Michigan State Senators to ask for hearing to investigate conflict of interest charges over handling of allegations against Muskegon abortionist Robert Alexander

By Dave Andrusko

Robert Alexander's Women's Medical Services

Robert Alexander’s Women’s Medical Services

NRL News Today has written extensively about abortionist Robert Alexander whose Muskegon, Michigan, “Women’s Medical Services” was shut down by authorities last December.

There are now three inter-related threads to this sad story where, as one news account put it, “Police investigating a broken rear door at a Muskegon abortion clinic Dec. 26 reported unsanitary conditions throughout the clinic including used hypodermic needles in unsecured containers, ‘blood on the floor and walls in multiple locations’ as well as dripping from a sink trap in a patient room, and ‘uncovered buckets containing unknown fluids’ in the operating room.”

First, there is the above—and more, such as unsecured patient information strewn throughout the office, water dripping from rotted ceiling tiles, “biohazard material and unsecured sharps throughout the building,” to name a few.

Second, there were initial allegations that Alexander “botched” two abortions (see [http://nrlc.cc/15slmst and http://nrlc.cc/16eneWf), including one where fortunately, the child survived. As we’ve explained (http://nrlc.cc/ZxvEmm), the number, tragically, is now up to three.

The third woman told Ken Kolker of WOOD-TV Target 8 that following her abortion, she experienced off-and-on hemorrhaging for six months.One night she started bleeding badly.

“She said an ambulance rushed her to Butterworth Hospital, where doctors gave her two blood transfusions and an emergency D&C,” Keller reported. “Alexander, she said, hadn’t removed all of the fetus.”

The third aspect of Alexander’s abortion trade are a series of allegations of conflict of interest in which a former mentor of Alexander who allegedly eased his way back into the medical practice after Alexander left prison and who quickly dismissed a complaint brought against Alexander in 2010. Then-Chairman of the state Board of Medince, Dr. George Shade Jr., “found there was no need to investigate,” Kolker reported in a story filed yesterday.

Two Michigan State Senators, Rick Jones and Tonya Schuitmaker “say they plan to invite the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) to the hearing before the judiciary committee,” Kolker reported.

The pressure was ratcheted up when Schuitmaker “learned that Shade also closed out a complaint against Alexander in 2006, again without investigation,” Keller reported. “That complaint was filed by a pro-life group and involved a clinic Alexander was operating in Ypsilanti [Michigan].”

Schuitmaker said, “Whatever the medical procedure out there, you certainly want to make sure there’s no conflict of interest in that one person does not have sole discretion in order to play God.” She added, “   “We want to make sure that there’s no conflict of interest on boards, to make sure that there will be more eyes seeing it so one person doesn’t have sole discretion.”

Last year, Michigan enacted a law that, among other provisions, requires that any clinic that performs at least 120 abortions a year must be licensed and inspected. Jones told Keller that what happened at Alexander’s abortion clinic illustrates why that law was and is needed. (The law goes into effect at the end of March.)

“Certainly, with this law that passed, if you’re going to have inspections, they’re going to have to be clean, or they’re going to get shut down,” Jones said.