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Defending Life Spotlight


Unsafe Spotlight

AUL submitted a public records request, under the Louisiana Public Records Act, L.S.A. § 44:1 et seq., to the Louisiana Department of Health, and received 50 inspection reports. Louisiana abortion businesses have a long history of serious health and safety violations. Abortion businesses have often been cited for immediate jeopardy situations, including failing to monitor each abortion patient’s level of consciousness, respiratory status, and cardio- vascular status during abortion procedures. Another immediate jeopardy situation occurred in a facility which failed to have emergency IV fluids available for a surgical abortion patient who was experiencing heavy bleeding. That patient was transferred to the hospital where she underwent a hysterectomy. In another instance, the abortion business failed to docu- ment complications of a patient who experienced heavy vaginal bleeding eight days after her chemical abortion, was picked up by a clinic staff member and brought to the clinic, and then transported by clinic staff to the hospital. Clinics were also cited for missing facility licenses and for unlicensed or uncredentialed medical staff providing patient care. Clinics consistently failed to file Induced Termination of Pregnancy (ITOP) forms with the Louisiana Department of Health, failed to timely file the forms, or filed them absent required physician signatures. Some ITOP forms also failed to record the correct date of the abortion procedures when checked against patient records. Louisiana abortionists have been the subject of numerous professional disciplinary actions by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. These actions reveal that past and current abortionists have engaged in unprofessional and unethical behavior and sub- standard medical care of their patients.

DATE RANGE: 2009–2019