Detective work from Texas Alliance for Life:
While opponents of HB 2 claim no significant safety problems exist, a review of recent inspection records obtained by Texas Alliance for Life through public information requests gives a different picture: Many abortion facilities are not meeting even current safety standards and are endangering women's health and safety.Read the whole thing, with links to the inspection reports, here.
For example, Whole Woman's Health, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, operates five licensed abortion facilities in Texas (Austin, Beaumont, Forth Worth, McAllen, and San Antonio). In a recent Texas Tribune article published September 15, the CEO of Whole Woman's Health, Amy Hagstrom Miller, described HB 2 this way: "The point of this legislation was to make abortion inaccessible. It wasn't about safety . . . there is no safety problem around abortion in Texas."
Contrary to her claim, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), which regulates abortion facilities, has cited four of the five Whole Woman's Health facilities for violating current safety laws during the last three years, some dozens of times. Many the violations threaten the health and safety of the patients, including lack of sterilization of abortion instruments, lack of an R.N. or L.V.N. on staff, rusty suction machines, and expired and unlabelled medications.
In most cases, the violations have been acknowledged by the administrator of the corresponding abortion facility indicating that Whole Woman's Health is fully aware that they are operating abortion facilities in violation of the law.
"Whole Woman's Health and Planned Parenthood want the public to believe that abortion facilities are safe for women. A rusty suction machine, faulty sterilizing fluid, a faulty sterilization machine, holes in the floor exposing the facility to rodents, expired and unlabeled medication, and absent or poorly trained nursing staff contradict the abortion industry's rhetoric," said Joe Pojman, Ph.D., executive director of Texas Alliance for Life. "No woman should be exposed to such horrendous conditions. Women deserve better."
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