UNSAFE: Eleventh Woman Rushed to Hospital from Bakersfield Abortion Facility

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – For the eleventh time since August 2012, an ambulance was called to provide emergency care to a patient of FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield, CA. The incident took place on July 19, 2016. The woman was transported to a nearby hospital for care.

This FPA abortion center is part of a chain of 22 abortion facilities located throughout California. It hospitalizes a woman due to abortion complications on average every four months. This latest incident occurred just over four months after the last FPA patient was hospitalized on February 23, 2016.

Abortionist Alexander Simopoulos was on duty during the July 19 medical emergency. When confronted later about the incident by long-time pro-life activist Terri Palmquist, Simopoulos taunted Palmquist to “prove it.”

Today, Terri’s husband, Tim Palmquist released a photo that showed a patient on a gurney being loaded into an ambulance outside the FPA abortion facility on the day of the incident. Operation Rescue has requested 911 records to further document the emergency.

Simopoulos is a Beverly Hills based cosmetic surgeon who specializes in female genital cosmetic surgery, vaginal reconstruction, and other plastic/cosmetic surgeries for celebrities and others. He has appeared on reality television shows such as Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, where he confessed that he views women as sex objects.

An article researched and penned by Tim Palmquist explains that women Simpoulos met on the Bravo show considered him “Dr. Freak,” “creepy,” “gross,” and “Dr. Frankenstein.” One woman was so appalled by his behavior that she warned, “women of the world, stay away!”

“Thanks to the Palmquists, we have documented the alarming frequency that abortion injuries are taking place at the Bakersfield FPA. This documentation is evidence that Simpoulpos is not fit to practice medicine. If the California Medical Board won’t take action to protect the public from his obvious incompetence, we urge FPA Women’s Health fire him immediately,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Read why FPA is considered among the six most dangerous abortion businesses in the U.S.

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911 Called to Help Seriously Bleeding Abortion Patient at Pennsylvania Abortion Facility

Injury comes amid calls for repeal of abortion safety regs

Harrisburg, PA – An ambulance was dispatched to the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center abortion facility to care for an abortion patient that was suffering from a serious vaginal hemorrhage, according to emergency documents obtained by Operation Rescue.

The Emergency Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) log from the June 17, 2016, incident described the patient as a 30-year-old female who was conscious and breathing, but was experiencing a dangerous hemorrhage, possibly the result of lacerations. The abortion facility appeared ill-equipped to handle the injury.

Medical units were dispatched with a determinant code that indicated a hot response was required, including lights and sirens.

This incident was caught on video by local pro-life activists. It shows a woman on a gurney who was taken out the back door of the facility to an awaiting ambulance. The back of the facility appeared to be in a shoddy state of repair and littered with construction debris.

The priority code was later downgraded by emergency responders. She was transported to the Harrisburg Medical Center for further treatment.

The abortionist on duty that day is said to have been Delhi Thweatt, who was involved in the death of abortion patient Kelly Morse in 1996. Remarkably, Thweatt’s Pennsylvania and Maryland medical licenses are clear any mention of disciplinary action or malpractice claims.

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The serious abortion injury comes as pro-abortion state Senator Daylin Leach vowed to introduce legislation to repeal Pennsylvania abortion safety regulations passed in 2011 in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell murder case. Gosnell was a West Philadelphia abortionist who was convicted of three counts of First Degree Murder and hundreds of other crimes for severing the spinal cords of very late-term babies that were born alive at his squalid “House of Horrors” abortion facility and killing at least two patients.

The grand jury that indicted Gosnell and eight accomplices issued a scathing rebuke to regulators who failed to inspect abortion facilities and turned a blind eye to complaints, allowing conditions and practices at Gosnell’s facility to deteriorate.

“If oversight agencies expect to prevent future Dr. Gosnells, they must find the fortitude to enact and enforce the necessary regulations. Rules must be more than words on paper,” the grand jury report stated.

The Pennsylvania abortion safety law that is now threatened with repeal, was responsible for shutting down seven substandard abortion facilities. Only one has managed to reopen after conditions and practices were supposedly improved.

“It seems that since the Supreme Court decision in Hellerstedt, women have a right to abortion access, but not abortion safety,” said Newman. “That places women in the insane position of being treated as second-class citizens who deserve no better than the likes of Kermit Gosnell. Those that truly care about women should join us in peacefully working to shut down the abortion clinics and offer pregnant women better alternatives than destroying the lives of their precious pre-born children.”

View the CAD log

St. Louis Planned Parenthood Sends 60th Patient to Emergency Room, Illustrating Need for Oversight

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By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO — Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court nullified certain abortion safety laws, a medical emergency at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, MO, has illustrated how women have been left in jeopardy by the nation’s High Court.

It happened on Saturday, July 2, 2016, a heavy abortion day. Paramedics were photographed by pro-life activists as they removed a Planned Parenthood patient from the abortion facility and loaded her into an awaiting ambulance.

Abortion workers and an armed security guard attempted to conceal the incident by holding up large brown tarps.

This medical emergency represented the 60th time since 2009 that ambulances have been dispatched to the St. Louis Planned Parenthood to render aid to patients that Planned Parenthood was not equipped to provide.

Planned Parenthood is currently the only abortion facility in Missouri.

Provisions that were struck down by the Supreme Court last week included required hospital privileges for abortionists that must be maintained within 30 miles of their abortion facilities. Missouri has a similar law, and if that is eventually nullified, Missouri women will be left with few, if any, protections against substandard abortionists that cannot qualify for hospital privileges.

“The situation is Missouri is bad enough without stripping way one of the only safety measures in place to protect women. If you don’t think they need protecting from quack abortionists, you have never heard of Kermit Gosnell, Steven Brigham, James Pendergraft, or any number of currently practicing abortionists that no concept of medical or ethical standards,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

In response to a lawsuit filed by Operation Rescue, the St. Louis Fire Department recently released a list of 58 medical emergencies at the Planned Parenthood facility from January 1, 2009 through April 6, 2016 – nearly twice the number expected. The list included the type of injuries sustained by patients, which ranged from allergic reactions to serious hemorrhaging.

It did not include yet another medical emergency at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility that occurred on May 13, 2016.

“In the current rush to abandon safety regulations in response to the Supreme Court decision, we should remember that abortion facilities in America remain under-regulated with little or no accountability, even to regulators, legislators, and law enforcement,” said Newman. “When abortion businesses operate without regulatory oversight, women suffer, women die, and babies die. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court drank the Planned Parenthood Kool-Aid, and now, tragically, we can expect to see many more injuries inflicted by arrogant abortionists who hold themselves above the law.”

[Photos provided by Mary Maschmeier, President of Defenders of the Unborn.]