Illinois cracks down on abortion clinics

January 21, 2012

Associated Press

Illinois regulators have quietly increased their scrutiny of abortion clinics after realizing some had gone without inspections for up to 15 years.

An analysis of state documents by The Associated Press finds the state is catching up with a backlog of neglected inspections, but a few clinics still haven't been checked in more than a decade.

The renewed oversight last year led to the permanent closure of a clinic in Rockford earlier this month, following the closing of a second clinic in suburban Chicago last October.

State officials say gruesome revelations about a Philadelphia facility spurred the renewed inspections. They attribute the past lag to a lack of funds and resources.

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, said Illinois gave clinics "a pass" because of ideology.

Illinois abortion clinics went ignored and uninspected for years before state regulators started a sweep of inspections last year.

Here is a list of clinics inspected last year and the years they'd gone without full health inspections:

—Aanchor Health Center in Glen Ellyn. Nine years without a full health inspection. Inspected May 5, 2011.

—Access Health Center in Downers Grove. 13 years without a full health inspection. Inspected May 18, 2011.

—ACU Health Clinic in Hinsdale. 14 years without an inspection. Inspected May 24, 2011.

—American Women's Medical Center in Des Plaines. Seven years without a full health inspection. Inspected June 23, 2011.

—Forest View Medical Center in Des Plaines. Six years without a full health inspection. Inspected June 1, 2011.

—Michigan Avenue Medical Center in Chicago. Seven years without a full health inspection. Inspected June 23, 2011.

—National Health Care Service in Peoria. Nine years without a full health inspection. Inspected June 16, 2011.

—Northern Illinois Women's Center in Rockford. 15 years without a full health inspection. Inspected June 8, 2011.

—Women's Aid Clinic in Lincolnwood. 15 years without a full health inspection. Inspected Sept. 6, 2011.

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Source: Illinois Department of Public Health documents on pregnancy termination center inspections