Website Under Deconstruction: Orlando Women’s Center

SPL supporter Margot D. suggested that we take a look at the Orlando Women’s Center as part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series. Here’s the first thing we saw:

The discount offer isn’t surprising; abortion is a business, and there’s significant competition in central Florida. But a three-minute abortion?!? That’s not a decision between a woman and her doctor, that’s an assembly line.

Once you close the pop-up, it only gets worse. That discount applies to the abortion pill, which is supposed to be for pregnancies early in the first trimester. OWC is offering it through 14 weeks, which is into the second trimester. But of course, the fact that they’re using the same pill regimen for early-term and later-term pregnancies doesn’t stop them from charging the later-term patients over $100 more than the early-term ones. Shameless.

OWC offers abortions through 24 weeks, and the “Note From The Founder” page makes it clear that they would like to commit even later abortions and would do so if not for Florida law banning abortions after viability. There’s also this interesting statement:

Abortions performed before 6 weeks gestation are at the forefront of how abortions will be performed in the future as the majority of abortions will occur during this time. There are less moral and ethical personal conflicts associated with having an abortion performed earlier in pregnancy. The earlier in pregnancy the abortion is performed the less fetal development, fewer complications, and less guilt.

How it is that an abortionist can simultaneously want to do third-trimester abortions and also express a preference for “less fetal development” is beyond me. But clearly they’re not that concerned; that’s the sole mention of fetal development on the entire site.

I was surprised to see that OWC is much more forthcoming about the possibility of post-abortion psychological issues than most abortion businesses. On the “Abortion Methods” page, it says:

Psychological Impacts Associated with Abortion 

Studies conducted on the impacts of abortion do not provide conclusions which allow doctors and others to make statements or predictions about psychological problems associated with abortion. While many women are relieved after their abortion, others may experience anger, regret, guilt, or sadness. In a review of 250 such studies, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop reports that factors which may make the decision about abortion more difficult for some women than others include: Strongly held personal values, feelings about abortion, pressure from other people, ending an originally desired pregnancy, a decision made late in the pregnancy, or the lack of support by a partner or family member.

That’s not great—after over forty years of legalized abortion, of course there are studies with conclusions—but it’s better than the usual approach of sticking fingers in your ears and shouting LALALALALA.

The next paragraph is just a straight-up lie:

Effects of Abortion on Fertility or Future Pregnancy 

Most studies show no impact of first trimester abortion on fertility or subsequent pregnancies. The effects of multiple second trimester abortions are undetermined.

Abortion is known to increase the risk of premature birth in subsequent pregnancies. That conclusion is supported by over 100 peer-reviewed studies. Those studies have also found that multiple abortions pose a greater risk. The effect of multiple second trimester abortions is no mystery.

But the kicker is the “Safe Abortion” page, which states: “We are proud of our excellent safety records and extremely low complication rates.” OWC’s safety record is nothing to be proud of. It includes numerous malpractice lawsuits for botched abortions, including one in which the victim was awarded $36.7 million; a criminal charge for slapping an abortion patient who changed her mind and got up to leave because the abortionist couldn’t place a needle in her vein after several attempts; and a police raid.

No wonder OWC’s advice to patients regarding “annoying” sidewalk counselors is to “avoid them, not speak to them, and walk directly into the office.”

More in our “Website Under Deconstruction” series:


Website Under Deconstruction: Orlando Women’s Center

SPL supporter Margot D. suggested that we take a look at the Orlando Women’s Center as part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series. Here’s the first thing we saw:

The discount offer isn’t surprising; abortion is a business, and there’s significant competition in central Florida. But a three-minute abortion?!? That’s not a decision between a woman and her doctor, that’s an assembly line.

Once you close the pop-up, it only gets worse. That discount applies to the abortion pill, which is supposed to be for pregnancies early in the first trimester. OWC is offering it through 14 weeks, which is into the second trimester. But of course, the fact that they’re using the same pill regimen for early-term and later-term pregnancies doesn’t stop them from charging the later-term patients over $100 more than the early-term ones. Shameless.

OWC offers abortions through 24 weeks, and the “Note From The Founder” page makes it clear that they would like to commit even later abortions and would do so if not for Florida law banning abortions after viability. There’s also this interesting statement:

Abortions performed before 6 weeks gestation are at the forefront of how abortions will be performed in the future as the majority of abortions will occur during this time. There are less moral and ethical personal conflicts associated with having an abortion performed earlier in pregnancy. The earlier in pregnancy the abortion is performed the less fetal development, fewer complications, and less guilt.

How it is that an abortionist can simultaneously want to do third-trimester abortions and also express a preference for “less fetal development” is beyond me. But clearly they’re not that concerned; that’s the sole mention of fetal development on the entire site.

I was surprised to see that OWC is much more forthcoming about the possibility of post-abortion psychological issues than most abortion businesses. On the “Abortion Methods” page, it says:

Psychological Impacts Associated with Abortion 

Studies conducted on the impacts of abortion do not provide conclusions which allow doctors and others to make statements or predictions about psychological problems associated with abortion. While many women are relieved after their abortion, others may experience anger, regret, guilt, or sadness. In a review of 250 such studies, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop reports that factors which may make the decision about abortion more difficult for some women than others include: Strongly held personal values, feelings about abortion, pressure from other people, ending an originally desired pregnancy, a decision made late in the pregnancy, or the lack of support by a partner or family member.

That’s not great—after over forty years of legalized abortion, of course there are studies with conclusions—but it’s better than the usual approach of sticking fingers in your ears and shouting LALALALALA.

The next paragraph is just a straight-up lie:

Effects of Abortion on Fertility or Future Pregnancy 

Most studies show no impact of first trimester abortion on fertility or subsequent pregnancies. The effects of multiple second trimester abortions are undetermined.

Abortion is known to increase the risk of premature birth in subsequent pregnancies. That conclusion is supported by over 100 peer-reviewed studies. Those studies have also found that multiple abortions pose a greater risk. The effect of multiple second trimester abortions is no mystery.

But the kicker is the “Safe Abortion” page, which states: “We are proud of our excellent safety records and extremely low complication rates.” OWC’s safety record is nothing to be proud of. It includes numerous malpractice lawsuits for botched abortions, including one in which the victim was awarded $36.7 million; a criminal charge for slapping an abortion patient who changed her mind and got up to leave because the abortionist couldn’t place a needle in her vein after several attempts; and a police raid.

No wonder OWC’s advice to patients regarding “annoying” sidewalk counselors is to “avoid them, not speak to them, and walk directly into the office.”

More in our “Website Under Deconstruction” series:


Website Under Deconstruction: Family Planning Associates of Chicago

First, watch this incredible video from the Pro-Life Action League. If you’re hearing-impaired or can’t turn on the volume, there are subtitles. No excuses. Watch:

A little background: although this location is known as Albany Medical-Surgical Center, the facility is part of the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion chain. And FPA Chicago is the subject of today’s entry in our “Website Under Deconstruction” series, exposing lies, omissions, and threats to women’s health on abortion business websites.

To answer the question posed in the video: no, patients are not being informed about the license revocation and fine. The site is replete with weasel-word commitments to “quality,” but light on specifics, for obvious reasons.

FPA Chicago openly advertises the abortion pill regimen through 10 weeks of pregnancy, omitting the fact that it is only FDA-approved for the first 49 days of pregnancy. They’re going an extra three weeks with no regard for patient safety. And just how does the abortion pill regimen work?

The Abortion Pill procedure involves the oral ingestion of mifepristone after ultrasound verification of a pregnancy ten weeks gestation or less. 24 to 36 hours later, misoprostol is inserted into the cheeks, held in place for 30 minutes, and then swallowed with water. In most cases, a miscarriage occurs within 24 hours.
If bleeding does not occur after 24 hours, the misoprostol insertion is repeated. Usually bleeding is like a spontaneous miscarriage and bleeding or spotting may occur for up to two weeks longer. And ultrasound will be used to verify the successful termination of the pregnancy.

For the millionth time, an abortion is not a miscarriage. On behalf of all the Secular Pro-Life members who have experienced actual miscarriages, here’s a message to FPA Chicago from my favorite fictional Spaniard:


There’s much more I could discuss about the FPA Chicago website—like the complete omission of any information about fetal development, referring to even second-trimester babies as just “the pregnancy”—but you get the point. This place is seriously skeevy. The only silver lining here is that sidewalk counselors are there to give the vital information that the abortion center and escorts are deliberately concealing.

More in our “Website Under Deconstruction” series:

Website Under Deconstruction: Family Planning Associates of Chicago

First, watch this incredible video from the Pro-Life Action League. If you’re hearing-impaired or can’t turn on the volume, there are subtitles. No excuses. Watch:

A little background: although this location is known as Albany Medical-Surgical Center, the facility is part of the Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion chain. And FPA Chicago is the subject of today’s entry in our “Website Under Deconstruction” series, exposing lies, omissions, and threats to women’s health on abortion business websites.

To answer the question posed in the video: no, patients are not being informed about the license revocation and fine. The site is replete with weasel-word commitments to “quality,” but light on specifics, for obvious reasons.

FPA Chicago openly advertises the abortion pill regimen through 10 weeks of pregnancy, omitting the fact that it is only FDA-approved for the first 49 days of pregnancy. They’re going an extra three weeks with no regard for patient safety. And just how does the abortion pill regimen work?

The Abortion Pill procedure involves the oral ingestion of mifepristone after ultrasound verification of a pregnancy ten weeks gestation or less. 24 to 36 hours later, misoprostol is inserted into the cheeks, held in place for 30 minutes, and then swallowed with water. In most cases, a miscarriage occurs within 24 hours.
If bleeding does not occur after 24 hours, the misoprostol insertion is repeated. Usually bleeding is like a spontaneous miscarriage and bleeding or spotting may occur for up to two weeks longer. And ultrasound will be used to verify the successful termination of the pregnancy.

For the millionth time, an abortion is not a miscarriage. On behalf of all the Secular Pro-Life members who have experienced actual miscarriages, here’s a message to FPA Chicago from my favorite fictional Spaniard:


There’s much more I could discuss about the FPA Chicago website—like the complete omission of any information about fetal development, referring to even second-trimester babies as just “the pregnancy”—but you get the point. This place is seriously skeevy. The only silver lining here is that sidewalk counselors are there to give the vital information that the abortion center and escorts are deliberately concealing.

More in our “Website Under Deconstruction” series:

Website Under Deconstruction: Blue Mountain Clinic

Today’s post is part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series exploring abortion center websites.

The Blue Mountain Clinic is an abortion business in Missoula, Montana. It’s somewhat unusual in that it combines abortion with the provision of legitimate health care like treatment for diabetes and other common afflictions, annual physicals, and mental health care. In their words, they want to “normalize” abortion “within the continuum of mainstream care.”

That includes, worryingly, care for newborns.

Why do I say worryingly? Not because I think abortionists are utterly incapable of recognizing the humanity of babies outside of the womb. True, the line between abortion and infanticide is fuzzy, as the “pro-choice” opposition to born-alive infant protection laws attests. But Blue Mountain only commits abortions on babies in the first 16 weeks.

Rather, I’m concerned by this proud statement:

As per our choice-based mission, Blue Mountain Clinic offers alternative vaccination scheduling!

Oh dear.

Look. I know vaccines stir up all kinds of passions. I know from past experience that any comment about vaccines will attract a ridiculous amount of controversy, and I say that as someone who writes about abortion multiple times a week.*

But apparently I’m a glutton for punishment today, because I have to say it: alternative vaccine schedules have no scientific basis whatsoever. They are driven by a fear that recommended schedules expose children to more than their immune systems can handle. (“Too many too soon” is the catchphrase.) That fear is unfounded; experts point out that the immune system reacts far more aggressively to common throat infections than to vaccines.

Alternative vaccine schedules may also be driven by a desire for compromise. With scientists saying one thing and vocal activists saying another, I’m sure it’s tempting for concerned parents to seek out a middle ground. The problem is that this isn’t the type of issue where spitting the difference is productive.

There is no evidence to suggest that delayed vaccinations are any safer than vaccinations given on the regular schedule. In fact, the only effect of an “alternative schedule” is to extend the amount of time that children are left unprotected from potentially life-threatening infectious diseases.

I’ve got to hand it to Blue Mountain Clinic; at least their ideology is consistent. The facts don’t matter. The mother’s “choice” rules even if it harms the child, whether born or preborn.

*Because it’s come up before, allow me to anticipate a tangent. I can appreciate ethical concerns about how certain vaccines are produced. I happen to agree with the Catholic position on this one: those concerns don’t justify vaccine refusals that threaten herd immunity. But I have more sympathy for ethics-based opposition to vaccines than for opposition based in pseudoscience.

Website Under Deconstruction: Blue Mountain Clinic

Today’s post is part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series exploring abortion center websites.

The Blue Mountain Clinic is an abortion business in Missoula, Montana. It’s somewhat unusual in that it combines abortion with the provision of legitimate health care like treatment for diabetes and other common afflictions, annual physicals, and mental health care. In their words, they want to “normalize” abortion “within the continuum of mainstream care.”

That includes, worryingly, care for newborns.

Why do I say worryingly? Not because I think abortionists are utterly incapable of recognizing the humanity of babies outside of the womb. True, the line between abortion and infanticide is fuzzy, as the “pro-choice” opposition to born-alive infant protection laws attests. But Blue Mountain only commits abortions on babies in the first 16 weeks.

Rather, I’m concerned by this proud statement:

As per our choice-based mission, Blue Mountain Clinic offers alternative vaccination scheduling!

Oh dear.

Look. I know vaccines stir up all kinds of passions. I know from past experience that any comment about vaccines will attract a ridiculous amount of controversy, and I say that as someone who writes about abortion multiple times a week.*

But apparently I’m a glutton for punishment today, because I have to say it: alternative vaccine schedules have no scientific basis whatsoever. They are driven by a fear that recommended schedules expose children to more than their immune systems can handle. (“Too many too soon” is the catchphrase.) That fear is unfounded; experts point out that the immune system reacts far more aggressively to common throat infections than to vaccines.

Alternative vaccine schedules may also be driven by a desire for compromise. With scientists saying one thing and vocal activists saying another, I’m sure it’s tempting for concerned parents to seek out a middle ground. The problem is that this isn’t the type of issue where spitting the difference is productive.

There is no evidence to suggest that delayed vaccinations are any safer than vaccinations given on the regular schedule. In fact, the only effect of an “alternative schedule” is to extend the amount of time that children are left unprotected from potentially life-threatening infectious diseases.

I’ve got to hand it to Blue Mountain Clinic; at least their ideology is consistent. The facts don’t matter. The mother’s “choice” rules even if it harms the child, whether born or preborn.

*Because it’s come up before, allow me to anticipate a tangent. I can appreciate ethical concerns about how certain vaccines are produced. I happen to agree with the Catholic position on this one: those concerns don’t justify vaccine refusals that threaten herd immunity. But I have more sympathy for ethics-based opposition to vaccines than for opposition based in pseudoscience.

Website Under Deconstruction: Robbinsdale Clinic

Today’s post is part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series exploring abortion center websites.

Robbinsdale Clinic is an abortion business in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Unlike many of the abortion businesses we have previously profiled, Robbinsdale refrains from outright lies, malpractice cover-ups, and misinformation. Robbinsdale solves the problem… by giving no medical information at all:

The link at the end takes you to the homepage of the National Abortion Federation, an abortion industry trade/lobby group. “Information on the actual abortion procedure” is several clicks away and not easily found.

But never mind information about abortion. Robbinsdale’s website has flowers!

How about some pretty nature photos?
Let’s throw in a random seagull. Everybody likes seagulls.

All fluff, no substance. I can’t say I blame them; the substance is gruesome.

Website Under Deconstruction: Robbinsdale Clinic

Today’s post is part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series exploring abortion center websites.

Robbinsdale Clinic is an abortion business in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Unlike many of the abortion businesses we have previously profiled, Robbinsdale refrains from outright lies, malpractice cover-ups, and misinformation. Robbinsdale solves the problem… by giving no medical information at all:

The link at the end takes you to the homepage of the National Abortion Federation, an abortion industry trade/lobby group. “Information on the actual abortion procedure” is several clicks away and not easily found.

But never mind information about abortion. Robbinsdale’s website has flowers!

How about some pretty nature photos?
Let’s throw in a random seagull. Everybody likes seagulls.

All fluff, no substance. I can’t say I blame them; the substance is gruesome.

Website Under Deconstruction: Downtown Women’s Center

Today’s post is part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series on abortion center websites. Read more here.

The Downtown Women’s Center abortion facility in Portland, OR has this to say about how totally safe abortion is (emphasis added): 

Not a single death from abortion since it was legalized in 1973? That’s demonstrably false. Setting aside the deaths of the preborn, twelve women died from legal abortions in the U.S. in 2008 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Perhaps Downtown Women’s Center’s ambiguous statement only meant to claim that there has never been a death due to legal abortion in Oregon. It didn’t take long for me to find one: Loretta Morton, a 16-year-old who died of an abortion-related pulmonary embolism in 1984.* Although I’m unable to access her death certificate, she apparently died in Multnomah County, Oregon (which includes Portland). Several years later, her death was mentioned in a scholarly article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
It’s also worth pointing out that Seth Jackson Huntington, an abortionist with Downtown Women’s Center, was once sued for perforating a woman’s uterus during an abortion. She apparently survived, but uterine perforation can be lethal.
Oregon’s political environment is highly pro-abortion and it is unlikely that the state will do anything about Downtown Women’s Center’s false advertising. Nevertheless, we have notified Oregon Right to Life.
*I don’t mean to suggest that Ms. Morton is the only woman ever to die in a legal abortion in Oregon. Information about her death happens to be the most readily available online.

Website Under Deconstruction: Downtown Women’s Center

Today’s post is part of our “Website Under Deconstruction” series on abortion center websites. Read more here.

The Downtown Women’s Center abortion facility in Portland, OR has this to say about how totally safe abortion is (emphasis added): 

Not a single death from abortion since it was legalized in 1973? That’s demonstrably false. Setting aside the deaths of the preborn, twelve women died from legal abortions in the U.S. in 2008 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Perhaps Downtown Women’s Center’s ambiguous statement only meant to claim that there has never been a death due to legal abortion in Oregon. It didn’t take long for me to find one: Loretta Morton, a 16-year-old who died of an abortion-related pulmonary embolism in 1984.* Although I’m unable to access her death certificate, she apparently died in Multnomah County, Oregon (which includes Portland). Several years later, her death was mentioned in a scholarly article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
It’s also worth pointing out that Seth Jackson Huntington, an abortionist with Downtown Women’s Center, was once sued for perforating a woman’s uterus during an abortion. She apparently survived, but uterine perforation can be lethal.
Oregon’s political environment is highly pro-abortion and it is unlikely that the state will do anything about Downtown Women’s Center’s false advertising. Nevertheless, we have notified Oregon Right to Life.
*I don’t mean to suggest that Ms. Morton is the only woman ever to die in a legal abortion in Oregon. Information about her death happens to be the most readily available online.