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On Gosnell, Pro-Choicers Blame Pro-Lifers

2:02 PM, Apr 16, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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After 1993, even that pro forma effort came to an end. Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.

The pro-choice regimes under Ridge and later Democratic governor Ed Rendell seemed to have made it difficult for anyone with knowledge of the horrors committed by Gosnell to get the authorities in Pennsylvania to act.

Undoubtedly, many or even most pro-choice activists are disgusted by the ghastly details of what Gosnell did over several years to young, poor women and their born-alive infants. But it doesn’t serve their cause, nor does it reflect well on it, when they ignore the fact that a major pro-abortion organization failed to even try to alert the authorities about these atrocities.

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