Democrat candidate for Governor of Virginia and failed Greentech businessman Terry McAuliffe wants the public to believe that he is a political moderate. Yet in reality the former Democratic National Committee Chairman is promoting a radical agenda that would pave the way for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell to operate with impunity in Virginia.
Gosnell stands trial just up the road in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the capital murder of at least four newborn infants born alive as the result of botch abortions.
Truly gruesome testimony has emerged from this trial: 100 illegal late-term abortions were committed in Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, dangerously unsanitary conditions were rampant, babies’ body parts were stuffed in jars, and blood was found all over medical records. He and his staff would commit unspeakable atrocities against these helpless infants, born alive, crying. Gosnell and his unqualified staff conducted their abortion business with such disregard for life, anyone’s life, that a Virginia woman was killed.
He killed a woman and numerous newborn infants, operating with impunity because the state didn’t inspect his clinic.
Virginia, with the support of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, has enacted some of the most stringent health requirements for abortion clinics in the country. The law allows the Virginia Board of Health to regulate abortion clinics much like hospitals, to ensure that they provide the same operation, staffing, equipping, staff qualifications and training, and conditions as hospitals in Virginia. These regulations would ensure that no “House of Horrors” operates in Virginia.
Yet, late last week, McAuliffe sent a fundraising email asking supporters to fund his campaign because his opponent, GOP gubernatorial all-but nominee Cuccinelli, “pushed through medically unnecessary regulations on women’s health centers with the aim of his number one goal: ending safe and legal abortion in Virginia.”
Why were these regulations proposed? Precisely to prevent the horrors of Gosnell’s clinic. The Washington Post reported at the time this bill was passed, “In recent weeks, abortion foes have cited the case of a Philadelphia area clinic [Gosnell’s] recently shut down after authorities discovered a series of botched and illegal abortions; inspectors discovered containers of fetal parts.”
In other words, McAuliffe is attacking Cuccinelli for supporting regulations put in place to prevent the horrors of a Gosnell-type clinic from ever operating in Virginia. McAuliffe wants those laws stripped from the books, allowing clinics to return to 1980 style regulations. In essence, he is fundraising against laws that could be saving women’s lives.
In fact, McAuliffe is joining Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC, who the week before launched the same attack on Cuccinelli (interestingly enough using almost the exact same language), “Cuccinelli has pushed forward medically unnecessary bills and restrictions designed to chip away at women’s access to health care and safe and legal abortion.”
Of course Planned Parenthood has been leading the charge to literally profit off of the atrocities committed in Gosnell’s clinic – using Gosnell’s clinic to demand more taxpayer funding and less safety regulations for their clinics.
Gosnell preyed on women. Laws like Virginia’s ensure that no abortionist is allowed to peddle its deadly trade free of regulation. McAuliffe and his radical pro-abortion allies are throwing fact and reason to the wind. It is this wanton and reckless adherence to an abortion agenda that allows for atrocities like Gosnell committed to exist. As the prosecutor in the Gosnell case told the jury, “When people (who are) supposed to regulate these folks don’t do it right, that’s what happens.”
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Despite McAuliffe’s and other radial Leftists’ claims, less-stringent health standards do not make abortion safer. It doesn’t make anything safer. If McAuliffe gets his way, who will be to blame for the unspeakable atrocities that his desired lack of regulation could lead to?
It is McAuliffe who is pushing an agenda that is far to extreme for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
LifeNews Note: Matthew Clark is an attorney for the ACLJ, residing in northern Virginia. He has been actively involved in Virginia politics for over a decade. You can follow Matthew on Twitter @_MatthewClark. This originally appeared at BearingDrift.com.