ABORTION, Unregulated, Unsafe, and
Illinois abortion facilities make former Iraqi torture rooms
look like a “spa”.
June 17, 2011
Is anyone surprised? Fortunately, the Chicago
Tribune wrote this investigative piece below that is a long time
overdue. Now, are the Health Department and its regulators going to do
their job protecting women by investigating these slaughterhouses? Our
19 year ministry has reported and documented this travesty for years
outside the Midwest’s largest, late-term abortion mill: Hope Clinic,
in Granite City, Illinois where no parental consent is necessary and
they specialize in late-term terminations. How many women need to be
brought butchered and maimed to emergency rooms where the ‘code of
silence’ continues? Read through articles on our website confirming
the reality that back alley abortion has not ended…it just costs more
and the abortionist comes through the front door. The marquee outside
the Hope abortion mill should read: “Kill Your Baby At Your Own
Risk.” ~Angela Michael
Hope Clinic Taken to the Cleaners July 2007
Granite City’s Little House of Horrors March 2008
Granite City's Slaughterhouse Sued Again! May 2008
Woman Found in Pool of Blood July 2008
DO YOU CARE? Hope Clinic Slaughterhouse Butchers Arkansas Girl January
Another Young Girl Butchered in the City of Slaughter February
Granite City ’s Baby-Butcher Hit with
Two More Lawsuits August 2009
abortion records full of gaps
procedures not reported to health department
Twohey, Tribune reporter
3:24 PM CDT, June 16,
Health care providers
are failing to detail abortion complications to the state as required by
law, one of many gaps in a surveillance system viewed as crucial to
protecting patients, a Tribune review has found.
state's system for tracking abortions is so broken that regulators also
may be missing more than 7,000 of the procedures per year.
Illinois Department of Public Health must collect details about every
abortion performed in the state, including whether the patient is
injured or dies.
mandatory reporting is essential for tracking trends in public health
and can provide a window into quality of care. While abortion has proven
to be a very safe procedure, heightened rates of complications or
clusters of deaths could signal problems with particular providers.
people are looking at reports and seeing excessive complications, that
might warrant another look or another inspection," said Vicki
Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, an association
there are significant holes in state monitoring of a procedure that
affects tens of thousands of Illinois women each year. Nationally,
current rates suggest that nearly 1 in 3 women will have an abortion,
according to research published in the medical journal Obstetrics &
have documented between 7,000 and 17,000 fewer abortions a year than a
national research group found in Illinois.
•This reporting is
the only tool Illinois authorities have to monitor some abortion
providers, yet regulators may be allowing doctors and clinics to operate
off the books. Regulators collect reports from 26 providers, but the
abortion rights research group has identified 37 providers doing
business in the state.
•Also unknown to
officials are the types of abortion-related problems experienced by
women. Nearly 4,000 reports of abortion complications involving Illinois
residents in 2009 were missing the required description.
providers who intentionally fail to submit accurate and complete reports
are committing a criminal act, and a failure to report abortion
complications is grounds for revoking their licenses, but the Department
of Public Health has never sought disciplinary action against a
Kelly Jakubek, an
agency spokeswoman, said in a written response that it was the
responsibility of abortion doctors to ensure they comply with the
mandatory reporting requirement.
respond to the reports in any way, she said, because they view the
information as serving statistical purposes only.
outrageous," declared Maurice Stevenson, whose wife died in 2002
from infection following an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in
Chicago. "These procedures, complications and deaths should be
Critics contend that
accurate government accounting is essential, especially with a
politically charged issue such as abortion in which both sides push
information to further their agendas.
A review of malpractice
cases revealed other abortion-related complications in Illinois — with
no way of knowing whether they were reported to the state.
For example, in 2002,
after an area woman's uterus was torn in an abortion she began
hemorrhaging, went into cardiac shock and was hospitalized for three
weeks. Several years later, a mother of three experienced seizure
symptoms and slipped into a coma following her abortion at a city
clinic. And in 2009, a teenage girl suffered respiratory and cardiac
arrest and died immediately following her abortion in a northern suburb,
according to court records.
The state Legislature
included mandatory reporting in the 1975 Illinois Abortion Law, a
compilation of guidelines enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court decision
in Roe v. Wade.
succeeded in stripping away many of the law's other requirements, but a
1993 legal settlement between providers and the state retained mandatory
reporting "to better protect the health of women undergoing these
Why does the
reports are "very important from both a demographic and public
health viewpoint," according to the federal Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, which surveys abortion data collected by the
In addition to
illuminating trends in unplanned pregnancies and documenting access to
abortion, the reports have helped to reveal that certain procedures
carry higher risks of complications and that dangers increase
exponentially as the pregnancy progresses.
In Illinois, reporting
also provides an opportunity to monitor all doctors who perform
abortions. Not all abortion providers are licensed as such. The
Department of Public Health has licensed 14 providers as ambulatory
surgical treatment or pregnancy termination specialty centers.
But licensing is
different in other settings where abortions are performed, including at
clinics where surgeries account for less than 50 percent of their
business and at private physicians offices.
It is unclear which
providers are making reports.
The New York-based
Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research organization, conducts
its own accounting across the country. Its information is widely viewed
as more accurate than what is collected by state regulators because the
organization makes extensive efforts to identify abortion doctors and
follow up with them.
was Guttmacher that located 37 providers in Illinois in
2008, and it is Guttmacher that has consistently counted thousands more
abortions per year than the number recorded by state regulators.
A Tribune examination
of the reporting data collected by the state revealed missing
Providers often did not
specify, as required, whether a complication was a tear of the uterus or
another specific problem.
In certain medical
malpractice cases reviewed by the Tribune, women said they were never
informed by their provider that the abortion was unsuccessful and later
underwent challenging pregnancies, painful deliveries and other
anesthesia-related problems, hemorrhaging and infections, according to
The federal government
also identified gaps in Illinois' abortion surveillance system, saying
that more than 15 percent of reports in 2007 did not specify how far
along pregnancies were and what type of procedure was used.
Jakubek said the
numbers of abortion providers documented by Illinois regulators and
Guttmacher are different because they use different counting methods.
The research organization's tally includes hospitals, clinics and
physicians' offices. Jakubek said the 26 providers identified by state
regulators "only includes facilities," but declined to
elaborate on her definition of facility.
The problem of
underreporting isn't limited to abortion, said John Lumpkin, who
left the Department of Public Health in 2003 after serving as director
for 12 years. But the agency lacks the funds to address it, he said.
"Whether it's flu,
food poisoning or pregnancy termination, we knew there was
underreporting going on," said Lumpkin, who now directs the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Care Group. "The health department
doesn't have the resources to follow up with every doctor's office that
is reporting food poisoning or flu, nor did it have resources to follow
up with every provider of pregnancy termination."
Stanley Henshaw, a
Guttmacher researcher, has explored abortion reporting problems and
"lax enforcement" across the country.
Some providers feared
that reports would fall into the hands of anti-abortion protesters or
competitors, even though breaches of confidentiality are rare.
theorizes it is the shoddiest operators who are not reporting the
abortions they perform. Either they refuse to comply or are so off the
radar they are unaware of the requirement.
"I think it's only
a problem with the worst providers," said Henshaw, who has
recommended audits of state abortion reports, a process that would
involve verifying who all the providers are.
As safe as abortion is,
dangerous providers do exist, made evident by the murder charges filed
this year against a Philadelphia abortion doctor whom prosecutors
accused of operating a "house of horrors."
identified by the Tribune refused to discuss reporting.
Others, such as Planned
Parenthood and Family Planning Associates, said they were diligent about
complying and concerned if others were not.
"It is useful
public health information. … We'd hope all providers would
comply," said Carole Brite, president of Planned Parenthood of
At the same time,
Planned Parenthood could not confirm for the Tribune whether it had
reported the 2002 death of Stevenson's wife, only that it had reported
the 2008 death of another patient. The organization said it had no
reason to believe the 2002 death was not reported but that the records
were in storage.
And Family Planning
Associates said it could not confirm whether it had reported three
deaths, in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
A woman who identified
herself as a manager of the Women's Aid Clinic of Lincolnwood would not
comment on a 2009 death.
The Tribune identified
these deaths as part of its review of malpractice suits.
Providers are required
to report all abortion-related deaths to the state, not just those in
which the death was directly caused by abortion or those involving
wrongdoing on the part of health care workers.
In states with more
complete reporting, officials have taken active steps to identify
providers and follow up with them.
In Minnesota, doctors
are informed of the reporting requirement when they are licensed. And
state officials send annual reminders to every physician and press those
who submit incomplete forms, said Carol Hajicek of the Minnesota
Department of Health, which sends a lengthy report on abortion data to
the Legislature each year.
"We think we're
getting them all," Hajicek said.
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