Minneapolis abortion facility violating the law: allegation

Whole Woman's Health advertised same-day abortions in violation of the law, a pro-life group claims.
Wed Apr 17, 2013 - 7:29 pm EST

MINNEAPOLIS, April 17, 2013 ( – An abortion facility in Minneapolis is said to be violating the state's mandatory waiting law by advertising, and performing, abortions on the same day.

On its website, under the section labeled “abortion care,” Whole Woman's Health stated that it performed “same day surgical procedures” in the Twin Cities. However, the state has a 24-hour waiting period, the Woman's Right to Know Law. The wording has since been changed.


On Wednesday, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) sent a letter to Attorney General Lori Swanson and state Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger demanding they hold the office accountable.

“Whole Woman’s Health is not above our laws,” Scott Fischbach, executive director of MCCL in a press release.

The facility is part of a national chain of abortion businesses with a troubled history. In June 2011, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) determined the Whole Woman's Health locations in Austin and McAllen had illegally disposed of the bodies of aborted babies by tossing their remains into an open dumpster. The two locations were fined $83,000. Their waste disposal company, Stericycle, was also fined.

MCCL states, “Eight of its abortionists were disciplined by the Texas Medical Board for numerous allegations, including the illegal dumping of private patient medical records, HIPAA violations, and violations of Texas informed consent laws. Several Whole Woman’s Health abortionists have previous disciplinary histories, including one who was responsible for a patient death.”

The chain recently closed one of its Minneapolis abortion facilities and merged its operations with a revamped office located at 825 South 8th Street in Minneapolis.

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“With the number of abortions dropping in Minnesota, it is obvious that Whole Women’s Health could not financially continue to operate two locations. It is good news when an abortion clinic closes for lack of business,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, said at the time.

The new office is already getting into trouble with the law.

“This only underscores the need to license and inspect abortion facilities in the state,” Fischbach said. “And while abortion centers are not licensed or inspected by the State of Minnesota, the least that the Attorney General and Health Commissioner can do is enforce the laws that we have on the books.”

Contact info:

Minnesota Attorney General's Office
1400 Bremer Tower
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353
(800) 657-3787
M - F 8 am - 5 pm
TTY:(651) 297-7206
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