Amid Investigation for Unsafe Conditions Nebraska Planned Parenthood Suddenly Halts Abortions

By Cheryl Sullenger

Lincoln, NE — Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has announced that its Lincoln, Nebraska, abortion clinic has halted abortions for now, citing the “unanticipated departure” of its “long-time” abortionist.

This announcement comes days after Operation Rescue received a letter of confirmation on March 27, 2015, that the Lincoln Planned Parenthood facility is under investigation the Office of Acute Care Facilities after it received Operation Rescue’s complaint against the abortion clinic for unsafe conditions that could have delayed or prevented emergency help from accessing the facility.

Operation Rescue received photographs of the abortion clinic’s ambulance entrance from a confidential informant showing the area around the door cordoned off and completely blocked. A 5-6 foot deep trench, piles of dirt, and construction debris would have prevented ambulance personnel from using the entrance or getting a gurney in the door in the event of a medical emergency. Abortions were taking place at the Planned Parenthood facility at the time the photos were taken in March 2015.

The timing of the complaint closely coincided with the “unanticipated departure” of Planned Parenthood’s abortionist.

“It is a relief to know that abortions have halted in Lincoln for the time being, especially in light of the hazardous conditions that could endanger the lives of women suffering serious abortion complications,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We hope the Lincoln Planned Parenthood will never reopen.”

A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, Angie Remington, told a reporter that abortions are expected to resume as soon as another abortionist can renew her Nebraska medical license.

Planned Parenthood also maintains an abortion facility in Omaha, but the sudden departure of the Lincoln abortionist, who also worked at the Omaha facility, has seriously curtailed abortion availability there as well. Currently, the Omaha facility is being staffed by a very part-time Iowa-based abortionist, according to Remington.

The majority of patients are being referred to Planned Parenthood’s Council Bluffs, Iowa, office for medication abortions or to Des Moines, Iowa – three hours and 187 miles away — for surgical abortions.

The notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart also operates a surgical abortion clinic in Bellevue, Nebraska, but Planned Parenthood will not refer to him.

“It seems Planned Parenthood would rather women make the six-hour round trip to Des Moines than refer to LeRoy Carhart, which says a lot about Planned Parenthood’s opinion of him and the fierce competition for every abortion dollar,” said Newman.

In Texas, Mississippi, Wisconsin and other states, abortion providers are fighting to keep open abortion facilities that cannot comply with state safety laws when closing them would mean long drives for women to the next nearest abortion facility. Court arguments made by abortion supporters have indicated that drives longer than 150 miles or crossing states lines create an undue burden on women.

“It seems that a 150-mile drive to an abortion clinic in another state is an ‘undue burden’– unless it means that women will patronize a competitor. Then referring women to for out-of-state abortions that require a 400-mile round trip is just fine,” said Newman. “This really highlights the hypocrisy of their spurious arguments.”

911: Cincinnati Planned Parenthood Dumps Unresponsive, Epileptic Patient on Hospital

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cincinnati, OH – Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati abortion clinic has dumped an epileptic patient suffering a medical emergency on a hospital that refused to grant it a hospital transfer agreement.

Emergency 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue related to a February 20, 2015, incident indicate that a 38-year old pregnant patient suffered seizures and was unresponsive.

The Planned Parenthood worker at first told the 911 dispatcher that the woman had no history of seizures, then corrected herself and indicated the patient had a medical history of seizures and suffered an episode just four months prior.

The patient was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for which Planned Parenthood holds no valid transfer agreement.

Last year, the Ohio Department of Health sent Planned Parenthood a letter noting that because it failed to produce a hospital transfer agreement, it did not meet the requirements for licensing under Ohio law. It informed the abortion facility of its intent to deny licensure, which would have forced Planned Parenthood to shut down their Cincinnati clinic.

No hospital in the Cincinnati area would grant a transfer agreement to Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.

Planned Parenthood sued the state to challenge the Constitutionality of the hospital transfer requirement, but later withdrew the suit after the Ohio Department of Health relented and issued a license even though they remained in non-compliance.

Instead, Planned Parenthood operates under a variance in which it has an agreement with three other physicians to provide emergency care to it patients suffering live-threatening conditions or complications. However, the physicians named in the variance, David Schwartz and Michael Drasnik have long histories of malpractice and negligence.

“Planned Parenthood operates a facility in Cincinnati that is ill-equipped to handle medical emergencies, making it an act of negligence to even consider treating high-risk patients like epileptics, especially without a valid transfer agreement in place,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is irresponsible for Planned Parenthood to continue to risk women’s lives.”

Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director is Timothy Scott Kress, who was convicted of six drug-related felonies in 1999 and was ordered to seek treatment for substance addiction and abuse involving codine, Soma, and Demerol. Kress admitted that he staged break-ins at a pharmacy where he was employed, and “diluted the pharmacy’s remaining stock of injectable Demerol, in an attempt to cover up his thefts.” His Ohio medical license was revoked in October, 1999, due to his criminal behavior, but was unfortunately reinstated on a conditional basis in 2000.

“The fact that Kress is in charge of all so-called ‘medical care’ at Planned Parenthood is certainly more cause for alarm,” said Newman. “This is another example of the abortion cartel hiring from the bottom of the barrel. Putting Kress in an abortion clinic where he has access to many of the same drugs to which he has been addicted makes about as much sense as hiring an alcoholic to pull the night shift a the liquor store.”

A transfer agreements and physician hospital privileges ensure that women suffering live-threatening medical emergencies receive continuity of care without delays once they reach the hospital. The agreements ensure that the emergency room staff will have access to communication with the abortionist and patient medical records.

“So often, we have seen abortionists just dump suffering women onto emergency room personnel without records or communication, leaving hospital staff in the dark about a patient’s condition and previous treatment,” said Newman. “This delays care in situations where minutes can mean the difference between life and death.”

St. Louis Planned Parenthood Patient Wailing and Grimacing in Pain Transported by Ambulance

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO — For the 28th time less than six years, a patient of the Central West End Health Center of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for emergency care that could not be provided by Planned Parenthood.

The Coalition for Life in St. Louis posted numerous photographs of the March 7, 2015, incident showing a white woman wearing a standard hospital gown who was grimacing in pain while being wheeled from the abortion facility to the awaiting ambulance.

“The woman had blonde hair, appeared to be about in her thirties, was extremely pale and could be heard audibly wailing,” reported Kenneth Capps, a Coalition for Life volunteer, who witnessed the event.

According to Capps, a fire truck and emergency response crew were the first to arrive at around 2:20 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, an ambulance was on the scene to assist. Finally, 25 minutes after the first responders arrived at Planned Parenthood, the woman was brought out of the abortion facility, loaded into the ambulance, and rushed away.

“Unfortunately, we may never know any more about this medical emergency since the St. Louis Fire Department is refusing to comply with public records laws and continues to conceal 911 records involving abortion-related emergencies at Planned Parenthood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Operation Rescue sued the St. Louis Fire Department last year in an effort to obtain 911 records originating from Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. Operation Rescue had been provided 57 records, hinting that there were many more emergencies at Planned Parenthood that have so far been documented. However, the records, consisting of supposed Computer Aided Dispatch printout, were so heavily redacted that even the dates of the incidents had been erased.

“It is obvious that there are serious safety concerns at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis and that those concerns are being compounded by the apparent willingness of city officials to cover up for them,” said Newman. “Our lawsuit is proceeding and we are confident that we will prevail in the end.”

The Central West End Health Center of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is the last remaining abortion facility in that state.

Read about previous medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility.