The New York Times reports that Dr. Gosnell was found guilty for three out of the four counts against him. Other counts of murder, specifically for the late-term babies, were thrown out stoking further speculation as to what constitutes a “live child.”
Nevertheless, the five-week deliberation and horrific stories of unlicensed staff tending to medical procedures have provided a sobering update to the face of illegal abortion — images that until now, I had only seen in black and white. Dr. Gosnell’s patients were noted to be women of poor means, few resources, and of utter desperation, a cohort that conveniently gets left out of many dialogues surrounding women’s health. But through his complete disregard for the lives and safety of women, we have been afforded a deeply unsettling 2013 update to the risks we take when women’s choices few and far between. A volume that does not need any more appendixes.