Right to Privacy? Hundreds of Abortion Records Found Abandoned in Warehouse

State   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Dec 31, 2014   |   6:04PM   |   Houston, TX

According to ABC News, hundreds of abortion records have been found in a warehouse in Houston, Texas. The records are dated from 1992 to 2012 and contain sensitive information like social security numbers and abortion details.

The woman who found the records, Esmeralda Cedillo, said she discovered them when her dog was on the warehouse property. Her dog tore up several files and dragged them outside; and when Cedillo went into the warehouse, she also found containers of opioid drugs.

Here’s more:

abortionclinic3Cedillo says the records were left in the warehouse by a now-estranged relative who works at an abortion clinic. Now, the warehouse owner doesn’t know what to do.

Cedillo said, “So I put myself in their shoes, and that’s why I’m like, I don’t want this to just get thrown out there. But I don’t know what to do because I don’t want to have them in my possession anymore. I want them gone.”

Cedillo doesn’t consider the dumpster an option because of the sensitive information in the files.

Our legal analyst says her relative may not actually have broken any HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws since the records were not shared or disseminated. But he adds that patients have every right to be upset about the possible negligence in handling of these records.

We are investigating this situation and trying to find answers from the doctor involved and we hope to bring you a more in-depth update soon.

There are countless questions that need to be answered in this case. For starters, were these abortions performed legally and does Cedillo’s relative still work at the abortion facility? Hopefully, the abortionist involved will have some answers concerning these abandoned records.

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Watch the news video about Cedillo’s discovery below.