Safety Claims Questioned: Spokane Planned Parenthood Tears Hole in Abortion Patient’s Womb

By Cheryl Sullenger

Spokane, WA – For the third time this year, an ambulance was called to a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Spokane, Washington. The incident took place on September 16, 2015.

According to the 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue show that the Planned Parenthood caller hesitated when asked by the 911 dispatcher what happened.

“Um, uh, uterine perforation,” the Planned Parenthood caller said.

A uterine perforation is a hole torn in the woman’s womb when the sharp suction cannula that is used to dismember the baby is thrust too deep into the uterus. This can be a life threatening injury depending on the severity of the tear, whether other internal organs were damaged, and the amount of internal bleeding that occurs. Uterine perforations can usually be repaired, but may result in hysterectomies in severe cases.

Other medical emergencies this year at the Spokane Planned Parenthood took place on January 7 when a woman was transported due to “abdominal pain” and on April 15 when a hemorrhaging woman was sent by ambulance to a hospital emergency room.

Earlier this week, Operation Rescue reported a botched abortion at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Houston, Texas, on August 4. That represented the 10th abortion-related medical emergency at that facility, which was featured in a video released by the Center for Medical Progress earlier that same day. The Planned Parenthood official who contacted 911 in that case was featured in the CMP video describing how easy it is to harvest fetal eyeballs.

During a September 29, 2015, hearing before the House Oversight Committee, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards testified, “I’m proud to be here today speaking for Planned Parenthood, a leading provider of high-quality reproductive health care in the United States.”

“The thirteen women that were transported this year from just two of Richard’s abortion clinics might dispute her claim of ‘high-quality’ care,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who also sits on the board of the Center for Medical Progress. “Planned Parenthood has butchered one woman after another, many of whom are lucky to be alive. Others, such as Tonya Reaves, were not so lucky and ended up on a cold slab in the morgue.”

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Out of the dozens of medical emergencies documented by Operation Rescue so far this year, 64% of them took place at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.

While Planned Parenthood conducts 40% of all abortions in the U.S., Operation Rescue’s data shows that it is responsible for 64% of the abortion injuries that require emergency hospitalization that have been documented by Operation Rescue so far in 2015 alone.

“Planned Parenthood’s claim to be a ‘high quality’ abortion business has been debuked. The facts speak for themselves,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue calls for the defunding of Planned Parenthood and for the criminal prosecution of Planned Parenthood employees who have broken the law.

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Planned Parenthood Worker Featured in Shock Video Calls 911 for Bleeding Abortion Patient

By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – Even as Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards, was testifying before the House Oversight Committee on her organization’s funding and participation in the sale of aborted baby tissue, Operation Rescue received 911 records related to a medical emergency the Houston Planned Parenthood facility that was featured in the videos released by the Center for Medical Policy.

According to the Houston Coalition for Life, which posted a photograph of the incident on its Facebook page, this was the tenth ambulance to be seen at the high volume Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Houston since the beginning of the year.

The abortion-related medical emergency took place on August 4, 2015. In an audio recording of the 911 call obtained by Operation Rescue through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Planned Parenthood caller identified herself as “Tram.”

This is Tram Nguyen, who is the Director of the Ambulatory Surgery Center, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in Houston, Texas. Nguyen is featured in the Center for Medical Progress video released on August 4, 2015 – ironically the same day as the botched abortion – titled “Intact Fetuses ‘Just a Matter of Line Items’ for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center.”


During the emergency call placed by Nguyen, she explained to the 911 dispatcher the condition of the patient.

“We have a patient who just had a medical procedure and she’s experiencing bleeding and needs to be transported to Ben Taub per our physician orders,” she said. “She has I.V. access so we need an ACLS-equipped ambulance, please.”

In the CMP video, Nguyen is shown in the abortion clinic’s P.O.C. room (Products of Conception) discussing intact fetal “specimens.”

“It varies based on gestation, sometimes they come out really intact,” she told CMP actors posing as representatives of an organ procurement company. She continued to help the actors identify parts of a large aborted baby that was one of a set of twins that were 20 weeks (five months) gestation.

Nguyen also commented on the ease of harvesting the eyeballs from aborted babies.

“So all of it, yeah. Orbits [eyeballs] are so easy, like, 95% of the time,” she said.


“We have heard over and over from Planned Parenthood about the supposed ‘high quality health care they provide, yet the fact that one woman after another has been transported to the hospital suffering from hemorrhaging or some other life threatening complication is evidence that soundly refutes Planned Parenthood’s claim,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Board Member for the Center for Medical Progress. “Abortion is certainly not health care, and the frequency with which this facility sends women to the ER makes it a ‘bottom of the barrel’ abortion mill.”

Operation Rescue supports the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the Congressional investigations into Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in aborted baby body parts.

“It just isn’t about the babies who are dying, although that should be a compelling enough argument for defunding, but it is also about the women who suffer from shoddy procedures and end up in an ER or in the morgue. Some can never bear children again,” Newman explained. “Women will be better off if Congress took the half-billion dollars annually that currently goes to Planned Parenthood ad relocated it to community clinics that offer legitimate health care services and do not profit from abortion or the sale of their dead babies’ remains after the fact.”

Operation Rescue encourages pro-life supporters to join a nationwide protest of Planned Parenthood on October 10. To find a protest in your area or for more information visit

Below is the CMP video featuring Ngyuen released on the same day this medical emergency took place.

Mom’s Premonition Saves Botched Abortion Victim’s Life

By Cheryl Sullenger

SantellaRobertSan Diego, CA — When an ambulance running with lights and sirens screamed onto Miramar Road in San Diego carrying an injured abortion patient, it was the second known woman that abortionist Robert Santella, 71, sent to the emergency room this year.

The incident, which took place on September 5, 2015, was video recorded by local pro-life activist Joan Pernicano.

According to Pernicano, from her vantage point the abortion-related emergency appeared to be very serious. She could hear an upset woman she believed was the mother of the injured woman yelling as the patient was loaded into an ambulance and transported to Scripps Trauma Center for emergency treatment.

Later, Pernicano was put in touch with the patient’s mother and learned that it was she that called 911 when the abortionist and his staff would not. The mother had been angry because Santella refused to let her see her daughter even though her daughter was calling for her in obvious distress.

“The mother did not want her daughter to have the abortion and tried to talk her out of it. She had a premonition that something was going to happen so that’s why she accompanied her,” Pernicano told Operation Rescue. “No doubt the daughter would have bled to death if her mother hadn’t been there and called 911.”

The patient was hospitalized for eight days. She received a hysterectomy and suffered an infection.

“Dr. Santella had the nerve to show up at the hospital the next day and tell the staff that he was her doctor. When the daughter saw him she called security to have him removed from her room!” said Pernicano.

When sidewalk counselors arrived for their usual shifts outside FPA the following Saturday, September 12, they found that the abortion clinic was closed for the day. According to an e-mail from a local pro-life group, the clinic staff “only do surgical abortions on Saturdays, and this was the first non-holiday Saturday they have been closed since October 19, 2013.”

“Clinic closures represent lost income for the abortionist and the abortion business owner,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It usually takes something pretty serious for an abortion mill to shut down on its only surgical abortion day of the week. Operation Rescue staff is currently investigating this situation.”

Santella has worked as an abortionist for decades for Family Planning Associates in San Diego. After being kicked out of two previous locations in La Mesa and Hillcrest, FPA finally ended up in an unusual space on the second-floor in the heart of a furniture mall with no other medical offices in sight.

“The location and the fact that Santella has competency issues documented by the California Medical Board raises questions about the safety of women in this high-volume abortion mill,” said Newman. “Add to that the fact that California lacks even the most basic of laws protecting women from shoddy abortion providers like Santella, and we have conditions where women are placed in grave danger whenever they walk into his facility.”

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Earlier this year, another of Santella’s patients was hospitalized with abortion-related injuries.

On January 17, a woman walked past sidewalk counselors and into the abortion facility — ignoring their pleas and offers of help — only to be rushed away by ambulance just an hour later.

But these instances are certainly not Santella’s only misadventures.

In the 1983, the California Medical Board suspended Santella’s medical license for 60 days and placed him on probation for five years after it found him guilty of gross negligence and incompetence in the treatment of three patients.

One case involved a botched hysterectomy that had been “counter-indicated” in the first place. His patient nearly bled to death while he delayed attending her while he stopped by the bank.

He admitted another patient to a hospital and failed to check on her for over 24 hours while she suffered from a raging infection that went untreated during that time.

Santella failed to provide adequate care for a pregnant patient who suffered pre-eclampsia at full term and later tragically delivered a stillborn daughter due to his negligence.

In 2000, Santella was once again subject to Board discipline for “unprofessional conduct” after he admitted that he “failed to maintain adequate records” related to three patients.

Santella gave one woman a vaginal hysterectomy when an abdominal procedure should have been performed. He also failed to perform needed tests and make appropriate referrals for two other women. None of Santella’s medical records for these women, which were needed by other physicians, were legible.

Santella was ordered to serve four years of probation and take a number of classes, including a course in ethics.

“Traditional discipline over last three decades has failed to improve Santella’s shoddy practices,” said Newman. “Now in his seventies, as he ages, it seems that ambulances are being seen more frequently. If Santella won’t retire, the medical board should revoke his medical license and force him into retirement for the sake of public safety!”

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