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April 26, 2013

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 "Abortion's Foes Twist Logic in Gosnell Case," Michelle Goldberg, Daily Beast 's "Women in the World": "There is a grotesque irony in the way that anti-abortion activists are trying to use the Kermit Gosnell case to further restrict access to abortion in Virginia," Goldberg writes, adding that it was "the lack of such access that drove Karnamaya Mongar, the woman Gosnell has been charged with killing, to his filthy clinic in the first place." Goldberg notes, "No one on any side of the abortion issue disputes the fact that, if the Gosnell grand-jury report is correct, his Philadelphia clinic was indeed a house of horrors," but it is "important to remember, though, that there are already a host of laws against the sort of hellish conditions that prevailed in" his clinic. Mongar "ended up there because she couldn't find a place to have an abortion" in her home state of Virginia, which has since further restricted abortion access by implementing a law that requires outpatient abortion clinics to meet hospital building standards. On Saturday, the state's Hillcrest Clinic closed its doors because it is unable to afford the $500,000 in renovations needed to comply with the law, Goldberg writes (Goldberg, "Women in the World," Daily Beast, 4/25).

What others are saying about TRAP laws:

~ "First Virginia Clinic Closes as Part of Republican Leaders' TRAP Quest," Robin Marty, RH Reality Check.