January 2013 marks the 40th year of abortion on demand in the United States. To date, some 56 million children have been sacrificed at the altar of “choice”.
Despite the fact that some progress has been made, the prolife community still pursues the ultimate goal: the day that every life is both treasured and protected by law.
It often feels like an uphill battle, however, especially with recent allegations that abortion’s ‘blood money’ may have reached the United States Department of Justice.
Shortly before the November 2012 election, new documents allege a connection between U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, his wife Sharon Malone Holder (an OB/GYN at Foxhall OB/GYN in Washington, D.C.), Old National Gynecology in College Park, GA and Tyrone Malloy, a Georgia-based abortion practitioner.
Here in Georgia, Old National Gynecology, reported to be Planned Parenthood’s ‘preferred abortion provider’, has racked up more than its share of trouble. Malloy has received multiple reprimands by the State Medical Board and he and his former office manager, Cathy Ann Edwards Warner, were indicted on two counts of Medicaid fraud in December 2011.
Most will agree that Holder should disclose any financial interest he might have in the abortion industry. “While the ownership may be a technicality, the attorney general’s conflict of interest is not,” wrote Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.
In 1978 the Ethics in Government Act declared that high-level federal officials (such as the U.S. Attorney General) be required to “disclose publicly their personal financial interests to ensure confidence in the integrity of the federal government by demonstrating that they are able to carry out their duties without compromising the public trust.”
Controversy surrounding abortion facilities is not new. Since the Roe v Wade decision of 1973, it has been extremely difficult to understand the licensing procedures for abortion facilities. It has been practically impossible to determine what the operational regulations are, if they are being enforced, and who is responsible for enforcing them.
From medical offenses, including safety and sanitation, to equipment and even building violations, there have been increased incidences of women’s health, and even their lives, being at significant risk in these facilities.
Multiple scenarios in Chicago, Atlanta, and Ohio, just to name a few, highlight the gravity of the situation. As if this is not enough, when violations occur, who ensures accountability for these violations? How might the alleged conflict of interest with U.S. Attorney Holder affect the outcome of these situations?
Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation, puts it this way: "As politicians disucss red-herring issues such as whether abortion clinics offer mammograms, shoddy abortion mills are hurting and killing women with alarming regularity..."
Meanwhile, the numbers of women injured, maimed, or even killed in abortion facilities continue to climb. Sadly, as we prepare for the 2012 Christmas season, abortion facilities nationwide are going about business 'as usual'.
The question remains: How much longer will women be at risk due to at best, ignorance of patient care standards and at worst, a blatant disregard for the women they serve?
Looking ahead to 2013, the public has the right to expect that rules and regulations for any facility serving the public be enforced. When violations do occur, there needs to be appropriate accountability among the facilities, its owners, AND the agencies and organizations and individuals designed to enforce them.
With Attorney General Eric Holder, and seemingly the entire Obama Administration so personally supportive of the abortion industry there is little hope that these clinics, or the individuals involved, will get the justice they deserve.
Regrettably, it is clear that abortion’s “blood money” may very well have reached the highest levels of government.
For now, several organizations including Georgia Right to Life, the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, and other prolife supporters have called for a Congressional investigation into the Holder situation.
Suzanne L. Ward
Georgia Right to Life