The Spectacle Blog hasn’t written sufficiently on Kermit Gosnell’s atrocious murders. I thank Benjamin Brophy for commenting so articulately on an alarming incident in our culture.
The negligence of the Pennsylvania state government is similarly disgusting. According to Business Insider, pro-choice Republican Tom Ridge stopped routine inspections of abortion facilities in 1995. Testifying to the grand jury, health department official Janey Staloski said that the state didn’t want to put “a barrier up to women” to access abortion clinics.
State lawyer Kenneth Brody also testified that after meeting with other high-level Pennsylvania officials in 1999, the state decided not to institute regular inspections because of their concern that some clinics wouldn’t meet the standards.
Yes, that is the very nature of responsible regulation: to bar negligent actors. To stop manipulators who pose as doctors while denigrating the sanctity of life. To block the Kermit Gosnells in the world from hurting people. Why don’t we regulate an operation that destroys a life while traumatically affecting a woman the same as we do any basic surgical operation?
We prioritize abortion for its own sake. It is a woman’s right to choose this procedure, thus government officials fear regulating it at all. But why is this constitutional right so absolute?
Not even our First Amendment is unfettered. We should regulate abortion even more so, as it is an invasive and an intimate operation involving the lives and health of two different people.
What about the women? Mothers and their children are one unitary being. Our communities should welcome and prize that. We need to do better than simply providing abortions to our ladies; we must make sure children are born into loving families. If they aren’t, we need to find them adoptive homes.
Instead, we force our women into these terrifying situations. I am disgusted with myself as an American, for we are all partially culpable.
Gosnell wasn’t even a licensed OB-GYN, yet he was performing this invasive procedure.
I am truly disgusted with the entire situation: the perpetrator, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our culture that advocates unsanitary abortion for the sake of absolute freedom.
Humility requires me not to judge harshly. I admit that I am reacting emotionally, as any rational person is right now. But this should prompt national discussion, further regulation of abortion, and a reassessment of the treatment of women in this nation. If it doesn’t, I fear for my country.
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