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Texas Environmental Authorities Say Abortion Clinic Broke the Law, Verify Operation Rescue's Findings

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org

MCALLEN, Texas, June 7, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue has been notified that the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has determined that Whole Women's Health of McAllen has violated Texas laws regarding the disposal of fetal remains from abortions. The TCEQ has now closed their investigation and referred the matter to formal enforcement.

Operation Rescue received a copy of the TCEQ Complaint Report that made the determination that violations have occurred.

The case stemmed from a 3-month undercover investigation conducted by Operation Rescue with the help of the Survivors earlier this year.

Evidence gathered during that investigation was hand-delivered to the TCEQ, which then conducted their own investigation that gathered similar evidence supporting Operation Rescue's claims that Whole Women's Health was in violation of the law.

Operation Rescue's investigators discovered packets containing the refuse from several abortions in an open, public dumpster behind Whole Women's Health in McAllen. The pro-life investigators carefully photographed the aborted baby remains, bloody cannulas, which are disposable surgical instruments used in early-term abortions, and other bloody objects, including syringes and partially used vials of drugs.

The TCEQ investigative report indicated that "recognizable human body parts, tissues, fetuses, organs, and the products of human abortions" were illegally dumped by Whole Women's Health, which constituted a violation of the Texas Administrative Code.

Violations of the strict regulations that govern the disposal of such tissue can create a public health hazard.

Penalties for the violations will now be determined by the enforcement branch of the TCEQ, and could include hefty fines.

"The TCEQ has confirmed that Whole Women's Health has violated the law just as we said. Our investigation has served to protect the public and bring these abortion violators to justice," said Newman. "I am confident that similar investigations could be conducted with equal success at virtually every abortion mill in the country. We have yet to find an abortion clinic that fully complies with the law."

In the meantime, the Texas Medical Board continues to investigate complaints filed by Operation Rescue against over a dozen Texas abortionists. Those investigations are ongoing and could result in disciplinary action.

Read the TCEQ Complaint Report 

Read "Special Report: Widespread Abortion Abuses In Texas Exposed"  

About Operation Rescue®
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006.  From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.