Kermit Gosnell’s clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, was shut down in 2010 for truly heinous violations of medical ethics. Almost immediately the coverage from left wing feminist blogs began, only they weren’t actually concentrating on condemning Gosnell’s activities, as William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection points out:
The links provided in the Carmon article prove only that a small number of “feminist” writers wrote about Gosnell, but primarily out of a concern to protect abortion rights in the face of pro-life criticism of Gosnell.
Their argument primarily consisted of reminding people that Gosnell’s clinic was an outlier, that other abortion clinics were perfectly safe and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions or judge them based on what we read or see in the Grand Jury report.
The problem here is that Gosnell’s clinic is not an isolated incident, which is being shown more and more since his clinic was shut down and suddenly the Department of Health in various states have begun to start looking at the abortion providers in their states.
A cursory search (meaning I spent less than 10 minutes on it initially) turned up 10 other abortion clinics that have been shut down for health code violations (among other things) since Gosnell’s clinic was shut down.
Health Care Clinic, Delta Township, Michigan
Women’s Choice Clinic, Saginaw, Michigan
– These two cases came up at the same time and are affiliated clinics.
“Doesn’t matter whether you’re an abortion clinic or a podiatrist, there are state regulations that you have to follow that must be enforced. That’s what this case is all about,” said Joy Yearout, spokeswoman.
Yearout, a representative for the attorney general’s office, says the clinic’s owner was not a licensed medical professional. @
“In the interest of patient safety, state law requires that doctors run these types of clinics, ya know, they are the folks vested with the responsibility to make sure patients are treated safely,” said Yearout.
On top of that, the Attorney General’s office has requested further investigation into possible improper disposal of medical records and just how many of the procedures are abortions.
“If these clinics are providing 50 percent or more abortions as opposed to other procedures they are subject to a higher standard of regulation,” said Yearout.
Last year, a complaint was filed with the Attorney General’s office after 17 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside the business.
“These babies were actually put in plastic bags with the mother’s name on them, thrown into a common garbage dumpster, used by numerous businesses and other medical information was thrown in there,” said Yearout.
Hope Medical Group for Women, Shreveport, Louisiana
– On September 1st, 2010 the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for a whole slew of health and safety violations
Several violations were noted during a recent investigation of the facility, including the facility’s failure to ensure that a physician performed and documented a physical exam on each patient prior to a procedure, failure to properly monitor vital signs of patients under anesthesia, failure to have proper procedures in place for administering anesthesia and failure to have properly trained professionals performing certain medical procedures related to the administering of anesthesia.
Northern Illinois Women’s Center, Rockford, Illinois
Women’s Aid Clinic, Lincolnwood, Illinois
An increased scrutiny of Illinois abortion clinics in the wake of revelations about a “house of horrors” in Philadelphia revealed that some facilities had gone up to 15 years without inspections, and two now have closed after regulators found health and safety violations.
One of those facilities – the Women’s Aid Clinic in Lincolnwood – closed when the owner decided to surrender its license rather than pay a $36,000 fine or endure an expensive legal fight with the state. The fine was for violations including the clinic’s failure to perform CPR on a patient who died after a procedure. Its owner told the AP her clinic was safe and she felt victimized by the surprise inspection after 15 years.
While Illinois is working on the backlog of neglected inspections, the documents reviewed by the AP show that a few abortion clinics in the state still haven’t been checked in more than a decade. One in Chicago hasn’t been inspected in 16 years. Another in the suburb of Wood Dale was last inspected nearly 15 years ago.
The Northern Illinois Women’s Center in Rockford and the Women’s Aid Clinic in Lincolnwood were among those. The state found health and safety violations and issued emergency license suspensions that closed both temporarily. The clinics’ operators have opted to remain closed.
Owners of the clinic in Rockford worked out a settlement with the state that would have allowed it to reopen with a reduced fine of $9,750. But they announced this month that trouble hiring new staff and lack of support from some in the Rockford community had persuaded them to close for good. The clinic operators did not respond to messages conveyed through an attorney.
Larissa Rowansky, a co-owner of the Women’s Aid Clinic in Lincolnwood, said her clinic helped women and provided the best care that a professional clinic could provide.
But Illinois inspection reports detail citations for practices such as frozen TV dinners stored in a biohazard lab refrigerator that also held placental or fetal tissue. The clinic’s dusty equipment, lack of a supervising registered nurse and failure to perform CPR on a patient who later died also drew citations.
Rowansky said that patient didn’t need CPR because she was speaking to emergency workers when she was taken to a hospital after her abortion. The patient “lied about her condition,” Rowansky added, saying the woman had bronchial pneumonia and was too ill to have an abortion.
The other violations uncovered by the state inspectors were technicalities, Rowansky said.
“It was unfair,” she said of the state’s inspection last year, the first in 15 years.
A separate inspection of the building resulted in more citations for fire hazards. Fixing the problems and paying the fine would have cost more than a year’s revenue, Rowansky said.
“I tried to help women to get legal abortions,” she said. “If someone wants to work against that, there’s nothing I can do.”
All I’m getting from this “It was unfair” bullshit is “I shouldn’t be required to keep my facilities up to health and safety codes on a regular basis, so you shouldn’t surprise me with inspections, you should give me warning so I can fix all the things I’ve screwed up in your absence.”
New Women All Women, Birmingham, Alabama
The state has blocked an attempt to keep open a Southside abortion clinic that’s scheduled to be closed later this month, citing a prohibited relationship between the facility’s current management and the company seeking to assume its license.
The Alabama Department of Public Health rejected an application by Ochata Management LLC to assume the operating license of the New Woman All Women Health Care clinic.
The clinic in March agreed to surrender its license and close after a state investigation found problems including two instances in which patients were given overdoses of a drug and had to be transported to a hospital by ambulance.
Women’s Medical Services, Muskegon, Michigan
No regulations allowed for such inspections, because Women’s Medical Services, 863 E. Apple Ave., did not meet state criteria for being licensed and inspected, according to a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The state may, however, have inspected the clinic in response to an “allegation” filed four months ago against Dr. Robert Alexander, the licensed physician who ran the clinic.
“We don’t oversee that particular facility at all,” Vogel said, because it was not required to have a state license.
The state does routinely license and inspect some abortion clinics, regulating them as “freestanding surgical outpatient facilities,” a broader category that includes other outpatient surgery offices.
Vogel said the state Public Health Code requires abortion clinics to be licensed as surgical facilities if 50 percent or more of the annual patients served received an abortion.
The city of Muskegon’s fire marshal ordered the clinic shut down after Muskegon police, investigating a broken rear door the morning of Dec. 26, found a number of what the fire marshal considered building and fire code violations inside. City officials also pointed out several issues they described as unsanitary conditions that did not fall under city fire or building codes.
According to police reports released to MLive and The Muskegon Chronicle after a Freedom of Information Act request, police investigating the broken door reported unsanitary conditions throughout the clinic, including used hypodermic needles in unsecured containers, “blood on the floor and walls in multiple locations” as well as dripping from a sink trap in a patient room, and “uncovered buckets containing unknown fluids” in the operating room.
Capital Care Women’s Center, Columbus, Ohio
– While this clinic did not close because of health violations, it did have a history of women injured during botched abortions. The actual reason for it’s closing was to do with financial problems and a decrease in patients.
Capital Care has been plagued with decreased business and financial problems. They recently cut back clinic hours due to difficulty keeping abortionists. An increasingly strong pro-life presence in Central Ohio is credited with contributing to the decision to close.
The two abortionists known to work at Capital Care are Harley Blank and Thomas Michaelis. Blank, who also works at the Founder’s Women’s Health Center abortion clinic in Columbus was honored by Planned Parenthood earlier this year for his 30-year career as an abortionist in Columbus.
Michaelis, who now works at the Capital Care Network abortion clinic in Toledo, has a history of a different sort. In 1991, he was convicted of two counts of Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, one count of Voyeurism, and one count of Public Indecency. The convictions involved incidents where Michaelis engaged in sexual predation on minor girls.
Preferred Women’s Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
– Link to the citation from the North Carolina Department of Health available here.
The North Carolina Department of Health has cited an abortion clinic, A Preferred Women’s Center in Charlotte for multiple violations in response to a complaint filed by a local pro-life activist concerned about conditions at the facility after she witnessed a medical emergency there in October, 2012. She was notified of the citations in a letter dated January 2, 2013.
The letter indicated that the Department of Health made an unannounced visit to A Preferred Women’s Center on December 11, 2012. Citations were issued for the following violations:
Failure to ensure staff were trained and competent to use medical equipment at the facility.
Failure to follow their transfer policy.
Failure to maintain a clean and sanitary environment.
Failure to remove expired drugs and secure medication properly.
Planned Parenthood of Delaware, Wilmington, Delaware
A local abortion clinic is under fire, facing allegations of unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
A series of emergency calls made from the Planned Parenthood of Delaware this year are raising concerns about what’s happening behind the closed doors.
Two former nurses who both quit are speaking exclusively with Action News about what they saw inside.
Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich, former employee said, “It was just unsafe. I couldn’t tell you how ridiculously unsafe it was.”
Werbrich alleges conditions inside the facility were unsanitary.
“He didn’t wear gloves,” said Werbrich.
Another former employee, Joyce Vasikonis told Action News, “They were using instruments on patients that were not sterile.”
The former nurses claim that a rush to get patients in and out left operating tables soiled and unclean.
Werbrich said “It’s not washed down, it’s not even cleaned off. It has bloody drainage on it.”
“They could be at risk of getting hepatitis, even AIDS,” added Vasikonis.
Both of these nurses said, they quit to protect their own medical licenses, stunned by what they called a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.
Vasikonis said, “I felt I could be held liable if a patient was harmed.”
“Planned Parenthood needs to close its doors, it’s needs to be cleaned up, the staff needs to be trained, said Werbrich.”
In Delaware, abortion clinics are not subject to routine inspections. The state only steps in when they have a patient complaint. Planned Parenthood is essentially in charge of inspecting itself.
What in the world is going on here?
How many times does this need to happen for pro-choice activists to realize that regulation, inspection, and oversight is needed to keep women safe.
The people running these clinics are not angels.
Michigan, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio, Delaware, and Pennsylvania where Gosnell’s clinic was located; in many of these cases the state was not required to inspect abortion clinics on regular basis (if they were required to at all) and this is the result.
This is unacceptable.