Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) worked as a nurse for more than 40 years before becoming a congresswoman, relying upon her past experience to explain why she believes that abortion clinics should be held to higher health care standards.
“No woman should have to lose her life, because there is not a safe clinic that she is having a procedure done in,” Black told The Church Boys podcast in an interview last week, going on to share a tragic story from her years working in the emergency room.
She recalled a young woman who was rushed to the hospital after having an out-of-town doctor — whom Black described as a “fly-by-night” — come into town and perform an abortion; he reportedly only left the woman with a 1-800 number to call in the case of an emergency.
Unfortunately, that phone number did little to save the woman’s life.
“She had a complication. By the time she got to the hospital she had lost so much blood we couldn’t save her,” Black said. I watched her die. I watched her die, because it was an unsafe facility that she had that done in by a fly-by-night doctor that came to our state from out of state.”
Listen to Black discuss this incident around the 12:00 mark below:
Black said that this is simply “wrong” and that such an incident is part of the real “war on women.”
“We should all be angry about that and say this should never happen,” she said.
Black also said that the horrific case surrounding former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell proves, in her view, that abortions aren’t always safe, even in today’s day and age. She’s demanding that clinics “meet the same safety standards that we have in an ambulatory care center.”
Gosnell is currently serving life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Black also recently penned an open letter to actress Amy Brenneman, who plays Laurie Garvey in “The Leftovers,” in response to the actress’ recent Cosmopolitan op-ed in which Brenneman explained why she believes that having an abortion at age 21 was the “right decision.” Black clearly disagrees.
Abortion has been in the headlines as the Supreme Court weighs the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, which centers on a Texas law that requires doctors to have hospital affiliations and to perform abortions in special surgical centers — efforts that have been dubbed as being enacted to help protect women’s health.
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