Abortion provider disputes Operation Rescue’s claims of wrongdoing

Posted on: March 1st, 2011 by Patrick Brendel No Comments

On the eve of the Texas House’s scheduled discussion of mandatory pre-abortion sonogram legislation, anti-abortion rights group Operation Rescue is accusing a dozen of the state’s abortion providers of breaking the law.

The operator of some of the targeted clinics disputed OR’s claims saying, “The truth is the Department of State Health Services responded to these allegations immediately with an on site inspection and determined them to be unfounded,” according to a statement from Whole Woman’s Health.

OR is holding a news conference Wednesday morning, after which the group will present the state Attorney General with “hard evidence of violations of both State and Federal laws at each and every facility,” according to OR’s website, located at www.operationrescue.org. (Website contains graphic images.)

Abortion rights supporters contacted by the Texas Independent said they had not seen the material released by OR, but were confident in abortion providers’ adherence to Texas regulations. They said they would be able to comment after reviewing OR’s report.

According to Whole Woman’s Health’s statement, “The simple truth is that these people are determined to take away a woman’s right to choose abortion – by any means necessary.”

The anti-abortion rights group’s accusations are severe, alleging illegal disposal of biomedical waste, illegal disposal of controlled substances, carelessness with patients’ confidential medical information, abuse of Texas’ ‘informed consent’ laws, and ‘a pattern of willingness to help minors evade parental consent laws and ignore the mandatory reporting of child sex abuse,’” according to the group’s website.

The group says it is filing complaints with the Texas Medical Board against the physicians implicated, has already filed a complaint with the Texas State Department of Health, and plans to turn over all of its evidence to the AG Wednesday.

Among other measures, OR is calling for legislation to prohibit referrals of minors seeking abortions to other states, such as New Mexico, that have less strict parental consent laws. The group is also calling for an investigation into the National Abortion Federation, the national professional organization of abortion providers.

NAF could not be reached for comment late Tuesday afternoon.

Here is the press statement on OR’s allegations sent out by Whole Woman’s Health:

Whole Woman’s Health clinics provide high quality, compassionate abortion care for women.

The simple truth is that these people are determined to take away a woman’s right to choose abortion – by any means necessary.

The truth is abortion care in Texas is more highly regulated than most any other medical service. Whole Woman’s Health adheres to Texas laws and regulations. We are in compliance with and inspected annually by local, state and federal agencies as well as our national membership organizations.

The truth is the Department of State Health Services responded to these allegations immediately with an on site inspection and determined them to be unfounded.

“If you remember one thing from all of this”, said CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller, “remember that Whole Woman’s Health clinics offer high quality abortion care. We are respected throughout the State of Texas and nationally as a high quality abortion provider. We are deeply committed to caring for the women of Texas.”

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