EDITORIAL: Women at risk: Abortion clinic legislation passes on a pretext [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
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The renegade facility -- operated by a physician not certified to perform abortions -- had not been inspected since 1993. It operated in conditions of squalor that defied basic public health standards. Dr. Gosnell and four other employees were charged with murder for deeds that would shock anyone's conscience.
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There's no need to pass a new law to do what the old laws stated and which just need to be vigorously enforced. There's no need to make abortion clinics conform to ambulatory surgical facility standards, unless the point is to make existing clinics pay millions of dollars to make unneeded changes to their facilities.
That, of course, is exactly the point. In lieu of a constitutional amendment to outlaw the procedure, the anti-abortion movement's political strategy has been to inflict on providers one onerous law after another, so as to achieve death by a thousand cuts.
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