Pro-Life Groups Condemn Violence at Colorado Planned Parenthood, Pray for Safety

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Contact: Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue, at 316-841-1700 or Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director, Christian Defense Coalition at 540-538-4741

Colorado Springs, CO — Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition are denouncing the violence that appears to be in progress at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Details are still sketchy regarding the motives of the perpetrator and we urge the public not to draw any conclusions until police can make an official determination.

“Operation Rescue unequivocally deplores and denounces all violence at abortion clinics and has a long history of working through peaceful channels to advocate on behalf of women and their babies. We express deep concern for everyone involved and are praying for the safety of those at the Planned Parenthood office and for law enforcement personnel. We pray this tragic situation can be quickly resolved without further injury to anyone,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue.

“Although we don’t know the reasons for the shooting near the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs today, the pro-life movement is praying for the safety of all involved and as a movement we have always unequivocally condemned all forms of violence at abortion clinics. We must continually as a nation stand against violence on all levels.,” said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, based in Washington, D.C.

As of this writing, the situation remains active and fluid. Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition urges people of good will everywhere to pray for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this situation and tweet their thoughts for the safety of those in danger under the hashtag #AllLivesMatter.

Planned Parenthood Halts Abortions; Columbia, MO, Once Again Abortion-Free

Columbia Stops Killing

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO — It’s the kind of news the Abortion Cartel cringes over. The Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Columbia, Missouri, has once again halted abortions and will lose their license to do them because their abortionist, Colleen McNicholas, cannot qualify for legitimate hospital privileges, as required by law.

McNicholas started prescribing abortion pills in Columbia after a shady deal was struck with Missouri University to provide her with bogus “refer and follow” privileges that were then used by Planned Parenthood to surreptitiously convince the Health Department to issue the facility a license to do abortions.

Once the scheme was uncovered by a state interim legislative committee, with the help of local activists, the University revoked McNicholas’ agreement that only allowed her to suggest that women seek treatment at University Hospital. The agreement also allowed her to receive information about the medical condition of women she referred there.

The last day for abortions at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia was Monday, November 23. McNicholas’ dubious “privileges” expire on December 1.

“We give all the honor and glory and victory to God,” said Kathy Forck, who heads up 40 Days for Life campaigns in Columbia. “This is God’s victory.”

This leaves Columbia once again abortion free, and the state of Missouri with one remaining abortion facility, a high-volume Planned Parenthood mill in St. Louis – where McNicholas also works as an abortionist — that has caused perhaps the highest known number of medical emergencies resulting in hospitalization of any abortion facility in the U.S.

However, Missouri is accustomed to having just one abortion clinic. The Columbia Planned Parenthood has had chronic difficulty keeping an abortionist on staff. It was forced to end abortions in September, 2011, after its abortionist left town. It later resumed abortions only to stop them once again after another abortionist quit.

Next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of a Texas abortion law that has contains similar hospital privilege requirements. That case, Whole Women’s Health v. Cole, is a critically important one, according to Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose work exposing abortion abuses in Texas and across the nation led to the passage of hospital privilege requirements in over a dozen states.

“We have seen too many suffering women dumped by abortionists on hospitals, whose staff then must take the time to piece together what happened to women as their lives ebb away. In fact, some have died, and that is why the local hospital privilege requirement is so critical,” said Newman. “The U.S. Supreme Court will now decide whether the profits of abortionist who are unqualified for hospital privileges will trump the lives and health of women. There is a lot riding on this case, not just for Columbia, but for communities across America.”

But despite the difficulties in finding anyone that can legitimately qualify for hospital privileges, Planned Parenthood isn’t giving up easily.

Since campus unrest forced the resignation of top leadership at Missouri University, Planned Parenthood sees an opportunity to reverse their fortunes. Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates the Columbia center, has vowed to pressure interim Chancellor Hank Foley to restore privileges to McNicholas.

In fact, the Planned Parenthood organization that McQuade now leads is the same one that faced 107 criminal charges in Kansas for illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover up for their crimes. That case was dropped after an unknown corrupt official in the Kansas Attorney General’s office illegally shredded the evidence against them during the administration of former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who later served the Obama Administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“I wouldn’t trust this double-dealing Planned Parenthood for anything. They’re on a first-name basis with the bottom of the deck,” said Newman.

So in the tank for Planned Parenthood is Sebelius that she is scheduled as keynote speaker at a conference Planned Parenthood is holding in Kansas City, Missouri on December 14, 2015. (Details here.)

“This isn’t over. There is no doubt that Planned Parenthood and their cronies will bring powerful political coercion to bear on Missouri University to once again partner with them in the abortion business,” said Newman. “We cannot allow the University to once again participate in the shedding of innocent blood by capitulating to Planned Parenthood’s back-room bullying.”

Take Action:

Operation Rescue encourages the public to continue to contact Interim Chancellor Hank Foley and ask him to stand strong on keeping Missouri University out of the abortion business.


Abortion Drama Continues at Mizzou as Planned Parenthood Seeks New Hospital Privileges


By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO — New developments at Missouri University threaten to entrench abortions in Columbia, after ties between the University, known as Mizzou, and Planned Parenthood had supposedly been severed.

Notable developments include:

Resignation Mizzou leadership, including Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, due to the Planned Parenthood scandal and racial tensions on the Mizzou campus, has led to the appointment of Interim Chancellor Hank Foley. this is being viewed by Planned Parenthood as an opportunity to restore hospital privileges in Columbia to their St. Louis abortionist, Colleen McNicholas.
Petitions from both pro-life and pro-abortion supporters were submitted to Chancellor Loftin before his resignation regarding the continuation of abortions at Planned Parenthood. Pro-life supporters submitted 3,000 opposing an agreement between Mizzou and Planned Parenthood while abortion supporters submitted 2,000 supporting an agreement.
• Mizzou is now allowing McNicholas to reapply for hospital privileges at University Hospital in Columbia, a process that could take months. There is no guarantee that she will be granted the privileges, nor is there a guarantee that the University will deny them.
State Senator Kurt Schaefer, head of the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life who has made it clear he wants Mizzou “out of the abortion business” because if violates a ban on state funding of abortions, has received a serious death threat apparently related to a disparaging article about is stand against abortion that appeared on Al Jazeera. Schaefer described the call as an “anti-Christian rant” that was “graphic, more violent, more disturbing” than other threatening calls he has received. He has since closed his Capitol office until the threat can be fully investigated.


In the meantime, it appears that even if McNicholas reapplies for hospital privileges, the Columbia Planned Parenthood will lose its abortion facility license and halt abortions as of December 1, at least until a final decision can be made on whether or not McNicholas will receive full privileges at University Hospital.

Schaffer’s interim legislative committee, which was tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood in the wake of undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, had uncovered the fact that a Mizzou employee had illegally used state resources to invite abortionist Colleen McNicholas, who works at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, to apply for hospital privileges at University Hospital in Columbia, then improperly shepherded her through the process.

But instead of standard hospital privileges, for which McNicholas was not qualified, she was issued bogus “refer and follow” privileges, which only allowed her to recommend patients seek care at University Hospital, but did not allow her to treat anyone there.

Based on the phony arrangement between Planned Parenthood’s McNicholas and University Hospital, the Missouri Department of Health was wrongly led to believe that McNicholas had full staff privileges and issued license allowing the Columbia facility to conduct medication abortions.

Once the improper scheme was uncovered, Mizzou terminated McNicholas’ bogus privileges effective December 1, 2015, which will disqualify the Planned Parenthood office in Missouri from conducting abortions.

Of concern is the fact that incomplete abortions are common complications to medication abortions. According to National Abortion Federation statistics, between two and ten percent of all medication abortions will require surgical intervention to stop hemorrhaging or to prevent infection from retained tissue.

Without proper hospital privileges, abortionist dump patients experiencing incomplete abortions or other potentially life-threatening complications, on hospital emergency rooms. In the case of University Hospital, this requires staff physicians to complete abortions, which is in violation of bans on state tax money being used for abortions.

“Planned Parenthood is working overtime right now to pressure Missouri University’s interim leadership into capitulating to their demands for an agreement that would allow them to continue aborting babies with the help of a state-funded institution. Pro-life supporters must not allow these demands to drown out the voice of reason that opposes illegal involvement by the University with Planned Parenthood’s dubious abortion schemes,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Take Action!

Please contact Interim Chancellor Hank Foley and let him know that Missouri University must stay out of the abortion business!