In today's big abortion news story a jury in Philadelphia convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell of 3 first-degree murder charges and involuntary manslaughter for a patient that died inside his abortion clinic.
The Gosnell court trial is not the first abortion-related scandal in America. The New York Times investigated abortionists in the 1800s. These news news stories are retold in Marvin Olasky's book The Press and Abortion, 1838-1988 which covers the first 150 years of the abortion conflict in America.
In response to the Time's news coverage, Congress passed the Comstock Act which banned abortion ads through the mail.
After Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion throughout the nation, many abortion businesses soon opened with numerous women being harmed by legal abortions. Early prolife activists such as the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League investigated the abortionists and tried to get the press to report on abortion clinic abuses.
In 1978 the Chicago Sun-Times published a series of investigative articles on the topic of abortion but the news stories had little impact on the nation. I wasn't able to find this series in Google News Archive, but did find a UPI article summarizing the Chicago Sun-Times story.
"Twelve women died of infections or bleeding after undergoing abortions at state regulated walk-in clinics but state health officials did not know of the deaths until last week, the Chicago Sun-Times reports."
How can states provide effective oversight if they don't know about deaths related to abortion?
If Facebook, Twitter, Life News and Fox News existed in 1978, this scandal would have received more attention and perhaps tougher legislation would have been drafted to regulate the abortion businesses.
Now let's return to the Gosnell story.
According to Wikipedia, "Dr. Gosnell was also associated with clinics in Delaware and Louisiana. Atlantic Women’s Services in Wilmington, Delaware was Dr. Gosnell's place of work one day a week. The owner of Atlantic Women's Services, Leroy Brinkley, also owned Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and facilitated the hiring of staff from there for Gosnell's operation in Philadelphia."
Several women were also killed by abortions performed at this Delta Women's Clinic in Baton Rouge.
Just how unsafe is legal abortion? Life Dynamics has compiled a list of more than 340 women killed by abortion and has published their names on the Blackmun Wall.