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College of Saint Rose Professor Argues that Gosnell Case Calls for Greater Access to Abortion

On Monday, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of murdering three babies born alive at his abortion business. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of an adult patient who had undergone an abortion.

Gosnell performed thousands of abortions over his 30-year career, a business that netted him approximately $1.8 million annually. Authorities described the business as a “house of horrors.”

College of Saint Rose assistant professor of political science, Scott Lemieux, argues, in his article "Five Lessons from the Gosnell Abortion-Clinic Controversy," that the Gosnell case calls for greater access to abortion, not less.

Scott Lemieux“The best way to prevent future Gosnells is to treat pre-viability abortions like the ordinary, safe medical procedures they in fact are, not to engage in sexist moralizing,” writes Lemieux. “Enacting more regulations that make safe, pre-viability abortions more scarce would be precisely the wrong lesson to take from it, and would mean more Gosnells, not fewer. Making abortion safe, legal,and accessible for all women is more important than ever.”

It's not the first time Lemieux has written about abortion and his support for reproductive rights. In 2011, he published "The Source of Our Abortion Woes."

"This attitude expresses a profound lack of familiarity with the abortion industry and those who work in it. Gosnell is not the exception, but the norm," said Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life. "Abortionists are and always have been the losers of the medical profession, and laws won't change that. You can't practice vice virtuously."

“The point here is not pre- or post-viability. The point is that abortion is not health care at all. It is stopping the body from doing what it does naturally, what it is designed to do," Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, told The Cardinal Newman Society. "Abortion damages women physically and psychologically, and sometimes it kills them. In no way is abortion, no matter when it happens, an ordinary, safe medical procedure. We have more than 1 million abortions in this country every year. Is Professor Lemieux suggesting this number is too low?”

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