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Reaction: "Health Chief Defends His Clinic Curbs" - Pamela Zekman and Karen Koshner - Chicago Sun-Times
The director of the Illinois Public Health Department conceded Monday that his agency "might have been more aggressive" in investigating abortion clinics, but defended the overall regulation of medical facilities.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-12-05
"Three illinois congressmen Friday called for an immediate congressional investigation of widespread abortion fraud and medical abuses detailed recently in the Chicago Sun-Times. . ."
Chicago Sun Times 1978-12-02
The head of the Illinois Department of Public Aid, stung by federal accusations that the state improperly billed with government for $1 million in Medicaid abortions, demanded Thursday that these charges be withdrawn.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-12-01
"Report of Record Changing at Abortion Clinic Probed" - Pamela Zekman and Karen Koshner - Chicago Sun-Times
State authorities are investigating reports that employees at a South Side abortion clinic have been ordered to alter patient records that document dangerous medical practices, it was learned Wednesday. According to sources, employees claim they were ordered to falsify records of abortion patients dating back at least six months for whom the clinic allegedly had failed to record accurate laboratory results and appropriate medications.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-30
Reaction: "Medic Blames State for Abortion Clinic Abuses" - Charles N. Wheeler and G. Robert Hillman - Chicago Sun-Times
Springfield, Ill. - The chairman of the Illinois State Medical Society Tuesday blamed the state for poor conditions in abortion clinics. Testifying before a special Senate subcommittee examining some of the abortion abuses uncovered recently by the Sun-Times and the Better Government Assn., Dr. Robert Hartman, chairman of the medical society's board of directors, urged the state Departments of Public Health and of Registration and Education to better enforce the law regulating abortion clinics and doctors.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-29
During a five-month investigation by the Sun-Times and Better Government Assn., reporters and researchers worked undercover in six of the city's 13 clinics. In four of those clinics - the Michigan Av. abortion mills - we have documented how women's lives are endangered by people who care more for profits than patients. But working undercover in two other clinics, and working in co-operation with a third, we found that abortion doesn't have to be an assembly-line operation. We found that in clinics like these, women may find safe and compassionate medical care.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-26
During a five-month investigation, the Sun-Times and Better Government Assn. found that some abortion profiteers advertise under a number of deceptive names to entice women into their Michigan Avenue clinics. In those clinics, telephone sales techniques are monitored more carefully than a doctor's operating techniques. New counselors or nursing assistants learn quickly that the telephone is the clinic's most important instrument.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-25
Nine out of 10 times, a simple urine test accurately diagnoses pregnancy. And, unless there is other proof of pregnancy, medical experts say, women with negative tests are not candidates for abortions. But working undercover at the Water Tower Reproductive Center, 840 N, Michigan, BGA investigator Mindy Trossman counted 81 abortion procedures performed on women with negative pregnancy tests. That was 12 per cent of all women who received abortions during the two months Trossman worked there.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-22
It happened in the Rucker Memorial Medical Center, the little brick building in Detroit where at least two Chicago referral agencies send women more than 12 weeks pregnant for cheap, fast abortions. The center is owned by Dr. Joseph W. Rucker, who performs abortions there with his wife - and on at least one occasion, his dog - assisting him. During a five-month investigation of the Chicago abortion business by the Sun-Times and the Better Government Assn., we heard from a number of women who were sent to Rucker's clinic by these referral agencies - women with tales as ghastly as that of the Joliet couple who saw the dog in the operating room.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-21
Reaction: "Court Revokes Dr. Hah's License" - Karen Koshner and Dolores McCahill - Chicago Sun-Times
After almost two years of delays, a Circuit Court judge Monday revoked the Illinois medical license of Dr. Ming K. Hah, a Michigan Avenue abortionist who transferred operations to Chicago after his license was revoked in Michigan.
Chicago Sun Times 1964-11-21
Chicago's abortion profiteers are padding their profits with Medicaid funds illegally obtained through kickbacks and fraudulent billing schemes. During a five-month investigation of some abortion clinics and referral agencies, the Sun-Times and Better Government Assn. have documented massive abuse of the Medicaid program and flagrant violations of federal law.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-20
We were hired off the street as aides, medical assistants and counselors. Without checking our references or credentials, four of Chicago's abortion clinics gave us jobs we were unqualified to hold and tasks we were untrained to perform. The clinics asked us to do everything but perform abortions. They wanted us to remove IVs, administer injections, give psychological counseling and assist in surgery.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-16
State inspectors paid surprise visits Tuesday to five clinics named in the Sun-Times' series on abortion abuses, but they were denied entrance to one clinic and refused access to patient records at another.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-15
Dr. Ming Kow Hah, who has already lost his medical license in one state and faces revocation in Illinois, may give the fastest abortions in Chicago. According to a five-month investigation by the Sun-Times and the Better Government Assn., Hah may also give the most painful abortions in the city.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-15
On Michigan Av., women entrust their bodies to doctors who may be mere mechanics on the abortion assembly line. They may be moonlighting residents, general practitioners with little or no training in women's medicine, or even unlicensed physicians. While slick clinic brochures promise only board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists, few have earned that accreditation.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-14
Five months ago, the Sun-Times and the Better Government Assn. began the first in-depth investigation of Chicago's thriving abortion business since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973. We found: - Dozens of abortion procedures performed on women who were not pregnant and others illegally performed on women more than 12 weeks pregnant.
Chicago Sun Times 1978-11-12