Skip to comments.Abortion Industry Throwing Tantrum Over New Regulations in North Carolina
Posted on 09/15/2013 11:54:59 AM PDT by Kaslin
Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition.
A Durham abortion facility became the third to close down either temporarily or permanently last week due to health violations. In the wake of the horror stories that came out of the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia, states across the nation are taking action to protect women from the filthy conditions and dangerous practices occurring inside Americas abortion clinics.
Like other states, North Carolina has been anxious to ensure it is not the sight of the next Gosnell sloppy abortions on filthy tables, with old, dirty, and broken instruments, and drugged and dazed patients recovering in blood-stained recliners. Thus, in July, the General Assembly passed a bill to clean up abortion clinics by adopting new rules, and the Governor signed it into law.
The abortion industry is throwing a tantrum over the new regulations which, in North Carolinas case, will be drafted this fall by the Department of Health & Human Services. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and their ilk are fighting tooth and nail. They argue that the financial cost associated with raising the health and safety standards and bringing clinics up to the code of ambulatory surgical centers is enough to regulate them out of existence.
These cries are disingenuous at best. The abortion industrys unwillingness to invest to get their facilities in order reveals their much ignored priority: profiting from abortion even at the expense of women's health.
According to their 2012 annual report, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc., which runs six clinics in North Carolina (two of which perform abortions), has over $10.1 million in net assets. Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, Inc. runs three of the states clinics (two perform abortions) and has over $5.2 million in net assets.
This means that North Carolinas affiliates of Americas largest abortion provider have more than $15 million in net assets to comply with any and all regulations. Not too shabby for an organization that has been classified as a charity in the state and receives a substantial amount in government funding.
As the standard-bearer in Big Abortion, Planned Parenthood which last year performed a record 333,964 abortions nationwide is responsible for setting industry trends and expectations. Instead, Planned Parenthood spends its time and resources fighting common sense regulations to combat real threats to womens health.
In the last year, an abortion clinic in Charlotte was labeled an imminent threat to the health and safety of patients after the health department found dead insects, blood splatters and dirty surgical instruments inside. Another clinic, the FemCare abortion clinic in Asheville was cited for 23 egregious health violations, including that the operating room floor and beds were dirty, the anesthesia masks were torn and held together with tape, there was no resuscitator available, and emergency equipment was not regularly checked to make sure it worked. FemCare had not been inspected in more than seven years.
North Carolina women deserve better and if Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry really wanted to take womens health seriously, they would confront these problems. But with abortion services bringing in anywhere from $350 to $550 per procedure, it is not hard to see why theyre fighting increased scrutiny. They want to avoid at all cost any impact on their bottom line, including loss of revenue.
In an effort to turn the argument around, pro-abortion advocates are falling back on their preferred war on women line of attack.
But per usual, this argument doesnt hold any water. It was pro-life woman leaders in the North Carolina state house, including Representatives Ruth Samuelson and Jacquelyn Schaffer, who fought so admirably for the Health and Safety Changes Act. They stood up for the dignity and safety of women precisely because they understand where the real war on women is taking place.
The clinics of Kermit Gosnell, Douglas Karpen, and the sites of other abortion clinic horrors uncovered nationwide are the real front lines of the war on women. These incidents have made clear that the abortion industry cannot be prevailed upon to police itself, and we will continue to see tragedy for women so long as Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the like champion unfettered access to unsafe abortion and call it health care.
For North Carolinas political leaders, not only is opposing these common sense measures a moral mistake, it is a political one as well. In Washington, Senator Kay Hagan has already flat out refused to support a compassionate, reasonable limit to late-term abortions past 20 weeks.
To speak out so boldly on such popular legislation shows just who Senator Hagan is reporting to these days thats the abortion lobby, not the people of the Tar Heel state. 22
North Carolina women deserve better. The nation was rocked by the horrors of the Gosnell abortion clinic in Philadelphia, but we have our own Gosnells in North Carolina. The need for abortion clinic reforms was never greater. These facilities have been allowed to operate in our state with little supervision for too long. Now is the time for change whether the abortion industry likes it or not.
lol. how dare you treat them like the rest of the medical industry they pretend to be part of.
To borrow a phrase from John Kerry . . . the abortion holocaust is a “moral obscenity.”
Thank you for this report. I get the broadcast e-mails from Kay Hagen and will use this report to smack her ass back into reality.
Pro-aborts really don’t care about womens health. They care more about the abortionist being able to murder babies. Its twisted.
I hate the words “abortion industry”. We should not have an industry for killing babies.
Its an affront to our traditions that these demagogues are honored with the title, "senator." As set up by our framers, to be a senator, responsible to ones state, was an honorable title and duty.
They are as bad as the “back alley” abortionist that they claim to have replaced!
I always use the term "abortion industry." Our language is rather limited when trying to come up with terms to describe the practice of killing babies for profit, and to describe the industry in terms used to describe medical facilities and practices is utterly abhorrent. Fewer than 10% of all abortions take place for a genuine medical reason.
and we should also always point out Planned Parenthood is a corporation. just to bug leftists.
Yup, kill babies, kill black babies, Bill and Melinda Gates, Buffet keep funding it...social liberals, whether demoncrat or republican are evil. Only true conservatives have been on the right side of life...
I've noticed that all of the underhanded practices leftists love to attribute to corporations are embraced by Planned Parenthood and its ilk. You know the accusations--big business just cares about profit and doesn't care if people die, yada yada yada. Leftists are masters of projection, if nothing else.
>>>They are as bad as the back alley abortionist that they claim to have replaced!>>>
Absolutely! And you and I support them whenever we make a purchase from any company who supports Planned Parenthood.
Pray and close down the killing houses.
40 Days for Life starts this week.
It is much, much more than the Abortion Industry, it’s THE BABY KILLING BUSINESS..
An industry, portends an organized effort to accomplish a productive endeavor.. It would be a stretch to defend the murder of anything much less a baby, although I would love to see them try, as a productive endeavor..
Anything less than to legally dispatch death-row murderers, would be indefensible to justify..
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