Video: Michigan not much better at policing abortion mills than Pennsylvania
posted at 6:41 pm on May 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Besides the actions of the defendants in the Kermit Gosnell house-of-horrors abortion clinic in Philadelphia, the original grand jury expressed outrage in their 2011 report over the lack of intervention by the city and state of Pennsylvania to stop Gosnell’s operation. The refusal to address numerous reports and complaints over a years-long period was “by design,” the grand jury emphasized, as the political and regulatory establishments chose to protect abortionists rather than the women they maimed and the children they killed.
Pennsylvania isn’t the only state with designs to protect abortionists, either. Earlier this week, Michigan Live and WOOD TV exposed the cronyism and official neglect that allowed a now-defunct abortion clinic to operate while owned by a convicted felon and piling up complaint after complaint:
Michigan lawmakers say that an alleged conflict of interest on the state Board of Medicine allowed a Muskegon doctor, who served time in prison and whose abortion clinic recently closed due to unsanitary conditions, to continue performing abortions despite complaints of “horrendous” misconduct.
The state’s system for regulating and licensing doctors is broken and in need of legislative reform, according to Republican and Democratic senators who held a committee hearing about the issue on Tuesday.
MLive and The Muskegon Chronicle reported that Dr. Robert Alexander’s abortion clinic was closed in December after police discovered “filthy” and unsanitary conditions throughout the Muskegon clinic, including “blood on the floor and walls in multiple locations.”
In February, WOOD TV 8 reported that the Michigan Board of Medicine received a complaint in 2009 about botched abortions, including one that allegedly ruptured a woman’s uterus, but the board did not investigate it.
The board chairman at the time, Dr. George Shade Jr., determined that no investigation was necessary. WOOD TV 8 reported that Shade served as a mentor to Alexander and helped him get his license back in the 1990s after serving in prison for selling illegal prescriptions.
So … how many Gosnells and Alexanders are operating even today in Pennsylvania and Michigan? Or Minnesota? Or New York? Or …