Blood-spattered floors. Cat feces. Broken equipment. A 15-year-old giving anesthesia. Two women dead, countless more maimed and injured. Third-trimester fetuses delivered alive whose spines were then severed by the doctor. This was the Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia. This is what illegal abortion looks like.
That’s right. Illegal abortion.
1. All of the first- and second-trimester abortions were legal abortions, including the one that killed Karnamaya Mongar.
2. As for the truly illegal abortions, thanks to prochoice efforts (including a NAF clinic that handed patients off to Gosnell), the women had no way of knowing that.
Now prochoicers are being blamed for this rogue operator.
We can conjecture as to what things would be like if "anti-choice extremists" had their way -- though we also have history as illustration. Nothing I uncovered in studying pre-legalization abortion compared with what Gosnell was getting away with. Which makes sense, because the very first woman turning up in the emergency room would have set law enforcement onto Gosnell.
But we know exactly what happens when pro-choice extremists get their way. It was spelled out in a Grand Jury report. We don't need to imagine it. We've seen it.
And we need to stop letting them weasel out of their responsibility.