Thursday, February 3, 2011

Recent case exposes myth of "safe", legal, and rare abortion provision in Pennsylvania

A corrupt Philadelphia physician has been charged with one count of murder and seven counts of infanticide for his performance of late-term abortions. Inducing labor in third-trimester mothers and then cutting the spinal chords of the babies they deliver is an illegal but sadly commonplace practice for late-term abortions; the scandal in this story lies in the conditions in which Dr. Kermit Gosnell carried out the procedures, which the grand jury has described as "third world." The criminal grand jury found that: "[He] regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it." Read the full Grand Jury Report here.

As Joseph Bottum of the Weekly Standard comments, "Pennsylvania may not be a third-world country, but its abortion mills—like those in most other states—really are reminiscent of one: free and independent entities, uniquely exempt from supervision and regulation, carved out from the rest of medicine. Every other kind of doctor is weighed down by record-keeping and inspection requirements. Abortionists alone are free. “Pennsylvania’s Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality health care as patients of other medical service providers,” the Gosnell grand jury explained. “Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety.”... Many people knew what was going on at his Philadelphia clinic; several filed complaints with state and local agencies. But nothing was done, and at the time of his arrest, he hadn’t been visited by a medical examiner for 17 years. As the grand jury noted, with the change of governors in Pennsylvania in 1995—when the pro-abortion Tom Ridge replaced the pro-life Bob Casey—“the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all,” as “officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions.”"

You can read more about the gruesome case in Politics Daily or The Weekly Standard.

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