Nine Ambulances Rush to Abortion Facilities in Six States

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY — There have been a disturbing number of medical emergencies at abortion facilities reported by pro-life activists since late September, including nine ambulance incidents in six states.

“These incidents illustrate that the Abortion Cartel’s claims of abortion safety fail the reality test. For the women who have suffered serious injuries and death from botched abortions, all that rhetoric means nothing,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The emergencies that we hear about are only a fraction of what is happening, and do not count abortion emergencies where women have been hospitalized after the left the abortion facility for the day. These serious incidents are ignored by the news media, which does women a disservice by concealing the truth about abortion dangers from them.”

CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield: For the sixth time this year, an ambulance was called to the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility on October 3, 2017, as earlier reported by Operation Rescue. A 23-year old woman suffered a perforated uterus and underwent an emergency hysterectomy to save her live once at the hospital.

Walnut Creek: An ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Walnut Creek, CA, on October 6, 2017, a known surgical abortion day. Witnesses described the woman as looking “upset” as she was bought out of the Planned Parenthood abortion building and loaded into an ambulance.

NEBRASKA

Omaha: Nebraskans United for Life report that an ambulance rushed to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on October 2, 2017. A gurney was taken in to the facility, but the patient refused transport to the hospital. However, it must have appeared her condition was dire at one point, or an ambulance would never have been called.

Bellevue: With lights from the ambulance flashing in the background, one pro-life activist recorded a brief clip of an incident at LeRoy Carhart’s Bellevue abortion business at approximately 7:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017. 911 records indicated a fire alarm had been tripped, but an eye witness says he saw a gurney removed from the facility with someone on it. This remains a bit of a mystery. This is the 16th ambulance spotted at a Carhart abortion business since 2012.

NEW YORK

New York City: On September 29, 2017, at about 4:40 p.m., one pro-life activist stopped by the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood to pray when an ambulance was spotted. The woman was brought out of the facility in a wheelchair because gurneys cannot access the abortion procedure floors in the New York high-rise. She was transported to a nearby hospital. This was the seventh such emergency at this particular abortion facility so far this year.

NORTH CAROLINA

Raleigh: The first day they were able to do abortions in a week due to “doctor unavailability,” A Woman’s Choice called an ambulance to transport a patient on October 13, 2017. Apparently this is something that happens there regularly enough that the staff was prepared with a large purple “sheet of shame” to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. (It didn’t really work.)

This facility had a series of failed inspections from 2013 to 2017. The most recent deficiency report indicated a likely incomplete surgical abortion that required a second surgery to complete.

OHIO

Cleveland: An ambulance arrived at the Preterm abortion facility on September 29, 2017 at around 2:00 p.m., as previously reported by Operation Rescue. The woman was wheeled out of Preterm on a gurney. Emergency responders took an additional 10 minutes to stabilize her in the ambulance before transporting her to a hospital emergency room. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died from a severely botched abortion she received at Preterm. The September incident was the ninth emergency documented at Preterm by Operation Rescue since 2015.

TEXAS

Houston: According to the Houston Coalition for Life, an ambulance and fire engine were photographed at the large Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Gulf Freeway on October 3, 2017. Once woman was transported.

Houston: The next day, on October 4, 2017, another ambulance visited the same Planned Parenthood abortion facility and transported one woman with lights and sirens flashing, the Houston Coalition for Life reports.

NATIONALLY

So far in 2017, Operation Rescue has documented 51 incidents where ambulances were called to abortion facilities around the nation. Of those 51 incidents, two-thirds (34) involved Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.

Woman Suffers Serious Injury, Nearly Dies after Botched Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA — Terri Palmquist noticed an ominous change at the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, where she regularly stands vigil to pray and offer practical assistance to abortion-bound women.

It was October 3, 2017, during their “LifeVigil” prayer campaign organized by Terri and her husband, Tim. She watched as one woman was helped into the abortion facility doubled over in pain, as if she was experiencing the severe cramps of labor – something with which Terri was well familiar as the mother of eleven. It seemed this woman who struggled to walk was experiencing some kind of complication from a recent abortion.

Terri had seen her share of women suffering abortion complications as well, having ministered outside the same high-volume abortion facility for nearly three decades.

She had remained throughout the years and watched as one abortionist after the other was hired, then moved on, leaving a trail of frequently injured women in their wake.

But the man who has been conducting abortions at the Bakersfield FPA abortion facility since the beginning of the year, Donald Clyde Willis, seemed to be among the worst she had ever seen. Up until then, he had sent five abortion patients to the emergency room for treatment of serious complications.

Later that morning, Terri spoke to the mother of another woman who was inside getting an abortion at four-and-a-half months into her pregnancy. The mother explained that her daughter had “seaweed” inserted the day before.

Suddenly, Terri understood what was happening. Willis was now doing more expensive second trimester abortions, upping the previous gestational limit that for years topped out at end of the first trimester.

But Terri also had a gut feeling. An abortionist with a horrible safety record doing the riskier and more difficult second trimester abortions was a recipe for disaster. At 1:30 p.m., she told her husband Tim, her partner in ministry, that he needed to get ready for an ambulance.

Her instincts were spot on.

Just 17 minutes later, at 1:47 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the FPA Women’s Health abortion business, followed by a security vehicle from the Adventist Health hospital two blocks away. A woman covered completely by a sheet was brought out on a gurney and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

But something wasn’t right. The ambulance didn’t leave right away. Both EMTs appeared to be in the back of the ambulance treating the woman for several minutes before finally making the short trip to the emergency room, where Tim was waiting, camera in hand, thanks to Terri’s early warning.

When the gurney was pulled out of the ambulance, her head was no longer covered. Tim’s video clearly showed a young light-skinned woman wearing an oxygen mask attached to an oxygen source under the gurney. The obstetric position in which she laid, with her knees up and legs slightly apart, was unusual. Was that blood under her on the gurney?

She appeared unconscious.

This wasn’t the same woman who had earlier struggled to walk into the abortion facility, nor was she the woman who completed a two-day abortion that morning.

She was the sixth Willis patient to be transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room this year.

Tim Palmquist told Operation Rescue that he learned more about what happened. He said the patient was a 23-year old Hispanic woman whose uterus was perforated during the abortion. Once at the hospital, she suffered cardiac arrest. Her heart reportedly stopped for five minutes before doctors could revive her. Her injuries were so serious that she received an emergency hysterectomy.

Currently, the woman is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Adventist Health.

“FPA has upped the ante in Bakersfield by expanding abortions into the second trimester, so we are upping the ante, too,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are filing a formal complaint against Donald Clyde Willis with the California Medical Board and will be seeking an emergency suspension of his medical license.”

Willis is a suicide survivor with documented mental health issues that caused Alaska to demand his medical license surrender. He moved to California from his home in Oregon to evade the permanent restrictions imposed on his medical license after the suicide attempt that included strict monitoring and routine appointments with a mental health professional. He also has a history of financial difficulties, having declared bankruptcy in 2010.

Below are brief summaries of his other abortion-related misadventures that forced the emergency hospitalization of Bakersfield area women this year.

January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.
February 18, 2017: A female patient was transported from FPA Women’s Health to a nearby hospital. The disturbing pattern of botched abortions caused Operation Rescue to issue an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California.
August 19, 2017: A woman who appeared to be awake and moving was transported to Kern Medical where she was rushed into the emergency room.

Visit the Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health’s profile page on AbortionDocs.org.
Visit Willis’ profile page on AbortionDocs.org.

Visit LifeVigil Bakersfield’s Facebook page.

WATCH: Ambulance Called for Injured Patient at Preterm Abortion Facility Where Woman Died in 2014

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, OH – An ambulance was called to Preterm, a Cleveland, Ohio, abortion facility on Friday, September 30, 2017, to transport an injured woman to the emergency room.

This is the fourteenth documented ambulance transport of a Preterm patient in the past seven years.

The ambulance rolled up to Preterm at approximately 2:00 p.m. Responders were apparently in such a great hurry to get to the injured woman that they left the back doors wide open on the unattended ambulance during the ten minutes they were inside the abortion facility.

Local pro-life activist Fred Sokol snapped a series of photos as the African-American woman was brought out and loaded into the ambulance.

Sokol told Operation Rescue that the woman was clothed only from the waist up and was awake, but appeared to be in a great deal of pain.

The EMTs continued treating the woman at in the ambulance for approximately 10 more minutes before rushing away with lights and sirens running.

Witnesses report that the abortionist on duty that day was Mitchell William Reider, who also works as an abortionist at Planned Parenthood facilities in the Cleveland area.

In 2014, Lakisha Wilson, 22, died after receiving a botched abortion at Preterm. Pro-life activists from state and national organizations sought disciplinary action against her abortionist, Lisa Perriera, but the Ohio Department of Health refused to act. Months later, Perriera was hired on by Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, and given an award and a promotion.

“This abortion facility is a menace to the public. We hope the woman will be alright, but something must be done by the Ohio Department of Health to eliminate the life-threatening risk to women that Preterm poses,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Incidentally, as another pro-life activist, Frank Kosmerl prayed outside Preterm the following day, a traffic accident occurred in front of the abortion facility, causing Kosmerl to dive to the pavement to avoid being hit. He phoned Operation Rescue from the emergency room, where he was taken for minor injuries he received.

But Kosmerl wasn’t concerned about himself. He was rejoicing because the accident hit a pole and knocked out power to Preterm, so the facility was forced to halt abortions.

Kosmerl’s injuries were minor and he is expected to make a full recovery.

View Preterm’s profile on AbortionDocs.org.

Lies Exposed: Toledo Abortion Business Misrepresents True Emergency Practices in Court Documents

By Cheryl Sullenger

Toledo, OH – Ohio pro-life activists who were conducting their usual outreach on the sidewalks outside the Capital Care Network of Toledo last spring could hardly believe what they were seeing.

A commotion alerted them that something was very wrong. It was Saturday, April 1, 2017, but by the frenzied activity, they knew this was no April Fool’s joke.

With cameras at the ready, a local pro-life activist snapped photos as an abortion patient was taken out the back door of the of the abortion business. Witnesses on the scene told Operation Rescue that she was doubled over in pain and walked only with assistance. The suffering woman was loaded into the back seat of a dark maroon Ford Focus, Ohio license plate #GLH8725, which local activists said belonged to CCN employee Schuyler Beckwith.

Another alert pro-life activist followed the private vehicle to Toledo Hospital’s emergency entrance, where Beckwith dropped off the woman, then returned to the abortion business.

One local pro-life supporter has filed a complaint about this dangerous practice with the Ohio Department of Health, but there is no word yet on any outcome of that complaint.

Certainly, most abortion facilities do not want anyone to know when one of their “procedures” goes awry. They attempt to conceal the fact in a number of ways to keep anyone from knowing the truth about the abysmal abortion safety record, which Operation Rescue has attempted to document over the years.

Keeping medical emergencies secret allows the abortion businesses to continue spouting their patently untrue propaganda talking points about abortion safety and the burden that “unnecessary” abortion safety laws put on women.

But the Capital Care Network has an added motive for trying to hide abortion complications so serious they require emergency hospital intervention. They have no valid hospital transfer agreement within a 30-minute driving distance, and are therefore in non-compliance with abortion facility licensing requirements.

Unable to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, Capital Care submitted an agreement with University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is 52 miles and nearly an hour’s drive away. In order to comply with the regulation that the hospital no farther than 30 minutes away, Capital Care’s owner Terrie Hubbard ridiculously promised to helicopter patients that suffered from abortion complications to the hospital in Ann Arbor.

Now we find out that instead, CCN is sneaking women out the back door, dangerously transporting them to Toledo Hospital in private vehicles, and kicking them to the curb at the emergency room entrance!

In 2014, after a full year of notice, the Toledo abortion business was ordered by the Ohio Department of Health to close, because it could not meet the licensing requirements for surgical abortion facilities.

Since then, the Capital Care Network has engaged in a series of legal — and apparently deceptive — tactics to keep its doors open.

A lawsuit filed by Capital Care that claims the hospital transfer agreement requirement is unconstitutional will be heard before the Ohio Supreme Court on September 12, 2017.

In their Merit Brief, filed with the state’s High Court on June 29, 2017, Capital Care makes the following claim:

Capital Care’s policy is to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency where a patient needs immediate treatment. . . The responding EMTs will transport the patient to the hospital nearest to Capital Care, most likely Toledo Hospital. Patients experiencing less serious medical complications who do not need immediate treatment will be transferred to UMHS at by helicopter or vehicle.

There is no mention of cramming an injured woman into the back of a Ford Focus and secretly dropping her at the emergency room.

The statement about CCN’s emergency policies in their Merit Brief is simply untrue.

It is also the position of CCN that if their abortion facility cannot meet licensing requirements, the requirements themselves must be unconstitutional because closure would violate the undue burden clause.

Think about that.

No matter how dangerous an abortion facility’s conditions and practices are, it can never be closed for safety reasons, because any closure would create an undue burden on women.

This puts the interests of dangerous and deceptive abortion businesses like the Capital Care Network first. The lives and health of women are a secondary consideration, if they are even considered at all.

Capital Care is claiming to have the right to endanger their customers simply because closing it would force customers to travel a bit farther for abortions.

The Ohio Supreme Court has an opportunity to put an end to that ludicrous argument and place the safety of women ahead of an abortion business’ contrived excuses for holding themselves above the law.

“For the sake of women and their babies that might visit Capital Care Network of Toledo, it is far better to shut this abortion facility down rather than to allow it to risk women’s lives. The fact that we now have proof that they are lying about their emergency protocols should show the Court just how untrustworthy this abortion business really is,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We will be watching this one very closely.”

Abortionist with Mental Health History Sends 5th Patient to Hospital this Year

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – Despondent over a divorce, Donald Clyde Willis, walked over to a park near his Oregon home on the night of September 20, 1993, put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. The next morning, a passerby found him and called 911.

Willis claimed in a 1996 medical board case that he never lost consciousness after he attempted suicide. He underwent surgery to remove bone and part of his brain. Once he recovered enough, he was admitted to a mental ward where he was treated for three months.

In danger of losing his medical license, Willis made a voluntary agreement with the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners to numerous restrictions on his ability to practice medicine.

It was then that Donald Clyde Willis decided to become an abortionist.


He soon moved to California where the medical board in that state ruled that since the Oregon restrictions were voluntary, Willis should be allowed to practice in California without restriction.

Today, Willis works as an abortionist at FPA Women’s Health, a high-volume abortion facility in Bakersfield, California. He avoids the pro-life activists who stand vigil outside the abortion facility, often parking several blocks away and slipping in the clinic’s back entrance to avoid detection.

On August 19, 2017, he sent his fifth known Bakersfield abortion patient to a hospital emergency room this year.

Video taken by long-time pro-life activists Tim and Terri Palmquist showed a woman on a gurney who was loaded into an ambulance and transported to Kern Medical, a nearby hospital. At the hospital, ambulance personnel offloaded her and wheeled her directly into the emergency room entrance.

Willis was later seen walking down an alley toward the hospital carrying a briefcase. The deep scar in the middle of his forehead is still a visible reminder of a trouble history of mental illness that resulted in a failed suicide attempt and a sudden attraction for the business of abortion that brought about a dramatic career shift.

But Willis does not seem to be particularly good at his chosen profession. Other women were similarly transferred to hospitals suffering from medical emergencies.

January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.
February 18, 2017: A female patient was transported from FPA Women’s Health to a nearby hospital. The disturbing pattern of botched abortions caused Operation Rescue to issue an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California.

“The five medical emergencies so far this year are proof that Willis poses a danger to the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We urge the California Medical Board to take immediate steps to protect the women from suffering further injury by this troubled man.”