda, and because many of the leaders of this country refuse to discuss it, I think it's important that we have it read into the record, so that this history and their stories don't remain untold."