While Kansas legislators attempt to tighten their state regulation on late term abortions, the Philadelphia, PA Health Department has recently acted to prevent unsafe abortions, a step in the right direction to protect women and children considering abortion. You can read both stories and more below.
Counties are authorized to regulate clinics very aggressively to protect its citizens from harm. At present, many states and counties are tougher on McDonald's and International House of Pancakes than they are on so-called medical clinics that exclusively provide abortions.
PA Health Dept. Acts To Prevent Abortions At Unsafe Clinic
March 19, 2010
Philadelphia, PA - On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health took action to ensure that no other abortionist will begin operating at Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic because the facility itself presents a danger to the public.
Gosnell's clinic was raided on February 22, 2010, when authorities discovered filthy and unsafe conditions, along with a collection of aborted babies that stretched by 30 years. Gosnell has been implicated in the abortion deaths of two women along with a lengthy history of botched abortions. Gosnell is known to have operated an abortion clinic illegally prior to Roe v. Wade.
The States of Pennsylvania and Delaware have since suspended Gosnell's medical licenses on an emergency basis.
The Health Department is seeking an order prohibiting abortions at Gosnell's clinic because of dangerous conditions found there. The office has no access for a stretcher in the case of an emergency. In previous emergencies, care was delayed because exit doors were padlocked shut or blocked with debris from the clinic.
Other infractions included the lack of emergency resuscitation equipment. A deficiency report noted that the only source of suction for patients with airway tubes was the same suction machine used for abortions. Filthy and unsanitary conditions were also cited.
Calls made by an Operation Rescue investigator to Gosnell's clinic today were not answered, message boxes were full, and a number for second trimester abortion inquiries for "Ben Gosnell" had been disconnected.
KS Legislators Will Attempt To Tighten Late-term Abortion Law
Topeka, KS - Pro-life lawmakers are drafting legislation that would require that abortionists report the actual reasons for abortions after 22 weeks. The bill will also allow women or the women's families to sue abortionists for doing the risky abortions for reasons not allowable by law.
The nation's largest late-term abortion clinic once operated in Wichita, Kansas, where late-second and third trimester abortions occurred weekly. It was discovered during an investigation that such abortions were done for frivolous mental health reasons. The state has no record of any late-term abortions being done to save the mother's life or even protect her physical health.
Kansas law specifically prohibits abortions after viability unless the mother's life is threatened or she risks "substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. That law has been interpreted to include mental health risks as long as the mental health risk poses the same "substantial and irreversible impairment."