Like some kind of disgusting ooze that just keeps spreading, the Kermit Gosnell saga has now crossed state lines. According to USA Today:
The owner of Atlantic Women’s Medical Center in Delaware — who employed the West Philadelphia abortion doctor facing murder charges for killing infants who were delivered alive — also owns an abortion clinic in Louisiana that in 2009 was cited for a list of health and safety violations.
Yet Delaware regulators cannot say if Atlantic Women’s Medical Center — where Gosnell worked one day a week for a number of years — suffers from similar health and safety deficiencies because abortion providers are not subject to the kind of routine sanitary and safety inspections that restaurants, beauty salons and tattoo parlors get. [Emphasis added.]
Here’s one thing that’s really striking about this: abortion supporters will go on and on about how their only concern is for the health and well-being of women, and yet they will fight tooth-and-nail against regulations that would require abortuaries to be as sanitary as tattoo parlors.
Abortion clinics do not fall under the definition of medical facilities in the state that require routine inspections, like free-standing surgery centers, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.
The state’s Division of Professional Regulation, meanwhile, only investigates complaints against doctors, “not facilities,” said Division Director James Collins.
Mark A. Meister Sr., executive director of the Medical Society of Delaware, said he did not know of any agency in the state that regulates abortion clinics or similar medical clinic facilities in Delaware, which he conceeded was “hard to believe.”
“You are asking an excellent question,” he said. “The answer may be at this point in time there is no regulatory authority over a clinic or organization like that.”
Meister may find this “hard to believe,” but those of us who have watched the growth of the abortion industry over the years do not. The entire idea of state regulation of abortion clinics is anathema to the same people who want virtually every other aspect of American life to be regulated. Can’t imagine why that would be.
Abortion-rights advocates say providers should not be singled out for different oversight.
“If there’s a concern about physician quality, it should be a larger conversation not just targeting health care clinics that provide abortions,” said Emily Knearl, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Delaware, which performs abortions in Wilmington and Dover.
I believe Captain Picard has a response to that. Captain?
The concern isn’t about “physician quality,” Ms. Planned Parenthood. It’s about abortion clinics! You know, the businesses that in Delaware aren’t regulated as stringently as tattoo parlors!
In other states, legislators have tried to regulate things like the width of hallways in an abortion facility to increase their expenses and put them out of business, said Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, a professional association of which Atlantic’s Wilmington office is a member.
“You don’t want politically motivated guidelines that have nothing to do with the standard of care,” Saporta said.
This is just pathetic. The reason why building permits are needed in virtually every jurisdiction in the country is so that the government can ensure that safety standards are met that are appropriate to the facility. Our church, which hasn’t built anything but is renting a commercial property, had to have an assembly permit, wherein the county would make sure that we had enough exits in case of emergency. Width of hallways in an alleged medical facility would be to ensure that there was enough space for something like a hospital gurney, as pointed out by Mary Spaulding Balch of National Right-to-Life in the article. The idea that somehow abortion clinics, alone among all the buildings in the United States, should be exempt from such rules is just another illustration of the Planned Parenthood mindset that says that abortion rights are uniquely and supremely important.
Or, at the very least, that their right to make money off of abortions is absolutely sacrosanct.
(Via Michelle Malkin.)
UPDATE: Forgot to mention. It’s now two weeks since the Philadelphia Inquirer broke this story, and there’s still no word of response from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice or any of its mainline members.The United Methodist General Board of Church and Society is out with a new newsletter today, which among other things touts a “study resource” on the Tucson shootings from the UM General Board of Discipleship. Do you think the GBD will be putting out a study resource any time soon on the man who is perhaps the greatest killer of live infants in American history? Let’s just say I’d sooner bet on the Washington Nationals winning the Super Bowl next year than on that happening.