You’ve heard the bumper sticker arguments that abortion is beneficial for women and pro-life laws constitute a war on women. But an abortion clinic in Chicago is taking the real war on women to a new level.
Previously, the Pro-Life Action League reported that the Women’s Aid Clinic abortion facility was inspected in 2011 by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for the first time in 15 years.
Following the inspection, Women’s Aid — located in the northern Chicago suburb of Lincolnwood — was assessed a fine of $36,000 for “violations including the clinic’s failure to perform CPR on a patient who died after a procedure” in 2009.
The massive fine was assessed in response to a host of serious violations discovered by state inspectors, including failure to perform CPR on 18-year old Antonesha Ross, who died following an abortion.
According to the pro-life group, since that time, Women’s Aid Clinic owner Larisa Rozansky filed for bankruptcy (but the case was dismissed), closed out the clinic’s bank account, dissolved the company, changed its name to Women’s Aid Center and moved to a different location — although the “Center” continued to use the same website and phone number, and for a period of time, even processed credit cards via the same Merchant Services account number as the “Clinic.”
When the state came calling to remind Rozansky that paying the $36,000 fine wasn’t optional, her response was that Women’s Aid Clinic “does not exist,” and so the state was out of luck.
Now, the abortion clinic is closing and opening up under a new name to avoid the fines. That’s quite upsetting to Eric Scheidler, the head of the Pro-Life Action League.
“We’ve been demanding for decades that abortion clinics be subject to the same standards as other surgical centers in Illinois. State inspectors rarely visit these places, and half of the state’s abortion facilities aren’t even subject to any inspections, including all those run by Planned Parenthood,” he told LifeNews.com. “The violations at Women’s Aid — including Antonesha’s death — only came to light because pro-life activists put pressure on state officials to do their job. It’s time the State of Illinois stop turning a blind eye to the filthy conditions and corrupt practices plaguing abortion clinics here.”
“The death of Antonesha Ross at the hands of an incompetent abortion clinic tragically illustrates the need for greater oversight of these clinics, especially in Illinois where rules are extremely lax. It’s also a warning to all women of the lengths abortion providers will go to avoid accountability,” he told LifeNews.