There have been other cases aside from Gosnell's house of horrors, in which women admit that they "changed their minds" (2 separate cases in Fl., several women who sought the services of Dr. Tiller's clinic, who testified before a court) and only sought to abort pregnancies after it was too late to do it legally. So you're either naive or you're obfuscating.<quoted text>Then the regulatory bodies, and investigative services failed to do their jobs. If the laws already on the books had been enforced, he would not have 'flourished'.
And if women were not denied access to legal abortions, via the inability to pay for them, or the unfeasibility of obtaining them (remember - no tax dollars will pay for an abortion, although nearly every other medical procedure is covered by taxpayer dollars) then women would not be left to patronize those who exploit those situations.
Laws denying, restricting, and eliminating, access to abortion, put the Gosnells in business.
More laws against abortion will increase the number of illegal abortions - they will not curtail abortions in general.
The woman who died at Gosnell's clinic of being overdosed with drugs didn't go to any clinic seeking an abortion early on...she went past the legal limit, and someone at the clinic she went to directed her to Gosnell. As did another woman whose late term fetus resulted in a murder charge for Dr. Gosnell.
Tiller's clinic performed late term abortions at $5,000 per procedure and according to court findings, the vast majority were what is called "abortion on denmand".
He was not found guilty of any crime, because he required two separate MD's to recommend that the procedure was required...it wasn't his finding to make and he had all the required paperwork.
So, these women had enough money to get not one, but two doctors to recommend the requirement, plus $5,000 to have it done. These are certainly not cases where there wasn't enough money to avoid a procedure in a timely fashion. At least Dr. Tiller didn't harm or kill any women, a big step up from Gosnell's horror show.
I'm a pro-choice woman and mother of two young women, and I've been saying for years now that those of us who support a woman's right to choose need to speak up. We need to denounce all the illegal activity that is going on, rather than wearing blinders and pretending laws aren't being broken daily. Otherwise, we're giving the pro-life advocates all the ammo they need to get public support for more restrictive laws.
And here we are, where for the first time since 1973 and Roe, the majority of Americans oppose abortion and legislators are jumping on it.