Marjorie Dannenfelser

In the last year, an abortion clinic in Charlotte was labeled “an imminent threat to the health and safety of patients” after the health department found dead insects, blood splatters and dirty surgical instruments inside. Another clinic, the FemCare abortion clinic in Asheville was cited for 23 “egregious” health violations, including that the operating room floor and beds were dirty, the anesthesia masks were torn and held together with tape, there was no resuscitator available, and emergency equipment was not regularly checked to make sure it worked. FemCare had not been inspected in more than seven years.

North Carolina women deserve better – and if Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry really wanted to take women’s health seriously, they would confront these problems. But with abortion services bringing in anywhere from $350 to $550 per procedure, it is not hard to see why they’re fighting increased scrutiny. They want to avoid – at all cost – any impact on their bottom line, including loss of revenue.

In an effort to turn the argument around, pro-abortion advocates are falling back on their preferred “war on women” line of attack.

But per usual, this argument doesn’t hold any water. It was pro-life woman leaders in the North Carolina state house, including Representatives Ruth Samuelson and Jacquelyn Schaffer, who fought so admirably for the Health and Safety Changes Act. They stood up for the dignity and safety of women precisely because they understand where the real war on women is taking place.

The clinics of Kermit Gosnell, Douglas Karpen, and the sites of other abortion clinic horrors uncovered nationwide are the real front lines of the war on women. These incidents have made clear that the abortion industry cannot be prevailed upon to police itself, and we will continue to see tragedy for women so long as Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the like champion unfettered access to unsafe abortion and call it “health care.”

For North Carolina’s political leaders, not only is opposing these common sense measures a moral mistake, it is a political one as well. In Washington, Senator Kay Hagan has already flat out refused to support a compassionate, reasonable limit to late-term abortions past 20 weeks.

To speak out so boldly on such popular legislation shows just who Senator Hagan is reporting to these days – that’s the abortion lobby, not the people of the Tar Heel state. 22

North Carolina women deserve better. The nation was rocked by the horrors of the Gosnell abortion clinic in Philadelphia, but we have our own “Gosnells” in North Carolina. The need for abortion clinic reforms was never greater. These facilities have been allowed to operate in our state with little supervision for too long. Now is the time for change whether the abortion industry likes it or not.

Marjorie Dannenfelser

Marjorie Dannenfelser is President of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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