Alabama Abortion Business Investigated over Aborting ‘Viable’ Babies, Expired Equipment, Hospitalizing a Patient

Alabama Department of Public Health has detailed how an Alabama abortion facility sent a patient to the hospital, failed to document whether 16 unborn children were viable before aborting them, and possessed expired medical equipment. The patient was transferred from the West Alabama Women’s Center to a hospital in respiratory distress in August 2015, according to a deficiency report detailing the facility’s lack of compliance with health regulations. Contradicting protocol, sixteen out of 22 records that inspectors examined didn’t list whether the unborn child aborted was viable. According to the ADPH report, protocol dictates that, “If the physician determines that the fetus is viable, the pregnancy shall not be terminated at the abortion or reproductive health center except when an immediate abortion is necessary to preserve the life or physical health of the mother.” In addition to not recording whether 16 unborn children were viable before aborting them, the West Alabama Women’s Center also failed to document: Results from a patient’s lab/ultrasound work The size of a suction cannula that was used in abortion Whether an unborn child was aspirated out of his or her mother’s womb manually or electronically A patient’s estimated blood loss from a surgical abortion and whether the child who was aborted “appeared normal or abnormal” The fetal age of an unborn child, the condition of the mother following the abortion, if the “products of conception was [sic] normal for the gestational age,” and “if the patient requested to see the products of conception and if pregnancy tissue was seen.” According to the deficiency report, inspectors found 15 cannulas, 16 currettes, 46 disposable rigid curettes,...

A Five-Month Abortion Limit Would Protect Women’s Health

Women’s risk for death, breast cancer, hemorrhage, and other maladies as a consequence of abortion increases at 20 weeks pregnancy and following. Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion for any reason, at any time of pregnancy, in 1973, there have been repeated incidents of late-term abortions and live-birth abortions. Before late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia in May 2013, a long line of late-term abortionists—including Joseph Melnick, Raymond Showery, Abu Hayat, Jesse Floyd, and Kenneth Edelin—were prosecuted for killing babies born alive after abortion. Public opinion has consistently found these incidents abhorrent for obvious reasons. Even a Huffington Post poll found majority support for a five-month limit to abortions. The Supreme Court justices thrust America into this unfortunate situation by arbitrarily legalizing abortion up to viability (and beyond) in 1973. The court’s national edict has isolated the United States as one of only four nations (including China, North Korea, and Canada) that allows abortion for any reason after fetal viability up to nine months. The Supreme Court Ignored Medical Recommendations As I found in the justices’ papers, and described at length in “Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade,” the justices had no evidentiary record by which to assess viability in the Roe v. Wade or Doe v. Bolton cases—no trials, no evidence, no medical data, no expert witnesses. No medical organization urged the justices to expand the abortion “right” as far as viability. The justices ignored common medical practice at the time that set 20 weeks as the line between an abortion and an early delivery. The justices and lawyers never addressed viability...

Is Coercion of Women Acceptable

Is Coercion of Women Acceptable ? Sixty-four percent of post-abortive women surveyed indicated they felt coerced to abort, having no choice but to comply with the wishes of others. The #1 cause of death among pregnant women is homicide. Pregnant black women are seven times more likely to be murdered than pregnant white women. Often times the woman's refusal to abort precipitates the crime. When women are threatened to abort, up to 80 percent feel guilt, regret, loss and depression afterward, especially if the coercion violated their conscience. They subsequently have shorter relationships, more divorces, live in poverty, repeat abortions, experience substance abuse and many more risk factors. Studies indicate that there is a correlation between domestic violence and repeat abortions. [3Dec2006, LifeNews.com, "MI Anti-Coercion...

FDA Approves Plan B for Over-the-Counter Sales: Winners and Losers (9/06)

On August 23 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved over-the-counter (OTC) sale of the “emergency contraceptive” Plan B for men and women 18 and older. Under a novel distribution scheme (one that is arguably outside FDA authority), girls under 18 will continue to need a prescription for Plan B. Or will they? There’s nothing to prevent an older boyfriend of the minor girl, or older sister, brother or friend of the underage couple from buying Plan B for them. So much for ensuring medical supervision of minors’ use of Plan B. Access under the unusual scheme may end up backfiring. At $25-40 a packet, many women will still choose to get a doctor’s prescription for Plan B rather than buying it over-the-counter, to have their insurance cover the cost. Teens, on the other hand, may be more likely than adults to buy Plan B over-the-counter through an adult to avoid creating an insurance record. One can even get a prescription online, based on an “assessment” that requires guessing the correct Yes or No answers to a series of questions even teens can figure out easily. Example: “Do you want to become pregnant?” “Have you ever had a heart attack?” “Do you have valvular heart disease complicated by pulmonary hypertension, atrial fibrillation, or a history of subacute bacterial endocarditis?” (Note: You don’t have to understand the question. Just answer “No.”) The only hurdle to obtaining Plan B is not very high: Plan B will not be sold (for now) in gas stations and convenience stores. This means consumers will be able to buy it at only about 100,000 places...

FDA and RU-486: Lowering the Standard for Women's Health (Testimony,10/06)

US House of Representatives Government Reform Committee October 2006 The FDA and RU-486: Lowering the Standard for Women's Health http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house07ch109.html http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgidbname=109_house_hearings&docid=f:31397.pdf http://reform.house.gov/UploadedFiles/RU-486%20Final%20Report%20PDF%20Version.pdf The report on FDA and RU-486 can be found by going to http://reform.house.gov and clicking on "Reports" on the top of the page.   http://reform.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Hausknecht%20DANCO%20October%2027,%202006%20Response.pdf Responses to Questions for the Record by Richard Hausknecht, MD, Medical Director, DANCO Laboratories (pdf) Serial No. 109-202 — RU-486: Demonstrating a Low Standard for Women's Health? – TEXT 183K | PDF 30M http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_house_hearings&docid=f:31397.wais Excerpts:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2006                   House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and                                    Human Resources,                             Committee on Government Reform,                                                     Washington, DC.     The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 2:04 p.m., in room 2203, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Mark E. Souder (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.     Present: Representatives Souder, Schmidt, Shays, Cummings, Davis, Watson, Ruppersberger, Norton, and Waxman.     Staff present: Marc Wheat, staff director and chief counsel; Michelle Gress, professional staff member and counsel; Malia Holst, clerk; Karen Lightfoot, minority senior policy advisor and communications director; Sarah Despres, Tony Haywood, Kimberly Trinca, Naomi Seiler, minority counsels; Richard Butcher, minority professional staff member; and Teresa Coufal, minority assistant clerk.     Mr. Souder. The subcommittee will come to order. We are here today because there is a drug on the market associated with the deaths of at least 8 women, 9 life-threatening incidents, 232 hospitalizations, 116 blood transfusions, and 88 cases of infection. There are more than 950 adverse event cases associated with RU-486 out of only 575,000 prescriptions, at most. Adverse events are typically under-reported, since they are offered voluntarily...