Public Comments Open on Protect Life Rule that Will End Planned Parenthood’s Title X Funding

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A rules change in the way Federal Title X family planning money is distributed is now open for comments from the public until July 31, 2018.

The new provision, called the Protect Life Rule, will prohibit Title X funding to facilities that conduct abortions or refer for them.

President Donald J. Trump announced the Protect Life Rule in March 2018, after being urged to implement the changes in an April 30 letter from 153 U.S. Representatives led by Kansas Republican Ron Estes. Follow up letters in support of the rules change were signed by 41 members of the U.S. Senate, and over 80 leaders of pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue.

Pro-life supporters are urged to post comments in support of the Protect Life Rule, which would put an end to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers and referrers from receiving millions of tax dollars.

“This is one of the last steps before the Protect Life Rule is fully implemented and enforced. We need to show overwhelming public support for the defunding of Planned Parenthood from the Title X program,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “I urge you to comment today in support of the Protect Life Rule that will redirect public funding away from Planned Parenthood and to legitimate health care providers that do not destroy innocent human lives through abortions.”

Since all comments, along with the posters’ names will become part of the public record and may be published, anonymous comments are allowed.

Comments can be posted online at this link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HHS-OS-2018-0008-0001. The comment button is located at the upper right on the page.

Planned Parenthood Halts Abortions at Kansas City Expansion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kansas City, MO – It appears that Planned Parenthood’s planned expansion of abortion services to include five Missouri communities has not only failed to materialize, but one of their expansion facilities has now halted abortions after offering them for only about eight months.

“Planned Parenthood’s expansion plans have now become a reduction plan,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Operation Rescue has confirmed a report that the Midtown Heath Center Planned Parenthood in Kansas City, Missouri, which began offering abortion drugs last September, has now halted abortions due to an inability to locate an abortionist for that facility. There is no anticipated date when abortions might resume.

The Kansas City facility only offered abortions twice per week, but abortion numbers always remained lower than expected. Many women failed to return for appointments after the 72-hour reflection period.

For example, during their first week of abortion services last September, eight out of eleven women who received informed consent for abortions failed to return, thanks to pro-life activists who offered assistance and information to Planned Parenthood’s potential abortion customers.

This leaves only two communities in Missouri that still conduct abortions. While the Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis facility remains busy, the Columbia facility only conducts abortions two days per month, according to local pro-life leader Kath Forck, who heads up the 40 Days for Life campaigns there.

Planned Parenthood’s plans to expand abortions into Joplin and Springfield also have failed to materialize. In April, the Planned Parenthood in Springfield was denied an abortion facility license due to failure to meet licensing requirements, although efforts to license facilities in both cities are apparently ongoing.

Thwarting expansion plans are new Missouri abortion facility regulations that require an agreement with local physicians or medical groups to provide 24-hour emergency hospital care. In addition, Missouri as blocked those who provide abortions and their affiliates from receiving state family planning funds.

Adding to Planned Parenthood’s woes is a proposed rule change announced by the Trump Administration that will soon prevent Title X funds from flowing to facilities that conduct abortion or refer for them.

Michelle Trupiano, executive director of the Missouri Family Health told the Missourian that out of 40,000 Missourians who benefit from Title X funding, only about one third are seen by Planned Parenthood.

Dilara Yilmaz, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which operates the Kansas City and Columbia facilities, remained defiant.

“Our doors will stay open,” she told the Missourian. “We don’t see this impacting the provision of our health services.”

But Planned Parenthood is already feeling the impact of the new state regulations and proposed federal rules, as evidenced by the halting of abortions at the Kansas City facility.

“Every time we hear an abortion business say their doors will stay open, they are almost always the next to close or halt abortions,” said Newman. “The Missouri pro-life community has been extremely smart and effective in enacting pro-life regulations and laws that protect women and their babies. Their activists have been helping women turn away from abortions by offering them information and practical assistance. Missouri should be looked to as a model for other states to follow.”

911 Redactions Cover Up Serious Medical Emergency at “Abortionist to the Stars” Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Beverly Hills, CA – When a patient at the Pro-Choice Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, suffered a medical emergency, an employee of the swank late-term abortion business placed a call for help to 911.

However, when Operation Rescue received the recording via a public records request, only about 30 seconds of the four-minute conversation could be heard. The other 3 minutes and 30 seconds were filled with a series of beeps, indicating redactions in the recording.

The incident took place on April 23, 2018, at 2:03 p.m. In the parts of the recording that actually contained information, a clinic worker indicated that the emergency involved a “patient who was sent to us. . .”

The 911 dispatcher placed the caller on hold while he dispatched paramedics and later returned to reassure her that paramedics were on the way.

A Computer Aided Dispatch transcript that was obtained along with the recording that a Rescue unit was dispatched along with another unit to provide advanced life support for an injury that did not result from a vehicular accident.

The patient was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for additional emergency treatment. The entire incident took 43 minutes.

According to public records laws, only information related to the patient’s identity should be removed. Information about the condition and why the ambulance was called does not identify any particular person and is not subject to redaction.

“There’s only one reason to over-redact a public 911 recording and that is to cover something up. Given the political climate in California, it’s not surprising that some local official with an agenda would want to hide the dangers of abortion,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We need transparency in order to protect women from harm at abortion facilities that are ill-equipped to handle the life-threatening emergencies that occur repeatedly.”

The Pro-Choice Medical Center is owned and solely operated by late-term abortionist Josefa Seletz. Since locating her high-end abortion business to Beverly Hills, she has become known as the “Abortionist to the Stars.”

Since the fall of 2015, there have been at least six women transported to the hospital by ambulance from the Pro-Choice Medical Center, which is one of just five abortion facilities in the U.S. to openly conduct abortions through the third trimester of pregnancy.

“We may never know what happened to the woman injured in April, but we know it was serious enough that the assistance of paramedics was needed along with an emergency transport to the hospital,” said Newman. “Women deserve to know the truth about the true dangers of abortion — and the fact that they could very well leave their appointment in an ambulance, as we see time and time again.”

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VICTORY! Waste Disposal Company Quits Carhart Thanks to Action by Operation Rescue’s Supporters

PRESS RELEASE

Bethesda, MD – On June 5, 2018, Operation Rescue posted an article concerning a medical waste disposal company that had contracted with Maryland abortion facilities for the disposal of human aborted fetal remains. Supporters were encouraged to contact the disposal company and ask them to end their services to abortion facilities, especially AbortionClinics.org (ACO), a late-term abortion facility owned by LeRoy Carhart in Bethesda, Maryland, which conducts abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

And contact they did!

As a result, within minutes of releasing the article, Operation Rescue was contacted by Trey Krell, General Manager for Biomedical Waste Services, Inc., which had contracted to provide services for ACO.

By early afternoon, Krell had sent OR a copy of a letter dated June 5, 2018, addressed to Carhart’s wife, Mary, notifying ACO that Biomedical Waste Services, Inc. was terminating services effective immediately.

Krell also informed OR that contracts had already been “closed” with other surgical abortion businesses.

“We really appreciate and thank Mr. Krell for doing the right thing by severing business ties with Carhart, ACO, and other abortion businesses,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We especially appreciate all our supporters who took the time to call and e-mail. This is really your victory! Thank you!”

Out of courtesy to Mr. Krell and his company, the original report will be removed from our website at www.OperationRescue.org, but it will still be available here for reference purposes.

“We remain watchful and are praying that no other disposal business will contract with Carhart, ACO, or any other abortion facility in Maryland,” said Newman. “But if they do, we know our amazing supporters can once again be counted on to jump into action! We appreciate you all more than you know.”

BWS Letter to ACO 06052918 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Take Action: Disposal Company Keeps Carhart’s Late-Term Abortion Clinic & Others Open

UPDATE!!! Biomedical Wast Services has terminated all services to Carhart’s Bethesda abortion business. See update on this victory at this link: https://www.operationrescue.org/archives/victory-waste-disposal-company-quits-carhart-thanks-to-action-by-operation-rescues-supporters/

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has learned that a company called Biomedical Waste Services, Inc. is sole provider of medical waste disposal for all thirteen surgical abortion facilities in Maryland. In plain terms, the company provides disposal of aborted baby remains — some as large as 30 weeks or more — for the state’s abortion facilities, including LeRoy Carhart’s late-term abortion facility located in Bethesda, Maryland.

Carhart’s clinic, AbortionClinicsOnline.org (ACO), conducts abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy with the majority of abortions taking place in the late second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

Biomedical Waste Services collects the human remains for incineration.

The disposal of aborted baby remains has long posed a difficult problem for abortion facilities nationwide. Few businesses want to be associated with abortion businesses, and fewer with the disposal of the babies’ heartbreaking broken bodies. In Maryland, other disposal companies have refused to do business with abortion facilities.

Without a contract with a waste disposal company, all of Maryland’s abortion facilities would be in left without a legal means of disposing of the remains of babies they abort.

Very quickly, that would become an untenable situation, especially at Carhart’s ACO facility in Bethesda where the bodies of late-term aborted babies are very large and difficult to store. This could ultimately force the clinics to shut down.

“Biomedical Waste Services is keeping Carhart and a dozen other abortion businesses open while profiting from the grisly practice of child-killing. The service they provide is so critical to the abortion facility’s continued operation that, if not for them, all thirteen abortion facilities would be out of business in Maryland, including Carhart,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Because these abortion businesses can’t operate without their services, Biomedical Waste Services are just as responsible for the barbaric killing of innocent, viable babies as they are.”

Biomedical Waste Services is headquartered in Baltimore, but serves the following states: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, according to its website.

“This is a large, family-owned waste disposal company that doesn’t need the abortion businesses. The abortion businesses need them,” said Newman. “Their collaboration with the Abortion Cartel, including Carhart’s late-term abortion facility, must be exposed. We hope this will lead the company to end its relationship with all abortion facilities and create a new policy that prevents it from profiting from the barbaric killing of innocent babies in the future.”

In addition to Carhart’s late-term abortion operation in Bethesda, Biomedical Waste Services picks up aborted baby remains from the following abortion facilities:

• Annapolis Health Center Planned Parenthood.
• Baltimore Health Center Planned Parenthood.
• Gynemed Surgical Center, Baltimore.
• Hillcrest Clinic of Baltimore.
• Whole Women’s Health, Baltimore.
• Carafem, Chevy Chase.
• Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic, Baltimore.
• Hagerstown Reproductive Health Services.
• Femi-Care Surgery Center, Owings Mills.
• Potomac Family Planning, Rockville.
• Silver Spring Family Planning (American Women’s Services).
• Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic, Suitland.

There are also eight abortion facilities in Maryland that offer only abortion drugs. Operation Rescue wants to see Biomedical Waste Services end their business relationships with them as well.

“Abortion is bad for business, and we urge Biomedical Waste Services to end its collaboration with all Maryland abortion facilities, which is, in turn, enabling them to end thousands of innocent lives each year,” said Newman.

TAKE ACTION: Contact Biomedical Waste Services, Inc.

Operation Rescue is asking pro-life supporters to contact Biomedical Waste Services, Inc. and ask that they stop doing business with Maryland’s abortion facilities immediately.

[NOTE: This project has successfully concluded.]