Horrifying

04.13.13

The Gosnell Trial And Reproductive Rights

This is what happens when safe abortions are unavailable, says Jezebel author.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is on trial for murdering one woman and seven babies with allegedly gruesome practices in his medical laboratory, should be viewed as a case of what can go wrong when there is limited opportunities for reproductive care, argues Jezebel's Katie J.M. Baker. Gosnell, who is accussed of such nightmarish acts as severing the spinal cords of live newborns, is being used as a call-to-arms by anti-abortion advocates. But Baker argues the opposite is true. "This is what happens when states restrict access to abortion: women seek out illegal and dangerous options," she writes. In Pennsylvania there are hundred-mile stretches with no abortion clinics. And, she adds, the reason the mainstream press missed the story for so long isn't because of "some dastardly pro-choice master plan, but because most of the women affected by Gosnell were poor women of color, and stories about marginalized women don't always make it into mainstream news."