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Posted September 4, 2013 by M Live.

By Gary Ridley.

FLINT, MI -- A Flint abortion clinic that made national news after a Fenton Township woman claimed that she was held down by a doctor and forced to have an abortion at the facility has closed.

The closure of the Feminine Health Care Clinic, 2032 S. Saginaw Road, leaves one free-standing abortion clinic in the Flint area, according to the leader of a Genesee County Right to Life group.

A recorded phone message at the clinic says that the facility is closed until further notice.

Appliances and furniture can still be seen inside the brick and metal building. A glass door to the facility is shattered and the metal-bar door guarding an entrance has been forced open.

Owners of the facility could not be reached for comment on why it closed.

The Feminine Health Care Clinic was thrust into the national debate over abortion in 2009 after Caitlin Bruce filed a lawsuit claiming that the facility's doctor, Abraham A. Hodari, held her down and forced her to have an abortion at the clinic when she was 18. Hodari's attorney, Steve Weiss, said the doctor was well into the procedure when the teen expressed misgivings and he had to complete it "for her safety and well-being,"according to Flint Journal archives.

The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice in September 2010. Attorney Tom Pabst, who represented Bruce, declined to comment on the lawsuit or the facility's closure citing a confidentiality agreement.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said the state did not force the closure.

State records show that a medical waste permit for the facility expired June 30 while its freestanding surgical outpatient facility license expired July 31.

The recorded phone message at the facility forwards callers to a number registered to Womancare of Lansing, an abortion facility operated by Rochester-based Dr. Theodore Roumell, according to state business records. Roumell could not be reached for comment.

Property tax records show that summer taxes for the Flint facility were billed to and paid by two different entities in 2013, the Lathrup Village-based Alberto Hodari Trust and the Livonia-based Feminine Health Care Clinic PC. State business records show that Hodari is the resident agent registered for Feminine Health Care Clinic PC and lists the same Lathrup Village address as the Alberto Hodari Trust.

State records show Hodari's controlled substance and medical licenses lapsed at the end of January.

The Lathrup Village address is also associated with an abortion clinic operated by Dr. Jacob Kalo. A receptionist at Kalo's office said the doctor did not own the Flint facility but declined to comment further.

Flint Area Right to Life Director Judy Climer said her group has worked diligently to try and close the facility, including weekly protests on the sidewalk in front of the building.

"It's been a project in the works to get it closed," Climer said. "The conditions were just deplorable."

Climer said the Flint-area had three freestanding abortion clinics when she began leading that group, but that number is down to one with only the Women's Health Clinic on Flushing Road in Flint Township remaining.

"It makes us feel like we're on the right track," Climer said.

Climer said other groups, such as Planned Parenthood and some medical facilities, still provide abortions as well as other services around Flint.

Pamela Sherstad of Right to Life of Michigan said the number of freestanding abortion clinics operating in the state has declined from 72 in 1987-88 to currently 28. Sherstad said at least 10 of the closures occurred in the past three years, including facilities in Saginaw, Lansing, Muskegon, Grand Rapids and Detroit.

Lori Lamerand, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mid and South Michigan, said her group's Flint-area facility does provide abortion services but it is unknown how many other facilities perform abortions in the area.

Lamerand said the closures have limited the access state residents have to abortion services and that recent laws passed to regulate the abortion industry were not done solely in the best interest of the patient.

"People need to bear in mind that licensing requirements are politically motivated and nothing more," Lamerand said.

House Bill 5711, signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December 2012, added regulatory requirements for some facilities that perform abortions. It also included screening requirements aimed at making sure women aren't forced into having abortions. The bill also contained provisions for disposing of fetal remains and prohibited the use of "telemedicine" related to abortion -- such as webcam consultations.

However, Climer said the closure of the Flint facility will turn out to be a positive for the area.

"This is a good thing for Flint," said Climer. "It's an eyesore."

Source

Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan

Published

September 04, 2013

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Flint abortion clinic that made national news closes its doors (M Live)