McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Center Safety Measures Supported By Gosnell's Lawyer!May. 28, 2013
Hand it to Terry McAuliffe. He won't back down. Not to the abortion industry. Not even to the point of being more pro-abortion than convicted baby murder Kermit Gosnell's lawyer. Even former President Bill Clinton, of whom McAuliffe is one of the biggest of FOBs (Friends of Bill) wants abortion "Safe, legal and rare." But McAuliffe has drawn a stark contrast between himself and a super majority of Virginians and Americans at large — even those who support abortion, but recognize the abomination it has become in abortion centers, such as the "Houses of Horrors" run by Gosnell and others. Last week, the Susan B. Anthony List released a statement describing the extreme position McAuliffe has taken on abortion center safety standards and how even Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for the recently convicted Gosnell, who said his client suffered from the "baby factor," supports oversight of abortion centers and certain restrictions on their procedures. Here is the entire news release:
Terry McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Clinic Regulations Supported by Gosnell Attorney
Jack McMahon Says He Supports Increased Regulation of Clinics, Late-Term Abortion Limit
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Jack McMahon, defense attorney for convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, told FOX News' Megyn Kelly that he supports increased regulation of abortion clinics as well as a ban on abortion past 16-17 weeks in order to forestall crimes like those Gosnell committed. In light of McMahon's statements, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser blasted Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's opposition to increased health and safety standards for the Commonwealth's abortion facilities.
"Weeks of graphic testimony detailing the horrors and conditions inside Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia abortion clinic was enough to sway even Gosnell's own attorney,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “If McMahon can agree that women going into abortion facilities must be treated with basic dignity and respect, why can't Terry McAuliffe? Virginia women are increasingly disturbed that a politician who seeks to represent women would oppose such elementary efforts to protect our health and safety.
“Kermit Gosnell isn't alone. More than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year. Unsafe, unsanitary conditions — not to mention barbaric abortion practices — continue to be exposed nationwide. Shame on McAuliffe for refusing to join the General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women. Women deserve better than his extreme abortion ideology.”
Last month, McAuliffe's campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny that he supports “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent — all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.
Terry McAuliffe: Too extreme for Bill Clinton; too extreme even for convicted killer Kermit Gosnell's attorney!
The Official WordSep. 26, 2012
By the way, speaking of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli certifying the new abortion center regulations earlier today, here's an interesting note: Readers may notice that we refer to the places where abortions take place as "abortion centers." The abortion industry and their supporters in the Mainstream Media for decades have softened up the image of these grisly places by referring to them as "clinics." So much so, unfortunately, that the phrase has seeped into the every day lexicon of the general public. We long ago tried to change the terminology because "clinics" are places people go to get well. Many pro-life organizations and individuals have picked up on this and now also refer to them as "centers." More and more people and new media outlets also have changed their phrasing. Anything but "clinics." It was gratifying, then, to see that the State Board of Health agrees. In its official terminology, on materials distributed to media and board members, it refers to such places as "facilities," just as it was reflected in the attorney general's memo and news release in the previous post.
At the well publicized Board of Health meeting two weeks ago, a spokesperson for the department said it another way when I asked her about it, but the premise was the same: Since these places do not treat people for sickness or injury, they are not referred to as "clinics," but rather as "facilities." Still, the Mainstream Media, which proclaims no bias or agenda, but objective reporting, swallows the abortion industry language in order to provide a false impression of what goes on at these centers — and not the official medical branding of these facilities.
What has been the refrain from the pro-abortion side throughout this entire debate? "Stick with the medicine"? Thank you. We are.
Family Foundation Public Comments on Abortion Center Safety RegulationsSep. 13, 2011
The following comments in support of abortion center regulations were submitted today to the Virginia Board of Health from The Family Foundation: Dear Virginia Board of Health Members:
The Family Foundation of Virginia urges you to accept the currently proposed regulations for Virginia’s abortion centers. While we understand that this is only the first step in a long process toward permanent regulations, we believe that the regulations presented to the Board of Health by medical experts at the Department of Health would sufficiently improve the health and safety of Virginia's abortion centers. Providing for regular inspections, standards regarding medical personnel like requiring that the doctor be present until a woman is ready to be discharged, proper sanitary conditions, and emergency equipment seem wholly reasonable to protect the health of women who make the unfortunate decision to have an abortion.
From the death of a woman in 2002 to the multiple accusations of negligence and malpractice against an abortion doctor in Virginia Beach to Dr. Steven Brigham, an abortion center owner in Virginia Beach and Fairfax who has had his license to practice suspended or revoked in multiple states and doesn’t even have a license to practice in Virginia, just a cursory review of the Board of Medicine’s website or news stories gives significant reason to be concerned about what is happening inside Virginia’s abortion centers.
Unfortunately, because the billion dollar abortion industry, led by Planned Parenthood and NARAL, has successfully blocked all attempts at requiring that complications from abortion be reported to the Department of Health, there is absolutely no way to know how many women have been harmed due to substandard care in Virginia’s abortion centers. As you are well aware, a woman who has suffered a complication to an abortion has to give up her privacy to file a charge against the physician. Many choose to simply remain silent. Indeed, even in the rare cases where there is a complaint, only the doctor is investigated, the abortion center itself is not part of the investigation.
Despite the rhetoric of the abortion industry claiming that surgical abortion is safe, statistics usually used are nearly a decade old or are the creation of the Guttmacher Institute, an organization that is heavily funded by Planned Parenthood, the largest private abortion provider in the nation. The only “standard” of care for abortions done in Virginia during the first trimester is that they must be performed by a licensed physician, but the facilities where abortions take place are not required to meet any health or safety standards. The truth is, because there are no requirements for complications to abortion to be reported, and no state officials are required to inspect abortion centers, we have no way of knowing if the procedure is safe.
Just this week, in a radio interview with WVTF in Roanoke, an abortion center director confirmed our fears that serious medical emergencies take place in these centers by stating, “When we have had emergencies” leading to transport of patients (presumably to emergency rooms). The regulations proposed to you will ensure that abortion centers have the proper medical equipment in place until emergency personnel can arrive.
Women in Virginia deserve better than misleading designer statistics and guess work. Now, you have the opportunity to make sure they are protected by adopting the reasonable, common sense regulations you have before you. For too long Virginia’s abortion centers have hidden behind a veil of politically motivated secrecy.
Fortunately, the General Assembly has recognized the need to put women’s health first. By the legislature’s action, it’s now in your hands to decide just how safe the abortion centers in Virginia will be. The Family Foundation of Virginia urges you to adopt the abortion center regulations that have been proposed to you by the Department of Health.