The many aspects of the Gosnell case, and the implications of the guilty verdict, have been examined with great insight by so many.
Ramesh Ponnuru pointed out that the verdict should not be considered justice, and reminded us:
"The question that should haunt us now is not how many victims Gosnell killed, which we will never know, but how many more Gosnells there are in our country."
And Wesley J. Smith wrote how the problem with Gosnell is not simply that his clinic was unsanitary, but that he was part of a culture of infanticide:
"Many prominent voices believe that legal abortion amounts to a right to a dead fetus -- no matter how late in the pregnancy. Late term abortions, in turn, sometimes result in the killing or lethal neglect of born babies, e.g., infanticide."
And as horrific as the worst charges were in this case, there were hundreds more against Gosnell that are also very disturbing. Among others, there were 24 felony counts of violating Pennsylvania’s ban on abortions past the 24th week of pregnancy and 227 counts of violating Pennsylvania’s 24-hour waiting period for an abortion. And those are probably the tip of a massive iceberg. How many other abortionists recklessly flout protective laws with impunity?
Defying all reason, the reaction from pro-abortion groups has been that we must make safe legal abortions more available in this country. Said Kate Michelman:
"The tragic circumstances that led to women choosing to go to Gosnell’s clinic over reputable health service providers are a foreshadowing of the future if opponents of women’s reproductive rights succeed in legislating reproductive care clinics out of business... There will be many ‘Dr. Gosnell’s’ who will step into the void created by anti-abortion policies and take advantage of desperate women risking their lives."
Wait... what?! We're supposed to believe that "reputable health centers" don't already take advantage of desperate women? And are we supposed to believe this is ok simply because they have more sanitary conditions, so you know, we minimize the yuck factor?
Has Michelman et al not seen the videos obtained by Live Action? Not only are they revealing that there are other Gosnells to be found (even if they may have cleaner instruments), but in the past they have shown that clinics will turn a blind eye to obvious cases of statutory rape and sex selection abortions, and will lie about patients having been injured or even dying from the procedure:
The Gosnell case has brought to light that countless other abortion providers are not having their clinics inspected for health code violations (although maybe now there has been an awakening) -- but more appallingly there doesn't seem to be any enforcement of the laws that the pro-life movement has fought so hard for.
And who are the most vulnerable? Our daughters. While more underage girls are choosing to have their babies, they are still vulnerable to clinic workers who are more than happy -- even without any sign of potential abuse -- to instruct them on how to obtain a judicial bypass.
The abortion racket is by design a predatory industry that rationalizes its abusive practices -- and is given permission by pro-abortion forces -- in the guise that it is empowering, no matter what the cost. We must work to protect all women from their rapacious actions, but most urgently we must defend the most vulnerable -- our daughters.