Gosnell’s gruesome practice was no secret, but the Pennsylvania Department of Health – thanks largely to pressure from NARAL, the U.S. “pro-choice” lobby – had decided to stop inspecting abortion clinics because “officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women seeking abortions.’” And so Dr. Gosnell was free to pursue his Mengle-esque path to wealth without any regulatory oversight whatsoever – all in the name of “women’s right to choose.”
At his arraignment two years ago, Dr. Gosnell was described by one observer as “a little befuddled.” He understood the charge for the dead woman, but didn’t seem to comprehend that killing live babies was morally wrong. Pro-choicers in Canada often say the medical profession could never produce such a monster here. But why couldn’t it? Where did Dr. Gosnell get the idea that as long as you call it an abortion, killing live babies is a morally neutral activity? Surely from the cultural air he breathed.