Missouri has just passed a new abortion law that will, among other things, allow for surprise inspections of abortion businesses.
It couldn’t have come at a better time.
During an inspection in May of a Planned Parenthood abortion business in St. Louis, inspectors from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services discovered that employees were violating health standards where hand-washing is concerned and were not reporting abortion complications – as mandated.
Also, the inspection found that the facility, which performs 270 abortions per month, failed to indicate in its bylaws who’s in charge if the administrator is not present. Staff was also seen improperly disinfecting bloody surfaces and apparently couldn’t figure out how to keep their oxygen tanks clean.
Some “lowlights” of the report:
“Based on nationally recognized standards, policy review, record review, observation, and interview, the facility failed to:
- Ensure staff followed current acceptable standards of practice for hand hygiene;
- Transport soiled instrument in a covered, leak-proof container labeled with a bio-hazard label to indicate potentially infectious objects;
- Follow manufacturers’ recommendation for use of germicidal wipes; and
- Ensure a sanitary environment was preserved by providing intact (free of holes) and easily cleanable surfaces (free of rust) that will not harbor bacteria and transmit infections.
Also, a check of the oxygen tanks in the procedure rooms found that they were “soiled and had adhesive residue with dirt stuck on the tanks.” Staff complained that wiping them down just didn’t get them clean.
Inspectors also watched as employees would work with patients with their gloves on, then work on medical records, rub their noses and look at their cell phones, and then fail to wash their hands after removing the gloves.
And since this is Planned Parenthood, where the arrogance is thick, medical director David Eisenberg asked if hand-washing after taking off gloves is a new procedure and wanted to know who came up with it! For future reference, he should know that the regulation comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control in a 2002 policy, “Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health Settings.”
In another show of arrogance, the facility failed to file post-abortion complication reports, as mandated by law. The reason? Administrators don’t really like that law.
From the report:
“The facility had become fully aware of the complication report requirement in the last few months, and had discussed the issue internally, but wanted a clearer definition of complication before they would comply.”
This is outrageous but it’s the kind of thing Planned Parenthood and other abortion profiteers get away with on a regular basis. Thanks to Operation Rescue and St. Louis pro-lifers, we know that at least 65 women have left that Planned Parenthood in ambulances since 2009. But how badly they were injured is not known, because Planned Parenthood considers itself above the law and doesn’t file reports.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and the Legislature deserve kudos for the law that was just enacted. Greitens called lawmakers back into a special session after their summer recess began because he wanted action on abortion.
While the media was reporting on how much the special session cost the state, pro-life politicians were working to ensure that women who make the tragic choice to end the lives of their children don’t end up buried along with them, like two Planned Parenthood patients have in recent years. Cree Erwin died in July 2016 after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, while Tony Reaves died in July 2012 after a Planned Parenthood in Chicago injured her so badly that she bled to death.
The new law in Missouri – passed and signed as Planned Parenthood makes plans to open several new abortion businesses in the state – requires that abortionists themselves counsel women about risks 72 hours before an abortion is performed, allows for unannounced inspections of abortion businesses, and adds protection for whistleblowers who report shoddy or unsafe medical practices to health officials.
The law also requires that ambulances dispatched to abortion businesses must have lights and sirens on. Abortionists frequently request no lights or sirens in the hope that no one will notice that they have hurt another woman.