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Abortionist quits after state authorities suspend clinics due to filthy conditions

Peter J. Smith

PHILADELPHIA, March 10, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Philadelphia abortionist has decided to quit his practice altogether after Pennsylvania state authorities suspended operations at his two facilities owing to substandard conditions, reports the Associated Press.

The AP reports that abortionist Dr. Soleiman M. Soli, 73, quit and shut down his facilities, after state authorities recommenced the long-dormant inspections of abortion clinics, following the revelations of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s “house of horrors” – an operation that was busted thanks only to an illegal-drug investigation.

Soli operated two “Abortion as an Alternative Inc.” clinics in Bensalem and the Germantown part of Philadelphia. He was ordered by the state Health Department to stop performing abortions owing to the dilapidated state of his clinics. Instead of fixing the problems, Soli instead closed the clinics and then retired on November 19.

State health inspectors found drugs that expired decades ago (as late as 1970), poorly sterilized instruments, exposed needles on the floor, uninspected and faulty equipment, fetal tissue improperly disposed “with potential exposure to the public,” and other unsanitary conditions. Even life-saving medical equipment was either missing or in disarray.

At the Bensalem clinic, inspectors discovered that Soli did not know how to use the clinic’s oxygen tank, and an oxygen mask was coated in dust. It took 10 minutes for Soli to figure out how to use the equipment – a lapse of time that could have proven fatal in a real situation. Also Soli did not have a transfer agreement with an area hospital, as he was required by law, in the event of an emergency. He did tell inspectors that he had admitting privileges at two hospitals.

The ultrasound machine, microscope, and blood pressure cuffs were also not in good working order.

However, none of these problems would have been addressed had not a Pennsylvania grand jury leveled a heavy indictment against state officials for letting Gosnell run a filthy clinic free of inspections, allowing him to commit hundreds of infanticides, illegal late-term abortions, kill a patient, infect women with disease through dirty instruments, and even potentially perform forced abortions on women.

Officials had failed to investigate Gosnell, despite numerous reports having been filed by former clients against him with the state health department.

Gosnell faces the death penalty for seven infanticides and the murder of an immigrant woman, Karnamaya Mongar, who died midway through an abortion.

The AP reports that the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine had no discipline history for Soli either.

See the full AP story here.

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