Representative Chris Smith
2373 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Smith:
It is admirable that you led other Representatives in scolding the media for the lack of coverage of the Kermit Gosnell trial, but I am concerned that your aim is off. Chastising irresponsible reporting, while showing diligence, does not fall within the purview of the federal government. However, regulating interstate commerce very much does.
The Grand Jury in the Kermit Gosnell case found that at least six young women and girls, including the mother of Baby Boy A, had never intended to end up in the hands of Dr. Gosnell They had sought out a member of the most reputable organization of abortion practitioners in the world: the National Abortion Federation (NAF). This organization asserts:
Our member facilities care for more than half the women who choose abortion each year in [North America]. In order to become a member, a facility must complete a rigorous application process. Member facilities must comply with our standards for quality care, updated annually in our Clinical Policy Guidelines, which set the evidence-based standards for abortion care in North America. NAF periodically conducts site visits to confirm that our members are in compliance with our Guidelines.
That any woman should walk into one of this highly lauded organization's member facilities, expecting cleanliness, professionalism, and high standards of care, yet end up doped within inches of her life by a rank amateur and left to moan in pain and anguish on a blood-stained blanket in a filthy “house of horrors” in another state is very much the business of Congress.
Yet those six women who ended up in Gosnell's filthy mill are not the most tragic victims of NAF's false promises. Many have died from inexcusable malpractice. Information about these betrayed women is available at http://cemeteryofchoice.wikispaces.com/National+Abortion+Federation+Deaths.
I urge you to lead responsible members of Congress, both prolife and prochoice, in an investigation of this corrupt organization.
Christina E. Dunigan