Pro-Life Group Wants More Action on Fetal Remains, Records Found in Dumpster

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 25, 2010   |   8:01PM   |   Lansing, MI

A pro-life group that discovered the bodies of unborn children killed in abortions and patient records outside Lansing and Detroit-area abortion centers is pressing for more action against the abortion centers responsible.

Members of the Citizens for Pro-Life Society organization discovered the allegedly illegal dumping of fetal remains in dumpsters outside the Womans Choice abortion clinics in Lansing and Saginaw.

They also found patient documents including the names of women who obtained abortions at the facilities and bloody instruments.

The group is planning a press conference for Wednesday to call on state legislators and state officials to launch an investigation into the abortion industry in Michigan to probe the problems.

“This press conference will reveal through photographs and copies of redacted patient documents, scandalous and unethical practices of the Womans Choice clinics, and the disturbing fact that the clinic knowingly threw aborted fetal remains into the trash, as well records bearing patient names,” the group said in a statement.

Citizens for Pro-Life Society says the dumping of bodies, records and instruments is “contrary to Michigan and federal law” and constitutes a “violation of patient confidentiality.”

The group has done some digging on its own and alleges the Woman Care abortion clinics are illegally incorporated in the state of Michigan “in violation of rules that govern the incorporation of medical facilities to ensure patient safety and physician accountability.”

State Representative Rick Jones will present legislation introduced in the Michigan State legislature at the press conference. He is expected to talk about how his bill will “bring an end to illegal and unethical abortion clinic practices—particularly the grisly disposal of the remains of aborted babies in clinic trash.”

On Friday, the Michigan Attorney General, and the Eaton County and Saginaw County Sheriff Departments completed a seven month-long investigation of the Woman Care abortion clinics owned by Florida resident Richard Remund.

The investigation was prompted by the February 26, 2010 discovery of the bodies of 17 aborted babies in a trash dumpster.

The discovery was made by pro-life activist Chris Veneklase after he observed clinic staff, over a series of weeks, tossing large black bags into the commercial dumpster that services the business park where Womans Choice is located. Veneklase became suspicious that the clinic was getting rid of bio-hazardous material. A bio-waste disposal van was never seen serving the facility where abortions are conducted through the 24th week of gestation.

Veneklase immediately contacted Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society who then joined Veneklase in subsequent searches of the Womans Choice dumpster. Miller also organized searches of the dumpster used by Womans Choice sister clinic in Saginaw. These searches continued through March 2010.

Veneklase and Miller discovered bloody surgical material in the clinic trash bags as well as several patient records from both abortion facilities. Patient records bore the names of Drs. Lewis Twigg and Ronald Nichols—who conduct the abortions at Womans Choice clinics.

The abortion businesses’ trash contained soiled and bloody suction canulas, bloody gloves, soiled and bloody gauze sacking used in first trimester abortions still holding uterine material, blood saturated surgical sheets and padding as well as empty medicine vials and used urine specimen cups—some marked with the first and last names of the female patients.

The bodies of the 17 unborn children killed by abortion and retrieved from the trash are currently in an infant coffin at the Borek-Jennings funeral home, Hamburg, Michigan. They will be buried in a publicized funeral ceremony within the next four weeks.