McAllen, TX – Operation Rescue has been notified that the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has determined that Whole Women’s Health of McAllen has violated Texas laws regarding the disposal of fetal remains from abortions. The TCEQ has now closed their investigation and referred the matter to formal enforcement.
Operation Rescue received a copy of the TCEQ Complaint Report that made the determination that violations have occurred.
The case stemmed from a 3-month undercover investigation conducted by Operation Rescue with the help of the Survivors earlier this year.
Evidence gathered during that investigation was hand-delivered to the TCEQ, which then conducted their own investigation that gathered similar evidence supporting Operation Rescue’s claims that Whole Women’s Health was in violation of the law.
Operation Rescue’s investigators discovered packets containing the refuse from several abortions in an open, public dumpster behind Whole Women’s Health in McAllen. The pro-life investigators carefully photographed the aborted baby remains, bloody cannulas, which are disposable surgical instruments used in early-term abortions, and other bloody objects, including syringes and partially used vials of drugs.
The TCEQ investigative report indicated that “recognizable human body parts, tissues, fetuses, organs, and the products of human abortions” were illegally dumped by Whole Women’s Health, which constituted a violation of the Texas Administrative Code.
Violations of the strict regulations that govern the disposal of such tissue can create a public health hazard.
Penalties for the violations will now be determined by the enforcement branch of the TCEQ, and could include hefty fines.
“The TCEQ has confirmed that Whole Women’s Health has violated the law just as we said. Our investigation has served to protect the public and bring these abortion violators to justice,” said Newman. “I am confident that similar investigations could be conducted with equal success at virtually every abortion mill in the country. We have yet to find an abortion clinic that fully complies with the law.”
In the meantime, the Texas Medical Board continues to investigate complaints filed by Operation Rescue against over a dozen Texas abortionists. Those investigations are ongoing and could result in disciplinary action.