Battle to Keep Busiest Virginia Abortion Clinic Closed Continues

State   Steven Ertelt   Aug 6, 2013   |   3:51PM    Fairfax, VA

The busiest abortion business in the state of Virginia closed last month.

Nova Women’s Healthcare, a Fairfax, Virginia, abortion clinic with a history of botched abortions and at least one patient death, was forced to close after state lawmakers adopted new pro-life laws holding abortion clinics accountable for putting women’s health at risk.

A local zoning battle was also responsible and your help is needed to contact local officials and keep the abortion clinic closed:

A recent vote by the Fairfax City Council approved new zoning regulations that would establish abortion facilities as medical care facilities rather than regular business offices, which is what they were considered before new regulations.

This change would prevent abortion facilities from setting up shop in residential areas and would place higher medical standards on abortion facilities, which must now work harder to establish their operations. In a statement by the Respect Life committee at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church in Springfield, the measures were praised as a boon to women’s health, since abortion facilities will now be held to higher business and medical standards before being allowed to interact with Fairfax women. However, the committee acknowledged that backlash from abortion advocates could endanger the strength of the new regulations, and called for pro-life residents to contact their elected officials.

The Respect Life committee recommends sending an e-mail or snail mail correspondence to the following officials:

Mayor:  Honorable Scott Silverthorne email: scott.silverthorne@fairfaxva.gov Phone: 703-385-7850
City Council Members:
Honorable Michael J. DeMarco michael.demarco@fairfaxva.gov Phone: 703-385-7850
Honorable Daniel F. Drummond dan.drummond@fairfaxva.gov
Honorable Jeffrey C. Greenfield jeff.greenfield@fairfaxva.gov
Honorable Steven C. Stombres steven.stombres@fairfaxva.gov

Nova’s lease in its current location was terminated via a lawsuit by the property owners on the grounds that the abortion clinic created a nuisance.

Nova had previously applied for a building permit but was denied because it was one parking space short of compliance with city ordinances. It attempted to reapply as a “Health Spa” to circumvent the need for the additional space, but the city manager saw through the ruse and again denied the application.

NOVA did 3,066 abortions in 2012 and 3,567 in 2011 — making it so this pro-life law putting stricter abortion regulations in place is already saving the lives of thousands of unborn children.

This closure is one of 30 abortion clinics to close in 2013 alone, more than doubling the number of closures over all of last year, says Troy Newman of the pro-life group Operation Rescue.

“With the increased attention on abortion clinic abuses, we are beginning to see a trend toward greater awareness and enforcement. Many of the 30 clinics to close this year have done so due to enforcement measures,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Others closed due to lack of business, which means the pro-life movement is succeeding at changing the public opinion and behavior toward abortion. In 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion clinics in America. After the closure of Nova at the end of this month, there will be only 630 surgical abortion clinics left. While we still have a long way to go to end the barbaric practice of abortion in this nation, we have shown real progress.”

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Operation Rescue had publicized a medical emergency at Nova involving a 35-year old diabetic patient suffering from heavy bleeding after an abortion who was rushed to the hospital on March 3, 2012. Operation Rescue had reason to believe that the clinic owner, Mi Yong Kim, may have been involved in the botched abortion even though her medical license had been surrendered in 2007 amid findings that she improperly sedated a patient in 2005 and failed to realize that the woman had gone into cardiac arrest.

Kim did not attempt to resuscitate her and the woman died as a result. Operation Rescue filed complaints against Kim and the clinic.

An unannounced inspection of Nova was conducted by state officials two months later, which revealed numerous health and safety violations, generally substandard care, and an additional botched abortion patient that required emergency hospitalization.