A major part of Kermit Gosnell’s business was late term abortions. The usual way to do a late term abortion is to induce childbirth, and then, as the baby’s head comes down the tubes, jab a steel straw into its head and suck out its brains with a powerful vacuum. This collapses the head, making the rest of the birth easy. However, because Gosnell was doing an abortion mill, doing as many abortions as possible as cheaply as possible with the least possible skilled labor, he generally left his patients unattended, so they would frequently pop out a living, healthy, screaming baby before Gosnell got around to looking in on them. So instead of killing the baby five minutes before birth, he would kill the baby five minutes after birth. There is much shock and horror about this ten minute delay.
Notice I have categorized this post under economics, not politics. I am not among those horridly outraged by this ten minute delay.
Anti abortion forces are, of course, vigorously mobilizing to regulate abortion clinics. The permanent government, the official left, is vigorously mobilizing to regulate everything except abortion clinics, as it has been doing with ever increasing vigor for many decades, while they are doing their damnedest to prevent the Kermit Gosnell incident from leading to regulation of abortion clinics.
I expect the anti abortion forces will piously say that the women suffered great pain and suffering by passing the baby’s entire head, and the poor innocent darlings should be protected from that terrible pain by regulation that makes sure the steel tube and vacuum arrive in time – and no one will believe them, for we all know that the real intent will be to strangle abortion clinics in red tape.
The reason Kermit Gosnell got busted is that the narcs got on his case, and the narcs are far less left wing than most of the permanent government,
Meanwhile, the permanent government will quite correctly tell us that market forces will usually protect women, and busybody regulators will just strangle everyone in red tape.
Quite so. But why is what is good for abortion clinics is supposedly not good for the rest of the economy?
Although regulations ostensibly have modest, reasonable aims, in practice, regulation is advocated and implemented by those who seek to destroy capitalism entirely – except, I suppose, for abortion clinics.
The whole point of this rant is that whenever you hear of some worthy regulation to accomplish some worthy objective, you should assume Jon Corzine will be implementing and enforcing the regulations. Both sides in this debate reveal their inward unstated knowledge that regulation is an attack. The left favors capitalism for what they actually want done, and opposes capitalism for everything else.
The anti abortion forces are thirsting to ensure that existing abortion regulations are enforced, and new regulations shall be added, even if the supposed aim of these regulation is to ensure that babies get their brains sucked out through a steel tube fast enough to avoid hurting the mother, because they know the regulations will in practice be implemented by the likes of Jon Corzine. The pro abortion forces are resisting for the same reason.