North Carolina recently passed sensible legislation requiring abortion clinics to meet the health and safety standards of similar ambulatory surgery centers. Yet a Washington Post editorial protests that providing such basic safeguards will mean that "all but one of the clinics probably would close because of the associated costs."
Such protests tell a lot about a low level of health and safety at those abortion clinics. Americans learned about the hidden, squalid conditions of some abortion clinics like the Philadelphia "house of horrors" clinic of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, where women suffered and died in a filthy facility described as "a bad gas station restroom." A Grand Jury report reveals that under abortion advocate Governor Tom Ridge, "high-level government officials" decided to discontinue abortion clinic inspections because of "a concern that if they did routine inspections, they may find that a lot of these facilities didn’t meet [health and safety standards], and then there would be less abortion facilities, less access to women to have an abortion."
Clearly, abortion politics can serve to conceal--not eradicate--"back alley abortion clinics." Requiring abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards of similar clinics is a reasonable, overdue and potentially lifesaving protection for women.