It has long been suspected that the abortion industry in New York is essentially an unregulated operation. There are some rules and regulations on the books that require certain minimal health and safety conditions at clinics, and requirements that clinics be licensed. But up until now, it wasn’t known whether the government ever enforced these rules.
Now we know. They don’t enforce them. They obviously don’t care about health and safety inside abortion clinics. It’s clearly an untouchable industry.
Last year, the Chiaroscuro Foundation, a staunch pro-life organization, filed Freedom of Information requests with the New York City and New York State Health Departments, asking them for information about inspections of abortion clinics in New York City. The City Health Department immediately ducked, claiming that they have never done an inspection because, they claim, only the State has jurisdiction.
The State Health Department dragged their feet, and eventually the Chiaroscuro Foundation had to sue them to get access to the public records. After much wrangling in court, the State produced some records, and what they contained was truly appalling. Here’s how Chiaroscuro described it:
The New York State Health Department has failed to inspect the majority of the state’s estimated 225 abortion clinics and several of the clinics that have been inspected were cited for cringeworthy violations, according to Freedom of Information Law documents obtained by the Chiaroscuro Foundation.
Over the course of more than a decade, there were zero inspections of unlicensed clinics offering abortion services and of the state’s 25 licensed clinics, eight of those clinics were not inspected at all. A mere 45 inspections were conducted over that time period and no clinics were inspected on an annual basis.
The 17 clinics that did receive inspections revealed disturbing violations, including an Anesthesiologist cited for relying on a broken monitor to assess the patient’s vital signs, failure to ensure a registered professional nurse is present in the recovery room to monitor post-operative patients and unsanitary practices of reusing suction tubing for aspiration of human contents. The State Health Department has refused to disclose the names of the clinics who committed violations, making it impossible for women to know which clinics are sanitary and safe…
There were 1,145,261 abortions performed in New York City from 2000-2012 a total of 1,515,108 in New York State from 2000-2012.
Click on this link to the description of the actual inspection violations that were found, if you have a strong stomach.
Now think about this for a minute:
No inspections of unlicensed clinics in the last decade. None.
No routine annual inspections of any clinics. None.
And only now, after a decade of neglect of their duties, a year after receiving the FOIL request, but within days of being publicly embarrassed in the New York Post, the State Health Department is finally scrambling to do inspections — but of only the licensed clinics. The unlicensed places will continue to operate in the shadows with impunity.
And this is the state where the Governor wants to expand access to abortion? Despite being right next door to the state where late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell butchered women and children for years in an un-inspected clinic? Seriously?
The old “pro-choice” mantra was “safe, legal and rare”. They clearly don’t care about rare, and they clearly don’t care about safe. But they sure care a lot about doing whatever it takes to make sure it’s “legal” — regardless of the risks to women and children.