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Houston abortion clinic shut down due to pro-life legislation

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion clinic closed by state, Texas Abortion with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by saynsumthn

Texas officials have shut down a Houston abortion clinic and suspended the license of its doctor under a new state law requiring physicians who perform the procedure to hold admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

The Department of State Health Services has revoked the abortion license of A Affordable Women’s Medical Center and the Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the medical license of Dr. Theodore M. Herring Jr., the facility’s medical director and sole provider of abortions, the agencies announced Friday.

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Herring unlawfully performed 268 abortions between Nov. 6 and Feb. 7, according to the two agencies.

The disciplinary actions against the north Houston clinic and doctor were the first taken by state authorities since the law went into effect Nov. 1. The law requires abortion clinic doctors to have privileges at a hospital that provides obstetrical or gynecological services and is within 30 miles of the facility where they provide the procedure.

The state health department Friday indefinitely revoked the facility’s license. A medical board disciplinary panel Thursday temporarily suspended Herring’s license. Both actions took effect immediately.

According to TMB documents, Herring failed to even apply for hospital privileges after the passage of highly publicized abortion clinic safety law that was passed last year. The violation was discovered during an inspection at Herring’s A Affordable Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic on December 11, 2013.

“The clinic regulations in Texas are successfully working to shut down seedy abortion operations that are operating illegally and posing a danger to the public. When abortion clinics close, lives are saved. It couldn’t be clearer how much this law is necessary in order to protect women and babies from predatory and dangerous abortionists,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We continue to urge the passage of similar laws in every state.”

Herring submitted an application to obtain hospital privileges on January 15, 2014 and submitted a plan of correction to the Department of State Health Services, which notified him that a correction plan was insufficient and that he remained in violation of state law.

Yet, Herring continued to supply abortions and was inspected again on February 7, 2014, where he once again admitted that he was in non-compliance.

Herring’s license was temporarily suspended on February 13 after the TMB found that he “has engaged in ongoing violations of the law that make his continued practice of medicine a continuing threat to the public health and safety,” according to the suspension order.

“The closure of this illicit abortion operation and the suspension of Herring’s medical license further exposes the systemic ‘above the law’ attitude so common among abortionists who routinely defy safety regulations at the expense of the health and safety of their patients,” said Newman.

The new law, known as HB 1, was passed last year during a second special legislative session was called by Gov. Rick Perry after a filibuster by pro-abortion Democrat Wendy Davis caused a near riot in the statehouse that delayed a vote on the measure until after a previous special session had expired. The law went into effect on November 1, 2013. HB 1 was challenged in court and initially enjoined by a lower court, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the law could indeed go into effect while the case is litigated. That led to the closure of nearly a dozen abortion clinics, seven of which were permanent.

Hearings on the suspension and clinic closure are expected later this month.

Texas Medical Board suspends license of abortionist for violating newly enacted Pro-Life law

Posted in Abortionist Admitting Privilages, Abortionist loses medical license, Texas Abortion, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by saynsumthn

UPDATE:

ON MAY 2, 2014, THE BOARD AND THEODORE HERRING, JR., M.D., ENTERED INTO AN AGREED ORDER TERMINATING THE ORDER SUSPENDING DR. HERRING’S TEXAS MEDICAL LICENSE AND PROHIBITING DR. HERRING FROM PERFORMING ABORTION PROCEDURES UNTIL HE HAS PROVIDED SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO THE COMPLIANCE DIVISION OF THE BOARD, AND RECEIVED NOTICE FROM THE BOARD THAT THE EVIDENCE IS SUFFICIENT, THAT HE HAS OBTAINED ADMITTING PRIVILEGES AT A HOSPITAL THAT PROVIDES OBSTETRIC OR GYNECOLOGICAL HEALTHCARE SERVICES LOCATED WITHIN 30 MILES OF THE LOCATION WHERE HE WILL PERFORM ABORTION PROCEDURES. THE BOARD FOUND DR. HERRING PERFORMED ABORTION PROCEDURES AT A FACILITY BUT DID NOT HOLD ACTIVE ADMITTING PRIVILEGES AT A HOSPITAL PROVIDING OBSTETRICAL OR GYNECOLOGICAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES NO FURTHER THAN 30 MILES FROM THE FACILITY. THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES THE PREVIOUS TEMPORARY SUSPENSION ORDER.

BREAKING NEWS: Texas Medical Board suspends license of abortionist for violating newly enacted Pro-Life law

by Texas Right to Life
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014
BREAKING NEWS:

Yesterday, the Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended the license of abortionist Theodore Herring for violating new Pro-Life law House Bill 2. During an anonymous Department of State Health Services inspection held in December, Herring was found to be non-compliant with Texas law that requires abortionists to maintain admitting privileges with a local hospital. Herring was cited with illegally completing 268 abortions while failing to hold any admitting privilege at a hospital within thirty miles of where he completed abortions.

The 30 miles admitting privileges requirement has been in effect since Oct 31st when United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned the US District Courts injunction. After the court decision, Planned Parenthood sought to have the Supreme Court reinstate the hold on the Pro-Life bill. The Supreme Court denied Planned Parenthood’s request, allowed the law to remain in effect, and allowed Texas to enforce the law while the court case continued in the Fifth Circuit Court. The trial was held in New Orleans in early January. Now both sides wait for the final ruling from that three-judge panel.

Texas Right to Life is proud that the Texas Medical Board has upheld the rule of law by taking this disciplinary action against Dr. Herring. Dr. Herring is not the only abortionist practicing illegally in Texas, and we encourage the Texas Medical Board and the Department of State Health Services to continue fully enforcing the Life-saving safety policies passed in House Bill 2.

Herring’s license will be suspended pending further review by the Texas Medical Board. That meeting might not occur until their next scheduled meeting in May.

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Herring works at the A Affordable Women’s Medical Center in Houston.

A AFFORDABLE COUNSELING INTERVENTIONS LLC .

7007 NORTH FWY #225 HOUSTON , TX 77076-1324

The provider can be reached at his practice location using the following numbers:

Phone 832-830-5259
Fax
The provider’s official mailing address is:

5090RICHMOND AVE. #117
117
HOUSTON , TX
77056
US
The contact numbers associated with the mailing address are:

Phone 832-830-5259
Fax
The authorized official registered with the “1376820530” NPI Number is DR. THEODORE M HERRING JR..

The authorized official title (position) is MEDICAL DIRECTOR.