Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Abortion: An Unregulated Industry

Kermit Gosnell is an abortionist. Or at least he was.

The 69-year-old man’s medical license was recently suspended in Pennsylvania and Delaware. When prolifers claim abortion is one of the most unregulated industries in America, Kermit Gosnell is Exhibit A.

Gosnell has been aborting children and hurting pregnant women since before Roe v. Wade. He was a researcher on a failed abortion experiment in 1972 when a couple of abortionists tried to use a new device called the “super-coil” to terminate the second-trimester pregnancies of 15 poor women. An investigation of the experiment found that 9 of the 15 women suffered serious complications.

While performing an abortion in 2000, he perforated the uterus of a woman named Semika Shaw and she died 3 days later. Gosnell settled a suit brought on behalf of Shaw’s two living children which claimed he failed to tell her to seek emergency care.

Over the years, 46 civil lawsuits have been filed against Gosnell. One woman was awarded $5,000 after a court case revealed Gosnell left an arm and leg of her unborn child inside of her and almost killed her.

In November of 2009, a woman receiving a late-term abortion at his clinic died from a heart arrhythmia after being heavily medicated by one of Gosnell’s unlicenced employees.

Yet, despite all of this Gosnell’s license wasn’t suspended until federal agents raided his clinic looking for evidence that Gosnell was illegally prescribing prescription pain-killers. The agents were so disgusted by the conditions in the clinic, they informed the state health department. The state health department did their own investigation and found the clinic to be “deplorable and unsanitary.” They found, among other atrocities, “blood on the floor, and parts of aborted fetuses displayed in jars."

How was Gosnell allowed to run this unsanitary clinic for so long? In Pennsylvania, the health department isn’t required to inspect abortion clinics unless they’re just opening or relocating. This allowed Gosnell to operate in deplorable conditions while killing unborn children and endangering women’s lives for decades without ever being inspected by the state’s health department.

The reaction of pro-abortion groups to the horrors of Gosnell’s clinic was unbelievable. Instead of admitting the problems an unregulated abortion industry can cause and calling for more regulations, they claim the real problem is that Pennsylvania’s tax dollars don’t pay for abortions. At least one Pennsylvania legislator is hoping to change this situation. State Representative Matthew Baker has informed the media that he plans on attempting to require unannounced inspections of all abortion clinics in Pennsylvania.

Until then, authorities will never know how many Kermit Gosnell type “clinics” are operating in their state.

In Michigan, we want all to know abortion is not worthy of a woman. If you are pregnant and looking for help, call 1-800 57 WOMAN. Michigan has numerous pregnancy centers providing free assistance.