Published On: Thu, Aug 7th, 2014

Alabama judge rules abortion doctors to have hospital privilege is ‘undue burden’

The Alabama law that required doctors performing abortions to have privileges at local hospitals was ruled unconstitutional. Judge Myron Thompson declared Monday that the law forced an “undue burden” on women who were planning to undergo the procedure.
Dr. Gosnell's "House of Horrors" revealed several horrific issues in abortion clinics around the country. Now an Alabama judge strikes down some regulations for these doctors

Dr. Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” revealed several horrific issues in abortion clinics around the country. Now an Alabama judge strikes down some regulations for these doctors

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman was outraged by the decision. “Following Thompson’s flawed logic, he would rather keep open an abortion facility open – even if it was the likes of Kermit Gosnell and his filthy ‘House of Horrors’ – than close an abortion facility, no matter how dangerous it is for women. This puts the fabricated ‘right’ of an abortionist to operate whatever kind of shoddy, dangerous back-alley business he wants above the lives and health of women. This ruling must be appealed by the state in the interest of protecting women from substandard practices that endanger their lives every day,” he said. 

Requiring abortionists to maintain hospital privileges ensures that patients receive continuity of care. Experts have testified in both Alabama and Mississippi that abortionists often call 911 in the event of an emergency, and leave it to emergency room staff, which seldom include an OBGYN, to figure out the extent of a patient’s injuries or complications.

This causes a delay in emergency care and increases the risks to the woman.

After Operation Rescue documented breaches of protocol at multiple clinics including failure to properly sanitize, refusal to see patients suffering complications and permitting untrained staff to perform procedures, many hoped that the new law would taken effect. 
Life News reports that the law would have closed the doors of three out of five abortion clinics in the state if it had not been overturned. 
Some of the recent clinic violations as summarized by Life News.
Planned Parenthood in Mobile was cited for numerous violations including failing to follow up on patients complaining of complications.Reproductive Health Services in Montgomery was cited for failing to follow infection-control protocols that had the potential of spreading infection or disease to multiple patients.

The West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa was cited last year for multiple violations including failure to wash hands sanitize surfaces between patients.

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