Texas Abortion Clinic Cited for 13 Violations, “Rusty Suction Machines”

State   Steven Ertelt   Nov 1, 2013   |   12:36PM    Beaumont, TX

As a new Texas pro-life law is upheld that will hold abortion clinics accountable for meeting basic health and safety standards — which is closing 12 abortion clinics today — another abortion facility was given multiple violations by the Texas health department.

Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont, which is not one of the 12 abortion clinics closing today and is the only abortion facility in this southeast Teas city, has been flagged on 13 violations by the Texas Department of Health.

According to a local news report:

The October 3 inspection at Whole Woman’s Health of Beaumont turned up potential health issues.

The report says the facility failed to provide a safe environment for patients and staff.  The suction machines which were used on patients had numerous rusty spots which, “had the likelihood to cause infection.”

The report also says, “the facility failed to have the EKG monitoring equipment ready if an emergency situation occurred…”

Fatima Gifford, the spokeswoman for Whole Woman’s Health, said Tuesday that at this time, the clinic did not have a comment, but said the staff is looking into the allegations in order to prepare a response to the Texas Department of Health. She says the clinic’s goal is to provide safe, compassionate abortion care, and they take these matters seriously.

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She went on to say that management does not believe this is anything suspicious or political on the part of the Texas Department of Health Services.  Her response was in light of Monday’s judge’s ruling which granted an injunction on a law that would have made abortions more restrictive in Texas

Click here to see a copy of the report

LifeNews previously issued a longer report on other violations found at the Whole Woman’s Health abortion chain.