Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Senate subcommittee will hear testimony on abortion clinic abuses report

The Right to Life of Michigan Abortion Abuses and State Regulator Agency Failure report has prompted the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Licensing & Regulatory Affairs to schedule a hearing. Right to Life of Michigan Legislative Director Ed Rivet will testify on Thursday, March 15, regarding the documented abuses at Michigan abortion clinics.

The 52-page report notes that most of Michigan's abortion clinics are not in compliance with dozens of state laws or regulations. The report also cites a vital need for oversight and enforcement on the part of Michigan agencies charged with holding health providers and facilities to account.

There is a history of abortion clinic abuses including:

  • violation of bio-hazard waste disposal and medical record privacy laws
  • negligent operative and post-operative practices that have resulted in patient injury and death
  • refusal to release medical records for patient use and patient follow-up care
  • failure to report abortion complications to the state
  • violation of state controlled substance regulations for drug storage and administration
  • failure to ensure sterile, sanitary surgical equipment and sterile operative environment
  • violation of informed consent for abortion law
  • performance of abortions past the point of viability without documentation of maternal health reason