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A Philadelphia jury convicted Kermit Gosnell of the first-degree murder of three infants, and the third-degree murder of a patient, at his abortion clinic. The grand jury that indicted him noted that we will never know how many hundreds of other infants were killed during his decades of crime. It was able to conclude that pro-choice state governments of both parties had enabled that practice by deliberately choosing not to monitor abortion clinics. The abortion lobby insists that Gosnell is an outlier. The Republicans on two congressional committees are not so sure: They have sent letters to state officials to determine whether states are fulfilling their Fourteenth Amendment obligations to offer legal protection to all infants. As Jillian Kay Melchior reports in this issue, three clinics in Florida alone used practices similar to those at Gosnell’s clinic. Even more alarmingly, she found that law enforcement refused to pursue a case in which an infant was delivered and then put in a trash can to die — and refused because of confusion over whether the infant had any legal right not to be killed. Congressmen should do what they can to clear up that confusion; the pro-lifers among them should point out that such moral and legal confusion can be traced directly to Roe v. Wade.

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