(POLITICO) - President Barack Obama reaffirmed his commitment to abortion rights as he stressed the importance of “medical ethics” in an exclusive interview with NBC’s “Today” show when he weighed in on the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
“What I can say is this: … I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said, ‘Abortion should be safe, legal and rare,’” he told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview tape on Monday from the White House and broadcast Wednesday. “… If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted.”
In the interview, he noted that he was “familiar” with the trial of Gosnell, which has sparked outrage from some on both sides of the political spectrum, as many on the right — and some on the left — have charged that the mainstream media has not sufficiently covered the case, which involves gruesome allegations including of murder. Obama said he couldn’t comment, however.
“Well, I’m familiar with it. I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial,” he said.