By Dave Andrusko
And the tragic, preventable story continues. After a two-day inspection conducted earlier this month which found 26 deficiencies, the Virginia Department of Health has temporarily suspended the license of a tony abortion clinic in Fairfax, Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C.
The Virginia Health Group is part of the abortion empire owned by the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham. VHG is one of 14 abortion facilities in three states [Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey] that make up his American Women’s Services.
The Washington Post’s Jenna Portnoy reported today
Inspectors observed dirty equipment, expired medication in unlocked cabinets, lax storage of medical records and a failure of staff to sterilize and maintain medical equipment and follow hand-washing protocols, according to a 52-page report.
In one case, a patient had to be rushed to a local emergency room for prolonged bleeding after sutures were not available at the clinic, the report says. In another, a nurse used a plunger to unstop a toilet and then held a patient’s hand during a surgical procedure without changing scrubs, according to the report.
As of April 8 VHG is not performing abortions, Portnoy reported, but according to a letter sent to the state by administrator Ebony Fobbs, VHG is doing follow-up visits.
The clinic was unrepentant, according to the Post:
“Despite the 52 pages of deficiencies that we were dismayed to receive,” director of operations Kirsy Japs wrote, “we believe that we are not fundamentally irredeemable health care providers who should not be afforded the opportunity to correct these problems and return to providing health care.”
The serious inadequacies at VHG are part of two larger narratives: Brigham’s disastrous history and pro-abortion Virginia Governor (and Hillary Clinton confidant) Terry McAuliffe , who even before he was elected governor of the Commonwealth vowed to be a “brick wall” against any attempts to pass pro-life legislation, including clinic regulations intended to upgrade abortion facilities.
Portnoy said McAuliffe “scored a victory last fall when the Virginia Board of Health said existing abortion clinics should no longer have to have transfer agreements with hospitals” or be required to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers.
Of course, pro-abortionists were concerned not about the 26 deficiencies but about the possible fallout on their agenda. According to the Post
Abortion rights advocates, including Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, and Anna Scholl, executive director of Progress Virginia, said “one rogue provider’s failure” to follow standards of medical care should not draw increased political scrutiny on providers who follow the rules.
“Proponents of these politically motivated restrictions will attempt to use this deplorable incident as part of their coordinated campaign to close clinics and restrict access to reproductive health care. We strenuously urge you to reject their propaganda,” they wrote in a letter to the state.