On October 22, 2010 The Michigan Attorney General, and the Eaton and Saginaw
County Sheriff Departments completed a 7 month-long investigation of the Womans
Choice abortion clinics located at 6500 Centurion Drive, Ste. 290, Lansing and
3141 S. Cabaret Trail, Ste 400, Saginaw, Michigan—owned by Florida resident
The investigation was prompted by the February 26, 2010 discovery by pro-lifer
Chris Veneklase, of the bodies of 17 aborted babies in a trash dumpster used by
the Womans Choice Lansing abortion clinic. The 17 bags were clearly marked with,
not only the January dates of the abortion procedures, but also the full names
of the women whose unborn children were contained within the plastic specimen
packs. Before making a decision to search the dumpster, Veneklase observed
clinic staff, over a series of weeks, tossing large black bags into the
commercial grade trash container that services the business park where Womans
Choice is located. Veneklase became suspicious that the clinic was getting rid
of bio-hazardous material. A bio-waste disposal van was never seen serving the
facility where abortions are conducted through the 24th week of gestation.
Upon finding the bodies of aborted babies Veneklase immediately contacted Monica
Migliorino Miller, director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society who then joined
Veneklase in subsequent searches of the Womans Choice dumpster. Miller also
organized searches of the dumpster used by Womans Choice sister clinic in
Saginaw, MI. These searches continued through March 2010.
Veneklase and Miller discovered bloody surgical material in the clinic trash
bags as well as several patient records from both abortion facilities. Many
documents bore the names of Drs. Lewis Twigg and Ronald Nichols—who conduct the
abortions at Womans Choice clinics.
Clinic trash contained soiled and bloody suction canulas, bloody gloves, soiled
and bloody gauze sacking used in first trimester abortions still holding uterine
material, blood saturated surgical sheets and padding as well as empty medicine
vials and used urine specimen cups—some marked with the first and last names of
the female patients. Everything they found was photographed and documented.
Hand of aborted baby retrieved from Womans Choice abortion clinic trash.
For a full gallery of photos click here.
In early April 2010 Veneklase and Miller notified law enforcement authorities as
well as State Representative Rick Jones of the 71st district where the Lansing
abortion clinic is located. A meeting was attended by representatives from the
Attorney General’s office, Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines, Eaton County
prosecutor Jeff Sauter, Detective Jeff McNeil, Ed Rivet of Right to Life of
Michigan, Representative Rick Jones, Miller and Veneklase. It was decided that a
formal investigation of the Womans Choice clinics would be undertaken. Detective
David Kerns conducted several searches of the dumpster used by Womans Choice in
Saginaw. Detective Jeff McNeil conducted several searches of the dumpster used
by Womans Choice in Lansing.
It was firmly believed that the dumping of the aborted babies and the fact that
the mothers’ names on the bags were in violation of Michigan State law. Sadly
and scandalously, however, Veneklase and CPLS was notified that it is not
illegal for abortion practitioners to dump the bodies of aborted babies into the
trash—as long as the crushed remains are fixed in formalin solution, as were
these remains. Furthermore, due to a legal technicality, the clinic cannot, thus
far, be held legally accountable for the improper handling of patient records.
The investigation discovered that the Womans Choice clinics, owned by Florida
resident Richard Remund, are improperly incorporated in the state of Michigan.
Rules that govern medical facilities require that a licensed physician be part
of the facility’s incorporation. However, the Womans Choice clinics have no such
physician named in the incorporation—thus no one is legally responsible for the
handling of patient records. While laws may have been broken, Michigan
law-enforcement agencies have no one to charge for the crimes. The improper
incorporation of Womans Choice clinics is still under investigation.
In the meantime Michigan State Representatives Rick Jones, Bob Jenetsky and Joe
Haveman introduced legislation that would require Michigan abortion clinics to
either cremate or bury the remains of aborted babies. Failure to do so could
result in a felony conviction. It is expected that abortion providers will fight
passage of these new laws.
Monica Migliorino Miller states, “It is incredibly frustrating that abortion
clinics continue to get away with abominations. It’s bad enough that the unborn
are murdered, but their bodies are literally treated like trash. Patient records
are thrown away, and still nothing ever seems to happen to those who have no
respect for life or for women. Someday the truth will be known and justice will
be done. The one great good we are sure about is that at least these 17 aborted
babies will have a humane and respectful burial. We hope too, that when women
seeking abortion hear what the Womans Choice clinics have done, they will make a
choice for life instead.”
Representative Rick Jones, R-Grand ledge, states: “I was shocked and horrified
to find out babies are being thrown into a garbage dumpster in my district. My
legislation would end this practice by making it a felony.”
In 2008 CPLS was involved in the discovery of the bodies of aborted babies and
over 200 patient records found in the dumpsters of Woman Care clinics owned by
Alberto Hodari in Lathrup Village, MI. and the Women’s Advisory clinic, Livonia,
MI., owned by Reginald Sharpe.
See Requiem for the Disappeared