Kermit Gosnell’s ghastly house of horrors that has the Pennsylvania abortionist facing the death penalty was brought about by pro-choice activists.
As someone who was active in pro-life legislative action in the 1990s, I can say how vigorously the pro-abortion movement opposed any sort of regulation on abortion. In 1995, my family and I lobbied in Montana for parental notification law, only doctors being allowed to perform abortions, and informed consent. All of these were vigorously opposed by the pro-abortion movement.
In Pennsylvania, pro-abortion Governor Tom Ridge’s administration decided to ignore the basic health and safety of women by failing to inspect these facilities (aside; Makes voting for a pro-choice Republican seem like the bad choice it is) and that was followed by Democrat Ed Rendell, and it allowed Gosnell for many years to get away with murder.
The opposition to even the most reasonable legislation flies in the face of the most famous and accepted pro-choice statement of our time by former President Bill Clinton who declared that abortion should be, “safe, legal, and rare.”
However, the actions of the pro-abortion rights movement was to oppose any regulation that might reduce abortions because of the need for abortion clinics to do a high volume of business. While they don’t seem to understand this is true in other businesses, the left did understand this was true in abortion. Many clinics have had to close due to declines in business and many others could not withstand healthy scrutiny. That’s why Kermit Gosnell literally got away with murder.
In the aftermath of the Gosnell trial, the abortion industry may reap the fruits of its stubbornness. Pro-life lawmakers should be emboldened to pursue regulations that protect women and hold abortion clinics accountable for basic health and safety practices. After this case, abortion supporting lawmakers really would be wise to think twice before following radical pro-abortion activists in knee jerk opposition to any regulation.