In the middle of April, Carolyn Payne, President of the UT Medical Students for Choice, wrote a letter complaining about the University of Toledo’s decision to cancel medical transfer agreements with Critical Care Network, formerly the Toledo Women’s Center.
“The Center for Choice and Capital Care Network provide a vital health service to the women of Northwest Ohio by providing safe pregnancy terminations,” she wrote.
“History has shown us that when safe abortion services are not accessible, this does not stop women from having abortions. They just have unsafe abortions, and at later gestations.”
But then the DEA raided Critical Care and it turned out to be quite unsafe and suffering from some unsavory habits.
Inspectors from the Ohio Department of Health visited the Cuyahoga Falls Capital Care abortion facility on February 14 and found a host of violations detailed in a 36-page inspection report [PDF]. The most serious of these violations were drug-related, which is why the DEA got involved—just as it did in the case of notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.
A staff member told inspectors that “many of the facility’s patients underwent frequent surgical procedures at the facility.” There is so much wrong here, one scarcely knows where to begin.
One thing is certain: Capital Care was counting on these Rh- women to show up repeatedly to supply them with blood.
However, there was no doctor’s order for any of these women to have a tube to be drawn instead of just a finger stick, “nor was there documentation the patient was made aware of the blood sample’s intended use.”
In other words: Capital Care was stealing women’s blood.
If we don’t have safe abortion clinics to steal women’s blood, then what are they supposed to do; steal their own blood?