Did you see the movie or read the book Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer? If so, you have an idea of how disgusting, dirty, and dangerous abortion clinics can get when not subjected to regular inspections by state health departments. If you didn’t see the movie or read the book, I encourage you to go HERE to learn for yourself how these “women’s health clinics” really care for their patients.
We have learned that our local Planned Parenthood facility (3480 Centennial Blvd) which provides surgical and chemical abortions is not subject to any state health department inspections. There is no telling what kind of conditions exist in that clinic, whether the employees are appropriately trained, whether the equipment is sterile and in good working order, or whether the records are maintained in accordance with HIPAA regulations.
Because this knowledge surprised and outraged us, we asked that this facility be added to a national online database of clinic information called Checkmyclinic.org.
Checkmyclinic.org (CMC) is a centralized information center useful for anyone seeking information regarding violations or safety concerns at abortion facilities throughout the United States. The web site is a tool to help women and couples to make informed decisions. The site also offers information about Federally Qualified Health Centers which offer a much broader menu of health services than abortion facilities for low-income and inadequately insured clients.
Ironically, tanning salons and restaurants are subject to greater oversight by government agencies than facilities performing invasive and life-threatening abortions. And it isn’t only the clients who are in danger in these uninspected, unregulated facilities; employees can be affected by these unsafe conditions as well. CMC offers the added benefit of making current abortion facility workers aware of any violations that could put them at risk as well.
So, how does it work? If you were to go to CMC and click on Colorado, you would see that at abortion facilities throughout our state there is no mandatory options counseling, no mandatory sonogram, and no limit on how far along in a woman’s pregnancy she may obtain an abortion. That’s right; a woman may obtain an abortion in Colorado until the moment before delivery.
There is also no requirement that abortion facilities in Colorado meet ambulatory surgical center standards. You would see that the Planned Parenthood – Colorado Springs Westside Clinic, Colorado Springs’ local abortion facility, is not subject to inspection by any state agency including the health department. Abortion doctors are regulated by a separate agency with no connection to the clinics in which they operate.
Don’t the women in our communities deserve to be protected from predatory abortion providers who are not subject to even the most basic health and safety regulations? Are we content to expose our sisters, friends, neighbors, and community members to unregulated healthcare facility conditions when they are at their most vulnerable? Let’s at least commit to spreading the word about Checkmyclinic.org so women in our communities can inform themselves regarding their local facilities. To obtain postcards with Check My Clinic info, email Pikes Peak Citizens for Life.
With sincere thanks to Darlene Hanley-Gaugler for collaborating on this blog piece.