“I have a problem believing it is reasonable for anyone to travel 150 miles for medical care when they could get the medical care closer,” U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said.
“medical care”? Seriously?
At the Kermit Gosnell baby-murder mill in Philadelphia, Karnamaya Mongar died in part due to the inability of paramedics to negotiate the halls. According to the Grand Jury report, “[T]here might have been some slim hope of reviving Mrs. Mongar. The paramedics were able to generate a weak pulse. But, because of the cluttered hallways and the padlocked emergency door, it took them over twenty minutes just to find a way to get her out of the building.”
She wasn’t the only one. When Gosnell’s clinic was raided three months later, ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but emergency personnel discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients. Clinics must have doors, elevators, and other passages adequate to allow stretcher-borne patients to be carried to a street-level exit. Gosnell’s clinic, with its narrow, twisted passageways, could not accommodate a stretcher at all.
Abortion is not health care. Neither is Douglas Karpen’s twisting the heads off newborn babies in Houston.
The only reason anyone would be travelling 150 miles for a surgical procedure instead of getting that procedure done closer is because there is no facility closer that meets surgical facility standards.
Currently in many states, a physician may teleconference with a patient and remotely open a drawer that contains abortion drugs in a clinic in another state. This is done because abortionists are not readily available in every location.
Some abortionists that don’t do regular Ob/Gyn work do not have admitting privileges at any hospital and therefore cannot manage the complications of their own procedures.
Abortion clinics are currently not regulated by the same organizations that regularly audit and inspect hospitals and surgical centers (Joint Commissions inspects hospitals regularly, and they are VERY picky). See jointcommission.org/about_us/about_the_joint_commission_main.aspx. And you can see from this story, that Joint Commissions does not inspect abortion facilities: ncregister.com/daily-news/gosnell-trial-highlights-media-and-regulatory-failure-to-react-to-abortion/.
What happens when no one regulates abortion clinics? Gosnell (Philadelphia) and Karpen (Houston) are Exhibits A and B.