|Sign outside WWH clinic in Texas|
Whole Woman's Health is an abortion chain based in Texas, and it only recently opened its facility in Minnesota. The group's track record is cause for concern.
In 2011 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality determined that WWH of Austin and WWH of McAllen were violating Texas law regarding disposal of the remains of aborted children. WWH was putting babies' bodies (and other abortion refuse, including syringes and disposable surgical instruments) into open public dumpsters. WWH was penalized $40,410 (the two clinics combined), and its medical waste vendor $42,612, for a total of $83,022 (see Appendix 1, page 8 of the Texas Commission's Annual Enforcement Report).
In 2012 the Texas Medical Board disciplined two WWH abortionists for violating standards of patient care. They were both fined $3,000 and required to take a medical education course. Many other WWH abortionists have previous disciplinary histories. One abortionist at Meadowbrook Women's Clinic, which became WWH Twin Cities, was previously disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.
WWH in Texas has also been found illegally dumping private medical records. One WWH abortionist was recorded mocking the informed consent information he is required to provide patients, and disregarding the 24-hour waiting period.
|"The facility failed to provide a|
safe and sanitary environment,"
according to state inspection
- "Based on observation and interview the facility failed to provide a safe and sanitary environment."
- "The facility failed to ensure the staff was trained in sterilization process of surgical instruments."
- "The facility failed to provide safe equipment in the patient's procedure rooms."
- "The facility failed to staff the clinic with a registered nurse(s) or a licensed vocational nurse(s)."
- "The facility administration failed to ensure staff received training, education, and orientation to their specific job description."
- "There were numerous rusty spots on the suction machine used on the patient for evacuation of the products of conception."
- "The facility's floor was stained and discolored which give the appearance of being dirty."
- "An interview with the administrator ... confirmed the bed was broken in room #1, there was a hole in the [floor] in procedure room #2, the floors were stained, and the evacuation plan of the building was not posted for the safety of the patients and employees."
- "The facility's staff failed to monitor the expiration dates on sterile supplies."
- "The facility failed to maintain the sterility of the surgical instruments."
- "The facility failed to have current emergency medication in the emergency crash cart."
- "The facility failed to provide emergency airway equipment."
- "The facility failed to follow [federal regulations] concerning portable fire extinguishers."