Via an email from NARAL:
Yesterday, Kermit Gosnell was found guilty.
I’m thankful that this man will pay the price for the horrible acts he committed; all the women whose lives were affected deserve no less.
This tragedy should serve as a wakeup call to lawmakers to ensure that all women have access to safe and legal abortion care.
We can’t let anti-choice politicians use the Gosnell trial to make it even more difficult for women get an abortion.
The media reported that the women who went to Gosnell talked about not having enough money to be able to go to a reputable doctor – Pennsylvania is one of 33 states that doesn’t offer low-income women assistance for abortion care. The women also described being intimidated by clinic protestors at other well-known clinics.
Our choices about when, how, and with whom we have families shouldn’t be used as political footballs. Studies have shown that the number of women seeking abortion is the same all over the world no matter its legal status, but more women die in countries where abortion is illegal.1
It is so important for people to know and share the facts about how it has become nearly impossible for some women to access abortion – and why women are forced to turn to a monster like Gosnell.
1 “Facts on Induced Abortion Worldwide,” Guttmacher Institute, http://www.guttmacher.org/