Surprise news about now-closed Woman’s Medical Services abortion clinic in Muskegon, Michigan

By Dave Andrusko

Robert Alexander's Women's Medical Services

Robert Alexander’s Women’s Medical Services

By now you probably think we’ve written everything there is to report about Robert Alexander’s now-closed Woman’s Medical Services abortion clinic in Muskegon, Michigan.

What a pit. Mlive.com used provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to find out what it was that led the city to issue a cease and desist order. Without going into all the many infractions, suffice it to say there was blood everywhere, biohazard materials and hypodermic needles unsecured, and patient records strewn throughout the office.

But, in fact, there’s something else. When the television station Target 8 investigated court documents at Muskegon County Circuit Court, they found allegations of two “failed” abortions!

The story discusses  two “failures,” one in 2008 and one in 2009. Of that latter, Ken Kolker reports that the woman paid Alexander  “$320 for an abortion in 2009 and left his clinic believing he had ended her pregnancy. Three years later, her son, Jeremiah, likes to ride his bicycle in his mom’s living room and play on a toy computer.“

In addition, according to court documents, eight hours after an alleged abortion in 2008, “the woman was taken to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, where doctors discovered she was still pregnant,” Kolker reports. “After more than four hours of labor, the woman delivered a stillborn baby who was missing the skull, brain and other body parts, the document shows.“

There are several important additional points that come out in Kolker’s story, beginning with the fact that Sheria McCloud (who is now 34) said the photos of the abortion clinic recently released show the kind of conditions she saw three years ago.

“He tried to put me in a room,” she told Kolker. “It was blood all over the floor, all on the table, and I said, ‘Are you serious? I’m not fixing to lay on this table.'”

But she went ahead anyway, told that she was ten weeks pregnant, and left woozy, not even remembering  how she got home. Kolker reports that a month later, according to records,

“she was at a Muskegon emergency room after feeling ‘movement in her abdomen and pain.’  She told doctors that Dr. Alexander had ‘stuck something up inside her and moved it around, removing something,’ records show.

“Doctors at the hospital performed an ultrasound.

“’I was shocked,’ McCloud said. ‘I mean, I seen the baby on the ultrasound. It said, ‘It’s a boy.’ I was 31 weeks pregnant. That’s a shocking feeling.’”

What ensued, according to “Records: failed abortions at Muskegon clinic,” is a litany of alleged evasion and failure on the part of medical authorities to investigate her complaint. Exactly why did the Board of Medicine determine no investigation was needed? Kolker writes

“A document titled ‘Board Review Sheet’ explained the reason the state decided not to investigate McCloud’s complaint.

“According to the document, ‘Appropriate evaluation of the patient was performed. She was outside the legal limit for voluntary termination of pregnancy and was informed of such by the licensee. Patient was refunded her payment [which McCloud denies]. No breach of standard of care, no fraud, no unethical practice.’

“The doctor who wrote that Alexander was ‘grossly negligent in this case,’, also wrote that he had taken care of another Alexander patient. He wrote that Alexander perforated the woman’s uterus during an 8-week termination.

“On July 17, 2009, four months after the apparent abortion, McCloud had Jeremiah by emergency c-section — 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and healthy.”