If Planned Parenthood Docs Can’t Get Admitting Privileges, They Shouldn’t Do Abortions

Opinion   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Oct 29, 2013   |   11:32AM   |   Austin, TX

United States District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled yeseterday that part of the abortion law passed this summer in Texas (known as HB2) is unconstitutional, saying that abortionists don’t need to have local hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of their abortion facilities.

After the bill was signed into law this July, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, immediately cried foul saying the safety regulations in the bill would shut down a third of the abortion facilities in Texas, creating a undo burden on women by requiring them to only receive abortions from abortionists who have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in case of an emergency.

Admitting privileges should not be a problem for a good physician to come by.  The criteria hospitals examine when deciding whether or not to grant admitting privileges to a local physician tend to be board certifications, malpractice history and reported complications, level of experience and expertise, and validation of educational credentials.

Bottom line: If a doctor cannot get admitting privileges, then maybe women should be protected from receiving any medical treatment (or mistreatment) from him or her. 

Last spring, America was outraged over the treatment, standard of care, and horrifying conditions that women were subjected to in Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia “House of Horrors.”  As his trial moved forward, it became clear to many in our nation that common-sense safety regulations would have exposed Gosnell as the dangerous predator he really was.  Common sense regulations in place to protect women’s health, including admitting privileges, could have closed down Gosnell before his negligence caused the deaths of two mothers: Karnamaya Mongar and Semika Shaw.

Nebraska-Maryland late-term, circuit abortionist, LeRoy Carhart did not have admitting privileges either, which helped contributed to the death of Jennifer Morbelli this February.  When Morbelli began to experience complications to the late-term abortion committed by Carhart, Carhart was nowhere to be found.  Morbelli checked into a local emergency room and when Carhart was finally reached by phone, he was not able to give doctors any “informational assistance.”  Jennifer Morbelli died with Carhart out of state, committing abortions at another facility in another town where he didn’t have admitting privileges.

Planned Parenthood, America’s abortion Goliath, is not innocent in all of this either. Earlier this year, a Colorado woman sued Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains when Planned Parenthood’s abortionist forced an abortion on her, after it was revealed that she was further along in her pregnancy than was first thought.  After her abortion nightmare, the woman began experiencing complications and was admitted to a local emergency room where fetal remains were discovered that had been left behind by Planned Parenthood’s abortionist.

The on-call physician who treated the woman at the hospital remarked that, “No practicing physician can maintain privileges to practice and perform surgery if they do not provide specific coverage for their patients in case of a complication. It is considered ‘abandonment’ of your patient. It is not acceptable to refer your patients to the Emergency Department and assume the on-call doctor will take care of any complications and assume all the risk…” wrote Dr. Steven A. Foley of the situation.

Common sense regulations, like admitting privileges, help protect women from the abandonment of care that Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and LeRoy Carhart forced upon women and from the gross negligence that led to the deaths of the women Kermit Gosnell killed.



These regulations protect vulnerable women from Texas abortion chains like Whole Women’s Health, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit brought before Judge Yeakel whose 4 out of 5 abortion facilities have been cited in the last 3 years to be in violation of dozens of safety laws during the  by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Many the violations threatened the health and safety of women, including lack of sterilization of abortion instruments, lack of an R.N. or L.V.N. on staff, rusty suction machines, and expired and un-labelled medication.

Women deserve better, and Planned Parenthood and their allies in the abortion industry just don’t  care, because in Texas, their bottom line is being threatened and they just can’t afford to lose more business.

Shame on you Judge Yeakel!  By getting into bed with Planned Parenthood on this, you are allowing more Kermit Gosnells to set up shop in Texas and helping Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies neglect the very women they say they are helping. We are looking forward to the overturning of your un-wise decision very soon.