“A meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.”That’s how a former nurse at a Delaware Planned Parenthood center
the reality of abortion facility operations in America today.
Abortionists rush procedures at a speed that makes attaining
and ensuring patient safety impossible. They routinely and illegally assign
patient care responsibilities to unlicensed and untrained staff, while
performing abortions in procedure rooms that have not been cleaned and with
instruments that have not been properly sterilized.
numbers, America’s abortionists fail to comply with state and federal laws
intended to ensure the health, safety, and privacy of the women the abortion
industry claims to champion.
This already stark reality will only worsen if the recently
proposed facility guidelines from
the pro-abortion American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) are
applied to the nearly 800
abortion facilities operating in the United States. On May 11,
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) submitted public comments to the proposed
guidelines. We argued that, while they may be appropriate for traditional
OB/GYN and primary care offices, the guidelines are wholly inadequate for
Not surprisingly, a working group of abortion advocates put
these draft guidelines together: Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health
(ANSIRH), former abortion industry lawyers, and academics who routinely testify
against the need for state-mandated health and safety standards for abortion
The ACOG standards provide no meaningful guidance. Instead,
they simply reiterate what should be self-evident to highly-educated medical
providers. For example, the guidelines state “[f]acilities should perform
procedures in exam rooms or procedure rooms.” Well, of course they should!
After several pages of similarly hollow standards, ACOG states that facilities
that comply with its proposed standards “do not require facility accreditation
or facility licensing.”
Essentially, these guidelines claim that state medical
officials have no role to play in ensuring the health and safety of
But if we learned anything from Kermit
Gosnell – the notorious, “house of horrors” abortionist convicted of
killing infants who survived late-term abortions – it’s that abortion facilities
need more oversight, not less. If adopted, the proposed ACOG guidelines will
undoubtedly become the “centerpiece” in a pro-abortion strategy to ensure that
abortion providers are able to set up shop anywhere in the country and ply
their grisly trade without oversight from state medical officials and without
accountability to the women they harm. Abortion advocates will insist that
additional state regulation and licensing of abortion facilities are
unnecessary, and that ACOG’s empty guidelines should be viewed as the “gold
standard” of care by legislators and courts alike.
The likely result of
adopting these guidelines will be more abortion facilities, more access to the
dangerous procedure, and more women injured by substandard abortion practices.
That the abortion industry prioritizes mere access to
abortion over women’s health and safety is apparent in their constant complaints
that every city, town, and county in the country does not include multiple
But what does this quest for expanded abortion access mean
for American women? Current abortion practice is indisputably at odds with
abortion advocates’ repeated assurances that legalized abortion guarantees
maternal health. For example, Unsafe:
How The Public Health Crisis in America’s Abortion Clinics Endangers Women
documents that 227 abortion providers in 32 states were cited for more than
1,400 health and safety deficiencies between 2008 and 2016, including hundreds
of significant violations of state laws regulating abortion facilities.
Greater regulation and oversight of abortion facilities and
individual abortionists is clearly needed. American women deserve better.