Planned Parenthood Docs Failed To Report Rape, Don’t Wash Their Hands

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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Planned Parenthood staff did not report multiple rapes of a 14-year-old girl who got two abortions at the clinic that were four months apart, the Alabama health department found during a recently published review of the clinic.

In addition to sanitation problems, improper paperwork and a lack of caution when administering drugs to patients, the health department found the Alabama clinic failed to report the 14-year-old’s case to the authorities, and was otherwise careless with her health.

These deficiencies “require a plan of correction,” the review begins. (RELATED: Nearly 1 in 3 Abortions Happen At Planned Parenthood ‘Health’ Clinics)

A 14-year-old mother of two visited the clinic in April, 2014, for an abortion, and returned that August for a second abortion. Planned Parenthood did not obtain proper consent from a guardian, as required by Alabama law, and did not take proper precautions when administering the medication abortions.

The clinic’s own standards require an abortionist to consult the medical director and/or affiliate protocols before performing a medication abortion on someone with a hemoglobin level below 10. The Planned Parenthood staff did neither of these things before performing the two medication abortions. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood Whistleblower: ‘This Is Not Political To Me’)

The staff also violated Alabama law by failing to report the child mother’s case to the authorities, the report concluded. The clinic’s director of patient services verified a report was not made in an interview with the health department, but “gave no additional information as to why,” the review notes.

The review also found sanitation and infection control problems, noting a number of observed abortions in which the doctors failed to wash their hands properly or at all between procedures and when changing gloves.

The clinic “failed to follow the procedure for Instrument Cleaning and Sterilization, gloves and hand hygiene,” the review states. “This had the potential to negatively affect all patients served by this facility.”

Planned Parenthood Southeast, which includes the Alabama clinic in its network, did not respond to a request for comment. The clinic could not be reached for comment.

The share of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood jumped from about 20 percent of all U.S. abortions in 2004 (255,015) to a record high of about 32 percent in 2011 (333,964), an analysis of Planned Parenthood and federal data shows.

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