Unlicensed abortion “mills” prey on minority women

The New York Times ran an article about unlicensed abortion “mills” that injured women and operated under terrible conditions:

These are usually private doctors’ offices masquerading as clinics — that is, the doctors are licensed, but the clinics are not. Many of the mills, though not all, are situated in poorer neighborhoods, where immigrants, the uneducated and non-English-speaking residents form a core of clients.

The New York Times goes on to say:

Most mills, officials said, lack such proper equipment as sonogram or ultrasound machines that help determine the age, size, position and other vital data on a fetus. Sonograms are normally required after the 12th week of pregnancy.

…. officials say some abortion mills make no effort to determine the age of the fetus and illegally abort pregnancies in the third trimester. After the 24th week, a pregnancy may be ended only in a hospital and only if the mother’s life is in danger.

From one health official:

“We don’t know as much as we’d like to,” Mr. Slocum said. “They’re underground, unfortunately, and we learn about them only when someone files a complaint or ends up in an emergency room. All we can see is the surface, but that is troubling to us. We suspect there is a lot more we don’t see.”

ROBERT D. McFADDEN “Abortion Mills Thriving Behind Secrecy and Fear” New York Times November 24, 1991

Yet pro-abortion organizations fight against any laws regulating abortion facilities, that require them to meet basic safety standards.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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