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Wrong to use Gosnell case to inflame antichoice sentiment


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208890181.htmlMpls Star Tribune:



May 26, 2013


Teresa Collett is wrong again (What if the Kermit Gosnell case happened in Minnesota? May 14).


First, let us be clear: The actions of Gosnell were horrific and I believe justice will be done for his atrocities. Gosnell preyed on women. He was able to do what he did because of the environment created by the antichoice movement through outright bans on abortion, exploitative bans on abortion funding, restrictions on abortion providers, and harassment of women seeking abortion care.


Since 1995, states have enacted more than 750 antichoice measures. Across the United States, 26 new antichoice laws have gone on the books so far this year. Those measures, such as targeted restrictions on abortion providers, bans on abortion funding for women who need it most, and harassment against women seeking abortion care and the well-qualified providers of that care, have worked in concert to drastically reduce the number of reputable clinics across the country. For women in this position, Gosnells cut-rate services were the only option.


Minnesotans understand that when a woman struggling to make ends meet cannot afford to end a pregnancy when she needs to, the impact on her and her family can be far-reaching. That is why Minnesotas Medicaid program covers abortion care for women who qualify, reducing this financial barrier and the likelihood that they will seek substandard abortion care.





Linnea House is executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota. Karen Law is executive director of Pro-Choice Resources.

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