Preface: As a Christian, I believe that life begins at conception and abortion is an act that takes the life of a human being. As an American citizen, I do not agree that taxpayers should be required to support funding for elective abortions. All in all, I would prefer to see some type of intervention that stems the tide of abortion in our country. With that being said, if such intervention is lacking, the need for greater regulatory measures within the abortion industry as a whole to protect the patient’s right to receive the best quality of care is very quickly reaching a point where it must be addressed.
Generally speaking, conservatives are anti-regulatory. We want limited government, not expanded government. We want government to stay out of our lives as much as possible. That’s how most of us respond when we consider regulatory measures, isn’t it? But not all regulatory measures are “bad”. There can be and are times when regulations serve a very positive purpose, with a prime example being the abortion industry.
Planned Parenthood is on the proverbial war path against any type of restriction or regulation that will limit their ability to continue to operate within their self-regulating status quo.
The onslaught of new laws threatens more than our rights. It also threatens women's health, by forcing them to delay needed care while they navigate a bureaucratic and political gauntlet. Studies show that when abortion care is delayed in pregnancy, risk of complication increases. By requiring women to take time away from work, arrange child care, and travel hundreds of miles to hear lectures and sit out mandatory waiting periods, the new laws won't reduce the need for abortion. But they will surely push it later into many women's pregnancies. This is the cost of letting politicians impose their values on our health care. Women who once received safe, timely care will now experience needless delays and avoidable medical complications
Ms. Richards and the Planned Parenthood pro-choice gang may find legal recourse to prevent states from defunding Planned Parenthood facilities. They are currently in the process of stalling or undoing what individual states have managed to accomplish and achieve regarding abortion industry reform even as we speak. Abortion is an element of the health care industry, and a very lucrative portion of the industry at that. It is an element of the health care industry that has not faced regulatory oversight regarding any safety or quality of care measures other than those that the leader of the industry, i.e. Planned Parenthood, chooses to pursue.
Our court system seems to be judging in favor of the current status quo within the abortion industry, with the latest blow being a federal court decision to block portions of the sonogram requirement put into place by the Texas legislature.
On each front where the abortion industry has been challenged, pro-choices forces have managed to bend the will of our legal system to conform to their own demands. Yet the single greatest fear of the abortion industry as a whole continues to be regulation via what pro-choice advocates define as TRAP (Target Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws.
What are TRAP laws, and how do they impede women's access to health-care services?
The anti-choice movement has undertaken a campaign to impose unnecessary and burdensome regulations on abortion providers—but not other medical professionals—in an obvious attempt to drive doctors out of practice and make abortion care more expensive and difficult to obtain. Such proposals are known as TRAP laws: Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. Common TRAP regulations include those that restrict where abortion care may be provided. Regulations limiting abortion services to hospitals or other specialized facilities, rather than physicians' offices, require doctors to obtain medically unnecessary additional licenses, needlessly convert their practices into mini-hospitals at a great expense, or provide abortion services only at hospitals, an impossibility in many parts of the country. (emphasis mine)
Think for a moment about what they protesting against:
(1) Regulatory measures that stipulate an abortion should be provided in a facility with the equipment needed to address any and all adverse effects that may occur during the abortion process.
(2) Regulatory measure that require facilities be licensed
(3) Regulatory measures that require physicians have valid training and licensing for abortion procedures
They do not want any type of regulatory measures that would interfere in any way with their ability to provide abortions at will. Neither do they want to see any type of oversight activity that would require those regulations to be enforced. They make no pretense at all to cover up their resentment of any efforts to regulate the industry, stating very plainly that an increase in regulatory measures would increase operating costs for providers and thus become an obstacle that gets in the way of abortion access. TRAP Laws are their greatest fear, above and beyond loss of funding.
Not only are they calloused to the termination of an unborn child, they are ruthlessly calculating to the mother’s right to safe and quality care as well. If this type of gross negligence existed in any other area of the health care industry, it would generate an outrage of huge proportions. In the abortion industry…all we hear are the cries of pro-choice advocates about how regulatory measures would hinder “women’s rights” and interfere with a woman’s “right to choice”.
These people, who claim to care about women’s health and women’s right, are more than willing to leave the door of opportunity for our nation to see more doctors like Dr. Kermit Gosnell.
They do not stand for health and rights of women…they are pro-abortion. Nothing more and nothing less.