One of the side effects of "choice" are clinics like Gosnell's. Why? Because every time laws and regulations are proposed which would involve regular inspections and oversight of abortion clinics, these proposed laws are denounced, overturned, or outright ignored by the champions of "choice."
A doctor whose abortion clinic was described as a filthy, foul-smelling "house of horrors" that was overlooked by regulators for years was charged Wednesday with murder, accused of delivering seven babies alive and then using scissors to kill them.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also charged with murder in the death of a woman who suffered an overdose of painkillers while awaiting an abortion. [...]
Gosnell, 69, was arrested and charged with eight counts of murder in all. Nine of Gosnell's employees — including his wife, a cosmetologist who authorities say performed abortions — also were charged.
Prosecutors said Gosnell made millions of dollars over three decades performing thousands of dangerous abortions, many of them illegal late-term procedures. His clinic had no trained nurses or medical staff other than Gosnell, a family physician not certified in obstetrics or gynecology, prosecutors said.
At least two women died from the procedures, while scores more suffered perforated bowels, cervixes and uteruses, authorities said.
Under Pennsylvania law, abortions are illegal after 24 weeks of pregnancy, or just under six months, and most doctors won't perform them after 20 weeks because of the risks, prosecutors said.
Don't believe me? From the article:
State regulators ignored complaints about Gosnell and the 46 lawsuits filed against him, and made just five annual inspections, most satisfactory, since the clinic opened in 1979, authorities said. The inspections stopped completely in 1993 because of what prosecutors said was the pro-abortion rights attitude that set in after Democratic Gov. Robert Casey, an abortion foe, left office. [Emphasis added--E.M.]So pro-abortion authorities decided to take a hands-off approach as Gosnell murdered babies who had been born alive--as many as a hundred, according to the article, though intact records were only discovered for the seven for whose murders Gosnell is being charged. Gosnell's clinic was allegedly making between ten and fifteen thousand dollars a day--earning the abortionist millions over the thirty or so years his abortion clinic was in the business of butchering human babies--the born and the unborn.
The champions of "choice" don't really like to consider consequences like those Gosnell is charged with committing; in fact, predictably, some commenters are already saying that the real blame should be placed on the state of Pennsylvania, whose laws prohibit abortions after 24 weeks of gestation (when the baby is about this big). But the reality is that the champions of "choice" are behaving illogically when they express outrage about Gosnell's method of killing babies; how is it murder to kill a baby whose head has fully emerged from the birth canal by jabbing a pair of scissors into her spine, but not murder to jab the same pair of scissors into the same spinal cord when the baby's head has only emerged halfway from her mother's body?
President Obama seemed to understand this, when he voted against the Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. As he put it at the time, "...and that essentially adding an additional doctor who then has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion." Much easier to mandate only one doctor, who can then make sure that the woman gets what she paid for--a dead baby--instead of one who remains embarrassingly and inconveniently alive.
So, really, all of the outrage about Gosnell is about the filthy clinic, the allegation that he killed at least one woman through medical negligence, and the hair-splitting legal point that he waited ten seconds too long to go through the scissor-jabbing routine, instead of forcibly holding the babies heads inside the birth canals while he killed them in exactly the same way. If he'd done that, he wouldn't be guilty of anything but assisting "choice," and none of the champions of choice would have a problem with the babies'--oh, excuse me, fetuses'--deaths at all, right?