There is, in fact, a conspiracy around the case of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell. But it’s being engineered not by a mainstream media cowed by the left out of covering his trial, but by the antiabortion movement. And while Gosnell’s trial deserves fair, accurate and contextualized coverage, some journalists seem happy to stop at playing into the right’s hands by buying their phony media narrative.
No one who supports the provision of safe abortion care to women excuses any of what Gosnell is accused of, from willfully gruesome conditions to sadistic treatment to infanticide. He is not typical, and there was, and has been, swift renunciation of his facility. But the case provides the ideal opportunity for the right-to-life movement to conflate his abusive clinic with all abortion as it’s widely practiced in the U.S., and to focus on graphic later abortions, conveniently redirecting attention from their desire to ban all abortions for everyone.
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