Missouri Law Would Make it a Crime For Abortion Workers to Ask Ambulances for No Lights, No Sirens

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jefferson City, Missouri — A new provision in an abortion safety bill has been introduced in the Missouri State Legislature that would make it a misdemeanor crime for abortion clinic workers to interfere with medical assistance by asking ambulances to run with no lights and no sirens. It is the first of its kind in the nation.

If passed, the new law would make such interference punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $2,000.

While Planned Parenthood representatives have said the new bill has nothing to do with the health and safety of women, Operation Rescue has evidence to prove that their assertion is a false one.

It is a fact that ambulances running silently take longer to reach their destinations than ambulances running with lights and sirens.

“Asking an ambulance to run in silent mode actually delays care to women when minutes can mean the difference between life and death for women experiencing abortion injuries or other complications,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose organization tracks and documents medical emergencies at abortion facilities nationwide.

The real reason abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood do not want ambulances running to their clinics with lights and sirens has everything to do with wanting to avoid bad publicity, according to a former Planned Parenthood abortionist.

Marc E. Heller worked for Planned Parenthood in New York until earlier this year. In a recorded interview with a student from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, conducted on November 19, 2016, Heller explained how Planned Parenthood handled ambulance calls.

“We always said to the ambulance, ‘Please come to the back entrance. Please don’t use any sirens or lights,’ because we knew that the protestors that were there every day would call the press. And there would be a press thing about ‘another botched abortion,’” Heller said.

Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, has admitted that her St. Louis abortion facility has in the past asked that no sirens be used for the numerous medical emergencies that occur at that clinic.

“[We] may have asked that the siren wasn’t on so that it didn’t alarm other people,” Kogut said, later claiming that it is no longer their policy to ask ambulances to run slowly without sirens.

“Expecting an abortionist to self-police is unwise at best, and often foolhardy. The minute they think no one is looking, they revert back to their bad behavior. We have seen it over and over again,” said Newman. “This law is meant to protect women suffering life-threatening abortion complications from further harm inflicted by often incompetent abortionists who are more interested in covering up their mishaps than getting proper emergency treatment for the women they injured. This law is absolutely necessary.”

The tragic effects of delaying medical care to patients suffering from botched abortions was dramatically illustrated in the death of a 19-year old Down syndrome girl, Christin Gilbert. She had reported with her parents to a Wichita abortion facility for a late-term abortion in January 2005.

When Gilbert, who was pregnant due to a sexual assault, suffered life-threatening complications, one of the clinic workers called 911 begging them to come with no lights or sirens, which delayed their arrival at the abortion facility by several minutes. When emergency responders finally arrived, they were unprepared for the severity of Gilbert’s condition, thinking it was just a routine inter-facility transfer. She died at a local hospital later that day.

Operation Rescue strongly supports the new Missouri bill because the St. Louis Planned Parenthood – the last abortion facility left in Missouri — is a high-volume clinic that has experienced an extraordinary number of medical emergencies. Operation Rescue has documented 65 medical emergencies involving patient ambulance transports there since mid-2009.

Preventing Planned Parenthood from asking ambulances to run more slowly may indeed save lives.

  • Vivavox

    If it is no longer their policy to ask ambulances to run silent, then they have nothing to fear from the law being passed. Thus, there is no reason to oppose it.

  • Doris

    PP are not only trying to silence the ambulances, it looks like they silenced the video as well ! :(

  • homer1057

    “Thou shalt not Kill” Exodus 20: 13 KJV

  • homer1057

    I’ll tell you what really chaps my backside: PEOPLE today are willingly Ignorant! They think it’s just OK to take a life they did not give nor have the right to take, and they think that Islam is anywhere remotely a religion! They think that the facts are not to be studied or sought out! they think that God/Jesus Christ loves you no matter what you do and he will forgive your denial of HIS way! People are so lax in the attitude that there will be a party in Hell and so what IF I go there etc There is a spirit of willful ignorance, and that is so damning! People just refuse to get a King James Bible and read and STUDY it to find out whether they are right in what they believe or not! My what a damnable decision! 1 Peter 3:18 KJV

  • Ronald Nelson

    They don’t want to scare away bidders on aborted baby parts… lights and sirens always cause those engaged in criminal conduct to look around.

  • Marisa Liz Wiggins

    haha. the article said that’s the last stupid clinic in Missouri.

  • ADRoberts

    Evil always wants to hide from the light.
    And lying is no big deal for an abortionist who most certainly does not believe in God or that He will judge them and punish them.

  • Pamela

    Aren’t these so called dr.’s and clinics qualified to do this “service”
    “FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH” sounds like its still back room butchery, they just call it legal. These places are horror houses, usually 1 of 2 going in dose not come out alive, except now the mother may be terminated too…….