The late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted earlier this year on several charges related to infanticide, has been portrayed by abortion-on-deman apologists as an abortion provider gone wrong, that he's the extremely rare exception to a responsible industry. Un-huh. Yeah. Right. The horrifying fact is that there are Gosnells in every corner of America. But the country finally is waking up to this, with state legislatures taking up (and passing) new laws to reign in these heinous rogues. Even public opinion surveys suggest Americans — including many who consider themselves "pro-choice" — are appalled by the Gosnell atrocities and now support safety standards at abortion centers to protect the women as well as babies born after botched abortions and those considered to be in the late-term stage.
Our friends at Susan B. Anthony List have detailed many of the abortion center atrocities in 16 states (download the document here). Here are some examples:
♦ On April 10, WPVI-TV ABC News in Philadelphia reported that two former nurses at the Planned Parenthood of Delaware abortion clinic quit their jobs, citing unsafe, unsanitary conditions, and "a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions."
♦ On May 29, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis testified before the Delaware state senate and called the clinic conditions "ridiculously unsafe," and said women were at risk for hepatitis and even AIDS.
♦ Planned Parenthood of Delaware has sent five women to the hospital with complications from botched abortions since January alone.
♦ On February 7, Jennifer McKenna Morbelli, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from New Rochelle, NY, died "due to or as a consequence of Amniotic Fluid Embolism following Medical Termination of Pregnancy." The medical examiner’s office confirmed that a botched 33-week abortion killed Mrs. Morbelli.
♦ When she was 31 weeks pregnant, Mrs. Morbelli sought an abortion from Dr. Leroy Carhart in Germantown, MD. Carhart left town shortly after the abortion procedure and was reportedly unavailable when Mrs. Morbelli began to experience shortness of breath and chest pains - which led to a delay in her emergency care
♦ In March, the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene suspended the licenses of three surgical abortion clinics. All three are affiliated with abortion business owner Steven Chase Brigham.
♦ Nova Women's Health Center, the busiest abortion clinic in Virginia, closed when its lease was terminated via a lawsuit by the property owners on the grounds that the abortion clinic created a nuisance. According to the lawsuit filings, Nova patients were regularly inside the building "lying down in corridors . . . and, in some instances, even vomiting." One filing said witnesses would testify that this was a daily occurrence.
♦ Virginia Health Commission inspection reports obtained by The Family Foundation through the Freedom of Information Act reveal unsafe and “utterly disgusting” conditions in Virginia abortion clinics.
♦ The state Board of Health found several violations including: improper use of syringes and compounds, improper training and qualifications of staff on pain management and health care counseling (including abortion services), failure to have infection control program in place, failure to require physical exam for staff and failure to test staff for rubella, rubella and TB tests, improper use and sterilization of medical instruments and devices, including a vaginal ultrasound, failure to maintain hot running water in patient care areas, and many more.
♦ Photos taken by the police reveal unsanitary conditions, including stained medical equipment near an examination chair, trash near lab equipment and discarded in a storage room, and water stains and holes in a leaky ceiling. The investigator also reported “blood dripping from a sink p-trap in a room used by patients.
And on and on and on it goes. These examples only barely scratch the surface of the number of violations uncovered in the states listed, and are only a bucket's worth in the ocean of states documented to have committed violations. Who knows how many more disgusting acts are going on in abortion centers around the country that have yet to be made public?