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Muskegon abortion clinic violations show need for reasonable regulations

 

Right to Life of Michigan applauds the actions taken by city of Muskegon officials to close Women's Medical Services on December 26, for numerous health and safety violations.

Documents and photos recently released by the city of Muskegon indicate the abortion business owner showed little regard for the health or safety of women. Because the clinic was not licensed and inspected as a freestanding outpatient surgical facility, the public can only speculate how long the clinic was allowed to operate under such deplorable conditions.

According to a letter from the city of Muskegon fire marshal to the clinic owner, his inspection revealed many unsafe conditions, including unsterilized medical equipment, improper disposal of syringes and numerous leaks in the roof. The photos released by the city of Muskegon reveal a general state of filth that is simply unacceptable in any business or medical practice.

House Bill 5711, signed into law two days after the closure of Women's Medical Services, will hold the abortion industry to the same health and safety standards as other medical providers.

Right to Life of Michigan President Barbara Listing said, "Patients’ safety must be put ahead of abortion profits. Women's Medical Services is a prime example of the necessity for these reasonable regulations."

Right to Life of Michigan released a report in March 2012 showing that most of Michigan's abortion clinics are not in compliance with dozens of state laws or regulations. With House Bill 5711 in place, Michigan citizens expect regulators to hold violators like Women's Medical Services accountable to basic health and safety standards.

The Abortion Abuses and State Regulator Agency Failure Report is available for download on Right to Life of Michigan's web site, www.rtl.org. The direct link is: http://media.rtl.org/pdf/legislation/Abortion_Clinic_Abuses_March_2012.pdf

For more information, contact:

Pamela Sherstad 616-532-2300

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