On Friday, a federal appeals court decided to uphold an 18-year-old Kentucky law that requires abortion clinics to have a written agreement in place with local hospitals and ambulance services in the event of a medical emergency.
“EMW and Planned Parenthood have failed to make a clear showing that both of their abortion facilities would close if (the laws) go into effect,” the judges said in the 2-1 ruling.
“(We) must presume that the Inspector General will consider waiver applications in good faith and will not act ‘simply to make it more difficult for (women) to obtain an abortion,’” the ruling said.
Of course, abortion providers and their supporters argue that this simple safety precaution infringes on a woman’s right to an abortion.
“Abortion providers should not have to jump through medically irrelevant hoops to keep their clinic doors open. We will continue to fight to make sure that people are able to get the care they need,” Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, said.
A requirement that abortion clinics have a relationship with local hospitals and ambulance services makes sense. After all, any medical procedure, regardless of how safe it is, has a certain amount of risk, abortion included.
But abortion activists have worked long and hard to make women and the general public believe that having an abortion is no different than visiting the dentist for wisdom teeth extraction and the abortion pill is safer than Tylenol.
That just simply isn’t the case.
Abortion is a dangerous medical procedure—especially since most of the physicians who work within the abortion industry usually are unqualified to do anything else in the medical field, and abortion clinics have been known to use untrained, unlicensed staff to complete transvaginal ultrasounds, provide anesthesia and perform other medical procedures.
Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood employee, shared with The Daily Citizen about her experience and the consistent negligence that she saw.
“I worked at Planned Parenthood for eight years, and our medical director never once set foot in our facility,” Johnson said.
When asked who is actually at most Planned Parenthood clinics, Johnson said, “Mostly unlicensed health care assistants, they’re not even medical assistants. I don’t have any sort of medical credentialling. We did everything—we did the ultrasounds, the follow ups, we handed out pills…Our charts for abortions were charted weeks later. Our medication abortion patients never saw a doctor…We used everything off-label.”
“We were giving injections, I started IVs,” after a pause, Johnson admitted, “I pushed anesthesia, which is totally illegal.”
“Ladies, do you want the person scheduling your appointment to do your transvaginal ultrasound?” Sue Thayer, another former Planned Parenthood employee who worked in a clinic for 18 years, said in the same interview. “If you’re breathing you can do it. Todd, my former boss, asked me to do a transvaginal ultrasound. I told him, ‘I can’t do a transvaginal ultrasound Todd.’ He said, ‘If you are breathing you can do it, it’s a lot like using a joystick in a video game.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t play video games.’”
The environment is rife with potential negligence and potential medical emergencies.
“There’s no accountability for these doctors. Even when some of us have come forward, I’ve gone in front of the Texas Medical Board to report obvious violations, and nothing. They’re not held accountable. We have proof of Medicaid fraud. Nothing. There’s no accountability or repercussions,” Johnson said.
Hopefully, this decision will give new life to similar legislation across the country.
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