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Gosnell goes to Washington

The case of Philly's Kermit Gosnell helped push a new anti-abortion bill through the House...as a fundraiser.

Gosnell goes to Washington

The case of Kermit Gosnell, the convicted baby-killer who ran a Philly abortion clinic, is seen as the spur for a U.S. House vote Tuesday that resulted in passage of the most restrictive abortion legislation in a decade.

It would ban abortion beginning at 20 weeks of pregnancy, tightening the established legal limit under Roe v. Wade which is set at 24 weeks.

The bill has no chance in the Senate. But Democrats jumped on its passage to make political points and to raise money.

Literally right after the House voted 228-196, mostly along party lines, President Obama's political action group Organizing for Action fired out a mass email with the subject line "I can't believe this just happened."

The email calls the vote "one of the most unbelievable, unconstitutional attacks on women's health in a long time" and suggests recipients "chip in $5 or more to support Organizing for Action today."

Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fired out mass emails targetting individual Republicans who voted for the measure.

I got three naming area GOP congressmen Mike Fitzpatrick, Jim Gerlach and Pat Meehan.

Each email argues each of the congressmen and House Republicans "put jobs on the backburner today so they could devote half a day on the House floor to an old ideological fight: restricting women's rights."

I imagine somewhere the pro-life movement is also contacting contributors to "help" carry the fight forward. And I suspect national women's action groups will gin up giving to their causes.

But such is the state of politics today. Imagine. Kermit Gosnell: fundraiser.

 

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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