Friday, June 17, 2016

At Least It's Better Than Gosell's Clinic?

I was poking about online today for more documentation in anticipation of an upcoming post on the abortion death of Kelly Morse on June 22, 1992. What I found demonstrated that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is back to ignoring the goings-on inside abortion clinics. The authorities either learned nothing from the Kermit Gosnell fiasco, or they learned that they can get away with appalling lack of oversight for decades on end. I'm guessing that it's the latter. grabbed a screen shot of Google reviews for Hillcrest Women's Medical Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- the clinic where Kelly's fatal abortion was performed. (Click here to see the reviews currently displayed.)

I'll take the reviews in alphabetical order by reviewer name.

Christie says, "This place will not give you the information you need before having an abortion. .... They will even accept clients who are pushed through the doors by a man, crying .. and take her through the process."

Christie's comment on Hillcrest doing abortions even on women who are evidently being forced to go there is in keeping wiht what a prolife protester once told me she'd observed there shortly before the post-abortion suicide of Arlin della Cruz: a clinic escort holding the door open so that a couple could force a crying teen to go inside.

Kaylee went into quite a bit of detail, noting that Hillcrest "reminded me of an animal clinic, it even smelled like one."

Her description of the abortion paints a less than caring picture (exactly as in original):
Once you are in that room it is something you never forget. As you lay on the table... You see all the other girls dead babies blood seeping through the blue cloth that they put you on. The doctor doesn't speak one word to you he just goes and does what he has to do. You don't have the choice to be put to sleep... You hear everything from the Machine he uses... Which actually broke when they went to do mine. The doctor left after he did what he had to do and as I was laying on the table, the nurse cleaned up & the doctor came in several times asking her if she was done yet he had other patients. Nobody had any sympathy there.

Madison also lamented the shortcomings of what passed for counseling: 
This place is awful. Absolutely no compassion for the patients. Staff was rude and was talking about each and every woman that was there after they went back. Absolutely nasty old women. During counseling they rolled their eyes at every question I had asked.
She also had a ghoulish experience in the procedure room (exactly as in original):
The doctor laid out what was removed on a table in front of my poking at it .. I am mortified and I will never get the images out of head.

Vanessa went into the most detail. Like Kaylee, she describes a doctor who is rushing throuh his patients. She goes into more detail (exactly as in original):
The doctor, if that's what you even want to call him, was unprofessional and rushed for time. He showed no compassion for the patients. All he was concerned with was his turnover rate and when he was getting out. "Quickly! Quickly I have places to be after this, I don't have time for this" he shouted to the nurses to get the girls in and out as fast as possible. 
Vanessa's description of the conditions is dismaying:
The facility is dirty and beyond it's time. I felt like I was sitting in an old dusty school. The sink in the ultra sound room looked like there had been blood or fluids splattered on it and then barely wiped clean. The equipment and instruments looked old and outdated.
I'm going to call the state health department (1-877-724-3258) to point out that they are falling short in carrying out their duties, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for the state to take action. They weren't exactly galvanic when Marcella Choung came to them with an eyewitness account of the appalling goings-on at Kermit Gosnell's "house of horrors." I don't expect any better when it comes to Hilldrest.

I'm also not holding my breath waiting for abortion-rights group to get up in arms. "Access" has always trumped safety, and Hillcrest is no exception.

PS: Hillcrest's web site claims that they are accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Either their standards are low or they don't look too closely.

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