St. Louis Planned Parenthood Further Endangers Abortion Patient by Calling Slower Private Ambulance During Medical Emergency

Delaying emergency medical care unacceptably places lives at unnecessary risk

By Cheryl Sullenger

StL-ambulance 07102014St. Louis, MO – In what is becoming an all-too-familiar occurrence, pro-life sidewalk counselors snapped photos as an ambulance arrived to transport yet another patient from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Planned Parenthood volunteers held up bed sheets as a covered woman was wheeled out of the abortion facility on a gurney in an attempt to prevent pro-life supporters from documenting the event.

This incident, which took place on July 10, 2014, boosts the number of known medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood site to 26 in the past five years.

This time, however, Planned Parenthood summoned a private ambulance company – instead of dialing 911 – to transport the patient to the hospital for emergency care that the abortion facility was not equipped to provide. This was likely done to conceal facts about the incident and prevent pro-life activists from uncovering the seriousness of the medical emergency through 911 records.

“Planned Parenthood has chosen to put their own interests ahead of getting this patient emergency medical assistance by the quickest means,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Delays in receiving emergency care can cost women’s lives. It is disgraceful that Planned Parenthood chose to place a woman’s life in jeopardy in order to protect what little reputation this abysmal abortion mill has left.”

Response times for private ambulance services are slower than when calling 911, and the calls placed to them are not subject to public records requests.

That change in emergency protocols is likely due to a lawsuit filed against the St. Louis Fire Department in May by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of an Operation Rescue staff member. Operation Rescue sued to obtain public information that was over-zealously redacted from 911 records it had received through the Freedom of Information Act.

Operation Rescue originally sought the 911 call records for 25 incidents involving medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood dating back to 2009. Instead, 57 heavily redacted records were produced to Operation Rescue by the St. Louis Fire Department, hinting that there were many more medical emergencies than previously documented.

So extensive were the redactions that even the dates of the incidents had been expunged, which is a clear a violation of open records laws that require only the most minimal redactions be made and only on narrowly exempted information, such as patient names.

“Planned Parenthood may be afraid that if we win the lawsuit, information damaging to their abortion business will come out and their abortionists may then be held accountable. They would rather delay emergency care to women than allow that to happen,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood must have a lot to hide.”

CARHART STRIKES AGAIN: African-American Woman Suffers 8th Abortion-Related Medical Emergency in 2 Years

Germantown, MD — An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

“Medical emergencies at Carhart’s two abortion locations are becoming more frequent. His age and grueling travel schedule compound the risks to women, who are paying for his mistakes with their health and sometimes their lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Our complaints in Maryland are falling on deaf ears while woman after woman is transported to emergency rooms where Carhart isn’t even allowed to enter. The public safety emergency created by Carhart’s shoddy practices has reached crisis proportions.”

In addition to the Germantown office, Carhart also conducts abortions at his run-down abortion facility in Bellevue, Nebraska. Operation Rescue has documented the following incidents involving life-threatening complications suffered by Carhart’s abortion patients.

• July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording)
July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording)
February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report)
March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)

Multiple complaints have been filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians. The most recent asked the MDBP to take a fresh look at Carhart in light of the previous seven medical emergencies. Nearly identical complaints were filed simultaneously with medical boards in Nebraska and Indiana, where he also has operated.

Nebraska and Indiana responded with letters confirming that they are investigating or considering investigating Carhart. Maryland responded with a letter as well, closing the complaint without investigation.

Take Action to Protect Women and Their Babies!

Since Carhart’s abortion business affects women all over the nation who go to him for extremely late abortions that are illegal in most states, Operation Rescue is asking the public to contact the Maryland Board of Physicians and demand an honest and thorough investigation into Carhart’s abortion practices that are increasingly endangering the lives of women.

Contact: Maryland Board of Physicians
Voice: (800) 492-6836 or (410) 764-4777
E-mail: mbpmail@rcn.com

Florida Abortionist Harms Two Abortion Patients on Same Day, One Hospitalized

Azima’s history of substandard abortion practices makes another case for greater oversight

By Cheryl Sullenger

Port Charlotte, FL — An ambulance as called to the Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, last week to transport an abortion patient to the hospital for emergency care.

The patient, who was described as a Caucasian woman in her early 30′s, was removed from the abortion clinic completely covered with a blanket on June 3, 2014. Pro-life activists who witnessed the incident told Operation Rescue that one of the emergency medical technicians who responded to the abortion business’ call for emergency assistance indicated that the patient was going to be “okay.”

“Certainly there are degrees of ‘okay’ and this doesn’t negate the fact that the patient suffered from a serious complication that could not be handled at the clinic,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Pro-life sidewalk counselors also noted that another abortion patient was seen earlier in the day leaving the clinic in poor condition and unable to walk on her own. No clinic staff assisted as that woman was held up by a male companion who helped her into a car. She appeared to be in significant pain, and left the scene fully reclined in her seat.

The abortion business is owned and operated by abortionist Ali Azima, who has operated in the Ft. Myers/Port Charlotte area for over 30 years.

The Venice Women’s Health Center was involved in an incident in 2012, where Azima allegedly began a late-term abortion there even though the facility wasn’t licensed for those procedures. The patient was referred to Azima’s other clinic, the Southwestern Florida Women’s Clinic (SFWC) in Ft. Myers, where the abortion was completed. A citation was issued to the SFWC over the incident.

SFWC was also cited in 2012 for multiple health and safety violations. A deficiency report indicated that the autoclave was not being properly cleaned, which made it impossible to properly sterilize surgical instruments. Inspectors also found that first trimester surgical abortion practices fell below the standard of care for such procedures. A secondary inspection found that the facility was still not in compliance with autoclave sterilization protocols.

In 1985, Azima had his medical license suspended for one year and was placed on probation for three years after a Florida Medical Board inquiry found that Azima failed to take a medical history or properly examine an abortion patient, prior to an abortion, then failed to have a pathologists examine the remains to ensure that everything had been removed. Without examining her, Azima continued to insist during subsequent visits with the patient that she was not pregnant. The woman eventually suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused her to undergo emergency surgery and hospitalization.

“Once again, we have a woman who walked into a troubled abortion business only to be carried out on a gurney,” said Newman. “Azima and his troubles are all-too-typical of abortion providers in America today and is a case in point for tighter oversight and regulation of the abortion cartel. Instead, abortionists like Azima resist laws to protect women because they know their shoddy abortion operations are incapable of meeting acceptable medical standards and practices.”

Operation Rescue has used official abortion statistics in several states to document the fact that when abortion clinics like Azima’s close, the number of abortions is reduced.

“We urge Florida to enact regulations such as those passed last year in Texas,” said Newman. “If we can pass rules that will save lives now and spare women from suffering live-threatening injuries, it is our moral duty to do so.”

Operation Rescue continues to investigate the June 3 incident.