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Ex abortion employee arrested for – guess what- helping friend home abort

Posted in Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Pro-choice law breakers, pro-choice violence with tags , , , , , on May 22, 2013 by saynsumthn

abortion_suspects_20130521140846_320_240Police in Virginia have arrested a former abortion facility employee for helping a friend induce labor, causing her newborn baby to die shortly after birth.

Rachael Anne Lowe, 27, had once worked at Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic, a Norfolk abortion facility.

Her roommate, 20-year-old Jessica Renee Carpenter, was 25 weeks pregnant when she arrived at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center already in labor.

Her baby boy survived 20 minutes after being born, hospital officials said.

Soon after the “miscarriage,” the city’s child protective services received an anonymous tip that Carpenter and Lowe took measures to ensure the child would die.

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According to the Virginia-Pilot:

Carpenter has a ninth-grade education and was unemployed, according to court records. Lowe previously worked at the Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic in Norfolk, which performs abortions for pregnant women up to 14 weeks after their last menstrual period.

Virginia law allows second-trimester abortions only if a licensed physician performs or assists in the procedure in “a hospital licensed by the State Department of Health or operated by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.”

David_Peters2-e1366229356521<strong>Dr. David Peters, owner and medical director of the clinic, said Lowe worked there for about a year as a janitor and held patients’ hands during procedures. He said she had no medical responsibilities at the clinic and no medical training that he was aware of. Lowe quit last fall via text message.

Peters said Lowe called the clinic earlier this year, saying she had a friend who needed an abortion. He didn’t speak with her, but “the nurses said, ‘Well, have your friend call us,’ ” Peters said. To his knowledge, he said, the clinic never heard from the friend.

Police seized Carpenter’s medical records from Bon Secours and phones and computers from the pair’s apartment.

“The witnesses also stated that they were privy to the conversation in which Lowe and Carpenter conspired to break into Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic to procure instruments known to induce labor,” the affidavit said.

Court records don’t indicate that any break-in actually took place, and Peters said he didn’t believe one had.

According to a state database of court cases in Hampton Roads cities, excluding Virginia Beach, the charge of producing an illegal abortion has been brought only once since 2007.

In that case, a Hampton man named Daniel Riase was charged with putting pills into his girlfriend’s glass of milk that caused her to have a miscarriage, according to an article in The Daily Press.

Riase pleaded guilty to aggravated malicious wounding and adulterating a drink in 2007 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

VA Department of Health finds 80 Violations in Nine Abortion Clinics

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion Regulation, Planned Parenthood inspected with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by saynsumthn

Days after the Autopsy Report of a Planned Parenthood abortion victim was released ( Read here) we find out why Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Lobby did not want abortion clinics inspected in Virginia:

H/T – Family Foundation

BREAKING NEWS: Fetal Remains, Blood Found In Virginia Abortion Center
By familyfoundation
September 12, 2012

The following is a news release issued earlier today by The Family Foundation of Virginia
September 12, 2012

— Department of Health Inspections Find 80 Violations in Nine Centers —

RICHMOND — Documents obtained by The Family Foundation of Virginia from the Virginia Department of Health through the Freedom of Information Act show widespread health and safety violations at Virginia’s abortion centers, the pro-family group announced today, including the discovery of improperly stored fetal remains and blood at one facility.

“Some of this is just horrific. Now we know why the abortion industry fought so vehemently over the years against even simple legislation that required only inspections, licensing and emergency equipment in their centers,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation. “They were hiding for a reason. Even with time to prepare for announced inspections these centers were found to be what I think most reasonable Virginians would deem unsafe in many cases and utterly disgusting in others. Now, the same industry claims it should be trusted on the construction standards as well, but these inspection reports show that the industry simply cannot be trusted on anything.

“Perhaps the most frightening aspect of these reports isn’t the blatant disregard for basic health standards, but the fact that even with notice of inspection the operators of these facilities thought they were safe for women. Apparently, if the abortion centers just scrub off the blood they can keep on operating.”

An inspection of the Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic in Norfolk found:

The freezer which is used to store the collected conception material, had blood and un-bagged conception material frozen to the inner bottom surface. An observation was conducted of the freezer kept in the clean utility room. Staff #3 reported after inspection of the conception material, it was poured into plastic storage bags and the bags are stored in the freezer until the next weekly medical waste pick up. The observation revealed that some of the plastic bags were open and had spilled their contents onto the bottom of the freezer. Approximately three-fourths of the freezer’s bottom and shelf was covered with frozen blood and conception material.

An inspection of the A Capital Women’s Clinic in Richmond found that the staff doesn’t change the MetriWash solution in the sink every time dirty instruments are brought in (instructions for MetriWash say to change the solution every time) and that a sponge used to clean instruments is only changed once per week.

At Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia’s clinic in Virginia Beach, the inspector’s report states, “Employee #4 was asked how she could tell which of the containers (used to transport/clean instruments) were dirty or clean. Employee #4 stated, ‘I can’t. I guess we need to have a different color to put the instruments in once they are clean.’”

According to Commissioner Karen Remley’s report to the Board of Health at the June 2012 meeting, nine of 20 abortion centers applying for licensing had been inspected by the Department of Health. According to the Commissioner of Health, none had been “deficiency free.”

Some key findings:
• The nine centers inspected had received 80 citations
• 18 citations for personnel issues, including no background checks, no ongoing plans for staff training, no maintenance of personnel files, no policy requiring staff to be CPR trained, no policies setting experience and training required to practice
• 13 citations for infections prevention issues, including seven clinics with no clear division between clean and dirty utility areas, four centers where personnel weren’t using personal protective equipment and a host of record keeping issues
• 10 citations regarding the administration, storage and dispensing of drugs including four with expired drugs in stock, and others with improper labeling of drugs, no medication dispensing policy
• 10 maintenance of equipment citations including equipment not in good repair, no preventative maintenance plan
• Six citations for local and state building code violations

“The same abortion industry representatives who claim that their centers are safe and healthy want the Board of Health to weaken the safety standards that were recommended by the Department of Health,” added Cobb. “The conditions found in these reports existed as the very representatives of the industry that own and operate abortion centers were testifying to the Board that their facilities are safe. With such disregard for the truth, for the well-being of women, how can its claims of safety be trusted? No longer can the abortion industry claim that it puts women’s health ahead of its profits.”