As we all know, the Tucson massacre was caused by conservatives. According to culture of death warrior Amanda Marcotte, Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors can be blamed on the pro-life movement. She writes in Slate:
Disturbing news out of Philadelphia today: Abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell and some of his staff members have been charged with eight counts of murder for the death of a patient and the alleged killing of seven babies. It was a little hard to find reliable information on Gosnell in the sea of anti-choice hysterics online, but it appears he was suspended for shady practices in February of last year, and these charges appear to be a follow-up from that first investigation.
Ideological bedfellows of Marcotte’s, you’ll remember, started braying the line about Jared Loughner being motivated by Sarah Palin, Fox News, and talk radio about an hour after his murders, but we’ve got to be careful with Gosnell–it’s “hard to find reliable information,” doncha know. (It would be easier if one just read the grand jury report, but I doubt that Marcotte has the stomach for that.)
What seems to not be in dispute is that Gosnell ran a crappy clinic, something that anti-choicers have been using as propaganda to advocate against legal abortion. But it doesn’t follow logically. There are 1,800 abortion providers in the country, and the vast majority run clean, professional operations. That there are a few shady characters in the bunch is unsurprising, and the pro-choice community exerts quite a bit of effort trying to improve the quality of abortion care, even under the remarkable constraints on provision.
Yes, all that effort certainly cramped Gosnell’s style over the course of the last 18 years…oh, wait…
Oh, and I can’t help but through in here that, largely through the efforts of pro-life crusader Lila Rose, it has been demonstrated that there is a pattern of covering up statutory rape at Planned Parenthood clinics all over the country. Anyway, let’s cut to the chase:
That shady abortion providers get patients at all is something we can safely blame the anti-choice movement for. Most doctors in this country are pro-choice, and many would like to provide abortion, but as Slate‘s Emily Bazelon demonstrated in the New York Times, the stigma of doing so makes it that much harder to do. Good medical care costs money, but very few women seeking abortion can get coverage, in no small part because of anti-choice initiatives like the Hyde Amendment. If you’re seeking an abortion but can’t afford it, going to a doctor who provides substandard care on the cheap is certainly going to be an attractive option.
These particular charges involve late-term abortion, and all I could think upon reading the news story was, “I wish these women could have gone to Dr. George Tiller,” because he was renowned for the quality of care provided at his Kansas clinic. But sadly, that wasn’t even an option, even for those who could afford it, as Dr. Tiller’s life was taken by an anti-choice extremist in 2009. When vacuums are created, we shouldn’t be surprised when they suck in a bunch of junk.
So there you have it. The Kermit Gosnells of the world (and I use the plural because he is not the first such butcher with an MD) are all the fault of the pro-life movement. If it weren’t for those of us who oppose abortion, the Gosnells would be driven out of business by multitude of doctors who are just chomping at the bit to get into the baby killing business, but won’t because we might say ugly things about them. And no women would go to the Gosnells if the federal government would just pay for women to get abortions of viable fetuses. Then, everything would be morally unquestionable, and those babies would be killed in sterile environments and disposed of properly.
Pardon me while I go throw up.