The last remaining abortion facility in Missouri, the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, has been allowed to remain open due to an activist judge who keeps giving Planned Parenthood more time to answer why so many women leave their facility in emergency vehicles. While this activist judge decided he can create special laws for Planned Parenthood, the health inspectors for the state have exposed unsanitary and unsafe conditions at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. In fact, when students have been told about these violations, they’ve actually canceled their appointments.
Elizabeth Hill, the St. Louis Regional Coordinator for Students for Life in Spring 2019, told us this story:
Just as we were packing up the display equipment, we were approached by a young black woman, who asked us what our display was about. We launched into our lengthy list of Planned Parenthood inspection failures and how 71 women have left the Saint Louis Planned Parenthood in ambulances and...she was shocked. She had an appointment to get tested at the local Planned Parenthood this week and, as a health inspector’s daughter, she was absolutely appalled by the horrible conditions of both Planned Parenthood locations. She signed the postcard asking for our Attorney General to investigate and inspect the Saint Louis Planned Parenthood.
Here’s some more of their disgusting health violations, according to CheckMyClinic.org:
- The referral laboratory was found to be out of compliance. Though this facility has documented failed abortion attempts, the physicians report never having contact with the pathologist to report incomplete abortions. When products of conception are sent to the lab and analyzed, if all of the parts are not present, policy states they are to contact the facility within 24 hours. One physician stated she has never had any communication with a pathologist on any abortion she has performed.
- The facility did not maintain accurate medical records.
- Supervising physicians were documenting in records that they were present for the procedure and agree with the treatment plan and follow up before the procedures were even performed. This documentation should be completed post-procedure.
- Other patient notes were being entered weeks and sometimes months after their encounter.
- Tears in the exam tables; these tables could not be cleaned to ensure that women were not exposed to infections
- There was dust covering equipment and supplies all over this clinic
- The refrigerator had not been cleaned in over 1 1/2 years according to a staff member (health care assistant) who had been working in the clinic for that period of time. He had no idea who was responsible for that.
- Failed to properly sterilize instruments that are used from woman to woman
- Medication refrigerator temperature was recorded as “out of range” with no intervention or resolution for several days. Anything stored in this refrigerator was compromised.
- Staff used heating pads on patients in recovery that were clearly marked “for household use only”
- No infection control training on staff
Yikes. This is not a facility we want to remain open.