No 911: Abortion Businesses’ Desire to Cover-Up is Put Above the Lives of Patients

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Two recent medical emergencies, one in Cleveland, Ohio, and the other in Detroit, Michigan, have spotlighted the increased desire of abortion facilities to cover-up the seriousness of patient injuries. In both cases, no 911 call was placed, which is the quickest way to get emergency help.

Instead, both abortion businesses chose to delay urgent medical care for their patients by phoning private ambulance companies to request emergency treatment and transport. Private ambulances take longer to respond to emergencies than those dispatched through the 911 system.

But the private ambulance companies are also not subject to FOIA requests, allowing abortion clinic personnel to keep details of botched abortions and even patient deaths from the public.

The first incident took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility responsible for at least one patient death. It was a 911 call placed from that abortion business on March 21, 2014, that alerted Operation Rescue that Lakisha Wilson had suffered a fatal abortion at Preterm.

Numerous other medical emergencies at Preterm have been documented by Operation Rescue.

However, this time, Preterm called a Donald Martin & Son’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit to provide emergency care and transport an African American female. According to Fred Sokol, a pro-life activist who witnessed the woman on a gurney as she was loaded into the private ambulance, she appeared to have been visibly pregnant, indicating at least the possibility she suffered serious complications from a second-trimester abortion.

Operation Rescue checked for 911 records, but there were none.

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The second incident took place at the Summit Medical Center in Detroit, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, shortly before 9 a.m. A medical transport van from Rapid Response arrived to transport a patient to a hospital emergency room, according to Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist who posted news of the incident on her Facebook page.

This appears to be the first time that Summit abortion facility has used a private ambulance service rather than calling for a quicker response from 911. As with the Preterm incident, 911 records related to this medical emergency were available.

Summit has a long history of injuring patients during abortions. One abortionist known to work at Summit, Reginald Sharpe, was responsible for the death of at least one abortion patient in January, 2008. That woman suffered a fatal uterine perforation and other injuries.

“More and more we are seeing abortion businesses bypassing the 911 emergency system to cover up the seriousness of patient injuries. This is placing women – many of which suffer life-threatening abortion complications – at greater risk due to the delay in arrival and transport time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This shows that the Abortion Cartel will do anything to keep up the false appearance that abortion is safe, while shielding obviously incompetent abortionists from the consequences of injuring or killing women.”

Shock 911: One Patient Assaulted, Another Hospitalized at Notorious California Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA — Public records obtained by Operation Rescue and eye-witness accounts reveal two disturbing incidents that both took place on November 5, 2016, at the FPA abortion facility in Bakersfield, California.

Emergency 911 recordings and CAD transcripts show that a 911 call was placed by an FPA employee, at 9:42 a.m. complaining of a patient that has arrived on a motorcycle with a friend, who was “flipping out like crazy” and throwing a helmet around. When the caller could not answer the dispatcher’s questions, another woman, identified as “Maria,” the clinic manager, took the phone.

But Maria was surprised to learn she was speaking to a 911 dispatcher and was troubled that the conversation was being recorded. She did not want to answer further questions, but still requested police to respond to handle a patient who was having anxiety and causing issues for the staff. Maria requested that police escort the patient out of the clinic.

Maria finally indicated that the woman, who she described as a patient, was accompanied by another person. Abortion patients are required to bring another person along to their appointment to drive them home after the abortion procedure.

Five minutes later, a second 911 call was placed by the patient herself, who was sobbing audibly and sounded very upset. She reported that she was assaulted otherwise mistreated by the FPA staff.

“They are being very mean and pushing me around and telling me they are going to call the cops on me, so I am calling the cops on them,” the sobbing woman explained. She said that clinic employees had pushed her “out of the room” and “tossed” her belongings at her, then pushed her into the lobby of the clinic.

“They cut my arm. They held my head down, and I was hurt,” she sobbed.

Moments later, FPA manager Maria called the Bakersfield police non-emergency number, which she mistakenly thought would not be recorded. Maria again insisted on a police response, this time with “lights and sirens.”

Maria described how the staff had locked the door between the downstairs lobby and the rest of the clinic where the employees were. “She could hurt our staff,” Maria said, with as much drama as she could muster.

But the dispatcher wasn’t buying it.

“How can she do that if she’s in the waiting room and you guys are locked in?” asked the policewoman who fielded the call.

Police were finally dispatched at 10:30 a.m., according to the Computer Aided Dispatch printout that Operation Rescue received with the recordings. The situation was resolved by 11:00 am.

It is believed that the patient did not have an abortion that day. As she was leaving the facility, pro-life activists overheard her tell her friend, “I’m so scared,” and, “This place is evil.”

But the bedlam that erupted inside the abortion facility as the result of staff mistreating her may have caused the staff to be distracted, because later in the day, an ambulance was called for another patient who was suffering a medical emergency.

At approximately 4:15 p.m., pro-life activist Terri Palmquist observed an ambulance pulling into the FPA parking lot.

This time, instead of dialing 911, which is the quickest way to get help, clinic staff called Hall Ambulance, a private ambulance company not subject to FOIA requests. There was no record of an emergency call related to the November 5 medical emergency on file with the Bakersfield Police or Fire Department.

After the ambulance arrived, FPA staff emerged from the facility with sheets, which were held up to block Palmquist’s view as she recorded the incident.

A patient was loaded into the ambulance for transport to a local emergency room. It is believed that the abortionist on duty that chaotic day was William Ramos, from the A to Z Women’s Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ramos has a history of multiple malpractice judgments against him as well as disciplinary actions.

The Bakersfield abortion facility has had a difficult time keeping an abortionist on staff. Two other California abortionists, Karen Mann and Alexander Simopoulos, both stopped working at the facility after medical emergencies they were involved with became public.

This is the twelfth medical emergency documented at the Bakersfield FPA abortion facility since August 2012.

“FPA seemed more worried about being exposed than they were about the woman experiencing a possibly life-threatening medical emergency. That abortion facility would rather delay medical care to an suffering woman that fall under the scrutiny of Operation Rescue and the public,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “After a dozen seriously injured patients and another who was obviously distraught by staff mistreatment, it is clear that the Bakersfield FPA poses a certain danger to women and should be shut down in order to protect the public.”

View CAD reports from 911 calls.

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The Menace Continues: St. Louis Planned Parenthood Hospitalizes 62nd Patient

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO — Exactly two weeks after a medical emergency at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility sent a woman to a hospital emergency room, another ambulance was called to the same facility to treat yet another patient.

This makes brings the total of documented medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis abortion business to 62 in under seven years.

“Planned Parenthood is hospitalizing an average of around nine women per year. That outrageously high number is a symptom of obvious incompetence within that abortion facility,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Health Department is well aware of what is going on at Planned Parenthood, but has chosen to protect the abortionists rather than the vulnerable women who are suffering live-threatening injuries there.”

According to Mary Maschmeier, President of Defenders of the Unborn, the ambulance arrived at Planned Parenthood at approximately 2:30 p.m. on November 2, 2016. Emergency responders were inside the facility with the patient for about 20 minutes before walking her out to the ambulance and transporting her away from the clinic.

Abortionist Colleen McNicholas settled a medical malpractice case* last July a “minor amount.” That case was brought by a family of a baby that appears to have been injured during a delivery. McNicholas, who is based in St. Louis, travels about the Midwest conducting abortions at a number of facilities.

“Watching this constant parade of injured women who must be take away in an ambulance more than disturbing,” said Newman. “But what is worse is the political climate in St. Louis and the nation as a whole that protects Planned Parenthood from the consequences of their actions, which are injuring and killing women at an alarming rate. We must work through every available legal avenue to bring Planned Parenthood’s network of political corruption to an end. We have our work cut out for us.”

Read about the Oct. 19, 2016, medical emergency at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
*View court documents at AbortionDocs.org.

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