If Hillary Clinton had ever set foot in Kermit Gosnell's abortion facility when he was still in business, she probably would have quickly turned that pantsuit around and run quickly away. The place was filthy, the operating tables crusted with blood, the hallways even too narrow to get a gurney through to transport a woman dying from an abortion.
Abortion supporters said Gosnell was an outlier, but he's not. There are other abortionists who regularly send patients to the ER after botched abortions, who have been accused of killing babies born alive after abortions and who have harmed and killed women in the process.
In an interview on MSNBC late last year, Mrs. Clinton said that women's rights are "not only a moral issue and a humanitarian issue, a rights and equality issue, it's a security issue."
True. Protecting women is indeed a security issue. Protecting them from predatory abortionists who would rather make a profit than make sure they have admitting privileges to the nearest hospital is a security issue. Abortion facilities who deem it horrifying to comply with the same standards as every other outpatient surgical facility are subjecting women to subpar and substandard care.
In an ironic yet not surprising twist, the plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case that will be heard on Wednesday, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, Whole Woman's Health is an abortion chain facility that has been caught during health inspections for using rusty, dirty instruments, having the potential for rodent infiltration of the facility and for having "infection control issues."
Why should a woman be subjected to that? Because, again, the abortion industry cares more about making a profit than taking care of women. They would rather women go to subpar abortion facilities than spend the money to comply with the standards of every other outpatient facility.
Earlier this year, Dr. Leroy Carhart, an abortionist in Maryland who runs one of the only late-term abortion facilities in the nation, was asked about this Supreme Court case. He was speaking at an event at Johns Hopkins University and decried the regulations, stating: "As far as like having hospital-type requirements for the clinic, which is what they want, ya know 250 squarefoot surgery rooms, six-foot aisles and six-foot hallways, and it's just ludicrous. It's just not needed."
He was also against admitting privileges. This is coming from a doctor who was unreachable while his 29-year-old abortion patient, Jennifer Morbelli, bled to death after the aborting of her 33-week-old fetus.
Admitting privileges are aimed to protect women from abortionists who mess up and leave them in emergency situations. Admitting privileges improve the continuity of care for patients, ensure a minimum of physician competence, prevent doctor miscommunication and prevent patient abandonment. The ER staff couldn't reach Dr. Carhart, who could have provided explicit details as to what had gone wrong, patient medical history and other necessary information that maybe could have saved Jennifer. Admitting privileges was a security issue for Jennifer when the abortion industry failed her.
In the case of Dr. Gosnell in Philadelphia, Karnamaya Mongar started to turn grey with slowed breathing during the killing of her 19-week-old child, yet Gosnell just continued and then afterwards told his assistant to call 911. The paramedics couldn't get a gurney through the narrow hallways to get Karnamaya out quickly and to the hospital. She died the next day.
The Grand Jury Report about Kermit Gosnell is a horror story in and of itself, but it specifically blamed a lack of enforced safety standards to protect women: "We discovered that Pennsylvania's Department of Health has deliberately chosen not to enforce laws that should afford patients at abortion clinics the same safeguards and assurances of quality healthcare as patients of other medical service providers. Even nail salons in Pennsylvania are monitored more closely for client safety."
So nail salons are cleaner than some abortion facilities? Imagine if a woman walked into a nail salon and found caked blood on the instruments. You can bet she'd never return, tell all her friends and maybe file a report against the business. Yet caked blood was found on the stirrups at Gosnell's facility. Doesn't that make your stomach turn?
It should. Connect the dots to that facility, to the lack of safety standards at that one clinic, to the disgusting health violations of Whole Woman's Health abortion facility and ask why in the world women's rights groups aren't backing common sense laws to protect women.
Kristan Hawkins is president of Students for Life of America. SFLA submitted an amicus brief in Whole Woman's Health vs. Hellerstedt. Thinking of submitting an op-ed to the Washington Examiner? Be sure to read our guidelines on submissions.