Activists and some news outlets have expressed anxiety over reports that Texas abortion facilities are closing because they fail to meet new regulations enacted by Texas last year. These reasonable standards were recently upheld by the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The National Journal reported, “The added difficulty of finding qualified doctors, getting new licenses, and navigating state health department regulations is a hurdle higher than most closed clinics are likely to clear.”
Shouldn’t abortionists be qualified and abortion facilities regulated? That’s a no-brainer. One MSNBC reporter lamented that “Texas women are running out of options.” Well, what kind of options are they running out of, exactly? Unsafe, unregulated ones?
Few are aware of the atrocities that women have suffered in under-regulated, unsafe abortion clinics. Karnamaya Mongar, for example, died of a drug overdose and cardiac arrest at Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s squalid abortion facility – a facility that remained uninspected for seventeen years in the name of not “putting a barrier up to women” despite complaints and reports of malpractice, injuries, and deaths. Then there’s Tonya Reaves who died of hemorrhaging after an abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood in July 2012. Most recently, Lakisha Wilson died this March of cardiac or respiratory arrest after a botched late-term abortion of her five-month-old unborn child. These are just three cases of the many women who have died as a result of legal abortion. Not to mention the many more women who have been physically injured by abortion.