New Availability of Plan B Makes Philadelphia Abortion Doc an Anachronism

The awful horror of Gosnell will disappear not as a result of legislation or trials, but easy access to pharmaceutical options for abortion

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Dr. Kermit Gosnell in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News at his attorney's office in Philadelphia, on March 8, 2010.

Kermit Gosnell — the doctor who is on trial for killing a patient, four newborn babies, and performing numerous illegal abortions in a cesspool of a clinic in West Philadelphia—is many things.  He is inept, according to many who work for him. He did monstrous things — according to eyewitnesses, he severed the spinal cords of liveborn babies because he did not know what he was doing in trying to end late-term pregnancies. He is a doctor indifferent to patient welfare as, according to witness after witness, he had inadequately trained staff use inappropriate assemblyline care for those who came to see him. And Kermit Gosnell is a pawn in the nation’s ongoing moral war over elective abortion.  Those who oppose abortion see in him all that is wrong with allowing the choice to end pregnancy.  Those who defend the right to choice see in him all that is wrong when efforts to restrict access to abortion and push the procedure out of the medical mainstream produce filthy third-world level facilities staffed by hacks and charlatans.

As both pro-choice and pro-life forces attempt to put Kermit Gosnell to use to argue the moral rectitude of their position, and the jury in his trial continues to deliberate, there is a danger that we will lose sight of what Kermit Gosnell really is — an anachronism.

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Gosnell should certainly go to jail — and in all likelihood, he will. The hardened veteran police who raided his clinic were overwhelmed with emotion and anger at what they found there. But technology is making it less and less likely that the public face of abortion in the future will bear any resemblance to Kermit Gosnell and his backroom butchershop.

Gosnell was a stop of last resort for woman late in their pregnancies. They sought an abortion past the point of fetal viability — a choice illegal in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. For these women, Gosnell and his ilk are their only option.

But regardless of the outcome of Gosnell’s trial, the need for late trimester abortion is going to disappear. Even surgical abortion will be a thing of the past, as the abortion clinic slowly gives way to pharmaceutical abortion.

More and more women will be using cheap and readily available emergency contraception, not abortion. The FDA just announced that Plan B can be sold over-the-counter to buyers as young as 15. Other women will use mifepristone when they choose to end a pregnancy within the first seven weeks. They won’t be faced with the choice of a third trimester abortion because they will be able to easily access pharmaceutical options. The awful horror of Gosnell will disappear not as a result of legislation or protests or even trials but as a result of affordable pills that are easy to use.

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A huge change is coming regarding abortion.  By eliminating the “provider,” women will make the decision to take or not take pills that can prevent or end pregnancy.  The future battle over abortion will be about the right to use a pill in the privacy of a woman’s home before pregnancy begins or early once it does — it will have very little to do with Kermit Gosnell, about whom the sooner we can forget, the better.

33 comments
JohnMohan
JohnMohan

"But regardless of the outcome of Gosnell’s trial, the need for late trimester abortion is going to disappear."

The NEED for late trimester abortion?  The NEED?!?!  How dare you?  If you were writing about new drugs that surgically castrate perverts and child molesters, would you write that "the need for child rape is going to disappear"???

JohnPaul
JohnPaul

Ridiculous article. Ending a pregnancy at any point is ending a developing human baby. Taking a pill to terminate the pregnancy at any point would be the same as giving you baby a pill to "terminate" it at any point (You'll argue that that's not true... which just mystifies me). Kermit has simply shown the world that abortion ends life, and that people can feel fine (numb) about it as long as it's "sterile" and behind closed doors where they never have to see it. But when they see what the murder of a child looks like... you have 2 choices: Try to sweep it under the rug like this article wants, or to accept that the only rights being denied here are those of the voiceless unborn.

JBM
JBM

I cannot believe a director of medical ethics would gloss over one of the most ethically debatable issues of our time. Regardless of your views on abortion, the LAST thing we should do is forget Kermit Gosnell. A truly disappointing, superficial, and frankly ridiculous article. There will always be women seeking late-term abortions. We need to face this issue head on, and not attempt to sweep it under the rug. Especially if you are a director of medical ethics.

Anonymous1
Anonymous1

*Some* abortions will still need to be late term, as some birth defects/health issues do not become apparent until much later in a pregnancy. I think it's very short-sighted to say we no longer need late term abortions. Bottom line, it should remain safe and legal and people like Gosnell should never have been practicing medicine in the first place regardless of any of these points.

Peace_2_All
Peace_2_All

FROM THE ARTICLE:

A huge change is coming regarding abortion.  By eliminating the “provider,” women will make the decision to take or not take pills that can prevent or end pregnancy.  The future battle over abortion will be about the right to use a pill in the privacy of a woman’s home before pregnancy begins or early once it does — it will have very little to do with Kermit Gosnell, about whom the sooner we can forget, the better. "

Excellent! Causes the *Pro-Forced-Gestationers* to have to find a way to create a law where people can't even take a pill.

Good luck on that one...*Pro-Forced-Gestationers*

Peace...




bojimbo26
bojimbo26

You can only buy Plan B WITH ID .