Abortion Clinic Closes in Michigan, Woman Was Forced to Have Abortion There

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 3, 2013   |   11:38AM   |   Flint, MI

An abortion clinic in Michigan where a woman was forced to have an abortion has closed down, according to a pro-life group that monitors abuses at abortion businesses.

“Feminine Health Care abortion clinic of Flint, owned by Alberto Hodari, where abortionist Theodore Roumell runs the business, is now closed, according to local pro-life activists,” the pro-life group Life Dynamics posted today on its Facebook page. The group says 10 abortion clinics in Michigan have closed down since November 2011.

“The abortionist, 78-year-old Theodore Roumell, who has open formal complaints against him, has been doing abortions at the Feminine Health Care abortion clinic after Hodari retired,” Life Dynamics said. “The Flint abortion clinic was in non-compliance with the State of Michigan. Both the medical waste and free-standing surgical license had expired, and following open formal complaints against the clinic, the abortion mill is no longer open, says pro-lifer Lynn Mills.”

The organization indicated called to the closed abortion clinic for abortions are now routed to he WomanCare abortion facility in Lansing that Roumell also runs.

Caitlin Bruce previously filed a lawsuit related to a forced abortion at the clinic.

Bruce had the abortion in April 2008 at Hodari’s Feminine Health Care Clinic in Flint, Michigan. But she told ABC News she changed her mind at the very last second but was pinned down and had her mouth closed as she tried to protest.

A high school dropout trying to make a life for herself, Bruce is the classic case of a minority girl impregnated by a much-older boyfriend — and her father persuaded her to have the abortion.

“I was really confused, asking everybody else what I should do. Everybody told me, ‘You were too young,’” she told ABC. “What I really wanted to hear was, ‘We’ll help you out.’”

On the table for the abortion, Bruce felt the first instrument go inside her and she asked Hodari to stop, but he and his assistants held her down.

“He had a real tight grip over my mouth, but I was screaming .. and trying to pull my legs together,” she said.

She said Hodari appeared to give up and told her she could go home and as soon as she relaxed, Bruce tells ABC News Hodari completed the abortion.

“And that’s when I felt the worst pain in my stomach,” she said. “It really felt like he was ripping everything in me out, that’s how painful it was.”

She said Hodari never said another word to her and she lay by herself on the table horrified.

“This is a question about choice. Who makes the decision here? He told her she could back out any time,” Bruce’s attorney Tom Pabst told ABC News. “Who does he think he is?”

Hodari’s lawyer Steve Weiss called the lawsuit “baseless” and has already said she changed her mind too late for Hodari to go back on the abortion.

In a prior interview with ConnectMichigan, Bruce said, “He was inserting the speculum, and I told him I’m nervous. I just told him stop please. I’m really nervous and I don’t want to do this anymore.”



Hodari responded to the news service, saying “When she said stop, it was too late… I told her I would stop, but when I take my instrument there was blood and tissue on it from pregnancy, so I couldn’t stop.”

However, obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Mona Hardas told the Michigan news outlet that Hodari handled the situation poorly. She said Hodari could have taken Bruce to a local hospital for a second opinion rather than forcing her to have the abortion.

“Even if someone has signed a consent form, if someone wants you to stop you have to stop. I am shocked. I can’t believe this is still happening in this day and age,” she said.

Hodari responded to those comments, defending his record as an abortion practitioner.

“I am there because I want to help woman have safe abortions. Look at my records. I have done more abortions and longer than any doctor in Michigan,” he said.

However, Hodari has also killed women in failed abortions and was fined $10,000 by a state board in connection with a woman’s botched abortion death.