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9:14 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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The Muskegon Fire Marshal has closed the Women's Medical Services offices at 863 East Apple Avenue after a break-in.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Photos released by Muskegon Police and and the city's inspection department this week show the condition of a closed abortion clinic. The Woman's Medical Services closed December 26 after city inspectors determined the facility on Apple Avenue was in violation of multiple codes.

Photos show missing and stained ceiling tiles, a bucket on the floor collecting water from a leaky roof, and biohazards left out on an office desk. Incident reports claim there was blood on the floor and walls in multiple locations.

Former Republican State Representative Holly Hughes from Montague voted in December to increase state oversight on abortion clinics. Tuesday Hughes said House Bill 5711 should prevent the types of conditions found inside the closed Muskegon clinic.

"Not in 2013 should women have to put up with those kind of unclean conditions for something that is so important," said Hughes.

The bill signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder requires abortion clinics be licensed and pass inspections. It regulates the disposal of fetal remains. And requires physicians ask patients if anyone is forcing them to get an abortion.

Hughes hopes the new law she helped pass brings state oversight of abortion clinics in line with rules already in place regulating veterinary clinics.

"You need things to be clean and sanitary and safe. You need safety for women."

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