No Luck of the Irish for Planned Parenthood Patient Hospitalized on St. Patrick’s Day

By Cheryl Sullenger

Ann Arbor, MI – An ambulance was spotted by two pro-life activists on March 17, 2017, at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The ambulance appears to have transported a patient.

Video shows an ambulance partially concealed behind bushes at the Planned Parenthood office. The pro-life supporter, who took the brief video was participating in a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. She noted that she had tried to get post-abortion healing materials to the man who accompanied the patient, but unfortunately, he was not receptive.

Previous medical emergencies that took place at the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood occurred on March 12, May 8, and June 26, 2015.

“While we don’t have a lot of information on this obvious medical emergency at Planned Parenthood in Ann Arbor, when we look at how many of these incidents are taking place around the country, it becomes obvious that there is a health and safety crisis at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities around the nation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Since Planned Parenthood insists on profiting from the killing of innocent children and can’t keep their patients out of the emergency rooms and morgues, taxpayers should not be subsidizing their carnage. We must continue to urgently press Congress to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Operation Rescue has documented eight medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities nationwide in the opening weeks of 2017, but that number is far from comprehensive, and reflects the need for better abortion complication reporting laws in every state.

Please continue to contact your U.S. Congressman and Senators and urge them to defund Planned Parenthood.

Ambulance Transports Patient from NAF Abortion Facility in Jacksonville, Florida

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jacksonville, FL – Rescue units were dispatched to the Jacksonville Women’s Choice abortion facility in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 15, 2017, for a patient who was suffering a medical emergency. She required hospitalization for treatment the abortion business was not equipped to provide.

Pro-life activists on the scene provided Operation Rescue with video of the incident. Radio communications confirmed that the patient was having seizures.

“This is a sight that is becoming far too common at our nation’s abortion facilities. That is because abortionists are bottom of the barrel as far as observing patient care standards. For some reason, abortionists act like those standards and other laws simply don’t apply to them,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “All that corners-cutting ends up endangering women.”

Jacksonville Women’s Choice is a member of the National Abortion Federation, which has been implicated with Planned Parenthood in engaging in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains.

Jacksonville Women’s Choice has been the site of previous medical emergencies. It has also been fined repeatedly for violations of abortion reporting laws and cited for multiple health and safety deficiencies.

“Reporting on medical emergencies at abortion facilities, which do not have the capacity to treat women when things go wrong, helps to expose the dangers of abortion that the National Abortion Federation wants to keep hidden from the public,” said Newman. “We hope reports and videos will reach women with the truth about abortion dangers and convince them to seek other alternatives than abortion – for their own sakes as well as for their children.”

For more documentation about abortion abuses at this clinic, view its facility profile at AbortionDocs.org.

Planned Parenthood Shutters Maryland Abortion Facility While Texas Clinics Slowly Reopen

By Cheryl Sullenger

Silver Spring, Maryland – The Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Silver Spring, Maryland, permanently closed on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017, after the property’s management team realized that abortion is bad for business. Pro-life activists, led by Lauren Handy, persuaded the property management company not to renew Planned Parenthood’s lease using a narrowly-targeted educational campaign. Planned Parenthood had occupied the same office, located at 1400 Spring St. in Silver Spring, Maryland, for over 20 years, conducting surgical abortions.

“The men and women who ministered at that Planned Parenthood for two decades deserve a lot of credit for their perseverance and tenacity,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This closing is a real victory for women and their babies, as well as for the pro-life activists that labored and prayed there.”

This closing comes just days after Planned Parenthood in Easton, Pennsylvania, announced it would shut down on March 30.

However, in Texas, as a result of the U. S. Supreme Court striking down that state’s abortion safety law, HB2, last June in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, abortion facilities are slowing beginning to reopen. This is perhaps the only state that is bucking the nation trend of abortion clinic closures that has been ongoing since the early 1990s.

Northpark Medical Group in Dallas, Texas, reopened on March 9, 2017. Local pro-life activists told Operation Rescue that owner and abortionist Douglas Karpen was seen entering the facility on its first abortion day. The facility had closed 2013, because its abortionists – including Karpen — all failed to qualify for local hospital privileges as required.

Karpen, who is based in Houston, was investigated by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and referred to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Texas Attorney General for criminal prosecution for allegedly murdering late-term babies who were born alive in a manner similar to that used by the notorious convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell. It was these allegations — first brought by Operation Rescue in 2013 — that first tagged Karpen as the “Texas Gosnell,” and contributed to the passage of HB2, which shuttered the Northpark abortion business and others that year. Those allegations were supported by the testimony of four former Karpen employees and photographic evidence. No action has yet been taken on those House criminal referrals.

Meanwhile, Whole Women’s Health announced that they would reopen its Austin facility in April, now that it no longer is required to meet minimum safety standards.

“Twenty-one abortion facilities shut down in Texas as the result of HB2, and the vast majority of them will never reopen,” said Newman. “For nearly four years those 21 abortion businesses were prohibited from killing babies, and as a result the abortion rate dramatically dropped in Texas, saving thousands of lives. Those closures will continue to spare lives through the coming years.”

A recent national abortion facility survey conducted by Operation Rescue shows that abortion clinic closures continue to outpace the few openings.

“We are winning and will continue to win until abortion becomes no more than a tragic footnote in history,” said Newman.