Birmingham abortuary: Past due for closure

Friday, February 17, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Sorry, we're closedAlabama pro-life citizens have some suggestions for state health officials on how to handle a Birmingham abortion facility which routinely violates numerous aspects of the law.

The Alabama Department of Health inspected Birmingham Planned Parenthood and issued a report: 15 pages of documented violations of standard health and safety requirements.

Pastor Terry Gensemer of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life said during a press conference that the state bans abortions at 20 weeks, yet the abortuary didn't use technology to determine the infants' age prior to abortions.

"So, since they're not doing any ultrasounds, and they're not reporting the gestational age and viability of the child, then how do we know that they're not aborting late-term babies there?" he asks.

The state also determined potentially deadly practices, which could result in bacteria being spread to other patients.

Gensemer

"They're not properly sterilizing their instruments, not washing and cleaning their hands after procedures," Gensemer tells OneNewsNow.

In addition, after an abortion patient was able to leave, the recovery room chairs in which they were seated were not cleaned before a new patient was seated in them.

In 2010, the same facility had been placed on probation for a year for failing to report abortions done on pregnant minors, as required by law. Then in 2014, "this clinic was shut down for nine months because their employees were selling drugs from in front of the property," Gensemer says.

With the current list of deficiencies combined with the abortuary's past history, Gensemer believes it's time for the clinic to be shuttered permanently.

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