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Defending Life Spotlight

California-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

AUL submitted a public records request to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) pursuant to the California Public Records Act, Cal. Gov. Code § 6250 et seq. California’s response was sparse. Department authorities told AUL staff that “[a]s of October 15, 2019, there are 24 health clinics offering abor- tion services currently in operation in California.” According to officials, state author- ities have received “186 Complaints and Entity Report Incidents associated with 202 allega- tions from 23 abortion services health clinics.” Additionally, CDPH conducted 91 surveys of 21 abortion providers. CDPH cited 53 viola- tions associated with 38 surveys from 15 health clinics related to abortion services. Of the reports AUL actually received, many were responses to complaints and limited to investi- gating the complaint at hand. Most of the substantiated complaints involved violations of patient privacy. In one incident involving a patient who said she felt a “baseball-sized blood clot” in her cervix, an unlicensed “reproductive health specialist” who only had a high school diploma performed the patient’s transvaginal ultrasound. The abortion business’s director, assistant director, and nurse practitioner claimed they were following a “national organi- zation’s” protocols and said they thought a reproductive health specialist could perform transvaginal ultrasounds if trained by clinic staff to do so. But the California Medical Board notified them that “conducting a vaginal ultrasound is outside of the scope of a medical assistant. This is an invasive procedure, and is not authorized under the statutes and regulations applicable to medical assistants.”

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 51 
DATE RANGE: 2012–2019