On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health took action to ensure that no other abortionist will begin operating at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion clinic because the facility itself presents a danger to the public.
Gosnell’s clinic was raided on February 22, 2010, when authorities discovered filthy and unsafe conditions, along with a collection of aborted babies that stretched by 30 years. Gosnell has been implicated in the abortion deaths of two women along with a lengthy history of botched abortions. Gosnell is known to have operated an abortion clinic illegally prior to Roe v. Wade.
The dead women were Semika Shirelle Shaw and Karnamaya Mongar. Read more about Gosnell's "back alley butcher" days here.
The Health Department is seeking an order prohibiting abortions at Gosnell’s clinic because of dangerous conditions found there. The office has no access for a stretcher in the case of an emergency. In previous emergencies, care was delayed because exit doors were padlocked shut or blocked with debris from the clinic.
Other infractions included the lack of emergency resuscitation equipment. A deficiency report noted that the only source of suction for patients with airway tubes was the same suction machine used for abortions. Filthy and unsanitary conditions were also cited.
But here's the clincher:
Even Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation has thrown Gosnell under the bus. She says that the NAF recently denied Gosnell affiliation because of nineteen “extensive” violations of NAF guidelines were discovered during an inspection last December.
Why didn't NAF report this guy?
Okay, to some extent it would have been closing the barn door after the horse got out, but still, you'd think two dead patients and deplorable conditions like those described would have merited something more than "You don't quite fit NAF standards." Not that being good enough for NAF is necessarily a ringing endorsement. In fact, considering some of the cesspools they've allowed to enter and remain in the fold, it should be an automatic call to the health department if they don't even measure up to NAF standards, which are low enough that a snake would bump his head trying to slither under them.
Just one quip in closing:
Saporta was “dumbfounded” to learn that Gosnell had been telling reporters that the NAF found his clinic to be clean.
Let's see -- He kills babies for a living, he was party to Harvey Karman's quackery, he ran a filthy place, and he let two patients die horrible deaths. But Vicki Saporta is "dumbfounded" about him saying he'd passed a NAF inspection? It reminds me of this exchange from Arsenic and Old Lace:
Mortimer: Aunt Abby, how can I believe you? There are twelve men down in the cellar and you admit you poisoned them.
Aunt Abby: Yes, I did. But you don't think I'd stoop to telling a fib.