Monday, March 25, 2013

Abortion advocates blame Kermit Gosnell's atrocities on lack of abortion funding

NARAL president emeritus Kate Michelman and Carol E. Tracy have an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled, "Why women chose Gosnell," in which they attempt to blame prolifers and prolife laws for Kermit Gosnell's "House of Horrors" abortion clinic. 

They ask this proper question:
In a state that has led the nation in imposing restrictions on abortion, how could such atrocities go undetected?
Unfortunately, they never provide the truthful answer.  Instead of pointing out how the Grand Jury Report in the Gosnell case found that pro-choice politicians and lazy, unaccountable bureaucrats worked to prevent abortion clinics from being inspected, Michelman and Tracy claim the problems were that abortion wasn't treated as a medical procedure, tax-dollars didn't pay for abortions, there weren't enough abortionists in Pennsylvania, and prolifers stigmatize abortion.

Worse still, they attack prolife laws which passed after the Gosnell was arrested and the following inspections which closed down other shady abortion clinics
Compounding this shortage, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a law in 2011 mandating that the remaining handful of abortion providers comply with volumes of costly regulations designed for ambulatory surgical facilities, where much more complex surgeries take place.
In Michelman's and Tracy's bizarro world, the way we stop shady abortion clinics like Kermit Gosnell's is by treating abortion as a abortion procedure, funding abortions, getting more abortionists, and destigmatizing abortion as opposed to simply inspecting clinics and regulating them. 

It also makes no sense to claim abortion clinics shouldn't meet ambulatory surgical standards if you think abortion should be treated as a medical procedure. 

Here's a hilarious tidbit from their piece:
It's important that the women of Pennsylvania know that abortion is a legal, safe medical procedure. As set forth in the Gosnell indictment, legitimate providers like Planned Parenthood and members of the National Abortion Federation follow standard medical procedures and the law.
Maybe they're unaware of this but Michelman and Tracy fail to note that before getting arrested, Gosnell worked 1 day a week at a National Abortion Federation member clinic.  Whoops. 

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