In a lengthy article this year, detailed a notorious Chicago abortion clinic’s, repeated failures to comply with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements, resulting in fines totaling $50,000.
The Albany Medical-Surgical Center abortion facility, run by the Family Planning Associates (FPA) chain, has long been notorious for not-safe-but legal late-term abortions.
Four Women have died following abortions at this Chicago facility: Maria Rodriguez, Nakia Jordan, Maria Leho; and the most tragic, a 13-year old Deanna Bell.
The last day the Albany abortion clinic was open was Saturday, October 17th. Since then, it’s been closed. The large sign in the facility’s parking lot that formerly read: “Family Planning Associates Medical Group” is now blank. Another sign on the door now directs people to another FPA abortion facility in downtown Chicago.
Here’s Pro-Life Action League’s Report
What We do Know
In August 2013, IDPH conducted the first life safety inspection PDF at the Albany FPA abortion facility since at least 1995, revealing multiple violations related to patient and employee safety, particularly in case of fire or other emergency, and in maintaining a sanitary environment.
Over the next 16 months, Albany repeatedly failed to issue an acceptable plan of correction (POC) to the IDPH, indicating how these numerous deficiencies were to be fixed.
In October 2014, the Pro-Life Action League questioned IDPH as to why we had evidence of numerous ambulance transfers from Albany, yet since 2005, Albany had reported exactly zero ambulance transfers to the State.
On December 19-20, 2014, three women were taken away from Albany by ambulance in two days. The Pro-Life Action League submitted a complaint to IDPH regarding these ambulance transfers on Dec. 22, which was immediately investigated.
A January 5th inspection also revealed that on Dec. 20, abortionist Allison Cowett left Albany in the ambulance to accompany the woman she had injured thereby leaving unattended three other women who had just had abortions in the recovery room with no physician present in the clinic. As a result, Albany was cited for violation of “Presence of a Qualified Physician” and fined $10,000.
On February 28, Albany once again submitted a revised POC regarding the numerous deficiencies cited 18 months earlier – but it was once again unacceptable.
On March 10 – which is, ironically “National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day” – IDPH issued an order (PDF) revoking Albany’s ambulatory surgical treatment center (ASTC) license, stating: “The Department has found conditions in the Facility that are threatening to the public interest, health, safety, or welfare.” The Department also assessed an additional $40,000 in fines.
Albany appealed the State’s action and finally submitted an acceptable POC on May 15, and was ultimately allowed (PDF) to retain its license. Albany also negotiated with the State to pay $32,000 to satisfy the $50,000 in assessed fines.
Although their website, which has not been updated in some time, as of this writing, is still indicating that the facility is open, it is obviously not.
However, whether this close is temporary or permanent remains to be seen, so PRAYERS ARE STILL NEEDED.
But for NOW, BABIES ARE NO LONGER BEING KILLED THERE, AND THIS IS CAUSE FOR REJOICING – especially as this news comes in the midst of a 40 Day for Life Vigil held outside the Albany clinic for the sixth consecutive year.
BOOTS ON THE GROUND:
Special Thanks to all the sidewalk counselors, and prayer warriors who have been a faithful presence outside Albany for decades; as well as the Women’s Center which was around the corner from Albany, offering immediate help to those women and girls, whom the sidewalk counselors helped to consider other options.
Closing Ceremony for 40 Days for Life
Nov. 1st, Mass at 7PM
with Bishop Alberto Rojas