Friday, January 21, 2011

When Will Oregon Get Serious About Life-Taking and Life-Threatening Surgeries?

I couldn't say it better, so I'm not going to try. NW Republican:
What kind of government on earth would have turned a blind eye to this kind of horror for more than 20 years?

The case against abortionist Kermit Gosnell and nine associates, including his wife, is so revolting that seemingly nothing could further shock the reader: eight charges of murder, including --according to the grand jury report--"seven specific incidents in which Gosnell or one of his employees severed the spine of a viable baby born alive."

But the second-day stories also paint a picture of "what amounts to a scathing denunciation of state regulatory officials and, to a much lesser degree, the city's public health department," according to Marie McCullough's very thorough story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. ..

Adding to the horror is the sheer brutality and indifference on display and the hapless women whom Gosnell preyed upon...

Instead they "stumbled upon a stench-filled clinic with bags and bottles of aborted fetuses scattered throughout the building," the AP reported. "Gosnell also kept jars of severed feet on his shelves, Williams said. Gosnell also had a taste for macabre jokes, once muttering that a nearly six-pound baby born alive to a 17-year-old who was 7 1/2 months pregnant could 'walk me to the bus stop,' the report said."

According to the grand jury report {which can be read at, Gosnell's staff testified about "scores of gruesome killings" of infants born alive. "These killings became so routine that no one could put an exact number on them," the grand jury report said.
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Under Oregon law the Health Department has no authority to enter an abortion facility.

In Pennsylvania it was POLITICS that allowed this kind of horror to continue.

“Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro,” the grand jury report said.

When the Governor’s office changed hands from pro-life Bob Casey Sr. to “pro-choice” Tom Ridge, according to the grand jury, health officials suddenly concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions.

Will Oregon, this session, adopt a law that will allow health officials authority and oversight on abortion clinics?

I mean COME ON don't some issues rise above politics?
Coyote is right. Not only allow oversight, but require it.

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