Pro-life lawmakers don’t wait for Gosnell verdict, question states on abortion

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Leading Democrats on the committees, including Reps. Henry A. Waxman of California, Frank Pallone Jr., of New Jersey and Diana L. DeGette of Colorado, were copied on the letters. Their offices did not immediately have a reaction on Thursday.

Separately, the 50 state attorneys general are asked by June 1 to answer five questions for the House Judiciary Committee about the federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and any similar laws passed in their states.

“Do prosecutors in your state treat the deliberate killing of newborns, including those newborns who were delivered alive in the process of abortions, as a criminal offense? If so, have there been any prosecutions in your state for this crime?” asked House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, and Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution and civil justice.

The black religious leaders say the Gosnell case has special resonance for their communities.

Star Parker, founder and president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, this week announced an event at the National Press Club on abortion practices in black communities. Religious leaders from Georgia, Michigan, Illinois, California, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, New Jersey and Maryland are expected to support the event, which will call for congressional oversight hearings on the issue.

This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein

Cheryl Wetzstein covers family and social issues as a national reporter for The Washington Times. She has been a reporter for three decades, working in New York City and Washington, D.C. Since joining The Washington Times in 1985, she has been a features writer, environmental and consumer affairs reporter, and assistant business editor.

Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Wetzstein worked exclusively ...

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