According to reports, the last abortion clinic in Missouri, currently operating in St. Louis, may close. If Planned Parenthood does not cooperate with an investigation into “deficient practices” as defined by the state, their license will expire.
The abortion provider says it can not provide interviews with all seven practitioners at the site because seven are not employees. Five are medical residents who do not wish to participate. If they are working independently, it already sounds pretty deficient to me.
Color me shocked. Planned Parenthood has long fought against any regulation of the care provided in their facilities. Hiding behind the veneer of “women’s healthcare” they whine and resist when any state tries to impose standards on how an abortion clinic operates.
Planned Parenthood routinely objects to standards that seem to be in the best interest of women. For example, some states have tried to impose a standard that mirrors what is mandated for outpatient surgery centers. And these clinics perform “surgical abortions”. A doctor practicing in any other outpatient surgery center must have hospital admitting privileges in the case of a life-threatening emergency.
Outpatient surgical centers don’t object to this, but an organization dedicated to “women’s health” does. It is ridiculous and indicative that the abortion industry can not meet these requirements.
The St. Louis clinic has also been cited for over 200 incidences of violations since 2009. According to Operation Rescue:
Operation Rescue has obtained five Statement of Deficiency Reports that show Missouri state inspectors have cited the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri, for 39 classes of violations involving 210 incidents – 53% (111) of which were related to failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment.
Perhaps the state has some legitimate questions about this facility if history is any guide.
Another clinic in Columbia, Missouri had to stop operating last October due to the law that required admitting privileges. This law was upheld by a federal appeals court in 2018. The Columbia clinic’s doctor could not obtain them. Kind of scary actually. It should not be difficult for a physician with good standing. The closure also followed an inspection where moldy equipment and equipment covered in bodily fluids were found. But “women’s health” or something.
The inability of Planned Parenthood to operate within the state really seems to be related to their own inability or refusal to run safe, clean clinics. So Dr. Len Wen, CEO of Planned Parenthood can cry me a river:
“This is not a drill. This is not a warning. This is a real public health crisis” she said about the St. Louis facility
Actually, Dr. Wen, your Missouri clinics seem to be the public health crises. No other healthcare facility would be able to operate after the types of repeated violations that have been found in the Missouri Planned Parenthood clinics.
If Planned Parenthood can not meet the standards of other actual health care providers, they should not be permitted to operate as one. No state, including Missouri, should tolerate such flagrant disregard for patient care and safety.