Press Release November 21, 2011
Citizens for a Pro-life Society
Womans Choice Abortion Clinics
An Eaton County Circuit Court judge’s signature today climaxed a 21 month-long effort by pro-lifers, working with Michigan law-enforcement agencies, formally shutting down the Lansing and Saginaw, Michigan Womans Choice abortion clinics owned by Richard Remund. In papers submitted to the court on Friday, Nov. 18th, Remund not only officially dissolved all clinic operations but also entered an agreement with the Michigan Attorney General that forbids Remund from being part of any future incorporation of medical facilities in Michigan. Eaton County Judge Calvin Osterhaven signed the consent order, dissolving the two abortion clinics at at 2:30pm, Monday, Nov. 21, 2011. In short, these two Michigan abortion clinics no longer exist.
The shut-down of the Womans Choice clinics, is the result of a motion brought against the late-term abortion clinics on Nov. 7, 2011 in which the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schutte citied the facilities for illegal incorporation within the state of Michigan-- (see link to the motion below). His action is the direct consequence of discoveries made by pro-life activists who, after searching the clinics’ trash dumpsters in 2010 found aborted babies, medical waste and patient records. In an attempt to bring charges against Womans Choice, the Criminal Division of the Attorney General’s Office discovered the illegal incorporation.
Medical clinics in Michigan are required to have a licensed physician as head of their formal incorporation—a requirement that the Womans Choice clinics, where abortions are performed through the 24 week of pregnancy, deliberately managed to evade for 30 years. Womans Choice abortionists Lewis Twigg and Ronald Nichols were simply paid on a per abortion basis.
The Womans Choice shut-down is the result of Citizens for a Pro-life Society, pro-lifer Chris Veneklase, Ed Rivet of Right to Life of Michigan, and State Senator Rick Jones’ combined efforts to gather evidence of illegal practices associated with Womans Choice clinic operations. It all began on February 26, 2010 when Lansing pro-life activist Veneklase searched the dumpster used by Womans Choice in Lansing and made a grisly discovery of the remains of 17 aborted babies tossed in the trash. Each aborted baby was contained in a medical baggie. The names of the mothers were written on each bag as well as the date of their abortion. The aborted babies were buried nearly one year ago exactly, Nov. 20, 2010 by Bishop Earl Boyea in St. Joseph Cemetery, Lansing, MI. See video link: http://www.imagesofabortion.com/exposed/pages/videos/burialWomansChoice.aspx
Citizens for a Pro-life Society conducted several searches of the Womans Choice dumpster in Lansing as well as its sister clinic in Saginaw. Veneklase and CPLS discovered medical waste and numerous patient records. They contacted Ed Rivet of Right to Life of Michigan who notified State Senator Rick Jones in whose district the Lansing abortion clinic is located.
From April through July 2010 the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department conducted its own independent investigation of the Womans Choice, Lansing clinic. Detectives found numerous patient records, including whole, intact scheduling sheets from December 2009 through July 2010—sheets that contained personal information of hundreds of women who obtained an abortion at Womans Choice. (See redacted patient record below) The names on some of the sheets matched the names of the women written on the medical baggies containing their dead unborn children pulled from the trash. The discovery of over 7 months of patient records in the clinic dumpster has also resulted in the Attorney General filing allegations against Womans Choice with the Michigan Bureau of Health Systems. An investigation into those allegations is still pending. The dumping of such records is in violation of Michigan state law and administrative regulations governing the practice of medical facilities as well as HIPAA federal law.
The bags containing the 17 aborted babies pulled from the Womans Choice dumpsterCPLS took extensive video of its dumpster findings, photos of the fetal remains as well as catching on tape Womans Choice staff throwing clinic trash into the dumpster. See video “Womans Choice Clinic Scandal”: http://www.imagesofabortion.com/exposed/pages/videos/womanschoice.aspx
Womans Choice could not be charged with illegally dumping the bodies of the aborted babies since any bio-hazard was rendered inert by formalin solution, in conformity with Michigan law at that time. In other words, although scandalous to many Michigan residents, it was not illegal for the clinic to dump the remains of aborted babies into the trash. Since the discovery of the bodies, a new bill has been introduced into the Michigan state legislature by State Senator Rick Jones, Senate Bill 0024-0025. This bill would make it a criminal misdemeanor to throw human body parts into the trash and requires that the remains of aborted babies—or miscarried babies— be either humanely buried or cremated.
Monica Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society states: “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. This process started 21 months ago when the bodies of babies killed at Womans Choice were found in the clinic trash dumpster. 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. These clinics tried to get around the law and violated the rights of women. As of today they no longer exist! One year ago, practically to the day, the 17 babies found in the trash were laid to rest. Now the clinic where they were killed has shut down. We look forward to the day when the rights of the unborn are respected in law and all these places of death are finally a thing of the past. But today we rejoice that at least Woman Choice clinics in Michigan no longer exist.”
The foot of one of the 17 aborted babies found in Womans Choice dumpster—8 weeks.
For More Information Call:
Monica Migliorino Miller -Director of CPLS cell: 248 444-9096
Chris Veneklase cell: 707 363-8797
Ed Rivet Right to Life of Michigan office: 517 487-3376
State Senator Rick Jones 517 410-9495
Joy Yearout --Attorney General's Office--
Press Secretary 517 373-8060
Press Release from Attorney General's Office