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Unsanitary Abortion clinic report “blood dripping from a sink , photos leaked

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion clinic dirty, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion complication with tags , , , , on January 8, 2013 by saynsumthn

Photos show abortion clinic violations
Clinic shut down by fire marshal; will not re-open

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By Marc Thompson

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) – Photos reveal some of the unsanitary conditions that led the Muskegon Fire Marshall to shut down an abortion clinic. Authorities say the code violations put the health and safety of patients at risk.

The photos, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, were taken by police when they entered the Women’s Medical Services Building on Dec. 26, 2012 to investigate a break-in.

The photos show unsanitary conditions, including stained medical equipment near an examination chair, trash near lab equipment and discarded in a storage room, and water stains and holes in a leaky ceiling that is falling apart.

The investigator also reported “blood dripping from a sink p-trap in a room used by patients.”

Police did find evidence of a broken rear window connected to the break-in. But it’s what they found inside the clinic that prompted the fire marshal to shut the place down.

The photos document a long list of violations that pose a danger to “human life and public welfare,” according to city documents.

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Letter from Muskegon Fire Department to Dr. Robert Alexander (pdf)

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Among the 11 violations noted by the fire marshal was the improper disposal of syringes and needles, unsterilized medical equipment and dumping of chemicals and other liquids down the drain.

Target 8 investigators spoke with Dr. Robert Alexander, who ran the clinic, over the phone. He blamed the mess on whoever broke in.

“The last time I was there, when I left, it was pristine,” he said. “It was good.”

Monday, Alexander told Target 8 that he hadn’t seen the pictures, but wouldn’t comment further because he said it was part of a crime scene.

The list of violations have been passed on to the state, which is also investigating a September 2012 complaint by Operation Rescue – an anti-abortion group out of Kansas.

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Police were also called out to the clinic in May on reports that a group of local protesters was outside harassing patients as they walked in. Police questioned the leader of the protest and the group broke up without incident. In that incident, Alexander didn’t want to file a formal complaint.

Target 8 has learned there are only four licensed abortion clinics in the state. Heritage Clinic for Women in Grand Rapids is one of them. A clinic must be licensed if they perform abortions on 50% of the women that come in for an exam. Women’s Medical Services in Muskegon was a non-licensed clinic.

City officials tell Target 8 the clinic will not re-open.

From Operation Rescue: “The photos and report confirm the existence of conditions at Alexander’s abortion clinic that were listed in our complaint filed four months earlier. The disturbing thing is that we have information that Alexander’s medical practice is as shoddy as the building he worked in. We call on the Medical Board in Michigan to act quickly on our complaint and suspend Alexander’s medical license in the interest of public safety.”

WOODTV.com, which obtained the photos and documents through an open records request, also interviewed abortionist Robert Alexander, who ran the abortion clinic. Alexander told the reporter that he left the building in pristine condition prior to the incident that alerted authorities, a statement that the reporter exposed as completely false.

“We urge the public to call the Michigan Bureau of Health Professionals and demand that they immediately suspend Robert Alexander’s medical license for the sake of human life and welfare, said Newman.

Contact Information:

E-mail: bhpinfo@michigan.gov
Phone: (517) 335-0918
Fax: (517) 241-9416

Abortion clinic report: unsterile,unsafe

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion complication, Abortionist with tags , , , , , on January 7, 2013 by saynsumthn

Unsterilized medical equipment and improper disposal just some of the reasons the state closed a Michigan abortion clinic.

The State is also investigating a 2012 Operation Rescue complaint against the abortionist.

Abortionist Robert Alexander, who operated the shuttered Women’s Medical Services, is currently under investigation based on complaints filed by Operation Rescue last August.

“We have information of grossly unsafe conditions and practices at Alexander’s abortion clinic. We filed three complaints with various agencies, including the Bureau of Health Professionals. Based on our complaints, investigations are proceeding,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation.

The long list of allegations made by Operation Rescue paint a grisly picture of a ‘house of horrors’ abortion mill that routinely disregarded the lives and health of women though unsanitary and deceptive practices. The complaints include allegations related to 24 standard of practice violations, 23 facilities violations, and 7 environmental waste disposal violations. Some of the allegations include:

Non-qualified personnel providing services.
Violation of the 24-hour waiting period.
Using a broken ultrasound machine to “show” patients their fetus and gestational development.
Failure to remain on premises during the post operative portion of the patient’s stay.
Failure to keep adequate medical records.
Unsanitary surgical practices, including the use of unsterilized or reused equipment during abortions.
Maintaining unsanitary facilities.
Furnishment of false information on drug records.
Failure to properly dispose of medical waste.