Citing a few hundred-page report and the proclaimed success of the 58 abortion clinics that have been shut down following the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, Georgia Right to Life is pushing for tougher enforcement on abortion clinics. In the brief 10-page summary, GA R2L said:
Roughly 10% of all U.S. abortion clinics have closed their doors following the horrendous discovery of the Philadelphia abortion mill. While many states have used the tools afforded them through the constitutionally valid regulations to prevent the repeat of the travesty that was the Gosnell facility, Georgia has done nothing. Not one single abortion clinic has closed in Georgia due to enforcement of Georgia regulations, despite many facilities operating in violation of those regulations.
Georgia’s abortion regulatory scheme is broken. Abortion facilities are regulated under two different sets of regulations, depending on when the abortion is performed. Abortion facilities are allowed to move between classifications, seemingly at will, when they prefer one set of regulations to another. Furthermore, even when a set of regulations clearly applies, violations go uninvestigated and regulations remain unenforced.
The group says a subsequent crackdown in Georgia has been lacking. “We’re asking for that same level of scrutiny to be applied in Georgia,” said Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life.
Georgia Right to Life spokeswoman Suzanna Ward said, “This lax regulatory climate, coupled with the profit-minded attitude of providers, has resulted in a long list of abuses, a long list of injuries and even death,” adding that abortion clinic workers, patients and citizens alike have come forward with concerning information. She also mentioned that the group has been gathering and analyzing this information for years.