Anthony Esolen at The Public Discourse shares the statement released by NARAL Pro-Choice America’s President Ilyse Hogue on the conviction of Kermit Gosnell. Here is the statement (click here for the original and here for Esolen’s article):
Justice was served to Kermit Gosnell today and he will pay the price for the atrocities he committed. We hope that the lessons of the trial do not fade with the verdict. Anti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell.
From the lack of funding available for low-income women to access abortion services, to the sharp decline of reputable providers in Pennsylvania, to the gross negligence of authorities to enforce the law after complaints were filed against Gosnell, each aspect of this case must be a teachable moment for lawmakers: until we reject the politicization of women’s medical care and leave these decisions where they belong—between a woman and her family and her doctor—women will never be safe. The horrifying story of Kermit Gosnell is a peek into the world before Roe v. Wade made legal a woman’s right to make her own choices.
NARAL Pro-Choice America’s annual Who Decides? publication has given Pennsylvania an ‘F’ grade precisely because it has passed medically unnecessary laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortion care. It is my sincere hope that the women in Gosnell’s clinic did not suffer in vain and that Pennsylvania, and every state, will step up and join us in making the protection of women’s ability to get, safe, high quality, and legal abortion care a top priority.
Esolen has a great takedown of this ridiculous statement, but let me share just a few quick bullet-points of my reactions:
1. Gosnell was convicted of killing babies. These are the “atrocities.” Not having dirty facilties.
2. How on earth does Hogue not even mention the babies?!? That takes a special kind of obfuscation.
3. Hogue decries the failures of government authorities to respond to complaints but then wants to keep the government out of decisions “between a woman and her family and her doctor” and resists safety standards.
There is more to be said, but it bears emphasizing once more: How on earth can this President look herself in the mirror after writing three paragraphs about Gosnell’s “atrocities” without ever once mentioning the babies he killed? Ridiculous.
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