Filthy,blood stained beds. Unsanitary medical equipment. Jars filled with dead babies and body parts. Narcotics distributed by untrained personnel. These were the horrible conditions which surfaced in several East Coast abortion clinics last year. Some of these hell-holes had gone decades without any regulation whatsoever!
In response, several states are now coming up with legislation to regulate the abortion industry. You would think the pro-choice crowd, with all their fine sounding rhetoric of “protecting women from back-alley butchers” would be all in favor of cleaning up the abuse and filth. (I mean, really, how much worse could the back-alleys have been?) Alas, no! They are fighting these regulations tooth and nail!
The protest is that if abortion clinics are held to the same standards as hospitals they will not be able to afford to stay in business. Poor women would suffer because they would be forced to pay more. Well, I tell you what: let’s ask women what they would prefer. Do they want filth and the chance of infection, and maybe even death, just so they can save a few dollars?
Plus, many of these abortionists make millions of dollars. Gosnell, the butcher on trial in Pennsylvania, had a beach house in New Jersey as well as a big home near his clinic. In order to turn his tidy profit, he hired untrained workers instead of medical professionals and obtained his narcotics illegally. It appears that he did not give much of a discount for those suffering from his unsanitary and unregulated conditions.
It is during times like these that the real heart of the matter comes to the fore-front. Pro-abortion advocates fought hard to stop Virginia from passing a bill to create a board to regulate any clinic performing more than 5 first trimester abortions a month. This panel would make certain that medication was dispensed properly and that sanitary and safe conditions were upheld. How can anyone who cares about women possibly object to that?
Louisiana passed a similar bill to Virginia last May. Immediately, five abortion clinics brought a lawsuit against the regulations, claiming they were unfair. However, the courts just recently upheld the law and dismissed all the charges against it. A quote was given that “a patient’s health is more important that an abortionist’s bottom line.”
I will continue to fight until all abortion is outlawed in our nation. I would love nothing more than to see all abortion clinics shut down. However, the very least that states can do is to make certain that tough regulations are set in place and strictly followed. We have seen the horrible nightmare that occurs when abortionists know they are not being watched. It has to stop!
Keeping it true! Barb