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Defending Life Spotlight

Georgia-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

AUL submitted a public records request to the Georgia Department of Community Health under the Georgia Open Records Act, O.C.G.A. § 50.18.70 et seq., and received nearly four dozen inspection reports in response. Georgia’s abortion businesses have a track record of substandard care and practices. Abortion facilities were cited for several violations for unsanitary conditions and failure to establish procedures for maintaining patient care, which included failure to ensure proper sterilizing and storage of supplies and equipment. One abortion business’s operating room had cervi- cal dilators in a cabinet drawer with visible moisture inside the packages. Another facility had a procedure room that had peeling paint on the ceiling and deep gouges on the walls. Some of the abortion businesses are in buildings that were never meant to house a healthcare facility, such as one facility that was cited for not having a working elevator in the building and failing to help patients get down the stairs right after they had been on anesthesia. Emergency personnel had to use the stairs when ambulances came to the clinic. Another facility was cited for failing to protect patient privacy by grouping patients in a common room with no curtains or private stalls, and for failure to ensure that medical records contained physician orders on pre-op/post-op discharge orders for numerous patients. Another was cited for failing to store biohazardous waste properly in accordance with blood-borne pathogens standards and for having many expired medications, as well as allowing untrained staff to provide patient care.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 47 
DATE RANGE: 2010–2018