October 31, 2017
In the abortion debate, there aren't many areas where the two sides agree. But shouldn't women's safety be one of them? Whole Woman's Health doesn't think so, and its latest inspection report proves it. The company's network of abortion centers is making headlines in Texas for subjecting mothers to third-world conditions that show just how little respect the industry has for the women it claims to protect.
Over a six-year period, the Texas Department of State Health Services stumbled on one horrifying scene after another in the group's chain of facilities. Despite raking in millions from its abortion business, Whole Women's Health didn't spend any of it ensuring that women had a safe or clean experience. They were grisly scenes for investigators, who, unfortunately, are used to the disgusting conditions of many abortion businesses. Health workers found dirty and rusty equipment, tools that had been used on multiple patients without being disinfected, bloody suction machines, and staff that weren't trained or licensed for the procedures they were performing.
"A 2016 report on the McAllen, Texas facility notes a counter so warped it 'was no longer a wipeable surface, which could harbor bacteria and infectious matter.' The reports also show cracks, rips, and tears on exam tables' covers" and other holes that inspectors thought rodents were using to enter the facility, the Washington Free Beacon reports. Lethal prescriptions in one of the Austin locations were completely unaccounted for, and a Beaumont center didn't even have a registered nurse on staff -- a blatant violation of Texas law.
As FRC's Arina Grossu points out, this is what happens when restaurants and tanning salons are more closely regulated than the abortion industry. "Anyone who cares about women's health and safety should want abortion facilities to be frequently inspected, no matter what their position is on abortion... [J]ust because it has to do with a hot-button topic doesn't mean that the abortion industry should get a free pass."
Like most of the industry, groups like Whole Women's Health say they care about women but refuse to prove it with common-sense standards. Other abortion tycoons, like Planned Parenthood, refuse to spare the money to upgrade their systems and instead blow millions of dollars in court fighting to keep their business's shoddy standards in place.
While the CEO of Whole Women's Health has insisted "there is no safety problem around abortion in Texas," her own network is exposing mothers to an environment most people wouldn't want their pets in. Unfortunately, these are the effects of the gradual dulling of the senses for people in the abortion industry. If you destroy innocent lives day in and day out, how could you possibly care about the condition of patients? In the end, the only way to justify taking lives is to become calloused to them.
According to Texas officials, agents have flagged and cited this same company for violating safety standards, "some dozens of times." It's time for Washington stop running when the Left yells about a "war on women" and start putting the responsibility for this war where it belongs: on the abortion industry and the pandering politicians who do their bidding.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.