By Catherine Glenn Foster
I’m thinking of getting my nails done this weekend. And I know that when I walk in, I will not be confronted with blood, urine, feces, and flea-infested animals.
What makes me so confident that I won’t get a disease from the beauty parlor?
As the Kermit Gosnell Grand Jury reported, “even nail salons…are monitored more closely for client safety” than abortion businesses.When states do finally start to inspect abortionists, they find horrors like those in Gosnell’s operation. He was no back-alley abortionist wielding a coat hanger; he murdered living, breathing babies and women out in the open, and stored their bodies in jars, milk jugs, and cat food containers. He never bothered to hire licensed medical staff, relying instead on his beautician wife. His instruments were rusty and broken, and his hallways were so narrow that EMTs couldn’t get through to save his victims.
Both Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation knew what was going on – they even called Gosnell’s business “beyond redemption.” But they decided to protect abortion instead of protecting women, and they did not report him.
Similarly, Virginia inspected Planned Parenthood affiliates and other abortion facilities in 2012. These were not random inspections; the clinics knew inspectors were coming. Yet every single facility had serious violations, including the remains of unborn children and blood frozen to the bottom of freezers, sponges that were used to clean surgical instruments over and over for a full week before being changed, and staff admitting not knowing which instruments were clean and which were dirty.
Why don’t more states enact regulations like Virginia’s, or at least try to enforce whatever they have? The Gosnell Grand Jury found that states’ “neglect of abortion patients’ safety and of…laws is clearly not inadvertent: It is by design.”
When a pro-life administration such as that of Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, Sr., governs a state, abortion facilities are inspected annually to stop abortionists like Gosnell from preying on women and innocent children. But when pro-choice Governor Tom Ridge got into office, the inspections stopped – he was cowed by the pro-abortion Left and worried about “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. One Grand Jury witness testified that “there was a concern that if they did routine inspections, that they may find a lot of these facilities didn’t meet [the standards for getting patients out by stretcher or wheelchair in an emergency], and then there would be less abortion facilities, less access to women to have an abortion.”
Are the so-called “clinics” that bad, that an inspection would result in their closure? If so, politicians and bureaucrats are doing women no favors by deliberately choosing not to conduct regular inspections of abortion facilities.
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