Philadelphia-Area Congressman Can't Explain Difference Between Gosnell Slayings and Late-Term Abortions
7:21 PM, Jun 18, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania was one of only six Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted Tuesday night against a bill restricting post-viability abortions (six Democrats voted for the bill). Dent was also the only Republican to publicly criticize House leadership for bringing the bill to the floor for a vote. "The stupidity is simply staggering," Dent told CQ Roll Call last week.
Dent's colleagues introduced the bill in response to the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, whose abortion clinic was located about an hour from Dent's district. Supporters of the bill argue there isn't much difference between the Gosnell killings and legal late-term abortions. When asked last Thursday to explain the logical difference between the two, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi couldn't answer the question.
When asked the same question Tuesday afternoon in the Capitol by THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Rep. Charlie Dent was similarly unable to identify a significant difference between late-term abortions and the Gosnell killings:
Dent then failed to answer the question a second time:
Dent asked to speak off the record, and when we went back on the record he described his position on abortion. "I support the partial-birth abortion ban, I oppose federal funding for abortion consistent with Hyde amendment. I support parental notification. I support the sex-selection abortion ban," he said.
Why does Dent support the federal partial-birth abortion ban, but not a federal late-term restriction?
"That dealt with a procedure and that's constitutional," he said.
Asked if he'd like to see abortions restricted at 23 weeks in his home state of Pennsylvania, Dent said he didn't have an opinion. "Pennsylvania's at 24 [weeks]," he said. "It's up to the state legislature."
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