Schuette Announces Closure of Two Abortion Clinics Operating Illegally without Proper Physician Ownership
November 21, 2011
General Bill Schuette today announced the permanent dissolution of Health Care
Clinic, of Delta Township, and the affiliated Women's Choice Clinic, of Saginaw,
in response to a lawsuit filed by his office alleging the clinics were operating
without the proper physician ownership required by State law. According to an
agreement submitted by Schuette and the clinics' owner and approved by Eaton
County Circuit Court Judge Calvin E. Osterhaven, the clinics will permanently
dissolve. The clinics' owner, Richard Remund, as well as his wife and corporate
officer, Margaret Remund, are banned from ever organizing another abortion
"Profit should never come before patient safety, and
that's why state law requires medical facilities to be run by licensed medical
professionals," said Schuette. "Facilities that fail to follow this important
safeguard should not be in business."
According to paperwork filed with the Michigan
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), the clinics, which have
been closed under temporary restraining order since Schuette filed suit on
November 7, 2011, have now officially been dissolved. A consent order approved
in Eaton County Circuit Court today makes that dissolution permanent.
The lawsuit against the clinics was filed after an
Attorney General investigation into allegations of improper medical records
disposal at the clinics revealed evidence suggesting the clinics were not
properly incorporated. To ensure patient safety, state law restricts the
organization of for-profit corporations that provide medical care services to
licensed medical professionals only. The clinics' owner, Richard Remund, and
his wife, Margaret Remund, are not licensed medical professionals.
Schuette noted evidence uncovered by investigators
suggesting the improper disposal of medical records at the clinics has also been
referred to the State Bureau of Health Professions for review. Disposing of
medical records improperly may subject the associated licensed medical
professionals, physicians contracted to provide abortions at the illegal clinic,
to disciplinary measures.
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