911: Woman Bleeding Excessively in Middle of Abortion at Connecticut Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Hartford, CT – An abortion patient suffered “excessive bleeding” in the middle of an abortion procedure at Hartford GYN Center in Hartford, Connecticut, according to 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue.

A 911 call was placed by “Madeline,” a Hartford GYN nurse, at 10:01 a.m. on October 21, 2017. She indicated that the patient was in the middle of a “procedure” and was bleeding heavily. The woman was sedated, and it appeared that the clinic staff were going to under sedation while they continued the abortion procedure.

The ambulance was dispatched under “Priority 1,” which is used in the most urgent of cases. A witness on the scene told Operation Rescue that the woman was brought out of the abortion facility with “a sheet over her head.”

EMS unit 221 transported the bleeding woman to Hartford Hospital. The entire incident took 22 minutes.

Further information about the injured woman’s condition remains unknown.

Hartford GYN Center opened in 1981, and conducts abortions through 21 weeks of pregnancy. It is a member of the National Abortion Federation, a network of abortion facilities that has an over-all dubious safety record. The abortion business is part of a chain of five facilities operating under the Women’s Centers banner. Other chain locations are in Atlanta, Georgia; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Delaware County, Delaware; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From January 1 through November 18, 2017, Operation Rescue documented 56 medical emergencies nationwide that required ambulance transport directly from abortion facilities. This number is based on eye-witness reports and does not reflect every incident that occurs. It also does not count women who must seek emergency medical care after they have left the abortion facility.

“We have seen an uptick in the numbers of ambulances at abortion facilities this year, and have already exceeded the number of medical emergencies we recorded in 2016,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Things are not getting any better at our nation’s abortion businesses. If anything, they are more dangerous than ever.”

Operation Rescue tracks abortion-related medical emergencies at abortion facilities nationwide.

“Just based on the incidents we have documented, knowing that it is a small fraction of such incidents, it is obvious that the Abortion Cartel’s abortion complication stats that portray abortion as the safest medical procedure, are as fake as they can be.”

Read the 911 CAD printout.

New York Abortionist Set for Hearing November 28 in Manslaughter Case

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY –Jamie Morales was an apparently happy and healthy 30-year old woman when she walked into the Liberty Women’s Healthcare office in Flushing, New York, on July 9, 2016, for an elective second trimester abortion.

By evening, she was dead.

In a rare case of criminal prosecution of an abortionist for causing the death of a patient, Robert Rho, was arrested on October 11, 2016, after a Grand Jury issued an indictment against him for Second Degree Manslaughter (Reckless Homicide), a Class C Felony that carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Rho thought that the abortion on Morales went without complication until staff noticed she was bleeding heavily in the recovery room. Rho determined that she required a second abortion procedure, but even that did nothing to control the bleeding.

Morales continued to bleed and feel woozy, and even collapsed once at the clinic. Even though Rho had to she was too unstable to release, he discharged Morales to her sister, who put Morales in her car and began the trip to the sister’s home in the Bronx. Along the way Morales fell off the back seat and became non-responsive as the result of continued hemorrhaging.

Morales was transported by ambulance to a Bronx-area hospital where she was pronounced dead later that evening.

An autopsy revealed horrific internal injuries inflicted by Rho during one or both abortion procedures he conducted on her that day. Rho had lacerated her cervix, punctured her uterus and sliced her uterine artery. Any one of those injuries would cause heavy bleeding, but together, they proved catastrophic.

Had Rho not released Morales in her unstable condition, and instead called an ambulance, she might be alive today, and Rho would only be facing the possibility of a malpractice suit instead of jail time.

Soon after Morales’ death, Rho surrendered his medical license and closed his abortion facility.

However, at his arraignment on the day of his arrest, Rho pleaded not guilty and was released on $400,000 bail.

Since then his case has been postponed eleven times with no clear reason for the delay. Rho’s next court appearance appears on the Queens Supreme Court “Trials AM” calendar online for November 28, 2017, but there is some doubt that the case will be resolved even then.

“If anyone thinks we will forget about this case, they are mistaken,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Jamie Morales, her baby, and her family deserve justice, and we will never forget that. When that justice finally comes, we plan to make sure everyone hears about it as a reminder of the Abortion Cartel’s callous disregard for life.”

Nine Ambulances Rush to Abortion Facilities in Six States

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY — There have been a disturbing number of medical emergencies at abortion facilities reported by pro-life activists since late September, including nine ambulance incidents in six states.

“These incidents illustrate that the Abortion Cartel’s claims of abortion safety fail the reality test. For the women who have suffered serious injuries and death from botched abortions, all that rhetoric means nothing,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The emergencies that we hear about are only a fraction of what is happening, and do not count abortion emergencies where women have been hospitalized after the left the abortion facility for the day. These serious incidents are ignored by the news media, which does women a disservice by concealing the truth about abortion dangers from them.”

CALIFORNIA

Bakersfield: For the sixth time this year, an ambulance was called to the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility on October 3, 2017, as earlier reported by Operation Rescue. A 23-year old woman suffered a perforated uterus and underwent an emergency hysterectomy to save her live once at the hospital.

Walnut Creek: An ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Walnut Creek, CA, on October 6, 2017, a known surgical abortion day. Witnesses described the woman as looking “upset” as she was bought out of the Planned Parenthood abortion building and loaded into an ambulance.

NEBRASKA

Omaha: Nebraskans United for Life report that an ambulance rushed to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on October 2, 2017. A gurney was taken in to the facility, but the patient refused transport to the hospital. However, it must have appeared her condition was dire at one point, or an ambulance would never have been called.

Bellevue: With lights from the ambulance flashing in the background, one pro-life activist recorded a brief clip of an incident at LeRoy Carhart’s Bellevue abortion business at approximately 7:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017. 911 records indicated a fire alarm had been tripped, but an eye witness says he saw a gurney removed from the facility with someone on it. This remains a bit of a mystery. This is the 16th ambulance spotted at a Carhart abortion business since 2012.

NEW YORK

New York City: On September 29, 2017, at about 4:40 p.m., one pro-life activist stopped by the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood to pray when an ambulance was spotted. The woman was brought out of the facility in a wheelchair because gurneys cannot access the abortion procedure floors in the New York high-rise. She was transported to a nearby hospital. This was the seventh such emergency at this particular abortion facility so far this year.

NORTH CAROLINA

Raleigh: The first day they were able to do abortions in a week due to “doctor unavailability,” A Woman’s Choice called an ambulance to transport a patient on October 13, 2017. Apparently this is something that happens there regularly enough that the staff was prepared with a large purple “sheet of shame” to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. (It didn’t really work.)

This facility had a series of failed inspections from 2013 to 2017. The most recent deficiency report indicated a likely incomplete surgical abortion that required a second surgery to complete.

OHIO

Cleveland: An ambulance arrived at the Preterm abortion facility on September 29, 2017 at around 2:00 p.m., as previously reported by Operation Rescue. The woman was wheeled out of Preterm on a gurney. Emergency responders took an additional 10 minutes to stabilize her in the ambulance before transporting her to a hospital emergency room. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died from a severely botched abortion she received at Preterm. The September incident was the ninth emergency documented at Preterm by Operation Rescue since 2015.

TEXAS

Houston: According to the Houston Coalition for Life, an ambulance and fire engine were photographed at the large Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Gulf Freeway on October 3, 2017. Once woman was transported.

Houston: The next day, on October 4, 2017, another ambulance visited the same Planned Parenthood abortion facility and transported one woman with lights and sirens flashing, the Houston Coalition for Life reports.

NATIONALLY

So far in 2017, Operation Rescue has documented 51 incidents where ambulances were called to abortion facilities around the nation. Of those 51 incidents, two-thirds (34) involved Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.

Woman Suffers Serious Injury, Nearly Dies after Botched Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA — Terri Palmquist noticed an ominous change at the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, where she regularly stands vigil to pray and offer practical assistance to abortion-bound women.

It was October 3, 2017, during their “LifeVigil” prayer campaign organized by Terri and her husband, Tim. She watched as one woman was helped into the abortion facility doubled over in pain, as if she was experiencing the severe cramps of labor – something with which Terri was well familiar as the mother of eleven. It seemed this woman who struggled to walk was experiencing some kind of complication from a recent abortion.

Terri had seen her share of women suffering abortion complications as well, having ministered outside the same high-volume abortion facility for nearly three decades.

She had remained throughout the years and watched as one abortionist after the other was hired, then moved on, leaving a trail of frequently injured women in their wake.

But the man who has been conducting abortions at the Bakersfield FPA abortion facility since the beginning of the year, Donald Clyde Willis, seemed to be among the worst she had ever seen. Up until then, he had sent five abortion patients to the emergency room for treatment of serious complications.

Later that morning, Terri spoke to the mother of another woman who was inside getting an abortion at four-and-a-half months into her pregnancy. The mother explained that her daughter had “seaweed” inserted the day before.

Suddenly, Terri understood what was happening. Willis was now doing more expensive second trimester abortions, upping the previous gestational limit that for years topped out at end of the first trimester.

But Terri also had a gut feeling. An abortionist with a horrible safety record doing the riskier and more difficult second trimester abortions was a recipe for disaster. At 1:30 p.m., she told her husband Tim, her partner in ministry, that he needed to get ready for an ambulance.

Her instincts were spot on.

Just 17 minutes later, at 1:47 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the FPA Women’s Health abortion business, followed by a security vehicle from the Adventist Health hospital two blocks away. A woman covered completely by a sheet was brought out on a gurney and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

But something wasn’t right. The ambulance didn’t leave right away. Both EMTs appeared to be in the back of the ambulance treating the woman for several minutes before finally making the short trip to the emergency room, where Tim was waiting, camera in hand, thanks to Terri’s early warning.

When the gurney was pulled out of the ambulance, her head was no longer covered. Tim’s video clearly showed a young light-skinned woman wearing an oxygen mask attached to an oxygen source under the gurney. The obstetric position in which she laid, with her knees up and legs slightly apart, was unusual. Was that blood under her on the gurney?

She appeared unconscious.

This wasn’t the same woman who had earlier struggled to walk into the abortion facility, nor was she the woman who completed a two-day abortion that morning.

She was the sixth Willis patient to be transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room this year.

Tim Palmquist told Operation Rescue that he learned more about what happened. He said the patient was a 23-year old Hispanic woman whose uterus was perforated during the abortion. Once at the hospital, she suffered cardiac arrest. Her heart reportedly stopped for five minutes before doctors could revive her. Her injuries were so serious that she received an emergency hysterectomy.

Currently, the woman is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Adventist Health.

“FPA has upped the ante in Bakersfield by expanding abortions into the second trimester, so we are upping the ante, too,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are filing a formal complaint against Donald Clyde Willis with the California Medical Board and will be seeking an emergency suspension of his medical license.”

Willis is a suicide survivor with documented mental health issues that caused Alaska to demand his medical license surrender. He moved to California from his home in Oregon to evade the permanent restrictions imposed on his medical license after the suicide attempt that included strict monitoring and routine appointments with a mental health professional. He also has a history of financial difficulties, having declared bankruptcy in 2010.

Below are brief summaries of his other abortion-related misadventures that forced the emergency hospitalization of Bakersfield area women this year.

January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.
February 18, 2017: A female patient was transported from FPA Women’s Health to a nearby hospital. The disturbing pattern of botched abortions caused Operation Rescue to issue an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California.
August 19, 2017: A woman who appeared to be awake and moving was transported to Kern Medical where she was rushed into the emergency room.

Visit the Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health’s profile page on AbortionDocs.org.
Visit Willis’ profile page on AbortionDocs.org.

Visit LifeVigil Bakersfield’s Facebook page.

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Toledo Abortion Facility Transfer Agreement Case With No Mention of Mishandled Emergency

Capital Care Network abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, OH — The Ohio Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the case of a Toledo abortion facility that is attempting to stave off license revocation for failing to maintain a written transfer agreement with a local hospital.

Stephen Carney, the attorney representing the State of Ohio argued that the case was not about abortion since the regulation applies to over 200 ambulatory surgical centers throughout the state. He maintained that abortion facilities were not singled out.

“We shouldn’t distort the normal rule of law just for abortion clinics,” he argued.

In Ohio, ambulatory surgical facilities are required to have a written transfer agreement with a local hospital. The Ohio Department of Health notified Capital Care Network of its intent to revoke its ASC license because it first had not transfer agreement whatsoever. Later, Capital Care contracted with a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 52 miles away from the Toledo facility and indicated they would call for a helicopter to transport women.

However, the state argued that Capital Care Network admitted it never had any intention of calling for a helicopter, because it would take nearly an hour to get a helicopter ready and even then, there was no place to land at the abortion facility.

Carney was questioned repeatedly over the requirement that hospitals be local and exactly what the definition of “local” might be. While he noted that the regulation did not specifically mention the word “local,” it could only be implied in the context of the requirements of speed in a medical emergency. He used the example of an Ohio ambulatory surgical center contracting with a California hospital as being impractical due to distance and lengthy travel time.

He argued that there were three benefits to ambulatory surgical centers having written hospital transfer agreements. First, it ensured continuity of care for the patient and guaranteed admission to the hospital. Without a transfer agreement, a patient might simply be stabilized by emergency room doctors then released.

Operation Rescue notes that is exactly what happened to a Michigan abortion patient, Cree Erwin, who sought help at a Battle Creek hospital in June 2016, after she suffered a perforated uterus during an abortion at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, two days earlier. She was released by emergency room doctors after pain drugs made her feel better, when she should have been admitted. She died hours later from her abortion-related injuries, illustrating how the emergency room practice of releasing after stabilization can be dangerous for women suffering unknown abortion complications.

Other benefits to having a hospital transfer agreement noted by Carney are open communication with the hospital staff, and the guarantee that medical records will be transferred to the hospital with the patient.

However, during the over 45 minutes of arguments, the fact that a patient was transferred to Toledo Hospital on April 1, 2017, was never discussed. That patient was driven to the hospital emergency room by a clinic employee in her private vehicle after the abortionist, believed to have been Lucy Ann Nunnally, suspected a uterine and bowel perforation during the 11.5 weeks suction abortion. No medical records were sent with that patient.

The Ohio Department of Health has notified Capital Care Network of its intent to fine the abortion facility $40,000 for mishandling the transfer in violation of the facility’s own written emergency protocols, which require them to call 911 for an ambulance to transfer patients. The fine was a result of a complaint filed by a local pro-life activist at the recommendation of Operation Rescue.

Jennifer Branch, the attorney arguing for Capital Care Network maintained that the abortion facility’s license was unlawfully revoked even though the abortion facility never has had to transfer a patient, again, failing to inform the court of the April 1 transfer.

Branch argued that there was no benefit to having a hospital transfer agreement, and that such agreements posed an undue burden on women because abortion facilities had a difficult time contracting with hospitals. No Toledo area hospital would agree to enter into a transfer agreement with Capital Care Network.

However, Carney noted one ironic argument made by the abortion facility. While the abortion business argues that Ann Arbor, Michigan, is not too far to travel for a woman suffering a medical emergency, it is too far to travel for a woman seeking to make an abortion appointment for the following week.

“Dumping a patient with life-threatening injuries on an unprepared hospital emergency room staff without so much as a medical record to help them treat the patient is irresponsible and undeniably dangerous, but that is exactly what Capital Care Network has done,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The Court should rule that the state acted properly to enforce Ohio law, and to protect women. The Court would serve the best interests of the public and the rule of law by upholding the Department of Health’s license revocation order.”

The Ohio Supreme Court took the case under advisement.