Another non-story turned into a pro-life “setback”

By Holly Gatling, executive director
South Carolina Citizens for Life

Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life

Holly Gatling, Executive Director, South Carolina Citizens for Life

Tuesday night, the Associated Press [AP] reported that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has suspended its revisions to the Abortion Clinic Regulation Act.

I was very pleased. Why?

DHEC is dropping an essentially useless exercise to revise already strong, effective regulations that have survived a court challenge and been in effect since 2004.

But within moments of the AP report hitting the internet, I received a text from an alarmed supporter wanting to know what happened. It seemed to him we had suffered a serious setback. Well, I explained, things are never as they appear in the institutional news media.

What happened was Planned Parenthood and other members of the abortion industry in South Carolina attempted to overwhelm the DHEC staff with hundreds of recommended changes that were intended to weaken if not destroy, the regulations abortionists utterly despise. You know, things like requiring minimum — minimum— standards of medical care and sanitation. Only the abortion industry objects to being told its facilities have to be clean and its staff must be properly trained.

The DHEC staff made the right decision not to continue with its unnecessary revisions and that decision should be strongly commended. We don’t need to provide Planned Parenthood with an opportunity to challenge the regulations in court. That is really the ulterior motive of the unborn-baby-killing industry. Another bite at the litigation apple. They won’t get it now.

As I recently wrote,  the need for abortion clinic regulations in South Carolina came to the attention of the public and our lawmakers in 1992 when two women who worked for an abortionist reported to DHEC that he was grinding up the bodies of aborted babies in a common sink disposal and flushing these human remains into the public water system. At that point there was nothing DHEC could do because those abortion clinics were not under DHEC’s regulatory authority.

They went to the ABC-TV affiliate in Charleston, S.C. where an undaunted, seasoned reporter, Dan Ashley, documented the story of Jesse Floyd, South Carolina’s most infamous abortionist. See it here.

Fast forward to Tuesday. You’d think from the AP story that the pro-life movement just lost a huge case. In fact, the opposite is true.

If reporters had contacted me, they would have — once again — gotten an ear full of the grotesque back story on the South Carolina Abortion Clinic Regulation Act.

It boggles my mind that institutional media reporters have no interest in the back story, the real disgusting, newsworthy story of what the abortion industry is all about. As a former newspaper reporter, however, I will never give up spoon-feeding the story to reporters if they bother to call.

So if you missed my last NRL News Today article, you still can watch the three-part investigative series Dan Ashley produced. He is still an active television journalist with ABC 7 in San Diego and I’m still in contact with him.

The work he did as a South Carolina journalist exposing the horrifying, nauseating conditions uncovered in the formerly unregulated abortion facilities is unparalleled. Young journalists can still learn a thing or two from him — and me.

Frankly, I think they are terrified of the horrific facts and the ugly truth.