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Defending Life Spotlight

Virginia-DL-2021

Unsafe Spotlight

AUL submitted a public records request, under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704 et seq., to the Virginia Department of Health, and through the Office of Licensure & Certification received over several reports. Virginia’s reports are inconsistent, and the state does not appear to have a substantial regulatory framework in effect for monitoring abortion businesses. Cleanliness issues include peeling paint, stained pillow cases in use, dirty machines, medication spatters on the walls, improperly secured cabinet doors, dried blood on the exam light, torn surfaces, and indeterminable stains on surfaces patients would come in contact with. At the Virginia Health Group facility, one staff member (identified as “Staff #7”) could not produce any employee records. Asked whether he/she had a license to practice in the state of Virginia, Staff #7 confirmed he/she had no license, in spite of the fact that Staff #7 was training staff and self-represented as a doctor. Staff at the same facility were observed rehanging a blood-spattered gown for reuse. At Alexandria Women’s Clinic, a doctor was seen performing a vaginal ultrasound without washing his hands. This was a recurring problem at the abortion business, with repeated citations in March 2013 and March 2015.

NUMBER OF REPORTS: 29 
DATE RANGE: 2012–2019