Would a proposal to legalize the murder of abortion providers have changed things for Gosnell?

    South Dakota already has stringent abortion laws. With no clinics offering the procedure, a doctor flies into a single Planned Parenthood facility once a week that’s meant to serve the entire state.

    Now lawmakers are at odds over a controversial bill, which some say would legalize murder of abortion providers.

    We’re not here to debate the legality, morality or logic of this bill. We’ll leave that to the Huffington Post and Mother Jones, which are covering State Rep. Phil Jensen’s proposal.

    Instead, we ask you to think about this: If such a law — whereby homicide is considered justifiable if  a person is “resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent or child — were to exist in Pennsylvania, what would that have meant for Kermit Gosnell?

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    Now facing eight counts of murder for botched abortions and infantcide, Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic was a house of horrors for women seeking abortions.

    A simple bill could have been twisted to make Gosnell’s murder legal. Would that have meant fewer victims? And would it would have made things right?

    Feed the Feed to weigh in.

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