Black markets in back alleys?

In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell prosecution and conviction, a number of abortion advocates have attempted to argue that state-created restrictions on abortion may actually be to blame. Preposterously, NARAL Pro-Choice America said that "[a]nti-choice politicians, and their unrelenting efforts to deny women access to safe and legal abortion care, will only drive more women to back-alley butchers like Kermit Gosnell." Amesh Adalja recently argued on Forbes.com that such restrictions may have the unintended consequence of creating a "black market for abortion." As Adalja maintains, "[b]ecause abortion is a right, the government's circumspection of it is tantamount to nullification of that right and a physician's right to practice medicine is similarly curtailed." But if abortion is a "right," it is a right only to the extent that all sensitive medical matters -- sterilizations, HIV/AIDS, and sexually acquired infections, for instance -- are generally accorded the right to privacy by...(Read Full Post)

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