Abortion Practitioner Alberto Hodari’s Livonia, Michigan Abortion Center Closed
by Steven Ertelt
February 9, 2010
Livonia, MI (LifeNews.com) — Embattled abortion practitioner Alberto Hodari has at least temporarily closed his abortion center in Livonia, Michigan. Hodari is the abortion business owner who has been disciplined by the state, faces multiple lawsuits, and has killed at least three women in botched abortions.
Local pro-life advocate Lynn Mills notified LifeNews.com over the weekend that it appeared the abortion center had closed.
"They have been for a month. There were not enough patients to keep it opened," she said.
Mills says the Livonia abortion facility is the one owner by abortion practitioner Julio Acosta "ho had his own set of troubles and ended up taking off for Walnut Creek, California back in the late 80’s."
"In steps Hodari who had at that time been financially hurt when the Medicaid ban took effect," Mills told LifeNews.com. "Most of his abortion mills were carefully placed in low income sites and hospitals that would allow this, especially in Detroit."
Mills says Hodari’s abortion practice is a shadow of its former self thanks to the state ban on Medicaid-funded abortions.
"The proposal to ban Medicaid funded abortions was supported by a majority of Michigan voters on November 8, 1988. The ban begins December 12, 1988. Before the ban, it was estimated the state paid $6 million per year for 18,500 abortions," Mills explained.
"According to my stats, Medicaid covered about half of the abortions in Michigan," she continued. "Half of those women still found a way to get their abortions. So this law/ban effectively cut the abortion rate in Michigan by 25%. Hodari was hurt."
Mills is not surprised that the location is closed, even if temporarily.
"Over the past five years it has been hit and miss for this location," she explained. "They have tried to say several times that it was closed for remodeling, when clearly through the pictures put up by the Red Carpet Elite Real Estate folks, it has never been done."
Mills tells LifeNews.com the Livonia abortion center could be up for sale in the same manner as other Hodari abortion businesses as he faces lawsuits and a state investigation over potential forced abortions.
"It looks like Hodari is calling in his team to not put any more effort into this location. They are under the orders to keep a tally on how many calls they get as to whether the ever reopen," Mills says.
Fortunately, Mills says Hodari has gone from owning 13 abortion centers in the 1980s down to five now — a number which keeps declining.
Mills also spoke with Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger who got pictures from her showing exposed wiring at the abortion center that Mills reported to local officials as a fire hazard.
Operation Rescue has also looked into the abortion center and its investigators called the abortion center Tuesday, where a woman answering the phones said that the building was being remodeled and was set to reopen in April.
"We’ll be surprised if either story is actually true," Operation Rescue President Troy Newman told LifeNews.com. "Obviously the receptionist hasn’t got her stories straight yet. Abortionists hate to admit it when an abortion clinic closes. It is more likely that this closure is a permanent one."
The abortion center remains on the market with an asking price of $199,900.
"I’m just guessing that this price is negotiable," said Newman.
Hodari is facing yet another lawsuit related to a woman who suffered a botched abortion at one of his Detroit-area abortion centers. The lawsuit filed last week sues Hodari for negligence and incompetence.
The suit says he subjected a woman to an unnecessary abortion procedure after failing to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy.
This lawsuit follows on the heels of notification that Hodari is officially under investigation by the Michigan Bureau of Health Profession for his involvement in forcing a woman to have an abortion.
According to information Operation Rescue provided to LifeNews.com, Marcia Lanqua, 33, went to Hodaris Womancare of Southfield abortion clinic on May 6, 2009, for an abortion.
Last year, Hodari put his abortion clinics up for sale along with his classic car collection and hastily filed for a divorce.
Hodari has a troubled history as an abortion practitioner that has seen him kill three young woman in botched abortions and he faces accusations from another that he forced her to have an abortion.
Caitlin Bruce, a 20-year-old woman, says Hodari and a staffer held her down and completed an abortion on her even though she changed her mind while on the table and voiced her objections.
Tom Pabst, the attorney for Bruce, has filed both a civil lawsuit and papers with the County Prosecutor David Leyton hoping for criminal charges.
After learning of the incident, Operation Rescue filed an official complaint with state officials.
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