Gosnell case: What if it happened in Minnesota?

  • Article by: Teresa S. Collett
  • Updated: May 14, 2013 - 8:38 PM

Short answer: It wouldn’t have, because this state lacks the abortion laws to prosecute what he did.

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pumiceMay. 14, 13 8:12 PM

From the article: "The commissioner adopted clinic regulations in 1974, but a federal district court struck them down." Point of information, Ms. Collett: Are you saying that medical clinics are not regulated and inspected in Minnesota???

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armybratMay. 14, 13 9:35 PM

In Florida a PP spokesperson told a panel at a hearing that if a child survives after an abortion attempt that it should be the mother and doctors decision as to if the child should be allowed to live. This is a pretty sick country we live in. Your tax dollars at work!

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Wally_99May. 14, 1311:12 PM

Why is he in trouble? These were viable tissue masses, not babies.

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DufferHMay. 15, 13 1:58 PM

"What if it happened in Minnesota" -- We wouldn't know. The first story by local media was when the jury got the case.

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imperatorgMay. 15, 13 2:26 PM

This writers opinion is based on a faulty premise. A number of the charges were based on laws that are on the books here, including manslaughter. There are regulations on the Minnesota books regarding sanitary conditions in all medical facilities. To state that nothing would have happened here is a misstatement of fact unworthy of the author especially in light of her supposed area of expertise, but is most likely a shining example of even the best of us allowing our preset biases to dull our ability reason logically.

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squeezemeMay. 15, 13 3:35 PM

Barack Obama supports late-term abortions, partial birth abortions, and even killing babies who survive abortions (absolutely true). So how can this doctor be convicted of murder for doing what the President of the United States supports?

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mfx007May. 15, 13 3:59 PM

"There are regulations on the Minnesota books regarding sanitary conditions in all medical facilities" I'm not so sure abortion clinics come under these rules. I have not seen a reference that confirms that they do. I tried to look myself and could not find one. "manslaughter?" - I'm not so sure that it would qualify as manslaughter under Minnesota law. I think the dirty little secret is that nobody wants to be involved and prefer to look the other way because they know it is an extreemly ugly situation.

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princess831May. 15, 13 6:25 PM

Legalized abortion is under the guise of being pro-choice for women and women having FREEDOM over their bodies. What it really is, is the liberals way of controlling births born to women that can't afford to have a child that would eventually be on welfare, food stamps, medical assistance etc. in other words, a way to control spending! We live in a very sick society when the life of an endangered animal outweigh those of a vulnerable human life!

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stpauloldiesMay. 15, 13 9:00 PM

It's ironic that this factual article was forced onto the opinion pages by the STrib, even though there isn't any opinion in it. It's doubly ironic that the STrib, like every other liberal newspaper outside of Philadelphia, refused to cover this story. I'm very confident that the uninformed muffins that get all their information from this paper probably read this non-opinion piece and had no clue what the writer was even talking about.

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crystalbayMay. 16, 13 1:09 AM

"Barack Obama supports late-term abortions, partial birth abortions, and even killing babies who survive abortions (absolutely true). So how can this doctor be convicted of murder for doing what the President of the United States supports?".................This is an outright, bald-faced set of lies promulgated by the tea party. Give it up!! The law supports late-term abortions when a medical crisis is occurring; Obama supports the law as he should. Gosnell is the poster boy for what the right wing is seeking by overturning Roe v Wade: back alley abortions.

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