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Amanda Marcotte: Hey, let’s blame another mass murder on conservatives

John on January 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Maybe you thought last week’s exercise in futility was going to be a teachable moment for the left. I think, for some, it probably was. Even the NY Times made a half-assed admission of failure.

One week later, Amanda Marcotte is right back to the playbook, this time blaming the murders committed by pro-choice abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell on conservative pro-lifers:

That shady abortion providers get patients at all is something we can safely blame the anti-choice movement for. Most doctors in this country are pro-choice, and many would like to provide abortion, but as Slate‘s Emily Bazelon demonstrated in the New York Times, the stigma of doing so makes it that much harder to do.  Good medical care costs money, but very few women seeking abortion can get coverage, in no small part because of anti-choice initiatives like the Hyde Amendment.  If you’re seeking an abortion but can’t afford it, going to a doctor who provides substandard care on the cheap is certainly going to be an attractive option.

But she goes a step farther, suggesting that women were forced to go to Dr. Gosnell because a pro-lifer killed Dr. Tiller:

These particular charges involve late-term abortion, and all I could think upon reading the news story was, “I wish these women could have gone to Dr. George Tiller,” because he was renowned for the quality of care provided at his Kansas clinic.  But sadly, that wasn’t even an option, even for those who could afford it, as Dr. Tiller’s life was taken by an anti-choice extremist in 2009.

This obviously isn’t meant to be a logical response. Dr. Tiller has been dead a year. What about the other 30+ years Dr. Gosnell ran his clinic? What about the dozens of other clinics within half an hour of his site? What about the fact that many of the abortions he performed were illegal? Here’s her final line:

When vacuums are created, we shouldn’t be surprised when they suck in a bunch of junk.

Yeah, or in the case of an abortion center, a bunch of baby body parts.

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