Tuesday, January 15, 2013
When ideology trumps safety in regulating abortion clinics
Apparently no longer concerned about "back-alley clinics," ideology rather than safety considerations seem to drive the Washington Post's opposition ("Virginia’s phony concern" editorial) to a new Virginia regulation that holds abortion clinics accountable for health standards required of similar facilities.
In Pennsylvania, abortion activists had long exempted abortion clinics from reasonable health and safety regulation and oversight. In the absence of proper oversight, for years Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell operated an abortion clinic where live babies were killed with concentration camp inhumanity and women suffered and died in a filthy facility described as "a bad gas station restroom."
It took women being killed and assaulted before Gosnell was finally discovered and charged with eight counts of murder.
According to a Philadelphia District Attorney, Gosnell "induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord."
Abortion advocates commonly contend that health and safety regulations paralleling those used in other surgical facilities would shut down their clinics. What does that tell you about the level of safety women encounter in abortion clinics?