Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Give up the Bad Boyfriend"-- abortion supporters need to wise up

Another abortionist has been "outed." Former staffers of a Texas clinic are sharing shocking tales of a doctor who allegedly killed many babies after they survived abortions.  Texas' lieutenant governor is calling for an investigation; you can read about it by clicking here. 

I wonder how many of these gruesome stories need to break before pro-choice folks wise up?  What more proof do they need that something is wrong?  It's obvious that allowing the abortion industry to regulate itself is not working.

Sadly, though, it's like dealing with a friend who's dating someone with serious faults, and they just don't want to face the truth.   "He didn't mean it."   "Maybe he'll change..."   "But he said he's sorry this time..."

It's time to ditch the "bad boyfriend" and move forward.  A person can still be pro-choice, and be pro-regulation.  Pro-choice folks need to move toward the center, toward reason, toward safety for the women at least.  The truth is so obvious!

Yet the level of denial is high.  You see this especially among the biggest abortion pushers.

For example, just hours after Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was sentenced this week to life in prison, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) released statements that were embarrassingly stupid, in terms what they either said, or didn't say:
  • Planned Parenthood posted soberly that no woman would ever be victimized by Gosnell again. This was referring to the manslaughter charge for which he received 2-1/2 years.  But no mention was made of the three murder convictions, each carrying a life sentence, supposedly since they were just babies intended for slaughter anyway.  
  • The National Abortion Rights Action League tried to blame pro-life advocates for the gruesome Kermit Gosnell abortion factory and its victims, in one of the most dizzyingly silly spins in history.  How about focusing on the fact that the clinic--and probably many others like it --were purposefully NOT inspected for 15 years because pro-abortion folks (like NARAL) didn't want to bring any attention to dirty little secrets that might harm their cause?
No medical procedure is so sacred that it should escape scrutiny.  This is especially true for a procedure that takes a life, and has the potential to permanently maim another.  Reasonable inspections and regulations seem to be the least we could do.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Evidence increases: We need to regulate abortion clinics more carefully

Pro-abortion folks have long promoted the notion that the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 paved the way for "safe" and "legal" abortions.   But fast forward 40 years, and though abortion is widely available, the unwillingness of lawmakers and pro-abortion activists to concede the need for regulation has put women in danger of the very things they once said they wanted to avoid.  In their zeal to oppose any and all abortion industry regulations, they focus only on the "legal" aspect, and not so much on the "safe" aspect.

This is a time when abortion rights fans and pro-life people can come together with common causes: First, that Planned Parenthood is not perfect, and should not be in charge of regulating its own industry; and second, that abortion clinics need regulation in order to safeguard women and any children accidentally born alive during an abortion attempt.

We can thank the Gosnell abortion mill trial, with its gruesome details and tragic accounts of babies and women murdered for profit and through carelessness, for bringing this need to light in a way that may be awakening even hard-line pro-choice people.  Members of Congress are looking in to whether abortion clinics are regulated sufficiently.  The U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to every health department in every state to find out how abortion clinics are regulated; the questions the letter poses are very thorough (you can read the letter by clicking here).  There is a May 22 deadline for replies; it will be interesting to read the results, which will alert us all to the needs for safeguards and gaps in regulations in our own states.

And the Gosnell trial is not an isolated case.  Just this past week a National Review Online reporter wrote an investigative piece about the shady operations of several Florida abortion clinics operated by the same team of abortion providers.  It was another gruesome tale of a poorly qualified medical staff with bad habits providing substandard care in an industry that doesn't get challenged much.  In the Florida situation, a 17-year-old girl was "thoroughly mangled;" at least one baby was allegedly delivered alive, then murdered; and first responders said baby corpses were stored in bags or boxes behind chairs in the recovery room, flies buzzing around a few of them.  State regulators admitted they did not do inspections of Florida clinics.

Here are other stories, some recent, some from last year -- and this is not an exhaustive search: The common thread in all these clinic stories, besides medical abuse and dead babies, is that state officials either ignored regulations for many years, or they didn't want to regulate clinics at all.  Of the Delaware case, the ABC affiliate reported: 
"In Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections. The state only steps in when they have a patient complaint. Planned Parenthood is essentially in charge of inspecting itself."
That is our situation in Washington State.  It should make us all feel uneasy.  In Washington State, abortion clinics are not inspected by the Department of Health, unless a complaint is filed.  Regulation is supposed to be done by Planned Parenthood.  Doesn't this seem a lot like asking the publisher of a "skin magazine" to chair a committee regulating pornography?  It just doesn't make sense, unless your aim is to leave things alone and not cause any trouble for the industry.

It's funny that the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) tries to say that all these mutilations, and infant deaths, and unsanitary clinics are precisely the reason NOT to regulate clinics.  Really!  We're to believe that their way is better, and we're to ignore the growing evidence showing that they've failed to police themselves.  They try to scare us into acceptance, breathlessly proclaiming that any regulation will take us back to the pre-Roe v. Wade days, the "back alley" abortion days, when they say women were denied safe and clean abortions.

Strange.  If the goal is to make sure abortions are "safe and clean," as their spokesperson said, having a neutral agency regulating and inspecting abortion clinics seems like a no-brainer.  Sadly, NARAL and others like them are more about protecting abortion than protecting women; and of course, the babies are not to be considered at all.

In 2011, more than 20,000 abortions were reported in Washington; there are probably 1.2 million in the United States in a given year, according to Planned Parenthood's own research agency, the Guttmacher Institute.   This is a serious women's health issue, far too serious to be left in the hands of those with a vested interest in covering up any problems.   So bring on the congressional committee investigation; and then bring on the inspections.  It's about time.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Are women & babies safe in Washington?

The Dr. Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic trial has me absolutely infuriated with the media, and worried about women's safety--not to mention the lives of babies--here in Washington State.  The media spotlight is finally pointing in the direction of Pennsylvania, thanks to pressure from pro-life groups and the embarrassed outrage of some liberals who also noticed the problem.

But it all causes me to wonder:   Can we assume anyone is watching over what is happening in Washington State's abortion clinics?

Here's some background, in case you missed the story, thanks to the media's silence on the issue:
Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murdering a woman during an abortion, and for murdering babies born alive during abortions.  Add to that, his clinic was a bloody, filthy, contaminated place where poor women were sometimes coerced into having their babies torn from their bodies.  Unqualified staff assisted in procedures. And Dr. Gosnell also kept baby body parts in jars as mementos.

The state of Pennsylvania skipped any inspections of Gosnell's clinic until a woman died there in 2009.  Officials obviously dropped the ball.
But the national media took the state's dropped ball and quietly kicked it under the couch.  A small splash of coverage accompanied Gosnell's 2011 arrest; but most major news agencies have given NO coverage to the trial, underway since early this year.  See Kirsten Powers' USA Today column calling attention to the "media blackout" on the case.

Given these facts, we need to ask some questions:
  • Why doesn't the media want to cover this story?  
  • Why wasn't Dr. Gosnell's clinic inspected by the state department of health for 17 years, and why were complaints from patients ignored during those years?
  • Could similar atrocities be happening here, in Washington State, right now? 
Here are the answers:

The media doesn't want to hurt the abortion industry. 
The media loves a gruesome and horrific story, as long as it doesn't tread on sacred ground.

Consider the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown elementary school shooting.  Nobody loves terrorists, and their evil acts are played up for all to see.  But the pro-choice media fears that any negative publicity will put "the cause" of abortion-on-demand at risk.  Some even sort of come close to admitting that's their reasoning. One reporter wrote:
"... surely those of us who are pro-choice must worry that this [the Gosnell trial story] will restrict access to abortion:  that a crackdown on abortion clinics will follow, with onerous white-glove inspections; that a revolted public will demand more restrictions on late-term abortions; or that women will be too afraid of Gosnell-style crimes to seek a medically necessary abortion."
The government wanted to protect the abortion industry. 
Pennsylvania officials failed to inspect Dr. Gosnell's clinic for 17 years, in spite of several complaints about women's health complications and the clinic's unsanitary conditions.  You see, in 1999, Pennsylvania's pro-abortion governor and his administration ended routine inspections of abortion clinics, according to the Gosnell trial grand jury report.  On page 150, an official testified:

“there was a concern that if they did routine inspections, that they may find a lot of these facilities didn’t meet [the standards for getting patients out by stretcher or wheelchair in an emergency], and then there would be less abortion facilities, less access to women to have an abortion.” 
This could happen in Washington State. 
A couple of years ago I asked the Department of Health about Washington State abortion clinic regulations.  They are not regulated.  The practitioners who do abortions are subject to regulation, but not the clinics.  You can read about that here.

Washington State's governors--and many of our Democratic and some Republican legislators--have been unashamedly protective of Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion agenda for years.

Right now our State Senate is considering a "sweetheart deal" for the abortion industry, requiring insurance companies and employers to cover the gruesome practice even if they have a strong moral objection to it.  So you have to wonder:
  • How safe are women who seek abortions in Washington State?
  • How carefully and frequently does Washington State inspect abortion clinics?
  • What happens if a baby is born alive during an abortion in Washington State?
  • Is there a "Dr. Gosnell" butchering women and babies in Washington State right now, with officials looking the other way because they're afraid of harming the industry?
Is anyone else bothered by this?  Before you dismiss this as conspiracy theory nonsense, do your homework.  Watch this documentary on Gosnell's clinic and two women's testimonies, and skim the grand jury report.  Read whatever media coverage you can find.  Then start asking our State government to answer some questions.