If abortion care had been treated like any other medical care, the atrocities that took place at Kermit Gosnell's medical office could have been avoided, and the women of West Philadelphia who were treated by him could have sought care from competent professionals instead.
For five years, Steven Massof worked with Kermit Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic. On Wednesday, Massof was sentenced to six to 12 years for his role in the "house of horrors."
Gosnell, the rogue abortion doctor who earlier this year was convicted of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive in his West Philadelphia clinic as well as involuntary manslaughter for the death of a patient, was sentenced Monday to 30 years for running a pill mill out of the same building.
Anti-choice campaigners have attempted to tar all abortion providers with the crimes of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. But a close reading of a state inspection report on a Cuyahoga Falls clinic shows that the problems identified there—while serious—were of a different order of magnitude to anything found at Gosnell’s clinic.
Gosnell’s murders were already illegal under current law, so neither HR 1797, nor any other 20-week ban, would prevent another Gosnell. But anti-choice laws could push more women to obtain unsafe abortions.