Gosnell's abortion atrocities no 'aberration'


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Gosnell’s abortion atrocities no 'aberration’
Kirsten Powers


2013/04/29

“If I talk, maybe people will make sure it won’t happen again.”

That’s what 20-year-old Desiree Hawkins told me last week as she recounted the horror of visiting abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell in December 2009. …

Hawkins experienced betrayal anew when she read the grand jury report replete with testimony of government officials admitting they ignored repeated complaints about Gosnell because they didn’t want to limit access to abortion.

Said Hawkins, “What really got me was when the (health department official) just said, ‘People die.’ They just decided to look the other way.” …

Abortion rights advocates have asserted that Gosnell was an “extreme outlier” and opposed legislation to increase regulation of Pennsylvania abortion clinics as they have in other states. But how could they possibly know that this is an aberration?

Last week, Ohio officials shut down an abortion clinic after inspectors found that a medical assistant administered narcotics to five patients, that narcotics and powerful sedatives weren’t properly accounted for, that pharmacy licenses had expired and that four staff members hadn’t been screened for a communicable disease.

This month, a Delaware TV station reported that two Planned Parenthood nurses resigned in protest over conditions at a clinic there. One nurse, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, said, “It was just unsafe. I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was.”

Last month, Maryland officials shut down three abortion clinics, two for failings in their equipment and training to deal with life-threatening complications.

Last year, an Associated Press investigation found that Illinois hadn’t inspected some abortion clinics for 10 to 15 years. After state health officials reinvigorated their clinic inspections in the wake of Gosnell, inspectors closed two clinics, including one fined for “failure to perform CPR on a patient who died after a procedure,” according to AP.

Indeed, the grand jury found that the National Abortion Federation inspected Gosnell’s clinic, refused to certify him, but didn’t tell anyone. Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood representative Dayle Steinberg has admitted that its officials knew the clinic was unsafe after women complained.

This is one of those articles I wish I could post in its entirety! Powers has obviously been following this developing national scandal of government neglect and refusal to protect patients for political reasons. And she connects in this more dots than I knew of or remembered. To be honest, the scale and scope of this is starting to exceed my worst expectations of what might be going in some abortuaries! In less than 3 years, abortuary Hell-Holes have been discovered and exposed in 5 states. As Powers suggests, it is almost certain that there will be more such gruesome revelations to come, possibly many more.


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6,000 Complaints Lodged Against Late-Term Abortionist LeRoy Carhart
by Dr. Susan Berry


2013/04/28

Over 6,000 citizen complaints against late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart were delivered last Wednesday to the Maryland Board of Physicians by representatives of Students for Life of America following the death of 28-year old Jennifer Morbelli.

A formal complaint was filed on February 19th by Operation Rescue, seeking the revocation of Carhart’s license in the death of Morbelli, who sought a late-term abortion at Carhart’s clinic in Germantown, Maryland. Morbelli was 33 weeks into her pregnancy with her pre-born daughter, Madison, who was diagnosed with a seizure disorder.

Following her abortion on February 6th, Carhart left Maryland and could not be reached by Morbelli’s family when her condition deteriorated later that evening. The next day, Morbelli was taken to Shady Grove Hospital where she eventually died from massive internal bleeding. The hospital staff were also unable to reach Carhart, which complicated and delayed both diagnosis of her condition and appropriate treatment.

Carhart was involved in the death of another third-trimester abortion patient, Christin Gilbert, a young woman with Down Syndrome who reportedly became pregnant as a result of a rape in 2005. Carhart performed Gilbert’s abortion when he was employed by abortionist George Tiller at the Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas.

In 2009, four former employees of Carhart’s came forward to tell of unsafe and illegal practices at his Bellevue, Nebraska abortion clinic, including unsanitary conditions, missing narcotics, and illegal post viability abortions. The case against him, however, was dismissed.

This seems to be more about the MD situation Powers cited in her article. And extends the record of Hell-Hole exposures back another year, to 2009, and to another state she didn’t mention, NE.

Seemingly solid rock can be penetrated by dripping water and by wind-blown grit.


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One nurse, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, said, “It was just unsafe. I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was.”

Abortion is always unsafe to the unborn.


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This appears to be an update on those abortuaries mentioned in the OP article. Or maybe it four other MD abortuaries that are being shut down:

Four Maryland abortion clinic licenses suspended: woman died at one clinic
by John Jalsevac
LifeSiteNews.com
Fri May 24, 2013 16:37 EST

But just today the state released documents revealing that the clinics had once again lost their licenses after inspectors discovered that all four clinics routinely administered the drug Misoprostol to cause abortions in women who were past 11 weeks gestation, “even if the patient has not be evaluated by a physician, and even if no physician is available on site.”

In their own press release announcing their re-opening in March, Associates in OB/GYN Care had said they only provide non-surgical abortions up to nine weeks.

The state also discovered that an employee with no medical training had administered misoprostol to induce an abortion, and had also performed an ultrasound on a woman who was pregnant with “multiple” babies, and whose uterus therefore measured 22 weeks. When the abortionist did arrive, he declined to perform the abortion telling the woman that “this facility is not equipped to do this procedure safely.” He then offered her a referral to OB/GYN Care’s Frederick facility.

Acording to the Department of Health, staff at the facility “provided no written discharge instructions.” Additionally, “the patient’s medical record did not accurately describe what occurred and what was discussed with the patient during the encounter.”

The thing that’s sad in this - beyond the obvious fact of babies being killed - is that either these abortuary workers and their management don’t understand the need for qualified people and safe, sanitary facilities and equipment, or they think they should be above the law. And this oufit - like Gosnell - is not a fly-by-night son-of-the-back-alley-butcher outfit. This outfit, like Gosnell, Carhartt and other such are in the mainsteam as abortuaries go!


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One of the arguments used for legalized unlimited abortions was that “back alley” abortions were unsafe. Abortion rights protesters routinely carried coat hangers to highlight this point.

Shouldn’t these same people be out protesting these unsafe clinics?


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Here’s more info related to the article I posted yesterday:

12 of 16 Maryland Abortion Facilities Found With State Health Violations
by Dr. Susan Berry


2013/05/28

Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOH) announced on Friday that 12 of 16 abortion clinics inspected in the state failed to meet the state’s safety regulations, the most recent of which went into effect in July of 2012.

LifeSiteNews reports that Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland DOH, said one of the most common violations discovered was the “failure to maintain a sanitary environment at all times and to consistently use chemical indicator strips in sterilized equipment packing.”

In addition, violations included “failure to obtain information about the professional credentials of physicians on staff from the National Practitioner Data Bank,” and “failure to include a discharge diagnosis in the medical record.”

At the Maryland abortion clinic of late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, state investigators discovered eight pages of violations, including a registered nurse whose license had expired, nurses without proper training in administering drugs, and failure to train staff in emergency transfer of patients to the hospital.

Most of the Maryland abortion clinics were permitted to remain open after providing satisfactory plans of corrected procedures that would bring their facilities in compliance with state regulations.

ROLC, they’re too busy concocting hare-brained narratives blaming Gosnell, et al, on Pro-Life people.