BREAKING NEWS: Fetal Remains, Blood Found In Virginia Abortion Center


September 12, 2012

The Family Foundation of Virginia issued the following news release earlier today:

September 12, 2012

Fetal Remains, Blood Found in Virginia Abortion Center
— Department of Health Inspections Find 80 Violations in Nine Centers —

RICHMOND — Documents obtained by The Family Foundation of Virginia from the Virginia Department of Health through the Freedom of Information Act show widespread health and safety violations at Virginia’s abortion centers, the pro-family group announced today, including the discovery of improperly stored fetal remains and blood at one facility.

“Some of this is just horrific.  Now we know why the abortion industry fought so vehemently over the years against even simple legislation that required only inspections, licensing and emergency equipment in their centers,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation.  “They were hiding for a reason.  Even with time to prepare for announced inspections these centers were found to be what I think most reasonable Virginians would deem unsafe in many cases and utterly disgusting in others.  Now, the same industry claims it should be trusted on the construction standards as well, but these inspection reports show that the industry simply cannot be trusted on anything.

“Perhaps the most frightening aspect of these reports isn’t the blatant disregard for basic health standards, but the fact that even with notice of inspection the operators of these facilities thought they were safe for women.  Apparently, if the abortion centers just scrub off the blood they can keep on operating.”

An inspection of the Tidewater Women’s Health Clinic in Norfolk found:

The freezer which is used to store the collected conception material, had blood and un-bagged conception material frozen to the inner bottom surface.  An observation was conducted of the freezer kept in the clean utility room.  Staff #3 reported after inspection of the conception material, it was poured into plastic storage bags and the bags are stored in the freezer until the next weekly medical waste pick up.  The observation revealed that some of the plastic bags were open and had spilled their contents onto the bottom of the freezer.  Approximately three-fourths of the freezer’s bottom and shelf was covered with frozen blood and conception material.

An inspection of the A Capital Women’s Clinic in Richmond found  that the staff doesn’t change the MetriWash solution in the sink every time dirty instruments are brought in (instructions for MetriWash say to change the solution every time) and that a sponge used to clean instruments is only changed once per week.

At Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia’s clinic in Virginia Beach, the inspector’s report states, “Employee #4 was asked how she could tell which of the containers (used to transport/clean instruments) were dirty or clean.  Employee #4 stated, ‘I can’t.  I guess we need to have a different color to put the instruments in once they are clean.’”

According to Commissioner Karen Remley’s report to the Board of Health at the June 2012 meeting, nine of 20 abortion centers applying for licensing had been inspected by the Department of Health.  According to the Commissioner of Health, none had been “deficiency free.”

Some key findings:

  • The nine centers inspected had received 80 citations
  • 18 citations for personnel issues, including no background checks, no ongoing plans for staff training, no maintenance of personnel files, no policy requiring staff to be CPR trained, no policies setting experience and training required to practice
  • 13 citations for infections prevention issues, including seven clinics with no clear division between clean and dirty utility areas, four centers where personnel weren’t using personal protective equipment and a host of record keeping issues
  • 10 citations regarding the administration, storage and dispensing of drugs including four with expired drugs in stock, and others with improper labeling of drugs, no medication dispensing policy
  • 10 maintenance of equipment citations including equipment not in good repair, no preventative maintenance plan
  • Six citations for local and state building code violations

“The same abortion industry representatives who claim that their centers are safe and healthy want the Board of Health to weaken the safety standards that were recommended by the Department of Health,” added Cobb. “The conditions found in these reports existed as the very representatives of the industry that own and operate abortion centers were testifying to the Board that their facilities are safe.  With such disregard for the truth, for the well-being of women, how can its claims of safety be trusted?  No longer can the abortion industry claim that it puts women’s health ahead of its profits.”

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18 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Fetal Remains, Blood Found In Virginia Abortion Center”

  1. Kevin Lewis says:

    If these were animal clinics found in such conditions, the news would go viral and the uproar would be deafening. A very sad commentary on the condition of our society.

    • familyfoundation says:

      Kevin: Thank you for your comment. We agree! So, help spread the news and post the link on social media sites. The more people know about this stuff, the more public opinion moves our way. – Steve, The Admin

  2. Cari says:

    Thank you for this disturbing information on A Virginia Women’s Health Clinic. I and a group of others stand in front of this clinic every week, offering help to the women going inside, hoping that they will leave and save their child. Now we have an even greater idea of the horrible things going on inside that building.

  3. David Jackson says:

    Medically unsupported construction regulations won’t fix these violations. DOH patient safety inspections and plans of correction are the mechanism for correcting these violations.

    In your support for onerous construction regulations, you are corrupting the regulatory process to use it as a referendum on abortion. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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  7. Posted the article to our website, and to our Facebook page:

    Thank you for the update.

    • familyfoundation says:

      Jeremy: Thank you very much! Our readership on all social media sites has skyrocketed. Thank you for helping this go viral. Please stay involved, visit and comment here often, and help us continue to get out information on important issues. – Steve, The Admin

  8. […] As Victoria Cobb, President of VFF put it, “Some of this is just horrific.” […]

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