Recently, Right to Life of Indianapolis requested the health surveys of our community’s abortion facilities conducted by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). Indiana state law requires the ISDH to inspect abortion facilities at least once every two years and produce a written survey of findings.
What we discovered didn’t exactly surprise us, but the practices and conditions inside Indianapolis’ abortion facilities were unsatisfactory, to say the least.
You can see the health surveys along with a list of some of the worst of the violations by clicking here.
Here are just a few examples.
At Planned Parenthood on Georgetown Road in Indianapolis, the survey found improper monitoring of oxygen saturation levels for several patients. If a patient’s oxygen saturation level falls below 93 percent, a physician should be alerted and if it falls below 90 percent oxygen should be started.
According to a sample of medical records checked during the survey, 18 of 30 patients had no record of their oxygen levels being monitored and one patient was documented to have an oxygen saturation level of 76 percent with no record of a physician being alerted or oxygen being started.
At the same facility, patients were given the maximum dose of Fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever. However, Fentanyl dosing is based on weight and the survey showed that at least 17 of the 18 patients whose records were reviewed were under the weight for the maximum dose.
The survey of Planned Parenthood in Bloomington revealed incomplete records for many patients, among other findings. Some state forms were missing and medical history questions, such as one regarding a bleeding disorder, were not completed. The survey revealed that vital signs were not appropriately checked for 18 of 20 surgical abortion patients.
The surveys for Clinic for Women and Women’s Medical Group showed both facilities had problems with patient medical records as well. Additionally, these two facilities had unsanitary environments. For example, the Clinic for Women survey detailed a tear in the lower end of the exam table’s leather cover, allowing a protrusion of foam the size of the golf ball. At Women’s Medical Group, the clean and soiled linens were stored in the same place and sterilization procedures were not carried out for sterilizing tubing and surgical instruments.
Clinic for Women is the same abortion facility where Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office filed administrative licensing complaints against three abortionists, Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover and Raymond Robinson. They will be facing a hearing on April 23 in front of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.
Women don’t deserve to have their health compromised by the sloppy medical practices of abortion providers like those documented in these surveys. Women deserve better than abortion.
For this reason, RTLI is urging the state to stop the unsanitary and unprofessional practices taking place in Indiana’s abortion facilities.
In addition, we are urging the Indiana Medical Licensing Board to study the alleged violations leveled against abortion doctors Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover and Raymond Robinson, and consider appropriate disciplinary action, as needed.