Has anyone heard of Dr., and I use this terms loosely, Kermit Gosnell? No? Shocking!!
Dr. Gosnell ran an abortion clinic in the inner city in Pennsylvania. Essentially, he would take poor women who were minorities and give them subpar medical treatement that usually landed them a venereal disease, a ruptured uterus, or death itself. In addition, he routinely killed viable babies at his clinic, with a grizzly trail of evidences all around the clinic. However, white women seemed to fair much better under Dr. Gosnells treatment.
The first line of defense for these poor minority women was the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The departments job was to audit hospitals and outpatient medical facilities like Gosnells, to make sure they follow the rules and provide safe care. The Department had contact with the Woman's Medical Society dating back to 1979, when it first issued approval to open an abortion clinic. It did not conduct another site review until 1989, ten years later. Numerous violations were already apparent but Gosnell got a pass because he promised to "fix" them. Site reviews were again held in 1992 and 1993 and they also noted various violations, but again failed to ensure they were corrected. After 1993, the Pennsylvania Department of Health decided for political reasons to stop inspecting abortions clinics at all.
Bizzarely, Gosnell petitioned for admission to the NAF, which was the association for abortion providers, only to be denied. He was denied due to insanitary conditions, records that were not properly kept, patients not properly monitored, and misuse of anesthesia. Although the NAF rejected Gosnell, it failed to notifiy anyone else of the conditions of the clinic in question. My guess is that Gosnell figured that the state had turned a blind eye to his clinic, so perhaps the NAF would do the same, all in the name of unlimited access to abortions.
This about sums it all up for me. "Bureaucratic inertia is not exactly news. We understand that, but we think this was something more. We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion."
So why is this not front page news? Where is the NAACP? Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? Where is our fearless leader in the Oval Office? They are as siltent about this as the screams of the viable infants killed in Dr. Gosnells death clinic.