BY: Dana Chisholm
Pennsylvania has been in the news for the grisly practices of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. But, Pennsylvania is not the only state with a House of Horrors. Mississippi has one, too. It functions in the name of Jackson Women’s Health Organization on North State Street Jackson. Mississippi has its own Kermit Gosnell’s in Diane Derzis, owner of the clinic, and Bruce E.Norman, who flies in from out of state to perform abortions on Mississippi’s most vulnerable women.
There is a clear pattern. These are the same providers at “New Woman all Woman”, an Alabama clinic which was closed by the Alabama Department of Health following an incident where two women were overmedicated and taken to the hospital. These same providers have chosen to operate as an unlicensed abortion facility in Alabama and are being sued by the state.
We commend the Mississippi Department of Health for inspecting and finding the violations they have found at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The clinic touts “new ownership” since some of these violations occurred. However, the same people are managing the clinic. Nothing has changed, and women are still in danger.
Among some of the Health Department findings:
- 2009 found medical waste including the remains of the dismembered babies (fetuses) in cardboard boxes located in a room next to the recovery rooms for two weeks at room temperature.
- Bloodstained furnishings.
- Facility had a leaking roof and inadequate staffing.
These types of conditions for a medical facility cannot be allowed to stand. Women’s lives are at risk.
Gov. Phil Bryant and our Legislators have championed women’s health care in Mississippi with the passage of House Bill 1390 last year. This law raises the benchmark of women’s health care to a higher level. All women should receive the best health protection possible. HB 1390 would protect women from the House of Horrors here in Jackson, like those we have seen in Pennsylvania, Texas, and around the country.
We want to stop the war on women that occurs through poor health regulations and lack of enforcement of existing ones. U. S. District Court Judge Daniel Jordan has allowed JWHO to continue to operate despite the legislature’s attempt to protect the women of Mississippi.
Judge Jordan has allowed this senseless destruction of women’s health to continue by issuing two temporary restraining orders after the State Department of Health revoked JWHO’s license for failure to comply with the law.
All free-standing medical clinics must adhere to similar stringent guidelines to protect their patients. We are asking for nothing less than the best possible health care for the female citizens in the state of Mississippi.
We plead with Judge Jordan to allow the enforcement of the law enacted by HB1390 effective July, 2012. This law does not stop abortions; it simply protects the women who choose abortion.
Every day this continues, women remain at risk.
About Dana: Dana Chisholm is President of Pro-Life Mississippi. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org