by Steven Ertelt
March 19, 2008
Lathrup Village, MI (LifeNews.com) — The owner of the Michigan abortion business caught dumping medical waste, patient records and the bodies of babies who died from abortions may be fined. State and local officials began pouring over the dumpster’s contents earlier this month after a local pro-life group tipped off authorities.
The search originally began at the Womancare abortion businesses in Lathrup Village but concerns eventually came up concerning its Sterling Heights facility.
Alberto Hodari is expected to find out this week whether he will face fines of as much as $2,500 per incident for the potentially illegal dumping at his abortion centers.
Robert McCann, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality would not tell the Detroit Free Press whether Hodari will be fined, but indicated a decision is expected at the end of the week.
Hodari told the newspaper he’s now put biohazard bags in every room at his abortion centers for the proper disposal of medical waste. He also said he’s purchased shredders to use with older patient records that need to be destroyed.
He also claimed he has put in place new rules for employees about the proper destruction of records and disposal of medical waste.
Still, he admitted he found an employee on Tuesday who placed a blood-soaked sponge in a regular trash can.
"It happens," Hodari told the Free Press. "I know it does."
Meanwhile, the newspaper indicated local police are still examining the wrongful disposal of patient records.
Sgt. Vincent Lynch said last week he would likely turn the case over to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office this week because as many as 50 patients could be identified in the records. He also said the records were not old, but were of women who had abortions last month and Hodari could be charged with misdemeanors in the case.
Previously, Hodari blamed his employees for the problems — telling the Detroit News he had a new staff member.
"They had a new employee on Saturday," Hodari said in attempting to explain away the contents.
But Monica Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, the group whose members found the potentially illegal dumping, told the News Hodari is lying.
"That’s a bunch of B.S.," Miller said. "Then that staff member must work at every single one of his clinics" because of problems found at other facilities.
"It’s absolutely despicable," Miller added. "No human being belongs in the trash. What does this say about our culture: that life is trash?"
Miller also found used syringes, ultrasound pictures, used drug vials, used IV bags, bloody medical supplies, and other medical waste when her group examined the dumpsters.
Miller also found used syringes, ultrasound pictures, used drug vials, used IV bags, bloody medical supplies, and other medical waste.
Albert Hodari is the abortion practitioner who had previously killed two women in botched legal abortions and was caught on videotape bragging about lying to patients and families and not washing his hands between surgical abortions.