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1pg: I think they [NARAL] may be overstating it somewhat, but I agree with their basic point. Women will seek abortions. We can make them legal or force women to monsters like Gosnell.

Overstating? I suspect that they understated the case. Their only claim is that when abortions are illegal, women will still seek abortion care from monsters like Gosnell.

I think they can and should go further. I think a strong case can be made that the number of monstrous Gosnell-like abortionists will multiply when abortion becomes fully illegal.

It is the same whenever a popular service or commodity is made entirely illegal. The only suppliers who will remain are the ones who do not mind being criminals. Their practice is no longer subject to licensing and public quality control. Their costs rise due to greater risk of prosecution. In the ensuing competition, the most unscrupulous have a strong advantage, and this will drive out the more honest and careful practitioners.

We have already seen this dynamic in prohibitions on alcohol, opiates, and prostitution. I can see no reason why abortion should be any different.

There are both costs and benefits to society from any abortion policy. I think that any fair accounting of these costs and benefits will demonstrate that total criminalization is the worst possible policy.

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