Man, Young Child Witness Loved One Taken from Planned Parenthood by Ambulance

Twenty-third Planned Parenthood medical emergency in five months makes defunding Planned Parenthood an urgent necessity.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bremerton, WA – As a man and a very young girl paced in the parking lot of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Bremerton, Washington, two ambulances and a fire unit responded to a medical emergency that appeared to involve their loved one.

This represents the 23rd time an ambulance has been spotted outside a Planned Parenthood center this year.

Video of the incident was taken on June 7, 2017, by Laurie Coykendall, leader of the Bremerton area chapter of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, who provided it to Operation Rescue.

A fire unit was already on the scene when the first ambulance crew arrived and took a gurney into Planned Parenthood. A short time later, they came out with the empty gurney.

Soon, a second ambulance manned by paramedics arrived and entered Planned Parenthood. It is believed that the first ambulance was only equipped for “Basic Life Support.” The second ambulance of paramedics would have been equipped with “Advanced Life Support” capabilities, indicating the patient’s situation may have been more serious than expected.

When the emergency responders began to interact with the man and young girl, it became apparent that the woman involved in the medical emergency was somehow related to them.

The woman was taken out of the Planned Parenthood facility on a gurney completely covered with a sheet. The man and the little girl followed the ambulance in a private vehicle when it left Planned Parenthood.

“Twenty-three women in five months have walked into a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, only to be brought out on a gurney, while our tax money continues to subsidize Planned Parenthood’s life-destructive quackery,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “As the Senate considers legislation – possibly next week — to deny further funding to Planned Parenthood, I urge everyone to call their Senators today and let them know that Planned Parenthood must be defunded in the new health care bill. This is not negotiable.”

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Missouri Health Chief Says Planned Parenthood Broke State Abortion Reporting Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Joseph, MO – A statement released last week by the new head of the Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services indicates that abortion businesses in Missouri broke state law without consequences over a long period of several years.

Dr. Randall W. Williams stated in a May 31, 2017, news release that a law has been on the books since 1979, which required abortion facilities to report all complications to abortions, has been completely ignored over several previous administrations.

“This is unacceptable,” Williams said. “As soon as I became aware of this problem, the Department of Health and Senior Services took steps to ensure future compliance with the law and understanding of the importance of these reports.”

He noted that his department “will rigorously enforce this law in the future.”

Dr. Williams, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced for 30 years, as reason to be concerned that there has been no reporting of abortion complications.

The lone abortion facility in Missouri is a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis where 65 medical emergencies have been documented by Operation Rescue, with the help of local pro-life activists, since 2009. That includes two emergencies this year on March 11 and March 24.

“We had to sue to get the public information about abortion complications at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. Without that case, the public would have no idea how dangerous the Planned Parenthood abortion facility really is,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are grateful that there is finally a Director of the Department of Health that takes the law and women’s safety seriously.”

A 2016 State Senate investigation of abortion practices and fetal tissue disposal at Planned Parenthood led by Sen. Kurt Schaefer encountered “stonewalling” by Planned Parenthood and “top officials in [former] Gov. Nixon’s Department of Health and Senior Services.”

Sen. Schaefer’s investigative committee discovered that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood has written protocols for employees to follow in the event of a medical emergency that included requesting ambulances run with no lights or sirens even though it would delay emergency care for their patients.

In addition, Planned Parenthood trained employees to only give very general information to 911 dispatchers, and never mention whether a complication is abortion-related. Employees are instructed to keep emergency responders out of the abortion procedure room (unless necessary).

In the event that an abortion patient experiences a medical emergency after she left the Planned Parenthood facility, she is told to call Planned Parenthood instead of 911.

In a scathing report released in July 2016, the State Senate investigative committee stated:

This level of callous disregard by PPSLR for the safety of women seeking their services in an apparent effort to protect their own business model from being damaged by news of “botched abortions” and patients ending up in the ER is shocking. This kind of deliberate organizational effort to steer patients away from emergency medical treatment may very well constitute medical malpractice and reckless endangerment of the health of patients.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Senior Services under Dr. Williams’ predecessor, Gail Vasterling, allowed the St. Louis Planned Parenthood to continue operating despite eight years of failed safety inspections that revealed 39 classes of violations involving 210 incidents – 53% (111) of which were related to failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment.

“We hope Dr. Williams will do his duty to not only enforce the abortion complication reporting law, but also take seriously patient care and facility standards with which Planned Parenthood has repeatedly failed to comply,” said Newman. “The St. Louis Planned Parenthood has arrogantly broken the law for years without consequence. It is such an egregious offender that it is in the interest of public health and safety to shut it down. We urge Dr. Williams to do just that.”

Below is Dr. Williams full press statement dated May 31, 2017:

Statement from the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Since 1979, Missouri law has required providers of abortion services and those who treat abortion complications to report every complication they diagnose or treat after an abortion to the Department of Health and Senior Services within 45 days.

It has recently come to my attention that this law was not complied with under previous administrations.

This is unacceptable.

As soon as I became aware of this problem, the Department of Health and Senior Services took steps to ensure future compliance with the law and understanding of the importance of these reports.

As a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced for 30 years, I recognize that every procedure including abortion has recognized risks and potential complications. By the standard of care, these risks should be discussed with the patient prior to the procedure. And when the law requires complications to be reported, each and every complication should be reported.

The Department of Health and Senior Services will rigorously enforce this law in the future.

Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG

Stamford Planned Parenthood Summons Ambulance for 21st Known Medical Emergency in 5 Months

By Cheryl Sullenger

Stamford, CT — For the second time this year, an ambulance was dispatched to the Stamford Health Center Planned Parenthood, an abortion facility located in Stamford, Connecticut.

The incident occurred soon after a group of pro-life activists had left for the day. However, one activist remained in the neighborhood running errands when he happened to notice an ambulance headed in the direction of the Planned Parenthood center.

He returned to the street to pray for whoever needed assistance until the ambulance left, which was followed closely by a private vehicle that had been parked in the lot. No lights or sirens were used.

A radio dispatch recording obtained by Operation Rescue revealed that an ambulance and a rescue unit had been dispatched using the Delta priority designation, which is a non-life threatening priority code that does not require the use of lights and sirens.

The subject was a 29-year old female who had lost consciousness, but was breathing normally. It is assumed she was transported to a nearby hospital.

This follows a previous medical emergency that took place on February 15, 2017, in which an ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood facility for a patient suffering a seizure. Photos and a radio traffic recording was included in a February Operation Rescue compilation video featuring 18 medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood since January 2016, which was meant to persuade Washington legislators to defund Planned Parenthood.

Since then, Operation Rescue has documented a total of 48 medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood abortion facilities since January 2016 – twenty-one of which took place within the first five months of 2017.

“Whether it is a minor condition or a life-threatening abortion complication, the public need to be aware that ambulances are being summoned to Planned Parenthood abortion facilities at an alarming rate,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Planned Parenthood’s inability to guarantee the safety of their patients and the fact that their facilities are ill-equipped to handle even a minor incident, provided an urgent reason to stop propping up Planned Parenthood with our tax money.

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