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Pro-Life Groups to Hold Press Conference Friday, March 23 at 11 AM Upon the Reopening of Englewood, NJ Abortion Clinic

NJ abortion clinic scheduled to reopen despite reports of botched abortion, filth, infection control violations, and five year no-show health inspections

Contact: Marie Tasy, Executive Director, New Jersey Right to Life, 732-846-2000, 732-672-4200

ENGLEWOOD, Nj., Mar. 22 /Christian Newswire/ -- New Jersey Right to Life, Crossing Over Ministries and Expectant Mother Care-EMC, FrontLine Pregnancy Centers traveling with EMC Mobile Clinic 1, along with other members of the pro-life community will hold a press conference outside Metropolitan Medical Clinic, 40 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 11 a.m.

The clinic had been closed since February 24, 2007 after the Health Department found violations that "posed immediate and serious risk of harm to patients." The investigation occurred after a complaint was filed by Newark Beth Israel Medical center reporting that a 20 year old woman nearly died from a botched abortion performed at the clinic.

Copies of State Health Department records obtained by The Record of Hackensack revealed that state health officials investigating the clinic found "forceps encrusted in 'brownish blood-like residues,' rusty crochet hooks used to remove IUDs and a quarter-inch of dark red 'dirt and debris' under an exam table. Sterilized items were also not stored or handled properly. For example, two plastic open top bins of sterile forceps, speculum and gauze kits were stored directly on the carpeted floor next to the copier in the main office and surgical instruments were found in the same drawer as light bulbs.

Today's Record of Hackensack reports that the state Health Department has given the green light for the clinic to reopen tomorrow, Friday, March 23rd. According to The Record, the State Health Dept. failed to inspect New Jersey's largest licensed abortion clinic for five years, despite the department's own rules that require visits every other year. The Department of Health claims that their failure to inspect the clinic did not result in a threat to patients' safety.