By Dave Andrusko
State Legislatures around the country are beginning to revisit a scandal that is as old as it is difficult to fathom: the simple fact that in many states abortion clinics are essentially unregulated. The same people who piously talk about making abortion “safe, legal, and rare” will fight establishing even the most minimal baseline standards to their last breath.
Abortion clinic regulation is the subject of National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias’ Wednesday edition of PLP.
She reminds us of a shocking Associated Press story. The AP filed a Freedom of Information request in Illinois, the results of which “revealed that some [abortion] facilities [in Illinois] had gone up to 15 years without inspections, and two now have closed after regulators found health and safety violations.”
Mrs. Tobias tells her listeners, “The revelations are nothing short of shocking, painting a picture of an abortion industry that had long since grown comfortable with not being challenged.”
And what a litany of negligence.
According to the AP story, after having been given a slap on the wrist and given the choice between paying a small fine and closing, the Rockford-based Northern Illinois Women’s Center surprisingly “voluntarily closed.” The Associated Press reported that last October the Women’s Aid Clinic in the Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood “closed when the owner decided to surrender its license rather than pay a $36,000 fine or endure an expensive legal fight with the state. The fine was for violations including the clinic’s failure to perform CPR on a patient who died after a procedure. Its owner told the AP her clinic was safe and she felt “victimized’ by the surprise inspection after 15 years.
As Mrs. Tobias puts it,
“She felt victimized because of an inspection? What about the countless women who had been through the clinic?”
The AP story, quite correctly, harkens back the ghastly discoveries made at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinics, dubbed a “house of horror.” He will stand trial of seven counts of murder in the deaths of viable babies delivered alive who were then killed when their spinal cords were severed.
Thanks to the AP’s Freedom of Information request, we know that not only did those reports motivate Illinois health authorities,
“Those reports also spurred the Illinois Department of Public Health into action, said Karen Senger, who supervises licensing and regulation of health care facilities in the state. The documents show the state began quietly increasing the inspections of its clinics last year.”
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