TODAY   |  April 17, 2013

President Obama on Gosnell abortion trial

During an exclusive interview, TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie asks President Obama about the trial of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell, and he replies that anyone “violating medical ethics” or the law should be prosecuted.

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>> have you been watching the philadelphia abortion doctor trial accused of gruesome crimes. are you following and do you think it animates a larger debate about abortion in this country?

>> well, i'm familiar with it. i can't comment on it because it's an active trial. what i can say is this. i think president clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe, legal and rare. 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.