Wednesday, September 13, 2006

NAF clinic closed in Ohio for safety violations

Abortion Center in Ohio Forced to Close After Numerous Health Violations
State officials forced an abortion business in Cleveland to close after inspectors found numerous health and safety violations. They found more than a dozen problems at the Center for Women's Health on the city's east side, which prompted officials to reject the center's request for a new state license.

In June, the Ohio Department of Health said CWH did not have a local transfer agreement that would allow it to bring women to a local hospital in cases of botched abortions and other medical emergencies.

The state also said the abortion business failed to meet basic standards for medical care.

Roy Croy, a state health department official who works to oversee ambulatory and surgical care facilities told the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, "[There were] six to seven patients where there was no record that their temperature or blood pressure had been taken before the [abortion]."

"These are things that should be done before you start surgery," he said.


This isn't the first time the abortion center has run afoul of state requirements.

The abortion business let its medical license lapse in November for unknown reasons. Croy told the Cleveland newspaper that Ruddock thought the abortion center was a private medical practice that should not be regulated by the state even though its ads tout it as an ambulatory-surgical care facility.

And if you check on the NAF site, you'll find this clinic there listed as a member in good standing. So NAF is referring women to this place as a safe facility that meets their safety requirements:
Our member clinics care for more than half the women who choose abortion each year in the United States. In order to become a member, a clinic must complete a rigorous application process. Member clinics have agreed to comply with our standards for quality and care, updated annually in our Clinical Policy Guidelines, which set the evidence-based standards for abortion care in North America. NAF periodically conducts site visits to confirm that our clinics are in compliance with our guidelines.

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