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OBGYN describes abortion complications, urges admitting privileges for abortionists

Dr. Bryan Calhoun, vice chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at West Virginia University, explains why abortionists should have admitting privileges.

We commonly (I personally probably at least weekly) see patients at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in our emergency room or ultrasound center with complications from abortions at the centers in Charleston: so much for “safe and legal.” These patients are told to come to our hospital because the abortion clinic providers do not have hospital privileges to care for their patients, so we must treat them as emergency “drop ins.… No other medical providers are allowed to care for patients, have no backup coverage, and then abandon them to the emergency room. We would be held ethically and legally liable.

These statements was made in a letter Calhoun wrote dated June 31, 2013, to West Virginia Atty. Gen. Patrick Morrisey, who was considering new clinic regulations.

“Botched Abortion Patients Land in Hospital Weekly, Says Doc” OR Frontline News Action Report Fall 2013

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