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A Michigan abortion clinic has been shut down by the fire marshal over conditions the city described as potentially "dangerous to human life or the public welfare."
And when you see the pictures, you'll understand why.
Michigan's Target 8 News has background on the story:
The photos, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, were taken by police when they entered the Women's Medical Services Building on Dec. 26, 2012 to investigate a break-in.
The photos show unsanitary conditions, including stained medical equipment near an examination chair, trash near lab equipment and discarded in a storage room, and water stains and holes in a leaky ceiling that is falling apart. The investigator also reported "blood dripping from a sink p-trap in a room used by patients."
Police did find evidence of a broken rear window connected to the break-in. But it's what they found inside the clinic that prompted the fire marshal to shut the place down.
Here are a few of the photos:
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(Photo: Target 8 News)
(Photo: Target 8 News)
The Muskegon Chronicle details a few more of the disturbing discoveries made by police:
...unsanitary conditions throughout the clinic including used hypodermic needles in unsecured containers, “blood on the floor and walls in multiple locations” as well as dripping from a sink trap in a patient room, and “uncovered buckets containing unknown fluids” in the operating room.
A police detective who investigated after the initial patrol officers’ entry reported seeing “dried bloody handprints on the ultrasound machine and smears and blood splatters on the walls and floors throughout the business.”
The detective reported that televisions, stereos and cash remained in the building, but police could not determine whether whoever broke the door had actually entered the clinic.
Authorities are investigating whether any of the damage was caused by whoever allegedly broke the back door, but much of the squalor appears to have built up over time.
But Dr. Robert Alexander, who ran the clinic, blamed the alleged intruders.
"The last time I was there, when I left, it was pristine," he insisted in a call with Target 8 News. "It was good."
Target 8 adds that Women's Medical Services in Muskegon is not a licensed clinic, but that there is one in the larger city of Grand Rapids.
Here is Target 8's full report, which describes the conditions as "disgusting":