UNSAFE: Report reveals horrific safety violations in American abortion clinics
29 November 2017
Whether it's in America or Britain, abortion is unsafe for women.
Keeping babies' bodies in fridges with food.
Americans United for Life (AUL) has released a new report in which they present the results of an analysis of government inspections of abortion clinics across the United States. Unsafe: How the Public Health Crisis in America’s Abortion Clinics Endangers Women, was made to "shine a spotlight on the shady world of the largely unaccountable abortion industry."
If proof were needed...
The report was produced in response to a 2016 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a
Texas law mandating that abortion clinics comply with the same patient care
standards as other facilities performing invasive outpatient surgeries, such as having emergency hospital admitting privileges. However, the Court indicated that such protections could be constitutional, if there was proof that there was sufficient need for them. Unsafe sets out to provide that evidence for that need.
The AUL legal team reviewed evidence from 32 states, including hundreds of reports from
state health inspectors, to determine the most common health and safety violations in American
abortion clinics in the last eight years. They found that 227 facilities in 32 states were cited for more than 1,400 health and safety deficiencies between 2008 and 2016, including hundreds of significant violations of state laws regulating abortion facilities.
Catalogue of horrors
AUL made a list of the top ten violations. Number one was failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment. More than 130 abortion providers in 22 states failed to follow established infection control protocols. Other examples included dried blood on equipment, and "the bodily remains of aborted children were stored in the same refrigerators as
medications and/or food."
Other violations included issues around consent, maintenance of equipment, and failure to properly handle medications.
Killed by the abortion industry
The report also features a number of case studies of women who have died undergoing abortions. One, Tonya Reeves, bled to death after a Planned Parenthood
abortionist in downtown Chicago lacerated her uterus during the abortion. The report states records that "the abortion procedure began at 11am,
but Tonya was not transported to a hospital for emergency care until 4:30pm. Had Planned
Parenthood not delayed seeking emergency care, would Tonya be alive today?"
A special relationship
Abortion providers in Britain have also been found guilty of safety violations and endangering women. Last December, the Care Quality Commission issued a series of damning reports about Marie Stopes clinics, leading to the abortion giant being forced to suspend terminations for vulnerable women and those under the age of 18, as well as all surgical abortions at its Norwich centre. A total of 2600 safety violations were uncovered, and a follow up report in February found that 11 women needed to be transferred for emergency care in a three month period. In October, staff at the Maidstone, Kent, clinic described it as a "cattle market", and expressed concern that their bonuses were linked to whether or not women went ahead with an abortion.
A bpas clinic in Merseyside was also slammed by the CQC for a number of violations, including 11 women being transferred for emergency hospital treatment after suffering serious injuries between January 2013 - March 2016.
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