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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

How one abortion owner plans to turn lemons into lemon aid by using suction machines as show and tell

Posted in Abortion clinic, Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Regret, Abortion Stigma, Abortion Worker with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2015 by saynsumthn

REPUBLISHED FROM LIFE DYNAMICS BLOG

A Texas abortion owner wants to use the abortion suction machines at her closed facility for “show and tell” to reduce what she calls “abortion stigma.”

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Texas has been the site where several abortion clinics have closed because they could not comply with state law that requires 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.

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The radical pro-abortion blog, RH Reality Check spoke to Amy Hagstrom Miller who operates several abortion clinics in Texas under the name Whole Woman’s Health.

Now that pro-life legislation is closing many abortion facilities in the state, Hagstrom Miller has come up with a new scheme to remain “relevant” and “shift abortion stigma,” a program she calls SHIFT.

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Shift, according to Hagstrom Miller, is a group “working to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture,” and “committed to fostering open and honest conversations, lifting up all communities, and advocating for reproductive freedom.

To accomplish this goal, the abortion owner has created a non profit she will operate from her now closed Austin facility called, ChoiceWorks, which she describes as “working to strategically shift the stigma around abortion in our culture.”

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The idea is to use the closed death camp as a “kind of an Abortion University” where Hagstrom Miller will teach an “Abortion 101” workshop.

Maybe the clinic owner will use her Beaumont center in this “Abortion University” workshop of sorts as well.

A 2013, state inspectors found that Whole Woman’s Health Beamont clinic failed to have some of the same life-saving tools on site that convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell was cited for in Pennsylvania.

Hagstrom Miller told RH Reality Check that she always fantasize about what it would look like if abortion care were treated as, “legitimate in women’s health care, just like miscarriage management or delivery?”

    Some of our programs are inviting people to come into the clinic—this, where we’re talking, is one of those clinics. We have a safe space where we kind of re-enact a day in the life of a clinic for not just the media, but our allies. We’ll walk through, literally from the phone call all the way through the paperwork, ultrasound, and counseling, so people can see how regulations actually affect the service, experientially. But then we could also have this interaction where people can, in a safe place, say, “But what is that you’re seeing in the ultrasound? What happens in the ultrasound? Can I see the instruments?” And they’ll say things like, “Oh my goodness, there aren’t any sharp instruments,” or “Can I see the fetal tissue?” or whatever. A safe place where we can do education about what actually happens.”

Pro-lifers have been educating the public on what an abortion looks like for years.

These images are easily accessed at Life Dynamics website www.100abortionpictures.com.

ABORTION IS GOOD?

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The abortion chain operator told the pro-choice blog that she wants society to think of abortion as good.

Nobody’s talking about abortion as though it’s a good in our society, or as though good women would have an abortion. I had this banner outside Whole Woman’s Health for years that said, “Good women have abortions.” People flipped out,” Hagstrom Miller said.

Killing babies is good in our society?

Did we mention www.100abortionpictures.com?

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How about www.safeandlegal.com where Life Dynamics lists the names of the women killed from legal abortion?

Or….www.childpredators.com which documents how pedophiles use abortion to cover child sexual abuse?

What about the many women who regret their abortions?

Hagstrom Miller said that her new abortion adventure is her way of “turning lemons into lemonade.”

Amy Hagstrom Miller abortion suction machine show tell

I have, as it turns out, a bunch of suction machines I don’t know what to do with. So if they can become used for show and tell? Awesome,” she stated.

You cannot make this stuff up.

As Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics has said many times, the pro-choice mindset comes from mental illness.

Listen to him explain this on a recent Life Talk TV show.

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Despite the fact that one of Amy Hagstrom Miller’s own abortion facilities has been cited for safety violations, Hagstroim Miller said this:

    “The bad provider thing is rough. How can we talk about that? Whenever I see the word “access,” I don’t want access to abortion, I want access to quality abortion. I host little debates within the field: Is any abortion a good abortion? I don’t think so. I want us to have those ethical debates.”

The Texas abortion chain owner does subscribe to the ideology that women who have abortions need to talk about them:

    “People say, “People just need to tell their abortion stories,” and I’m like, no they fucking don’t. I mean, I love when they do. But we can’t make shifting the movement that person’s burden. That’s not her fucking job. She doesn’t owe that to us. So I get super animated about this, “Oh we just need to have more patients tell their stories,” you know? No we don’t! We have providers that don’t talk about what they do.”

But she added that she wants men to talk about how abortion benefits them,”Because I want a frame where we can talk about how men benefit from abortion.”

She concluded by stating all the things she believed abortion providers were afriad to be asked about:

    “So that we don’t leave what my friend Charlotte Taft calls the “crumbs at the picnic.” We have a picnic and we don’t clean up and anti-choicers grab every little crumb. Abortion, money! Ooh, “late-term” abortion! Fetal pain! Oh, sex-selection! I could make a list of all the things that all of us are terrified of being asked about. That’s totally by design.”

Wendy Davis campaign funded by abortion blood money $$ ??

Posted in Cecile Richards, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Democrat Party, Wendy Davis with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2014 by saynsumthn

Recently the abortion lobbying group, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, has bragged that at their fundraising event on September 23, 2014 they will auction off a magazine signed by Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Texas brags that it is the political arm of the pro-choice.

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The abortion lobby group has endorsed Wendy Davis in her bid:

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The national NARAL group also supports Wendy Davis and contributed thousands to her campaign:

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In addition to NARAL – Wendy Davis is financially supported by abortion clinic chain Planned Parenthood ( See here)

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(Note: The images above were cut and pasted to show mainly donations made by Planned Parenthood to Wendy Davis)

In 2013 – Planned Parenthood employees also contributed heavily – see here.

And Planned Parenthood Physicians Melissa Benavides of the Christus Santa Rosa Planned Parenthood , Jill Meadows of Planned Parenthood Of The Heartland, and Junda Woo Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas also contributed to Wendy Davis.

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In addition, Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards gave Wendy Davis $1000.00 in political contributions:

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Abortion Clinics Also Support Wendy Davis:

Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic chain CEO Amy Hagstrom:

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Routh Street Abortion Clinic owner and employee:

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Texas abortion doctor who won’t re-open following court decision on Texas pro-life laws – plays media like a fiddle

Posted in Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Clinics, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2014 by saynsumthn

Lester Minto

Abortionist Lester Minto knows he won’t be able to reopen his Reproductive Services abortion clinic in Harlingen after a federal appeals court upheld tough new abortion restrictions in Texas.

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He tells the Associated Press that he won’t be silenced.

Despite the fact that Minto’s abortion clinic has been closed because his clinic cannot comply with the new state law requiring doctors that perform abortions to have hospitals admitting privileges, the abortionist says that he has kept his clinic’s phone line active.

Minto told the AP that a recent check found messages from five women, including a 12-year-old girl who he said had been raped traveling through Mexico and illegally crossed into the U.S.

Now…one must wonder why, at that point the AP did not ask Minto if he reported the rape of that little girl to police.

Life Dynamics, a national pro-life organization in Denton Texas has documented well how abortion is a tool used by pedophiles to cover for their crimes.

Only a few weeks ago, the parents of an incest victim were arrested using abortion to cover rape in West Virginia.

Nope…instead of concern for the 12 year old rape victim, the AP is being played as a fiddle to promote the abortion mantra. They published this statement from the abortionist, “So she can’t go up north. She’s forced to carry this pregnancy because of these laws.”

Let’s recap – the Texas State Legislature passes a law that says that abortionists must be able to admit women who may be injured to a local hospital and the entire abortion industry goes basaltic.

Then….this Texas abortionist, who obviously does not have admitting privileges, receives media attention because he has to close his abortion clinic. The media, never investigates WHY this so-called “protector of women’s rights” would be refused hospital admitting privileges, instead they just shower him with publicity and sympathy.

Then when he mentions that a 12 year old was RAPED and pregnant and in need of an abortion, the AP never asks why he has referred the child to an abortion clinic rather than a police station…see a trend here?

Just a few days ago, another Texas abortionist was sued for his alleged “safe and legal” abortion.
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Abortionist Douglas Karpen who runs the Aaron Woman’s Clinic in Houston Texas is being sued by a former patient for a botched abortion. The patient claims she suffered a torn uterus, bleeding and extensive pain. The law suit claims medical negligence on the part of Karpen.

According to reports, the abortion was performed when the patient was 22 weeks pregnant.

The suit claims “permanent injuries” were caused by abortionist Karpen and the patient “continues to suffer as a result of medical negligence.”

The legal document says her injuries were discovered by another doctor who also found internal bleeding.

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The media is good at compartmentalizing abortion and keeping the long list of tragic horror stories away from stories that portray to defend so-called “women’s rights.” After all, if they show you the full picture, you might, like the recent Appeals Court did, think the Texas law was …well…reasonable.

Now, back to Minto….

Are we really supposed to produce crocodile tears for this killer of innocent babies not good enough to secure hospital admitting privileges? Really?

I ask – just who is being played the fool here? I believe it is the AP.

Minto has proclaimed in the past said he would keep doing abortions “whether that means under the cover of a mesquite tree or on a shrimp boat or going to Mexico” where abortions are also illegal.

I didn’t say I’d stop doing abortions. I’m not going to give this up…And I’m not going to abandon girls,” Operation Rescue reports that Minto told a local newspaper.

Perhaps Minto is using the AP to remind women that he will continue to do abortions (illegally) and pocket his profits – just suggesting this as a possibility. But – has anyone asked Minto? Certainly not the Associated Press.

The media is purposely spinning this story so the public will believe that all these abortion clinics closing are just being picked on by the state. In reality, Minto and the Whole Woman’s abortion clinics, which closed earlier this month, cannot comply with simple health standards – Doesn’t that concern anyone? Apparently not the AP.

Texas clinic stops performing abortions: blames state law requiring hospital privilages

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, Texas Abortion, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2014 by saynsumthn

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According to their website, Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic, which has been cited for health and safety issues at one of their five locations has stopped performing abortions in their McAllen center.

We are uncertain if they are fully closed, but tweets from the abortion clinic and abortion supporters indicate that they are not killing children currently. Posted on their website is this notice: “We are currently serving our McAllen patients in our San Antonio and Austin clinics. Call us with questions about assistance or to make an appointment”.

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According to RH Reality Check Blog whose writers support legalized unrestricted abortion, “The phone still rings at the Whole Woman’s Health clinic in McAllen, Texas, not 15 miles from the Mexican border in Texas’ fertile Rio Grande Valley. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves plays on the waiting room television, a few feet from a wall stocked with brochures detailing the stories of Chicana activist and writer Sandra Cisneros, seminal Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Black scholar Audre Lorde, and other feminist heroines. A purple coffee maker stands at the ready, near neatly stacked magazines.

But the chairs are empty. No one is here to idly watch Kevin Costner plead for his intended’s affections or read about Molly Ivins’ relentless crusade against tomfoolery in the Texas legislature. And for the first time in nearly 40 years, no one is coming to this building to get an abortion.”

The Blog goes on to say that the abortionist in McAllen cannot secure Hospital Privileges in accordance with State Law:

“Now I can actually hear my echoing footsteps,” said Lucy, one of two remaining full-time clinic workers who are keeping up with day-to-day operations at Whole Woman’s McAllen in the wake of the enforcement of HB 2, Texas’ restrictive new anti-abortion law. It is late November 2013, and the doctor who performs abortions at the clinic hasn’t been able to secure admitting privileges at a local hospital, ending the abortion care that the clinic provided for the past nine years under Whole Woman’s Health name, and for 30 years before that under a prior owner.

Whole Woman’s Health has tried to get admitting privileges for its doctor in the Valley, to no avail. Whole Woman’s Vice President Andrea Ferrigno, who has overseen the group of clinics’ attempts to obtain privileges, testified in federal court in October, saying that oftentimes hospitals want their doctors to generate business, and with abortion’s low complication rate, it’s unlikely they’ll be admitting many patients, if any at all, the pro-choice blog states.

They continue, “Lucy says she’s even continued to see protesters on the sidewalk outside. Inside, everything appears quietly preserved, a museum-like memorial to a time when legal abortion was available in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Weeks ago a pro-life group sent fliers to every hospital warning them the abortion lobby was going to attempt to get privileges:

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Mark Crutcher, producer and host of Life Talk and president of Life Dynamics, said, “Do you want someone doing abortions who can’t get hospital privileges? The fact is, that’s who winds up working at an abortion clinic. No one goes to medical school to say, oh when I get out of medical school, I want to go work at Planned Parenthood. Nobody says that. You wind up at Planned Parenthood because you’re a bad doctor. We have seen this through our malpractice cases over the years. You are a bad doctor, you can’t get hospital privileges, you’ve got malpractice problems, or you lost your practice because you’re no dam good. That’s what happens and that’s who winds up working at Planned Parenthood.

Why would we say to poor women, you’re only option is to get your health care from an abortionist?”

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Amy Hagstrom Miller

Recently one of the Whole Woman’s abortion 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?

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

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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?
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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.”

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
WWH Abortion clinic beaumont

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.”

Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic event stigmatizes abortion patients as out of control

Posted in Abortion clinic stigmatizes women, Abortion Clinics, Texas Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2014 by saynsumthn

WWH Citizen Ruth Tweet

The Texas abortion clinic chain, Whole Woman’s Health has posted an event where they will be screening the film: Citizen Ruth.

Citizen Ruth Film WWH

As Whole Women’s Health describes the film, “This month we’ll be watching Citizen Ruth, a dark comedy about a woman with an unexpected pregnancy who wants to seek an abortion. The film is known for its use of humor to critique “moral realism” and fanaticism in the debate that surrounds abortion.

Citizen Ruth

The films authors describe Ruth as, “An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides.”

According to one review, Laura Dern portrays Ruth Stoops, an irresponsible, unemployed woman who’s addicted to inhaling household chemicals and has becomes pregnant, for the fifth time. After she is arrested for substance abuse, the judge offers to lessen her sentence if Ruth chooses to abort her child. Ruth agrees, but that night she encounters a group of pro-life activists.

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What I find most amusing is how this abortion clinic would endorse the stigmatizing of their patients as women needing abortion because they are out of control and unable to cope in life. Where is NOW, NARAL, NAF, and the rest of the pro-choice lobby to oppose this? Their silence is golden because that is precisely what the abortion lobby believes about women who choose abortion. It is a complete insult to women and it needs to be exposed !

This idea was summarized by National Abortion Federation member and abortion doctor Michael Benjamin when he described the typical abortion patient before a state Congressional committee, “I think it is basically a personality type who generally has her life out of control and unfortunately nowadays there are no shortage of people in general whose lives are out of control. They drift, they tend to live for the moment in terms not only of their sexual practices but in terms of their economic lives and they are people in general who don’t think beyond the moment, who don’t plan for tomorrow, and who really will take life as it comes and deal with the rest later. …

In one scene the pro-choice side is shown telling Ruth,”It is always women like you who are most victimized by anti-choice, indigent women, third world women, women of color..”

The film ends on the day Ruth is to receive her abortion, she suffers a miscarriage. Going along with the pretense of having the abortion, she proceeds to the clinic to collect $15,000 that has been left there for her by one of the security guards of the clinic who believes in personal freedom. He has personally given her the money, free of organizational sponsorship, to match the bid given by the Pro-Life group, so that she can make her decision without the influence of money. She then breaks out of the clinic by dropping a toilet tank cover on a guard’s head and walks by oblivious protesters on both sides. Even though she’d been on the TV news for weeks, none of the picketers on either side pay any attention to her actual presence. Finally standing up, she runs away down the street.

Whole Women’s Health has been in the news due to the recent passing of stricter abortion laws in Texas. They have also been cited by state health officials for having a substandard abortion clinics, something the media seems to cover-up.

I believe that the stigmatizing of their abortion patients may be motivated by profit. The more they can convince society that abortion takes care of the babies society does not want by women who would be bad parents the more people will support their cause. And support is something Whole Woman’s Health desperately needs as the front page of their website clearly shows:

WWH Front pafe asks for donations