Health department finds deficiencies at 75% of Maryland's surgical abortion clinics
After the death of Jennifer Morbelli, the state of Maryland investigated Maryland's 16 surgical abortion clinics and found problems at 12 of them (including numerous problems at LeRoy Carhart's clinic in Germantown). It has also suspended the licenses of 3-4 of the 12 with deficiencies as they threatened the lives of women. (The Baltimore Sun article says 3 while the WaPo article says 4.)
From the Sun:
State health officials have suspended surgical abortion procedures at three clinics, including one in Baltimore where a patient suffered cardiac arrest and later died at a hospital.
The physician who performed the abortion at Associates in OB/GYN Care LLC on North Calvert Street wasn't certified in CPR< and a defibrillator at the facility did not work, state officials said in a letter Friday to the General Assembly.
Although the cardiac arrest was caused by underlying health conditions and not the abortion, investigators found that it raised questions whether doctors at the clinic can handle an abortion that goes wrong.
The other two clinics that lost surgical privileges, located in Landover and Silver Spring, also are owned by Associates in OB/GYN Care and also had licenses suspended for issues related to the ability to respond to life-threatening problems during surgery.
Life Links 5/23/13
John Londregan on the "birther" myth.
It is past time we abandoned the "birther" myth that we are transformed magically through the process of birth from being tumorous growths within our mothers into fully human infants. The uncivilized confusion on the part of abortion advocates about whether newborns are fetuses or infants highlights the artificial nature of making birth the definition of humanity.
A 25-year-old woman in India is accusing two nurses of "forcibly aborting her baby."
The incident came to light when the patient's family members apprised senior CHC authorities of the incident. When reporters rushed to the CHC, the staff present day showed an OPD slip issued against the payment of Re 1. However, they were unable to provide the BST slip of Neetu. A BST slip is issued to a patient admitted to a hospital before undergoing a surgery.
Patient's family members also claimed that no pathological tests were conducted to identify the problem. The nurses even refused to look into pre-natal reports. Instead of undertaking a medical examination, the two nurses told family members that the patient had developed medical complication and it would prudent to abort the pregnancy.
Washington abortion advocate are up in arms because at one time, two insurance plans initially proposed not to cover abortion. They both do yet because they initially proposed not, this is evidence to abortion advocates that abortion must be required to be covered.
The proposals set off frustration among advocates who have been pressing for a new state law to secure abortion coverage for all Washington health plans. Elaine Rose, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, said it is evidence of the need for lawmakers to make it clear that abortion should be covered.
"What's going to happen next year, or the year after that or the year after that?" Rose said. "Are we going to constantly be at the whims of insurance carriers changing their minds?"
Life Links 5/22/13
The wife of a Michigan judge testified about their plan to get the judge's mistress to have an abortion.
Earlier Tuesday, the judge's wife, LaVerne McCree, testified that her husband told her about the affair and also informed her that LaMott said she was pregnant.
She said she and her husband hatched a plan to get Mott to terminate a pregnancy she really wasn't convinced existed.
LaVerne McCree, who has been married to the judge for 25 years, said her husband filed for divorce to appease Mott, who was threatening to go public with their affair. LaVerne McCree said her husband told her that Mott was refusing to terminate the pregnancy unless he filed for divorce.
There were also concerns, she said, that if Mott did not have abortion, the judge could be liable for child support and the child could have a claim on the inheritance his mother left him.
Wade McCree withdrew his divorce petition a few weeks later.
Nebraska's attorney general has filed disciplinary charges against one of abortionist LeRoy Carhart's nurses.
The petition accuses Lindsey Creekmore, the sole registered nurse employed at the clinic since April 30, 2011, of administering incorrect intravenous dosages of sedatives and a labor-inducing drug to 11 patients between January 2011 and March 2012.
The charges filed against Creekmore do not indicate whether any of the patients were injured or hospitalized as a result of the incorrect dosages.
The complaint also alleges that the clinic did not routinely staff its recovery room with licensed medical staff, in violation of a rule that prohibits a registered nurse from delegating complex nursing care to unlicensed staff.
A prolife protest featuring Abby Johnson and a pro-abortion counter protest in New Orleans received some local media coverage. Planned Parenthood is planning on building a large 7,000 sq. ft. abortion clinic on an empty lot.
"I wanted to throw up when I saw it." That's how one high school student describes finding images of abortion in a high school bathroom in Texas.
Salon writer's pro-choice ideology makes it difficult for her to explain her miscarriage grief
Salon has a piece by JJ Keith in which she discusses her 3 miscarriages and her feelings about those miscarriages and abortion (she's pro-choice). I find it odd that someone who claims to grieve her miscarriages would label unborn children the way she does (my emphasis).
I still haven't had an abortion unless you count my last miscarriage, which stubbornly refused to go on its own and thus at 10 weeks the heartless lump of cells had to be evicted by my OB-GYN with some sort of vaginal suppository that acted by mechanisms I don't understand. It's probably more accurate to say that I never chose to have an abortion, but the one I had to have was messy, both emotionally and otherwise, albeit not indicative of most abortions. Once I finally did give birth to a real live baby, I was surprised to learn that pushing out a fully formed human is only marginally more painful than ejecting a clump of cells the size of a pencil eraser......She continues and goes on to claim that her unborn children didn't die.
However, even the most ardently anti-choice people I know do not mourn those three miscarriages as if I had lost three children. Having a stillborn baby is different from a miscarriage. Losing a child is different still. Hidden in our collective intuitive response to miscarriage is the reason why choosing to terminate a pregnancy is different from killing a baby: People can?t be OxyCleaned out of your underwear.
Deaths are important events, marked by ceremony and reverence, but what happened inside my body was not death. Whatever I lost is mourned only by me because only I knew them. They lived, however briefly, in me and nowhere else. Even my husband never got to know them, though they were ostensibly half him. They are my own losses, personal but not private. I am not obligated to mourn them, though I do despite not knowing how to do it.They lived in you but they didn't die when they..... died?
It's interesting to me how years of accepting pro-choice mumbo-jumbo regarding what the unborn are makes it extremely difficult for some people to accept and deal with reality. JJ Keith struggles to mourn her children because her pro-choice ideology has dehumanized them so thoroughly.
Life Links 5/20/13
In Washington State, a man who raped and impregnated a pre-teen girl and took her to Planned Parenthood for an abortion has been sentenced to 6 years in jail and then he'll have to leave the country.
Luis Gonzalez-Jose, 31, raped the girl at a home in rural Whatcom County while her mother was in the shower, according to charging documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.A previous article from the Bellingham Herald indicates Planned Parenthood alerted Child Protective Services.
He brought the girl to a Planned Parenthood clinic in August 2012. She told staff members that her 14-year-old boyfriend impregnated her, but she couldn't give the boy's name or address.
Six weeks after the abortion, the girl told a detective how she had really become pregnant. Gonzalez-Jose had insisted "it would be best for her" to not have the baby, according to the documents.
Gonzalez-Jose pleaded guilty to second-degree rape of a child in April. The girl's family refused to cooperate with prosecutors, according to a Department of Corrections report.
A woman in Great Britain with severe mental health problems is asking for permission to have an abortion at 23 weeks.
The 37-year-old, who suffers from bipolar and paranoid delusions, had planned the pregnancy with her husband and previously seemed happy to be expecting a child. But last month, the woman, who is 23 weeks pregnant, became convinced that she wanted a termination.
She wants to have a medical abortion, rather than surgery, which means a decision needs to be made "within a matter of days".....
Dr T said he believed she had "the ability to understand the court proceedings," but that she was not capable of making an informed decision about her unborn child. "Because of her persecutory delusions she refuses to take on information which she should be taking on to perform a balanced decision."
In Arkansas, a man has been charged with domestic battery and negligent homicide for running over his pregnant girlfriend with a car. The woman, who was around 20 weeks pregnant, survived but the child did not.
Some abortion advocates in Congress are targeting crisis pregnancy centers, claiming they want to ensure that pregnant women aren't deceived.
"No one should ever be subjected to misleading information when they are seeking health care, especially during pregnancy," Menendez said. "We have worked too hard to expand the availability of women's health care services to have any confusion created by those who would deliberately deceive a woman to suit their own purposes."Too bad Menendez doesn't feel the same way when it comes to abortion clinics deceiving women.