's Hope Abortion Clinic
Violates HIPAA Laws
Written by Angela Michael
3:1 "Woe to the city of blood, full of lies, full of plunder, never
On Saturday, July 31st, the
's largest, late-term abortion mill released personal medical
information to the public.
Abortion mills, in particular Hope Clinic, have been exposed for being
unsafe, unsanitary, and unregulated. Now medical information is at risk
inside this 2 million dollar state of the art chop shop.
Not only do women need to worry about their personal safety, but
they also have to worry about clinic staff releasing their personal
medical information. “Jennifer” from
found out Saturday at the Hope Clinic in
that they cannot keep personal medical information private.
After she came out of the Hope Clinic on Saturday morning, a
Clinic escort shouted to people standing on the sidewalk, "She's
not pregnant!" The escort then took “Jennifer's” picture with
her cell phone. We intercepted “Jennifer” as she pulled off the
property to see if we could help her as she was visibly upset after
hearing an escort scream her medical condition to total strangers. She
said, "I'm calling the cops! She took my picture and released my
medical info to you people out here. Why would she do that?"
About fifteen minutes later, Officer M. Maue of the Granite City
Police Department came and questioned “Jennifer” about what
happened. He then gave her his badge number, pointed to Small Victories
director Angela Michael, and said, "These people know me," and
told her to go inside the Clinic and get a form to file a HIPAA report.
Another futile diversion, as Hope Clinic is its own kingdom and polices
itself. They use the local law enforcement as their whipping boys. Deb
Wiehardt, assistant director, was on duty, but the executive director
was called in to do damage control. Sally Burgess said, "None of
our escorts would ever release medical information about any
patient." There were several witnesses to verify that they heard
this statement made by the escort. As a result, “Jennifer” is filing
a complaint with the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. The
HIPAA privacy rule "provides federal protections for personal
health information held by covered entities and gives patients an array
of rights with respect to that information." (www.hhs.gov)
A few years ago, the Hope Clinic was sued for a similar debacle
as an employee was terminated for releasing medical information
concerning a pregnant woman who came for an abortion to her former
Angela and Daniel Michael of Small Victories talked with two
abortion-bound women who saved their babies this day outside of Hope
Clinic. One was eight weeks pregnant and another woman who changed her
mind is coming back this week for an ultrasound.
Small Victories Ministry is a Christian based organization with
the help of their twelve children, and has led the battle to fight
abortion by pioneering the ultrasound movement outside abortion mills.
We are there every day the mill is in operation. We are a "window
to the womb" with a mobile pregnancy outreach equipped with
ultrasound, baby supplies, literature, adoption profiles and
information, lawyers and physician referrals. Over 3,600 babies have
been saved from abortion with 36 of these babies having been adopted.
Currently, we have two babies that were saved from abortion, that are up