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Obama won't take position on Kermit Gosnell trial while it's ongoing

White House press secretary Jay Carney said that some of the details emerging from the trial of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell were “unsettling.”

The Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia where Kermit Gosnell worked.
The Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia where Kermit Gosnell worked.
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WHITE HOUSE PRESS secretary Jay Carney said that some of the details emerging from the trial of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell were “unsettling.”

Carney said, however, that President Barack Obama would not take a position on the trial while it is ongoing.

“The President does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won’t as well,” Carney said, responding to a question from Fox News’ Ed Henry.

“Certainly, the things that you hear and read about this case are unsettling,” Carney said, adding that Obama is “aware” of the proceedings.

Entering its fifth week today, the Gosnell trial earned major attention at the end of last week amid criticism that the mainstream press was ignoring the news.

Gosnell is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies while performing late-term abortions. Some of the details are gruesome, from Gosnell allegedly “snipping” the spinal cords of babies to keeping jars of their feet.

Last year, Obama offered a statement on the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, noting that he was wary of “impairing” the ongoing legal process.

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