TheCatt wrote:Who should I compare them to? The Westboro Baptist Church? The leaders of the Catholic church?
Perhaps their ethics are "take care of the patient," or they have various overpopulation concerns, or firsthand experience with our foster system. Who knows. Maybe they really care about the well-being of the mother?
First, allow me to sincerely apologize for my approach to you. It just occurred to me this morning that your approach may not be so much antagonistic as much as simply your not being exposed to some of the same stories I have been as someone that's pro-life. I know the guy that co-wrote Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer
leaned pro-choice going into covering that case. He described himself as mostly abortion agnostic. He said when he went to cover the trial itself to take notes, there was a section for the press in the courtroom and there was one other reporter in there with him. Within a couple of days, this writer was the only one there in the press pool.
It seems in many cases that supporting abortion has become more of a litmus test for caring about women's health than actually caring about women's health. The abortion business aside, Gosnell was a horrific physician. His practice put the welfare of these women at risk. One died. He was not investigated before because of political reasons. What he was doing only came to light because the drug enforcement arm of the local police were tipped off that he was illegally dispensing drugs. Some of those investigating officers are still in counseling dealing with some of the stuff they found there.
So when I was asking was how you'd rank the ethics of the abortion providers over-all with the ethics of other doctors.
I found this site
while we were discussing these things.
I checked a few clinics. Most have some pretty bad health code violations. Here's one from Chapel Hill.
* Staff failed to disinfect the vaginal probe for the ultrasound machine after each use.
* Staff failed to sanitize the procedure room floors. They do not mop the floors between patients. Inspection revealed there was rust and dirt stains on the floor at the foot and head of the exam table. According to staff, the floors are mopped three times a week and no mopping is done on Fridays when procedures are completed. Mopping is done only by the contract janitorial staff
* The clinic failed to obtain a proper informed consent – the staff neglected to inform the patients whether or not the physician has admitting privileges at a hospital for continuity of care.* Staff failed to provide instructions for post-procedure emergencies in 100% of the charts reviewed.
* Two of the four physicians performing procedures did not have TB testing.
* Clinic staff failed to properly document the administration of medication. Further review revealed that there is no policy that specified documentation requirements for medication administration.
* Medications were being administered by non-licensed staff (health center coordinator).
Amazingly, the clinic in Memphis looked pretty good. If I recall, the worst thing they were cited for was not having tested a smoke detector. I saw no major health violations with that one.
"... and then I was forced to walk the Trail of Tears." - Elizabeth Warren