Inmate Resisted Pressure to Abort at SC Planned Parenthood, Births Healthy Baby Boy


Columbia, South Carolina – Earlier this year, Operation Rescue posted photos and a story about an inmate from the South Carolina prison inmate who was escorted into the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in May, handcuffed and crying. The incident took place on May 30, 2015.

At the time, it appeared that the distraught woman, who was inside the Planned Parenthood clinic for about two hours, had an abortion, raising questions about why a state-run prison facility was expending tax money to facilitate and/or subsidize an abortion.

Today, we have a happy update on what appeared to be a tragic story.

A blog site, has reported that it tracked down the inmate’s husband, Harvie Coates, who reports that his wife, Brook, gave birth seven weeks early to their son, Kooper Bryan Coates. Dad is caring for Kooper, who is reportedly putting on weight and is healthy and much loved.

But Harvie Coates also had something disturbing to say about his wife’s visit to Planned Parenthood.

Here is an excerpt from the story posted November 13, 2015:

[Harvie] almost didn’t get the chance to care for Kooper. Both prison officials and Planned Parenthood staffers reportedly urged Brook Coates to abort her son, her husband told us.

“They were saying she needed to do it,” Harvie Coates said. “They said she wouldn’t survive the pregnancy.”

Apparently Brook Coates had a very difficult delivery with one of her other children and there were concerns about her blood pressure spiking during childbirth. But the couple “thought about it and prayed about it” and after consulting with their pastor they decided to have the baby.

“I’m glad we did,” he told us, although he quickly added “I don’t think it’s right for them to pressure people.”

It appears that Brook Coates has recently been granted parole and should be released to be reunited with her family soon. We wish them all the best.

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However, Harvie Coates’s account of pressure that prison officials and Planned Parenthood staff put on Brook to abort Kooper should be of concern. So determined was the prison to make sure Brook aborted, that they transported her in handcuffs to the Planned Parenthood clinic, which was more than happy to do the dirty deed.

“We applaud Brook Coates for her courage in standing up to the bullying and giving her son life, and we appreciate her pastor for giving her and her husband Biblically-sound advice,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “What happened to her was completely wrong, and those responsible for this should be held accountable. This is just another of about a million reasons to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood.”

Meanwhile, the Planned Parenthood abortion facility where Brook was taken has recently faced additional problems.

After powerful undercover videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress over the summer, Gov. Nikki Haley ordered an investigation into South Carolina’s three abortion clinics.

As a result of that investigation, the South Carolina Department of Health uncovered egregious health and safety violations at all three facilities and suspended the operating licenses of Planned Parenthood in Columbia – the same facility visited by Brook Coates — and the Greenville Women’s Clinic in September.

The agency lifted the sanctions on Planned Parenthood earlier this month. However, that’s not the end of the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s woes. Now, according to the Daily Signal, it appears that Planned Parenthood may be subject to stiff fines related to the improper disposal of aborted baby remains.

It seems Planned Parenthood was steaming the bodies of babies it aborted and dumping them in a landfill, instead of incinerating them as required by law. Penalties could range from $2,200 to $21,150.

“This would have been the fate of Kooper Coates, had his mom not stood up to the bullies at Planned Parenthood. We hope Planned Parenthood received the stiffest fine possible. Not only did their dumping practice violate the law, it violates ever sense of morality and respect for humanity,” said Newman. “It also may have posed a health hazard for the rest of the public.”

The better solution is to shut down Planned Parenthood, to ensure that laws are not broken, public health is protected, and women are not bullied into abortions they do not want. Operation Rescue urges the State of South Carolina to do just that.

  • Bob Moore

    Brook should be nominated for “Mother of the Year” in SC –

  • Royce Beasley

    Agreed with Mr. Bob Moore comment, how ever tho, personally as a minister of God, they should start a FUND case and ask the American public to support their cause. I would assist in this Go Fund Me. I have members who as well stated they would help, one is friend (personal) millionaire living is Scottsdale, Az.

  • Dominic Huber

    From what I’ve seen, PP pressures women a lot. In St. Louis, the clinic escorts constantly blow whistles and have even yelled at the girls. Usually their reason for doing that is because they say the girls are blocking the driveway. Not only is it not true but Missouri’s laws actually permit the girls to talk to the sidewalk counsellors in PP’s driveway for as long as they want. They only have to pull through if the length of the cars behind is more than 8 and the length is rarely over 3 or 4 cars. PP escorts knows this and they won’t hesitate to say they are blocking the driveway even though they aren’t.

  • Great news. Good for the Mom!

  • Too big and heavy

    What a Beautiful Baby..!!!!!

  • Ruth

    I am so glad to hear that she fought for her son’s life! He’s a blessing!

  • a7xrocker1981

    In Arkansas where I am I can usually Counsel women very well, as the drive into the lot is very long but I can stop a car without mug holdup. In Mississippi though the escorts are just a horror show. We had three turnaways in one day( I was not there but was told of it) and the escorts try their best to keep us apart but we pull through. Best of luck in your battle to make Missouri the first abortion free state. We are fighting in Arkansas and Mississippi and we wish you luck.

  • holyblood1

    Thank God, again morals out weighed the authorities. The right choice.

  • Norma Ross

    Defund Planned Parenthood. It is immoral and I don’t want my tax dollars going to this agency.

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  • Dominic Huber

    What those escorts began doing is what inspired me to film them. I got so sick of their interference that I decided I needed to do something.

  • a7xrocker1981

    I think escorts can get very annoying and down right abrasive. I’ve had to command one to stop harassing me before.

  • Carol

    Praise God for this courageous woman! I agree with her husband when he said, “I don’t think it’s right for them to pressure people.” It sounds like she was being pressured on all sides.