Abortion clinics and referral centres advertise in their literature that having an abortion is a painless, safe and easy procedure, carried out by a professional team who really care about womens' needs. That is the claim. The reality on the other hand differs dramatically as evidence of malpractice and reports of unsanitary conditions grow steadily, confirming the pro-life belief that abortionists and their staff hold no value on life, be it the unborn child or its mother.
In The People Newspaper, Nov. 1st 1992, there was a traumatic story of a young woman who underwent an abortion at the British Pregnancy Advisory Services Clinic at Parkfield Road in Liverpool, only to give birth to supposedly aborted baby 48 hours later. The woman said that she held the tiny baby in her hands before collapsing in distress. "I'll never forget holding that tiny thing - I felt like I was playing God. I was hysterical," she told the interviewer. "I dropped it... and ran screaming down the stairs."
The woman claims that she had wanted to keep the baby but counsellors "pressurised" her into believing that "termination would be best" after she told them the baby's father had left them. It was a nightmare," she further explained, "the building was cold and dirty... I was in a great deal of pain... I don't want this to happen to anyone else." The People's medical expert Michael Van Straten said "I am horrified at what this lady has been through. She will require long-term counselling."
In a UK Health Department report after an inspection of the Manchester Abortion Clinic in Hazelgrove, no fewer than 27 faults were reported to be found in the clinic. These included dirty conditions in the operating theatre, using unsterilised equipment, and congealed blood on walls and ceilings. The report also states that health investigators believe the operating theatre is within earshot of the eight-bed ward and that patients can hear what is going on inside as the two are only separated by a set of plastic doors.
Even the operating table is sub-standard as it is extremely old and cracked, making thorough cleaning difficult and the spread of disease likely. The inspector conducting the investigation concluded that assurances could not be given that reused suction pipes or any equipment were being properly sterilised as there was no equipment on site to do the job. One of the most awful practices reported was that of women being taken past the very equipment that disposed of their aborted babies immediately after they had the abortion.
In August 1988, pro-life activists began recovering the tiny bodies of children from rubbish bins and dumpsters all over the Washington area. The first bodies were found in a dumpster in Bethesda, behind an abortion clinic in Wisconsin Avenue, Washington. They had been killed and thrown out by an abortionist named Alan Ross. At first, it was thought that he was probably the only abortionist in the area who was tossing human bodies in the trash, just as he was the one who has assaulted pro-life picketers frequently, even stabbing one with a hypodermic needle.
But then when other sites were checked, one pile of corpses were found after another; such as in The Hillcrest Abortion Clinics on Georgia Avenue in Washington, and on Pennsylvania Avenue. Pro-lifers found the bodies of children killed in the fourth, fifth and sixth month of life. The bodies of the children aborted in Washington (excepting the few recovered and buried) are now in the Lorton Landfill - food for vermin. The abortionists threw the names, addresses and phone numbers of the women who had the abortions, in the trash with the babies bodies.
Since the legislation of abortion, The Inglewood Abortion Clinic in California has been responsible for at least 8 abortion deaths over the past twenty years. All eight names have been investigated and documented. In 1981, Inglewood was sued at least 74 times with almost all suits alleging medical malpractice. The Inglewood Abortion Clinic was also held responsible for the remains of 17,000 babies who were discovered in a huge land storage container.
They were only held responsible for non-payment of rent on the container, they were not prosecuted for storing 17,000 babies in the same container. The following details - in part - are from a 29 page report of Los Angeles Department Health Services, a "Statement of Deficiencies" listing Inglewood's many violations.
The signing of post anaesthesia patient evaluation (by the Nurse Anaesthesiologist) without looking at the patient.
The signing off of post-recovery patients charts by the physician without looking at the patient.
Patients being discharged approximately 1 hour after receiving a general anaesthetic without a physician's evaluation
"...pre-operative patients were moved into an operating table soiled by the fresh blood of previous patients."
Infection control was not implemented in some instances. For example, staff were observed administering care without hand washing between patients, 4 abortion procedures were performed in the same operating room. The same towel was used for all 4 abortions.
The abortionist accused of murdering Sharon Hamptlon in a 1997 botched abortion, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in early 2001 in Riverside, California, USA. Bruce Stier, 67, is now serving a six-month reduced-sentence for the slaying of his abortion client. Hamptlon had gone to Stier for an abortion of her 6-month-old pre-born child. While Stier dissected the baby using the gruesome technique of dilation and extraction (tearing the baby out piece by piece) he pulled down a bowel through her uterus.
Rather than repairing the damage he simply put Hamptlon in the back seat of her car and sent her away. She bled to death before she ever reached home. Medical investigators ruled his actions were gross negligence, revoked his medical license, and sent the case to the District Attorney. Because of his conviction, Stier will never practice medicine again.
The Albany Medical-Surgical Center and Family Planning Associates in Chicago, USA has numerous lawsuits against it which include malpractice and death. The cases listed below represent summary notes. For complete histories, consult the case files which are a matter of public records at the Office of the Cook County Clerk, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago
Dawn O. charged that Family Planning Associates and Dr. Edward Steve Lichtenberg performed an abortion which caused her to suffer uterine prolapse (uterus collapsing into the vagina), a uterine infection and post partum spotting (bleeding).
Cynthia L. charged that Family Planning Associates, E. Steven Lichtenberg and other employees failed to advise her of her right to discontinue the abortion and failed to stop the procedure when she no longer consented to it.
Ha N. charged Albany and Family Planning Associates with negligence in failing to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy when performing an abortion, which resulted in severe physical injury.
Shytaura G. sued Family Planning Associates and Dr. Steve Lichtenberg for performing an abortion which she claimed caused traumatic injuries to the fundus and cervix of her uterus. She underwent a total hysterectomy at the age of 14
Jane Doe sued Planned Parenthood and Family Planning Associates, claiming negligence and failure to render proper care or follow-up treatment.
Margaret K. sued Albany, Family Planning Associates and Dr. E. S. Lichtenberg for negligence in performing a tubal ligation, charging that Lichtenberg punctured her common iliac artery and also caused bowel trauma.
Christine P charged Family Planning Associates and Dr. Mark Rebandel with perforating her uterus during an abortion and failure to respond to her complaint of persistent and increasing abdominal pain. She said she suffered severe shock and permanent injuries
Yvonne G. sued Family Planning Associates for failure to complete her abortion. She charged that Dr. Lichtenberg did not remove all the foetal parts from her uteru, causing severe bleeding, infection, extreme psychological trauma and the need for further medical treatment.
These photos were taken outside abortion clinic Clinica Medical Para La Mujer De Hoy in Santa Ana, California in 11 February 2006 by Tim Nissen on his cell phone.
|Gurney Going In
Emergency workers push a gurney through the front door of a Santa Ana abortion mill
Awake and Screaming
Woman is rushed to nearby hospital
A woman, who filed a suit against Planned Parenthood in Omaha, USA, alleges that abortionist Meryl Severson so severely botched her abortion that she lost 80% of her total blood volume and required an emergency hysterectomy to save her life.the woman reported to the Lincoln Planned Parenthood office on August 17, 2007, for an abortion in the 8th week of pregnancy. During the suction abortion, she felt a sharp, excruciating pain and asked abortionist Severson to stop. Three employees then held the woman down while he completed the suction process in spite of her pleas.
In the recovery area, a friend who accompanied her to the abortion clinic attempted to help her to the bathroom, but the woman, who was in intense pain and bleeding, passed out and suffered the first of three seizures. The woman was transported by ambulance to the local hospital where doctors treated her for "catastrophic perforation" of the uterus, which would have resulted in her death if treatment had been delayed any longer.
A Newark woman who said she spent a month in a coma after undergoing an abortion at a Bergen County clinic sued the facility and several doctors there yesterday. The lawsuit was filed in in March 2007 in Superior Court in Essex County against Metropolitan Medical Associates, an Englewood clinic that performs thousands of abortions a year. The clinic was ordered closed last Friday by state health officials until it corrects the "immediate and serious" risks.
The closure is only the second time in the last five years that state health regulators have shut down one of New Jersey's more than 600 ambulatory-care facilities on allegations of deficient care.
Rasheedah Dinkins, who is still recovering in a hospital, said she regrets having ended her pregnancy. "I think it's horrible what I had to go through," she said from her hospital bed. In retrospect, she added, "I probably wouldn't have made this choice."
Dinkins said she was told by her mother and personnel at the hospital that she'd actually died in the ambulance on the way there, and was revived en route. She said she regained the ability to speak only on Tuesday. Dinkins, 20, said she felt ill after undergoing the abortion, and had to be rushed to a hospital by ambulance after she passed out at home, her family said. At the hospital, she received blood transfusions and her uterus was removed, Slater said. The attorney also said Dinkins suffered a stroke due to blood loss, and one of her lungs collapsed.
"We expect to get to the bottom of why this incredibly horrible result could have happened from such a simple procedure," said her attorney, Adam Slater. The clinic's Web site says its physicians have a complication rate of less than 1 per 1,000 procedures, calling its staff "the finest in the state of New Jersey."
Gloria Mozas of Cliffside Park is also suing the clinic, contending that doctors there wrongly diagnosed her tubal pregnancy in 2003 and told her she had miscarried when, in fact, she was carrying two live fetuses. She said she was heartened that the state had shut the clinic. "I've been waiting for those doors to be locked for 31/2 years," she said.