What Jessica Testa's piece is missing is a dose of truth. Let's look at some detail...
"So this is what an abortion clinic looks like?" Not really. This particular one is trying to hide under a few monikers. One is Camelback Family Planning, the other is Jackrabbit Clinic. Camelback Family Planning is on the door and Jackrabbit signage is displayed at the street entrance. Both are facades that hide a more sinister money making machine: a for-profit abortion clinic that spins itself as a "family practice". How do I know this? Because a little over a year ago, my sidewalk counseling partner and I were doing recon work at this particular location. When I visited (it wasn't that pretty on the inside by the way), I posed as new patient needing a strep culture for my young son. I was advised that Dr. Goodrick was not accepting new patients and for routine family medicine, we were given a referral to a doctor down the street. Repeated attempts at procuring routine services were met with the same reply. Hmmm. So much for doubling as a "private family practice".
"Toys in the waiting room": I suppose this is for the lucky ones who survived a visit to Dr. G's abortion mill. Or perhaps they are just more props to make you think that this doctor is actually in favor of you bringing a pregnancy to term. Whatever the case may be, it's about as oxymoronic as selling bacon in a kosher deli.
"Her pink scrubs matching a t-shirt bearing a cartoon uterus" tells me she doesn't take my insides very seriously. I'm runnin.
"When you start doing abortions it takes over your practice because there's such a need" Yes. A need to get rich and make tons of money. Another blogger used his calculator to determine how much money Goodrick rakes in on an annual basis. According to CamelbackFamilyPlanning.com, the website for Goodrick’s practice, she charges the following for the abortions she conducts:
Doing the math on performing 2,000 abortions at the rate of $460 (the cheapest rate at 5-11.6 weeks), Goodrick is paid around $920,000 a year!
"The (abortion) procedure is so stigmatized and marginalized". Sorry, but anytime the medical establishment starts to mainstream the killing off of perfectly alive humans in the womb, I get just a tad worried.
"Even the protestors are quieter" OMGosh, this one just made me laugh. First off, nobody's been there protesting or praying until a little over a year ago since she's been flying so low on radar. Now she has the audacity to imply that the reason the prayer warriors are quieter is because she's conducting a private abortion practice??? So somehow the prayer warriors know that there is actually some real medicine being practiced here? Our Lady's Mantle Prayer Warriors, I hope you're listening!
"For who she is and what she does, Goodrick flies considerably under the radar" . This statement is 100% accurate. What is omitted is the rather inconvenient Board of Medical Examiners action that has been filed against Goodrick and rendered her on a long term probation for an addiction problem that involved one of the drugs that she uses in her practice. I'll call this debacle the Fentanyl Irony. Seems like the stuff she uses to knock out her patients has knocked her out as well. Speaking as merely one of the abortion-wounded, all of the fentanyl in the universe cannot numb a pained conscience forever. Let us hope that the oversight her practice may now receive may shed some light on what really happens in this murky industry.
"Up to 24 weeks, a woman can have an abortion for any reason she wants". (Can't you almost hear the diabolical smirking?) Most non-elective medical procedures usually require medical rationale in order to justify them. This may sound hysterically obvious, but to have a fibroid lump removed recently I had to have 2 doctors and one insurance company approve the procedure. We have reduced the taking of a human life to an elective procedure akin to having a routine Botox injection or tattoo removal. And by the way, if it is okay to kill a human at 24 weeks, then why would it not be okay at 25 weeks?
"After their procedure, the patients go to a recovery room and write about their experiences in notebooks" I would imagine those are some pretty scarey journal entries sans fentanyl.
Generally speaking, most patients undergoing routine tissue removals are not traumatized, stigmatized, or emotionally disabled after their procedure. Most do not require a visit to a recovery room to journal about their experience. Most of them do not have guilty consciences resulting in months or years of therapeutic interventions. Most of them, do not develop addictions to substances or alcohol, develop depressions, anxiety, insomnia or suicide ideation. Most of them go on and simply forget about their cyst surgery. Not so in abortion. The law that is written on our hearts stabs at our conscience. It is a torture that starts early for some....much later for others.
I labored writing this answer to Jessica's flawed piece of journalism. I know she is not perfect, nor am I. I offer my prayers for Gabriella Goodrick. (I refused to label her as a doctor). I pray that she find sobriety and recovery from whatever it is that has caused her to take such a destructive role with our most vulnerable brothers and sisters. I am certain that there is a wound in her that is very deep indeed. However, we must stop glorifying this absurd and disgusting action that is abortion; passing it off as some kind of remedy to disease. There is a dis-ease. It is not the human fetus. It is a darkness rooted deep in the human conscience. It can be healed by One Who has all power. May we find Him now.