This case is about MEDICAL MALPRACTICE. It should have been a pro-choice reporter who broke this story, if the pro-choice folks wanted to claim any validity afterward. It is obvious to even the casual observer, that we have not only dropped the ball on this, but kicked it firmly into the other guy's lap.
It must be understood that Gosnell was not typical of abortion providers, anymore than whoever-it-was that killed Dr. Tiller was typical of abortion opponents. He was a BAD DOCTOR, who broke the law over and over again.
It must be understood that if more and more women are denied access to clinically and medically safe abortions, then the Gosnells of the world will increase in number - women aren't going to stop having abortions because they have to go to Gosnell to get them, and this is a capitalist society. Quacks make a LOT of money, when their marks are desperate. It's the way of the world.
The so-called "pro-life" faction knows this all too well - and it couldn't care any less. Which is why their relentless assault on the right to choose, is working. Clinics across the country have closed, as a result of passing more (and ever more ridiculous) regulations, designed to 'legislate them out of existence.' Access to abortion has declined by 50%, or more, in nearly every state.
In addition, this case exemplifies a failure to enforce sensible and ubiquitous regulations ALREADY ON THE BOOKS IN EVERY STATE IN THE COUNTRY, on medical clinics. This serves no one well, and should have been immediately addressed.
If we are to have accredited abortion providers, we must prevent and expose the criminals who prey on desperate pregnant women.
Our attention is needed on the salient fact that women WILL retain the right to our own decisions, and accept the responsibility for exercising them, whether or not it is legal. The primary result of removing the law-abiding clinics (and the so-called 'pro-life' folks are gettin' her done) is that Gosnell and his ilk will replace them.
Pro-life my hind portion.