Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition.
A Durham abortion facility became the third to close down either temporarily or permanently last week due to health violations. In the wake of the horror stories that came out of the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia, states across the nation are taking action to protect women from the filthy conditions and dangerous practices occurring inside America’s abortion clinics.
Like other states, North Carolina has been anxious to ensure it is not the sight of the next Gosnell – sloppy abortions on filthy tables, with old, dirty, and broken instruments, and drugged and dazed “patients” “recovering” in blood-stained recliners. Thus, in July, the General Assembly passed a bill to clean up abortion clinics by adopting new rules, and the Governor signed it into law.
The abortion industry is throwing a tantrum over the new regulations which, in North Carolina’s case, will be drafted this fall by the Department of Health & Human Services. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and their ilk are fighting tooth and nail. They argue that the financial cost associated with raising the health and safety standards and bringing clinics up to the code of ambulatory surgical centers is enough to “regulate them out of existence.”
These cries are disingenuous at best. The abortion industry’s unwillingness to invest to get their facilities in order reveals their much ignored priority: profiting from abortion even at the expense of women's health.
According to their 2012 annual report, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc., which runs six clinics in North Carolina (two of which perform abortions), has over $10.1 million in net assets. Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, Inc. runs three of the state’s clinics (two perform abortions) and has over $5.2 million in net assets.
This means that North Carolina’s affiliates of America’s largest abortion provider have more than $15 million in net assets to comply with any and all regulations. Not too shabby for an organization that has been classified as a charity in the state and receives a substantial amount in government funding.
As the standard-bearer in Big Abortion, Planned Parenthood – which last year performed a record 333,964 abortions nationwide – is responsible for setting industry trends and expectations. Instead, Planned Parenthood spends its time and resources fighting common sense regulations to combat real threats to women’s health.