The American people join me and my organization in being outraged that this man was able to operate for years, preying on poor women who desperately needed safe and clean medical services but were unable to get it because of the restrictions that drove credible and reputable providers and doctors out of business in Pennsylvania and we were the first out of the gate to call attention to this case. And you know why?… It’s because unfortunately as the anti-choicers try and restrict more and more doctors out of business, they are the ones keeping the Kermit Gosnells operating.
Kermit Gosnell’s actions were reprehensible, illegal and reminiscent of back-alley abortions from the days before Roe v. Wade. The conditions in Gosnell’s clinic were horrific, demonstrating what can happen to women when abortion isn’t available through safe and legal providers. This is why we work every day to protect the constitutional rights of women to access legal and safe abortion care regardless of income and geography.
As president of this organization, I found it critical to be more aggressive on this issue than we have in the past. I wake up every morning to protect women’s access to clean and legal abortion care, and from the likes of predators like Kermit Gosnell. This is why I was the first leader of a national pro-choice organization to speak out as the case went to trial. We will do all we can to help women get the care they need from good doctors who have their best interest at heart.