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State shuts abortion clinic over health risks ^ | 02.28.07 | RUTH PADAWER

Posted on 02/28/2007 2:15:44 PM PST by Coleus

The state Health Department investigated conditions at Metropolitan Medical Associates in Englewood.

State health officials have shut down one of New Jersey's largest abortion centers after finding violations at an Englewood clinic that posed "immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."  Metropolitan Medical Associates will remain closed until it corrects the deficiencies that prompted the closure, state officials said. State reports show the clinic performs more than 10,000 abortions a year.

The shutdown order cited problems "including but not limited to infection control, instruments, equipment used for sterilization of patient care use items and the processing of equipment."  The Department of Health and Senior Services refused to release the detailed list of violations to the public until the clinic has an opportunity to dispute the findings and the state issues its final report.

An order to halt medical services is extremely rare. This is only the second time in the last five years that the department has closed one of the state's 619 ambulatory-care facilities for "deficient care," said health department spokesman Nathan Rudy.   The state's two-day investigation of Metropolitan Medical was spurred by a complaint filed last week by Newark Beth Israel Medical Center after its emergency room treated a woman for complications following her abortion at the clinic, according to two sources close to the investigation. The hospital told the state it was concerned the abortion may have been done improperly, the sources said.

Newark Beth Israel officials declined to comment.  Metropolitan Medical also did not answer inquiries for comment. " 'No one could be reached for comment' is the note they left me," said the operator at the clinic's answering service.  This is not the first time the Engle Street clinic has been forced to close because of infection control problems, Rudy said. For a short time, the state barred the clinic from providing care back in 1993.  Metropolitan Medical, which has operated in Englewood since the mid-1970s, is one of a handful of clinics in the state that perform not only first-trimester abortions but second-trimester terminations, as well -- up to the 24th week of pregnancy.

It is a frequent target of antiabortion protests and has been the subject of lawsuits over just how far protesters can go to block access to a clinic. In the past, protesters have chained themselves together and lain down in front of its entrance. These days, they hold regular prayer vigils.  The state has ordered the clinic to hire an infection control consultant and an administrative consultant, both of whom must be approved by the state and must be at the clinic "no less than 40 hours per week." The consultants "shall have full authority to review, revise, if necessary, and implement all facility policies and procedures, particularly those related to administration, infection control, sterilization, housekeeping, emergency procedures, quality assurance policies and procedures and the overall practices of the facility."

The consultants must submit weekly written reports to the state health department.  In the meantime, the clinic is redirecting patients to other local abortion facilities, including Women's Choice in Hackensack, which has the same owners as Metropolitan Medical.  The clinic is also telling callers that it will reopen next Tuesday. The state, however, is making no promises.  "We will rescind the order once the major violations are taken care of and a plan of corrections, approved by the department, is in place," said Rudy. "And we do follow-up inspections to make sure all violations have been abated."

New Jersey statutes provide for penalties of up to $2,500 for each day that violations related to patient care are not corrected.  The clinic, meanwhile, is doing its best to downplay its troubles.  Asked by a caller why the clinic was closed, the receptionist said only: "Everything's fine. We're just doing a little renovation."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: abortion; englewoodmill; healthrisks; prolife; womendeservebetter
Safe, Legal and Rare, eh?

Alleluia...I know it's temporary but who knows, it may be permanent.  

The reporter and photographer failed to notice two items.  1.  The City of Englewood facilitates the abortion mill by removing or covering the parking meters in front of the facility.  2. The Yellow, No-Parking sign in the 2nd archway reads: Parking for Physicians and Emergency Vehicles Only. A heads up that ambulances come to the abortion mill frequently.  

Incidentally, it was the Bergen Record that reported the story about how many Partial Birth Abortion procedures this mill performs: 1,500 per year!

On September 15, 1996, the Record (Bergen-Hackensack, New Jersey) published a report by staff writer Ruth Padawer, based on separate interviews with two abortionists at a single abortion clinic in Englewood, who independently told her that they perform over 1,500 partial-birth abortions annually in that facility - - triple the nationwide figure given out by pro-abortion advocacy and industry groups. As to why they performed these procedures, the Record reported what the abortionists said: "'We have an occasional amnio abnormality, but it's a minuscule amount,' said one of the doctors at Metropolitan Medical, an assessment confirmed by another doctor there. 'Most are Medicaid patients, black and white, and most are for elective, not medical, reasons: people who didn't realize, or didn't care, how far along they were. Most are teenagers.'"

1 posted on 02/28/2007 2:15:46 PM PST by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...

2 posted on 02/28/2007 2:16:34 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, insects)
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To: Coleus
The City of Englewood facilitates the abortion mill by removing or covering the parking meters in front of the facility.

If I remember correctly the meters are good for only one hour no matter how many quarters you put in.

3 posted on 02/28/2007 2:20:31 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: Coleus
"immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."

Yeah, about 1500 of them a year.

4 posted on 02/28/2007 2:21:40 PM PST by The Blitherer (What the devil is keeping the Yanks? Duncan Hunter for President '08!)
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To: Coleus

The headline is an oxymoron.

5 posted on 02/28/2007 2:21:50 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Coleus
State health officials have shut down one of New Jersey's largest abortion centers after finding violations ....that posed "immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."

How about the 'risk of harm' to a BABY?

6 posted on 02/28/2007 2:24:34 PM PST by Faustian Justice2 (...even if it takes saving one baby at a time.)
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To: kinoxi

Yup -- at least one person's health is guaranteed to be snuffed out every time the clinic 'treats' a woman exercising her choice to kill.

7 posted on 02/28/2007 2:26:26 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: Coleus
Even temporary, one woman may not go elsewhere. One baby may survive.
8 posted on 02/28/2007 2:26:48 PM PST by CindyDawg (Duncan Hunter.......shhh! You aren't supposed to know about him.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Yep: they lose over half their patients every year.

9 posted on 02/28/2007 2:37:21 PM PST by sgtbono2002 (I will forgive Jane Fonda, when the Jews forgive Hitler.)
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To: Coleus

Health risks?

Whose, the mother's or the unborn baby's?

10 posted on 02/28/2007 2:42:18 PM PST by stm (Believe 1% of what you hear in the drive-by media and take half of that with a grain of salt)
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Pro-Life PING

Please FreepMail me if you want on or off my Pro-Life Ping List.

11 posted on 02/28/2007 4:14:53 PM PST by (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available at
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Risk to whom? The babies?

12 posted on 02/28/2007 4:19:47 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Coleus

PTL! i realize it is temporary, but it is currently saving babies!!

13 posted on 02/28/2007 5:27:10 PM PST by MountainFlower (Brownback, Brownback, He's Our Man!!)
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To: Coleus;

Thanks for posting this, and for the ping.

14 posted on 02/28/2007 5:59:39 PM PST by cyn
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To: Coleus
Keep the prayers coming, folks, it's working!

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15 posted on 02/28/2007 10:03:10 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Good news, the list is growing.

16 posted on 03/08/2007 5:33:25 PM PST by Coleus (God gave us the right to life & self preservation & a right to defend ourselves, family & property)
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