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Clinic Laws and Enforcement Matter!

by | Jul 20, 2015

Editor’s note. This comes from Right to Life of Michigan, NRLC’s state affiliate.

For years, abortion clinics in Michigan weren’t regulated and weren’t regularly inspected.  The Abortion Abuses and State Regulator Agency Failure Report released by Right to Life of Michigan in 2011 showed that most of Michigan’s abortion clinics were not in compliance with dozens of state laws or regulations. The report also cited a vital need for oversight and enforcement on the part of Michigan agencies charged with holding health providers and facilities to account.

Below are some examples of what has been happening in the past few months in Michigan as a result of enforcement of prolife laws that Right to Life of Michigan spearheaded in the Michigan Legislature.

  • Martin Ruddock is an Ohio-based abortionist who has been traveling up and down the I-75 corridor over the past two years performing abortions for various Michigan abortion clinics. His foray into Michigan is the result of clinics he was associated with in Ohio closing based on the Buckeye State’s prolife laws. Ruddock was found not to have proper Michigan prescribing licenses at one clinic and was discovered to have unethically pre-signed a prescription pad for routine drugs that the clinic staff could utilize in his absence. The prescription pad was seized by state inspectors, he was forced to pay fees for the proper licenses, and he was fined $1,000.00 for not having the proper licenses. (February 2015)
  • Franklyn Seabrooks, the long-time abortionist at the Scotsdale abortion clinic in Detroit was fined $500.00 for failing to have a proper controlled substance license, plus fees for compliance.  Abortionists like Seabrooks are feeling the effects of consistent oversight for the first time in 42 years. Their shoddy and sometimes dangerous practices are coming to an end. (May 2015)
  • Abortionist Jacob Kalo is struggling to get himself out of trouble, including still being prevented from performing surgical abortions at his notorious clinic in Lathrup Village. The state ordered surgical abortions to cease there last year based on persistent inspection failures. An administrative hearing to determine whether the clinic would be allowed to re-start surgical abortions was slated for June 9, 2015.  That hearing was postponed at Kalo’s request as he seems to be embroiled in other personal challenges (a separate a private lawsuit) and can’t seem to manage the problems he’s caused for himself all at the same time. (Ongoing)
  • Infamous abortionists, Angel Ojeda and Michael Roth are currently subjects of a lawsuit stemming from the Eastland Women’s Center abortion clinic in Detroit. The two are accused of misdiagnosing an ectopic pregnancy, with Ojeda prescribing the RU-486 abortion pill regimen to a 23-year-old college student. When complications from the undetected, but ongoing ectopic pregnancy developed, both Ojeda and Roth are accused of misdiagnosing the woman’s situation and delaying proper treatment. Eventually her fallopian tube ruptured, which required life-saving surgery to remove her fallopian tube. Perhaps with this incident, the Eastland abortion clinic will receive additional scrutiny by state regulators. (Lawsuit filed February 2015)
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