Argument Against Inspecting Abortion Facilities is Disingenuous, Anti-Woman

Opinion   |   Rachel Cox   |   Aug 26, 2013   |   10:04AM   |   Washington, DC

Whenever a legislator proposes safety regulations for abortion facilities, the abortion industry always plays the part of the victim to drum up sympathy and support for their cause. They often claim safety regulations are unnecessary because complications from abortion rarely arise. Abortion complications may be rare. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t happen and that clinics shouldn’t be required to be prepared for them.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, which strongly supports abortion, approximately 0.5% of abortion patients have a complication that requires hospitalization. That’s likely a low figure, but let’s assume that they’re right for the sake of argument. When you consider that there are well over one million abortions performed in the United States annually, the number of patients requiring hospitalization after an abortion would be over 5,000! Don’t these 5,000+ women deserve optimal care?

The fact that abortion complications happen to such a small percentage of women doesn’t settle the question. Look at our school buildings. How often does a school go up in flames? Almost never. But think about all the government-required safeguards in place in case a school does cat

ch fire. There are alarm pull stations, portable and overhead fire extinguishers, emergency exit doors, fire drills, and fire lanes around the school building. Even though school fires are rare, we still plan for the worst-case scenario regardless of the chances of such an event happening. If a school went up in flames and only one child died as a result of the school not having enough fire doors, it would be a horrible, preventable tragedy and legislators would be scrambling to pass laws preventing such a thing from happening again.

So, what is so outrageous about the hallways of an abortion clinic being wide enough to accommodate a stretcher if a patient needs to be transported to an emergency room? What is the problem with an abortion doctor needing to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital? Yes, abortion problems don’t happen often, but if compliance with the new laws saved just one woman’s life, wouldn’t it be worth it?

Abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood claim they care about women’s health. If they really cared, they wouldn’t oppose safety measures for their clinics. It’s sad that abortion clinics must be forced to provide safety for their patients. If they really cared about the women in their clinics, they would already have these measures in place without the government having to get involved.



I wish everyone in the abortion industry would just come out and say what they really mean. That they don’t care about women, they care about money. That it’s not about health care, it’s about herding women like cattle through their clinics and turning as high a profit as possible. If they were honest about it, I would at least have a tiny, microscopic amount of respect for them. Note:  Rachel Cox writes for  Secular Pro-Life, an organization that uses non-religious arguments to promote the pro-life perspective.