This is not an Onion parody, it’s from Media Matters:
Kermit Gosnell, currently on trial for murder, appears to be a monster. There are no adjectives strong enough to describe the horrors that a grand jury says took place at the Women’s Medical Society.
In recent weeks, anti-choice media figures have been agitating for more coverage of the Gosnell trial in the mainstream press, hoping to inject into public discourse the idea that all clinics performing abortions are the monstrous dens depicted in stark detail in the grand jury report.
I agree – the Gosnell trial does deserve more coverage. Not as a stain on abortion providers but as an indictment of the outcome if the anti-choice movement achieves its goals. Far from the practices of well-established medical facilities, the Women’s Medical Society was the modern-day back alley, like those in the pre-Roe era where desperate women were butchered.
As the anti-choice movement seeks to close the last remaining clinics in North Dakota, Mississippi, Kansas, and Arkansas, the ultimate result of its action will be to drive women into the hands of more Kermit Gosnells.
The fact the right refuses to face is that, as the grand jury explicitly stated, “the real key to the business model, though, was this: Gosnell catered to the women who couldn’t get abortions elsewhere.”
Those who will be taken advantage of are not the wealthy who can afford to travel to an alternative state where they can receive care, but the low-income who feel trapped by their circumstance. Remove legal and safe options, and women like the victims the right purports to be speaking for will turn to the Kermit Gosnells of the world. And it’s the policies of the anti-choice movement that will drive them there.
They can’t defend Gosnell (there is no defense) and they failed in their attempts to sweep his horrific crimes under the rug, so now they are blaming everything on the people who oppose abortion! The problem is that Gosnell’s clinic was not a “back-alley” operation. It was licensed and listed in the Yellow Pages.
The pro-choice groups missed their chance to get out in front of this. They should have been the loudest voices demanding tighter regulation of abortion clinics and accountability for all the government officials who dropped the ball over the years.
I am pro-choice, but I believe that abortion should be safe, legal and rare. The abortions performed by Dr. Gosnell were not safe, many of them were not legal and they were not rare. Let’s fix the problem, not the blame.