by Steven Ertelt
February 28, 2007
Englewood, NJ (LifeNews.com) — State health officials have closed down one of the largest abortion businesses in the state over multiple health and safety code violations. Metropolitan Medical Associates is one of the biggest abortion facilities in the nation, having done 10,000 abortions last year alone — more than the number of abortions in numerous states.
The Department of Health and Senior Services did not release an exact list of the problems at MMA but said the abortion facility had poor infection control, and did not properly sterilize instruments and equipment.
Health inspectors said the violations at the abortion business pose "immediate and serious risk of harm to patients."
They told the Bergen Record newspaper that MMA will remain closed until it corrects the problems.
A final list of the violations at the abortion center won’t be released to the public until it has had a chance to dispute the findings. Then, the state will issue its final report.
Nathan Rudy, a spokesman for the health department, told the Record that closing down one of the state’s 619 ambulatory-care facilities is rare and that this is only the second occurrence.
"We will rescind the order once the major violations are taken care of and a plan of corrections, approved by the department, is in place," Rudy told the Record. "And we do follow-up inspections to make sure all violations have been abated."
Rudy said MMA was also closed down in 1993 for health and safety issues.
She indicated the state has asked the abortion business to hire two full-time staff members to control infections and serve as an administrative consultant to monitor compliance issues. They must submit weekly reports to the state health department.
The newspaper indicated that health officials began a two day investigation of Metropolitan Medical Associates after emergency room officials at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center treated a woman who came there after a botched abortion.
The hospital said it believed the abortion may have been improperly done.
Metropolitan Medical Associates does the more routine first trimester abortions but also does abortions as late as 24 weeks into pregnancy.
While it is closed, it is referring women to the Women’s Choice abortion center in Hackensack, run by the same owners as MMA. The abortion facility is also telling callers that it will reopen next Tuesday and that it is "closed for renovations."