ICYMI: Wash. Free Beacon: Texas Abortion Clinics Marred with Health, Safety Issues, Inspection Reveals

October 27, 2017

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An explosive article from the Washington Free Beacon reports on health and safety violations between 2011-2017 by abortion chain, Whole Woman’s Health, at their Texas facilities. Whole Woman’s Health is the abortion chain that recently applied to open an abortion business in South Bend, Ind. Indiana Right to Life, along with its affiliate, St. Joseph County Right to Life, is leading the effort to keep Whole Woman’s Health from opening in South Bend. – Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life
Washington Free Beacon:

Texas Abortion Clinics Marred with Health, Safety Issues, Inspection Reveals
New reports throw light on poor standards in facilities that fought regulation at SCOTUS
 

Charles Fain Lehman
Friday, October 27, 2017

 www.freebeacon.com

New detailed inspection reports reveal dozens of violations of health and safety standards by Whole Woman’s Health (WWH), a chain of abortion clinics that says it is “committed to changing the culture around abortion stigma.”

The new documents, inspection reports between 2011 and 2017 from the Texas Department of State Health Services, were obtained by And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a nonprofit group that “exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry.”

The documents show a widespread problem of health violations at WWH clinics. Staff failed to properly disinfect and sterilize equipment used on multiple women, and were not properly trained in the sterilization of surgical instruments. In 2011, the Beaumont, Texas, clinic did not have a registered nurse on staff, in contravention of legal requirements.

The inspector’s reports also expressed concerns about maintenance of medical equipment. “There was [sic] numerous rusty spots on the suction machine used on the patient for evacuation of the products of conception,” the Beaumont report notes. In multiple cases, supplies and medication were found to be clearly expired.

Facilities themselves were also in disrepair, with floors that were “stained and discolored which gives the appearance of being dirty.” A 2016 report on the McAllen, Texas, facility notes a counter so warped it “was no longer a wipeable surface, which could harbor bacteria and infectious matter.” The reports also show cracks, rips, and tears on exam tables’ covers, and a hole in cabinet flooring that had “the likelihood to allow rodents to enter the facility.”

In the most recent report, investigating the Austin facility, investigators found missing stock of fentanyl, the schedule narcotic linked to thousands of overdose deaths.

These reports are part of broader concerns about the safety standards of abortion clinics. According to a report from the pro-life advocacy group Americans United for Life, between 2008 and 2016, 227 abortion clinics, including six Whole Woman’s Health clinics, were cited for over 1,400 health and safety deficiencies. These included failures to ensure a “safe and sanitary environment” and failures to properly handle patients’ private information.

Read the rest on the Washington Free Beacon website

Zakas Writes Holcomb with Concerns about Potential South Bend Abortion Business

October 26, 2017

Sen. Joe Zakas

Indiana Senator Joe Zakas (District 11) took swift action following the announcement of an abortion business trying to open in South Bend. Sen. Zakas, whose district includes part of St. Joseph County, wrote to Gov. Eric Holcomb on Oct. 18. In the letter (below), Sen. Zakas shared he heard from more than 200 constituents in just one weekend following the news of the abortion business’s application.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Sen. Zakas also cites a South Bend Tribune article that links the proposed abortion business’s administrator with Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s now-shuttered South Bend abortion facility. The proposed administrator was on staff for Klopfer, according to the article. Klopfer’s abortion facilities in Gary, Fort Wayne and South Bend had a long list of health and safety violations against them and Klopfer eventually lost his medical license in 2016.

 

Thank you, Sen. Zakas, for voicing the concerns shared by so many of your constituents about an abortion business trying to open in South Bend.

Two hundred constituents speaking up in one weekend is a strong statement. You too can add your voice of opposition to this potential abortion business in South Bend. Sign the petition here and keep South Bend abortion-free: http://p2a.co/XiEMDui.

Letter from IN Sen. Joe Zakas to IN Gov. Eric Holcomb:

October 18, 2017

Dear Governor Holcomb:

An Austin, Texas-based company is seeking an Indiana license to open a non-surgical abortion facility in South Bend, as outlined in the enclosed article from the South Bend Tribune. I wanted you to know the depth of concern from many people about this organization’s application. I received over 200 messages from my constituents in one weekend after the news broke. I know other members of the General Assembly and our federal representatives have been hearing from folks, as well.

It appears the company in question, Whole Woman’s Health, has had a history of health violations at its other clinics. Further, the article indicates that the proposed administrator of the facility used to work for a South Bend abortion provider whose practice was closed in 2015 after the state revoked his medical license.

Indiana has a long history of being a state that stands for pro-life policies. Many believe your administration will reflect that history. Thank you, Governor, for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Senator Joe Zakas

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Walorski Urges State to Reject Abortion Facility Application

October 24, 2017

Rep. Jackie Walorski

Rep. Jackie Walorski wrote Indiana’s new Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, urging the state to reject the application for a new abortion facility in South Bend. Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance has applied to open an abortion facility and has secured a location on South Bend’s west side of town. (South Bend has been abortion free since November 2015 when Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor who had his medical license suspended for health and safety violations, ceased doing abortions there.)

Rep. Walorski cited the nearly 50 percent drop in annual abortions on St. Joseph County women since Klopfer closed his doors as progress in reducing the abortion rate. Her letter goes on to make clear exactly how she feels about a new abortion facility trying to open in her congressional district:

“I urge you in the strongest possible terms to reject the application from Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, sending a powerful signal that Indiana cherishes the value of life and will continue the push to reduce the state’s abortion rate.”

We thank Rep. Walorski for standing for life and you can find her full letter below. You too, can stand for life by urging elected officials to keep South Bend abortion-free. Sign the petition here: http://p2a.co/XiEMDui.

Letter from Rep. Jackie Walorski to the Honorable Kristina Box, MD, FACOG, State Health Commissioner:

October 23, 2017

Dr. Box:

I am writing in regards to the recent application from Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to open an abortion facility in South Bend, Indiana.

Over the past couple years, St. Joseph County has seen tremendous progress in reducing the number of annual abortions. In fact, Indiana State Department of Health records show that annual abortions have dropped nearly 50 percent since Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s South Bend abortion facility was terminated for committing health and safety violations in 2015. Furthermore, the annual abortion rate for Indiana as a whole has dropped for eight consecutive years.

Indiana and its leaders have worked to make meaningful strides to combat the rate of abortions within the state. These crucial gains in protecting the sanctity of life would be undermined should the application receive the state’s approval.

I urge you in the strongest possible terms to reject the application from Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, sending a powerful signal that Indiana cherishes the value of life and will continue the push to reduce the state’s abortion rate. Please do not hesitate to contact me should I be able to provide additional information.

 

Sincerely,

Jackie Walorski

Member of Congress

 

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Abortion Facility Applies to Open in South Bend

October 12, 2017

The following is a joint press release between St. Joseph County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life:

St. Joseph County Had Been Abortion-Free Since Klopfer Ceased Doing Abortions in November 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – St. Joseph County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life have learned that an abortion facility has applied to open in South Bend. St. Joseph County had been abortion-free since Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor who had his medical license suspended for health and safety violations, ceased doing abortions there in November 2015.

Antonio Marchi, Program Director at St. Joseph County Right to Life made the following announcement at the organization’s annual banquet tonight:

“Forty-eight hours ago, we received a phone call with the news that a provider has acquired space for a new abortion clinic on the west side of South Bend. Within hours we were there scoping out the building and surrounding area. It appears that an abortion chain from out-of-state is now renovating the space. And from what we know, this chain and the abortion doctor associated with it are among the worst of the worst. It has been confirmed that the facility’s license application is currently under review.”

“Abortion activists in South Bend have been voicing their desire for an abortion facility in town since Klopfer’s closure, so it’s not surprising they lured a business to attempt to locate there,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Abortion data from 2016 shows us that abortions on St. Joseph County women were down nearly 50 percent from 2015, the last year Klopfer did abortions in South Bend. In 2016 when women had to travel out of town instead of just down the street for an abortion, they had more time to consider the positive alternatives to abortion, and seek help from free resources like South Bend’s local pregnancy resource centers. We hope pro-life supporters will rise up to voice their concerns over the possibility of a new abortion facility in their community.”

The Indiana State Department of Health’s 2016 annual abortion report shows that 161 abortions were performed on women from St. Joseph County in 2016 at Indiana abortion facilities, compared to 312 abortions the prior year. In 2015, there were 578 abortions done in St. Joseph County (includes non-resident women). 2016 was the first year since 1978 that St. Joseph County reported no abortions.

Indiana Right to Life learned about the new abortion facility’s application through its regular public information requests that it makes in order to stay abreast of the status of Indiana’s abortion industry.

St. Joseph County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life encourage pro-life supporters to voice their opposition to a new abortion facility in South Bend. The organizations are hosting a petition to elected officials at http://p2a.co/XiEMDui.

St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life–the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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Recommended Reading: “Indiana Judge Forbids Treating Aborted Babies Like Human Beings”

October 5, 2017

Daniel Payne, a senior contributor at The Federalist, posted a piece this week about Judge Tanya Pratt’s recent ruling against the Dignity for the Unborn law.

While most national commentary focused on the fact that Pratt’s ruling allows unborn children with a Down syndrome diagnosis to continue to be targeted for abortion, Payne took a different look at Pratt’s decision. Pratt also struck the portion of the law dealing with dignified disposal of aborted human remains. Thus, allowing Indiana abortion providers to continue to treat the remains of unborn children as common medical waste.

Payne writes:

“I feel almost embarrassed having to point this out to a grown woman, but nevertheless it seems necessary: aborted fetuses are deceased humans. There is literally nothing else they can be. They are not deceased grizzly bears, or deceased Orca whales, or deceased caterpillars. This is not merely basic science but basic existential epistemology: a thing is the thing that it is, and it cannot be something it is not.

“It makes perfect sense, then, to dispose of the bodies of abortion victims in the same way we would dispose of any other human remains: respectfully and carefully, giving due reverence to the innate dignity inside every human being.”

We urge you to read Payne’s full piece at The Federalist and consider the gravity of Pratt’s recent ruling. Thankfully, our pro-life Attorney General, Curtis Hill, has already promised to appeal to a higher court.

READ: www.thefederalist.com/2017/10/02/indiana-judge-forbids-treating-aborted-babies-like-human-beings

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