Michigan Attorney General shuts down two late-term abortion facilities
LANSING, November 21, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that two abortion mills in the state would be permanently closed.
On November 7, Schuette filed a lawsuit to permanently dissolve Health Care Clinic, of Delta Township, and the affiliated Women’s Choice Clinic, of Saginaw and to enjoin the abortion clinic’s owner, Richard Remund, from ever organizing any other company for a similar purpose.
Eaton County Judge Calvin Osterhaven signed the consent order dissolving the two abortion clinics at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
The complaint by Schuette had followed a year-long investigation launched when pro-life activists discovered the bodies of 17 aborted unborn children in a dumpster outside Woman’s Choice Clinic in early 2010. They also found unredacted medical records and trash bags containing bloody or soiled cannulas, gloves, gauze, and surgical sheets.
“To ensure patient safety, state law restricts the organization of for-profit corporations that provide medical care services to licensed medical professionals only,” said the attorney general’s office in a statement today. “The clinics’ owner, Richard Remund, and his wife, Margaret Remund, are not licensed medical professionals.”
The statement adds: “Profit should never come before patient safety, and that’s why state law requires medical facilities to be run by licensed medical professionals. Facilities that fail to follow this important safeguard should not be in business.”
The development was welcomed by pro-life activists in the state. “The shut- down of the Womans Choice clinics is a huge victory and a direct result of pro-lifers getting active and doing something about illegal clinic practices,” said Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, who was responsible for originally finding the evidence against the abortion facilities in their dumpsters.
“We spent hours searching the dumpsters, going through the trash, photographing everything, cataloging everything, going to the sheriff, the county prosecutor and finally the attorney general. I have to be honest, there were times when we thought nothing was going to happen. But we just never gave up!
“We are so pleased that the Michigan Attorney General has done what he could to bring the Woman Choice abortion clinics to justice.”