There was more good pro-life news this week. As more and more states pass laws and add abortion center safety standards, Planned Parenthood of Delaware actually closed that state's only two abortion centers, making it the first state since the deplorable 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v Wade to cease offering surgical abortions. There's one catch. It promises to be a temporary situation (see LifeNews.com). One center, located in Dover, apparently remains open but has temporarily suspended surgical abortions while the one in Wilmington has closed so it can reorganize, re-staff and clean — it has come under increasing scrutiny and three employees have quit or been fired since dangerous conditions there were exposed. It's also the place where an infamous attack on a pro-life grandmother took place earlier this year (see video).
One of the employees thought to be fired is abortionist Eric Schaff whose record includes a reprimand and fine for falsifying medical records. He also botched four abortions between February 8 and March 13, all of which led to the affected women receiving hospital emergency room, life-saving treatments (read more and see video here). According to Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger:
Schaff is an outspoken advocate of abortion who feels "empowered" by doing them.
Right now, Delaware does not do routine inspections of abortion centers. Incredibly, an official told a television reporter they "don't have the manpower for routine inspections." Really? For only two facilities? More incredibly, in the vacuum, the state has ceded inspections to . . . you guessed it . . . Planned Parenthood. Delaware television station WPVI investigated the situation and former employees of the Wilmington abortion center went on camera to describe "Gosnell-like conditions" (see video). Now, there are more investigations and legal actions pending. Quite frankly, there is a lot to look into and this post only scratches the surface. What is known is every bit as disgusting as the Gosnell case.
As grisly as it all is, at least there is a shutdown of surgical abortions in one of the 50 states. Although the duration of the suspension is undetermined, we can take heart that it is the first state in 40 years to, for at least a time, officially end surgical abortions. A small victory, but any victory leads to saved lives. Saved lives lead to people realizing abortion is not a viable answer to any problem or fear. The more people who come to understand that, the quicker abortion will end.