If you answer yes to any of the following questions, it may indicate that your clinic is deceiving or defrauding its patients in order to secure additional business or increase profits. Again, remember that these women place their trust in you at a very vulnerable time in their lives. The clinic has a legal and moral obligation to treat them fairly and honestly.
- When a potential patient calls, are employees trained to say whatever they need to say in order to get the patient into the clinic for an appointment?
- Are underage girls promised confidential services, in spite of mandatory reporting laws which would make such an arrangement illegal?
- Does your facility use advertising to solicit business from minor children in another state and/or are minors encouraged to use your facility in order to circumvent their own state’s parental consent law?
- Do policies or practices at your clinic permit employees to offer birth control or abortion services to underage girls without informing these minors that mandatory reporting laws require clinic employees to report every such case to the state (in order to protect against statutory rape or other abuse)?
- Are counselors trained in how to overcome a patient’s objections to having an abortion?
- Are clinic employees given commissions or bonuses for selling abortions, or for “up-selling” the patient and convincing her to pay extra for general anesthesia over “twilight sleep?”
- Are patients ever told they are further along than they actually are so that the clinic can charge them more for the procedure?
- Are counselors ever told to deceive patients about the clinic’s or the doctor’s history of malpractice or safety record?
- Are counselors trained to downplay patient questions related to the fetal development such as making claims about it being “just a blob of tissue” or “a mass of cells?”
- Are patients ever given relaxant drugs prior to counseling?
- Does the price of the same procedure change from one patient to another?
- Have you ever been instructed to administer sedation to a patient who is asking too many questions about the procedure?
- If a patient has already had laminaria installed and wants to change her mind, is she ever told that it cannot be done, or that the fetus is already dead, or that removing the laminaria would be dangerous for her?
- Are patients who want to change their minds ever told that they can’t get their money back?