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Law requires guardian ad litem for unborn baby whose mom is on life support

Posted in Life Support, Texas Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2015 by saynsumthn

A Texas lawmaker has proposed legislation to grant a legal guardian to an unborn children when the pregnant mothers is strategically on life support on the state.

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The law stems from the case of over a year ago involving pregnant mother Marlise Munoz after her family was forced to go to court to remove her from life support.

In November of 2013, when Marlise Munoz was 14 weeks pregnant she suffered a pulmonary embolism. Her husband and her parents asked John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) to discontinue all life-sustaining treatment for her, which would have resulted not only in her death, but that of her unborn baby.

Hospital officials refused the family’s request citing the Texas Advance Directives Act, a law which prohibits withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient.

But the family vowed to take their request before a court alleging the unborn child was damaged and unhealthy.

After the news went public, pro-lifers stood vigilant outside JPS Hospital in Ft Worth reminding hospital officials that there were two patients to consider and one of them, the unborn child, was not getting a voice.

Sue and son signs

Troy Newman Praying

Within weeks, District Judge R.H. Wallace ruled the pregnant mother should be removed from life support.

Pro-lifers were saddened and held a memorial outside the hospital to remember both Marlise and her unborn child.

Now, a Texas state Representative has filed a unique law that would grant an unborn child a guardian ad litem in cases like the Munoz case.

The law, known as the Unborn Child Due Process Act, was filed by Texas Congressman Matt Krause.

Rep Matt Krause

Current Texas law states that life-sustaining treatment may not be removed from a pregnant patient. Should a family desire to remove their unconscious, pregnant family member from life support they must first go to court and get permission from a judge,” said Rep. Matt Krause, who filed the proposed legislation. “H.B. 1901 amends the law so that even if it appears that the mother is brain dead, as long as the unborn child is maturing and developing, life-sustaining treatment may not be removed. The appointed guardian ad litem’s job is to look after the interest of the unborn child and ensure that the judge has the best information possible on the condition of the child when making their ruling.”

H.B. 1901 doesn’t force a family to go to court. It only ensures that an unborn child’s voice is heard,” said Rep. Matt Krause in his press release. “Our Constitution clearly states that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law. I will continue to defend that unalienable right for the voiceless.”

The lawmaker appeared on Dallas’ Lonestar Politics this Sunday to discuss the bill.

Rep. Krause said that this legislation could have helped the court in the Munoz case make a more informed decision by providing a spokesperson for the unborn child, “Anytime there is a court battle weighing these decisions we thought how about there is a voice for the unborn child,” Krause told the news station.

The bill has been filed and referred to State Affairs Committee and is awaiting a hearing.

Rep Matt Krause Lonestar Politics Baby prolife

He explained that the guardians for the unborn child would be appointed from a registry put together in advance by the State’s Attorney General.

The state rep said that normally he would not favor intruding in a family’s personal medical decisions, but, “In this situation there’s an extra life that comes into play which kind of changes the whole dimension and whole dynamic of the situation. And, that’s why we’re looking to give that unborn child representation.”

Krause was asked about how giving a fetus legal representation could affect abortion rights.

“You can never say for sure what’s going to happen,” Rep. Krause said, “But this is such a rare an extremely rare circumstance that I don’t think there’s that danger there that its going to create a whole new class of rights. You’re just saying….maybe there should be that voice for the unborn…”

Unfortunately, members of the Munoz family have introduced what they call, Marlise’s Law, which is legislation that would remove part of the Texas Advanced Directives Act which states “a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment” from a pregnant patient.

The bill, was filed this month by Austin Democrat Rep. Elliott Naishtat and introduced to the media in a press conference hosted by the ACLU of Texas.

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.

State to inspect abortion clinic recommended by Planned Parenthood staffer to journalist posing as sex trafficker

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic dirty, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion coma, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, child abuse, child predator, Lila Rose, Planned Parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by saynsumthn

State officials to investigate abortion clinic
Thursday, February 10, 2011

BY MIKE CURLEY
Northern Valley Suburbanite

englewood — The state Department of Health and Senior Services is planning to investigate Metropolitan Medical Associates, an abortion clinic in the city, after a Planned Parenthood staffer recommended it to an undercover filmmaker as a good place to have underage prostitutes treated.

In the video, made by Live Action Films, a youth-led antiabortion organization, a man and a woman in the guise of a pimp and a prostitute go to the Perth Amboy Planned Parenthood Central New Jersey facility and ask for advice from Amy Woodruff, who told them of the Englewood facility, “their protocols aren’t as strict as ours and they don’t get audited the same way that we do,” according to the video. Woodruff was fired after the video appeared on the Internet.

A Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman, Donna Leusner, confirmed that the department is planning to conduct a review of Metropolitan Medical Associates. The review will include an examination of patient medical records, interviews with the staff and observation of facilities and procedures to make sure they’re in compliance with state regulations.
Leusner said the review would culminate in a written report and that the department would not discuss its findings until then. The investigation could take several weeks, she said, depending on the findings and the extensiveness of the records being reviewed.

This will not be the first time the facility has come under state scrutiny. In 2007, it was ordered closed by the state after an investigation of a complaint filed by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. A woman who had an abortion performed at the facility was put into a coma following the procedure and had to have her uterus removed.

The 2007 investigation found dirty and rusted equipment and dirt and debris underneath an examination table, according to The Record. The woman, a Newark resident, settled with the facility for $1.9 million in 2009. The facility was allowed to reopen in March 2007.

Botched abortion case which led to coma may go forward

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion coma, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by saynsumthn

Judge to review medical suit files
Woman says abortion botched seven years ago

Jimmie E. Gates
August 15, 2010

A 2005 lawsuit by a Jackson woman alleging an abortion doctor botched her procedure more than seven years ago may no longer be stalled, pending a judge’s ruling.

The lawsuit by Dashica Thomas and her husband, Christopher Thomas, was filed in Hinds County Circuit Court against Dr. Joseph Booker, Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion clinic and its parent company, and others.

The botched abortion led to sepsis poisoning of Thomas’ body, said the Thomases’ attorney, Joe Ragland. Thomas was in a coma for more than a week, according to Ragland.

But there has been little action on the case. No trial date has been set. However, last week in court, Ragland said a factor stalling the suit was the inability to obtain documents from Booker.

“It’s a simple thing,” Ragland said of the request.

The documents Ragland seeks involve a civil suit Booker filed more than a decade ago over his eye surgery.

“You need good eyesight to perform an abortion,” Ragland said Friday.

William Hussey, an attorney for Booker and the Women’s Health Organization clinic, argued the information is not pertinent to the Thomas case.
“It’s 10 years old,” Hussey said of Booker’s suit in Harrison County.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Malcolm Harrison ordered Hussey to provide the documents to him for review. He will decide whether they should be turned over to Ragland.
Ragland said no trial date has been agreed upon because of scheduling conflicts.

The Jackson abortion clinic is the sole abortion clinic in the state.

Horrors lead to a 1.9 million dollar settlement at New Jersey abortion clinic

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion coma, Abortion Regulation, Anti-abortion, pro-choice, Pro-Life, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2009 by saynsumthn

Operation Rescue has reported that: A New Jersey abortion clinic, affiliated with the National Abortion Federation has paid out $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a patient, who suffered a botched second trimester abortion.

The victim, Rasheedah Dinkins, who was placed on a respirator and suffered a coma that lasted three weeks, sued the Metropolitan Medical Associates and abortionists Keith Gresham and Nicholas Kotopoulos after she suffered a massive loss of blood from a uterine rupture that resulted in a stroke, a collapsed lung, a tracheotomy, and a hysterectomy. As is typical with abortion clinics across the US, Metropolitan Medical had a history of unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the clinic.

This so-called Safe/Legal National Abortion Federation Member was closed by the state for nearly a month for filthy conditions including dirty forceps, rusty crochet hooks used to remove IUDs, and a quarter-inch of dark red “dirt and debris” under an examining table.

Operations Rescue later found the clinic was scheduling patients even though it did not have permission to re-open at that time. Since the suit became public, two other women came forward to tell of botched abortions at Metropolitan Medical Associates that nearly killed them.

One of the women, Gloria Mozas, 36, is suing Metropolitan for an abortion she had in 2003. Mozas alleges that abortionist Nicholas Kotopoulos misdiagnosed her condition of heterotopic pregnancy, in which one baby had implanted in the uterus and another in the fallopian tube. Pregnancies located in the fallopian tubes are life-threatening conditions.

Kotopoulos told Mozas that she was not pregnant, but required a D&C to remove “dead tissue” from a failed pregnancy. During a follow-up visit, Mozas sneaked a look at her medical records and learned that the D&C, which she endured without anesthesia, had killed her live baby.

Mozas’ tubal pregnancy later ruptured and she was transported to a local hospital for emergency surgery.

“What happened to me lasted 10 days and I could have died every single day,” Mozas told reporters. She had very much wanted her pregnancy and did not realize until later that Metropolitan was an abortion mill. Mozas now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

“A zoo is better than this place,” she said. “I’m asking the state, I’m asking the governor, I’m asking whoever it takes, to never open these doors again.”

A second woman, Christina Ruvolo, 23, tearfully told a New Jersey newspaper that she had an abortion at Metropolitan in May and suffered from an incomplete abortion.

“They didn’t finish it,” Ruvolo told a reporter. “There was a part of the baby inside.”

Ruvolo said she tried to talk with one of the doctors about her complications, but no one would listen to her. She was later taken to a local hospital where the rest of her baby was removed.

“I didn’t know that I could take legal action against them. I feel so guilty. If I knew I could have sued, maybe this wouldn’t have happened to [Dinkins],” Ruvolo said. Dinkins has filed a malpractice suit against the abortion mill and two abortionists, Keith Gresham and Nicholas Kotopoulos.

Ruvolo has since tried to obtain her medical records, but was told that the clinic is closed.

“Ms. Mozas and Ms. Ruvolo have been shockingly abused by Metropolitan. Unfortunately, this kind of treatment is more common throughout the abortion cartel than is reported. Women need to know when they walk into an abortion clinic in America, they risk their health and their lives,” said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger.

“The abortion cartel is a predatory business that profits from human tragedy and leaves the women to pick up the pieces. For example, while Metropolitan was supposedly closed, it was open enough to be answering phones and referring abortion business to their sister clinic — operated by the same people that seriously hurt these three women — but not open enough to give women access to their medical records,” said Sullenger.

“It is obvious that this abortion chop-shop has a lot they are trying to hide and much to answer for,” Sullenger said. “Metropolitan should never be allowed to reopen.”

Here is the past news coverage shot before the settlement:

Legal abortions leave women in comas

Posted in Abby Johnson, abortion clinic safety, Abortion coma, Abortion Regulation, Violence against women with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2009 by saynsumthn

NJ Abortion Clinic Pays $1.9 Million for Botched Abortion
Written by Operation Rescue
• Posted December 14, 2009

Huge pay-out raises questions about the dangers of abortion facilities that will be eligible for tax-funding should health care reform include abortion coverage.

Englewood, NJ – A troubled New Jersey abortion clinic affiliated with the National Abortion Federation (NAF) has paid out $1.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a Rasheedah Dinkins, who suffered a horrifically botched second trimester abortion in 2007.

The huge pay-out raises questions about the quality and safety of abortion facilities that will be eligible for tax-funding should health care reform now under consideration in the Senate include abortion coverage.

“We also have to wonder if taxpayers will be footing the bill for enormous malpractice settlements for botched abortions done on the public option plan,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This case should be a wake up to Congress.”

Dinkins sued the Metropolitan Medical Associates and abortionists Keith Gresham and Nicholas Kotopouloswas alleging that during her abortion, she suffered a massive loss of blood from a uterine rupture that resulted in a stroke, a collapsed lung, a tracheotomy, and a hysterectomy. She was placed on a respirator and suffered a coma that lasted three weeks. The NAF was also named in the Dinkins suit.

“Businesses don’t pay out an amount like $1.9 million unless it fears that a jury would award a whole lot more. It shows how negligent and shoddy this abortion mill is,” said Newman.

After Dinkins’ suit became public, two other women came forward to tell of botched abortions at Metropolitan Medical Associates that nearly killed them.
Metropolitan Medical then failed an inspection and was closed by the State for nearly a month while they cleaned up filthy conditions including dirty forceps, rusty crochet hooks used to remove IUDs, and a quarter-inch of dark red “dirt and debris” under an examining table. After it failed a second inspection Operation Rescue undercover investigators caught the clinic scheduling appointments, even though it did not have permission to re-open at that time.

“We’ve seen what NAF affiliation mean. We bought and closed an NAF-affiliated abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, in 2006, and discovered dangerous, filthy conditions including roach and mold infestations, out of code plumbing and electrical, and dirty, blood-stained carpets, to name a few,” said Newman.

“Considering the appalling conditions at NAF abortion mills, it is disturbing to know that they are pulling out the stops to lobby for abortion funding in the health care bill. It would be monumentally irresponsible to give one cent of our tax money to these filthy abortion chop shops.”


Despite Deaths, D.C. License Upheld
City Board Chose Less Severe Penalties After Md. Abortion Complications

By Cheryl W. Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 11, 2005; Page A09

Two years after OB-GYN Gideon M. Kioko was found by the Maryland medical board to have mishandled abortions in 1989, he surrendered his license, which allowed him to avoid punishment. In one case, the patient died three days after the abortion; in the second, the woman suffered brain damage and died three years later. He petitioned the board for reinstatement a year later but was turned down. Nearly six years passed before the board restored his license — with conditions.

In the District, however, where Kioko also was licensed, the city’s medical board did not take the same hard line. It allowed him to continue practicing after the Maryland incidents.

When the board decided to act in 1996, it ignored an administrative law judge’s recommendation to revoke his license. Instead, it placed him on probation, fined him $5,000, ordered community service and banned him from performing abortions in the city for five years. Three months later, the board lifted the abortion ban after a request from Kioko.

“I think they did the right thing,” Kioko said in a recent interview. “They should have just left me alone.”

Kioko, 65, maintained at the time that he did nothing wrong and in neither case was responsible for the anesthesia that was blamed for the problems. “The old story about me was completely twisted,” he said in a recent interview.

In addition to the two deaths in Maryland, which prompted about a dozen people to write letters to city officials urging them to revoke his license, Kioko also had settled a $1 million malpractice lawsuit in 1995 filed by a female patient.

The D.C. medical board reinstated Kioko to unrestricted status in 1999 in an order signed by then-Chairman Robert T. Greenfield Jr., a physician who previously shared a practice with Kioko for 19 years, according to Kioko and board records.

Greenfield, who no longer has a medical practice with Kioko, said he recused himself from board deliberations. But because he was chairman, he said in an interview, “I had to sign it. He came before the board, we looked at his record and . . . deemed him fit to practice.”

Kioko said his working relationship with Greenfield did not play a role in his reinstatement.

“Did he give me a break? No,” Kioko said. “Should the vice chairman have signed it? Probably.”

In August, the medical board received a new complaint about Kioko from Northeast Washington resident Thakerya Drayton, 21, who was referred to Kioko’s clinic when she sought an abortion in 2001.

“I didn’t know anything about him,” she said in an interview.

After the procedure, she said, Kioko sent her to the recovery room for about an hour. “I knew something wasn’t right because of the pain,” she recalled.

When she got home, she was “bleeding out of control,” she said. After a few days, she told her mother, who called an ambulance that took her to Howard University Hospital.

Hospital records state that Drayton suffered an “incomplete abortion.”

Kioko said an incomplete abortion is considered a surgical complication and shouldn’t warrant a complaint to the medical board.

“I know the medical board will respond if they think there’s a serious deviation in standard of care,” he said.

The medical board sent Kioko a letter in September with a copy of Drayton’s complaint and added that he was not obligated to respond. He said he remembers her handwritten complaint.

“Her letter was so poorly written, I couldn’t understand what she was complaining about,” he said.

Kioko said he responded to Drayton’s complaint in December but heard nothing from the board until he contacted it March 17 after being questioned by The Washington Post about the complaint.

James R. Granger Jr., the board’s executive director, told him that the case was closed, Kioko said.

Drayton said that six days later, she received a letter from Granger stating that the case was closed with no action to be taken against Kioko. The board found no evidence of a violation of city law “that would warrant disciplinary action,” Granger said in an interview. It was the first time Drayton had heard from the board since filing the complaint six months ago.

“I thought we would have a meeting with the board and Dr. Kioko,” she said. But the board, she added, was “no hel