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Inspectors find aborted babies inside Planned Parenthood POC freezer

Posted in Aborted Babies, Aborted Baby Body Parts, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortion clinic medical waste, Abortion Regulation, Planned Parenthood inspected, Planned Parenthood Suspended with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2015 by saynsumthn

An unannounced inspection by state health investigators which resulted in the suspension of a South Carolina Planned Parenthood facility this past summer also revealed how aborted babies were stored in a biohazard freezer. The horrific details, captured in a SC state health inspection report are eerily similar to those captured by the Center for Medical Progress while undercover at a Houston Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

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In that video, Center for Medical Progress (CMP) “buyers” were taken into Planned Parenthood’s back pathology room where they ask to view any “fresh specimens” i.e. aborted babies. With a BIG smile on her face, the Planned Parenthood assistant told CMP, “We had a really long day and they are all mixed up in a bag,” she states as she giggles. And then they tell CMP that they keep the “specimens” frozen.

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The inspection report from the State of South Carolina lays out a similar system where aborted children are kept in a freezer at a Planned Parenthood in Columbia. The gruesome details are documented in the August 31,2015 on site inspection the Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing performed at Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic on Middleburg Drive.

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The unannounced inspection at the Columbia Planned Parenthood was requested by Governor Nikki Haley and conducted by the South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing and Bureau of Land and Waste Management to determine compliance with state laws.

During the walk through of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic investigators identified two locations where biohazard waste was stored. The first one, although it contained bio-hazardous waste, did not contain any fetal tissue. But, when inspectors asked if there were any other places where “POC’s” or products of conception were kept, Planned Parenthood staff replied, “Yes, in the POC room in the freezer.”

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According to the document obtained by Saynsumthn, inspectors followed the Planned Parenthood staff in the “POC room” and opened the “upright freezer which had a biohazard sticker in the top right hand corner.” Inside the freezer were several metal shelves lined with blue disposable pads. One shelf had a large red plastic biohazard bag that was tied with numerous (in excess of 20) smaller red plastic bags, the report stated.

Planned Parenthood staffers told inspectors that “individual products of conception” or as pro-lifers rightly describe them, aborted preborn children, are placed in a smaller red biohazard bag after examination by the physician i.e. abortionist. They are then placed in the large bag in the freezer, the inspection report notes.

Inspectors then asked Planned Parenthood staffers what the next step would be for the “fetal tissue” or preborn aborted children in the freezer. Abortion clinic staffers told inspectors that on the day of “medical waste” “pick up” that the large bag would be placed in a cardboard box in the “biohazard room” and sealed and labeled where a manifest would be generated. It would then be passed off to the “transporter” or the medical waste pick up company.

The storing of aborted children in freezers until they can be “transported” was also described in detail by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast when, in an unprecedented move CMP undercover investigators were able to film what takes place in these “POC labs.” A transcript of an April 9, 2015 conversation CMP had with Melissa Farrell, Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast read in part:

    “After the physician has confirmed the tissue correlates with gestational age, tissue is placed in a biohazard container and gets discarded into a single container and then is placed in the freezer. Anything after 16 weeks is immediately placed in the freezer after the procedure. And it is all sent away once a week for incineration. So that’s kind of the scope.”

In another portion of the conversation the Planned Parenthood staffer told CMP:

    “Under a sample acquisition protocol where everyone that’s coming in gets approached, not just African-American or whatever, everyone gets approached about donating fetal tissue, maybe we can even think, and I recognize that a lot of this has to be fresh, but maybe even banking, a tissue banking part, that we have it built into the consent form-protocol-in the event that you don’t have a use-first trimester, you don’t have a use for it currently, you saw the refrigerator freezer space we have, we have plenty of space. We can store it, and then if you have a need, because some researchers start with frozen specimens or preserved specimens first, we could look at doing that as well.”

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The storing of aborted babies inside freezers, as creepy as it sounds, does not appear to be a violation of health laws.

However, in addition to the way the Columbia, South Carolina Planned Parenthood stored the aborted fetuses, the document did list a host of health violations found by the South Carolina State Health Inspectors and detailed them in a September 11, 2015 letter addressed to Planned Parenthood CEO Jenny Black.

Those violations include the following:

    Documentation on personal background information on 2 staff members was not available for review.
    The facility did not have documentation on training in infection control for 2 staff members.
    The facility did not comply with a provision of the Women’s Right to Know Act…In 5 of 25 medical records reviewed, the record documented that an abortion was performed sooner than the required 60 minutes after an ultrasound.
    Planned Parenthood did not adhere to and follow provisions for tissue examination and disposal and did not have a written policy and procedure regarding registration of fetal death or death certificates.
    Planned Parenthood’s emergency drug cart did not have a listing of contents on the cart.
    Expired medications were stored in the patient care areas and pharmacy.
    Products of conception resulting from abortion procedures were not managed and properly disposed of by incineration according to regulations.
    Several abortion records involving minors did not include the names of their mother or father.
    In 25 out of 25 of the medical records reviewed by inspectors, the names of clinical assistants in attendance during abortion procedures was not documented in the record.
    In 4 of the 25 medical records reviewed, abortions were not reported to the Office of Vital Records within the required 7 days but were reported between 13 and 33 days. And in one of the records reviewed, the record did not document that the abortion was reported at all.
    Sterile gloves were stored and mixed with non-sterile supplies including non-sterile examination gloves .
    Waste meeting the definition of “infectious waste” was not managed and properly disposed of by incineration.

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State officials then suspended the license of the South Carolina Planned Parenthood facility. Despite previous claims from CEO Jenny Black that monetary penalties were not issued, the documents shows that Planned Parenthood was fined $7500.00 and ordered to submit a plan of correction.

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According to the Island Packet:

    Planned Parenthood paid a $7,500 penalty for 21 cited violations and submitted correction plans by the Sept. 28 deadline but asked DHEC to reconsider some of the violations, putting the suspension on hold…DHEC cleared Planned Parenthood’s Columbia clinic on Nov. 6, and the organization withdrew its request, Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Heigel said.

The day I saw abortion first hand

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Aborted Baby Trash, Abortion clinic medical waste, abortion clinic safety, Abortion death, Abortion Pictures with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2015 by saynsumthn

This week we enter the 42nd year of legalized abortion in the United States and I think back to the day I came up close and personal with abortion. The day I saw abortion victims first hand!

I have witnessed many things over the past thirty three years in this fight for the sanctity of human life in numerous states where I stood against child killing. Protests, police abuse, men dragging women into the abortion clinic, and even the funeral of a woman killed from legal abortion.

Her name was Carolina Gutierrez and she received such a serious infection by the legal abortion facility she visited that they had to amputate parts of her body to try and save her life. But, the infection won and Carolina and her unborn child became a statistic in the abortion battle.

I took these pictures with the permission of her family, while attending her funeral:

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The funeral was very emotional. Her story had been in the news for days and knowing the truth about the condition of the abortion clinics in my county caused me to be angry, especially, in light of the continued silence by abortion advocates when women die.

But nothing ever affected me more than seeing the real victims of legalized abortion up close, the broken bodies of the unborn babies.

We knew the abortion clinics could be throwing the aborted babies in the trash. So, how would we know which clinics were disposing the babies illegally? There was no way to know- we’d have to go to various ones and pull the trash to see.

That was a daunting task. But finally, our work paid off.

It was a Saturday afternoon when we approached a clinic located in a strip mall. The abortionist shared the dumpster with other business owners and we received permission to remove some discarded wood from the trash. Our real goal though, was the clinic’s trash- BINGO!

We grabbed several bags over a period of time, until, one day, we discovered that inside the bags were the containers that held babies aborted by suction abortion.

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Then came the task of opening up each and every gauze sac. I stilled myself to open each one , knowing what I might see – not knowing how I’d react to it.

Several did indeed look like ground meat.

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To see their fragile little bodies so ground up that no distinguishable pieces remained was not entirely a surprise – after all – these were early abortions and babies that had been violently sucked out through a tube and into these jars.

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Then…after carefully slicing one gauze sac, there it was. The fully formed arm of an aborted child.

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Then a leg, another leg, ribs, skull, etc…

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As we rummaged through the bags we could see the medical records of the women whose children lay torn in pieces.

The cold-hearted abortionist had discarded the bodies of these dead babies in the trash along with their mother’s medical records with no care or concern for either.

At the bottom of the bag, we found a large foot which a pathologist later confirmed was from an unborn baby approximately 5 months gestation. The remaining body parts of that child were not in the bags we had.

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As we meticulously went through the bags from that abortion clinic, I found myself feeling detached- I was looking squarely at the tiny remains of babies who suffered a horrific death and yet I had little emotion. After all, I had to finish the job I set out to do, I had to continue looking through the bags and opening each and every sac. Was I heartless? Uncaring? Unfeeling? Or was I being scientific and doing a job that had to be done?

I wrestled with this for a few days. And then….

The day arrived for the funeral for these little babies. We told no one who found them. In reality, those who attended did not care about the details – they cared only about giving these precious unborn children a decent burial. They wanted them remembered – their lives must count !

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I attended the funeral like a pro, covering it for a pro-life magazine I wrote for at the time. As a journalist, I stood on stage watching people tearfully come forward and lay a rose – the symbol of life- on the small casket we purchased to place the tiny pieces of their broken bodies in.

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One moment I was snapping pictures and the next….the next moment I was sobbing uncontrollably in the arms of an usher who was standing beside me on the stage. He must have seen a look in my eyes because his large torso was a comfort as I completely lost it and wept like a mother who just received the news that her beloved child was dead.

The tears and groans continued for a while and took me by surprise. After all, I was a professional, I was detached, I was looking at this from a journalists point of view – I was HUMAN!

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As I write this today, I feel a lump in my throat as the memory of what I saw wells up inside me. I often think about the idea that abortion does not affect those who participate in it – the mothers, doctors, nurses, and clinic staff and I have to conclude that it absolutely does affect them.

As a young girl, I used to watch documentaries about the Nazi Holocaust and the Jews they slaughtered mercilessly.

Most people watched those films with great interest in the stories and facts they document.

But, for me, when I watched them, I recalled asking in the midst of my outrage, “ Who took those pictures?

I remember thinking that had those pictures never been taken, society would not be sitting here today in absolute horror of what took place.

I knew at that moment that I wanted to document the abortion holocaust, and by the guidance of God, in some small way, I have.

More on this here.

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Fox News Contributor Sally Kohn spins on Gosnell’s House of Horrors abortion clinic

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortion clinic medical waste, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Kermit Gosnell, Pro-choice Spin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2013 by saynsumthn

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Fox News Contributor Sally Kohn posted a speech she gave to NARAL, an abortion rights group, on the Daily Beast. In the speech, Kohn completely misleads her audience and rewrites the history of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Kohn writes, “West Philadelphia is where Kermit Gosnell ran an underground, illegal abortion clinic. Thankfully, Gosnell was exposed because of abortion activists, and Gosnell was tried and convicted of three counts of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life without parole for each of the three murders. And, as a side note, I feel deeply conflicted about our system of aggressive prosecution and incarceration in America—but I don’t for a second feel conflicted about a Gosnell being locked up forever for his crimes.

“Reading about the atrocities in Gosnell’s clinic—it takes your breath away. What he did was monstrous. Monstrous. And thanks to repeated exposure by reproductive justice activists and feminist journalists, Gosnell was exposed and arrested and tried and convicted for his crimes. What Gosnell did wasn’t medical treatment. It was illegal, unethical and criminal. Period.”

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Kohn’s words are pure unadulterated SPIN at the very best, if not outright lies.

Let’s break this down.

First Kohn lies when she claims that Gosnell ran an underground/illegal abortion clinic.

UNDERGROUND? Hardly – from the Associated Press

Women went to Dr. Kermit Gosnell to end their pregnancies. Many came away with life-threatening infections and punctured organs; some still had fetal parts inside them when they arrived at nearby hospitals in dire need of emergency care.

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which operates two hospitals within a mile of Gosnell’s squalid abortion clinic in West Philadelphia, saw at least six of these patients — two of whom died. But they largely failed in their legal and ethical duties to report their peer’s incompetence, according to a grand jury report.

“We are very troubled that almost all of the doctors who treated these women routinely failed to report a fellow physician who was so obviously endangering his patients,” wrote the Philadelphia grand jurors, who recommended a slew of charges against Gosnell and his staff in January.

The health system — in apparent contradiction of the grand jury report — released a statement saying that it had “provided reports to the authorities regarding patients of Dr. Gosnell who sought additional care at our hospitals” starting in 1999.

But the system’s attorneys could produce only a single report for the grand jury. That involved 22-year-old Semika Shaw, who died at the university hospital of internal bleeding and sepsis after a botched abortion in 2000. Gosnell’s insurers ultimately paid out a $900,000 settlement in that case.

Health system spokeswoman Susan Phillips later clarified the statement, saying “we have staff who specifically recall making oral reports” to state officials about Gosnell.

“Unfortunately, we have not been able to find additional written reports from these past years,” she wrote in an email.

A Philadelphia doctor and suburban medical examiner who did blow the whistle said they never heard back from state officials, whose repeated lapses helped Gosnell to operate unchecked for years.

Latosha Lewis, a Gosnell employee, testified that emergency room staff at the university hospital told her they treated many Gosnell patients, the report said.

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ILLEGAL? Hardly- Gosnell was licensed and approved by the state:

Gosnell opened his Women’s Medical Society at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue in 1979.

The Department of Health first granted approval for the Women’s Medical Center to provide abortions at 3801 Lancaster Avenue on December 20, 1979. The approval followed an on-site review and was good for 12 months. The DOH “site review” at the time identified a certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Joni Magee, as the medical director, with Gosnell listed as a staff physician. The report noted that a registered nurse worked two days a week, four hours a day, and that lab work was sent out to an outside laboratory.

FIRST INSPECTION – The Pennsylvania Department of Health had contact with the Women’s Medical Society dating back to 1979, when it first issued approval to open an abortion clinic. 1979- Pennsylvania Department of Health approval to do abortions at his clinic in 1979, after an on-site inspection.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health did not conduct another site review until 1989, ten years later. Numerous violations were already apparent, but Gosnell got a pass when he promised to fix them.

In 1992, The Pennsylvania Department of Health Site reviews in 1992 and 1993 also noted various violations, but again failed to ensure they were corrected. Sometime after 1993, the department of health instituted a policy of inspecting abortion clinics only when there was a complaint, but the grand jury found that it didn’t even do that.

After Gov. Tom Ridge, who supported abortion, was elected, the state Department of Health stopped inspecting abortion clinics. That practice continued under Gov. Mark Schweiker and Gov. Ed Rendell. It was not until after a drug raid in February 2010 at Gosnell’s clinic that the Health Department resumed regular abortion clinic inspections, according to The Associated Press. Since then 14 of the state’s 22 freestanding abortion clinics have been ordered to remedy problems

Gosnell has hardly been an underground nor illegal abortion clinic, Gosnell was allowed to stay in business as pro-abortion regulators turned a blind eye.

In fact, almost a decade ago, a former employee of Gosnell presented the Board of Medicine with a complaint that laid out the whole scope of his operation: the unclean, unsterile
conditions; the unlicensed workers; the unsupervised sedation; the underage abortion patients; even the over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street. Department assigned an investigator, whose investigation consisted primarily of an offsite interview with Gosnell.

The investigator never inspected the facility, questioned other employees, or reviewed any records. Department attorneys chose to accept this incomplete investigation, and dismissed the complaint as unconfirmed. Shortly thereafter the department received an even more disturbing report – about a woman, years before Karnamaya Mongar, who died of sepsis after Gosnell perforated her uterus. The woman was 22 years old. A civil suit against Gosnell was settled for almost a million dollars, and the insurance company forwarded the information to the department. That report should have been all the confirmation needed for the complaint from the former employee that was already in the department’s possession. Instead, the department attorneys dismissed this complaint too. They concluded that death was just an “inherent” risk, not something that should jeopardize a doctor’s medical license.

Between 2002 and 2009, the grand jury learned, attorneys for the state’s medical licensing board reviewed five cases against Gosnell. They closed three without investigation. The last two were investigated and closed without action -including the death of a 22-year-old whose family sued Gosnell and received a $400,000 settlement.

Between 2002 and 2009, Board of Medicine attorneys reviewed five cases involving malpractice and other complaints against Gosnell. (The Grand Jury also received records of three older complaints – from 1983, 1990, and 1992 – one of which resulted in a reprimand.) None of the assigned attorneys, or their supervisors, suggested that the Board take action against the deviant doctor. In fact, despite serious allegations, three of the cases were closed without any investigation. The other two were investigated and then closed – without any action being taken.

Then, in In January 2002, an attorney representing Semika Shaw, a 22-year-old woman who had died following an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic, wrote to authorties requesting copies of inspection reports for any on-site inspections of the clinic conducted by DOH. Staloski wrote to the attorney that no inspections had been conducted since 1993 because DOH had received no complaints about the clinic in that time.…In other words, Gosnell was fully licensed yet UNREGULATED !

Years earlier, in August 2003, another branch of the city’s health department had received an anonymous complaint about Women’s Medical Society. Mandi Davis, a sanitation specialist in the environmental engineering section, wrote a memo to a colleague at the department, Ken Gruen, with a copy to then-Assistant Health Commissioner Izzat Melhem. She informed them that she had received a “rather disturbing” complaint of aborted fetuses stored in paper bags in an employee refrigerator
at Gosnell’s clinic. Davis requested that a site visit be conducted to assure that proper infectiouswaste handling and disposal practices were in place. Davis further instructed Gruen: “I am not expecting a ‘wild goose chase’ for aborted fetuses.” Current Philadelphia Health Commissioner Donald Schwarz testified that notations on the memo seem to indicate that a site visit was, in fact, made. The city health department, however, could not produce any report of that site visit. Nor is there evidence that the department took any action against Gosnell for his dangerous handling of medical waste, or for his failure to have an approved infectious waste plan, as is required by the city Health Code.

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On May 7, 2004, a city health department inspector was sent to the clinic. His report stated that proper labels were missing from areas where waste was stored; that red bag containers for infectious waste were not lidded; that marked boxes of infectious waste were sitting on the basement floor – not raised as they should be; that red bags for pick-up were not properly stored in the basement; and that the clinic did not provide a contract with a disposal company. Gosnell subsequently produced some more paperwork, including a copy of a contract for disposal. However, he never paid his fee. The city never approved his medical waste plan. And he never cleaned up the infectious waste. Yet five years later, he was still operating.

In 2008, a City of Philadelphia employee, a registered nurse named Lori Matijkiw, did notice and report the abysmal conditions she observed at Gosnell’s clinic. Matijkiw conducted what the Health Department calls an “AFIX” visit, or vaccine inspection, in July 2008. On July 16, 2008, at 1:30 p.m., Matijkiw made a vaccine inspection visit to Gosnell’s clinic. Unlike the inspectors before her, she did not simply stick to her narrow, assigned task of inspecting vaccines and their storage units. She took seriously her broader duty to protect public health. Following her visit to Gosnell’s facility, she reported on a multitude of deficiencies she found.

She noted that the office was “not clean at all, and many areas of the office smell like urine.” She reported a “dark layer of dust” on the baseboards and described the “enormous” fish tanks, filled with murky water. In the refrigerator, she found expired vaccines – one with an expiration date of March 2006, another 2005. The temperature log, which was supposed to record the refrigerator temperature every day, had not been marked since the second day of June – a month and a half earlier. On top of the refrigerator, she found a stack of temperature logs, already filled out, showing readings twice a day, with no initials, time, or month.

On October 7, 2009, Matijkiw returned to the clinic. Again she wrote a scathing report, addressed, again, to her supervisor, Lisa Morgan. In it Matijkiw described a two hour meeting with “(Dr.) O’Neill” (the parentheses were in her original email). During the visit, Matijkiw learned that O’Neill had no understanding of the vaccine program. O’Neill reportedly believed that the free children’s vaccines could be given to adult patients and to those with private insurance. Matijkiw noticed that one of the free vaccines was given to Gosnell’s daughter. A month after Matijkiw’s second visit to the clinic, Mrs. Mongar died. A month after that, in December 2009, a notation in Philadelphia Department of Public Health records stated: “Site will not be enrolled in [the Vaccine for Children program] after Matijkiw’s visits. We will pick up any wasted vaccines in January. Jim is reporting Dr. to state licensing.”

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Meanwhile, Gosnell submitted an application to become a National Abortion Federation (NAF) member astonishingly, the day after Karnamaya Mongar died, following her abortion at the clinic. Even on a day when the place had been scrubbed and spiffed up for the visit, the NAF investigator found it disgusting and rejected Gosnell’s application for membership. But despite noting many outright illegalities, including a padlocked emergency exit in a part of the clinic where women were left alone overnight, the grand jury report notes that the NAF inspector did not report any of these violations to authorities:

According to the Grand Jury Report, report, Gosnell, in addition to operating his own clinic in Pennsylvania, worked one day a week at Atlantic Women’s Medical Services in Wilmington, Delaware.
Atlantic was a NAF accredited abortion clinic, so Gosnell was hardly UNDERGROUND like Kohn, suggested. The grand jury report found that he routinely referred women who were too far along in their pregnancy to get an abortion under Delaware law to his West Philadelphia clinic.

Finally, in 2010, Federal drug agents raided Gosnell’s abortion clinic. And it was that raid, which triggered another inspection by health investigators four days later.

They found Gosnell’s abortion clinic was filthy, with fetal remains filling a freezer and clogging drains. He allowed unlicensed employees to give anesthesia, often leaving patients unattended, the report said.

That last inspection triggered the events that led to Gosnell’s arrest:

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February 22, 2010, the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine suspended Gosnell’s medical license, citing “an immediate and clear danger to the public health and safety.”

March 12, 2010 the state Department of Health filed papers to begin the process of shutting down the clinic.

MAY 4, 2010 The Philadelphia District Attorney submitted this case, pertaining to criminal wrongdoing at Gosnell’s clinic, to the Grand Jury on May 4, 2010

No where in the Grand Jury Report, nor Court Documents does it indicate that “Reproductive Rights” activists, as Kohn wrongly asserts ever reported ANYTHING to authorities to force the closure of Gosnell’s abortion clinic.

In fact, there appears to be evidence that in addition to NAF knowing the clinic’s conditions, Planned Parenthood did as well.

Kohn is wrong again when she claims there were repeated exposure by reproductive justice activists and feminist journalists who exposed Gosnell.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America told the media, “The American people join me and my organization in being outraged that this man was able to operate for years, preying on poor women who desperately needed safe and clean medical services but were unable to get it because of the restrictions that drove credible and reputable providers and doctors out of business in Pennsylvania and we were the first out of the gate to call attention to this case. And you know why?… It’s because unfortunately as the anti-choicers try and restrict more and more doctors out of business, they are the ones keeping the Kermit Gosnells operating.”

Erik Wemple at the Washington Post must think they are, he responded, “Having done precisely 3,454 Nexis and Internet search on the Gosnell case, we missed the part where NARAL had led a charge to highlight the alleged atrocities in West Philadelphia. So we Nexised again, checking on NARAL’s footprint around the time that Gosnell was indicted in January 2011. Not much there. When asked to provide news releases or other evidence of activism around that time, NARAL didn’t provide anything.”

In February of 2010 WHYY reported that Dayle Steinberg is CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania denied knowing of any of the horrific conditions at Gosnells’ abortion clinic. They wrote:

Steinberg: We do anticipate that women who might have scheduled appointments for abortion procedures at the Women’s Medical Society will be calling Planned Parenthood.

and then reported, “Steinberg says she knows that Gosnell has provided abortions in Philadelphia for many years, but says she hadn’t heard of any problems at clinic until the allegations surfaced in recent days.”

DaylesteinbergDayle Steinberg is CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Steinberg began her association with Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) in 1978 as a graduate intern, joined the full-time staff in 1981, served as director of surgical services from 1986-1992, then served for eight years as senior vice president, and was appointed president and CEO in 2001.

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But later, according to Philly.com : Steinberg said this about Gosnell at a public fundraiser:

“Steinberg said that when Gosnell was in practice, women would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood for services after first visiting Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, and would complain to staff about the conditions there.

“’We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,’ Steinberg said as she sat with Steinem before Tuesday’s events.”

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Next time NAF, NARAL or Planned Parenthood send their spinners like fake “journalist” Sally Kohn to say that Gosnell ran an illegal abortion clinic and it was the abortion rights promoters who screamed for him to be shut down- tell them they are LIARS – because the FACT do not add up to their abortion spin !!!

Lest you think that Sally Kohn’s attempt is the first and only attempt at spinning horrific legal abortion clinic conditions read Pro-choice Wall of Silence or complicity in the War on Women – when abortion injures and kills the women they claim to protect.

Remembering aborted babies found in Florida on this National Day of Remembrance for aborted Children

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortion clinic medical waste, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2013 by saynsumthn

In 1991, pro-lifers in South Florida found aborted children being discarded by a local abortion clinic in their trash dumpster.

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The aborted children were thrown in various garbage bags and placed in the dumpster in a strip plaza where anyone could locate them. In addition to the children thrown away, the medical records of the women who had the abortions were also discarded.

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Most of the babies were first trimester suction abortions. The babies were ground into meat like chunks many not identifiable, but some limbs remained in tack.

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Pro-lifers did not report their findings to authorities in 1991 because the atmosphere at the time was hostile to their cause but in 1992, Carlos Ricoarango, owner of the Cuban Cafe, a business neighboring abortionist Robert Livingston said he became suspicious when he saw abortionist Livingston throwing away plastic bags late at night.

The next day, Ricoarango looked in the garbage and found 11 containers of medical waste. A Palm Beach County Sheriff`s Office investigation concluded the medical waste was human blood and a gauze that contained minute pieces of human fetal tissue. The investigation also said the gauze is used as part of an abortion process. Livingston was cleared in those charges as he was successful in convincing authorities that the “medical waste” found in his trash dumpster was somehow planted by pro-lifers.

The abortionist, Robert Livingston made the front page of The New Jersey Record twice in August 1972 when he and another doctor were indicted after performing illegal abortions.

Livingston was indicted in August 1972 along with another doctor, Bernard Greenspan of Paterson. But the charges were dropped six months later, after the January 1973 Roe v. Wade decision overturned all state laws prohibiting abortion and limited state regulation to the period late in a pregnancy when a fetus can survive outside the womb.

In 1975 a grand jury investigated that he illegally arranging the adoption of unwanted babies that he delivers.

Livingston opened a clinic in Englewood, Metropolitan Medical Associates, which he operated along with an obstetrics practice and a fertility clinic until he moved to Florida in 1980. Metropolitan Medical still operates under different ownership.

Livingston said he never questioned the morality of the procedure. Medically, he said he considered the amount of tissue extracted during an early-term abortion to be equivalent to a scab.

Now, years later, times have changed.

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According to The Record, Livingston, once a lightning rod in the North Jersey abortion debate, now avoids telling anyone about his role in that chapter of American history, even though he strongly maintains his belief that abortions ought to be legal. The issue, he says, has become so emotionally charged that he no longer feels comfortable talking about it — not to the colleagues of his grown children and not to the residents of what he described as a conservative retirement community where he now lives.

“I would be afraid,” he said, adding that he believes the stigma of being an abortion doctor is greater than it was in the 1960s, when it was illegal to perform the procedure. “The atmosphere is so ominous now. I wouldn’t know where to begin.”

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Livingston’s license has been suspended since 2007 when he tried to return to his practice without completing a treatment and evaluation program, in violation of a contract he had made with the Board of Medicine, according to Florida Department of Health documents.

He had agreed to complete the program after he overdosed on opiates he was taking for chronic pain, the documents show.

Pro-lifers held a Memorial Service for the children killed at the abortion clinic. Many came by to grieve their deaths.

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Miami Herald, The (FL) September 17, 1989

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Author: DEBBIE SONTAG Herald Staff Writer

Hattie M., a teacher’s aide, was 21 years old when she picked up the Dade County phone book and looked under A for abortion.

She and her husband already had two kids and they couldn’t afford another. It was that simple.

So — let’s see: Abortion Access Center, Abortion Clinic- Hospital Center, Abortion Information Center. There. All in bold type, all at the same phone number. Must be the place to go. Safe, cheap and confidential, said the phone book. Near Dadeland in an affluent area, so it’s not some sleaze joint, Hattie thought. She called right away. Bring $175, they told her. Cash.

Dr. Robert Kast, a graduate of the University of Guadalajara School of Medicine, estimated that she was 16 weeks pregnant. He performed an abortion and sent her home to Florida City, declaring the procedure “complete and uneventful,” according to Hattie. She was relieved to have it over.

That night eight years ago, however, she began to bleed. Heavily. By the time the ambulance came to take her to James Archer Smith Hospital in Homestead, she was unconscious.

An X-ray exposed a dead fetus, about five months old.

Later, Kast would tell hospital doctors that he knew the abortion had been incomplete, that he had expected the patient to “pass” the fetus naturally. He would claim he had followed normal, accepted clinical procedures.

“Everybody involved was shocked and outraged,” says Dr. Charles Marshall House, then the hospital’s chief of staff. “It was the first and only time I wanted to report a doctor to the state.”

Surgeons performed a Caesarean section. They removed a mutilated, foot-long male fetus that weighed about four-fifths of a pound.

“It looked like the baby had been half-eaten by a dog,” House says.

* * *

In the days before Roe vs. Wade, emergency room doctors were forever cleaning up after botched illegal abortions. Furtive encounters with back-alley bunglers left nearly 1,700 women dead every year.

These days, abortion is supposed to be safe. Performed by skilled professionals, it is a simple procedure. Only a handful of women die each year from abortions gone bad, and serious complications arise in less than one-half of 1 percent of all cases.

But these statistics belie an unnerving political reality. Though a woman’s right to an abortion was considered the key victory of the feminist movement, abortion has never escaped the moral taint that keeps it the most emotional political issue of our time. And in this climate of shadows, the past lingers.

Clinics have a hard time attracting reputable doctors willing to risk being vilified by the Right to Life movement. Moreover, the stigma of abortion is still so painful that many women — even those with private gynecologists — opt for the anonymity of a clinic chosen from the phone book. They don’t shop around. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And they want it over.

Embarrassed and sometimes ashamed, many women will tolerate a low standard of care without complaint. Unless severely injured, most are reluctant to file lawsuits.

And they’re not the only ones who don’t speak up.

Because of the growing militancy of the anti-abortion movement, and because of the anti-abortion leanings of the present U.S. Supreme Court, competent abortion providers find themselves in an ambiguous moral position. They know about the few bad places, the ones with careless procedures, inept doctors and untrained staff. But they are loathe to report them. They fear the adverse publicity will reflect badly on all of them at a politically inopportune time.

Altogether, it is a bad recipe for good medical care. Abortion is a business, but one in which the normal rules of a free marketplace simply don’t apply. Good clinics don’t necessarily thrive; the few bad ones are free to survive and prosper.

It’s not a happy thought. Even in the days of legal abortion, the back alley persists — on a commercial street, in a medical building, with a front door, and sometimes even with a state license.

* * *

No abortion center in South Florida has a reputation more foul than the Eason family’s 17-year-old clinic at 6950 SW 88th Street, the place Hattie M. picked out of the phone book.

At first, in the mid-1970s, when it offered contraception, the Dadeland Family Planning Center was the place to go for many young women. High school and college students carried the clinic’s ID card in their jeans’ pockets, a badge of their newly awakened sexuality.

But soon it got too busy for its patients’ good. The Easons lured clients with misleading ads, listing the clinic under more than three dozen names in the phone book. Women crowded into the clinic, and, on a busy day, as many as 60 patients — twice that at other clinics — were given abortions by the same physician.

Before long, the clinic’s best doctor, the man responsible for its respectable reputation, quit in disgust.

Which is roughly when the Dadeland Family Planning Center — a.k.a. The Women’s Referral Group, and The Abortion Counseling Center, and Planned Population, and The Women’s Crisis Center, and Dade County Abortion, and Dadeland Abortion, and Florida Abortion, and Florida Family Planning, and Birth Control Information, and Adoption Counseling Association, and The Women’s Center of Dade — went into a tailspin.

In the last 10 years, the clinic and its doctors have been sued 15 times. Though lawsuits themselves don’t necessarily prove wrongdoing, this number is extraordinary. Over the same period, The Ladies Centers of South Florida, two busy clinics recommended by Planned Parenthood, have been sued only once.

One doctor who worked at the Dadeland clinic was a convicted sex offender. Another was reprimanded by his state licensing board for “gross malpractice.” A third was responsible for more than $500,000 in out-of-court settlements on abortions gone awry.

Year after year, there were ruptured uteruses, perforated colons and emergency hysterectomies.

Women who were not pregnant were told that they were. And probably, although this is impossible to prove, some of these women were then given what they were told, and believe to this day, were abortions.

Finally, one woman, the unluckiest of all, died.

* * *

Meet the Easons.

Susan Eason Hoffman, 39, the clinic president, currently lives at the Levy County Forestry Camp, a state prison in Bronson, Fla. She was convicted on 11 misdemeanor charges, ranging from possession of cocaine to leaving the scene of an accident. She had also chalked up 32 traffic convictions for speeding and reckless driving. For a time, she continued to receive paychecks from the clinic while in jail.

Brother Marc Eason, 42, a former clinic go-fer, is Inmate No. 069502 at the Dade Correctional Institution. He’s doing life for karate chopping and hatcheting his Coconut Grove roommates to death. They had complained about his sloppiness, which, Marc Eason argued while representing himself in court, made it justifiable homicide.

Their sister, Marlene Berk, runs the Broward’s Women Center, a Fort Lauderdale abortion clinic co-owned by their mother. (The clinic is now operating illegally. Its license expired nearly a year ago.) Berk says she has nothing to do with the Dadeland clinic, of which she was a corporate officer until a few years back.

Which leaves Betty Eason — and her 18- and 21-year-old granddaughters — in charge.

Eason is a 66-year-old widow with a thick scar on her neck
from the time her son stabbed her with a serrated steak knife. (Mother deserved it for having poisoned Father, Marc Eason said before he was committed to the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry. His father died of a heart attack in 1969.)

When she recently filed for personal bankruptcy, Eason owned a 1983 Mercedes-Benz, a $700,000 office building, a $200,000 property in Kendall and a $120,000 interest in a property in Upper Matecumbe Key.

A talkative woman given to wearing floral print dresses and thick stockings with runs, she calls the women who visit her clinic “Dear” and “Doll.”

“Don’t go out there and put yourself in the hands of quacks, dear,” Eason tells a Miami Herald reporter posing as a patient. “There are plenty of places that don’t care about women like we do.”

* * *

Ellen Lorena Williams was 38 years old, and she had a good job as a personnel manager for the Dade County School Board. Married with two kids, she had no place in her life for another child. So when she realized she was pregnant, she called Dadeland Family Planning.

Williams was a big woman, six feet tall and nearly 300 pounds. Dr. Chatoor Bisal Singh, a graduate of the University of the West Indies medical school, could not tell exactly how pregnant she was. He sent her to get a sonogram and estimated
from the results that Williams was 13 weeks along.

Singh, newly divorced, had just arrived in Miami from California and was “strapped for cash,” he said in an interview with Tropic. He usually did not perform abortions, he said, but accepted a temporary job at the Dadeland clinic while Robert Kast was on leave.

Singh performed a suction abortion on Williams, after she signed a mimeographed consent form stating she was aware that “complications from abortions are uncommon in the hands of trained medical personnel; however, they sometimes occur.”

Two days later, accompanied by her husband, Walter, a mechanic, she returned to the clinic from her Richmond Heights home. Holding her arms across her stomach and rocking back and forth, she said the pain was nearly unbearable. Betty Eason gave her some tea and called the doctor.

Four hours later, Singh arrived. Williams was resting on a brown Naugahyde lounge chair, covered with a blanket. Singh took Williams into an examining room and performed a second suctioning, assisted by Dr. Nabil Ghali, whose medical license, while active in Florida, had been revoked in Kentucky after he was convicted for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Williams was discharged with a bottle of antibiotics. The next morning, Eason took a sample of Williams’ blood to a laboratory for analysis, but the lab refused to run a culture
because the clinic had not protected the specimen in a sterile container. At about the same time, Williams was being rushed by ambulance to Coral Reef Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.

The surgery was too late. Her uterus and bowel had been perforated during the first abortion and the infection was acute.

Williams died the next morning.

It was 1985. Of 1.6 million abortions performed in the United States that year, only six resulted in the death of the patient. The odds of dying from an abortion were less than one in 250,000.

Following Williams’ death, Eason told The Miami Herald: “This has nothing to do with the clinic at all. As far as we’re concerned, he didn’t do anything. He did not murder that woman. You can accuse anybody of anything.”

The Florida Board of Medical Examiners charged Singh with “gross or repeated malpractice.” Singh still does not think he was at fault: “It was just an unfortunate combination of factors. I feel sorry that the lady died.”

* * *

Betty Eason says she didn’t enter her field for the money.

“Someone very close to me nearly died in an illegal abortion in Mexico,” she says. “Also, I saw a black woman in a New York hospital nearly bleed to death after she had an abortion with a coat hanger. I’m pro-choice. That’s what gets me up in the morning.”

Eason started out both in Michigan, where she began the Abortion AAA Advisory Center, and in Florida, where her daughter Susan Eason Hoffman opened the Women’s Referral Group.

This was in 1972, the year before the Supreme Court made abortion accessible in every state. What the Easons did was to make arrangements for women to get abortions elsewhere, usually New York. They charged a fee for a service that Planned
Parenthood was performing for free.

Which apparently gave the Easons an idea. They started doing business as Planned Parenthood of Oakland County, Mich., and incorporated as Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami. The Michigan Planned Parenthood people were suspicious early on, when an irate woman whose daughter had flown to New York for an abortion called to complain about the arrangements. Planned
Parenthood had no record of the daughter’s trip.

This mystery was cleared up when Planned Parenthood began hearing Planned Parenthood ads on the radio — ads it had not placed. In 1974, the national organization filed suit against the Easons for federal trademark infringement, and a judge told the Easons to stop using the name.

“There was a big flap,” says Eve Paul, vice president of legal affairs for Planned Parenthood. “They were deliberately trying to appropriate our reputation. It was outrageous. We have very high medical standards.”

Once abortion was legalized, the Women’s Referral Group became one of a handful of referral agencies that flourished in the shadow of a law prohibiting the advertising of abortion services.

After nearly five years in Miami, the Easons started offering abortions on their premises. They bought their own building at 6950 SW 88th Street for $490,000.

From the start, they had a sure-fire method for attracting customers. They listed their two phone numbers under about 40 names. One quarter-page ad in the Yellow Pages under the headline DADELAND said the Easons’ Abortion Access Center was approved by the Women’s Referral Group, which were one and the same.

The clinic’s first doctor was Richard Litt, a graduate of the University of Florida Medical School who had done his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and was board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. He got involved because a childhood friend, Steve Fisher, was the Easons’ administrator.

Litt performed abortions there two days a week. “When I worked there, I ran the medical part and I wouldn’t let them near me. I did many procedures, and had no real complications.” But by 1981, Litt was disgusted with the place. Outside the procedure rooms, it was dirty, with cigarette ashes scattered about the pale linoleum. Litt says the Easons were asking him to do too many abortions a day, on women too far along in their pregnancy.

And Hoffman, who at that point had had several confrontations with the law, often acted unprofessionally at the office. “She would kick doors in and have loud drunken arguments,” says another former employee.

The final indignity, Litt says, was when someone at the clinic started stealing his prescription forms, forging his signature to get narcotics in bulk. He found out after a state computer noticed an unusual number of orders for such drugs as Demerol under his name. The state Department of Professional Regulation investigated. Litt says it was proved his signature was forged, but the state reprimanded him for allowing his prescription forms to fall into the wrong hands. (The state’s files from 1983 have been destroyed, says Pat Robinson, public information specialist.)

So, Litt left the clinic.

“Dr. Litt was the last mainstream gynecologist they had,” says Lynn Rosenthal, a Tallahassee clinic administrator who used to work in Miami.

And he left with bitterness: “The place is a scum hole. I wouldn’t send a dog there . . . They should be put in jail.”

* * *

Good clinics do more than provide low-cost abortions. They serve as inexpensive gynecologists, providing contraception and sex education counseling. Their owners are pro-choice activists, who see themselves as advocates for women. Usually, they belong to the National Abortion Federation and abide by a long list of exacting professional standards (including one that specifically prohibits multiple listings in the phone book).

The owners of some National Abortion Federation-certified clinics readily acknowledge that they are in it for the money, too. Clinics are businesses, and as such should be well-run and profitable, says Patricia Windle of The Aware Woman in Melbourne. “I’m a capitalist-feminist,” she says.

But in addition to the feminists — the people who say their first concern is their women clients — there are “the entrepreneurs,” as Janis Compton-Carr, executive director of the Florida Abortion Rights Action League, euphemistically calls them: Those in it for the bucks alone, attracted by the low start-up costs, the high demand and the all-cash nature of a business that never has any accounts receivable.

The Easons once sought the official acceptance of their respectable colleagues — membership in the National Abortion Federation. But they were denied, on the basis of their application, a phone interview with their doctor and a background check. The federation did offer to do an on-site inspection, asking for a deposit of $1,200. The Easons declined the offer.

They were also considered ineligible for membership in the Florida Abortion Council, a professional association, because their clinic had a poor reputation and didn’t “meet the standards,” according to Patricia Martin, a former council president.

Local abortion providers never knew quite what to do with the Easons. They were all supposed to be in it together, devoted to making abortion safe, accessible and free of stigma. But solidarity couldn’t be indiscriminate.

“I used to call (Hoffman) up all the time and say, ‘Do you know how hard we’re all working to make this safe and keep it legal? You’re a disgrace,’ ” says Lynn Leight, a registered nurse and owner of The Ladies Centers in North and South Miami.

But no one who believed the Dadeland clinic to be bad news ever spoke up against it publicly, and no one ever registered an official complaint.

* * *

Neither did the women who depended on the clinic. But that is not unusual.

Of all the malpractice suits filed against gynecologists in this country, only about 3.4 percent are related to abortions.

That is, primarily, because complications are so very rare. But it is also because women are reluctant to sue when they encounter difficulties at abortion clinics.

“No one wants to get on the witness stand and tell the world that they had an abortion. They don’t want to be cross- examined about how many men they had in how many days,” says Barbara Radford, executive director of the National Abortion Federation. “Also, these may be women who have never had access to any good health care. They just don’t know they have the right to stand up for themselves.”

Given the odds, the Easons had more than their share of legal challenges.

The average obstetrician/gynecologist in Florida is sued 1.2 times over the course of a 33-year career, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Robert Kast has been sued seven times — all for abortions done in a three-year period at Eason’s clinic. Kast, then 32 years old, began doing abortions at the Dadeland clinic soon after he started practicing medicine in Florida in 1981.

In court records, Kast said the clinic asked him to perform as many as 50 abortions a day, most first trimester, but some second, which are more difficult. That’s about eight hours of surgery, virtually nonstop. (Dr. Arthur Schatz, an experienced local practitioner, says he prefers to do no more than 35, all first trimester, because “after that, my hand is cramped, and I’m more likely to make mistakes.”)

At the Dadeland clinic, Kast’s first problem was with Teresa R.

It was Halloween, 1981. Teresa, accompanied by her mother, went to the Dadeland clinic for an abortion. Kast performed the routine dilation and curettage, cleaning the walls of the uterus by suction and scraping. He then sent Teresa on her way.

Two months later, Teresa’s stomach was swollen and she was vomiting in the morning. Her mother took her back to the Dadeland clinic, where Kast found the girl was still pregnant, this time about 22 weeks along. He took her into the examining room to perform a second abortion, suggesting that her mother go get a cup of coffee, according to the mother. Less than a half-hour later, Teresa was hemorrhaging from a perforated uterus. The clinic wouldn’t call an ambulance, the mother said, so she had to drive her daughter to Jackson Memorial.

The fetus, which was dead, was removed in emergency surgery. A year and a half of pain later, Teresa had a total abdominal hysterectomy.

She was 16. She dropped out of school.

Of the $175,000 she got in a settlement, all but $64,000 went to pay attorney fees and medical bills, her attorney said.

Kast would not comment on the particulars of that or any other case. He maintains that, in every instance, “I did not deviate from any standards of care and my medical care and treatment was appropriate and fully defensible . . . No negligence was attributable to my care.”

It was not too long after Teresa R.’s bad experience that Hattie M., the woman whose mangled fetus was removed in emergency surgery at James Archer Smith Hospital, underwent her trauma. (Eight years later, she declined a personal interview, and communicated with The Herald through her brother, a lawyer.)

Despite his intentions when he saw the results of Hattie’s incomplete abortion, Dr. House, the former chief of staff at James Archer Smith Hospital, never got around to reporting Kast to the state Department of Professional Regulation. Hattie, who sustained no permanent physical injury, received a $25,000 settlement, according to her attorney.

The following spring, Dawn J., then 15 years old, visited the Dadeland clinic, one of 46 women to undergo an abortion by Kast that day. For the next week, she called the clinic daily, complaining of pain and a thick vaginal discharge.

“Your symptoms are normal. Take some Tylenol,” she said she was told. A week later, in emergency surgery at Baptist Hospital, her perforated uterus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes were removed. .

Dawn received a $195,000 settlement in her lawsuit against Kast. The doctor was charged with “gross or repeated malpractice” by the state. Later, on the recommendation of a hearing officer, the charge was dismissed by the Florida Board of Medical Examiners.

“While there are physicians who would have reacted differently than (Kast) reacted, it appears that (Kast’s) peers who perform abortion procedures . . . would have responded in the same manner,” the hearing officer wrote.

Deidre M. was next. Following her abortion by Kast, the 20- year-old was left with a two-inch, jagged rip in her uterus. She ended up having a total abdominal hysterectomy. The case was settled out of court for $150,000.

There is no question that even the most skilled practitioner can run into a complication during an abortion procedure. But if the doctor takes his time, performs a careful pre-operative exam, and responds immediately to problems, the damage will be avoided or minimized, says Dr. Arthur Schatz, the director of medical services for The Ladies Center and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Miami medical school.

Incomplete abortions are the most common complication, occuring in one-half to 1 per cent of all abortions. Handled correctly, however, they should pose no threat to the patient. Generally, only small pieces of tissue are left behind, causing a patient to bleed excessively afterward. The tissue is easily removed by a second suctioning. If a doctor misses significant remnants of the fetus, Schatz says, it is because he didn’t sufficiently examine the tissue he removed.

Perforations of the uterus are more worrisome, and less likely. They can usually be avoided if the physician carefully checks the position of the uterus before beginning, Schatz says. That position tells the doctor the angle at which to insert his instruments. Inserted incorrectly, the instruments can easily tear the uterine wall.

If the uterus is perforated, an experienced doctor should immediately “have a reasonable suspicion,” Schatz says. At that point serious complications are easily prevented by halting the abortion and starting the patient on antibiotics. If the doctor instead proceeds, he is likely to perforate other organs and leave the patient vulnerable to infection, eventually necessitating a hysterectomy.

Well-run clinics, however, usually avoid all of the above problems. In a study of three Planned Parenthood clinics in New York, Dr. Michael Burnhill found that there were no deaths and no forced hysterectomies among 170,000 abortions performed over 16 years.

Kast maintains that he did nothing other doctors would not have done. The fact that he settled some suits, he says, implies no admission of culpability. They were all settled for “nominal sums” and for their “nuisance value,” he says.

(Dr. Walter Ward, the attorney who represented Dawn, says settlements of $150,000 and $195,000 are “by no means nominal in my parlance.”)

In the next couple of years, three more women accused Kast of medical malpractice. Sharon S. went to court, alleging that she had an ectopic pregnancy — a fetus in her Fallopian tube — that Kast failed to diagnose, instead performing a suction abortion on her uterus. A jury found Kast wasn’t negligent. The two other suits were dropped.

Kast, meanwhile, was studying for exams to be board- certified as an obstetrician/gynecologist. He recommended that Dr. Chatoor Bisal Singh take his place.

Singh, a 41-year-old native of British Guyana, had graduated from medical school at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica in 1973. He had done three years of post- graduate work in Guyana, Washington, D.C., and Miami. He was “not an abortionist,” he said in an interview, “just an honest, easygoing guy looking for something temporary.”

Dr. Nabil Ghali was also working at the Dadeland clinic at the time. Ghali had lost his Kentucky license in 1983 after being convicted of four misdemeanor counts of unlawful transaction with a minor; to wit: sexual relations with a 13- year-old girl. But by then, he already had a Florida license — even though he had lied on his application, saying he had been sued for malpractice only once, when he’d really been sued four times.

In 1985, Ellen Williams died after being treated by Singh and Ghali. A jury awarded her family $1 million.

The same day that Singh perforated Williams’ uterus and bowel, he also performed an abortion on Patricia W.

Patricia, 25, began hemorrhaging and passing fetal parts when she got home. She wrapped up the tissue in aluminum foil, put it in a plastic bag and took it to the clinic, where, she says, Eason told her it was “a blood clot.” Actually, she learned at the South Dade Community Health Center, it was a 16- week-old fetal head. At Jackson Memorial, her uterus was scraped a second time to clean out the tissue left behind. Her next stop was Circuit Court, where she filed suit, eventually getting a $100,000 settlement, according to her attorney.

Singh left the clinic after Williams’ death. “It was a bad month,” he said. Ghali stayed, even after the state of Florida revoked his license in June of 1987, having learned of his record in Kentucky. Ghali appealed that revocation. For the year his appeal was pending, he found work at the Dadeland clinic.

During that time, two women went to court alleging malpractice in abortions Ghali performed there. One of them was Cynthia C., then 30 and the mother of two. She said she called the clinic after her abortion, complaining of heavy bleeding and the discharge of large pieces of tissue. Clinic workers told her to take aspirin, she said. Later that night, she went by ambulance to James Archer Smith Hospital, arriving with no blood pressure because her uterine artery had been severed. She underwent a hysterectomy, eventually receiving a minimal settlement from Ghali, who was not insured.

Grace S., also forced to undergo an emergency hysterectomy, has had to accept that her lawsuit may get nowhere. To date, her attorney’s process server has been unable to locate Dr. Ghali.

And the Easons carry no insurance. In every case, it was the physicians’ insurers who bore the brunt of the settlements. The Easons, meanwhile, repeated the same refrain when problems arose: We are not a medical clinic. We are not responsible for what the doctors do. We make sure they have a license, and beyond that we are not qualified to pass judgment on their capabilities.

(National Abortion Federation standards state that clinic owners bear a fundamental responsibility to hire trained doctors, and to evaluate their performance. If they cannot judge the physicians themselves, says the federation, they should hire a medical director.)

“All doctors make mistakes,” says Eason’s daughter, Broward clinic owner Marlene Berk.

Anti-abortionists have known for a long time that the Dadeland Family Planning Center would serve them well.

If you’re against a woman’s right to choose abortion — if you believe abortion is murder and all persons who perform abortions are butchers — what better place to target for protest than the rare clinic where someone has actually died?

Several years ago, the South Dade Crisis Pregnancy Center opened in the building next door to Dadeland Family Planning. That meant the folks at the pregnancy center were on hand to engage in “sidewalk counseling” and invite women into their office to hear about alternatives to abortion.

“It’s the worst clinic around, and somehow also the most prolific,” says the Rev. Henry Patino, who serves on the board of the Crisis Pregnancy Center and as president of the local chapter of the anti-abortion Christian Action Council. “Unsuspecting girls keep coming in like sheep to the slaughter, with no idea of the quality or lack of quality of medical care involved.”

Last spring, Patino was arrested, along with 137 other anti-abortion demonstrators, for blocking the entrance to Eason’s clinic. It was part of Operation Rescue, a national mobilization of the increasingly militant anti-abortion movement.

It was also a major media event, and pro-choice activists believed it demanded a counter-demonstration. That they really should be there, on behalf of the issue, not the individual clinic. But it made them queasy.

Says pro-choice activist Lynn Rosenthal: “We’re committed to protecting access to abortion care, but to go and defend that place . . . ”

Still, they went.

* * *

For years, there has been a chronic, nagging rumor about the Easons’ clinic — that it performs abortions on women who aren’t pregnant.

According to the rumor, it works like this: A woman thinks she may be pregnant. She goes to the clinic for a free test. She is told the test is positive, so she makes an appointment for an abortion. The procedure is done, quickly, and, if all goes well, with no complications. And then for the rest of her life, the woman believes, falsely, that she was once pregnant and had an abortion.

The rumor began when women who turned out not to be pregnant would show up at other clinics in town for abortions.

The women would be tested for pregnancy before they met the doctor, and their tests would be negative. “Why were you sure you were pregnant?” they’d be asked. “Well, I had a test at Dadeland, and they said I was positive . . . ”

Nella Vicente was one of those women.

Twenty years old and a high-school graduate, Vicente has been on her own since she was 16. For the past two years she has been a cashier with the same company. Earlier this year, she was “behind on my period for like two, three months.” A friend had gone to Dadeland, so she went there, too:

“There were so many kids in there. It was crowded and it was mainly kids. I waited there, praying I’m not pregnant. Then this lady, she called my name, and took me out in the hall and said, ‘Your test came out positive.’ That’s when I was crying. She said, ‘Would you like to make an appointment? We have an abortion clinic here, too.’ I didn’t have time to think. I believe I said, ‘For when?’ I asked her a question, ‘Is the doctor . . . can he do a complete job well?’

“She’s like, ‘Everything’ll be fine.’

“I’m surprised I made it home. Through my head, all I did was cry. I was supposed to go the next day. I talked to my boyfriend about keeping it, but there was no way.

“I took out the phone book, and I called other clinics, you know, just to find out what abortion is like. Finally this one lady, she actually talked to me for a long time, she explained it all to me, for like 20 minutes. I decided to go to her place. The Dadeland place was really dirty and gross. I saw a big roach there.

“The next morning, real early, I went to my boss and I was crying and telling her I was pregnant. I had to ask her for the $200. I was so embarrassed.

“So I went to that other clinic to have an abortion.

“They gave me a pregnancy test. It came out negative. I said, ‘That can’t be right.’ They said, ‘Do I want to take the sensitive test?’ and I go, ‘Yes,’ and that was negative, too.

“They said, ‘You’re not pregnant.’ I go, ‘Do the abortion. It has to be in there because the other people told me I was pregnant.’ I was like, ‘Can’t you do the abortion anyway?’ I wanted this desperate. Then I saw the doctor lady, and she felt, and she said, ‘There’s nothing inside.’

“After I left, I had to take at least five more tests
because I was so nervous, and even when I got my period, I wasn’t sure. I kept thinking I could feel a baby kicking me.

“Later, later, I got to thinking: What would have happened if I went back to that Dadeland place?”

* * *

The Dadeland clinic, like most others, offers for free the “two-minute sensitive” pregnancy test, which examines urine for the fetal hormone.

Essentially, the clinic employee puts one drop of urine on a laboratory slide and mixes it with a testing serum. The sample is checked in a couple of minutes. If it is positive — if the woman is pregnant — it will be smooth and milky. If it is negative, the sample will be speckled.

It is nearly impossible to confuse the two results.

The test, called “latex-agglutination” and administered in laboratories, is 90 to 98 percent accurate, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Nearly all the inaccuracy takes the form of a false negative reading, the FDA says; there is almost no chance that a woman who is not pregnant will test positive.

The only things absolutely known to cause false positive readings are anti-psychotic drugs and kidney disease, says Broden Staples, a reviewer of clinical chemistry and toxicology for the FDA.

If certain manufacturers’ tests are used, marijuana, methadone, and some other drugs can distort the test, as can an unusually high concentration of the hormone secreted when a woman ovulates.

However, “If you eliminate serious drug users from your control group, I would not expect to find a false positive rate of even 1 percent,” Staples says.

* * *

This summer, on the basis of Nella Vicente’s words and the persistence of the rumors, Tropic sent several young women to the Dadeland clinic for pregnancy tests.

None were pregnant. None were drug users. And none had kidney disease.

The pregnancy tests are advertised as free, but when each woman arrived, she was asked for “a donation, whatever you can afford.”

Of the 10 women we sent — they each claimed to be several weeks late in their periods — eight were told that they were negative. But all eight were then advised that it was “probably a false negative.” Clinic workers suggested they take a $40 blood test to be sure. A few women were asked if they had $225 in cash on them before they even took the test. Susan Blazejewski, a Miami Herald employee, was asked if she lived nearby, if she could rush home and get some cash. She said she could not.

“Well, the doctor’s here right now, and if you wait until next week it will cost you more money. Do you have $450?” Eason said.

“Shouldn’t I wait and see if I’m pregnant first?” Blazejewski answered. Told later by another employee that her results were “probably a false negative,” she asked what that meant.

“You are probably pregnant, but either too far along or not far enough for the test to show positive,” she was told.

* * *

Two of the eight women we sent were told they were pregnant.

Both were immediately asked: “Do you want to make an appointment?”

Both said yes. Both then immediately took urine tests elsewhere and were found to be negative.

And both kept their appointments at the Dadeland clinic. Perhaps, as the National Abortion Federation insists should be done, the clinic would repeat the pregnancy test, and the results would be different. Or failing that, perhaps the doctor, on performing a pelvic exam, would suspect that something was amiss.

Judging from the date they gave as the first day of their last menstrual period, one woman would have been 10 weeks pregnant, the other 12. At that stage, a doctor should be able to note changes in the uterus from a manual pelvic exam.

The first doctor, Scott Dunkin, who also performs abortions at other clinics, did notice something wrong. When he examined the patient — Herald sports writer Linda Robertson — he said: “There’s nothing in here.”

Dunkin told Robertson she wasn’t pregnant and left the examining room. Then Betty Eason showed up. Eason suggested that Robertson take a $40 blood test. And she volunteered to “hold on” to Robertson’s $225 — collected up front — in case she did turn out to be pregnant.

Robertson demanded a refund, and was given $175 back. The remaining $50, Eason said, was kept as a fee for the day’s services — even though they were only necessary because of the clinic’s inaccurate urine test.

Things proceeded differently for the second woman.

* * *

E.B. is 22 years old and serves as a clerk at another clinic in Miami, a reputable clinic.

When it turned out she was mistakenly pronounced pregnant, she agreed to return, but asked that we not publish her full name.

She was accompanied to the Dadeland clinic by Herald reporter David Von Drehle, who posed as her boyfriend.

They arrived at 9:15 a.m. The building is squat, two stories of dull brick. It says “Medical Center of Dadeland.” Inside and to the right, past peeling plaster, down an unlit hallway, is Room 130, the only suite occupied.

Von Drehle sat with several other men in a waiting room decorated with a brown and orange oil painting depicting autumn. E.B. joined 10 young women inside, behind a locked door. They were asked to fill out forms. They did so without talking.

One consent form — unheard of at other clinics — said: “When a suction curettage is done and the patient is not pregnant because the test turned out to be a false positive, the fact is that a medical procedure was done, and there can be no refund.”

She signed. No one made sure she or any other women understood the long, dense forms. There was no counseling (as the National Abortion Federation requires at its member clinics). And no one asked (as the Federation insists be done) if the women had freely chosen to terminate their pregnancy, if they had any concerns about going through with an abortion, or if they had any questions about the procedure.

The women proceeded in a group to the clinic lab, where they stood in a line against the wall. They were not given a repeat urine test (which the Federation says is mandatory unless the women have had an ultrasound exam, which “sees” a fetus). After a half-hour, when the doctor arrived, E.B. was given a gown and plastic bag for her clothes.

The operating rooms were not soundproofed, so the women waiting listened to the loud suctioning of the machines as other abortions were proceeding. When patients emerged from the
procedure rooms, they were led to a bank of brown Naugahyde recliners. Clinic workers spread a fan of brown paper towels on the seats before they sat down.

Finally, E.B. was accompanied into a procedure room by a clinic worker who stayed there with her. E.B. got up on the table, noting the tray filled with instruments — what looked like rods with curved tips, scissors and forceps.

A young doctor entered. “Hi, how are you?” he said. “Looks like someone’s been to the beach lately.” He scrubbed his hands, asking E.B. to recall the first day of her last menstrual period. She said, “June 7,” 10 weeks earlier. He asked her if she had ever been pregnant and she said no.

E.B. says the doctor then performed a standard bimanual pelvic examination, placing one hand in her vagina and the other on her belly. She says she was carefully watching his face, “waiting to see an expression of, ‘Oh, my goodness.’ ”

There was no such reaction. He reached for an instrument.

“No!” she said. “Stop!” She sat up abruptly. “I’m not sure I can do this.”

“Well, no one’s going to force you,” the doctor said.

“I’m just not sure,” she continued.

“Well, you have time to think about it,” the doctor said. And with that, he left the room to go into the next.

After dressing, E.B. asked the clinic worker to check with the doctor as to how far along she was in her “pregnancy.” The worker went into the next procedure room, emerged and said: “He says you’re six to eight weeks pregnant.”

E.B. poked her head into the waiting room to get Von Drehle, her “boyfriend.” They stood whispering at the door until Betty Eason appeared.

“What’s the problem?” Eason asked.

“I couldn’t go through with it,” E.B. said. Eason gestured toward a small room outfitted with a Formica-topped table and three plastic chairs. She told E.B. there was nothing to be afraid of.

“We’ve been in business 17 years,” Eason said. “It’s a very simple procedure. You saw the girls in the recovery room. They can go straight to lunch. They can go back to work this afternoon. It’s just cleaning out the uterus. It’s just cleaning out two periods. Many women who aren’t even pregnant have it done so they can get pregnant.”

“Well, what about the baby?” E.B. asked. “I’m worried about hurting the baby.”

“What baby?” Eason answered. “There’s no baby. There’s just two periods there that will be cleaned out.”

“You mean I’m not pregnant?”

“Oh, you’re pregnant. But there is no baby there. Get that out of your head. You know how much blood there is on the pad during your period? That little bit? Well, this will be twice as much. Two periods. And some water. If you don’t terminate, then it will become a fetus, and after birth, then it will be a baby.”

After a bit more talk, Eason said: “Think about it for a week. Do you want a refund? Or do you want us to hold the money?” She started out of the room, then turned and popped her head back in: “You know ‘abort’ just means to stop something. You can abort a plane flight.”

Eason returned five minutes later.

“I was talking to some of the girls in the waiting room,” E.B. said, “and some of them have been throwing up every morning and feeling sick and stuff like that. Are you sure I’m pregnant?”

Eason: “Oh, yes. You’re definitely pregnant. You’re eight weeks pregnant.”

“Eight weeks?”

“Eight to 10 weeks. And I have to tell you that the longer you let this go, the more it is going to cost. Did you see the Spanish woman in there? I hope her husband can find another $400. They waited too long.”

“We just want to think about it,” E.B. said.

Eason studied her file. “You need to make a decision. If you decide to have the baby, you should get married and have the baby. But you’re 22 and you’re still in school. Do you want a career? Can he support you?”

E.B. and Von Drehle left, getting all but $50 of the $225 back.

“Nothing has gone on here that you don’t know,” Betty Eason said. She declined to answer questions for this story on the advice of her attorney. “I don’t want people picketing my home,” Her daughter Susan did not respond to phone calls and a letter
sent to her in prison.

* * *

The doctor who examined E.B. was Steve Silvers, who recently completed his residency at Jackson Memorial. He told Tropic that he had only worked at the Dadeland clinic three Fridays, and that he accepted work there because he was $200,000 in debt and needed cash. He said he relies on the clinic’s pregnancy test as a diagnostic tool. “They misled me as well as the patient.”

Silvers and a member of the clinic staff who was in the examining room, however, maintain that he did not give E.B. a bimanual pelvic examination, or ever say that she was six to eight weeks pregnant. If he had examined her, Silvers says, he would have noted it on her chart, and there is no notation, he says. Silvers says he “never touched her. . . . She’s lying.”

“I believe I know when a hand is stuck up my uterus.” E.B. responds.

Besides, Silvers says, if he had reached for an instrument after performing a pelvic exam, that wouldn’t necessarily mean he was about to proceed with an abortion. The next step would be to insert an instrument called the speculum (also inserted at the start of an abortion procedure) and check the condition of the woman’s cervix. If the cervix showed no signs of pregnancy, Silvers said, he would not proceed with an abortion.

* * *

Dr. Arthur Schatz, the University of Miami medical school professor, is a board certified obstretrician/gynecologist and experienced in performing abortions:

“You rely on a pregnancy test, but you fundamentally rely on your own clinical observations. Every patient is to have a bimanual pelvic examination before a procedure. That tells you what you need to know.

“If the uterus is not enlarged, you stop right there. Even if you see changes in the cervix that are consistent with pregnancy, if the uterus is not enlarged, then it is too early to do the procedure.

“If you do it too early, then it’s harder to dilate the cervix, and you risk missing the pregnancy.

“So if the patient has on the chart a positive pregnancy test and I find no enlargement of the uterus, I tell the patient to return in two weeks. End of story.”

* * *

A clinic such as the Easons put Florida’s pro-choice advocates in a difficult ethical position. “In my gut,” says Janis Compton-Carr, full-time Florida pro-choice activist, “I am completely aghast at what goes on at that place. But I staunchly oppose anything that would correct this situation in law.”

That is: greater state regulation of abortion clinics.

Regulation has been a political battle since the day abortion was legalized. The lines are clearly drawn: The anti- abortion people want them, and, the pro-choice people don’t.

Regulations, pro-choice people say, are harassment, governmental interference in a private matter. In practice, they would not protect women but rather make it more difficult for them to obtain an abortion — which is their right.

Anti-abortionists generally interpret this to mean that abortion providers don’t want any interference with their “mills” and “butcher shops” — that they couldn’t survive close scrutiny.

It’s a tricky issue.

“It makes sense to have some kind of regulation and licensing for all out-patient surgery. Podiatrists, whatever,” says Barbara Radford of the National Abortion Federation. “We support that. But, unfortunately, you can’t assume that lawmakers will do the right thing.”

Right after the Supreme Court decided this summer to give states greater power to restrict access to abortion, Florida’s anti-abortion governor, Bob Martinez, called a special session of the Legislature expressly for that purpose. What Martinez wants the Legislature to do, when it meets in October, is outlaw abortions in public hospitals, outlaw public funding of abortions and prevent public employees from counseling women about their right to choose abortion. He also wants to prevent women from having abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy if doctors believe the fetus could survive outside the womb.

Martinez is, in other words, going as far as the state of Missouri went in Missouri vs. Webster, the case that the Supreme Court upheld in July. But that decision doesn’t hit private clinics — where most abortions are performed — directly.

Pro-choice activists expect that the governor will again follow the Supreme Court’s lead if, this fall, it upholds Illinois in its case against Dr. Richard Ragsdale, a would-be abortion clinic owner. That would mean that Martinez may propose that Florida copy Illinois by requiring state officials to hold public hearings before licensing a new clinic and demanding a minimum size for examining rooms, procedure rooms, recovery rooms, corridors and doors. These requirements would turn clinics into the functional equivalents of hospitals — unnecessary for such a safe, simple procedure, clinic owners say. Besides, they add, it would be so expensive that it would force many abortion providers out of business, and cause others to jack up prices, virtually doubling the cost of a first- trimester abortion.

But that isn’t what most scares pro-choice advocates.

The bottom line, the real fear, is that the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse Roe vs. Wade. Turn back the clock. Outlaw abortion.

* * *

It is because they are so leery of what will happen this fall that many local pro-choice activists didn’t want this story to be told. Not right now. It is because they have always felt vulnerable that they never spoke up against the Dadeland clinic, which they know to be a bad place.

“The hysteria is already bad enough and we don’t want to give the hysterics weapons,” says clinic owner Patricia Baird Windle, a founder of the Florida Abortion Council. On behalf of three other Florida abortion providers, Windle wrote the publisher of The Miami Herald requesting that Tropic’s story “about a wretched abortion clinic” be held until after October, when the Florida Legislature’s special session meets and the Supreme Court’s decision on the Ragsdale case is expected.

Now more than ever, Windle believes, pro-choice advocates must maintain a hard line: that a woman is safer when abortion is legal. To acknowledge that in some instances women are still not so safe is to dilute the argument, to hand something over to the other side.

Windle fears all abortion providers will be tarred with the same brush, tainted by association. As do others.

“This will hurt us,” says Lynn Rosenthal in Tallahassee, echoing the sentiments of other pro-choice leaders.

They all mention how the pro-choice movement suffered after a previous abortion scandal. In 1983, four women died from botched abortions at Hipolito Barreiro’s notorious Biscayne Boulevard clinic called the Women’s Care Center. The media closely followed the closing of the clinic by court order, Barreiro’s arrest on charges of manslaughter and his ultimate conviction of practicing medicine without a license.

And in response, the Dade County grand jury called for greater state regulation of abortion clinics — regulation previously declared unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court.

Between 1985 and 1987, there was greater scrutiny. The Legislature mandated a risk management program for abortion clinics. Clinics had to report annually to HRS all abortion- related complications and all malpractice claims filed against them. They had to report within three days if there was a death at their clinic.

But the program ended because there were so few problems reported by clinics that it wasn’t worth the expense.

Which goes to show that greater regulation is not needed, abortion providers say; the regulation that exists is sufficient. And that is: A license.

Every clinic is supposed to have one. To get one, a clinic must pay a $35 fee, and undergo an inspection.

The inspectors check to make sure the clinic has photocopies of its doctors’ licenses; that patient records are kept; and that fetal remains are disposed of in accordance with state law.

When Ellen Williams died after an abortion at the Dadeland Family Planning Clinic, Dade Medical Examiner Joe Davis requested a special investigation. Investigators checked everything they could by law: The clinic indeed had copies of its doctors’ licenses; patient records were kept; fetal remains were adequately disposed of.

In other words, the clinic passed.

* * *

“Let’s face it,” says Barbara Radford of the National Abortion Federation. “Abortion attracted undesirable operators when it was illegal. And it has not been legal that long. In some areas, there is still a feeling that providing abortions is something quasi-legal.

“The anti-abortion people don’t help. They harass women who go to clinics, harass women who own clinics and harass doctors who perform abortions. So you find women using false names, clinic workers forced to keep unpublished phone numbers and trained, qualified doctors who think it’s not worth the hassle.

“All of this makes it easier for places that take advantage of women to exist. And we just can’t allow this. We can’t allow the other side to dictate the terms of debate. We shouldn’t speak in whispers and we shouldn’t be cowed. if we are advocates for women, we have to protect women.”

* * *

The last year and a half has been rough for the Easons.

First, Betty Eason’s daughter, Susan Hoffman, was thrown in jail for driving under the influence. She was sentenced to two years, six months.

Then they had to shut down the clinic.

Money was their undoing. Not that there wasn’t any. They charged $225 for the simplest, first trimester procedure, of which the doctor got a $50 cut. Business was pretty good.

But then along came the Internal Revenue Service. First the IRS put liens on Hoffman’s and Eason’s personal bank accounts, saying they owed $121,000, and $84,500 in income taxes. (Dade County said Eason also owed $40,000 in property taxes.)

Then it seized the bank accounts of the Women’s Referral Group, claiming the clinic owed $330,000 from three years of unpaid corporate taxes. Eason claimed she was running a nonprofit business, although, at the time, the state of Florida listed it as a for-profit corporation. She told the IRS she was not responsible for the money, as it was owed by Dadeland Family Planning Clinic, a corporation she dissolved, and not by the Women’s Referral Group. One and the same, the IRS answered.

So Hoffman and Eason filed for protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code — for each of them personally and for the clinic. Under Chapter 11 of the code, they would be allowed to continue operating the clinic as long as they came up with a plan for reorganizing their business to pay off debts.

But the U.S. Trustee said no to reorganization. The Women’s Referral Group will be dissolved, the trustees said, because of the “gross mismanagement or dishonesty of the debtor.” The U.S. Trustee’s attorney cited the following: the failure to report salaries of corporate officers to the IRS, and the failure to withhold federal taxes; the use of money from the Women’s Referral Group to pay off personal debts; and the payment of salaries to members of the family who “performed no services.”

The court-appointed trustee for the clinic, Jules Bagdan, had no trouble dissolving the corporation. In June, he disconnected the phones, closed the clinic and terminated its lease (with Eason, who owns the building). Then he had to sell the corporate assets, which amounted to nothing more than $5,000 in used chairs and suction equipment. He advertised the sale, drawing one bidder only.

Eason.

Within little more than a month, she was back in business at the same location, incorporated as Taurus Management Services. (“It’s not the same place. It has a new owner,” Eason said, but she is listed as president in state records.)

This time, however, Eason was at a disadvantage. Hoffman, usually in charge, was incarcerated. The phone book, usually her chief source of new customers, was suddenly a useless advertising tool. (In order to get back her two old numbers, the ones listed under so many names, or even to get a message forwarding calls, she would have to pay off a $9,000 bill to Southern Bell.) And, technically, she wasn’t legal. She had lost her license when the old clinic folded.

In mid-July, Eason quickly secured the services of two young doctors — Dunkin, who had worked for her before, and Silvers, who needed quick cash to repay loans — and rehired a handful of her young employees.

Within a week of re-opening, she was able to schedule about 10 women a morning on each day of surgery.

Word of mouth.

So Eason simply whited out the old name and phone number on all the consent forms and scribbled in the new.

Women’s Service Center.

Dedicated since 1-24-73.

On Aug. 21, the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services issued Betty Eason a new license.

* * *

Epilogue:

Dr. Robert Kast, whose insurer paid more than $500,000 to women injured in abortions, has a private practice in Boca Raton and Coral Springs. The state Department of Professional Regulation tells callers he has an active license, and is in good standing. Since leaving Eason’s clinic, he has been certified by the national board in obstetrics and gynecology, and accepted as a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Since leaving, he hasn’t been sued for medical malpractice once.

Dr. C.B. Singh has an office in Fort Lauderdale. The state says he has an active license, and is in good standing. The state does not tell callers that it found him responsible for “gross malpractice” in the death of Ellen Williams, because Singh contested their reprimand. Four years later, his case is considered open and therefore confidential. Singh, meanwhile, says he is trying “to lead the straight and narrow path.”

Dr. Nabil Ghali, after surrendering his physicians’ license to the state of Florida, continues to fly to Ohio, from Miami, to perform abortions, legally. In June, the state gave him an HRS license to open the Blue Coral Medical Center, a new abortion clinic at 7360 SW 24th Street. He shares a doctor with Betty Eason.

Teresa R., now 23 and working as an office clerk, has moved beyond the anguish she suffered when she underwent her hysterectomy. But she cries a lot, and never dates, and when her mother asks her why not, she says, “Who’s going to want me, Mom?”

2005: Abortion doctor and employee arrested – doc suspended

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic medical waste, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2012 by saynsumthn

Doctor surrenders license

2/16/2005

LAKEWOOD — Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Flavius Thompson will not be practicing medicine in New Jersey until he has cleared his name of charges against him. The suspension of his medical license will remain in effect pending the outcome of a trial for improper disposal of medical waste at the clinic he owns on East County Line Road.

A hearing had been scheduled by the state Board of Medical Examiners on Feb. 9. However, a press release from the Division of Consumer Affairs indicated an agreement had been reached in which Thompson agreed to voluntarily surrender his license. Thompson owns and operates the Pleasant Women’s Pavilion. H

e was charged Jan. 19 with illegal storage of Class 4 medical waste (syringes and needles), since his license to generate medical waste had expired; causing the disposal of medical waste that included blood products, and violation of the Clean Water Act for disposing of aborted materials into the sanitary sewer system, which flows into the Metedeconk River after being treated by the Ocean County Utilities Authority.

All the criminal charges carry possible jail time and a fine if Thompson is found guilty, according to Detective Larry Doyle of the Lakewood Police Department, who investigated the matter.

In addition to improper disposal of medical waste, the administrative complaint filed by the state cited unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the clinic as well as failure to comply with certain provisions of the board’s in-office anesthesiology regulations.

The Board of Medical Examiners was prepared to convene the hearing had the agreement not been reached, according to the news release.

“The allegations in our complaint against Dr. Thompson directly touch on patient safety,” Attorney General Peter C. Harvey said in the release. “Any suspicion that the safety of patients may be put at risk will result in our swift action to protect the public, as demonstrated in this matter.”

Acting Consumer Affairs Director Jeffrey Burstein said in the prepared statement that the Board of Medical Examiners considered failure to follow regulations and procedures serious allegations which the panel would investigate on behalf of the public.

The suspension of Thompson’s license remains in effect pending the resolution of all criminal charges against him and until further order of the Board of Medical Examiners.
Thompson is represented by attorney Robert Tarver of Toms River.

The doctor’s troubles surfaced after his receptionist, Lakewood resident Liza Berdiel, 24, was arrested and charged Jan. 13 with performing abortions without a medical license, Doyle said.

After Thompson noticed that his drugs were short, he became suspicious that Berdiel was performing abortions herself and pocketing his patients’ cash payments, Doyle said. Thompson contacted the authorities and Berdiel was charged with injecting abortion-inducing chemicals in three women whom Doyle said were patients of Dr. Thompson.

Thompson’s activities came under scrutiny by authorities after police searched the clinic on Jan. 15 and discovered that the physician also may have violated the law.

“During our investigation, we found that medical waste material was being improperly disposed of down the sanitary sewer at that location,” said Doyle, referring to the toilet. “He also has a facility in Barnegat, but we have no suspicion that any further illegal activity is going on at that location at this time.”

Thompson was arrested and released on his own recognizance.

A recorded message left by Thompson on the clinic’s answering machine said the office would be closed until March and to call back at that time.

According to Jeff Lamm, a spokesman for the state Division of Consumer Affairs, no date has been set for an administrative hearing or to lift the suspension on Thompson’s medical license. He said he did not anticipate that the matter would be resolved by March.

Abortion medical waste put down sanitary sewer

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Flavius Thompson Medical Waste

Abortion doctor Flavius Thompson voluntarily ceded his medical license after he was charged with improper disposal of aborted fetuses at his clinic known as Pleasant Women’s Pavilion.

Detective Larry Doyle of the Lakewood Police Department stated that, “During our investigation we found that medical waste material was being improperly disposed of down the sanitary sewer at that location,” referring to the toilet there.

According to reports,the charges against Thompson included:

Violating the New Jersey Water Pollution Act, by flushing products of abortions into the sanitary sewer.
Dumping regulated medical waste, mainly human blood products and items soiled with blood, into the trash to be carted to a place not authorized to accept medical waste.
Storing medical waste without a state permit for a time exceeding more than a year and having an expired regulated medical waste generator’s permit.

The NJ State department of consumer affairs suspended his license pending resolution of all criminal charges against him:

They stated, “Dr. Thompson was charged inter alia, with maintaining his medical office in a dangerous manner by improper disposal of medical waste and with failure to comply with certain provisions of the Board’s In-office anesthesia regulations.”

Attorney General Peter C. Harvey Said this in a press release:

“Our primary concern is the safety of patients. Given the serious allegations against Dr. Thompson, we demanded that he immediately stop practicing medicine pending further action of the Board of Medical Examiners.”

The state of New jersey also alleged that Flavius Thompson failed to have required medical equipment on hand; He was charged Jan. 19 with illegal storage of Class 4 medical waste (syringes and needles), since his license to generate medical waste had expired; causing the disposal of medical waste that included blood products, and violation of the Clean Water Act for disposing of aborted materials into the sanitary sewer system, which flows into the Metedeconk River.

Other charges alleged that he had expired medications in an emergency medical kit; and violations related to the administration of conscious sedation. In 2006, the board allowed Thompson to renew his license.

Abortionist Joseph Booker defaults on near death abortion lawsuit

Posted in Abortion, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortion clinic medical waste, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion coma, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2011 by saynsumthn

Default judgment in Mississippi abortion suit
Associated Press 12/2/2011

JACKSON — A state judge has entered a default judgment in a lawsuit that claimed a woman nearly died from a failed abortion in Mississippi that left her in a coma for a week.

Daschica Thomas and her husband filed the lawsuit in 2005 in Hinds County Circuit Court against Dr. Joseph Booker, the National Women’s Health Organization of Jackson and others. The suit claimed Thomas went into the coma because of a blood infection brought on by a botched abortion in 2003.

Circuit Judge William Gowan entered the default judgment Tuesday in Thomas’ favor after the defendants didn’t show up for trial. The ruling didn’t mention damages, and it wasn’t immediately clear when that issue would be decided.

The ruling came less than a month after Mississippi voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have effectively banned abortions in the state.

Thomas’ attorney had no comment when contacted Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Mark Wann, who once represented Booker in the case, said he’s no longer involved in the litigation and wouldn’t comment. Wann said he doesn’t know where to find Booker. A phone number for Booker wasn’t immediately available.

The state Department of Health said Mississippi had two licensed abortion clinics in 2003, and the state has only one now. The current clinic is on the same Jackson site as the former clinic, but under different ownership.

Shannon Brewer is director of All Women’s Healthcare of Jackson, which is currently the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. She said the National Women’s Health Organization no longer owns the Mississippi clinic and Booker doesn’t work at the clinic now. Brewer said she doesn’t know where he is.

The lawsuit claims that Booker wasn’t the doctor originally scheduled to perform the abortion, but the other doctor was out that day. When Booker was performing the abortion, he allegedly stopped abruptly, said he couldn’t finish it and told Thomas to come back so it could be completed by the other doctor.

The lawsuit claims a “reasonably prudent” physician would have treated Thomas with antibiotics because of her diabetes, but Booker didn’t. Thomas allegedly came down with a blood infection, went into a coma and needed blood transfusions. The lawsuit also claims, among other things, that Thomas couldn’t have children after the abortion and that her husband lost his job for missing work while caring for her.

Booker performed abortions in Mississippi for years and found himself in controversial situations before.

In December 1999, three dozen bags of aborted fetuses and other remains were found buried in a shallow grave behind a business in the Gulf Coast city of Ocean Springs. An investigation revealed that the fetuses came from a storage room Booker had rented in nearby Gulfport, a city where he had performed abortions at a gynecology clinic.

Booker had pleaded guilty in July 1999 to tax evasion and was sentenced to five months in federal prison.

Someone purchased the contents of the storage unit, sight unseen, at auction and moved the items to a storage unit in Ocean Springs. Some of the items smelled and the new owner directed an employee to get rid of them, apparently not knowing they were fetuses.

In 1996, lawmakers passed a bill that required licensing for doctors’ offices at which 10 or more abortions were performed a month. That law was aimed at Booker, who had claimed his medical office did more than perform abortions and he did not have to meet requirements as an abortion clinic.