In the last few days, we have heard of yet another almost totally unregulated abortion facility engaging in what any respectable doctor would consider horrific malpractice.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell of Pennsylvania and several of his staff have been arrested. To begin with, he has been charged with eight deaths: one woman from a botched abortion and seven children who were born alive, then killed by having their spinal cords cut with scissors. As the story develops, it appears that the “doctor” may have actually killed hundreds of children by this method. The infanticides were not an accidental “oops, it slipped” during a partial birth abortion, they were standard procedure for Dr. Gosnell and his staff. To hide their grisly procedures, babies’ corpses were stored in bags stashed around the facility. One shelf, for no apparent reason, was filled with jars of severed feet.
And the state regulatory boards that should have been enforcing medical standards of practice on Gosnell’s facility like they enforce on other similar ambulatory surgery centers… ignored warnings.
My kids and I were at a rally last week in Richmond calling for the regulation of abortion facilities in Virginia. Although they now deny it, abortion advocates in the state have previously wailed that expecting abortion clinics to meet the standards that all the other types of ambulatory surgery centers meet would close 17 of the 21 clinics in Virginia.
Nobody was sure if the bill would get very far. The pro-aborts were arguing that their clinics would be discriminated against, even though they had been regulated in the past, before we had a particularly liberal governor a while back.
“It’s unnecessary, anti-choice grandstanding!” they howled. “Of course abortionists maintain high standards! We care about women!”‘
What little meaning we can pull from the unnecessary deaths in Pennsylvania may ultimately be found in the proper regulation being enforced on many, many more abortion clinics. The debate in Virginia will certainly be helped by this glaring example of failure to voluntarily maintain standards.
Dr. Gosnell isn’t the first abortionist, not by a long shot, who has been practicing shoddy medicine. A former abortion clinic that was bought by a pro-life group was discovered to be infested with vermin, and the walls and ceilings of the operating rooms were covered with traces of blood. The stories continue to proliferate of former nurses leaving the abortion industry, because they saw live babies left to die or killed after birth. One clinic, under investigation for covering up statutory rape, was caught with an industrial-strength shredder pulled up to their back door, shoving through piles of patient records that had been demanded for a state investigation. Another clinic was hiding bags of corpses on the roof to avoid the state medical inspectors.
At what point, exactly, does the number of “rogue abortionists” become enough to see them as the pattern, not the exception?