Kristen Powers is right — we should be inferring some important lessons from the Kermit Gosnell case:
- We should do everything to protect Roe v. Wade and prevent the proliferation of unethical black market providers that proponents of abortion criminalization want.
- Arbitrary abortion regulations of the kind in which Pennsylvania has long been a pioneer do absolutely nothing to protect the health of women, and indeed are actively counterproductive.
- Anti-abortion terrorism, which among other things makes abortion clinics less common and less transparent and discourages providers from providing this important procedure, is both revoltingly immoral in multiple respects and a serious problem. I hope Powers will agree with me that women should have unfettered access to more safe abortion clinics to ensure that there isn’t a shadowy quasi-legal market that makes the risk of a Gosnell much higher.