There’s one thing regarding the tale of Amy Lynn Gillespie that doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.
I mean, not much of it does actually make sense. Let me review a bit now so you can see what I mean.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette of Nov. 17 says that Gillespie got into some legal wrangling starting in 2004 with convictions for shoplifting.
Then, she was caught lifting stuff from a Giant Eagle in 2007, and then from a Macy’s.
Then there was that soliciting charge in 2008. Ouch. Followed by failure to heed her probation in February 2009. She won a work release but then she violated its terms and was sent back to the slam.
She violated her work release terms, apparently, by getting pregnant.
Then, on January 13, she died in jail, and her mother’s lawsuit claims she died because the jail neglected to offer her even rudimentary care for her bacterial pneumonia.
All of that shit just makes you want to bang your head against a wall. But here’s what kills me.
Not a barnburner, maybe 20 people, the paper reported. But.
The march was organized by New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice. Joining the effort were the Human Rights Coalition, The Birth Circle, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Women and Girls Foundation and the Women’s Law Project.
Where are the “pro-life” groups?
This was a woman who was pregnant and by all reports intended to be a mom. Through its negligence, though, the justice system and the penal system snuffed out the lives of not only this young pregnant woman, but also of the itsy-bitsy-wootsie-wittle baby she was carrying (I wish I could blame this on a corporately-held penal system, but by all research I can track, Allegheny County jails are all government-run).
Why aren’t the “pro-life” groups out in full force protesting this macabre set of events?
Hasn’t the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania essentially conducted an abortion here? Why would anti-abortioners not want to offer their voices regarding this?
Interesting, isn’t it, that when there’s a mother to defend as well as a fetus, these assholes are nowhere to be seen, eh?