This morning in the news (http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/health-science/item/28476-pa-lawmakers-expected-to-consider-tougher-regulation-of-abortion-clinics) I read that in Pennsylvania, the House is considering a bill that would require abortion clinics to operate under the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers. Now most people would say, aren’t they already required to meet certain standards? The answer is NO!
Abortion, the most common surgical procedure performed on women in the USA, is also the most unregulated.
Think about it: You go to the doctor and find out you need minor surgery for, let’s say, a torn meniscus. What happens next? Well, the doctor explains the procedure in detail and tells you what to expect as you recuperate. He or she then sends you to the hospital about a week before the procedure for tests like blood work, chest X-ray, etc. The day of your surgery, you report to the ambulatory surgical center and meet with the doctor and the anesthesiologist. After your surgery, the doctor speaks to you or a family member, and then you are scheduled for a follow-up visit.
This is just standard care, but it is NOT what happens in an abortion clinic, where women usually do not see the doctor until they are on the table, feet in the stirrups! The doctor performing the abortion doesn’t have to be a specialist in OB/GYN. In fact, many of these abortion doctors have lost their licenses in other states. After the procedure, the women never see the doctor again. Oh, and there is no anesthesiologist.
It seems that most people would say abortion clinics should have to meet the same standards as any other ambulatory surgical center. Then why is it that the abortion supporters, like N.O.W. or Planned Parenthood, just to name a few, fight any suggestion to regulate abortion clinics. They claim to be concerned about women’s health, so why fight efforts to clean up the act of these abortion clinics? They claim it will limit access to abortion, which is nonsense. What these regulations will do is require these clinics to get their act together and provide better care for women.
In many states, there are laws on the books for veterinary clinics that require a certain standard of care for our pets, yet abortion gets a free pass.
Think about it.