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Alabama abortion clinic tells 14year old that adult boyfriend can come to with her for pregnancy test

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Abortion Coupon, child predator, Life Dynamics with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2014 by saynsumthn

In 2002, Life Dynamics, Inc. contacted over 800 Planned Parenthood and abortion facilities nationwide. Their caller portrayed a 14 year old child impregnated by an adult male. In this transcript of the call which you can listen to here, an Alabama abortion clinic told the “14 year old” that her adult boyfriend who is obviously having sex with the minor can come to the abortion clinic with the child for a pregnancy test- no effort was made to contact authorities about the statutory rape !

Reproductive HS Website

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES OF MONTGOMERY
811 SOUTH PERRY ST.
MONTGOMERY, AL 36104
334-834-4988

TAPE – 735

(Dialing, phone ringing)

CLINIC: Reproductive Health Service. May I help you?

CALLER: Hi. Yeah. I was calling to see if you guys do abortions there.

CLINIC: Yes, we do.

CALLER: How much does it cost for that?

CLINIC: Six to ten weeks, it’s $400. And it goes up $75 each week after the 10th week.

CALLER: Well, how do you know how far along you are?

CLINIC: From your last period.

CALLER: Well, that was January 3rd.

CLINIC: January 3rd? Okay. I have you at about five weeks.

CALLER: Okay. So how much would it be then?

CLINIC: Four hundred dollars.

CALLER: The thing is, I’m going to be 14 later on this month. And my friend told me that you guys would have to tell my parents. But my boyfriend’s 22. Is he old enough to take care of it, and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody?

CLINIC: Okay. You’re 14 years old?

CALLER: Well, I’ll be 14 on the 19th of this month.

CLINIC: You’ll be how old?

CALLER: Fourteen years old.

CLINIC: Okay. Yeah. You would have to have your legal guardian come in here and sign for you, and they’d have to bring a birth certificate.

CALLER: Oh. Well, I can’t tell my parents at all. If they found out that me and my boyfriend were having sex, I don’t know what they would do.

CLINIC: I’m sorry, ma’am. Anywhere you go, they’re — yeah, you have to have your parents sign for you since you’re under age. And that’s anywhere.

CALLER: Well, there’s no way to not have to tell my parents?

CLINIC: No, uh-uh. You have to — it has to be — you have to come in here with your legal guardian, with your birth certificate, and that’s everywhere.

CALLER: Well, could I come in there for a pregnancy test just to make sure?

CLINIC: Yeah, uh-huh. You can come in here for a pregnancy test.

CALLER: But will my parents have to be there for that?

CLINIC: No, not for a pregnancy test they don’t

CALLER: Okay. It’s just me and my boyfriend were talking about all this. He said that he would pay for everything, but we don’t want anyone to know about us. Would he have to sign anything if he was paying for it all?

CLINIC: Yeah. I mean, he could pay for it, but your parents still have to come in here and sign for you.

CALLER: For a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: No, no, no, not for a pregnancy test, for a procedure.

CALLER: Oh, okay.

CLINIC: A pregnancy test, you can come on in and get the pregnancy test without your parents.

CALLER: And my boyfriend can come with me for that?

CLINIC: Yeah, he can.

CALLER: How much does it cost for a pregnancy test?

CLINIC: One test is $2. You have to be at least two weeks for your period. One test is $15. That’s the day you’re suppose to start your period. And one is $20. That’s a blood test. That’s two weeks before your period.

CALLER: Well, which one’s the best one?

CLINIC: When did you say your last period was?

CALLER: January 3rd.

CLINIC: You could take the $2 test, and that should pick up.

CALLER: Really?

CLINIC: Yeah. If not, I’d run the $15 test on you.

CALLER: Okay. Well, it turned out that I wasn’t pregnant, could I get birth control from you guys?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. You’d have to have a pap. A pap is $80.

CALLER: But would you have to tell anybody if I was getting birth control though?

CLINIC: No, uh-uh, not birth control, only the procedure.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: Okay?

CALLER: Okay. How much should I bring for the pregnancy test and birth control then?

CLINIC: Okay. Can you hold, please?

CALLER: Okay.

(Pause)

CLINIC: Okay, ma’am. I’m sorry about that.

CALLER: Okay.

CLINIC: What was I saying?

CALLER: Well, how much does it cost? Would I get the pregnancy test and the birth control pills on the same day?

CLINIC: If you would like to, if you got the pap the same day you took the pregnancy test.

CALLER: Well, how much should I bring for all that?

CLINIC: Well, the pap is $80. And then it just depends what pregnancy test you want to take. We’ll just say 15 just in case. So bring about $100 with you.

CALLER: And he can pay in cash?

CLINIC: Uh-huh. We don’t take personal checks. Cash, Master Card, Visa, American Express.

CALLER: Okay. So you just don’t take personal checks?

CLINIC: Um-hmm.

CALLER: If I had any other questions, could I call and talk to you? What was your name?

CLINIC: Yeah. My name’s Amber.

CALLER: Okay. All right. Thanks.

CLINIC: Okay. You’re welcome.

***END***

Interesting that the abortion clinic has an internet discount coupon:

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State Closes Ohio Abortion Clinic

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by saynsumthn

haskell2According to Ohio Right to Life, the Ohio Department of Health affirmed its order to shut down abortionist <strong>Martin Haskell‘s Sharonville clinic, the Lebanon Road Surgery Center, for failure to meet Ohio medical standards. Specifically, Haskell’s clinic operated without a transfer agreement with any area hospital and was unable to identify any doctors within the region that wanted to assist his abortion business. Haskell’s abortion clinic must cease all operations and close its doors on or before February 4, 2014.

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“We want to thank the Health Department for enforcing Ohio law and refusing to allow the abortion industry to escape complying with health and safety standards,” said Mike Gonidakis, President of Ohio Right to Life. “Women’s health is priority number one and today’s actions by the Kasich administration should serve as a wake-up call that Ohio will no longer turn a blind eye towards unhealthy medical practices.”

According to Ohio law, Lebanon Road Surgery Center exists as an Ambulatory Surgical Facility and because of this legal status, the clinic is not a full-service medical facility. To operate legally, Lebanon Road Surgery Center must have a transfer agreement with a full-service private hospital to handle all cases of abortion complications against the mother. In the case that an abortion facility is unable to acquire a transfer agreement, it can apply for a variance (exception). Lebanon Road Surgery Center failed to obtain either.

Late-term abortionist, Martin Haskell, who owns Lebanon Road Surgery Center, has performed abortions for more than 30 years. He is notorious for his advocacy of partial-birth abortion and is credited for popularizing the now banned and illegal procedure. With the closing of Haskell’s clinic, only one abortion facility remains open inside the county with the third highest rate for abortion deaths in Ohio.

To view the adjudication order click here.

Haskell’s Lebanon Road Surgery Center abortion clinic is also known as “Women’s Med Center.”

According to Operation Rescue, The ODH refused to issue the license after years of dispute over Haskell’s lack of required hospital privileges. Haskell had operated under a variance granted by the ODH that allowed him to special permission to continue to commit abortions as long as he had an agreement with other physicians to provide hospital care for his patients suffering from abortion injuries or complications.

“There is a history of problems with this particular ambulatory surgery facility and operator,” an ODH spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The agency no longer has confidence that this ambulatory surgery facility will take necessary steps to operate in accordance with regulations.”

“Operation Rescue’s vigilance and assistance in working to close the Women’s Med Center cannot be underestimated. They are a great asset in joining forces to put an end to the abortion industry,” stated Paul Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.

Operation Rescue worked with Cincinnati Right to Life and helped expose the troubled history of the physicians who were listed on Haskell’s variance.

“This is a day to celebrate. For years Martin Haskell has sent women suffering complications from his abortions to hospitals for care by men and women of questionable qualification. The Department of Health order ensures that women in the Cincinnati area will be protected from Haskell’s abortion abuses,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “He simply can’t be trusted to comply with the law.”

Haskell obtained a variance in 2011 on the condition that three abortionists, Roslyn Kade, Walter T. Bowers, II, and David B. Schwartz, maintained unrestricted admitting privileges.

Bowers’ incompetence was publicly exposed by Operation Rescue, which discovered that he had been banned from the practice of obstetrics in Kentucky and was placed on five years of probation.

On February 29, 2012, Kade, who is also employed by Haskell to do abortions, lost her unrestricted privileges at Christ Hospital. Her privileges were a critical requirement for the variance.

Shortly thereafter, Haskell temporarily amended his variance to replace Kade and Bowers with Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel. However, Haskell failed to notify the ODH in a timely manner about the personnel change on his transfer agreement. Operation Rescue discovered that Gravely and Hansel have also been accused of negligence and incompetence, having been sued at least seven times since 2000 for medical malpractice, including one suit wrongful death suit that included Hansel as a co-defendant.

“The previous variance was conditioned on the service of particular named back-up physicians, and the LRSC did not inform the department of the two new back-up physicians until May, 2012,” stated ODH Director Theodore Wymyslo in his written order. “Further, the LRSC’s failure to timely notify the department of credentialing and disciplinary issues related to its back-up physicians caused me serious concern. These issues could have directly affected the ability to have back-up physicians available, without interruption, to admit patients in order to provide for the timely and effective continuity of care in the event of an emergency.”

Operation Rescue had recently documented four medical emergencies at Haskell’s two Ohio abortion clinics, raising serious concerns for patient safety. Haskell’s Dayton clinic continues to operate under a variance, which now must be called into question as well.

“Patients were endangered by Haskell’s slick attempts to avoid compliance with the law and we are pleased that his Sharonville abortion clinic must soon close in order to protect women from further harm,” said Newman. “We thank all the pro-life groups, especially Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, for their diligent work that made this closure decision possible.”

Media props up Texas abortion clinic owner with abysmal health code record

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Texas Abortion, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by saynsumthn

Supporters and opponents of the newest Texas abortion law are back in Austin after traveling to New Orleans for arguments in front of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The arguments Monday concerned whether the state of Texas can enforce a law that led to the closing of several abortion clinics, a case that ultimately appears bound for the U.S. Supreme Court.

However- the media is very quiet about the conditions at Texas abortion clinics. In fact, one of their favorite go-to gals for comments is Amy Hagstrom Miller the CEO at Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion clinic chain in the state.

Amy Hagstrom Miller

Recently one of their centers was inspected and what authorities found was abysmal.

The Dallas Morning News interviewed her and wrote this:

Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Women’s Health, which operated five abortion clinics before the law went into effect, said that most of the clinics are operating with half the staff. The McAllen clinic is unlikely to ever reopen because of the difficulty obtaining hospital privileges, she said.

“There are thousands of women who are not able to access safe, affordable abortions,” Hagstrom Miller said after the hearing.

She said that while she welcomed some of the questions posed by the judges, “we’ve never had a lot of hope from the 5th Circuit. But we await what’s to be seen.”

But the state said she failed to provide a safe environment for her patients at one of her locations.

According to the report, Whole Woman’s failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that Convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania.

Yet the media continues to prop this woman up.

The Austin Chronicle posted this gem:

The [DSHS] statement and issuing of rules that ignore thousands of Texans’ comments is shocking in its radical political stance and willful ignorance of medical facts and public opinion,” WWH founder and CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller said in an emailed statement. Taken together, the state argues that the regulations in HB 2 do not “present an undue burden [on women] and argues that Texas women still have a right to make the decision to have an abortion,” she said. “Indeed … women can still decide to terminate a pregnancy, but thousands of them can no longer actually access safe, professional medical care to receive that termination. A right is meaningless if you cannot act on it. Without providers, the right to an abortion is an abstraction that does not exist for thousands of Texas women.”

A few days ago, MSNBC wrote this about Whole Woman’s Health, “In the Rio Grande Valley, Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told msnbc, doctors are struggling to care for women who have complications from self-induced abortions. Her clinic there, in McAllen, was one of two in the border region that had to stop performing abortions because of the law’s requirement that abortion providers have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. “I can’t even get the hospital there to send us an application,” said Hagstrom Miller.”

Recently the pro-choice blog, RH Reality Check, which claims they want Safe and Legal abortion supported Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic chain despite their health code violations:

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RH Reality Blog writes, “One Texas abortion provider said she canceled 45 scheduled abortion procedures Friday morning as a new state law, mandating that abortion-providing doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, goes into effect following a federal court of appeals ruling handed down Thursday. Amy Hagstrom Miller is the CEO at Whole Woman’s Health, a group of Texas health-care facilities that, until Friday, had been providing abortions at five locations in the state. Now, there are only two Whole Woman’s clinics that staff doctors who have hospital admitting privileges, leaving their clients in Fort Worth, San Antonio, and McAllen to seek safe, legal abortion care elsewhere.”

The pro-choice or should I say radically pro-abort blog fails to mention that this abortion clinic chain was recently inspected and several health code violations were found. In fact, of the three abortion clinics they closed, this one was kept open- WHY?

WWH abortion clinic health violations Oct 2013

In October, investigators with the state of Texas cited a Beaumont abortion clinic for 13 health and safety code violations.

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WWH Beaumont abortion clinic 13 health violations

Since the ruling, Whole Woman’s Health (WWH) has announced that they could not comply with these new safety standards and are shutting down three of their five facilities.

Mark Crutcher, president of the pro-life organization Life Dynamics, Inc., points out that one of the abortion clinics which WWH will keep open is the Beaumont abortion clinic, saying, “The interesting thing is, they are going to keep the Beaumont facility open – the same one that was just found to be out of compliance with the old standards. Now on the surface, this seems odd. After all, if these people are operating a facility that can’t meet the old lower standards, how are they going to comply with the new higher ones. And my take on it is that the people over at Whole Woman’s Health might know something that we don’t know. Maybe what they know is that the facilities they are closing are even filthier than the one in Beaumont.”

We all know that abortion clinics are the utmost in good care – right? WRONG- I mean, the state has NEVER had to take an action against Whole Women’s before?
2007 TX Actions WWHLike this on in 2007

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Whole Women’s Health abortion clinic has been investigated by the state read here

A private company claims they found hundreds of patients’ documents and waste thrown in a dumpster at the McAllen abortion clinic . The identities of patients at a health clinic in McAllen may be at risk. An anti-abortion group says they found the trash and documents in a dumpster near Whole Women’s Health of McAllen. It’s now in the hands of the attorney general and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Read more here

Earlier this year Texas Right to Life reported that Fourteen abortion centers were cited as having infractions that violated inspections, yet due to the weakness of the current law, only one was fined by the state. Although many of the violations were recorded, much of the reports was blacked out. Below is a summary of the little that is actually legible:

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Read more here

“Whole Woman’s Health and Planned Parenthood want the public to believe that abortion facilities are safe for women. A rusty suction machine, faulty sterilizing fluid, a faulty sterilization machine, holes in the floor exposing the facility to rodents, expired and unlabeled medication, and absent or poorly trained nursing staff contradict the abortion industry’s rhetoric,” said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. “No woman should be exposed to such horrendous conditions. Women deserve better.”

Here is a list of some of the violations of current law cited by DSHS’ inspectors in their reports. (DSHS has redacted information from the reports that identifies staff or patients.) Some violations appears repeatedly over three years of inspections. The most recent inspection was on October 3, 2013, weeks after Hagstrom Miller’s statement.

Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont, 440 18th Street, Ste A, Beaumont, TX 77703
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November 17, 2011
“Based on demonstration and interview the facility failed to ensure the staff was trained in sterilization process of surgical instruments.”
“Staff #2 did not know what a sterilization indicator was or what it is used for in the sterilization process.”
“An interview with the Administrator . . . confirmed there were not sterilization indicators in the facility.”
“[T]he facility failed to staff the clinic with a registered nurse(s) or a licensed vocational nurse(s).”
“[T]he facility administration failed to ensure staff received training, education, and orientation to their specific job description.”
“[T]he facility failed to provide a safe and sanitary environment.”
“[T]here was a drain in the middle of the room, but the cover was loose and caused a hole to be in the floor right in front of the patient’s bed.”
“[I]n procedure room #2 there was numerous rusty spots on the on the suction machine used on the patient” for an abortion.
“[T]he evacuation plan of the building was not posted for the safety of patients and employees.”
“[T]he facility failed to provide safe equipment in the patient’s procedure room.”
“[T]he facility’s staff failed to monitor the expiration dates on sterile supplies.”
“Based on observation and interview the facility failed to maintain the sterility of the surgical instruments.”
“[T]he facility failed to ensure staff was trained in CPR . . .”
“[T]he facility failed to have current emergency medication in the emergency crash cart and follow the facility’s policy.”
“[T]he facility failed to provide emergency airway equipment. This facility provides moderate sedation/analgesia which requires advanced airway management equipment.”
“During the tour of the facility on 11/15/2011 at 3:00 PM observed the three facility’s fire extinguishers were last inspection on March of 2010.”
December 19, 2012
“Based on demonstration and interview the facility failed to ensure the staff was trained in sterilization process of surgical instruments.”
“[T]he facility failed to staff the clinic with a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) that meets the experience requirements according to the facility job description for a licensed vocational nurse (LVN).”
“[F]acility staff members (#2, #4, #6, and #7) failed to perform the correct procedure for the sterilization of the surgical instruments.”
“[F]acility failed to maintain the sterility of the surgical instruments before coming into contact with the sterile field.”
“Interview with the Sterilizer Representative on 12/19/2012 at 10:00 AM at the facility revealed the sterilizer had a gasket leak and the door on the autoclave was not opening properly. Questioned when the safety checks were completed why were these problems not identified? He stated ‘that during the safety check only electrical safety is checked and not the functional checks of the equipment. The functional check is more expensive and the facilities do not want to pay for the functional check.’ ”
“The patient had increased bleeding problem after the abortion procedure had been completed. The patient was transferred by private car to the local hospital. Also a review of the record titled “Complication Log” for the past year of 2012 revealed no documentation of a patient having a bleeding complication after an abortion procedure.”
“The facility failed to follow their own Emergency Medical Protocol for a patient transfer to the hospital.”
October 03, 2013
“[T]he facility failed to provide a safe environment for patients and staff.”
“[T]he facility failed to provide safe and sanitary equipment in the patients’ procedure rooms.”
The “suction machines which were being used on patients” had “numerous rusty spots” which had “the likelihood to cause infection.”
“[O]bservation in the pathology room under the sink revealed a large hole in the cabinet flooring. The hole was approximately 6 inches in diameter and the wood was splintered around the edges. The facility was storing sterilization solutions for cleaning instruments around the hole in the floor. The hole in the flooring had the likelihood to allow rodents to enter the facility and the splintered wood edges could puncture the sterilization solutions.”
“Pre-filled medication cups with approximately 2-4 pills in each cup. The medication cups were not labeled with the patient’s name, name of the medication, nor the strength of the medication. Also, observed were medication cups that had turned over and pills had fallen out of the medication cups. Surveyor questioned staff #9 how they would know which cup the medication belongs in. Staff #9 stated, ‘by the size of the pill.’ This medication practice had the likelihood to cause an error in the patients receiving a wrong dose of medication being giving to the patient and an infection to the patient.”
“The patient’s gestation did not fall within the parameter of the providing physician at this facility.”
“[T]he facility failed to file the post abortion complication call back forms in the patients record.”
“The facility failed to have a policy or procedure for patients being assessed at the facility who had the likelihood of developing health problems that had been discovered during their visit.”
“[P]atient #10 and #13 had no documentation that the heath issues found during the patient’s visit to the facility had been followed up with by a staff member or the physician.”
“[T]he facility failed to have the electrocardiograph monitoring equipment ready if an emergency situation occurred in the facility.”
“The cables to the defibrillator were not connected. The Administrator was observed trying to replace the recording paper in the defibrillator, but was unable to feed the paper correctly into the machine. In an emergency situation this has the likelihood to cause harm to the patient.”
“[T]he facility’s Quality Assurance Committee failed . . . to ensure outdated medication were not available for patient use.”
“Based on record review and interview, the licensed vocation nurse at the facility failed to legibly write her name and credentials on 12 of 29 records reviewed.”

Whole Woman’s Health of Fort Worth, LLC, 1717 S Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76110

March 15, 2011
“The facility had not ensured a safe environment, equipped to protect the health and safety of their clients, in that, they had expired equipment in an operating room. and expired medications in the Medication Area, where these items had been available for client use” The Clinical Director verified that the equipment was expired and “had been available for client use.”
“They had not labeled unidentified liquid used in 2 of 2 operating rooms.”
“2 of 3 areas where sterile supplies were stored contained packages of tenaculums that had been sterilized in the ‘closed’ position.”
“The facility had not ensured all staff providing direct patient care were currently certified in basic life support.”
“The Clinical Director did not have a current CPR” certification.”
Several medications were “not properly stored” and found: “sitting out on the counter top,” “unlocked cabinets,” “unlocked refrigerator,” and “unlocked safe.”
“Personnel at facility were not following proper sterilization procedures” by not correctly labeling sterilized tools.

Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen LP, 802 S Main St, McAllen, TX 78501

September 25, 2012
“No evidence of compliance was provided where noncompliance was identified.”
September 04, 2013
“No evidence of compliance was provided where noncompliance was identified.”
“[T]wo out of seven staff members had expired cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.”
“[P]ersonnel at facility were not following proper sterilization procedures.”

Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio, 4025 E Southcross Blvd Bldg 5 Ste 30, San Antonio, TX 78222

August 29, 2013
“No evidence of compliance was provided where noncompliance was identified.”
“Based on observations, review of staff training records, and staff interviews Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio failed to implement and enforce acceptable environmental controls in cleaning and preparing instruments for sterilization.”
“During an inspection of sterile processing area with the clinic administrator at 11:45 a.m. on 8/23/13 staff member # 4 demonstrated the process for receiving, decontaminating, and processing surgical instruments. The demonstration revealed several functions performed in the small room were not distinctly separated and prevented the sequence of moving items from soiled to clean without cross contamination.”
” . . . no evidence of staff training for environmental requirements.”
“[T]he administrator and the director of operations following their own review of the findings revealed they could not provide evidence of compliance with the (sterilization) requirement.”
“. . . Whole Woman’s Health failed to follow manufacturer’s instructions for the effective use of disinfectants to decontaminate or reduce the bio-burden in cleaning instruments prior to sterilization.”
“Upon testing the strength of the cidex the test strip revealed it failed and ineffective for use.”

Gosnell Timeline – what took the state so long to inspect this house of horrors?

Posted in Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion death, Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2013 by saynsumthn

TIMELINE: Information from GRAND JURY QUOTE and other sources

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1960’s METH CLINIC: Walter Edmonds, a childhood friend-Edmonds later helped Gosnell open a methadone clinic on 38th Street called the Mantua Halfway House, as well as an abortion clinic on 36th Street. Sidney H. Schnoll recalled being recruited by Gosnell to volunteer at the drug clinic when both were medical residents at Jefferson in the late 1960s. His methadone clinic once employed 25 people, Edmonds said, before it unraveled. State tax liens piled up against the clinic through the 1980s and 1990s, and it folded. Edmonds, who ran Gosnell’s methadone clinic but left on bad terms, said he was dismayed by the news about Gosnell, but not entirely surprised -even by the detail that Gosnell kept the feet of fetuses in jars. “It sounded like him,” he said. Gosnell “always operated outside of the norm. Wherever the boundary was, he just sort of reached beyond .”

1966– Graduated Med School – moved briefly to New York City to work at an abortion clinic, learning early-term techniques in the days before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision formally legalized the procedure.

1970’s – early 1970s, Gosnell had married his first wife, a nurse, and had two children

1970’s – Although Dr. Gosnell was never trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist, he began doing abortions at another clinic in the 1970s.

1972– he played a prominent role in a scandal over an experimental abortion tool called “the super coil,” designed for use in the second trimester. California psychologist and activist Harvey Karman had developed the coil. Gosnell tested it on 15 poor women who had taken a bus from Chicago on Mother’s Day weekend because they couldn’t get abortions elsewhere. Federal and city health officials later found that nine of the women had suffered serious complications, including a punctured uterus. One needed a hysterectomy.

1972- made national headlines –and prompted a federal investigation –for using an experimental abortion inducing device similar to an IUD on 15 low-income women, nine of whom developed serious complications. Dr. Gosnell was never charged in those cases. (2)
From the start, he was well-known for being willing to do abortions beyond 12 weeks –the limit set by many clinics –and for treating poor and minority women. (2)

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

1979 – Gosnell abortion CLINIC OPENS

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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.

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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. (2)

1980’s – *Randy Hutchins was the only licensed medical provider, other than Gosnell, to work with any regularity at the clinic in the last several years. However, it was not lawful for him to perform the duties assigned by Gosnell because Gosnell did not obtain the State Board of Medicine’s approval, as required. Hutchins testified that he worked for Gosnell for a year in the 1980s but left after he stole money from the doctor. Hutchins explained that he had a cocaine problem at the time. He returned to work at the clinic in July 2009 partially because Gosnell was willing to allow him to work off the debt. From August until the middle of September, Hutchins said, “I really didn’t get paid.” Hutchins normally worked Mondays, Tuesday, and Fridays. His primary job was to see “pain management” patients. However, his name also appeared on Karnamaya Mongar’s records on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Her chart shows that Hutchins inserted laminaria the night before her procedure. Hutchins quit in February 2010, before the raid, because Gosnell never filed the paperwork required to allow him to work legally.

1982– PEAL HIRED, Pearl Gosnell, the doctor’s third wife, also helped out in the office. Pearl assisted with abortion procedures on Sundays and days the clinic was normally closed. She
worked at the clinic as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Gosnell
in 1990.

1989– *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.

*As far back as 1989, and again in 1993, the Pennsylvania Department of Health cited him for not having any nurses in the recovery room. Gosnell ignored the warnings and the law. He just paid his fines and knowingly continued the dangerous practice of employing unqualified personnel to administer dangerous drugs. It was his modus operandi.

1990– GOSNELL MARRIES Pearl Gosnell, the doctor’s third wife, also helped out in the office. Pearl assisted with abortion procedures on Sundays and days the clinic was normally closed. She worked at the clinic as a full-time medical assistant from 1982 until she married Gosnell in 1990.

1992– *The Pennsylvania Department of Health Site reviews in 1992 and 1993 also noted various violations, but again failed to ensure they were corrected.

*That leaves the government employees whose job was to make sure that things like this don’t happen. Worth special mention is Janice Staloski of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, who personally participated in the 1992 site visit, but decided to let Gosnell slide on the violations that were already evident then. She eventually rose to
become director of the division that was supposed to regulate abortion providers, but never looked at Gosnell despite specific complaints from lawyers, a doctor, and a medical
examiner. After she was nonetheless promoted, her successor as division director, Cynthia Boyne, failed to order an investigation of the clinic even when Karnamaya
Mongar died there.

1993– 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.

1993 – *As far back as 1989, and again in 1993, the Pennsylvania Department of Health cited him for not having any nurses in the recovery room. Gosnell ignored the warnings and the law. He just paid his fines and knowingly continued the dangerous practice of employing unqualified personnel to administer dangerous drugs. It was his modus operandi.

1993– *Maddline Joe worked for 17 years as the receptionist at Women’s Medical Society. In 2007, she became the office manager. She was responsible for payroll,
insurance forms, and filing the reports on all abortions that were mandated by the Abortion Control Act.

1993– *The Pennsylvania Department of Health Site reviews in 1992 and 1993 also noted various violations, but again failed to ensure they were corrected.

1993– After Gov. Tom Ridge, who supports abortion rights, was elected, the state Department of Health stopped inspecting abortion clinics. “Officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions” and decided “to leave clinics to do as they pleased,” states the report. 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…

*After 1993, even that pro forma effort came to an end. Not because of administrative ennui, although there had been plenty. Instead, the Pennsylvania
Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be “putting a barrier up to women” seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.

1996– *In 1996, he was censured and fined in two states – Pennsylvania and New York – for employing unlicensed personnel in violation of laws regulating the practice of medicine

1996-Another patient, a 19-year-old, had to have a hysterectomy after Gosnell left her sitting in his recovery room for over four hours after perforating her uterus. Gosnell finished performing the abortion at 8:45 p.m. on April 16, 1996

1998-FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Robyn Reid didn’t want an abortion. But when her grandmother forcibly took her to an abortion clinic one wintry day in 1998, Reid figured she’d just tell the doctor her wishes and then sneak away.

1999-Gosnell should have sent another patient, Marie Smith, to the hospital when he was unable to remove the entire fetus during her abortion in November 1999

2000– Latosha Lewis began work at the clinic in 2000, Latosha Lewis worked at the clinic for approximately eight years, beginning in 2000 and ending on February 18, 2010

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2000– Eileen O’Neill relinquished her Louisiana medical license in 2000 – she claimed because of “post traumatic stress syndrome” – and has not been licensed to practice medicine in any capacity since 2001

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MARCH 2000 SEMIKA SHAW DIES – One involved the 2000 death of Semika Shaw, 22, who died at HUP after getting an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic on Lancaster Avenue and 38th Street. Semika Shirelle Shaw, 22, went to Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic for an abortion on March 1, 2000. The next day she called the clinic complaining of heavy bleeding. She died March 4 of a perforated uterus and a bloodstream infection. The suit filed on behalf of her two children alleged that Gosnell failed to tell her to return to the clinic or seek emergency medical care.

2001 Nicole Gaither got an abortion from Gosnell in 2001.

2001– Davida Johnson changed her mind about aborting her 6-month fetus after seeing Gosnell’s dazed, bloodied patients in his recovery room, she said.

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FEB 2001– Tina Baldwin worked at the clinic for nine years, beginning in February 2001 and continuing until the practice closed in February 2010

2001– One of the few former employees who filed a detailed complaint, in 2001 with the Pennsylvania Department of State, got nowhere -which was typical.

*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.

2002– Marcella Stanley Choung Quits *Gosnell’s practice of having unqualified personnel administer anesthesia began years before the death of Mrs. Mongar. We heard from a former employee, Marcella Stanley Choung, who told us that her “training” for anesthesia consisted of a 15-minute description by Gosnell and reading a chart he had posted in a cabinet. She was so uncomfortable medicating patients, she said, that she “didn’t sleep at night.” She knew that if she made even a small error, “I can kill this lady, and I’m not jail material.”

*One night in 2002, when she found herself alone with 15 patients, she refused Gosnell’s directives to medicate them. She made an excuse, went to her car, and drove away, never
to return. Choung immediately filed a complaint with the Department of State, but the department never acted on it. She later told Sherilyn Gillespie, a Department of State
investigator who participated in the February raid, that she has worked at seven different abortion clinics and “she has never experienced an illegally run, unsanitary, and unethical facility such as the Women’s Medical Society operated by Dr. Gosnell.” She has never reported any other provider or facility to state authorities.
State Department prosecuting attorney Mark Greenwald and his supervisor, Charles J. Hartwell, closed an investigation involved a complaint brought by a former Gosnell employee, Marcella Stanley Choung, who told the State Department in 2001 and 2002 that Gosnell was using unlicensed workers to administer anesthesia to patients and said she thought a second-trimester patient died at a hospital after Gosnell performed an abortion.

2002- 2009– 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. (3) 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.

2002– 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 Staloski 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 all this inaction, one failure to investigate stands out. On October 9, 2002, the Professional Underwriters Liability Insurance Company reported to the State Board of
Medicine that it had paid a $400,000 settlement to the family of Semika Shaw, the 22- year-old mother of two who died following an abortion procedure at Gosnell’s clinic in
March 2000. (In January 2003, the Pennsylvania Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund reported to the Department of State that it had paid an additional
$500,000 toward a $900,000 award to the family.) The October 9 report is logged in as “received” by the Department of State’s “Complaints Office” on December 6, 2002. The
file turned over to the Grand Jury shows no further activity until over a year later – January 2, 2004 – when a one-page printout of Gosnell’s license information is stamped
“received” by the complaints office.
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2003– 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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2003 Steven Massof began working at the clinic in July 2003 and left in June 2008

2004-State Department prosecuting attorney Mark Greenwald and his supervisor, Charles J. Hartwell, in 2004 decided to close two investigations into Gosnell. One involved the 2000 death of Semika Shaw, 22, who died at HUP after getting an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic on Lancaster Avenue and 38th Street.

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2004– 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. When the Grand Jurors toured the facility in 2010, boxes of waste were still sitting on the basement floor. Gosnell still stored aborted fetuses in plastic containers in the freezer. Employees described a stench emitted by bags of fetal tissue that piled up in the clinic…. according to what Dr. Schwarz was told, sometime in 2004 or 2005 –shortly after Davis sent to the clinic the form letter reminding delinquent medical providers to submit their waste plans and pay their fee – the department stopped trying to enforce the regulation against those who had not complied.

2004– State Department prosecuting attorney Mark Greenwald and his supervisor, Charles J. Hartwell, in 2004 decided to close two investigations into Gosnell. One involved the 2000 death of Semika Shaw, 22, who died at HUP after getting an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic on Lancaster Avenue and 38th Street. The other investigation involved a complaint brought by a former Gosnell employee, Marcella Stanley Choung, who told the State Department in 2001 and 2002 that Gosnell was using unlicensed workers to administer anesthesia to patients and said she thought a second-trimester patient died at a hospital after Gosnell performed an abortion. *Attorneys for Pennsylvania’s Department of State disregarded notices that numerous patients of Gosnell were hospitalized – infected, with fetal remains still inside them; and with perforated uteruses, cervixes, and bowels. Incredibly, in 2004, Department of State attorneys closed – without investigation – a case reported to the Board involving the death of 22-year-old Semika Shaw.

SEPT 2005– “In September 2005, a plaintiff’s attorney sent a copy of a malpractice complaint he had filed against [abortionist Kermit] Gosnell to the Department of State. The case involved a patient we will call “Alice.” She had suffered a seizure after Gosnell administered anesthesia to her in a procedure room as he prepared to perform an abortion in March 2005. Alice had notified clinic staff that she was undergoing methadone treatment and that she had received her daily methadone dose before the procedure. The lawsuit alleged that, despite this warning, Gosnell gave her a medication that was clearly contraindicated for people on methadone, triggering a seizure. According to the complaint, Alice told Gosnell to stop the medication when she started to have a reaction, but Gosnell ignored her and continued the IV injection. Alice began to convulse and fell off of the procedure table, striking her head. A companion who had accompanied Alice to the clinic was summoned to the procedure room to assist. He found the patient naked and convulsing on the floor and asked that someone call 911. When Gosnell denied his request, the companion attempted to leave the clinic to summon help. The complaint alleges that the doors were locked and the staff refused to let him out. As a result, Alice convulsed for an hour while Gosnell and the staff refused to allow her companion to leave the clinic to get help. Finally, Gosnell permitted the companion to go get some methadone to administer. The additional methadone stopped the convulsions- On May 4, 2006, David Grubb, another prosecuting attorney for the Board of Medicine, recommended closing the file without any investigation or prosecution. On June 9, 2006, Grubb wrote to Gosnell informing him that the Department of State had decided that no further investigation was warranted.

2006-When Gosnell applied to renew his medical license in December 2008, he indicated, as he was required to, that a civil malpractice lawsuit had been filed against him in November 2008. He had not sent a copy of the complaint to the Board of Medicine, as required by MCARE, but he eventually did so after it was requested.
The lawsuit was brought by Dana Haynes, who had gone to Gosnell for an abortion on November 11, 2006.

MAY 2006 – On May 4, 2006, David Grubb, another prosecuting attorney for the Board of Medicine, recommended closing the file o Alice without any investigation or prosecution. ( See Sept 2005) On June 9, 2006, Grubb wrote to Gosnell informing him that the Department of
State had decided that no further investigation was warranted.

JUNE 2006 – (CASE of ALICE see Sept 2005) On June 9, 2006, Grubb wrote to Gosnell informing him that the Department of State had decided that no further investigation was warranted.

AUGUST 2005– On August 2, 2005, a “Compliance Coordinator” for the MCARE Fund had notified the Department of State that Gosnell was not in compliance with the MCARE law’s requirement that doctors carry liability insurance. On September 28, 2005, and again on July 5, 2006, Prosecuting Attorney Newport wrote to Gosnell, requesting that the doctor respond to the complaint that he was non-compliant with MCARE’s liability insurance requirements. On July 20, 2006, Gosnell’s insurance agent sent a response to a Department of State paralegal, asserting that Gosnell was covered from 1998 through 2003. For the next two years, the paralegal, at Newport’s request, kept checking with various compliance officers at the MCARE Fund to ascertain whether Gosnell was compliant. The answer was always no. Nevertheless, on September 5, 2008, the paralegal followed Newport’s
instructions and recommended closing the file. The file was closed without any meaningful investigation.

September 2005– a plaintiff’s attorney sent a copy of a malpractice complaint he had filed against Gosnell to the Department of State. The case involved a patient we will call “Alice.”

2005: Kareema Cross worked at the clinic for four and a half years, beginning in August 2005

2006– After ripping Dana Haynes’ cervix, uterus and bowel during a botched abortion, Kermit Gosnell – the West Philadelphia doctor now charged with murder – kept her bleeding and writhing in pain for four hours without calling for help, city prosecutors contend. The doctor called an ambulance only after Haynes’ cousins yelled to be let into his Women’s Medical Society clinic and ordered him to do so. At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, doctors found that most of the nearly 17-week fetus still remained in Haynes’ uterus. She needed extensive surgery and stayed at HUP for five days. Haynes’ November 2006 case represents just one of many examples in which authorities – particularly state officials – failed to investigate alarm bells that warned something awful was happening at Gosnell’s clinic, according to the 261-page grand-jury report released by the District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday.
http://articles.philly.com/2011-01-21/news/27040987_1_abortion-clinics-grand-jury-report-uterus

2006-The grand jury found that HUP had, as required by state law, reported to authorities information about Shaw’s death in 2000, but said it found that no reports were made when Mongar died at HUP in 2009 or after Haynes went there in 2006.

2006-*In September 2006, Gosnell hired Ashley Baldwin, Tina’s daughter, to work at his clinic when she was just 15 years old. She was a sophomore in high school. She came to the clinic each day in the early afternoon. In the beginning, her job was to answer phones and do paperwork. But before the end of her sophomore year, Gosnell assigned
her to attend to the abortion patients in the recovery room.

2007– RETIRES *Anna Keith was Gosnell’s aunt. She was the office manager until she retired in 2007.

2007– *Maddline Joe worked for 17 years as the receptionist at Women’s Medical Society. In 2007, she became the office manager. She was responsible for payroll,
insurance forms, and filing the reports on all abortions that were mandated by the Abortion Control Act.

2008– Shayquana Abrams, 21, of Chester, who testified that her health collapsed days after undergoing an abortion from Gosnell in 2008
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2008– Sherry West was hired by Gosnell in October 2008

2008– Lynda Williams was hired to work full-time in 2008

2008— – unlicensed worker, Steve Massof, left and Tina Baldwin and Latosha Lewis stopped working nights

2008– Massof began working at the clinic in July 2003 and left in June 2008

2008– however, Lewis stopped assisting with the abortion procedures, and Cross stopped in July 2009. Sherry West and Lynda Williams, whom Gosnell hired to
take over their duties, were not as conscientious.

2008– By 2008, as the number of women and girls seeking first-trimester abortions from Gosnell shrank

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2008 – Baby A” – was born in July 2008 so large and seemingly healthy in the 29th week of pregnancy

2008-When Gosnell applied to renew his medical license in December 2008, he indicated, as he was required to, that a civil malpractice lawsuit had been filed against him in November 2008. He had not sent a copy of the complaint to the Board of Medicine, as required by MCARE, but he eventually did so after it was requested.
The lawsuit was brought by Dana Haynes, who had gone to Gosnell for an abortion on November 11, 2006.

2008-The City of Philadelphia employee who did notice and report the abysmal conditions she observed at Gosnell’s clinic was a registered nurse named Lori Matijkiw. 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.

2009– Kareema Cross stopped assisting Gosnell with procedures in July 2009.

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2009 – NAF Gosnell submitted an application to become a NAF member in November 2009 – apparently, and astonishingly, the day after Karnamaya Mongar died

2009-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.”

2009-The grand jury found that HUP had, as required by state law, reported to authorities information about Shaw’s death in 2000, but said it found that no reports were made when Mongar died at HUP in 2009 or after Haynes went there in 2006.

2009– however, Lewis stopped assisting with the abortion procedures, and Cross stopped in July 2009. Sherry West and Lynda Williams, whom Gosnell hired to
take over their duties, were not as conscientious.

2009– The investigators also learned that in November 2009 an abortion patient had died. That prompted state authorities to yank Dr. Gosnell’s medical license and shut down the clinic.

2009– *Randy Hutchins was the only licensed medical provider, other than Gosnell, to work with any regularity at the clinic in the last several years. However, it was not lawful for him to perform the duties assigned by Gosnell because Gosnell did not obtain the State Board of Medicine’s approval, as required. Hutchins testified that he worked for Gosnell for a year in the 1980s but left after he stole money from the doctor. Hutchins explained that he had a cocaine problem at the time. He returned to work at the clinic in July 2009 partially because Gosnell was willing to allow him to work off the debt. From August until the middle of September, Hutchins said, “I really didn’t get paid.”
Hutchins normally worked Mondays, Tuesday, and Fridays. His primary job was to see “pain management” patients. However, his name also appeared on Karnamaya Mongar’s records on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. Her chart shows that Hutchins inserted laminaria the night before her procedure. Hutchins quit in February 2010, before the raid, because Gosnell never filed the paperwork required to allow him to work legally.

2009– Juan Ruiz, a prosecuting attorney at the State Department – whose Board of Medicine licenses physicians – who in 2009 decided an investigation into Haynes’ case was not warranted after he learned of a lawsuit filed by her. He did not even look at Gosnell’s history or talk to Haynes, according to the grand-jury report.

2009– supervisor Lisa Morgan and medical director Dr. Barbara Watson at the city Public Health Department failed to alert the State Department of abysmal conditions at Gosnell’s clinic reported to them by a nurse who visited the clinic in 2008 and 2009 as part of a vaccine program.

*During the drug-trafficking investigation, District Attorney’s Detective James Wood learned from one of the clinic employees that a woman had died in November 2009, following an abortion procedure. Detective Wood discovered other disturbing details about Gosnell’s medical practice. The premises were dirty and unsanitary. Gosnell routinely relied on unlicensed and untrained staff to treat patients, conduct medical tests, and administer medications without supervision. Even more alarmingly, Gosnell instructed unlicensed workers to sedate patients with dangerous drugs in his absence. Based on this information, Detective Wood believed that further investigation of the woman’s death the previous November was warranted. The detective searched for a police report on the incident, but finding none, he went to the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office to try to identify the woman and to find out more about her death. Detective Wood learned that the dead woman was Karnamaya Mongar, and that her toxicology report revealed an extremely high level of Demerol, a drug Gosnell used at the clinic to anesthetize patients.

JAN 2010- Based on her observations, the evaluator determined that there were far too many deficiencies at the clinic and in how it operated to even consider admitting Gosnell to NAF membership. On January 4, 2010, she wrote to Gosnell informing him of NAF’s decision and outlining the areas in which his clinic was not in compliance

FEB 18, 2010– Latosha Lewis END EMPLOYMENT: began work at the clinic in 2000, Latosha Lewis worked at the clinic for approximately eight years, beginning in 2000 and ending on February 18, 2010

FEB 2010– Federal drug agents raided his clinic, now at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue, on Feb. 18-That raid triggered another inspection by health investigators four days later. They found his 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. FEB – 2010-The investigation began last February, after federal and state drug agents and Philadelphia police raided the clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. on suspicion that Dr. Gosnell was illegally dispensing narcotic painkillers. (A federal drug-trafficking investigation is continuing.)

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FEB 2010– STATE INSPECTORS – *When inspectors from Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health and State surveyed the facility in February 2010, they corroborated much of what the former staff members described. Department of Health workers found that the suction source used by the doctor to perform abortions was the only one available to resuscitate patients. They found the tubing attached to the suction source was “corroded.” They also described the suction source’s vacuum meter as “covered with a brown substance making the numbers on the meter barely readable.” An oxygen mask and its tubing were “covered in a thick gray layer of a substance that appeared to be dust.”

February 18 raid – RAID

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

JAN 2011 – arraigned- eight charges of homicide for killing seven newborns and one female patient

JAN 2011 – Less than two days after he was sworn in, Gov. Tom Corbett tasked his secretary of health and commonwealth nominees with finding out “where the breakdowns were” that permitted a West Philadelphia doctor now charged with murdering newborns to operate an abortion clinic described in a grand jury report as a “house of horrors.” Spokesman Kevin Harley said Mr. Corbett read the report Wednesday evening and held a meeting Thursday morning in which he directed Eli Avila, nominee for the secretary ofhealth, and Carol Aichele, nominee for secretary ofthe commonwealth, “to use the grand jury report … to conduct a complete review of each of the agencies to figure out what went wrong,” Mr. Harley said.

FEB 2011- The state Board of Medicine suspended Gosnell’s medical license Monday following a raid of the clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. by federal and and state drug agents looking for evidence of illegal distribution of prescription painkillers. http://ht.ly/k7maH

Abortion Clinic Owner Diane Derzis’ idea of “Fine” : 2 patients overdosed ! Welcome to “safe abortion”

Posted in 911 calls, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2012 by saynsumthn

Read the New Women All Women 76 page deficiency report by the Alabama Health Department here

Former NAF abortionist has his abortion closed by state for not being licensed

Posted in Abortion, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, Hodari with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2011 by saynsumthn

UPDATE from the Detroit Free Press: Lathrup Village abortion clinic fighting efforts to close it
Apr. 19, 2011 |

The lawyer for a Lathrup Village women’s [abortion] clinic that provides abortions will appear in court Wednesday to fight against the state’s efforts to close it.

Womancare of Southfield, run by [abortionist] Alberto Hodari, is under fire from the Attorney General’s office for operating without a license for free-standing surgical facilities.
Last summer, based on the cost of fire code compliance tied to the license, Hodari decided against renewing. The doctor, whose medical license is separate and valid, applied to have the building grandfathered, as it is older than the codes, but was denied, according to legal filings.

The state, after monitoring Hodari’s practice for several months, found he was in violation of the license law, and the Attorney General’s office filed suit earlier this month. During that time, Hodari tried to submit plans to fix the fire code violation.

The violation is based on a section of the license law that requires Hodari to provide more gynecological services than abortions, a requirement, said his attorney, that has been difficult to uphold. But the license isn’t specific to abortion providers, just those providing surgical procedures in facilities that are not doctor or dentists offices and that are not tied to hospitals. About 70 licenses have been granted, according to state health officials, and only a few go to abortion providers.

Hodari’s attorney said the doctor has gone to great lengths to recruit gynecological patients to keep his abortion services under 51%, and that the state is unfairly imposing itself on the clinic, which has been in the spotlight before for improperly disposing of medical records. The clinic serves mostly low-income, urban women, and appears to be the only abortion provider in the area required to submit statistics to the state on its practice. Filings from the AG’s office say Hodari’s lawyer’s claims are groundless.

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ORIGINAL STORY >>>>

According to Operation Rescue, Abortionist Alberto Hodari operates group of five Detroit area abortion clinics. He garnered national attention when Students for Life in America videotaped a speech he gave to Wayne State University students where he said that he believes abortionists have a “license to lie.”

Since then Hodari’s problems have multiplied. Hodari was fined $10,000 for his part in the death of abortion patient Regina Johnson. Last November he put three of the clinics up for sale after Caitlin Bruce filed a lawsuit against him for a forcing an abortion on her after she withdrew her consent. One of those locations was the Livonia location.

Another lawsuit was filed against him last month for giving a needless abortion after he failed to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. The Health Department has launched an investigation into his troubled abortion business. To add to his difficulties, Hodari filed for divorce from his wife of 29 years.

Now the Detroit Free Press is reporting: Lathrup Village abortion clinic could be shut over license Mar 30, 2011

The state is suing to shut down a Lathrup Village women’s health clinic for performing abortions without a surgical license.

Dr. Alberto Hodari, operator of WomanCare of Southfield, is accused by the Michigan Department of Community Health of continuing to perform surgical abortions after deciding not to renew that license in July 2010. In 2009, MDCH inspectors found a fire-code violation involving emergency exits at the facility on Southfield Road, according to court documents.

In the documents, Hodari said he was trying to sell the building and the repairs would cut into examination space. He said he would not renew his surgical license when it expired in July 2010.
Efforts to reach Hodari or a clinic manager Tuesday were unsuccessful.
State law requires a surgical license if patient load for abortions exceeds 50% of total patient load. Hodari indicated he would reduce his surgery load to comply.
Despite statistics provided to MDCH by a clinic manager, the Attorney General’s Office said it doesn’t believe Hodari did so, and will appear in Oakland County Circuit Court on April 6 to ask that the clinic be closed for the duration of the lawsuit.
“Physicians have special duty to follow state law and regulations intended to preserve the health and safety of their patients,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement.
It appears Hodari’s other clinics throughout southeast Michigan are not part of the investigation.
This is not the first time state inspectors have scrutinized the clinic.
In 2008, after receiving complaints from an anti-abortion group that fetus parts, medical waste and records were found in a Dumpster outside, the state charged Hodari with improperly disposing of medical records. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality found violations of the Medical Waste Regulatory Act, but Hodari wasn’t fined. It’s unclear whether the state found fetus parts in the waste.
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Hodari’s practice has also been implicated in the deaths of at least four women from abortion-related complications. In June 2009, the Disciplinary Subcommittee of Michigan’s Board of Medicine fined Hodari $10,000 for negligence in connection with the botched abortion death of Regina Johnson.

Numerous complaints have been filed against the abortionist for improper disposal of human remains and abortion records found in Hodari’s dumpster. Hodari received a sentence of six months’ probation on one such count in February.

Last year , Hodari put his abortion clinics on the market along with his collection of expensive classic cars and hastily filed for divorce from his wife of 29 years. Local activists told Operation Rescue that it appeared that he was attempting to liquidate his assets

According to another Detroit Free Press article, A woman who answered the clinic’s phone Tuesday (3/29/2011) said the owner, Dr. Alberto Hodari, is out of the country and cannot be reached for comment.

“At one time, Dr. Hodari was an extremely fine physician with a very good reputation. He trained a number of physicians,” said Renee Chelian, executive director of Northland Family Planning Centers, an abortion provider with three Metro Detroit sites.

“Any good clinic knows what the laws are in the state of Michigan and follows them. If he’s performing abortions on more than 50 percent of his patients, then he’s in violation of the law, but only he knows that and, apparently, the state thinks they know.”

A researcher reports that Dr. Abraham Alberto Hodari worked at Northland Family Planning Clinic, a National Abortion Federation member in Michigan. He also worked at Woman Care Clinic and Detroit Memorial Hospital. He is believed to have performed the fatal abortions on Tamia Russell and Chivon Williams.

NAF Abortionist Hodari’s Troubled Past , patient claims he forced abortion

Another abortionist with filthy and dangerous clinic quits after Health Department ordered him to cease performing abortions

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Pa. cites abortion clinic violations; doctor quits
Pennsylvania health officials say renewed inspections uncovered poor conditions at two Philadelphia-area abortion clinics in the months after a drug investigation revealed a “house of horrors” facility operating for years in the city.

MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press 3/10/2011
HARRISBURG, Pa. —

Pennsylvania health officials say renewed inspections uncovered poor conditions at two Philadelphia-area abortion clinics in the months after a drug investigation revealed a “house of horrors” facility operating for years in the city.

The physician who operated the two Abortion as an Alternative Inc. clinics, in Bensalem and the Germantown section of Philadelphia, received scathing reports and was ordered to suspend performing abortions.

Two days later, Dr. Soleiman M. Soli, 73, announced he would shut down the clinics instead. He then retired, according to the state Department of Health.

Soli’s operations are distinct from those of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, whose Women’s Medical Society in Philadelphia was the target of a major Philadelphia grand jury investigation. Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder for the deaths of a woman and seven babies born alive, then fatally stabbed in the spine with scissors.

Problems at Soli’s clinics were found after Pennsylvania regulators renewed long-dormant routine inspections of free-standing abortion clinics around the state in the wake of the investigation into Gosnell and his staff.

At Soli’s clinics, the Department of Health found drugs decades past their expiration dates, inadequate or inoperable equipment, poor record-keeping and mishandling of fetal tissue.

“Dr. Soli served his patients for more than 53 years as a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist. He retired last year,” his attorney, Stanley J. Milavec Jr., said in an e-mail response. Milavec said Soli, who retired from practice Nov. 19, was not available for further comment.

An Oct. 26 inspection report of Soli’s Bensalem facility found that drugs and equipment required to resuscitate abortion patients were missing and that it took Soli and a secretary 10 minutes to figure out how to use the clinic’s oxygen tank, the mask for which was found covered in dust.

Dozens of expired drugs and medical equipment were found, some dating back decades, including Benadryl from 1970, a saline vial from 1978, progesterone from 1982 and Depo-Provera from 1989.

Sterile trays of instruments were not wrapped properly and the ultrasound machine, microscope and blood pressure cuffs had not been inspected, certified or calibrated, they said.
Soli’s medical license, first issued in 1967, expired at the end of December and he was placed on inactive status last mont
h, according to the Department of State. The agency’s Board of Medicine had no discipline history for him.

Soli received a medical doctor’s degree from Shiraz University in Iran in 1958, according to American Board of Medical Specialties records.

The Nov. 1 inspection of his Philadelphia clinic also found nonworking or missing equipment and expired pharmaceutical drugs, some that dated back to the early 1990s.

When inspectors inquired about fetal tissue samples inside a cabinet in procedure room, Soli responded that he did not know why they were there and then placed them in a trash bag for disposal, the state agency said. It was unclear how much tissue was handled that way, but the reports said it was used for microscopic examination.

The facility’s only bathroom lacked ceiling tiles, leaving the pipes exposed, inspectors said. They found Soli’s lunch was kept in the same refrigerator as the clinic’s drugs.

“Opened, uncapped needles were also observed lying directly on the floor under the cabinet with the identified medications,” inspectors said.

That was also where drugs for sterile intravenous use were stored, because Soli and his staff said they had to be hidden from neighborhood drug dealers. The inspection reports said the office had been broken into several times.

Soli told the inspectors he did not have a written transfer agreement with a hospital for emergency care, as required, but did have privileges at two hospitals.

Inspectors said Soli’s handwritten notes, in English and Arabic, were so hard to read it took him several minutes to decipher them himself.

After the inspections, the Health Department ordered him to cease performing abortions at both clinics and to file plans of correction.

The reports were provided to The Associated Press by the office of Gov. Tom Corbett more than a month after state officials disclosed the results of inspections of 22 other Pennsylvania abortion clinics following a January Right-to-Know Law request by the AP.

Corbett spokeswoman Janet Kelley said the Abortion as an Alternative clinic inspection reports were discovered as state officials reviewed the other 22 reports.