Christine Rousselle

While abortion proponents claim they want to make the practice "safe, legal, and rare," a new report by the New York Post shows that dozens of abortion clinics in New York are rarely, if ever, inspected by the state's Health Department.

Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state.

Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years.

A total of just 45 inspections were conducted at all 25 facilities during the 12-year period.

Conversely, restaurants in New York are inspected at least once a year, and tanning salons are inspected on a biyearly basis.

Neglecting to inspect abortion clinics can have deadly consequences. Women's Medical Society, an abortion mill run by Kermit Gosnell, was not inspected between 1993 and 2010. During this time, Gosnell committed unspeakable horrors and practiced unsafe medical procedures, maiming women regularly.

Abortion clinics shouldn't be treated with less scrutiny than tanning salons. There's nothing safe about not inspecting a clinic.

Update: A statement from Live Action's founder Lila Rose sums things up nicely.

“Live Action went to New York for our Inhuman investigation for a reason: this is one of America's most pro-abortion states, with an outrageously high abortion rate and next to nothing in the law to protect mothers and their babies from the industry's profit-hungry vultures. The Inhuman project showed hideous crimes being perpetrated at an abortion center in the Bronx, yet when we called for an official investigation, the state stonewalled us at every turn.

These filthy killing centers maim mothers and destroy their babies for money, and the state does nothing. There is no excuse for this sort of negligence, especially in the wake of mass-murdering Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania and ‘Gosnell-like conditions’ at Planned Parenthood of Delaware. New York is being exposed once again as a partner in the full-throttle attack on the most basic of human rights.”


Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle is a web editor with Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter at @crousselle.

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