From the desk of WFA president Julaine Appling:continue at Wisconsin Family Action
As the stories broke about the Kermit Gosnell abortion horror, one thing we learned was that the state of Pennsylvania had not inspected his abortion facility for seventeen years. Considering this was a place that purported to be a “clinic” and claimed it dealt with “women’s health” and performed surgical procedures that generally required some form of anesthesia that seems to be an outrageous amount of time with no state inspection.
So, how long do you think it’s been since any of the four remaining Wisconsin abortion facilities have had an inspection? Surely it can’t be as long as 17 years, can it? The answer to that question is, who knows how long it has been? Apparently, there are no records available that clearly tell us when any of these abortion facilities was last inspected. As ridiculous as that may sound, it’s the truth. And the bottom line is we have no idea what really goes on in those abortion places.
We’ve made some real and substantial progress on incrementally controlling and regulating abortion in the Badger State over the last 3 years with bills requiring abortionists to ascertain as best they can that the woman is not being coerced, outlawing web-cam abortions, and most recently requiring that a woman seeking an abortion have an ultrasound and that abortionists must have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortions are being conducted.
But one area we have not addressed is the inspection of abortion facilities. Surely it should be carefully considered and soon, while the Gosnell atrocity is fresh on everyone’s mind. We could have a Gosnell situation brewing right in our own state and not know. That’s not a risk we should take.