I would bet that the child-sacrificing caananites, praying to the fertility of crops and people gods, were wanting better crops and yields. In other words, ridding themselves of little Abdul might have seemed sacrificial, but they were really just ridding themselves of one more mouth to feed. As you say, "in order to make the parents' lives more comfortable."
Abortion is evil. This particular man clearly deserves to be executed by a jury of his peers. In early America he would have been for these offenses.
Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro, the grand jury report said.
When the Governors office changed hands from pro-life Bob Casey Sr. to pro-choice Tom Ridge, according to the grand jury, health officials suddenly concluded that inspections would be putting a barrier up to women seeking abortions.
Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay, the grand jury said.
Up until a few days ago, Pennsylvania had another pro-abortion Governor at the helm, Ed Rendell, who apparently continued the practice of laissez-faire regulation. But now, the winds of change are blowing through the Harrisburg Capitol, and theres a new sheriff in town, Governor Tom Corbett.