The Washington Times - April 15, 2013, 07:50AM

Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Monday the murder trial of a doctor who ran a Philadelphia abortion clinic is proof that federal funds should not be used for abortion.

Mrs. Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, said the charges against Dr. Kermit Gosnell have raised awareness about the issue of abortion in America.

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“It has been horrifying to me, and I am really thankful that the media is beginning to cover that case, because it is atrocious,” Mrs. Blackburn told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Federal funding bills often include “Hyde Amendment” language that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion, although it’s not a permanent law.

The congresswoman made her comments while discussing the role of tragedies in compelling lawmakers to act. Some conservatives groups have turned the abortion trial into a rallying cry, much like left-leaning groups called on lawmakers to pass stricter gun control bills in the wake of the Dec. 14 school shooting that killed 20 children in Newtown, Conn.

Mrs. Blackburn said the school shooting should make Congress realize that mental health problems play a key role in mass shootings and that “it’s not always about the gun.”