Evidence Released: Unlicensed Selma Abortion Business Eager to Make Illegal Abortion Appoints

By Cheryl Sullenger

Selma, AL – Leaders of national and local pro-life groups gathered in historic Selma, Alabama, on February 11, 2015, to call for a full investigation into an abortion facility, Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, that is believed to be operating illegally.

“We are calling on the state of Alabama. We are calling on the medical board to do their job and shut this center down,” Catherine Davis of the Black Pro-Life Coalition told reporters gathered in front of the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic.

During the press conference, Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of the CEC for Life, reported that at one point the receptionist at the abortion clinic shouted at a WorldNetDaily.com reporter, “We don’t do abortions.”

However, taped phone conversations in the possession of Gensemer, Operation Rescue, and Life Legal Defense Foundation say otherwise.

Beyond Legal Limits

In Alabama, the law requires medical facilities that do more than nine abortions per month to be licensed as an abortion facility, but evidence shows the unlicensed Central Alabama Women’s Clinic, operated by Samuel G. Lett, is exceeding that number.

CEC for Life, Life Legal Defense Foundation and Operation Rescue conducted an investigation into tips that abortionist Lett was operating an illegal and unlicensed abortion facility in Selma. The groups recorded multiple telephone conversations with Central Alabama Women’s Clinic workers who were more than willing to schedule appointments for abortions for the callers, who posed as potential abortion customers.

“Our people never had any problem making abortion appointments at Lett’s facility. We were never turned down,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This abortion business is operating in violation of Alabama law and outside any oversight. That makes this a dangerous place for women. Lett can cut any corners he wants and no one will be the wiser. That makes him dangerous, and we call on the Alabama Department of Health to shut him down immediately.”

The Evidence

The first calls placed on July 14, 2014, left no doubt that abortions were done as a matter of routine at Lett’s clinic. The following exchange was typical of the numerous calls placed by staff of Operation Rescue and CEC for Life.

Clinic Worker: Central Alabama Women’s Clinic.

Caller: Hello, I was wondering, do you do abortions there?

Clinic Worker: Yes, ma’am.

Caller: Um, like, how much do they cost?

Clinic Worker: It’s depending on how far along are you.

Caller: Yeah, well, my last period was in May.

Clinic Worker: Okay, based on – it’s $550.

Subsequent calls reflected similar results, with several urging women to come in for their consultation appointment the next day so the abotion could be done the day after that.

Most recently, a call placed on February 2, 2015, confirmed that abortions were still business as usual at the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic.

Clinic Worker: Central Alabama Women’s Health Clinic. Can I help you?

Caller: Hi, um, I was wondering, when would be the soonest I could get an appointment for an abortion?

Clinic Worker: Um, I am not sure. You would have to come in and do a consultation with the doctor and he can talk to you about that. What day would you like to come in?

Caller: How about tomorrow?

Clinic Worker: Sounds good.

Caller: So what kind of abortions do you do there and how much do they cost? I’m just trying to figure out if I can afford this.

Clinic Worker: Okay, we’re $550.

No Action

“We began in July of last year to give evidence to the Alabama Department of Public Health about what was going on at this clinic,” said Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of the CEC For Life. “We have asked them on several occasions to move forward with their investigation, and they have really dragged their feet.”

A letter of complaint that included documentation was sent to Brian Hale, Deputy General Counsel of the Alabama Department of Public Health in July 2014, by Life Legal Defense Foundation’s Senior Staff Counsel, Allison Aranda, who is representing CEC for Life and Operation Rescue. In response to follow-up queries, the Alabama Department of Health has responded only that an investigation was “pending.”

Aranda sent a second letter to Mr. Hale on February 3, 2015, expressing disappointment that no action had been taken in the eight months that had elapsed since the issue was first brought to his attention. Aranda also notified Hale of Wednesday’s planned press conference.

In response, Hale told reporters last week, “We are aware of the allegations that Life Legal Defense Foundation and others are [making] and have made in regard to the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic. We have been participating in an investigation of those allegations.”

Letts’ Troubled Background

Samuel Lett has run afoul of the authorities in the past. In 1984, Lett “failed to exercise full and complete care” in surgically treating Deborah Harris. After Harris won a $50,000 malpractice judgment against Lett, her attorney told the Associated Press that “she went through unmitigated hell” after Lett operated on her.

However, instead of taking responsibility for his actions, Lett blamed the loss of Harris’ malpractice suit on “racism.”

In 2003, Lett and his brother, Charles, also denied any wrongdoing despite the fact that they had just lost a lawsuit filed by the State of Alabama, which was left holding the bag after the Lett brothers defaulted on a $2.2 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development loan. The Letts stuck Alabama taxpayers with a whopping $4.4 million bill, which included principle and interest on their defaulted loan over time.

“Lett’s troubled background makes us wonder if financial difficulties drove him into the abortion business where he could make a fast buck by exploiting poor urban women of color,” said Newman. “At $550 a pop, it doesn’t take long for a corners-cutting abortion business to make big money.”

Still Operating

Despite the evidence submitted to the Alabama Department of Health the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic remains open. However, the receptionist is now hesitant to admit that abortions are taking place there, according to a call placed on Friday, February 13, 2015. A partial transcript of that call indicates he may still be in the abortion business:

Caller: I was wondering, when would be the soonest I could get an appointment for an abortion?

Clinic worker: Um, you can make an appointment and talk to the doctor.

Caller: Okay, and he’s doing abortions, right.

Clinic Worker: Uh — I’m not sure.

“It’s clear that even after being exposed publicly as an illegal abortion provider, the Central Alabama Women’s Clinic could still be breaking the law. It is time for the Alabama authorities to take action to protect women from Letts’ unscrupulous and illegal back-alley abortion business,” said Newman.

Take Action!

Please take time to contact the following and demand that the state do its duty to protect the public by shutting down Samuel Lett’s unlicensed and illegal Central Alabama Women’s Clinic abortion facility.

Luther Strange, State Attorney General
Ms. Sandy McLure (Scheduler and Executive Assistant)
PHONE: 334-242-7447
EMAIL: smclure@ago.state.al.us
Office Main Number: 334-242-7300

Brian Hale, Deputy General Counsel, Alabama Department of Public Health
PHONE: 334-206-5209
EMAIL: brian.hale@adph.state.al.us

Kathy Burkett, Investigative Specialist, Alabama Board of Medical Examiners
PHONE: 334-242-4116 (Ask to be transferred to Kathy Burkett)
EMAIL: kburkett@albme.org

NOTE: The following pro-life organizations are supporting this effort:

CEC For Life
Operation Rescue
Life Legal Defense Foundation
National Black Pro-Life Coalition
Pro-Life Action Ministries
The Radiance Foundation
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society
Alveda King
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
JillStanek.com/StanekReport.com
Secular Pro-Life
Live Action
American Life League
Life Coalition International
Heroic Media
Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust
Issues4Life
Life Issues Institute
Pro-Life Action League
This Race Will Self-Destruct
Ben Johnson
Stand True Pro-Life Outreach
Brandi Swindell
Youth Defence (Ireland)
Precious Life (Northern Ireland)
40 Days for Life
Alabama Physicians for Life
Abortion Recovery Alabama
Bound4Life Birmingham
Bama Students for Life

Still Vanishing: 73 Abortion Facilities Shut Down in 2014

An Operation Rescue Exclusive Special Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A new survey conducted by Operation Rescue of all abortion facilities in the United States has confirmed that the abortion clinic closure trend continued strongly in 2014. Operation Rescue is the only pro-life organization that maintains a listing of abortion facilities and tracks clinic closures and its extensive research has provided the most accurate accounting of abortion facilities known to exist.

In all, 73 abortion facilities shut down for all or part of the year. The total number of all remaining abortion clinics in the US is currently 739. Surgical abortion facilities account for 551 of that total while the number of medication-only abortion facilities stands at 188.

Out of 60 surgical abortion clinic closures, 47 were permanent. This represents a 23% decline in surgical abortion facilities over the past five years.

Thirteen surgical facilities were allowed to reopen after initially closing, primarily due to court action that enjoined abortion safety laws that had shut down the substandard facilities.

Thirteen facilities that provided only medication abortions account for the remaining closures in 2014. That more than doubles the number of medication abortion facilities that closed in 2013 when six were shuttered.

While the abortion clinic closures did not eclipse the high water mark of 93 total closures in 2013, the 73 closures this year far exceeds the two dozen closures recorded in 2012.

The 2014 figures represent a net decrease of 31 surgical abortion facilities nationwide. even though the number of medication abortion facilities increased by 11 over 2013 numbers, they still remain below the high of 196 facilities in 2012.

“We are continuing to witness the implosion of the abortion cartel in America,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The only things that are preventing total collapse are court injunctions that are blocking several state abortion safety laws from being enforced. Once those laws clear the courts, we expect to see even more dangerous abortion facilities close. This is great news for women and babies because when abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”

The greatest number of closed facilities took place in Texas as the result of the 2013 abortion law known as HB2. Eleven surgical and three medication-only facilities shut down permanently over the course of 2014.

Closures far outpaced clinic openings. Fifteen facilities either added surgical abortions or opened for the first time. Thirteen clinics, primarily Planned Parenthood centers, added medication abortions to clinics that previously did not provide them. Eight clinics that formerly provided surgical abortions made the decision to halt those procedures, but continue to sell medication abortions.

“As new states laws add safety standards for surgical abortions, we are seeing the beginnings of a new trend. Abortion providers who cannot or will not comply with the higher standards have, in some cases, dropped surgical abortions in favor of medical abortions so they did not have to become licensed,” said Newman. “This allows incompetent abortionists to continue exploiting women for money while evading the need to increase patient safety.”

Some of the more notable abortion facility closures included:

Outpatient Services for Women, Oklahoma City, OK: This surgical clinic shut down after the arrest on December 9 of clinic owner and operator Naresh Patel on charges of fraud and racketeering after Operation Rescue filed complaints. Patel had been caught selling abortion pills to women who were not pregnant.
All Women’s Health, Chicago, IL: Clinic owner, abortionist Mandy Gittler, closed this facility after local activists protested there over the death of Tonya Reaves, which was killed by Gittler in 2012 at a Chicago Planned Parenthood clinic.
Novi Laser and Aesthetic Center, Novi, Michigan: This facility shut down after being evicted from two locations this year. After the last eviction in November, owner Michael Arthur Roth had nowhere to go.
Aid for Women, aka Central Family Medical, Kansas City, KS: Operation Rescue discovered evidence of multiple abortion abuses and lodged complaints. This facility was best known for suing in court for the right to stop reporting child sex abuse. Under pressure from the medical board and struggling for business, Aid for Women, finally shut down.
Affiliated Women’s Services, Indianapolis, IN: This facility, associated with the infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart shut down in July due to financial woes and a lack of demand for abortions.
Femcare, Asheville, NC: Its shut down earlier this year for two dozen serious health and safety violations caused an outcry from abortion supporters since it was thought to be the only facility that could pass new safety standards. It reopened briefly before permanently closing after its abortionist, Lorraine Cummings, announced her retirement and placed the building for sale.

There are several primary reasons why abortion facilities continue to close. Those reasons include:

• The enactment and enforcement of new state laws.
• Increased reporting by pro-life activists of incompetent and/or criminal behavior committed by abortionists.
• Financial struggles within the abortion cartel due to decreased demand for abortions.
• The retirement of abortionists who are not replaced.

In 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities operating in the U.S. Since then, a full 75% of those facilities have closed.

As abortion facilities continue to close, abortion numbers continue to fall. While national abortion numbers remain incomplete, the average number of abortions decreases by about 3% annually. However, state statistics show that the drop in abortions that is more pronounced in areas where there are abortion clinic closures.

For example, in Ohio, four abortion facilities closed in 2013, the most recent year for which abortion figures are available. During that year, the number of abortions dropped by nine percent – three times the average national drop in abortion numbers.

“No matter how one views the numbers, they show that we are winning,” said Newman. “As the truth about abortion abuses and other dangers become public and are followed by new laws that increase protections for women and their babies, we can only expect the decline of the abortion cartel to continue until it collapses altogether.”

Please visit AbortionDocs.org for a listing of all abortion facilities in the U.S. and documentation of their known abuses. A listing of closed abortion facilities is also available there.

Special Report: Why Virginia’s Appallingly Substandard Abortion Facilities Must Not Be Excepted from the Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Henrico, VA – Over half of Virginia’s abortion facilities have admitted that they cannot comply with new safety regulations and have asked to be excused from compliance.

So far, ten out of Virginia’s nineteen abortion facilities have applied to the State Health Commissioner, Dr. Marissa J. Levine, for variances to the state’s abortion facility structural requirements. If granted, the variances would allow those abortion facilities to operate even though their facilities remain well below medical standards.

The requests for variances are problematic. Not only do the each of the ten substandard facilities lack proper space needs for outpatient surgical clinics, but each of them have also failed licensing inspections. Of the dozens of violations discovered, many have yet to be corrected.

Add to that the checkered backgrounds of abortionists known to work at these facilities, and the prospect of variances becomes more than troubling.

The Virginia licensing requirements are set to go into effect later this year, but have been challenged in court by Falls Church Medical Center, one of the abortion businesses seeking a variance. The variance requests would buy time for abortion clinics until after a court ruling. They are hoping that the rules will be overturned and that they will not have to make the necessary upgrades that would increase patient safety at their facilities. In some cases, abortion facilities could be forced to close because of the inability or unwillingness to come into compliance.

“Abortion facilities that cannot meet basic minimum medical standards that apply throughout the medical profession, are just too dangerous to be allowed to operate. For example, hallways that are too narrow to accommodate gurneys in the event of medical emergencies have proven fatal for women, such as Karnamaya Mongar,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Emergency workers wasted precious minutes attempting to get a gurney into Kermit Gosnell’s abortion facility in West Philadelphia while Mrs. Mongar’s life ebbed away. By the time the emergency workers were able to extract her from the maze of crowed hallways, it was too late to save her life.

Ironically, Mongar was a resident of Virginia, and could have been subjected to a lack of gurney access if her abortion had taken place in her home state.

“Abortion facilities that do not want to comply with the structural requirements of the law are gambling women’s lives on the hope that such a tragedy won’t happen that their facilities. But given the frequency with which we have documented ambulances outside of abortion centers, that’s a bet no woman should be forced to take,” said Newman.

The variance requests were made between March 14 and August 13, 2014. Most of the letters submitted by the abortion facilities contained nearly identical language, indicating that the businesses, which are usually competitors, collaborated on the content of their variance requests.

One anonymous local source has opined that the letters may have in fact been “ghost-written” by one of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s “people.” McAuliff is a pro-abortion Democrat who has attempted to repeal the abortion facility licensing requirements enacted by his pro-life predecessor.

In fact, the Virginia Department of Health website features guidelines to help abortion facilities apply for variances. This only encourages abortion businesses to continue to operate under conditions that would not be tolerated even an an animal clinic.

“Women in Virginia should be upset that the Department of Health has put the interest of abortion businesses above their lives. The term ‘war on women’ is overused today, but there is hardly a better way to describe what is happening in Virginia,” said Newman.

While eight of the facilities requested variances through April 30, 2015, two of the facilities, those affiliated with the notoriously shoddy Steven Chase Brigham, have audaciously requested variances that would exclude them from compliance for the next ten years.

“If Brigham’s outrageous demand for exemptions is granted, it is akin to signing death warrants for women who are unfortunate enough to think he is operating legitimate medical facilities in Virginia,” said Newman. “It’s only a matter of time before the substandard facilities and practices cost women’s lives, not only at Brigham’s shoddy mills, but at other abortion businesses as well. This once again illustrates that for the abortion cartel, profit margin is a top priority. Women’s health and safety takes a back seat.”

Operation Rescue evaluated the inspection reports and variance requests for all ten Virginia abortion businesses.

A Capital Women’s Health
Richmond, Virginia

A Capital Women’s Health was last inspected in July, 2012.

The report contains 16 pages of violations, including:

• Failure to conduct criminal background checks on employees, including abortionists.
• Failure to observe infection protocols; Workers wore the same bloody surgical scrubs while seeing one patient after another.
• The same dirty sponge was used to clean soiled surgical instruments and to wipe down the counter afterwards.
• Failing to wash hands between glove changes.
• Failure to wear personal protective equipment while rinsing and examining the bloody remains of aborted babies.
• Lack of equipment to suction patient airways in the event of an emergency.
• Failure to properly maintain equipment, including a rusty suction machine used for abortions.
• Multiple structural issues that posed potential health hazards.

A Capital Women’s Health employs abortionist David Reid Peters, who formerly worked for disgraced New Jersey abortionist Steven Brigham. Peters was reprimanded in 2007 for improperly prescribing drugs without having seen or examined patients – an illegal practice that was also present in Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” abortion mill.

Meanwhile, A Capital Women’s Health’s administrator, Shelley Abrams, has requested a variance until April 30, 2015, dubiously claiming that “patient safety, patient care and services offered would not be affected adversely” if the variance was to be granted and that patients would nonsensically “be protected” by it.

Amethyst Health Center for Women
Manassas, VA

The Amethyst Health Center for Women was inspected in June and December of 2012.

The first report containing 48 pages of violations including multiple violations of infection prevention protocols that left women at risk of becoming sick.

• Staff lunches stored in the “soiled” utility room refrigerator that also contained drugs and blood samples.
• Failure to change gloves between patients.
• Failure to properly launder linens used for patients to prevent the spread of infection.
• Using expired bleach/water solution that had lost its ability to sanitize.
• Tears in recovery area stretchers that could not be sanitized.
• Recovery recliners not disinfected between patients.
• Expired drugs.
• No “clean” utility room, risking contamination of drugs and other supplies.
• Hallways too narrow to accommodate a gurney and other structural violations.

The second inspection report revealed that infection control issues discovered during the June inspection still had not been corrected six months later. In fact, Operation Rescue could find no evidence that they have ever been properly addressed.

One of the facility’s abortionist Linwood Turner, was sued for “wrongful death” in 1997. The case appeared to be dismissed following moderation, which implies that an agreement was reached with the plaintiffs.

Another of Amethyst’s abortionists, Thomas Gressinger, was reprimanded in August 2013, for allowing, (in Gosnell-like fashion), an unqualified worker to administer drugs to abortion patients. He was also sued by an abortion patient in 1993 for an abortion that was so badly botched that she required an emergency hysterectomy.

Nevertheless, Amethyst’s owner and administrator, Marie Elisabeth Beurkens VanderWoude, claimed in her variance request that it was unreasonable to ask her to bring her facility into compliance given the “pendency of an Executive Directive and litigation” that could negate the regulations. Expenditures on upgrades, she said, “undermine the principle purpose of the facility.”

Only if that purpose is to keep abortion dangerous.

Annandale Women and Family Center
Alexandria, VA

Annandale Women and Family Center was inspected in August, 2012.

The report containing 48 pages of violations included:

• Patient paperwork that omitted information about how to file a complaint.
• Failure to conduct criminal background checks on employees, including abortionists.
• Failure to have on duty during abortions staff with current CPR certification.
• Failure to provide fire safety and infection prevention training.
• Lack of documentation that patients received or understood required patient rights information.
• Dried blood, torn surface, and tape on abortion table.
• Torn surfaces on recovery room stretchers.
• Failure to clean “direct care” equipment between patients.
• Reuse of sponges that were used to clean dirty surgical equipment and no way to sterilize them.
• Failure to properly launder linens that were used on patients to prevent the spread of infections.
• No designated “clean” area for storage of drugs, supplies.
• Inadequate drug logs and improper drug storage, and handling.

Abortionist Linwood Turner is also known to work at the Annandale facility.

Annandale’s administrator, Gail Frances, complained in her variance request that the cost of bringing her facility into compliance would be $150,000 and six months of lost income.

Apparently, women’s lives are worth considerably less than that to these people.

Planned Parenthood Blacksburg Health Center
Blacksburg, VA

Planned Parenthood’s Blacksburg Health Center was last inspected in July 2012. It currently offers medical abortions and no surgical abortions.

Nevertheless, a 28-page inspection report included the following violations:

• Failure to maintain infection prevention policies.
• Staff lacked access to information about reporting health care providers.
• Abortionists often failed to provide discharge orders.
• Rusted and torn components on a procedure table used for sonograms.
• Lack of Quality Control documentation that jeopardized patient safety.
• No policy for reporting abortions as required, indicating that the facility was likely not reporting.

Walter Klausmeier, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Health Systems, which operates the Blacksburg facility, boasted in his variance request letter of a “strong safety record,” but the inspection report indicates that this facility has “jeopardized patient safety” as a matter of routine.

Falls Church Healthcare Center
Falls Church, VA

Falls Church Healthcare Center was inspected in August 2012, and December 2012.

The initial inspection report included 41 pages of startling deficiencies including:

• Inadequate infection control plan.
• Blood collection sets were bloody and not cleaned between patients.
• Dried blood found on the procedure table, including on the foot rests.
• Dust-covered and generally dirty equipment throughout the facility.
• Blood-spatter on the door to a procedure room.
• Dirty sponge used to wipe up blood spatter was never cleaned.
• Other violations of accepted blood-born pathogen protocols.
• Expired drugs, fluids, supplies.
• Failure to have a policy to report patient deaths within 24 hours as required.
• Absence of employee criminal background checks.
• Lack of employee training.
• Failure to ensure employees were properly vaccinated for Hepatitis B as required.
• Absence of policy to address complaints.

The follow-up inspection six months later found an additional six pages of violations, including:

• Lack of personnel policies including safety training and job descriptions.
• Expired medications.
• Expired IV solutions that were administered to patients.
• Lack of adherence to standard infection prevention measures.

After they filed a suit to block the Virginia abortion facility licensing rules, Operation Rescue documented two life-threatening medical emergencies at Falls Church Healthcare Center where Thomas H. Gresinger and Jan Paul Fruiterman, (who paid out $730,000 in a wrongful death suit in 2000), conduct abortions under less than ideal circumstances.

In spite of these egregious violations that endanger the lives and health of women, owner and Director Rosemary Codding had the cheek to tell the State Health Commissioner in her request for variance that her facility “takes medically appropriate measures to protect the safety of patients and ensure that a standard of high quality care is met.”

Peninsula Medical Center for Women
Newport News, VA

Peninsula Medical Center for Women was last inspected in May, 2012.

During the inspection, 31 pages of violations were discovered including:

• Unsecured sharp containers with used needles laying on the floor and on a desk.
• Improperly maintained equipment, including suction machine.
• Failed to have infection control and emergency policies and procedures in place and neglected to train employees in infection control protocols.
• Failed to ensure abortionists were competent.
• Failed to document drug usage.
• Lacked emergency supplies, such as tubing for IV’s and oxygen.
• Inadequate cleaning of abortion table between patients
• Surgical rooms were too small to be safe.
• Poor drug handling, labeling, and disposal practices.

Backgrounds of the two abortionists known to work at Peninsula should raise eyebrows.

John Harrison Baker was reprimanded by North Carolina medical board in 2013 after it was found that he altered patient medical records to state that a registered nurse was present for abortions, even though no doctor or nurse was present as required by law. He owned the troubled Baker Clinic for women, which was temporarily closed by the state after dangerous practices were discovered there that “failed to assure the health, safety and welfare of its clients.” Baker did not dispute the charges and his facility permanently closed last year. He also has a history of botched abortions, including one horrific case of a perforated uterus.

William Fitshugh is a long-time abortionist who is said to have killed over 200,000 children in the womb during his career. He is was involved in a botched abortion on Margaret Codfelter in 1989, in which he perforated her uterus and left parts of the dead baby inside. He set her home without informing her of her life-threatening condition. Margaret died two days later.

Yet, Jill C. Abby, President of W.K.G. and J. Incorporated, which operates Peninsula Medical Center for Women, ludicrously claims in her request for variance, “It would be contrary to common sense – and arguably inappropriate – to pursue an aggressive and extraordinarily expensive compliance program.”

If common sense were really the issue, the shoddy Peninsula Medical Center for Women would be immediately closed.

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington – Falls Church Center
Falls Church, VA

The Falls Church Center of PPMW was last inspected in June 2012.

The inspection report lists 10 pages of violations, including:

• Tears in the vinyl on the abortion tables that made sanitation.
• Chairs covered in soiled cloth or torn vinyl that could not be adequately cleaned.
• Missing baseboard along one wall in an exam room.
• Expired drugs and syringes.
• Improper (and appalling) drug handling practices. When one employee was questioned about her failure to clean the tops of drug vials before inserting syringes, the worker responded, “The current research says it doesn’t make any difference. You could lick the tops of the vials and the infection rate would be the same.”
• Administration of medications without documented doctor’s orders.
• Failure to conduct preventative maintenance on equipment.
• Inadequate airflow throughout the facility.
• No evidence the building met state and local codes and building ordinances.

Planned Parenthood was forced to pay out a $1.5 million settlement in 2009 after Falls Church’s abortionist Colin St. Patrick Walters conducted an abortion on a 14-year old girl, who was released and never told that she suffered serious internal hemorrhaging from a perforated uterus, a small bowel tear, and severe vaginal and cervical injuries. She was rushed to the hospital the next day where she underwent emergency surgery where a “significant portion” of her unborn baby was discovered inside her abdominal cavity. She was left completely infertile.

Planned Parenthood’s safety statistics noted in the addendum of their variance request is presented in a way that would make it appear abortions there are safer than they are. “Of 15,558 patient visits since January 2011, only .006% of them resulted in an emergency transfer to the hospital.”

Unpacking that statement, we see that 15,558 are not individual abortion patients. Planned Parenthood counts every time a patient walks through the door as a “visit.” That number would also include women who came by – perhaps multiple times in a year — for birth control, STD testing, or other services besides abortion, which would significantly water down the percentage of women requiring an emergency transfer.

Yet, the President and CEO of PPMW, Dr. Laura Myers, made the dubious claim in her variance request that at PMW, “patient safety is our top priority.”

Tell that to the young woman who will never bear another child.

Richmond Medical Center for Women
Richmond, VA

The Richmond Center for Women was inspected in May 2012, with a follow-up inspection in March 2013.

The 2012 inspection uncovered 29 pages of deficiencies including:

• Failure to have anyone with current CPR certification on duty during abortions.
• Inadequate infection control training for employees.
• Staff failed to wear proper personal protection while dumping the bloody contents of an abortion suction jar down a sink (!), then scrubbing it with a bottle brush to “remove any clotted blood.”
• Handling “clean” surgical equipment without gloves, thus contaminating them.
• Lack of a pest control.
• Dried blood on three recovery room recliners.
• Torn surfaces on procedure table and recovery stretchers that made it impossible to sanitize them.
• Improper laundering of linens used by patients.
• Failure to wash hands and a lack of hand-washing supplies.
• Failure to perform preventative maintenance of equipment.
• Using dirty sponges for “cleaning” and other cross-contamination issues.
• Blood and rust on the procedure tables.
• Surgical equipment found in “sterile” packs without any dates.
• Expired testing supplies, cleaning supplies, drugs, and other items.
• An open jar of unwrapped cookies (provided to patients) that were contaminated.
• Safety and building code violations.

Upon re-inspection in March, 2013, an additional 10 pages of violations were discovered, along with many repeat offences. Deficiencies included:
• Blood found on abortion tables and other equipment in the abortion rooms.
• Torn pads on the abortion table.
• Unwrapped contaminated cookies and crackers that were fed to patients.
• More expired drugs.
• Building codes and other safety issue were uncorrected from previous inspection.

Abortionist William Fitzhugh, who as previously mentioned was involved in an abortion-related patient death, is the primary abortionist at the Richmond Medical Center for Women, which does the largest volume of abortions in the state. It is inexplicable how Fitzhugh can tolerate such squalid conditions and substandard practices, yet be considered an “expert” abortion witness who has testified in numerous court cases.

Jill C. Abby, president of W.K.G. and J. Incorporated, which owns the Richmond abortion facility, claims in her letter requesting a variance that her clinic provides “access to high quality reproductive care.”

If the filthy conditions and practices described in the inspection reports are any indication, Ms. Abby’s idea of “high quality” deserves serious re-evaluation.

Virginia Women’s Wellness
Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Women’s Wellness is affiliated with the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham. It was inspected in May 2012, and again in March, 2014.

During 2012 inspection, 22 pages of violations were discovered:

• Failure to disclose facility ownership.
• Failure to conduct criminal background checks on employees.
• Failure to provide patients with contact information where complaints may be filed.
• Improper handling and cleaning/sterilizing of dirty surgical equipment.
• Failure to change gloves between handling a “dirty” suction machine jar containing bloody aborted baby remains and handling a clean one.
• Four out of five recovery room recliners were noticeably dirty and broken.
• Tears were found in patient examination tables.
• Failure to properly maintain patient monitoring equipment.
• Failure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for administration of controlled substances.
• Failure to ensure that injectable drugs were mixed and labeled in accordance with regulations.
• Failure to develop a required quality assurance program.
• In 13 of 13 abortion records inspected, all patient records failed to note specific drugs administered in the local anesthetic.
• Facility failed to meet building standards.

Demonstrating a low learning curve, Virginia Women’s Wellness was actually in worse shape in the 2014 inspection, which uncovered 33 pages of deficiencies, including:

• Shoddy record-keeping is multiple areas.
• Failure to track complaints.
• Leaky ceiling and hallway strewn with trash.
• Water damage and mold in the walls.
• Failure to provide patients with prescription pain medications.
• Improper infection control practices.
• Lack of glove-wearing.
• General dirt in the procedure rooms.
• Improper drug handling.
• No written discharge criteria.
• Tears on the procedure table.
• More.

The abortionist at that facility, Craig Cropp, has a list of disciplinary action and other troubles far too lengthy to mention. The numerous adverse incidents might make referring to him as the “Gosnell of Virginia” might be an understatement. His full, sordid history can be read about on AbortionDocs.org. Suffice it to say that he has left a bloody trail of horrifically botched abortions in his wake and had clinic privileges revoked, suspended, or otherwise terminated at three VA hospitals.

Even so, Licensed Practical Nurse Michelle E. Nelson, the clinic’s administrator, had the audacity to request a 10-year variance, citing her opinion that the safety regulations were little more than an attempt to “stop women from accessing their legal right to freedom of choice.”

Virginia Health Group
Fairfax, VA

Virginia Health Group is another affiliate of the worst abortionist in America, Steven Brigham. It was last inspected in August 2012.

During that inspection, 13 pages of violations were found, including:

• Failure to provide patients with contact information where complaints may be filed.
• Failure to verify licensing or certification of health care professionals.
• Failure to clean reusable medical equipment between patients.
• Tears were found in patient examination tables.
• Failure to maintain other infection control protocols.
• Expired medications.
• Mishandled and improperly stored medications.
• Failure to note patient’s condition upon discharge in patient record.
• Failure to maintain adequate medical records with additional omissions of information.
• Facility failed to meet building standards.

Craig Cropp, the much-disciplined abortionist at Virginia Women’s Wellness, does double duty at this facility as well.

Claiming that complying with the law would pose a “hardship” in her request for variance, Clinic Administrator Krystle Mayeski asked for a 10-year exception to the legal safety requirements.

But the real hardship is put on women and their babies who are unfortunate enough to patronize Virginia Health Group.

Conclusions

Although only Virginia abortion facilities that have requested variances have been listed in this report, all of the abortion businesses in that state have similar issues. Substandard conditions and practices are a systemic problem. No abortion facility could be found that did not have safety and patient care violations or abortionists that did not have unfavorable issues in their backgrounds. A “good” abortion facility simply does not exist.

Operation Rescue urges State Health Commissioner Levine to reject all requests for variance and enforce the laws of Virginia as written. If these abortion facilities cannot meet the minimum safety standards, they the simply are not fit to be open.

“More consideration should be given to the safety of women than to the ‘hardships’ the law places on the abortion facility owners’ pocketbooks. The abortion cartel treats women as second-class citizens who don’t deserve access to high medical standards,” said Newman. “The Virginia State Health Commissioner has the duty to protect women from exploitation by corners-cutting facilities that are little better than Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors.’ The variances should be denied and facilities that cannot meet basic medical standards must be closed.”