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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), is taking a bold stand against the abortion industry by introducing a resolution on the Senate floor calling for federal, state and local government investigations into illegal abortion practices and annual inspections of all abortion clinics nationwide.
While a resolution does not hold the same power as legislation passed by Congress, Brian Phillips, communications director for Lee, told The Christian Post on Monday that the senator's goal is to bring attention to the issue and to pronounce that members of the Senate want to protect women's health and safety by condemning the unsanitary practices found at Kermit Gosnell's Women's Medical Society abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, Pa., and the unsafe conditions found at two Delaware Planned Parenthood facilities that led to the temporarily closure of those clinics, and others across the country.
According to Phillips, the resolution is not controversial, and Lee believes it should easily pass the Senate, as their aim is to protect women's health through local, state and federal regulations and regular clinic inspections to maintain sanitary conditions.
The resolution is quite bold and places an emphasis on ensuring "… early and consistent prenatal care for all mothers and for the children they carry" as a "primary goal of any sound health care policy in the United States." At a time when the abortion industry is pushing for legislation to allow physician assistants and midwives to perform abortions, Lee is calling for abortion clinics to be inspected annually as "ambulatory surgical facilities and held to the same standards as all other outpatient procedure centers."
Lee also seeks to make public all of the health and safety violations committed at abortion clinics, and names recent violations found at two Delaware Planned Parenthood abortion facilities, as well as clinics in Maryland and Michigan. The senator further notes that women who live in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Delaware were referred to Gosnell's Pennsylvania clinic for late-term abortions but weren't informed about the prevalent health and safety risks at his clinic, such as the risk of contracting STDs and treatment performed by unlicensed staff.
The Senate resolution calls the practices found at unregulated abortion clinics "violations of law and human dignity," and pushes the government to act by investigating clinic practices and by holding congressional hearings "on abortions performed near, at, or after viability and to evaluate the extent to which such abortions involve violations of the civil right to life of infants who are born alive or capable of being born alive, and entitled to equal protection under the law."
Lee specifically mentions the medical evidence that is believed to show that babies can start to feel pain at 20 weeks, if not before, and adds that "women and children deserve better than the 56,145,920 abortions that have been performed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court ruling in Roe. v. Wade."
As previously reported by CP, in 2002, Congress passed the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act that invokes legal status on an infant living outside of a mother's womb regardless of gestational age and obliges doctors to pursue life saving measures to protect abortion survivors. The Philadelphia grand jury report for the case against Gosnell allegedly documents late-term practices at the West Philadelphia abortion clinic in which babies born alive were subsequently killed. Gosnell is currently on trial and faces charges for the murder of four babies and a 41-year-old mother.