Despite Desperate 911 Incident, Peoria Abortion Clinic Director Opposes Annual Inspections

By Cheryl Sullenger

Peoria, IL – A desperate 911 call from a Peoria abortion facility National Health Care (NHC) on February 20, 2015, reveals details of a dangerously botched abortion involving heavy hemorrhaging that the abortionist was incapable of controlling.

During the emergency call for help that lasted under a minute, an abortion worker repeatedly told the 911 dispatcher, “We need somebody very quickly.”

“This is an abortion clinic and we have a patient who’s bleeding very heavily and the doctor is not able to get too much of a grip on it,” the caller reported.

This life-threatening abortion complication comes at a time when the executive director of NHC, Margaret Vanduyn, is publicly opposing efforts by the Illinois legislature to pass a bill that would require abortion facilities to be inspected yearly.

Vanduyn claimed that abortion clinic inspections are “unnecessary” and that the inspection bill is “politically motivated.”

However, Operation Rescue has documented at least eight abortion-related medical emergencies at Illinois abortion facilities that required hospital intervention in the past three years, including one patient death.

“Abortion patient Tonya Reaves bled to death after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood in Chicago a couple of years ago, and now another woman has nearly bled to death just three weeks ago in Peoria,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Illinois abortion clinics are not equipped to handle the medical emergencies that are injuring and killing unsuspecting women. That is reason enough to justify yearly inspections. However, abortion clinics that oppose such common-sense laws obviously have a lot to hide.”

Witnesses at the scene in Peoria on February 25 have identified the abortionist on duty at the National Heath Care abortion clinic at the time of the incident as the notorious Yogendra Shah, who works as the primary abortionist at the high-volume Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City.

Shah was sued for conducting an abortion on a woman who was not pregnant in 1998. He then unsuccessfully countersued the woman, seeking a gag order and $1 million in damages after she went public with her claims.

National Heath Care also employs two other abortionists who work on a rotating basis with Shah in Peoria.

One is Mandy Gittler, a Planned Parenthood abortionist who was responsible for fatally botching Tonya Reaves’ second-trimester abortion in 2012. She also works at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The other is Allen Palmer, an elderly “retired” Missouri abortionist that also currently works for Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas.

“With a staff of seedy abortionists like the National Health Center’s, it is no wonder that they do not want inspectors at their facilities. We call the Illinois Medical Board and Department of Public Health to fully investigate February’s near-death incident and take whatever action is necessary to protect women, including shutting down this dangerous abortion clinic,” said Newman.

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Please contact the Illinois Department of Health at 1-800-252-4343 and demand inspections at all Illinois abortion facilities.

St. Louis Planned Parenthood Patient Wailing and Grimacing in Pain Transported by Ambulance

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO — For the 28th time less than six years, a patient of the Central West End Health Center of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for emergency care that could not be provided by Planned Parenthood.

The Coalition for Life in St. Louis posted numerous photographs of the March 7, 2015, incident showing a white woman wearing a standard hospital gown who was grimacing in pain while being wheeled from the abortion facility to the awaiting ambulance.

“The woman had blonde hair, appeared to be about in her thirties, was extremely pale and could be heard audibly wailing,” reported Kenneth Capps, a Coalition for Life volunteer, who witnessed the event.

According to Capps, a fire truck and emergency response crew were the first to arrive at around 2:20 p.m. Fifteen minutes later, an ambulance was on the scene to assist. Finally, 25 minutes after the first responders arrived at Planned Parenthood, the woman was brought out of the abortion facility, loaded into the ambulance, and rushed away.

“Unfortunately, we may never know any more about this medical emergency since the St. Louis Fire Department is refusing to comply with public records laws and continues to conceal 911 records involving abortion-related emergencies at Planned Parenthood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Operation Rescue sued the St. Louis Fire Department last year in an effort to obtain 911 records originating from Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. Operation Rescue had been provided 57 records, hinting that there were many more emergencies at Planned Parenthood that have so far been documented. However, the records, consisting of supposed Computer Aided Dispatch printout, were so heavily redacted that even the dates of the incidents had been erased.

“It is obvious that there are serious safety concerns at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in St. Louis and that those concerns are being compounded by the apparent willingness of city officials to cover up for them,” said Newman. “Our lawsuit is proceeding and we are confident that we will prevail in the end.”

The Central West End Health Center of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis is the last remaining abortion facility in that state.

Read about previous medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Houston, We Have a Problem: Planned Parenthood Rips Hole in Woman’s Uterus During Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – Contrary to claims by the abortion lobby that abortion is safe that that such complications as uterine perforations are extremely rare, Operation Rescue continues to compile evidence to the contrary.

A 911 call placed on February 6, 2015, from a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Houston, Texas, reveals yet another botched abortion that resulted in a life-threatening medical emergency that required transport to a local hospital to treat injuries for which the Planned Parenthood facility was not equipped.

According to the 911 call, the patient suffered a “perforation,” meaning that the sharp plastic tube used to suction out the parts of the pre-born baby was pushed in too far and tore a hole in the uterus. This kind of injury can cause hemorrhaging, bowel injury requiring surgery, and even death, as was the case with 22-year old Tonya Reaves, who died at a Planned Parenthood in Chicago in 2012 after abortionist Mandy Gittler perforated her uterus and left her bleeding for over five hours before calling for help.

“It is clear that the number of serious abortion complications are under-stated and under-reported by the abortion cartel,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We only see a micro-fraction of the complications that take place at abortion facilities, but the ones we do see reveal dangers that the abortion cartel works over-time to keep hidden from the public.”

So far in 2015, Operation Rescue has documented 14 medical emergencies at abortion clinics around the nation, a number that Newman considers only the “tip of the iceberg.” Most medical emergencies are reported by pro-life activists who witness them, but so many more take place outside the watchful eye of pro-life supporters. This makes the compilation of accurate abortion complication statistics nearly impossible, especially in light of the fact that abortionists are notorious under-reporters.

Operation Rescue has most recently documented the following cases of uterine perforations during abortions:

Pensacola, Florida, February 19, 2015: A 29- year old patient suffered uncontrolled hemorrhage that was likely the result of a uterine perforation by an abortionist operating at an abortion facility owned by the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham.

Akron, Ohio, February 7, 2015: An abortionist tore a hole in the uterus of a 26-year old abortion patient. That facility contacted the ambulance company directly instead of dialing 911 for a quicker response.

Salem Oregon, November 14, 2014: Abortionist Valerie King perforated the uterus of 21-year old college student at a Planned Parenthood facility. The patient has to be transported to a hospital in a nearby city.

At the Houston Planned Parenthood, activists with the Houston Coalition for Life have witnessed four medical emergencies in less than 30 days, including the February 6th incident. Other medical emergencies there took place on January 31, February 25, and February 26, 2015. Operation Rescue has documentation of eight medical emergencies in all at this Planned Parenthood in the past two years.

“When women walk into an abortion facility, there is never a guarantee that they will walk out,” said Newman. “Our prayer for abortion-vulnerable women is that they will take advantage of the many pregnancy help centers that offer practical assistance and a system of support for pregnant women. That could be a decision that will literally save their lives as well as the lives of their babies.”