Safety Crisis: “Lifeless” Patient Rushed From Bakersfield Abortion Clinic to Hospital

This is the third documented medical emergency caused by the same abortionist at the Bakersfield, California FPA Women’s Health abortion clinic in two months. This poses a serious public safety crisis.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – For the third time in just two months, abortionist Karen Mann has sent a patient to the hospital to receive emergency care. Witnesses to the April 14, 2015, incident told Operation Rescue that this time the woman appeared “lifeless.”

“Her arms were just hanging lifeless off the sides of the gurney,” reported Terri Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries. Palmquist is a long-time sidewalk counselor outside FPA Women’s Health, formerly known as Family Planning Associates, in Bakersfield, California. “She was at least unconscious.”

Palmquist explained that nearly every clinic worker emerged from the abortion facility with sheets that were deployed in an effort to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. However, Palmquist’s husband, Tim, got a very good view of the obviously unconscious woman.

The woman was rushed by ambulance running lights and sirens to Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. Her condition today is unknown.

Mann has worked at FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield for only about three months but has so far sent three women to the emergency room for care she was incapable of providing.

Other incidents took place on March 31 and February 3, when a woman suspected of having suffered a heart attack during an abortion procedure was rushed away by ambulance. Overall, this is the eighth documented medical emergency at this facility since 2012.

Tim Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries told Operation Rescue that people who have been inside the abortion facility have complained about conditions inside. One man, who recently escorted a woman for an abortion complained to Palmquist that the clinic was “very dirty inside, specifically mentioning q-tips on the floor and that they obviously hadn’t even vacuumed.”

Mann has a history of providing substandard patient care. She was sued in 2011 for a gruesomely botched circumcision that left a child permanently disfigured and has required several surgeries. The suit alleges that Mann “was negligent and her conduct fell below the care and skill required of medical doctors and medical practitioners.”

“It is our opinion that Mann poses an immediate danger to the public and has created a safety crisis in Bakersfield. Today, we are asking the California Medical Board for an emergency suspension of her medical license in order to protect the public while a full investigation into her abortion practices and conditions is done,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We will continue to investigate this on our end due to serious concerns that the patient may not have survived.”

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  • Linda Snyder Cramer

    Wow this is a one woman wrecking crew – wrecking women’s health. I’m scared for the women seeking abortions in Bakersfield. How can we keep allowing non-existent over-site and laws for abortion clinics. Substandard care matches substandard over-site. Abortionist get to play by totally different rules than other physicians. It all adds up to dangerous conditions and attracts the bottom of the barrel in the doctor pool. Abortionist are doctors that can’t make it in the real medical world. Get a clue ladies!!!!

  • Vivavox

    It is time for Karen Mann to hang up her stethoscope.

  • Esther Coop

    It angers me that in 2015, women still receive substandard care in the United States. This sloppy medical care would never fly with men…why do Medical Boards allow women to be treated worse than our pets?

  • Theresa Santoro

    she only graduated in 2008 and licensed in California in 2010. She is not a board certified OB/GYN. I don’t understand how she continues to practice after the first suit. Just so wrong.

  • Theresa Santoro

    Very confused. That is such a broad sweeping statement. She was treated by a woman. The best in the business don’t leave medical school to become abortion doctors. They just don’t.

  • Carol

    I wouldn’t even call an abortionist a “doctor.”

  • Carol

    You mean her abortion instruments. Doubtful she even uses a stethoscope.

  • Carol

    It is probably so hard to find people willing to do abortions. They will take (and keep) just about anyone.

  • Lamar Hagan

    California is a leader in death by doctor. The California legislature is pushing assisted suicide now. However, in California, you do not even have to be a doctor to do an abortion. Abortion is not health care.