Thursday, September 13, 2012

Inspection report reveals numerous deficiencies in Virginia abortion clinics

The Family Foundation of Virginia used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the inspection report of Virginia's abortion clinics.

It's not pretty. Including one clinic in which bags of blood and fetal remains were left open in a freezer and spilled on the freezer floor.

This clinic were notified of the inspections beforehand and apparently never thought to clean the blood.

Here's there press release:

An inspection of the Tidewater Women's Health Clinic in Norfolk found:

The freezer which is used to store the collected conception material, had blood and un-bagged conception material frozen to the inner bottom surface. An observation was conducted of the freezer kept in the clean utility room. Staff #3 reported after inspection of the conception material, it was poured into plastic storage bags and the bags are stored in the freezer until the next weekly medical waste pick up. The observation revealed that some of the plastic bags were open and had spilled their contents onto the bottom of the freezer. Approximately three-fourths of the freezer's bottom and shelf was covered with frozen blood and conception material.

An inspection of the A Capital Women's Clinic in Richmond found that the staff doesn't change the MetriWash solution in the sink every time dirty instruments are brought in (instructions for MetriWash say to change the solution every time) and that a sponge used to clean instruments is only changed once per week.

At Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia's clinic in Virginia Beach, the inspector's report states, "Employee #4 was asked how she could tell which of the containers (used to transport/clean instruments) were dirty or clean. Employee #4 stated, ‘I can't. I guess we need to have a different color to put the instruments in once they are clean.'"

Abortion advocates (the same ones who thought inspections were unnecessary) are acting like the numerous deficiencies were no big deal.
“It is not a coincidence that this early data on inspections, which only tells a half story — and a misleading one — is released just two days before the board of Health is to vote on the regulations once again,” the Virginia Coalition to Protect Women’s Health said in a statement.

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