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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.

Abortion chain suing over Texas pro-life law had major health violations

Posted in Abortion Clinic Inspections, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2016 by saynsumthn

A Texas abortion clinic chain whose centers have been cited by state health inspectors is behind the challenge to a state law which requires abortion doctors to have hospital privileges and is set to be heard by the United States Supreme Court. Despite the spin from the abortion lobby, amicus briefs filed by several pro-life groups in the case, document the dangerous conditions of abortion facilities in the state.

Whole Woman’s Health v. John Hellerstedt, MD Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services was filed as a challenge to Texas law HB2, a strict pro-life law passed by the Texas state legislature in July 2013. One provision requires a physician performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within thirty miles of the location where the abortion
is performed. A second provision requires all abortion clinics to comply with standards set for ambulatory surgical centers. Pro-lifers point out that HB2 simply requires abortion clinics to come under the same regulations as other surgical centers in the state. Since HB2’s passage, several abortion facilities have closed due to their inability to comply with the law.

In June of 2015, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld both provisions but made a narrow exception for the Whole Woman’s abortion clinic in McAllen, after they were unable to secure required hospital privileges for its abortion doctors.

The issues under review in the case include:

    (1) Whether, when applying the “undue burden” standard of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a court errs by refusing to consider whether and to what extent laws that restrict abortion for the stated purpose of promoting health actually serve the government’s interest in promoting health; and

    (2) whether the Fifth Circuit erred in concluding that this standard permits Texas to enforce, in nearly all circumstances, laws that would cause a significant reduction in the availability of abortion services while failing to advance the State’s interest in promoting health – or any other valid interest.

WWH SCOTUS abortion

According to their website, Whole Woman’s Health (WWH) currently operates abortion facilities in Baltimore, Fort Worth, McAllen, San Antonio, Twin Cities, New Mexico, and Peoria. Prior to 2013, WWH operated abortion facilities in five different communities in Texas: McAllen, Beaumont, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Austin. But, since the passage of HB2, WWH reports that they had to stop abortions in Austin and Beaumont. Amy Hagstrom Miller, president of Whole Women’s Health, would like to deceive the public that her abortion clinics do not need any more scrutiny. Yet, the State of Texas has found some very concerning issues with WWH abortion facilities.

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In 2014, a news report filed by KFDM listed disturbing problems found at WWH’s Beaumont abortion clinic. According to the report, Whole Woman’s Health failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania. (Watch the report below)

The information comes from a 2013 inspection by the Texas Department of State Health Services of Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont, citing the Beaumont abortion clinic for 13 health and safety code violations.

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But, WWH’s failure to have protocols for emergencies was not new.

In 2007, the state of Texas took disciplinary action against Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont for, “failure to have a written protocol for emergency evacuation for disasters tailored to the Facility’s geographic location,” among other violations.

Whole Womans Health discipline 2007

In 2011, the pro-life group, Operation Rescue released information documenting widespread abuses at a dozen Texas abortion clinics. Among the worst offenders was Whole Women’s Health’s McAllen facility, they stated at the time. Among the disturbing finds were bloody medical waste along with the names of patientsm patient logs and other private information thrown in the trash. (View photo documentation of the evidence with the name Whole Women’s Health clearly evident.) The documentation, which was originally thrown in a trash dumpster near the abortion clinic was turned over to the the attorney general and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. As a result, Operation Rescue was notified that 2 Whole Woman’s Health abortion centers were fined:

    Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen was fined at total of $17,430.

    Whole Woman’s Health of Austin was ordered to pay a total of $22,980.

According to an article published by National Right to Life News, in 2012 the Texas Medical Board disciplined two WWH abortionists for violating standards of patient care. They were both fined $3,000 and required to take a medical education course. Many other WWH abortionists have previous disciplinary histories, NRTL states citing a case from Minnesota.

TXRTL Lax abortion

A report published in 2013 by Texas Right to Life after they obtained inspection reports of all abortion centers in Texas from July 2011-2012, revealed that 14 Texas abortion centers were cited as having infractions that violated inspections. Included among those infractions was a 17 page list of violations from Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont.

Four of five Whole Woman’s Health Clinics have incurred violations against safety laws during the last three years; some of these clinics fell short dozens of times,” TXRTL pointed out later.

Another review of Texas abortion clinics conducted by the pro-life group Texas Alliance for Life also listed several disturbing violations cited by state health inspectors at Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont. An inspection of WWH dated November 17, 2011 found a long list of violations including (among other things):

    “[I]n procedure room #2 there was numerous rusty spots on the on the suction machine used on the patient” for an abortion.

Health inspectors which visited WWH in Beaumont on December 19, 2012 found (among other things) that:

    “…the staff was still not knowledgeable in the proper procedure of sterilizing instruments and the facility had an infection control issues.”

and

    “staff members…failed to perform the correct procedure for the sterilization of the surgical instruments.”

But, while the Beaumont abortion facility was one of the worst, violations were also found at Whole Woman’s Fort Worth facility as well as McAllen. In addition, state health inspectors who visited Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio, found that, “Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio failed to implement and enforce acceptable environmental controls in cleaning and preparing instruments for sterilization,” among other violations.

Pro-life briefs filed in the case include ones from the ACLJ, Liberty Counsel, Operation Rescue as well as Live Action. The brief filed by Live Action details Live Action’s investigations as well as published articles that document how abortion is unsafe for women.

Despite the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, oral arguments in the case on are scheduled to begin March 2.

Mom of Down Syndrome son”How many parents have been this lucky?”

Posted in Down Syndrome with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2016 by saynsumthn

I have never, ever regretted that he was born with an extra chromosome. He’s exactly the way he is,” those are the words of the loving mother of a Down syndrome son who was recently featured in a Texas paper. Women who are told their preborn child has Down syndrome are often pressured into an abortion, something advocates of these precious people call a horrible and violent form of discrimination.

Shelley and COnnor Moore

Over the Christmas holiday, the Ft Worth Star Telegram did a feature on mother Shelley Moore which brought me to tears. The love that this 50 year-old single mother has for her 20 year-old son jumped off the pages as I read through the Telegram’s report. It was apparent that the reporter was also moved by the love between son Conner David Moore, who not only has Down syndrome but heart issues and autism and his mother and described it this way, “[Shelley] changes her son’s diaper, feeds him and talks to him in a loving language that only the two of them fully understand.

Connor is the love of my life,” Shelley told the paper. Connor has had four open heart surgeries and three pacemakers. Despite the fact that Connor requires 24 hour care, his mother calls him “such a joy to be around everyday.” The American Airlines flight attendant who also calls her son a “special little gift” said her job gives her the flexibility to spend lots of time with Connor.

    “Parenting a special-needs child is not an easy task. It takes every ounce of your being.

    “… What this precious boy gives to me is far beyond anything I could have dreamed of. For the most part, I have forfeited my social life to be Conner’s everything — simply because he is my everything. My only child, the circle of life ends here for us.”

Shelley told the paper that there is a lot of work involved in having a child like Connor. She gets up and goes to sleep on his schedule and refers to Connor as “God’s little angel.” The mother who said she did the story because she wanted, “to help other parents, single or not, to be encouraged about the job you have been given and the reward that comes with that job,” called the time she has had with Connor “borrowed time from God.” Connor faces some serious heart issues but Shelley said they have seen many “medical miracles.”

Shelley Moore said that she considers herself lucky to have her Down syndrome son Connor, “I have never, ever regretted that he was born with an extra chromosome. He’s exactly the way he is,” Moore told the Telegram reporter.

    “If I could wave a wand and make Conner different, I would not even consider it.”

    “This boy is beautiful. I see God in him every single day. How many parents have been this lucky?”

According to the Center for Disease Control ( CDC) Down syndrome remains the most common chromosomal condition diagnosed in the United States. Each year, about 6,000 babies born in the United States have Down syndrome. This means that Down syndrome occurs in about 1 out of every 700 babies.

A 2012 academic review of published literature on pregnancy termination following a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in the United States found that between 60 and 90 percent of fetal Down syndrome diagnoses lead to abortion. As a result, pro-lifers in Ohio have pushed lawmakers to make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman is terminating her pregnancy to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. The New York Times reports that in 2013, North Dakota made it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion because of fetal genetic anomalies, including Down syndrome. Indiana and South Dakota considered similar laws in 2015. Missouri is set to consider such a law in 2016.

According to the public research group Charlotte Lozier Institute there are no requirements to track abortions as a result of a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome within the United States. Mark Bradford, president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA, named after the father of modern genetics, which researches Down syndrome, says that 2015 research also published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics claims the population of those living with Down syndrome has been reduced by 30% between 1974 and 2010 due to prenatal diagnosis and abortion. A new blood test, which can predict if a preborn child will have Down syndrome earlier in the pregnancy has led many to fear that preborn Downs babies will become even more vulnerable to being aborted.

Bradford points out that prenatal testing may result in babies who are not Downs being aborted as well. The 2012 study shows that 67% of those who choose to abort a child with Down syndrome in the U.S. are aborting an otherwise “wanted child” solely because of the result of a prenatal diagnosis, and because they fear what the future may bring. In addition, according to Bradford, research reports indicate that some women are using the early Downs blood tests to make the decision to end their pregnancy without having the result confirmed. Bradford called the targeting of Down syndrome children with abortion the most horrible and violent form of discrimination:

    “Whatever the statistical realities may be, the number of those who choose abortion after a prenatal diagnosis is far too high. It should be none. To paraphrase the recently deceased disabilities rights activist, Dr. Adrienne Asch, the only thing prenatal diagnosis can provide is a first impression of who a child will be. Making such a radical decision as to end the life of a child based upon a first impression is a most horrible and violent form of discrimination. It has no place in an American society that is committed to ending discrimination in any form and that has intensified that effort for persons with disabilities over the last 25 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990.”

(Read the Ft Worth Star Telegram report here.)

Proposed state laws could reduce Planned Parenthood funding by $7.5 million

Posted in Medicaid Billing Practices, Planned Parenthood Investigated, Pro-life Law with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2015 by saynsumthn

A lawmaker in Wisconsin has introduced two bills that could eliminate at least half of the funding Planned Parenthood gets in the state.

Representative Andre Jacque speaking on the floor

Rep. Andre Jacque is co-sponsoring legislation that will require family planning clinics, most notably Planned Parenthood, to bill Medicaid at the actual acquisition cost when they acquire drugs at the heavily discounted rates available through the Medicaid 340B program.

Jacque contends that providers like Planned Parenthood, which gets over half a billion in taxpayer monies annually, are inflating rates, sometimes “eight times” the actual cost.

The bill would limit providers to a “reasonable” dispensing fee, which Jacque estimates would reduce funding by about $4.5 million.

This change will bring Wisconsin in line with the majority of other states and save millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said.

“This bill simply directs Medicaid 340B-covered entities to charge back to Medicaid/taxpayers the actual acquisition cost of pharmaceuticals they purchase through the program, plus the dispensing fee allowed through the Wisconsin Medicaid program. Many Wisconsin 340B program participants are already following this practice.

The 340B Drug Discount Program is a federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at bargain basement prices.

Planned Parenthood 340B Medicaid Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of the most “generous” states in the country in terms of its relatively high allowed Medicaid reimbursement rate with state and federal taxpayer dollars for family planning providers through the 340B Program.

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The Republican lawmaker, who also authored a bill that would prohibit the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts, cites recent Department of Health Services examples of how the Medicaid billing practices have been abused:

    “in reviewing audits of 340B providers with 2010 dates of service, the OIG found discrepancies in how 340B providers billed for Ortho-Cyclen. One hospital-based 340B pharmacy billed Wisconsin Medicaid $15 for 84 tablets and the provider was reimbursed $15. A 340B family planning clinic provider billed Wisconsin Medicaid $95 for 84 tablets on the same date of service and was reimbursed $54.23. The ingredient.costs ascertained from the invoices reviewed from both providers were nearly identical at $12.20 and $12.03 respectively.” In other words, without this legislation, 340B program participants will remain free to charge taxpayers for a drug at a rate many, many times more what it cost them to acquire it.”

“Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has publicly claimed that eliminating their overbilling of taxpayers for drugs acquired through the 340B program would result in a $4.5 Million annual reduction in their subsidy by taxpayers,” Rep. Jacque claims.

The legislation follows a request submitted by 28 Wisconsin State Representatives and 4 State Senators in January calling for an investigation into family planning centers and Planned Parenthood centers in the state.

PPWI request for Planned Parenthood audit

The letter details what it calls “red flags” with providers pointing out that several other states report, “similar findings with Planned Parenthood and other Medicaid family planning providers.

It is peculiar and deeply troubling,” lawmakers write, “that any large recipient of taxpayer dollars would pre-emptively divulge that they are guilty of massively defrauding the government and actively in violation with their billing practices, with no plans to change or reimburse taxpayers–and yet that is precisely what Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is admitting to.”

Recently a HRSA audit conducted on Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, revealed “Duplicate discounts” in the 340B Medicaid program.

Planned Parenthood PA Medicaid 340B

An HRSA audit in 2013 identified a duplicate discount finding for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. that could potentially result in PPHP owing repayments to manufacturers.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic 340B medicaid audit

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Representative Sean Duffy introduced a bill into the U.S. House which would stop abortion providers from “unbundling” abortion services so they can submit separate claims to Medicaid.

All too often, abortion providers – such as Planned Parenthood – are able to line their pockets with taxpayer funds by using a complex billing system and taking advantage of programs that rely on provider integrity for compliance,” Rep. Duffy pointed out at the time.

State Rep Wisconsin Planned Parenthood

Wisconsin state representative Jacque told WRN that another one of the bills he is sponsoring would “reprioritize” about $3 million in federal grant money that Planned Parenthood received by having the state Department of Health Services apply for the funding.

There are any number of better public health opportunities that we have, than Planned Parenthood,” he pointed out.

The bills seek to reduce $7.5 million in federal funding at Planned Parenthood facilities across the state.

Profit no matter what ADF Planned Parenthood

A 2014 report conducted by Alliance Defending Freedom outlined abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country as well as other abortion providers, particularly with respect to federal and state Title XIX-Medicaid reimbursements.

The group analyzed publicly available audits which they say, strongly suggest that Planned Parenthood affiliates systematically take advantage of “overbilling” opportunities to maximize revenues in complex, well-funded federal and state programs that are understaffed and rely on the integrity of the provider for program compliance.

They listed a few examples in their Profit No Matter What, report:

    “At Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan (PPSWMI), a May 2010 audit revealed bank statements accumulated for up to six months before being reconciled, and personal expenses such as household bills being paid as company expenses.”
    “In Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Action Fund agreed to pay a $30,000 fine to the Vermont Office of the Attorney General for failing to comply with political committee reporting requirements relating to $119,437 it spent in the 2010 gubernatorial election.”
    “Planned Parenthood affiliates have also been fined or settled in cases involving wrongful death / medical malpractice, failure to report child sexual abuse and rape, and regulatory violations.”

Read that report here.

Nationally, Planned Parenthood has come under fire for the harvesting of aborted baby parts after the group, Center for Medical Progress published two videos of top Planned Parenthood officials bragging how they procure livers, hearts, lungs, and other organs from the children they abort.

It was recently made public that Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, seen in the undercover video above talking about where she will “crush” a little child in the womb to preserve specific organs, is a University of Wisconsin Madison graduate.

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The University has been criticized for their promotion of fetal tissue research.

Another abortion clinic to close following pro-life law

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Clinic Worders, Texas Abortion, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 12, 2015 by saynsumthn

REPUBLISHED FROM LIFE DYNAMICS BLOG:

A Dallas abortion clinic is set to close Saturday following a court decision which upheld strict pro-life laws in the state.

HB2 Routh STreet Abortion clinic closing prolife

A representative of the Routh Street abortion facility which has legally killed children “for decades” told a caller to the clinic that the death mill will only be “serving” a few more patients before they close permanently this weekend.

“State law closed us down- they passed a law Wednesday that we have to shut down. It went before the fifth circuit that if you are not a surgical center or doctor with hospital privileges we have to close down,” the woman who identified herself as a medical assistant and pathologist for the clinics said in the phone call.

This week, a federal appeals court upheld Texas law HB2, which requires that abortion facilities comply with the minimum health and safety standards adopted by the State for ambulatory surgical centers, and that abortionists have admitting privileges in a local hospital near an abortion clinic.

Enforcement of the Texas measure resulted in previously closing about half of the 41 clinics that had previously operated in the state.

Reports indicate that after this court decision, Texas will be left with an estimated eight abortion clinics statewide.

The law passed in 2013 after a filibuster attempt by radical pro-abortion Senator Wendy Davis, now dubbed the “Abortion Barbie.”

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2016 presidential hopeful and former Texas governor, Rick Perry who signed the law, reacted to the court’s decision on the Megyn Kelly show shortly after it came out:

Calling himself pro-life in all cases, Perry told Megyn Kelly , “I think the real issue for me is this has been settled in the state of Texas.

The Routh Street abortion staffer said the Dallas abortion clinic was performing Sonograms today under the state’s 24 hour waiting period requirement and that the abortion procedures they plan to perform Saturday would be for women who are already scheduled.

When asked if she thought the abortion clinic would reopen she said, “I don’t think the doctor’s going to fight it anymore?

She said they are referring abortion minded women to the National Abortion Federation but has no idea where they are sending them.

Asked how callers to the clinic are taking the news she said, “They are shocked – some are mad – it’s their body.

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The abortion staffer, who said she had been employed there for seven years, was also asked what the oldest child they had ever aborted was and she said 17 weeks.

Asked if it bothered her to see an aborted baby, the worker said she was pro-choice and it didn’t bother her that much.

When asked why anyone would have an abortion that late, she said there can be many reasons but that “being irresponsible” happens in “most cases.”

Abortion providers have vowed to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We will go up to the Supreme Court on an emergency basis,” said Whole Woman’s Health founder Amy Hagstrom Miller, the clinic whose Whole Women’s Health vs. Cole prompted the fifth circuit decision.

The group, Pro-life Dallas is cheering the closure of Routh Street writing in an e-mail, “, we received reports that at long last, after decades of killing, the Routh Street abortion facility’s final day to perform abortions is this Saturday (tomorrow). It is anticipated that this facility will soon close*, bringing the total number of abortion facilities in Dallas down to 2 (from a high of 13 in 1990!). ”

Pro-choice writer calls sterile abortion clinics intimidating

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Hospital Admitting Privileges, RH Reality Blog, Texas Abortion, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2014 by saynsumthn

RH Reality Blog writer, Andrea Grimes appears to bemoan the idea that abortion surgery and abortion recovery would take place in a “medical / sterile” even calling it: “intimidating?”

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Grimes writes in her latest blog post, “In recovery, when everyone’s wearing hospital gowns and laying on hospital-style stretchers, it’s more difficult to invite partners and friends to join patients after their procedures. There’s no herbal tea, no feeling of relaxing in a friend’s living room. Everything feels more medical, more sterile, more intimidating.”

Grimes is talking about her tour of the San Antonio Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinics by corporate vice president Andrea Ferrigno, calling it a, “small, purple-tinted clinic that feels like a cozy gynecologist’s office, and a fluorescent-lit surgical center with two icy operating rooms.


Just where was Grimes to tour Whole Women’s Health’s Beaumont abortion clinic forced to close by the state for horrific conditions?

Oh wait, Grimes did tour the facility, she writes later in the piece, “I thought of the warmth I’d experienced when visiting Whole Woman’s clinics in McAllen, Beaumont, and Austin to do interviews or take photographs for a story.”

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But..apparently, like with Kermit Gosnell, there appears to be a disconnect between what pro-choice people report and what health departments report when it comes to the inside of an abortion clinic.

As I have blogged before and William Saletan says best there is a,”sisterhood of silence” among pro-choice and reproductive rights abortion advocates.

After all, when the Beaumont Whole Woman’s abortion center was inspected what authorities found was abysmal.

WWH Beaumont abortion clinic 13 health violations

According to a 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.

The report says the facility failed to provide a safe environment for patients and staff. The suction machines which were used on patients had numerous rusty spots which, “had the likelihood to cause infection.”

WWH abortion clinic health violations Oct 2013

Read more here.

Andrea Grimes and WWH

Back to Grimes.. her observation that abortion clinics becoming more medical and sterile will affect a woman’s ‘s overall attitude toward abortion has some merit. After all, according to Grimes women who have to get abortions inside “surgical facilities” take the “risks” to abortion more serious, and I add maybe affecting profits…..

Grimes goes on to describe Whole Women’s newest abortion clinic as it complies with the new state laws, “now that they’re performing procedures in the ASC—a facility that Hagstrom Miller acquired so that she could provide legal abortion care after 16 weeks, as previously required by Texas law before the coming requirements of HB 2 would shift all legal abortion care into ASCs, regardless of the gestation of pregnancy—the word “anxiety” seems to come up more often, said Ferrigno.”

Anxiety should be something a woman about to undergo surgery experiences – she should ask about the risks and the dangers to herself.

As Ferrigno says in the Grimes piece, “But it does change the perception and the experience of the woman.” Being in a hospital-like room, said Ferrigno, has a kind of psychosomatic effect on some patients. They’ll ask staff questions, said Ferrigno, like, “‘Is it more dangerous now? Will there be more pain?’

Now, with abortion clinics closing as a new Texas law requires abortion clinics to have the same requirements as other surgical centers – the call for the safety of abortion (which we heard even before Roe. V. Wade was decided) has been diminished.

From the pro-choice perspective, it is no longer about safety as confirmed by the words of former abortion clinic owner and current executive director of the Abortion Care Network Charlotte Taft, “The safety of abortion is not the issue,” she said. “The difference is going to be the atmosphere of the place, how you feel, and what philosophy they’re coming from.”