Schuette sues to shut down Detroit abortion clinic

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is suing a Detroit abortion clinic for allegedly operating illegally.

Schuette filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in Wayne County to shut down the Summit Women’s Center, alleging it was no longer owned by a licensed physician and was providing medical services in violation of state laws for professional corporations.

“To protect the public, state law requires that medical and other professional services be provided through corporations owned by licensed professionals. Regarding the practice of medicine, this ensures that doctors direct care and supervise medical services. The law also mandates that the corporation is liable for negligence or misconduct in professional services it provides,” Schuette said in a statement.

Summit Women’s Center provides medical services through Summit of Detroit, a professional corporation.

Schuette said in its May 2015 annual report to the state, Summit P.C. reported that David Lipton — not a licensed physician — was now Summit P.C.’s sole officer, director and owner, and that Summit P.C. had changed its corporate purpose to “management company,” which is not a lawful purpose for a professional corporation.

The report also falsely certified that Lipton was licensed to provide professional medical services, the suit says.

The lawsuit seeks to stop the clinic from providing medical care to patients at the Summit Women’s Center, to dissolve Summit P.C., and to investigate the possible fraudulent formation of Summit P.C., Schuette said.

A comment was not immediately available from clinic officials. The clinic is located at 15801 W. McNichols.