When you go to a doctor’s office or a hospital, there are some subtle hints that you are not at home.
One of the first hints is the furniture. While at home you may have soft cloth upholstery with cozy surfaces, at the hospital or doctor’s office you get the feel of hard vinyl or plastic or metal.
Not too inviting. Why is that?
Because, unlike our homes, hospitals and doctor’s offices have serious concerns about the spread of disease. Vinyl, plastic, and metal are easily cleaned up. Spray with a germicide, wait, wipe, and you’re done. This is particularly important when there is, shall we say, “bodily fluid spillage”.
Cloth, on the other hand, does not allow for cleanup. Once “fluids” are in, they stay. Unless a cloth chair can be steam cleaned on a moment’s notice, there is no way to guarantee it is clean for the next patient.
Vinyl, although easily cleaned, still has to be maintained. When there are rips in vinyl, fluids can leak into the stuffing, rendering the chair uncleanable.
Unsanitary Conditions Rife for Spreading Infections
With this mind, it’s worth taking a look at what state inspectors found during their most recent inspection [PDF] conducted September 16 at Planned Parenthood’s Far Northeast Health Center in Kermit Gosnell’s hometown of Philadelphia.
For starters, one chair in the recovery room had “three different tears, where the outer protective material was noted to be compromised”.
This would be the chair that a woman sits in immediately after her abortion. Bodily fluid spillage? Entirely likely. Cleanable? No. The tears allow for seepage into the stuffing, which then holds the fluids.
Next, in the lab specimen room: “[A] patient chair’s arm rest had a tear, where the outer protective material was noted to be compromised.” The lab specimen room is where blood is drawn, probably with the patient’s arm resting on the arm rest—where the tear was.
Is there a possibility of “bodily fluid spillage”? Yes. Ability to clean the arm rest? No.
What’s more, inspectors also found that “the wall paneling in the room was noted to be detached from the wall seams in four different areas.”
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That would be the IV sedation procedure room—that is, where the abortion takes place. Perhaps the women were already sedated before coming to this room, but what would you think if you were brought into a room where the wall paneling was detached in four different places and “created an opening in each of the areas,” making the room surfaces uncleanable? That wouldn’t exactly inspire confidence about the overall quality of the facility.
Whatever Planned Parenthood is spending their money on, they’re certainly not spending it on maintenance.
No Wonder Abortion Clinics Don’t Like Being Inspected
Some inspections will actually close down abortion clinics outright. Others will reveal that the operators really don’t seem to care much about cleanliness—and therefore women’s safety.
Those in the abortion industry can complain all they want about “burdensome” and “unnecessary” oversight. But when state inspectors actually have to remind the operators of a center run by the nation’s largest abortion chain that women don’t want to come into contact with other women’s bodily fluids, we see yet again why abortion facilities can never be trusted to police themselves.
Reprinted with permission from Pro-Life Action League.