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Texas Abortion Standards So Bad Women Could Die From Abortions
ln ^ | Sarah Crawford

Posted on 02/14/2013 10:59:01 AM PST by Morgana

Last week, a young woman and her child both died allegedly at the hands of notorious late-term abortionist, Leroy Carhart, in Germantown, Maryland. Texas Right to Life is saddened by these untimely, preventable deaths. We are even more determined to hold negligent abortionists accountable to the law. What happened to 29-year-old Jennifer Morbelli can happen again, right here in Texas, because of the lax standards to which abortionists and abortion centers are held. Just like Carhart, abortionists in Texas may operate out of one of many abortion facilities. When abortionists skip from town to town and do not acquire admitting privileges at local hospitals, fatal problems arise. When Carhart’s victim began to suffer complications, the local emergency room was unable to obtain information from either Carhart or the abortion facility. Had Carhart been required to contract with a hospital, Morbelli’s life could have been saved when her symptoms were first realized. Furthermore, abortion facilities in Texas put the women who visit them at risk of infection, abortion complications, and even death. Currently, abortion centers are required to be inspected just once a year by the Department of State Health Services. Per a freedom of information request, Texas Right to Life obtained inspection reports of all abortion centers in Texas from July 2011-2012, and the results are shocking. 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: The Reproductive Services Abortion Facility of El Paso was fined for performing two abortions where the unborn child was over the age of 16 weeks, but the center is only licensed to perform abortions up to 16 weeks. The original fine of $1,300 was administered, but was later reduced to only $200. Another facility, Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont was the worst violator and had a 17 page report. Several of the pages and plans for corrective actions were blacked out and remain unknown. From the pages that were not blacked out, the inspectors noted that staff was not trained in sterilizing surgical instruments and many sterile instrument packages were found with holes in them. No full-time nurse was on staff as required by state law, and the part-time nurse, who lives in Houston, had never been oriented to the facility. Staff at the center had never been properly trained, educated, and oriented for their job description, facility personnel policies, philosophy, and emergency procedures. The state found that the center failed to provide a safe and sanitary environment:

A broken bed in an exam room and uncovered drain underneath; The suction machine used for abortion had rust in various spots; Floors were stained and discolored; 112 curettes in 4 different sizes had expired; Staff providing direct patient care was not trained in CPR; and The clinic had not followed its own policy on record that outlines decontamination, disinfection, sterilization, and storage of sterile supplies.

State-required evacuation plans were not found posted anywhere in the building and all three fire extinguishers were expired. Employees had never participated in and the facility had failed to conduct fire and disaster drills. However, Whole Woman’s Health was not fined for any of the violations recorded by the state. Of the remaining centers, many were cited as unable to keep routine surgical and emergency equipment sterile and up-to-date with staff unable to identify and use emergency equipment. Though the equipment was expired, it was still available for use on women. Many open, expired, and unsecured vials of medication were identified by inspectors. The points below are in addition to many of the violations listed above. Abortion Advantage – Dallas

Expired gauges and curettes, some over two years. Methotrexate, a medication used for abortion, was open, unsecured, and unlocked in a room, which violates state and federal law. This center was recommended for re-licensure.

Routh Street Women’s clinic – Dallas

Cited for having an outdated sonogram machine being used daily on patients; Curettes and lancets were in the medical and procedure rooms, expired; Manual Vacuum Aspiration syringes had been expired since 2006 and 2007; and Medications furosemide and epinephrine, which were located on the emergency crash cart and available for patient use, were also expired. No fines were assessed by the state for this clinic.

West-Side Clinic, Inc. – Fort Worth

18 abortion patients’ charts showed three patients were released before the clinic assessed vital signs. Facility did not have a policy or procedure describing what an attending physician indicates to be “stable vital signs, prior to discharge.” Re-licensure of this clinic was recommended.

Suburban Women’s Medical Center – Houston This center had a seven-page report with the majority of which was blackened or blurred out. Some of the corrective plans for the clinic were legible, giving indication of what the violations were. Requirements include:

Staff to be properly trained in emergency response and have treatment guidelines posted in patient rooms. Medical director must ensure that all equipment will have stickers indicating current maintenance and will arrange to have the suction pump inspected to prevent reverse pump suction. No fines were assessed for this clinic.

AAA Concerned Women’s Center, Inc. – Houston Facility failed to have any policies in place for the preparation and storage of medication to ensure safe administration.

There were many unsecured, open vials and unlabeled syringes throughout the facility. Many instrument packages in a treatment room had broken sterile seals and vials containing Lidocaine were not sterile. No fines were assessed for this clinic.

These violations are serious and put women at very real risk. Do you think the media ever cites these ghastly infractions or how these abortion centers jeopardize the lives of women? Of course not. In fact, CNN just praised Whole Woman’s Health on national television.


Clinics that perform elective abortions in Texas need to be held accountable to the state and the medical community that is responsible for actually serving the health needs of Texan women. This accountability will not occur without new legal requirements. Abortion advocates wax poetical about being there for women and having their best interest at heart. But do these violations and facility standards bear out that claim? Abortion facilities need to put their money where their mouth is. And the Department of State Health Services must assure women, and the state of Texas, that the Jennifer Morbelli tragedy does not happen in Texas. Note: Sarah Crawford writes for Texas Right to Life.

TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: abortion; prolife; texas

1 posted on 02/14/2013 10:59:11 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

Let’s reclassify it as assisted suicide. No problem now.

2 posted on 02/14/2013 11:13:12 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I see your point only the person does not know it is “assisted suicide” more like “assisted homicide”, and that of two bodies.

3 posted on 02/14/2013 11:21:18 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.)
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To: Morgana

It seems like a restriction that could be enacted and enforced is one of guaranteed availability during procedures , especially since these are multi-day procedures ,,, if these bums start a procedure and then turn it over to staff while they run off to collect more $$,$$$ starting more procedures in another state or town I can’t see how anyone could complain about a rule that they must have admitting privleges for each location and that they must be available onsite with a maximum delay of 20 minutes to handle an emergency situation...(and define “emergency situation” in the laws) and that they must accompany the patient to the hospital and assist emergency personnel and report in full the acts and procedure steps taken (patient file) until the patient is stabilized.

4 posted on 02/15/2013 9:29:54 AM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I'm just amused.)
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