Two Paramedic Units Respond to Medical Emergency at CA Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Santa Cruz, CA – Two units of paramedics responded to the Westside Health Center Planned Parenthood on Friday, March 3, 2017. This represents the 22nd time ambulances have rushed to a Planned Parenthood abortion facility since January, 2016.

Fire Department paramedics entered the Planned Parenthood office with a rolling stretcher, but soon returned it empty to their ambulance unit. Later, the patient was taken out to the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood where she was seen signing papers for the paramedic team after she refused ambulance transport.

While this woman’s condition was apparently not life-threatening, other women have not been so fortunate.

Some women who have died from Planned Parenthood abortions in recent years include:

Erica Goode was just 21 when she died from a massive infection contracted during an abortion at a Riverside, California, Planned Parenthood abortion facility in 2007.
Tonya Reaves, 23, suffered a uterine perforation during an abortion at a Chicago, Illinois, Planned Parenthood in 2012. She was left to bleed internally for over five hours before being transported to a hospital where she died.
Cree Erwin, 24, died from abortion complications in 2016, just three days after a surgical abortion resulted in a uterine perforation at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Other women have been hospitalized suffering from hemorrhaging, seizures, and other serious medical issues. (Watch a video revealing 18 medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood since January 2016.)

“Whether women are injured a little or a lot, Planned Parenthood poses a very real danger to women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I’m tired of reading autopsy reports and listening to 911 calls about women who are bleeding out, in cardiac arrest, or suffering some other horrible injury. Abortion is immoral because it takes the innocent lives of precious babies and because it causes harm – sometimes deadly harm — to the mothers. The barbaric practice of abortion must be abolished once and for all.”

Operation Rescue supports Congressional efforts to defund of Planned Parenthood, the prosecution of criminal referrals made by both the U.S. House and Senate against Planned Parenthood.

View Westside Health Center Planned Parenthood’ profile on AbortionDocs.org.

Ambulance Transports 64th Patient in Throes of Medical Emergency from St. Louis Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – The most dangerous abortion facility in America has transported its 64th known patient by ambulance to a local hospital on March 11, 2017.

The high-volume Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, the only abortion facility in Missouri, has a dismal abortion safety record. Fire Department Records and eye-witness accounts show that it uses emergency ambulance transports for patients on average of once every six weeks dating back as far as 2009.

One witness to the most recent March 11 incident told Operation Rescue that lights and sirens announced the ambulance’s arrival at Planned Parenthood around noon. Ten minutes later-paramedics emerged from the abortion facility with a woman on a gurney that was completely “cloaked” while clinic workers deployed tan tarps to prevent pro-life activists from documenting the incident. It left without running lights and sirens.

But as troubling as the flood of patient injuries have been, a lack of basic sanitation also poses a serious health issue at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility. In January, Operation Rescue reported on five Statement of Deficiency Reports that showed Missouri state inspectors have cited the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis for 39 classes of violations involving 210 incidents – 53% (111) of which were related to failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment. [Read the full report.]

Those Deficiency Reports indicated that from 2013 through 2016, the violations at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility have become more numerous and serious, including failure to properly clean the facility or properly sterilize surgical instruments used on patients.

“We are seeing increasingly deteriorating facility conditions, infection control practices, and patient safety issues. I can imagine no other business that would be allowed to endanger the lives and health of its customers to the extent that this Planned Parenthood abortion mill has,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Despite its inability to keep its abortion patients out of the emergency room, Planned Parenthood has sued Missouri with the intent of disposing of important abortion safety laws so it can expand its shoddy services into other Missouri communities.

“Planned Parenthood’s arrogance and attitude that they are above the law in Missouri is contributing to the gross patient dangers in St. Louis,” said Newman. “They act as though abortion laws and patient care standards are for others to follow while the Department of Health looks the other way. This allows Planned Parenthood to continually cut corners on safety and sanitation without fear of any meaningful consequences. People that really care about women don’t callously disrespect, exploit, and endanger them like this.”

Nationwide, safety at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities is no better. Yet, Planned Parenthood continues to receive over $500 million in taxpayer funds each year. America must stop subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s shoddy businesses.

Please contact your Congressman and Senators and demand that they immediately defund Planned Parenthood.

Sample note to your elected representatives:

“Planned Parenthood facilities across America engage in shoddy medical practices as evidenced by a long list of documented medical emergencies there. [Watch video at https://youtu.be/r19sW5VBA-U ]. Since Planned Parenthood can’t keep their patients out of the emergency room, they don’t deserve to be rewarded with our tax money. Please defund Planned Parenthood now.”

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Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Sends 3rd Patient this Year to the Emergency Room

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – For the third time in the opening weeks of 2017, a patient has been transported via ambulance to a nearby emergency room from Planned Parenthood’s flagship New York abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Center.

Photos provided to Operation Rescue by a pro-life activist who witnessed the incident on Friday, March 3, 2017, show paramedics entering the Planned Parenthood building with a hand-held portable stretcher, instead of a standard rolling gurney. They emerged five minutes later with a woman slumped in a wheelchair apparently provided by Planned Parenthood.

The pro-life witness, who wishes to remain unidentified, gave the following written account of what she saw:

An ambulance arrived at Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood (26 Bleecker Street, NYC) today, March 3, at 11:54 a.m. The medics went in with a chair, but they came back with a woman in a Planned Parenthood wheelchair at 11:59 a.m. She was bent over nearly double as she got into the ambulance. The ambulance drove off nearly 20 minutes later at 12:18 p.m.

This account raises several questions concerning patient safety at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Gurney Access?

First is the question of gurney access. This is the second documented incident where a patient of Planned Parenthood was brought to the ambulance in a wheelchair. A lack of gurney access delays emergency care for patients.

For example, in 2009 at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion facility in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, paramedics had difficulty extracting Karnamaya Monger from the building due to the narrow halls and doorways. This delayed Mongar’s arrival at the hospital and is believed to have contributed to her death.

While other patients have been seen on gurneys at the Planned Parenthood high-rise, it is possible that they were placed on one once the patient had been moved to the street-level lobby.

Time Lapse Prior to Transport

The length of time it took paramedics to stabilize the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood patient is also alarming. Once the woman was finally in the ambulance, paramedics took 20 minutes to treat her before rushing her to the hospital for additional care. This makes it likely that her injuries were severe and not treatable inside the Planned Parenthood center.

This is similar to an 2013 Ohio incident in which Lakisha Wilson suffered cardiopulminary arrest after a second trimester abortion. Even though he had not been breathing for some time, paramedics could not lay her flat to intubate her due to a cramped elevator. Once Wilson was finally inside the ambulance, paramedics intubated her prior to transporting her to the hospital where she later died.

Increased Frequency of Emergencies

Another concern is the increased frequency with which medical emergencies are occurring at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood. In 2016, there were two documented ambulance transports that took place on March 1, and November 4.

However, in 2017, there have been three such incidents in just eight weeks. In addition to the March 3 event, there were emergency ambulance transports from this same Planned Parenthood facility on January 18 and February 4.

The increased frequency of patient hospitalizations is troubling since it represents a deterioration in patient safety.

“We have to wonder what is happening at the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion center that is increasingly endangering the lives of women. But since this is happening in the pro-abortion state of New York, our efforts to find out more have been thwarted at every turn,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “If an abortion facility can’t keep their patients out of the emergency room, they shouldn’t be operating.”

To date nationwide, there have been a total of 21 documented Planned Parenthood patients that have required emergency transport directly from Planned Parenthood abortion centers around the country since January 2016.

“We only can document what pro-life activists report to us, and that is just a fraction of the abortion injuries that are occurring,” said Newman. “But from what we can see, Planned Parenthood is endangering women in increasing numbers. This shows an urgent need to defund, investigate, and prosecute Planned Parenthood.”