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‘How the politics of abortion protects bad clinics’

Catholic World News - February 25, 2011

William Saletan-- a journalist who has criticized Catholic moral teaching in past articles-- examines “how the politics of abortion protects bad clinics,” such as the clinic operated by notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

“A grand jury says Kermit Gosnell mistreated and killed abortion patients,” Saletan notes in the first article of his investigative series. “Why did nobody stop him?”

Saletan's article-- following close on the heels of a Washington Post column by Frances Kissling-- points to an interesting new development: some abortion advocates are encouraging their allies to accept reasonable restrictions on the practice and regulations to protect women who procure abortions. Such concessions have been anathema to abortion providers in the past, and could encourage pro-life legislators to impose more stringent protective rules.

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