Planned Parenthood and Gosnell: Bottom Line > Women’s Health

Opinion   |   Jessica Clark   |   Apr 22, 2013   |   6:13PM   |   Washington, DC

In recent days, the trial of Kermit Gosnell has brought abortion to the headlines of even the mainstream media. After years of his crimes being public knowledge and over a month of him being on trial, the blackout has ended and America is suddenly asking, “How could this happen?!” What’s important to realize is that some of the horrifying details of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinics are not unique. Many abortion clinics are almost entirely unregulated, with “surgical centers” being run by unlicensed physicians in facilities that are unfit for the most basic medical treatment.

Gosnell’s House of Horrors has brought some of these questions to light, but it’s necessary that we go a little deeper and start asking questions about the clinics in your neighborhoods. Virginia and many other states are working on regulations that would require all clinics to be up to code for surgical centers, which is practical when you consider that abortion is an invasive and risky procedure rife with potential for complication. If these bills pass, many clinics would have to close and renovate with some pretty basic updates like sinks in every surgical room and halls large enough to accommodate a gurney, should emergency transport be needed, etc. Anyone who calls themselves a feminist or even pro-woman should be in support of these changes, right? You’d think so.

Let’s be real. This is not about women, this is about the almighty dollar. The more abortions you can complete in a day, the better for the bottom line. A untrained staff and lackluster sanitation policies are good for the bottom line. That is why major surgery can be carried out in the equivalent of a grocery store backroom and officials from multiple agencies turn a blind eye. Money talks, even when it’s bloodstained and infected.

A recent article in the Washington Times highlights 2 nurses who recently quit their jobs at a Delaware Planned Parenthood, citing “ridiculously unsafe” conditions. Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis told Action News procedures were routinely done with unsterilized instruments, and that one doctor in particular refused to wear gloves, in addition to other unsanitary and unsafe practices. Since January 4th, five patients are reported as being rushed from the clinic to the emergency room. The defection of Mitchell-Werbrich and Vasikonis, as well as multiple 911 calls have finally drawn the attention of the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services, who have closed the facility until further notice. The new CEO of Planned Parenthood in Delaware acknowledged substandard conditions after the allegations were brought to light.



Let’s pray that these conditions will continue to be brought up state by state, that a public outcry for regulations will arise, that abortion workers and women will break the silence and that the exposure of these injustices will make fatal breaks in the foundation of the abortion industry.

LifeNews Note: Jessica is a writer and the mother of 4 small children. When she’s not answering questions about the universe or saving the baby from himself, she blogs about adoption, mothering, life, and special needs. This originally appeared at Bound4Life blog.