“My resolution expresses the sense of the Senate that these practices will not be tolerated regardless of personal beliefs,” Blumenthal said. “This resolution is broader than the Senator from Utah’s. … We should condemn them wherever they occur, not just singling out one case.”

Blumenthal recounted other cases of “intolerable” healthcare practices, such as a dentist exposing his patients to HIV.

But Lee said Gosnell’s actions could be more than just a single incident and needs congressional attention. Gosnell is accused of performing late-term abortions and endangering his patients' lives by exposing them to unsanitary practices.

“It is difficult to imagine why anyone would object to a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to investigate these alleged disturbing, horrific and illegal abortion practices committed by Kermit Gosnell and others,” Lee said.

Blumenthal argued that his language was better because it didn’t single out Gosnell, who hasn’t been prosecuted yet.