A pro-life group released a report this week detailing health and safety violations at over 200 U.S. abortion facilities from 2008 to 2016.
“Unsafe: How The Public Health Crisis in America’s Abortion Clinics Endangers Women” was released on Wednesday by Americans United for Life (AUL), outlining 227 abortion facilities throughout 32 states that were cited for a collective 1,400-plus violations.
AUL compiled the investigative report in light of this year’s Supreme Court ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which struck down a Texas law requiring that abortion facilities meet the standards of surgical centers.
“The Hellerstedt decision stands [past] precedents on their heads and leaves women subject to the self-serving whims of a profit-driven abortion industry that has essentially been given carte blanche to decide which medical standards it will comply with and which it will not,” wrote author and Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise Burke.
The report tells the stories of ten women who were seriously injured or who lost their lives from botched surgical abortions, including Karnamaya Mongar, who died at the hands of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell after receiving a cheap sedative known to be dangerous; Tony Reeves, who bled to death after a Planned Parenthood abortionist in Chicago lacterated her uterus; and Jennifer Moribelli, who died after amniotic fluid spilled into her bloodstream following a procedure by Maryland abortionist Leroy Cahart.
“Tonya’s death—the result of a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood—left her one year-old son, Alvin, without a mother,” the report outlines. “Planned Parenthood’s agreement to pay $2 million dollars was ‘fair and reasonable’ according to a court order approving the wrongful death settlement.”
The document also notes the over 200 abortion facilities that have been investigated and cited by health officials for unsanitary and unsafe conditions, from failure to follow infection control, to using unlicensed or untrained staff, to generally filthy conditions that jeopardize health.
Included in its list are Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic in College Park, Maryland, which was cited in 2013 and 2015 for “failure to follow infection control policies and ensure a safe and sanitary facility;” Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, Florida, which was cited in 2009 and 2013 for “failure to keep and label injectable medications in a proper and safe manner;” and Alexandria Women’s Health Clinic, which was cited in 2012 and 2013 for repeated violations that included “failure to meet personnel requirements, infection standards, medication standards, equipment requirements and emergency requirements.”
Over 65 abortion facilities on the list were repeat offenders, and because of egregious violations, at least 34 abortionists had their licenses suspended or revoked.
“[A] Virginia abortion clinic was shut down after investigators issued a 52-page deficiency report which included evidence that a staff member assisted in an abortion after unclogging a toilet but before changing scrubs or properly cleaning her hands, that an abortionist saved a blood-smeared surgical gown for future use rather than putting it into the laundry, and that surgical equipment was smeared with ‘foreign material’ and dried yellow and brown ‘splatter,'” the report outlined.
“The reality of abortion practice in American is indisputably at odds with abortion advocates’ repeated assurances that legalized abortion ensures and protects maternal health,” Burke said. “Legal abortion clinics are the ‘back alleys’ that abortion advocates shamelessly invoke whenever anyone challenges their unrestricted and unregulated abortion-on-demand ideology.”