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Local Abortion Clinic Forced To Close Doors After Lawsuit

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Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a lawsuit Monday against the Health Care Clinic in Delta Township and the affiliated Women's Choice Clinic in Saginaw, forcing the local abortion clinic to close its doors.

The court order to shut down operations came after the attorney general said an investigation showed a number of violations. Schuette hopes to keep the clinic's doors from ever opening again.

"Doesn't matter whether you're an abortion clinic or a podiatrist, there are state regulations that you have to follow that must be enforced. That's what this case is all about," said Joy Yearout, spokeswoman.

Yearout, a representative for the attorney general's office, says the clinic's owner was not a licensed medical professional. @

"In the interest of patient safety, state law requires that doctors run these types of clinics, ya know, they are the folks vested with the responsibility to make sure patients are treated safely," said Yearout.

On top of that, the Attorney General's office has requested further investigation into possible improper disposal of medical records and just how many of the procedures  are abortions. @

"If these clinics are providing 50 percent or more abortions as opposed to other procedures they are subject to a higher standard of regulation," said Yearout.

Last year, a complaint was filed with the Attorney General's office after 17 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside the business.

"These babies were actually put in plastic bags with the mother's name on them, thrown into a common garbage dumpster, used by numerous businesses and other medical information was thrown in there," said Yearout.

Senator Rick Jones has proposed a bill that would make that illegal and he hopes the clinics will never be allowed to reopen. @

"When somebody is that careless with babies and information, that's outrageous, there's no reason they should operate like that," said Senator Jones.

That will be up to a judge when the clinic's owner gets a hearing on November 21. 

The lawsuit also seeks to prevent the clinic's owner, directors and shareholders from opening a similar business in the future.

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