Thursday, October 24, 2013

Changes coming to state agency which polices doctors after abortionist not investigated

WOODTV 8 has video from a recent state Senate subcommittee hearing regarding proposed legislation to prevent conflicts of interests when complaints are filed against doctors.  Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and Senator Rick Jones put the legislation together after it was revealed that abortionist Robert Alexander wasn't investigated after a complaint was filed against him.

The hearing was prompted by Target 8's investigation into Dr. Robert Alexander, who ran an abortion clinic in Muskegon until the city shut it down late last year over unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

"Blood on the floors, blood on the walls, rusty equipment, like a scene from a horror movie," Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) told the subcommittee.

Alexander had faced complaints in 2009 of botched abortions at his clinic that allegedly put women's lives at risk.

"It's not just that this was an abortion clinic," Jones said. "It could have been plastic surgery."

Target 8 revealed that the chairman of the state Board of Medicine -- Dr. George Shade -- had single-handedly blocked an investigation into the complaints.

"He had numerous allegations against him made by another doctor, but when these went up to the board, just one doctor could tear up the complaints," Jones said. "It didn't get a review of the full board."