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Abortion access focus while OB units close in Texas and nationwide

Posted in Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2016 by saynsumthn

While we await the decision from the Supreme Court in a case that challenged a pro-life law which forced the closure of several substandard abortion clinics in Texas, hundreds of Texas women have learned that they will have to travel further for obstetrical care after the closing of an OB unit in the state. The news will affect workers who are now slated to lose their jobs, and yet the media is relatively silent. Texas Health Presbyterian has announced that it will close its labor and delivery unit at its Kaufman hospital and even though it will negatively affect women’s health in the state, there is little outrage.

Flashback only a few years ago after when closing of several abortion facilities in Texas following sweeping pro-life legislation, caused an uproar and constant drum beat of outrage from pro-abortion women’s groups and the news media. But, alas, this unit is helping babies be born and not taking their lives.

Texas Presbyterian claims that there has been a decline in the number of women seeking their services and that is what has prompted their decision to close the Kaufman OB unit in May. But, less than a year after an Obstetrics Unit in another Texas city, Denton closed, a neighboring hospital said they noticed a huge increase in deliveries.

“It happened literally overnight,” nurse manager Dena Shapley told the Denton Record Chronicle in March. “We were delivering around 150 to 160 babies per month, and then literally that next month we were delivering around 240 babies per month.”

In Kaufman, the closure will force pregnant women to drive potentially long distances. The limited remaining options for care are at least 40 miles away, putting women and their babies at greater risk. The closure is also ending the practice of the city’s only OB doctor.

Despite hospital officials claiming this long distance will give women ample time to arrive at another obstetrics unit, a hospital nurse who spoke to Fox4 in Dallas said this will not help the women who have typically walked through the doors to deliver within minutes of their arrival. Even though the hospital says it will accept women into their Emergency Room, the nurse, who pointed out that the closure will affect mostly “lower socio-economic” women, claimed that no one will be available to do an emergency C-section. The hospital responded by noting that in cases of emergencies, the women would have to be transported by ambulance the 40 miles to Dallas.

Contrast this with the reaction that the closure of an abortion clinic has had in the state. When HB2 was passed, it did the unthinkable, so says the abortion lobby. The legislation sought to improve women’s safety by doing things like….requiring doctors who work at abortion clinics to have hospital privileges and also required abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. (Oh…the horror!) Following the passage of the pro-life legislation, now being challenged before the US Supreme Court, the nation was exposed to a constant drum beat of criticism portraying images of women forced to drive for miles in order to obtain an abortion. This image (below) is a capture from Whole Women’s Health abortion chain blog who challenged the Texas pro-life law:

Whole Womens Health Abortion CLinic Statement

Since HB2’s passage, abortion enthusiasts have crawled out of the woodwork to decry the closures as a direct attack on their “right to abortion.” The media has been swift to measure the distance a woman might have to travel if their otherwise unfit abortion clinic were to close down. They predicted dire health consequences from the closures, none of which have materialized in the state.

Headline and screen grab from Slate Magazine article online

Headline and screen grab from Slate Magazine article online

Yet, in light of the Texas OB unit closing, I hear only crickets when it comes to – oh- say “A woman’s right to a safe and simple delivery.” And, believe it or not, this is not a new phenomenon women are facing in the state or the nation for that matter [still hearing crickets?].

According to ACOG, “Rural America” is home to 22.8% of U.S. women aged 18 years and older. Each year, about 500,000 women in the United States give birth in rural hospitals, yet easy access to labor and delivery units has been declining.

Rural Obstetrics

A spokesperson for the Texas Presbyterian Hospital told Fox4 that many rural hospitals have closed their OB Unites in past years. This includes Ennis Regional Medical Center which discontinued obstetrics services in 2016.

According to a report, published in 2007 by the The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, entitled Why Are Fewer Hospitals in the Delivery Business?, from 1985 to 2000, the number of hospitals that provided obstetric services dropped by 23%. As a result, more than one-third of counties in the US lacked hospital-based obstetric services in 2000, significantly more than the one-fifth of counties without hospital-based obstetric services in 1985.

A 2015 story published by NPR reported that 17 of 54 of Alabama’s rural counties have hospitals that offer obstetrics services, calling it, “one of the state’s greatest healthcare challenges.” Even more shocking, a 2016 study of rural hospitals nationwide found that 7.2 percent of rural hospitals in the study had closed their obstetric units. The authors who published their findings in the January issue of Health Services Research also found that:

    These units were smaller in size, more likely to be privately owned, and located in communities with lower family income, fewer obstetricians, and fewer family physicians. Prenatal care was still available in 17 of 19 communities, but local women would need to travel an average of 29 additional miles to access intrapartum care.

“The fact that closures continue happening — over time that means the nearest hospital gets farther and farther away,” Katy Kozhimannil, who co-authored the analysis told Kaiser Health News.

The disconnect between accessing obstetric services versus abortion services for women in the state Texas as well nationwide is glaring. It reveals that the majority of abortion defenders are more concerned about whether low-income and/or rural women access abortion rather than having access to a place where they can safely give birth. This displaced focus also reveals that the media is lax in reporting the full story of what is happening in Texas. And, while we await the Supreme Court’s decision on the Texas pro-life law, one thing is certain, the circus around abortion will continue while more obstetrics units close down.

Florida passes bills on abortion that could defund Planned Parenthood

Posted in Defund Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood Florida, Planned Parenthood late term abortions with tags , , , , , , on March 26, 2016 by saynsumthn

Florida has become yet another state to defund Planned Parenthood. Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law that cuts off state funding to clinics providing abortion and imposes abortion restrictions already being tested before the U.S. Supreme Court.

From the Courier Tribune:

    Abortion clinics throughout Florida will go without taxpayer funds, face increased reporting requirements and new hurdles for doctors providing the procedure under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott.

    Scott, a Republican, did not make any comment on HB 1411, which was signed with 67 other bills, but the flood of statements from abortion rights and anti-abortion groups alternatively condemning and praising the move reflects the sharp divide over the issue.

    “As a result of this bill, thousands of people across Florida may no longer be able to access essential reproductive health care, such as cancer screenings, birth control, and well-woman exams,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. “This cruel bill is designed to rip health care away from those most at risk. Rick Scott has shown he will do all he can to strip basic care away from those who need it most.”

    But John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, an Orlando-based social conservative advocacy group, hailed the bill as protecting women’s’ health, since more inspections will ensure greater quality care.

    “This is a historic victory and we are thrilled to have been an active part of this effort,” Stemberger said.
    – See more at: http://m.courier-tribune.com/news/national/florida-governor-signs-law-bill-stripping-planned-parenthood-public-funds#sthash.gvVCu6la.dpuf

A Report by TampaBay.com reads:

    Lawmakers wrote the new measure following last summer’s controversy over videos that appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials talking about their fetal tissue donation program.

    The law redefines the trimesters of a pregnancy, validating claims by state regulators last summer alleging Florida’s Planned Parenthood sites violated their licenses. And the funding cuts could affect six Planned Parenthood clinics.

Years ago, a Planned Parenthood lobbyist said that allowing babies to die on the table after being aborted was between the “Doctor and their patient.”

Florida Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow testified against a ‘Born Alive’ infant protection bill that would give human rights to babies born after a botched abortion. She said doctors in abortion clinics should not be required to take such babies to a hospital, instead leaving the ‘choice’ of what to do up to them and their patients.

Other clinic regulations have also been proposed.

Starting July 1, abortion clinics will be required to have admitting privileges or transfer agreements with a nearby hospital. They also will face annual inspections by the state as part of a law that sponsor Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, said is about ensuring women’s safety.

“What we did with these clinics is just treat them similar to other surgery centers,” Stargel said.

Gov. Rick Perry links Texas abortion law to death of Joan Rivers

Posted in Texas Abortion with tags , , , , on September 22, 2014 by saynsumthn

Rick Perry Governor Rick Perry maintains that that the state of Texas has a right to implement safety rules for abortion clinics, “Clearly, the will of the Texas Legislature — which I agree with — that it is a state’s right to put particular types of considerations into place, to put rules and regulations into place, to make a clinic be as safe as a hospital,” Perry stated.

Pointing to the risks that clinics can pose generally, Perry has asked whether the “clinic” where Joan Rivers was treated had the same safety standards in it saying that she might still be alive.

“It was interesting that, when Joan Rivers, and the procedure that she had done where she died, that was a clinic. It’s a curious thought that if they had had that type of regulations in place, whether or not that individual would be still alive,” said the Texas Governor stated in an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival.

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Rivers stopped breathing during a procedure on her vocal cords. The exact circumstances of her death are still unclear, but we do know that the Yorkville Endoscopy Center where Rivers was treated actually is an ambulatory surgery center.

Actually , despite the media hype on the comments made by Perry, he wasn’t the first to sound the alarm about the dangers of clinics and surgery.

In fact, when you remove abortion from the mix, you see what the definition of a safe surgical center should be.

Joan Rivers

When Joan Rivers was first reported as hospitalization because she was not breathing Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News’ chief medical editor, discussed the risks of surgery,on The Today Show, telling the viewers to “make sure YOUR DOCTOR HAS ADMITTING PRIVILEGES TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL.

But, apparently that advise does not extend to Texas where the state legislature is embattled in court to enforce such a law for abortion clinics in the state.

Nancy Sniderman

Sometimes, the medicine used to sedate someone. The age of which someone is receiving he medications, and sometimes just putting the scope down can trigger and event where a person stops breathing…”, Dr. Nancy Snyderman said, “The really important thing here is that every time you think your are going to have surgery NO MATTER HOW MINOR [ emphasis mine] you have to constantly remind yourself that these things are rare – they can happen. And one more thing I should say, make sure YOUR DOCTOR HAS ADMITTING PRIVILEGES TO THE LOCAL HOSPITAL, because in this case in may well have saved Joan Rivers’ life.”

Watch here:

CONTRADICTION:

The state of Texas and others states around the nation have passed laws requiring abortion doctors to have Hospital admitting privileges within a close range of the abortion clinics they operate. This is in part, because many abortionists fly-in and are not even from the same state where they perform the surgeries.

Yet- Planned Parenthood and all abortion providers are saying that these laws are “extreme.”

We have learned from past examples that if a women dies from a legal abortion the left in this nation says little to improve or scrutinize the condition of the abortion clinic where the surgery occurred. You see, in the world of abortion, the death of women is considered collateral damage only.

The response, unlike that of Joan Rivers, is generally – mov’n on….nothing to see here.

Pro-life law closes another abortion clinic in Texas

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2014 by saynsumthn

Another child killing center in Texas has closed as a result of the new abortion law which took effect last year.

wHOLE Womens Health Austin

On their blog page, abortion clinic chain Whole Woman’s Health announced the closure of their Austin center.

The announcement reads:

With extremely heavy hearts, we’re announcing today that Whole Woman’s Health of Austin is closing its doors days before our trial against House Bill 2 begins.

Austin was our flagship clinic, serving the community of Central Texas with the best abortion care available to women for over ten years. House Bill 2, which passed last summer, has forced us into yet another closure, this time because we’re unable to meet the standards of an ambulatory surgical center at this location.

2 Clinics Close July 2014

In October the Beaumont Whole Woman’s abortion centers was inspected and what authorities found was abysmal.

WWH abortion clinic health violations Oct 2013

According to a recent state inspection 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.

WWH McAllen Website stops ab

In March of 2011, Operation Rescue documented widespread abortion abuses at a dozen Texas abortion clinics. Among the worst offenders was Whole Women’s Health. The McAllen office discoveries were particularly disturbing. Dumped in the trash were the bloody refuse of several abortions along with the names of patients and other private information.

Among the discoveries at several WWH clinics, Patient logs and other records were discovered on Whole Women’s Health forms and the bloody remains of abortions came in bags with other documents bearing Whole Women’s Health’s name. Operation Rescue has made examples of this evidence public.

In November, Life Dynamics, a national pro-life group in Denton, Texas sent fliers to every hospital warning them the abortion lobby was going to attempt to get privileges:

LDI Texas Mailer Front

Hospital Letter Texas

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Austin abortion facility is the 17th clinic to close in Texas since November when a new law went into effect requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics. The same law will require clinics to meet the same strict structural standards required of ambulatory surgical centers by September of this year. Fourteen of the 20 clinics still operating do not meet those standards.

Abortion doctor under investigation

Posted in Abortionist, Abortionist Admitting Privilages, child predator with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by saynsumthn

Klopfer PicA local abortion doctor under fire is now under investigation. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Mike Dvorak asked the Special Victims Unit to investigate the man who runs South Bend’s abortion clinic. But proving whether Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer did or did not break any laws may be tough.

Right to Life also says Klopfer illegally reported abortions involving 13-year-olds.

They now have questions about another law that requires every abortion doctor in the state to have admitting privileges to a local hospital or an agreement with a doctor who does.

“I don’t know why no one is enforcing this. This is the law. Where are the fines?” asked Right to Life of St. Joseph County Director Jeanette Burdell.

“He comes from Illinois which is where he resides. So a patient of his, in case of complications, needs to have a doctor that can respond to her care – for her sake and her health in a very timely manner,” Burdette continued.

WSBT checked – there is no record of Klopfer’s back up doctor at the local or state health departments, the professional licensing agency or anywhere else. No one keeps track of whether abortion doctors really do have admitting privileges or a back up doctor.

“It appears that there is no oversight to that portion of the law. In other words, there’s no state registry for that,” said Indiana Professional Licensing Agency spokeswoman Sue Swayze.

Womans Pavillion South Bend Klopfer

When WSBT reached out to Klopfer at his Gary clinic Monday and asked who is back up doctor is in St. Joseph County or one of its adjacent counties, as the law mandates, he refused to answer the question then explained why.

“Now a days the majority of medical school graduates become employed in some big corporation where the hospital or otherwise controls and dictates everything you can and cannot do,” Klopfer said. “For me to divulge information that’s not necessary, I will not.”

He also said he has to keep some parts of his life and the lives of those who help him private for safety reasons.

“I’ve been stalked, I’ve been shot at, I’ve had three bus loads of people in front of my house. No, I’m not going to advertise. I’m sorry, I’m not running for political office, Klopfer added.”

He said he could understand the Right to Life concerns if he had a bad track record, but added that he does not. He still has a license to practice in Indiana but because of comments he recently made to a newspaper about an abortion he performed on a 13-year-old, he’s been asked to appear before the state’s medical licensing board next week.

Klopfer also has abortion clinics in Ft. Wayne and Gary but he’s not legally allowed to perform abortions in Ft. Wayne right now. That happened after Right to Life raised similar concerns in Allen County, causing Klopfer’s back up doctor there to quit.

Allen County is the only one in the state that has its own local back up doctor ordinance. Abortion doctors there are required to report the back up doctor’s name.