Yet another abortion facility in Texas is stopping abortions, this time because its abortion practitioner has retired.
Mark Crutcher, the president of the Texas-based pro-life group Life Dynamics informs LifeNews that the Coastal Birth Control Center located in Corpus Christi told Life Dynamics that the abortionist, Eduardo Aquino, will be retiring and the clinic has stopped all abortions.
The abortionist is retiring thanks to a pro-life law that has already seen many other Texas abortion clinics close permanently or temporarily stop abortions until it can comply.
“Last week, Life Dynamics confirmed that an abortion clinic in Killeen has closed due to the pro-life legislation,” the group added. “The Killeen Women’s Health Center just announced that they have been unable to obtain hospital privileges and will therefore temporarily close. Unfortunately, the clinic still schedules abortions in their Austin location where they claim that abortionist Andrew Evan Massman has local privileges.”
Last month, Life Dynamics reported that a Dallas abortion clinic indicated that they will no longer be killing unborn children due to new pro-life laws passed by the Texas legislature.
“The Northpark Medical Group abortion clinic in Dallas has stated that they are not accepting any patients at this time because their physicians cannot obtain local hospital admitting privileges. The clinic is part of a chain of abortion clinics which performs abortions on a regular basis,” it said.
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.
Crutcher says all of these abortion clinic closings are a testimony to the effectiveness of pro-life laws.
“This is a good example of how laws that regulate abortion clinics and regulate the practice of abortion save babies. When HB 2 was passed here in Texas, immediately, I mean literally within days, one-third of all the abortion clinics closed. And they continue to close. And now we’re up over one-half. Half of the abortion clinics that existed on the day that HB2 was passed are now gone,” he told LifeNews.
He continued: “Now, you’ve had federal courts uphold it as Constitutional, and the pro-aborts are scared to push it to the Supreme Court, because if they push it to the Supreme Court and they uphold it then this will be a problem for them nationally. Even the pro-aborts are saying that they can’t meet these standards. Nobody wants to have these abortionists working on their hospital staffs or giving them privileges.”
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.
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.