A Dallas, Texas-based abortion business has stopped doing abortions because it is unable to comply with a new pro-life law approved the by the Texas legislature over the objections of pro-abortion gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.
The pro-life law requires abortion practitioners to have admitting privileges at a local hospital to care for women who are injured in botched abortions.
According to information the pro-life group Life Dynamics, based in Texas provided to LifeNews today, the Northpark Medical Group abortion clinic in Dallas has stated that it is not accepting any abortion customers at this time because their physicians cannot obtain local hospital admitting privileges. The abortion business is of a chain of abortion clinics which performs abortions on a regular basis.
“In July, Texas passed HB2 requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. Because Northpark abortionists could not get hospital privileges, the center is unable to schedule or see any patients,” the group said. “Although this specific abortion clinic chain has stopped seeing patients in Dallas, they unfortunately continue to kill children at their Houston locations. The Aaron Women’s Clinic and Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center abortion clinic are associated with late term abortionist Douglas Karpen who runs the Houston centers.”
Last Fall, the pro-life group contacted members of the Texas medical community to warn them that the abortion lobby might try and recruit doctors with hospital admitting privileges to work at abortion clinics. In addition, Life Dynamics sent a letter to every hospital administrator in Texas to discourage them from granting privileges to abortionists. The letter advised them to be on the lookout for new doctors filing for hospital privileges who are not telling them they are working in an abortion clinic.
Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics said that they sent the post cards to reinforce to physicians that, “Elective abortions are not healthcare and have nothing to do with the practice of medicine.”
Why are laws requiring abortion practitioners to hold admitting privileges necessary? Consider Angela’s story.
Angela was twenty weeks pregnant when she walked into a dingy abortion clinic in Santa Ana, California, on August 7, 2004. Her abortion was completed in five minutes with little or no pain relief by an 84-year old abortionist, Phillip Rand, who rotated his time between several clinics throughout Southern California.
When he was done with Angela’s abortion, he got in his car and began the three-hour drive on congested California freeways to another abortion clinic in Chula Vista, near the Mexican border, where he had more patients waiting. But when Angela started bleeding heavily, the two medical aids, who were the only ones left in the clinic, didn’t know what to do. One called Rand and asked him to return to the clinic to help the hemorrhaging women, but Rand refused. He was already an hour or so away and didn’t want to go back and risk losing business in Chula Vista. He told them to call 911 if she got any worse.
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Angela did get worse – much worse. By the time paramedics arrived, it was too late. They found her in a pool of her own blood. There was no oxygen or no crash cart at the clinic, but it is doubtful that the two minimally-trained aids would have know how to operate them if they had been available. Angela was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
One paramedic was so incensed by how he found Angela that he reported Rand to his supervisor who, in turn, notified the Medical Board. A signed declaration from the paramedic noted, “This was the worst post-partum patient situation at a medical clinic I have ever encountered during my time as a paramedic.” Twenty months later Rand surrendered his medical license.
For Angela, there was no continuity of care. Rand held no hospital privileges. This allowed him to operate well below the standard of care at the cost of one woman’s life.