Pro-Lifers to Protest Dangerous Pennsylvania Abortion Biz

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 15, 2011   |   11:40AM   |   Allentown, PA

On Saturday, local pro-life advocates plan a protest at the Allentown Medical Services center at 2200 Hamilton St, which recently failed an inspection by state health officials ensuring women are not put at risk.

State inspectors found Allentown Medical Services had multiple health and safety problems that could endanger women’s health and it continues to operate amid the complaints. Officials indicated the abortion facility received citations concerning using unsterilized instruments on women, having drugs and reproductive devices on hand that were past their expiration date. Abortion clinic inspectors also found blood splattered on the walls and floor of a freezer, according to a report the Pennsylvania Health Department made public.

Now, Operation Rescue president Troy Newman says his organization, in conjunction with local pro-life advocates, are planning a protest tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. local time.

“Pro-life activists will gather outside the Allentown Medical Services abortion clinic this Saturday to call attention to the horrific conditions recently documented by the Pennsylvania Department of Health,” he said. “Women must be warned that this clinic presents a danger to the public. We urge everyone who can get to Allentown this Saturday to join the group of pro-life activists on the street outside this horrific abortion mill.”

Newman says the abortion center “was formerly owned by the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, but when the State of Pennsylvania ordered him to stop running his abortion clinic in Pennsylvania, he simply transferred ownership to a business entity owned by a woman purported to be his mother. He continues to advertise and solicit business for this abortion clinic on his web site.”

An inspection that took place on May 26, 2011, discovered out-of-date medicine, metal instruments with a brown material in the hinges and inside the supposedly sterile packaging, surgical instruments tossed in unsterilized drawers, and surgical instruments stored in a “musty” smelling suitcase in broken wrappers – all of which were considered by employees to be ready for use on patients,” he explained. “Also discovered was a freezer where “Infectious Waste”, (the remains of aborted babies), was stored that was smeared with what an employee acknowledged was blood and contained a thick layer of frozen blood in the bottom. Dirty recovery room blankets and a dangerous lack of patient monitoring were also documented.”

The abortion facility operates under the name Allentown Medical Services but it has new owners. It changed hands after Brigham was prohibited from operating in Pennsylvania because of so many botched abortions and violations of health and safety laws for medical clinics. He gave up his Pennsylvania medical licensed because of problems in 1992 but was allowed to operate abortion centers administratively until the state finally clamped down on that practice.

The new information about AMS comes after a ruling by the Commonwealth Court last month that state health officials acted properly when they closed Allentown Medical Services down under Brigham. The newspaper indicates health department records show Rose Health Services Co., of Conshohocken now owns Allentown Medical Services, which failed a health inspection on May 26.

State officials said AMS “failed to maintain a safe and sanitary environment” and devices used in abortions had been sterilized but not wrapped to ensure they stayed that way. Several packages of surgical instruments “had an accumulation of brown debris in the hinge areas and brown staining on the inside of the packages” even though an AMS employee told officials they were sterilized and ready for use.