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Governor Haslam Announces Reforms, Stronger Oversight of Abortion Facilities

As unlicensed abortion owner-operators Gary Boyle and Wesley Adams continue their lawsuit to block the inspection and regulation of their facilities, pro-life Governor Bill Haslam has announced significant policy changes being implemented by his administration toward increased oversight and regulation of the state's other four surgical abortion facilities.

Among reforms recently enacted by the Tennessee Department of Health are unannounced inspections of the licensed facilities in order to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations, strengthened record-keeping requirements by the licensed facilities related to the disposition of fetal remains, and a simplified process to report complaints against surgical facilities.

In a letter to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell, the Governor expressed deep concern at recent revelations regarding the harvesting and sale of fetal tissue at Planned Parenthood facilities in other states. "My administration has been working to identify ways to strengthen the regulatory framework surrounding facilities that perform abortions and has implemented a number of administrative changes to help address the issue," the Governor said.

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Tennessee Abortionists Cited in South Carolina

While the state of Tennessee continues the legal fight to require inspection of abortion facilities owned by Drs. Gary Boyle and Wesley Adams, health authorities in South Carolina have cited a Charleston abortion facility, also owned by infamous abortionists Boyle and Adams.

A September 2015 inspection by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control found that the abortion facility has misrepresented the amount of "medical waste" being disposed.  While reporting their "waste" as zero, state inspectors conducted an on-site review of the facility and determined that the facility generates an estimated amount of twenty pounds per month of "pathological waste."

Tragically, according to the South Carolina Department of Health, this "waste" includes "products of conception," a euphemism for the broken bodies and blood of unborn children killed at the facility.

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