Health Department Curiously Absent from Abortion Clinics

Those inspected had health violations that posed "immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."

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From the Press of Atlantic City comes a story that could probably have been reported in any number of states - despite a law requiring inspections of all medical clinics once every two years, records revealed that the New Jersey Department of Health had inspected only one of the state's six abortion clinics in the last two years. At least one of the clinics had not been inspected in seven years:

Health officials inspected only one of the state's six licensed abortion clinics in the past two years - despite a requirement that they be investigated every other year - before complaints eventually brought inspectors to two of the clinics, a Press investigation has revealed. Those two clinics were then closed immediately due to health violations that posed "immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."
The investigations of the Alternatives clinic in Atlantic City and Metropolitan Medical Associates in Englewood, Bergen County, marked the first time those clinics had been inspected in six and five years, respectively.

More below...

The article notes that New Jersey health officials are having problems getting to all health facilities, but also notes that violations at abortion clinics are especially problematic:

The abrupt closing of the Atlantic City clinic at the end of June exposed locally the potential dangers women face at such unmonitored facilities. But a statewide records request by The Press of Atlantic City shows the problem extends throughout the state. Inspections are sporadic at best and, when they do occur, discovering serious violations is common.

Inspections remain overdue for the three other abortion centers - by as much as seven years in the case of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County. The last inspection reports for all six clinics recorded violations.

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Contrary to the division's confidentiality policy, the techniques implemented by inspectors with the Health Department are on display in their public reports, and are clearly thorough. The violations outlined in the six most recent abortion clinic reports are equally extensive.

Although Pilgrim Medical Center in Montclair was the only abortion clinic whose routine inspections were up to date, several state violations were found in 2005. These included providing unspecified medical services without a license and lacking an oxygen supply to patients in one operating room.

Patients' dried blood and blood residue were common discoveries in some of the state's licensed abortion clinics, including the Montclair clinic, where investigators revealed that the base of the clinic's operating tables were "soiled and caked with dried blood" and the floors below the tables were "soiled and stained with blood residue."

Inspectors found dried blood under the leg pads on procedure tables at Atlantic City's Alternatives in June and forceps encrusted in "brownish blood-like residues" at Metropolitan Medical Associates in February.

How does at least one of the clinics respond to these damning findings?

"Abortions aren't really surgery, they aren't sterile procedures," an Alternatives employee told inspectors after being questioned about infection control.

Well. Whatever one feels about the medical and scientific accuracy of the above statement, I feel certain that any establishment that attempted to serve a cheeseburger - also not a sterile procedure - in conditions like those described above would be promptly shut down, perhaps indefinitely. And, this is yet further evidence that abortion is *not* "just another medical procedure," performed by doctors who have the best interests of their patients at heart. I suppose, however, that when a clinic deals in death rather than life, these sorts of things are to be expected.

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Those two clinics were then closed immediately due to health violations that posed "immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."

Are they talking about the mother or the child they're about to kill. If it weren't so horrific, it would be funny.

procedure, what in the heck is it then?

That has got to be one of the worst excuses I have heard.

I also can't help but wonder what happens to that "safe abortions" argument, when the clinics providing abortions can't be bothered to clean up the blood from previous patients and argue that what they are doing isn't a sterile procedure.

Just a deceptive marketing phrase.
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"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

coat hanger? If dry cleaners can afford them, I think PP should be able to.

Envisioning when all that is Left is the Right.

I'm sure Manhattan Mini-Storage would be proud to pitch in:

http://wcbstv.com/local/local_story_227221809.html

There is an alarming lack of COMMON SENSE among the abortion hyping crowd. Apparently they think we are all stupid.

"I'm just beginning...The pen's in my hand...Ending unplanned"

My dog also probably thinks I'm stupid because I don't just poop on the ground whenever and where ever I want.

Envisioning when all that is Left is the Right.

NJ has many more than 6 abortion mills. They have around 50. They have too many for inspectors to keep up with. They are so easy to open and operate there, and ring in so much profit that no one can resist. That is why they have the fourth highest number in the nation. Florida, who has the third most, has a history of similar problems.

The abortion lobby has convinced legislators and even some judges that regulation of abortion facilities amounts to an "undue burden." They got through to Kansas's governor, who vetoed safety regulations last year. The cockroaches were out there supporting her campaign. I'm sure most of you read about the state representative who was charged with assualting one of them.

None of the good doctors who care about patient safety would dare dream of doing an abortion outside a hospital emergency room. Abortion centers shield themselves enough that these types of things often don't get revealed or reported. I'm willing to bet this is not at all uncommon for an abortion facility.

That the private clinics are not under consideration, and are not monitored by the Dept of Health.

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This kind of liberty is, indeed, but another name for justice; ascertained by wise laws, and secured by well-constructed institutions.

-Edmund Burke

Even private hospitals and clinics have to have some sort of license and inspection. Planned Parenthood is one of the clinics mentioned, and that is a "non-profit," private organization.

Here in PA, NJ abortion clinics advertise "no parental notification." PA has such a requirement (or judicial bypass), but the NJ Supreme Court has ruled that abortion without parental notification is part of a minor's privacy right, under the state constitution. That brings in business from PA.

I wonder whose blood was scraped up off the floor and instruments. Bet some had a Y chromosome.

I'm just telling you what the article says. Apparently, there are about 20-something clinics that are inspected by the "Division of Consumer Affairs" which represents the "Board of Medical Examiners," *but*:

1. You can't get records from their investigations, and
2. They're not required to make them in any given time frame anyway.

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This kind of liberty is, indeed, but another name for justice; ascertained by wise laws, and secured by well-constructed institutions.

-Edmund Burke

It is of course bad news when any medical facility is found not to meet health standards. New Jersey should allocate sufficient resources to enable the timely inspection of all health care facilities. Alas, if R. v. W. is ever overturned, the demand for abortions would be met by unqualified providers, in settings that are never inspected.

" Alas, if R. v. W. is ever overturned, the demand for abortions would be met by unqualified providers, in settings that are never inspected."

"Abortions aren't really surgery, they aren't sterile procedures," an Alternatives employee told inspectors after being questioned about infection control.

...from above. Since such is the attitude of qualified providers, your express concern is a distinction without a difference.

--furious

"I find your lack of faith disturbing." -- Darth Vader

a threat to the mother's life or just to her health?

keepin abortion legal, safe, and rare profitable

And now that Missouri has established some safety regulations, what does Planned Barrenhood do?

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Aug/20070818News009.asp

Heaven forbid they should spend $2 million to upgrade. But why should it be a surprise seeing how they make a living off of killing others anyway.

 
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