Delaware Abortion Regulations Pushed After Gosnell Horror

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 22, 2011   |   1:01PM   |   Dover, DE

A national pro-life organization is working with local pro-life groups and elected officials in Delaware to promote better regulation of the abortion industry in the state following the horrors found at the Kermit Gosnell abortion center in nearby Philadelphia.

Gosnell is the abortion business owner who ran one of the most filthy and unregulated abortion centers ever exposed and his shoddy practices resulted in the deaths of and injury to women from botched abortions. He also engaged in a brutal practice of live-birth abortions that saw him purposely prematurely birth babies and, afterwards, he would “snip” their spinal cords with medical scissors.

Gosnell not only operated in southeast Pennsylvania, but he was employed at the Delaware abortion facility known as Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Wilmington and Dover, Delaware and where he would work one day per week to do abortions. That abortion center has already come under investigation from Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and reportedly falsified abortion reports to state officials.

Now, Americans United for Life Action has announced support for an effort by Delaware legislators to introduce a “Women’s Health Protection Act” that would, as AUL officials tell, “enact abortion clinic regulations to protect women from an abortion industry that prioritizes profits and radical ideology over women’s health and safety.”

The groundbreaking legislation will be announced at a special news conference today.

Delaware’s “Women’s Health Protection Act” is based upon Americans United for Life model legislation that requires abortion clinics to be licensed and inspected regularly by state officials and to meet medically-appropriate health and safety standards in a number of areas including personnel, facility maintenance, equipment, and patient care. The bill’s purpose is to ensure that substandard practices, unlicensed practitioners, or dangerous conditions do not harm women.  

“Delaware is the perfect place to introduce such cutting-edge legislation because of its connection to ‘House of Horrors’ Dr. Kermit Gosnell,” said AUL president Charmaine Yoest. “Legal abortion clinics have clearly become the true ‘back-alleys’ that abortion advocates cynically warn us about.”

Yoest says the two Delaware abortion centers “have ties to the infamous Gosnell who is awaiting trial in Pennsylvania for eight counts of murder.”

“Both of the Delaware clinics have subsequently had their memberships in the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers, revoked. As a result of that revocation and the lack of abortion clinic regulations in the state, these clinics are no longer under any supervision whatsoever,” she said.

AUL officials will be partnering with the Delaware representatives to advance the bill.

“As the Gosnell case and other recent cases across the nation have shown, the abortion industry cannot be counted on to police itself,” added AULA VP of Government Affairs Dan McConchie.