Pro-life watchdog group shutters Florida abortion clinic

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An investigation by a national pro-life watchdog group has led to the closure of an abortion center in Florida that failed to follow standard emergency medical protocols, with reports of patients suffering from heavy bleeding and other serious complications.

Reprotectionthe pro-life group responsible for conducting the investigation that led to the suspension, began the process of attempting to shut down the facility two years ago. On May 20, the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration issued a order to suspend the license of the American Family Planning abortion facility in Pensacola.

The document describes several instances where the clinic failed to follow the law and endangered patient safety.

Earlier this month, a patient had an incomplete second-trimester abortion due to possible uterine rupture and cervical lacerations, according to the order. There is no record of the facility monitoring the woman’s condition or vital signs before or after the procedure, as required by law. Additionally, the document states that she suffered between 250 and 750 milliliters of blood loss, with the exact amount unclear due to a “seven (7) and two (2) numbers written one on the other” on the file.

The woman reportedly sat in the car with her husband after the abortion. Clinic staff then instructed the husband to drive his wife to a hospital in Mobile, Alabama, instead of a closer one. By the time the woman received treatment from a hospital, she had “undetectable blood pressure” and “required mass resuscitation and transfusion”.

In March, another woman undergoing a second-trimester abortion began bleeding, but there is also no record of the facility monitoring her vital signs. She had no pulse by the time she was transferred to the emergency room and was later forced to undergo a hysterectomy.

Last year, a woman who later had an abortion “required uterine perforation repair, colon resection, colostomy, sigmoidectomy and cystoscopy.” The clinic did not report the complication or any of the others to the agency, as required by law.

“The lack of regulation and the unwillingness to enforce basic medical standards in abortion centers creates a hotbed for crummy abortionists,” Missy Martinez-Stone, CEO of Reprotection, told The Christian Post.

“The abortion industry markets itself as ‘We’re for women’s health, we’re for women’s choice,'” she continued. “Yet we go to these facilities and we find out how these abortion facilities harm women and exploit women.”

Reprotection launched its investigation into American family planning after Emerald Coast Coalition for Life informed them two years ago that the facility had lied about a transfer agreement with neighboring Baptist Health Hospital. Martinez-Stone told CP that the American Family Planning Clinic also lied about a transfer deal with another West Florida hospital.

Florida right requires abortion facilities to have a written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital if an abortionist does not have admitting privileges. The agreement outlines the circumstances under which a clinic must make an emergency transfer of a patient to hospital with medical records related to the termination of pregnancy.

The coalition had heard of facility violations from its volunteers outside the clinic and communications with pregnancy resource centers. They contacted Reprotection with the information due to the the story to investigate and shut down unsafe abortion centers.

The CEO of Reprotection said the process of closing abortion centers like American Family Planning is generally to follow state protocols already in place. The group contacts the agency responsible for handling the clinic’s violations and makes a report or files a complaint.

In the case of this Florida abortion facility, Martinez-Stone said Reprotection contacted the AHCA.

“And they were hesitant, they didn’t want to get involved,” the pro-life CEO said. “It was really difficult to get them to move, even when we had first-hand evidence of fraudulent transfer deals. They just didn’t want to touch it because it’s an abortion.”

The monitoring group took the issue up the ladder and went over people’s heads, climbing higher and higher up the chains of command until they caught the attention of officials. of the state, who then pressured the agency to act.

Martinez-Stone’s group is currently conducting about 50 investigations in about 30 states into abortion centers that allegedly violate the law and put women at risk. The pro-life leader argues it is a “national problem”.

“Every time I walk into a new pro-life community and talk to the people who deal with abortion patients – those who counsel, those in pregnancy centers – they can immediately tell me all the ways the abortion center harms women,” she said.

“It’s absolutely not safe. There’s nothing in it that empowers these women. It’s taking advantage of women in vulnerable situations for money.”

Florida isn’t the only state to report cases of abortion facilities that allegedly broke the law and operated relatively unchecked for years.

A glaring example is Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who in 2013 was found responsible for the death of a woman and several children born alive at his unsanitary abortion clinic. The Pennsylvania Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Health did not inspect the abortion clinic for more than 17 years, allowing Gosnell to run its operations unchecked.

A grand jury report detailed what investigators found during a February 18, 2010 drug raid at the clinic. Bloodstained floors and furniture, haphazardly stored fetal remains and filthy gear are just some of the things investigators uncovered during the raid that uncovered Gosnell’s crimes.

The report also revealed that Gosnell made $10,000 to $15,000 a day at his late abortion clinic and made extra money as “one of the best Oxycontin providers in the state.” “.

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