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“Deplorable and Unsanitary Conditions”

Posted by John Jansen (February 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm)

gosnellLast week, authorities made a shocking discovery while investigating a West Philadelphia abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell where a woman died following an abortion in November 2009.

In Gosnell’s office, they found two dozen frozen fetuses.

On Sunday, Gosnell’s license was suspended, with the suspension order detailing “deplorable and unsanitary conditions” that made his practice “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”

Today, on the pro-choice blog RH Reality Check, Rachel Larris has a post on Gosnell and the woman who died at his facility in November (the woman is identified by the Philadelphia Inquirer as Karnamaya Mongar).

Who does Larris blame for the woman’s death?

Why, pro-lifers, of course.

Larris writes:

The likely victim has been identified by the Inquirer and her story reminds us that she only turned to a clinic like Dr. Gosnell’s after being turned away from clinics in both Virginia and Maryland. Her struggle to get the abortion she and her family desired is exactly why outlawing abortion will never make it disappear and precisely why it should be legally practiced in safe, clean medical facilities. …

The Inquirer reports that according the order, an unlicensed employee may have distributed painkillers to Mongar. If the anti-choice movement had not been so successful in limiting abortion services the victim should have been able to get an abortion at a clinic in her state of Virginia or in Maryland. But reading about her case in the Philadelphia Inquirer shows the lengths to which women will go to terminate a pregnancy if needed. [emphasis added]

So, according to Larris, pro-life legislators in Virginia who have required that abortions past the first trimester must be performed in hospitals [PDF] share the blame for this woman’s death.

(For the record, Maryland does not have similar restrictions on where abortions past the first trimester can be performed. The Inquirer article merely quotes Mongar’s sister, Damber Ghalley, as saying, “They didn’t want to do it either. They gave the name of the Philadelphia clinic.”)

This makes Larris’ already breathtaking attempt to blame pro-lifers for Mongar’s death all the more asinine.

Equally ridiculous were the words Larris used to open her post: “No one in the pro-choice movement supports dirty healthcare clinics and doctors who practice irresponsible medicine.”


For but one example, how to explain NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Virtual Rally to Support Dr. Leroy Carhart?

Take a look at Carhart’s facility and tell me the word “dirty” doesn’t come to mind.

Someone may also want to point out to Larris that another contributor to RH Reality Check has also written fawningly of Carhart, using words like “courageous” and “caring”.

Toward the end of her post, Larris claims, “Most reproductive healthcare clinics that provide abortion services are professionally run.”





You get the idea.

One wonders if Larris (and advocates of legal abortion generally) have given serious consideration to the possibility that the “deplorable and unsanitary conditions” in abortion facilities like Gosnell’s—not to mention the deaths of women from legal abortion—might be more common than they think.

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13 Responses to ““Deplorable and Unsanitary Conditions””

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  1. Jerry Vilt says:

    What we are up against:

    The abortion industry is BUILT ON DECEPTION; It’s SURVIVAL depends on its ability to HIDE THE TRUTH!

    February 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm
  2. Jerry Vilt says:

    [I inadvertently omitted that the above is a quote from……David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life! (caps. mine).]

    I believe there is a fundamentally deeper cause to above, however.

    February 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm
  3. Christina says:

    If prochoicers are so opposed to filthy dangerous clinics WHY DID THEY REFER HER TO ONE?

    February 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm
  4. Christina says:

    This place in DC does elective abortions to 26 weeks. This one in Cherry Hill, NJ does them to 24 weeks. This one in Philly does them to 20.5 weeks.

    So, those prochoicers at the Maryland abortion clinic had any number of places they could have referred that woman to abort her baby that late in the pregnancy. They CHOSE to send her to a filthy mill that had already killed a woman. But somehow that’s OUR fault?

    Again, if they’re so opposed to filthy, dangerous abortion mills, WHY DID THEY REFER HER TO ONE?

    And another point — If they’re for choice, what about the choice of facilities or doctors to draw the line somewhere? If an abortionist is only comfortable — due to his skill level or his personal squeamishness — only doing abortions up to a certain point in pregnancy, ought that not to be his CHOICE?

    February 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm
  5. mary says:

    That’s pretty typical of abortuaries from what I’ve heard from people in the know. I think the most effective way we have right now of closing these places is to insist they are held strictly to the same health and safety standards as any hospital. That would close at least 70 percent of them immediately because they are usually filthy roach infested dumps.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:16 am
  6. Paula says:

    John- thanks for the links, especially Carhart’s. If I had to take my dog to get his
    nails clipped, and pulled into a place that was so utterly disgusting- I’d turn around and never look back. I wouldn’t trust him with my dog! Pure filth! And women go in voluntarily?! Sad….

    February 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm
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