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‘Return of the Back Alley’

I write about Gosnell and the Planned Parenthood videos today:

If the famous pro-choice litany is “safe, legal, and rare,” the logical endpoint of a culture of abortion on demand is none of the above. Legal abortion was supposed to end “back-alley abortions,” both their dangers and their entanglements with shady characters. But the practice and the mores of the back alley are with us still, tolerated by people for whom the ready provision of abortion trumps all else. Pro-choicers have long invoked the dignity of women. The nightmarish case of the Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the sting video of a counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic cooperating with a supposed pimp show the dignity of women is decidedly secondary.

One of the damning moments in the New Jersey video is when the Planned Parenthood employee tells the man posing as the pimp that he can take his girls to a clinic even less scrupulous than hers — in other words, refers him to some shark like Gosnell.

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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