Abortionist Calls 911 for “Lifeless” Patient: “Just Need Someone NOW”

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – A 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue reveals that abortionist Karen Mann placed a call for help to 911 on April 14, 2015 for a patient suffering an abortion complication, which resulted in abnormally low blood pressure that may have led to cardiac arrest.

Stress could be heard in Mann’s voice as she told a dispatcher, “We just need someone now.”

The patient was still under sedation from the procedure when her blood pressure dangerously dropped. At the end of the recording, Mann can be heard talking with a male who was in the procedure room with her.

“Can you give her presses? Do you have epinephrine or anything?” Mann asked him.* (See clarification below.)

Epinephrine is often given in the event of cardiac arrest or a serious allergic reaction.

Terri Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries told Operation Rescue that when the patient was brought out on a gurney to be loaded into an awaiting ambulance, she appeared “lifeless” and that “her arms were just hanging lifeless off the sides of the gurney.” Palmquist provided photographs of the incident to Operation Rescue.

This is the third medical emergency involving Karen Mann in the past three months.

On March 31, a man whose wife was suffering from respiratory distress with signs that her brain was being deprived of oxygen called 911 for an ambulance, only to be locked out of the clinic by employees.

During a February 3 medical emergency, a woman was said to have suffered a possible heart attack after a botched abortion.

“It is becoming all too clear that Karen Mann should not be conducting surgical abortions. We are immediately seeking an emergency suspension of her medical license from the California Board of Medicine to prevent any more women from suffering life-threatening complications due to incompetence,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

View the CAD Transcript

* “Presses” referred to in this article were more likely “pressors,” which are drugs meant to increase blood pressure. Thanks to our readers — who obviously have better hearing than me — for the correction!

Distraught Husband Calls 911 for Wife When the Abortion Clinic Wouldn’t; What Happened Next Was Inexcusable

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – A recording of a March 31, 2015, 911 call seeking help for an abortion-related medical emergency that was recently obtained by Operation Rescue was anything but routine.

Instead of a clinic worker or abortionist on the line, this time it was a distraught husband who sought ambulance assistance to transport his 26-year old wife from a Bakersfield, California, abortion facility to the emergency room when she began to suffer respiratory distress after an abortion.

But it was the reaction of the abortion clinic personnel at FPA Women’s Health, formerly known as Family Planning Associates, that was completely inexcusable.

The husband, identified in the recording as “Erik,” told a dispatcher that he believed his wife was suffering an allergic reaction to anesthesia.

“I don’t know what happened in there, but I think the anesthesia — They put so much anesthesia in her and she’s apparently — I’m thinking that she’s allergic to it because this is the second time it’s happened,” he told the dispatcher.

The troubling conversation continued:

911: Okay, you’re telling me you’re not sure what happened, so are you able to go in to her and tell me what happened and ask her?

Caller: You know what? No, I’m not going to go in there because you have to literally check in. They won’t let you in unless — I just walked out of there, okay?

911: Let them know you’re on the phone with 911 and that we need to get next to the patient. If she’s having an emergency, it shouldn’t be an issue.

But it was an issue – a big one.

When he attempted to enter the clinic where his wife was experiencing a medical emergency, he found the door locked. One can clearly hear him knocking on the door, but the clinic workers refused to let him back in even though he explained he was on the line with 911 and that the dispatcher had asked to speak with them.

Caller: Yeah, they don’t want to let me in.

911: You’re not able to get in there?

Caller: Yeah, you guys will deal with it when you get here.

“This man was treated like dirt by the FPA Staff,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Why didn’t the clinic staff call 911? Why did he have to do it? What would have happened to his wife if he hadn’t been there?”

The dispatcher continued to question the man concerning his wife’s condition.

911: Is she completely alert.

Caller: No, she’s not!

911: Was she responding appropriately when you were talking to her?

Caller: She’s struggling to breathe.

911: I understand, but when you talk to her, would she respond appropriately?

Caller: No.

911: Does she have difficulty speaking between breaths?

Caller: Yeah, she’s having difficulty speaking.

911: Is she changing color?

Caller: Yeah, she’s pale!

He then goes on to describe how she was “clamping, like her feet and her hands.”

“She’s actually folding her feet, like clamping her wrists, like tightening as a — like, her
fingers are clamping up,” he explained.

Eventually, the woman was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but her condition today is not known.

Given the husband’s account that on a previous occasion, his wife had experienced respiratory distress and required emergency transport, an outpatient surgical abortion was ill-advised.

“There are so many questions that need answering,” said Newman. “Did the abortionist take a medical history? If so, did she ignore the possibility that the patient was allergic to the anesthesia?”

The abortionist was Karen Mann, who has worked in Bakersfield for only about three months. During that time, she has been responsible for a total of three medical emergencies, including this one. Other incidents took place on February 3, in which an abortion patient was said to have suffered a heart attack, and on April 14 when a woman described by witnesses as “lifeless” was rushed to an emergency room.

All three incidents were photographed by long-time pro-life activists Tim and Terry Palmquist, of Life Savers Ministries, who regularly offer practical help to women entering FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield.

“It is apparent that Mann did not want to call 911 for help with treatment that she was unprepared to provide. It is unacceptable to gamble with someone’s life in order to conceal a problem. This shows such a huge disregard for the lives of her patients that she isn’t fit to practice medicine,” said Newman. “The husband’s treatment by abortion clinic staff was beyond the pale. Anyone with a loved one can understand why he was so upset. These are the outrageous and selfish acts of folks who just don’t care about people.”

Operation Rescue continues to seek the 911 recording from the April 14 incident and plans to file a complaint against Mann with the California Medical Board once all the evidence is in.

“This 911 call and others we have obtained are glimpses of the truth behind the deceptive ‘women’s reproductive rights’ rhetoric. On one hand, abortionists pretend to care about women, but their actions speak volumes about their callous, uncaring attitudes toward life,” said Newman.

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.”

View Karen Mann’s profile page at AbortionDocs.org.