The first legal abortion in Erie County in more than 20 years could be performed as early as two weeks from today.
..McGarvey also said the clinic received the state’s OK without having what’s known as a transfer agreement. Transfer agreements are signed statements between an abortion clinic and a hospital capable of providing emergency services “within 30 minutes notice,” McGarvey said.
If a woman develops complications during an abortion at Brigham’s clinic, McGarvey said, “there are ample number of hospitals within 30 miles that would, by law, have to provide emergency treatment. It’s just like someone walking in with a gunshot wound. … You can’t turn them away.
“The close proximity of hospitals to the clinic was a factor in providing the exemption,” McGarvey said.
It is interesting that those who spout the mantra “Safe abortions” admit that they need hospitals within a reasonable distance to treat those who develop complications during abortion procedures. I wonder if they consider the death of the mother under some circumstances to be a “complication.” The state with their law about transfer agreements also acknowledges that abortions are not safe.