Ambulance Transports Woman with Breathing Difficulties from Unsanitary Abortion Center

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dallas, TX – An ambulance was called to Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, Texas, on January 12, 2017, to aid a woman who was removed from the abortion facility in a wheel chair prior to being loaded into the ambulance.

According to radio communications obtained by Operation Rescue, an ambulance was dispatched to the abortion facility at 12:21 pm. The recording indicated that the woman in need of emergency care was having difficulty breathing.

Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center (SWSC) is considered a high-volume abortion facility, conducting approximately 50 surgical abortions per day. It is owned and operated by aging abortionist Curtis Boyd, who turns 80 in March and is said to still conduct surgical abortions there.

Boyd is perhaps best known as the owner of Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. That facility was recently referred to the New Mexico Attorney General’s office for criminal prosecution related to the illegal sale of aborted baby remains and failing to provide informed consent to women.

SWSC is licensed as an “Ambulatory Surgical Center,” which supposedly requires it to maintain a higher standard than facilities licensed as “Abortion Clinics.”

However, the most recent inspection report available for SWSC, dated November 24, 2015, tells a different story about horrific conditions women have been subjected to there.

Within the 22 pages of violations were found a litany of problems, including untrained staff, unsanitary conditions, failure to maintain the sterility of surgical instruments, and failure to follow up with women who were given abortion drugs, to name a few.

However, perhaps the most shocking finding was related to SWSC’s storage and disposal of contaminated waste and aborted baby remains.

Inspectors found the Biohazard Room packed “floor to ceiling” with bags of soiled linens and biohazard boxes. There was a refrigerator that contained aborted baby remains, but the room was so junky, that the inspector could not access that refrigerator.

On the second day of the inspection, bags of dirty linens were found crammed into nearly every available space, including the patient recovery room. Again, access to the refrigerator storing aborted baby remains was not possible due to the obstructions, which the staff never bothered to remove.

If the storage refrigerator could not be accessed, one can only wonder how the remains from the day’s abortions could possibly be refrigerated, and how it was possible for a disposal firm to collect the refrigerated remains.

Unfortunately, SWSC isn’t unique when it comes to badly failing health and safety inspections. The most recent inspection reports available for each abortion facility in Texas were obtained by Operation Rescue. They showed 16 out of 17 abortion facilities failed their inspections and were cited for a wide range of violations.

In addition to the unsanitary conditions and practices found at SWSC, it also has a history of medical emergencies, including one that took place on February 29, 2016.

“Licensing regulations are only as good as their enforcement, and in Texas, the Department of Health Care Quality has not adequately enforced those laws for the protection of the public from abortion dumps like the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “That leads to women needing emergency medical care, as we just saw.”

But women seeking abortions at the Dallas facility have ready access to alternatives than can help them avoid the dangers that lurk at SWSC. Across the parking lot from the busy abortion business, Birth Choice, a pregnancy help center that is fully accredited by the Accreditation of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). It provides FREE help to pregnant ladies six days a week.

“We pray more women will take advantage of the help available at pregnancy help centers like Birth Choice,” said Newman. “It would spare not only the lives of their babies, but also possibly spare the women an unplanned trip to the emergency room or maybe even their own lives.”

Background on Boyd: “Am I killing? Yes, I am. I know that.”

Health Inspections Reports: St. Louis Planned Parenthood ISN’T Safe – or Clean

Over 200 hundred incidents cited for failure to comply with medical health and safety standards.

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – Operation Rescue has obtained five Statement of Deficiency Reports that show Missouri state inspectors have cited the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri, for 39 classes of violations involving 210 incidents – 53% (111) of which were related to failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment.

The reports were based on inspections that took place in 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2016. Of the 210 incidents upon which the citations were based, 61% were identified in 2016.

“Each year that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood has been inspected, the number of incidents has increased. This is hard evidence that things at Planned Parenthood are getting worse, not better for patients,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “If a restaurant was cited this many times, it would be shut down, but somehow, Planned Parenthood has been allowed to continue placing the lives of women at risk.”

The St. Louis Planned Parenthood is considered a high volume abortion facility. It is estimated that over 5,000 abortions take place there each year. The inspection reports indicated that on average 340-462 abortions were conducted at that facility each month. All patients were potentially impacted by the violations.

“We have long understood that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility was among the worst in America when it comes to abortion-related complications based on the large number of ambulance runs observed there. But now, reading over the inspection reports, we can see the truly horrific extent of dangerous health and safety conditions and practices that endanger women every day there,” said Newman.

The 2009 inspection showed two citations based on six incidents. Two employees that assisted with surgical procedures showed no evidence of training for such duties. The facility also had failed to conduct an adequate number of fire drills between over a four-year period.

It deteriorated from there.

In 2013, Planned Parenthood was cited for 35 incidents, including, but not limited to the following:

• Using single-dose medication vials for multiple patients. Single dose vials contain no preservatives and must be discarded after the needle has pierced the seal.
• Failure to remove expired inventory from active stock. This included items such as IV Solutions, various drugs such as Valium, ammonia inhalants, and other supplies used on patients.
• Failure to date multi-use vials of drugs, leaving no way to know when the drugs should have been discarded.
• Failure to replace worn, rusted, or deteriorating equipment, including suction machines, IV stands, stools, etc. Often the staff attempted to mitigate the rust problem by covering it with clear tape, but that only made things worse since tape cannot be disinfected.
• Ceiling fans in the three procedure rooms and storage room were full of visible dust.
• Plastic supply bins with patient supplies covered with dust and debris.
• Failure to conduct monthly inspections of portable fire extinguishers.
• Quality Assurance program failed to review all abortions that occurred at 18 weeks or later as required.
• Failure to provide patients with information about how to file complaints with state agencies.
• Failure to check job applicants with the Employment Disqualification List prior to hiring.

In 2015, the incidents on which violations were based increased. Thirty-two out of 40 incidents were related to failing to provide a safe, clean environment.

Some of those violations included:

• Failure to restrict multi-dose vials to a centralized medication area separate from patient treatment areas to avoid contamination.
• Failure to date medications and remove those that were expired.
• Failure to monitor humidity in the clean/dirty instrument processing areas, which can affect the integrity of the sterilization and storage processes. There was no humidistat anywhere in the facility.
• Failed to follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and operating the autoclave, an instrument used to sterilize surgical instruments. In fact, no manufacturer’s instructions could be found in the facility, so one staff member finally printed the instructions from the Internet.
• Stored “sterile” instrument sets on unlined shelves near the floor, creating a risk of contamination.
• Two large tears in the pad on the ultrasound table that made it unable to be disinfected. One staff member told the inspector a new pad had been ordered when no order was ever placed.
• Expired supplies such as hand sanitizer and Tempa-Dot thermometers used in the medication refrigerator.
• Pillows in the procedure and ultrasound rooms were dirty and covered with torn vinyl or cloth pillow covers that could not be disinfected.
• Dust, dirt, and unsanitary tape residue found throughout the facility, including on the medication refrigerator, shelves, cabinets, storage bins and walls.
• Medication refrigerator had dirt, debris and hair in the bottom of the unit. One worker who had been employed at the facility for 1 ½ years said the refrigerator had never been cleaned during his term of employment.
• A wheelchair that was described as “often used” was covered with a layer of dust that left a mark when a finger was pulled through.
• Failure to submit a copy of the pathology reports for all aborted fetal tissue to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services as legally required.

At no time in 2013, 2014, or 2015 did the Department of Health send inspectors back to Planned Parenthood to ensure that the deficiencies cited were actually corrected.

That changed in 2016, after Planned Parenthood was cited for 16 categories of violations involving 127 incidents on March 16 of that year. Some violations were repeat offenses, such as the discovery of dust and dirt that posed contamination issues, failing to remove expired medications and supplies from inventory, and failing to replace worn or deteriorating patient care items.

In one egregious example, Planned Parenthood was cited in both 2015 and 2016 for failing to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the facility’s two autoclaves (sterilizers). The inside of the autoclaves was discolored with brown spots. Biological indicators that were supposed to be used with each load to ensure proper sterilization were only used weekly. Peel packs, in which surgical instruments were “sterilized” were folded over beyond the recommended line, compromising the sterilization process. The supply cabinets were full of such improperly sealed peal packs of instruments that were being used on patients.

Planned Parenthood had also failed to halt the hazardous practice of keeping multi-use drug vials in the procedure rooms, which risks cross-contamination.

In addition to the instrument sterilizations violations, the chronic sanitation and cross-contamination issues, and the drug handling problems, Planned Parenthood was cited in March 2016, for some of the following:

• Failure to properly record temperatures on the medication refrigerator, or recording temperatures outside the recommended ranges. Some medications were not supposed to be frozen, but freezing temperatures were recorded numerous times, without correction.
• Failure to check potential hires with the Employment Disqualification List prior to hiring or conduct criminal background checks. (Repeat offense.)
• Failure to provide infection control training to staff.
• Failure to have staff and volunteers sign an annual statement of HIPAA compliance.
• Failure to ensure that medication orders were timed, dated, and signed by the ordering practitioner. This failure occurred time after time in 11 of 13 patient files reviewed. Some charts lacked dosages of drugs that were administered. In the event of an emergency, a patient’s life can be endangered if emergency responders do not know when or how much of a particular drug has been administered.
• Failure for providers to sign date or time medical records.
• Failure to ensure that patients were fully reactive with stable vital signs before discharge. Charts showed vital signs were not taken every 15 minutes in recovery as required. Patients were discharged without a record of discharge vital signs or Aldrete scores (a medical scoring system used for measuring recovery after anesthesia).

For the first time, inspectors returned to Planned Parenthood two months later to ensure the facility was in compliance. Once again, it was found that a new hire had not been checked with the Employment Disqualification list prior to hiring, nor was a criminal background check performed.

“Just because Planned Parenthood cleaned up their act for the follow up inspection does not mean that it is safe. Certainly, the frequency of medical emergencies never abated,” said Newman. “We know from our years of studying the documented behavior of abortion facilities that as soon as inspectors leave, workers often fall back into their old slovenly habits.”

It is easy to see why Planned Parenthood has actively opposed Missouri’s attempts to pass mandatory annual inspections for abortion facilities.

Records obtained from the St. Louis Fire Department and eye-witness documentation show that 63 medical emergencies have occurred at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility during the same time frame as reflected in the inspection reports. In 2016 alone, when violations were at their peak, there were six incidents that required emergency ambulance transport to a hospital emergency room.

Despite the dangers to women, certain aldermen are attempting to make St. Louis a “Sanctuary City for Reproductive Rights.” There is currently an attempt underway to amend the city charter to make pregnancy and “reproductive decisions” a protected class along with race. There are also future plans to pass a buffer zone ordinance restricting free speech rights around the Planned Parenthood facility. Those action will only serve to infringe on the First Amendment rights of pro-life activists and create greater unaccountability at an already dangerous abortion center.

Last month, Planned Parenthood sued the State of Missouri claiming that abortion safety laws are unconstitutional. If a court agrees, it would open the door for the St. Louis Planned Parenthood organization to expand their unsafe abortion practices to Springfield and Joplin.

“Planned Parenthood is taking aggressive steps to make themselves untouchable while they attempt to expand their sloppy abortion chicanery into unsuspecting communities,” said Newman. “We remain very concerned about the safety of women at Planned Parenthood, and the good people of Missouri should be concerned, too.”

Read the Planned Parenthood Statement of Deficiency Reports:


Final Report: Planned Parenthood, Other Abortionists Broke the Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has released their final report detailing their investigation, findings and recommendations related to the underground trade in aborted baby remains for profit and late-term abortion abuses.

The 471-page report also includes hundreds of pages of supporting documents that explains the Select Panel’s fifteen criminal referrals for further investigation and prosecution, including five Planned Parenthood organizations, three middle-man procurement companies, and abortion providers in Texas, Arkansas, Florida, and New Mexico.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and thank them for their tireless investigation, which has vindicated much of Operation Rescue’s work that has raised the alarm about abortion abuses over the past few years,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose staff members cooperated with Congressional investigators.

Newman also served as a founding member of the Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of aborted baby parts served as the basis for the Select Panel’s investigation.

“Every word of those videos has been validated as true,” said Newman. “It is gratifying to see our allegations verified by the Panel’s investigation.”

In addition to the Planned Parenthood criminal referrals related to illegal trafficking in aborted baby organs and tissue, some of the referrals were made for abortion providers that were uniquely projects of Operation Rescue.

Since 2010, Operation Rescue has worked with local activists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to expose abuses at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. We have repeatedly exposed the link between SWO and the University of New Mexico (UNM), which used tax dollars to expand abortion in New Mexico.

Both SWO and UNM had been referred to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas for prosecution on charges they violated the state anatomical gift act and failed to provide legally-required informed consent to women.

Operation Rescue also first discovered that Houston late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen had likely engaged in illegal conduct and worked with former employees of his two abortion facilities who still stand by their allegations that he murdered viable babies “Gosnell-style” who were born alive during illegal late-term abortions.

Karpen evaded indictment by a 2013 grand jury due to political corruption in the Harris County District Attorney’s office – corruption that Operation Rescue helped expose.

Karpen has now been referred the Texas Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice for a laundry list of crimes including murder, infanticide, violation of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and fraudulent concealment of criminal conduct from government authorities, among others.

“We took a lot of heat over our efforts to bring Planned Parenthood and the other dangerous abortionists to justice. I was falsely accused of lying, faking evidence, and committing crimes I never committed,’ said Newman. “But today, every allegation we made about the abortion providers who have been referred for criminal charges has been verified by the Congressional investigation that vindicated our work over and over. Now we pray these abortionists, who have made their livings exploiting women and killing innocent babies, will receive proper justice in a court of law.”

The Select Panel has recommended several significant changes, which include in part:

• Defund Planned Parenthood of Title X grants and Medicaid payments.
• Recommendation that a law be passed by Congress that would mandate that babies 20 weeks gestation or older be born alive. It would ban intentionally killing or dismembering a child in the womb after 20 weeks.
• Mandate training for abortionists in the care of infants born alive during abortions.
• Establish criminal penalties for violating the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
• Create a division within the Department of Justice within the criminal division to enforce Federal abortion laws, such as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, etc.
• Improve Biomedical Research by instituting safeguards so that only ethical (non-abortion) sources of tissue are used.
• Establish guidelines for the use of human fetal tissue.

“Under the Obama Administration or even a Hillary Clinton Administration, we know nothing would be done to make the changes needed to protect women and their babies from exploitation by a predatory abortion industry. However, once the new Trump Administration takes office, we expect that they will take this very seriously,” said Newman. “We will continue to monitor the progress of the Select Panel’s criminal referrals and recommendations and encourage Congress and prosecutors to act swiftly.”

Read the Final Report and Exhibits
Read the 15 criminal referral letters