We’re often told that abortion clinics need to be relatively free from scrutiny and observation as a way to “keep women safe.” Frequently, pro-lifers will hear that the reason many abortion clinics are not subjected to the regulatory inspections faced by other sorts of facilities (such as tanning salons) is because only by ensuring absolute secrecy of all clinic activities can the safety of women be garunteed.
Of course all these arguments seem to be built on the assumption that there is no need to closely regulate the facilities because they do not need regulation–they can be implicitly trusted to follow the laws.
In light of a recent investigation by MCFL which shows that several abortion clinics in Massachusetts are openly advertising that they violate the law in regard to when and where abortions can be performed (CLICK HERE to learn more), the trustworthiness of such facilities seems a bit more dubious. If these facilities cannot be trusted with something as simple as not performing abortions after 18 gestational weeks, at what other duties are they failing. How can anyone be safe in facilities with such a cavalier attitude toward the rules?