Texas Officials: Abortion Center Broke Law With Illegal Dumping

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2011   |   3:58PM   |   McAllen, TX

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has determined that an abortion center in south Texas broke the law when it engaged in the improper disposal of the remains of the bodies of unborn children killed in abortions.

The pro-life groups Operation Rescue and Survivors conducted an undercover investigation recently into the Whole Women’s Health of McAllen, Texas and other abortion businesses across Texas to determine if they were following various state laws on abortion. The phone calls and in-person investigations resulted in obtaining evidence showing the centers dumped biohazardous waste, medical records and other information and medical products into dumpsters outside their abortion facilities.

Evidence gathered during that investigation was hand-delivered to the TCEQ, which then conducted their own investigation that gathered similar evidence supporting Operation Rescue’s claims that Whole Women’s Health was in violation of the law. Now, Operation Rescue received a copy of the TCEQ Complaint Report that made the determination that violations have occurred.

The pro-life group indicates TCEQ has now closed their investigation and referred the matter to formal enforcement.

“The TCEQ has confirmed that Whole Women’s Health has violated the law just as we said. Our investigation has served to protect the public and bring these abortion violators to justice,” said OR president Troy Newman.

The investigators discovered packets containing the refuse from several abortions in an open, public dumpster behind Whole Women’s Health in McAllen. The pro-life investigators carefully photographed the aborted baby remains, bloody cannulas, which are disposable surgical instruments used in early-term abortions, and other bloody objects, including syringes and partially used vials of drugs. The abortion practitioner who runs the McAllen abortion center in question has worked overtime to remove online video footage showing the results of the investigations.

The TCEQ investigative report indicated that “recognizable human body parts, tissues, fetuses, organs, and the products of human abortions” were illegally dumped by Whole Women’s Health, which constituted a violation of the Texas Administrative Code. [related]

Violations of the strict regulations that govern the disposal of such tissue can create a public health hazard and penalties for the violations will now be determined by the enforcement branch of the TCEQ, and could include hefty fines.

Meanwhile, the pro-life organization informs LifeNews that the Texas Medical Board continues to investigate complaints filed by Operation Rescue against over a dozen Texas abortion practitioners. Those investigations are ongoing and could result in disciplinary action.