A prominent pro-life group argues there's a serious need for reform within the abortion industry, citing as examples some questionable activities at abortion facilities – and by abortionists themselves – in a couple of states.
West Alabama Women's Center in Tuscaloosa was subjected to four onsite inspections by the Alabama Department of Health after 29-year-old April Lowery lost her life post-abortion. She had suffered a perforated uterus and other injuries. Operation Rescue's Cheryl Sullenger explains inspectors found "a lot of rusty surgical instruments" when they went to the clinic.
"… [And] nobody seemed to know how to properly sterilize [them] – nobody knew how to work the autoclave machine," she tells One News Now. "There was contamination pretty much everywhere. There were major infection-control issues."
The clinic also has had problems retaining an abortionist licensed by the state, including the current one. "Her name is Leah Torres," Sullenger explains. "She has had a lot of problems elsewhere, and we believe that that's really bad news for women and their unborn babies."
"The medical board was able to determine that she had lied repeatedly on her medical license application, so they denied it," the pro-lifer continues. "She worked for a little while kind of as a consultant, and then just a couple of weeks ago she was able to get licensed."
Sullenger tells One News Now it's a wonder the Tuscaloosa clinic has clients, given the clinic's track record of failed inspections and licensing problems for its abortionist.
Her group cites another example: abortionist Ronald Blatt, owner of Eastside Gynecology in New York City. According to the pro-life activist, one of Blatt's abortion patients – 30-year-old Cynthia Quintana-Morales – last May was given an anesthetic drug called Brevital.
"It was a drug that actually slowed down the activity in the brain and the nervous system and something went wrong. She did not wake up," Sullenger describes. "They sent her to the hospital and she died a few days later from cardio-respiratory arrest as a result of a lack of oxygen to the brain."
The woman's grieving husband filed a malpractice/wrongful death lawsuit and settled out of court for $1.25 million. But Sullenger points out that only five months later Blatt was involved in another abortion that Operation Rescue says was botched; that woman filed suit based on an allegation of unskilled and negligent staff.
"There's no indication," Sullenger shares, "that the medical board took any action against him even though he was responsible for this woman's death – and there's no indication on his medical license profile online that he ever had any lawsuit [filed] against him."
Without that information made public, she concludes, people continued to go to his abortion mill unaware of previous problems.
Operation Rescue contends these events show a serious need for reform, not just in Alabama and New York, but nationwide. The pro-life organization posts records on abortionists and their clinics online.