Why Ohio Abortion Pill Complications Doubled Last Year


By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio is among the best in the U.S. when it comes to abortion reporting requirements, seeking as much information as possible from abortion providers about abortion methods, gestational ages, and maternal demographics. Now, one statistic reported to the Medical Board of Ohio has shed new light on the danger of abortions using the drug Mifeprex, also known as Mifepristone or RU486.

Ohio requires abortionists who dispense the drug, often referred to as the Abortion Pill, to fill out a form reporting all complications experienced by women who have taken Mifeprex to cause abortions.

Operation Rescue has reviewed 127 “Report of RU486 Event” forms for five abortion facilities located in three counties in Ohio for abortions that took place during a five-year time-span, 2012-2016. The facilities reporting complications include:

• Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Preterm in Cleveland, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Planned Parenthood in Columbus, located in Franklin County.
• Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, located in Hamilton County.

RU486 abortion numbers for 2012-2015 (the latest year available) were obtained from the Ohio Department of Health, and an average of the four years was used to extrapolate an estimated number for 2016. Those numbers were then compared to the 127 complications for which there were RU486 Event forms received by the Ohio Medical Board for 2012-2016.

When the number of RU486 complications were compared to the number of abortions done using the abortion drug, an interesting discovery was made. Between 2012-2015, 3.18 percent of women obtaining RU486 abortions in the three reporting counties suffered serious complications.

However, in 2016 alone, 6.74% of women obtaining RU486 abortions in the same three counties suffered complications.

What could account for complication percentages to more than double in only one year?

Ohio law mandates that abortionists follow FDA protocols when dispensing the RU486 abortion drug. Those protocols for years limited the use of RU486 to the first seven weeks of pregnancy due to an increased risk of failure if used later in pregnancy.

In March 2016, the FDA relaxed protocols on the RU486 abortion drug and extended the gestational age limit for use. New protocols issued under the Obama Administration a year ago allow for drug’s usage up to 10 weeks pregnancy.

The use of RU486 beyond seven weeks very likely decreased the efficiency of the drug and subjected women to an increased occurrence of complications.

The majority of complications reported on the forms listed as “Incomplete Abortions,” which required patients to undergo surgical procedures to complete the abortions days or even weeks later.

Among the five abortion facilities that reported complications, the three Planned Parenthood abortion facilities had the highest number of complications, with the Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood facility reporting 56 complications — the most reported in that five-year time frame.

On many of the Event forms submitted by abortionist Catherine Romanos of Planned Parenthood’s Columbus abortion facility, notations were made to indicate it was her opinion that the incomplete abortions were caused by the use of FDA protocols in place at the time.

However, the actual reported abortion complication figures completely debunk Romanos’ faulty assumption. The more stringent protocols actually prevented complications women are now experiencing by using the abortion drug up to ten weeks in their pregnancies.

Abortion lobbyists have long sought to remove restrictions on the use of the abortion pill. The LA Times, recently published a slanted and partially inaccurate article accusing politics of preventing women greater access to the abortion pill. It reported that there is a push among abortionists to further liberalize Mifeprex protocols to allow RU487 abortion drug prescriptions to be filled by pharmacies so women will no longer have to make office visits to abort their babies.

The information gleaned from Ohio abortion and complication reports show that far too many women are suffering from complications due to the Abortion Pill, and that relaxing the standards has only made the occurrence of complications skyrocket.

“The Abortion Pill must be taken off the market. Not only is it lethal to babies, it causes far too many women to suffer serious complications that can land them in the emergency room or worse,” said Newman. “This is the untold truth about the Abortion Pill that the fake pro-abortion news media, Planned Parenthood, and the rest of the Abortion Cartel want to keep hidden at all costs.”

[Correction: A previous version of this story contained a table that incorrectly transposed Franklin County numbers with Hamilton County numbers. We regret the error. That chart is now correct.]

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Wichita Planned Parenthood Jacks Up Abortion Prices Less than Two Weeks After First Offering Them

Protest and Press Conference Set for Thursday, March 31 at Noon outside the Wichita Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – The Planned Parenthood facility in Wichita, Kansas has been selling abortion drugs for less than two weeks, and already they have increased the price they are charging for an abortion.

During a call placed to the Wichita facility on March 21, 2016, a Planned Parenthood representative notified the caller, “Full cost if you were to pay in full is $659, that’s if you have a positive blood type. If you’re negative, it’s $755.02.” When asked about the drugs used for abortions, she did not know how to pronounce either drug.

However, a different Planned Parenthood employee told a caller on March 29, that the cost for a medication abortion at the Wichita Planned Parenthood facility is $709 for a positive blood type and $815 for a negative blood type.

This latest pricing puts medication abortions at Wichita’s Planned Parenthood $152-258 above the national average cost of $557.

“With the Wichita Planned Parenthood located in a poor African-American neighborhood, that means it is poor women will be targeted for abortions at Beverly Hills prices,” said Newman. “This is predatory and exploitative pricing that preys on vulnerable poor women of color,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose national headquarters is just a few blocks the street from the Planned Parenthood office.

Operation Rescue will lead a noontime protest and press conference outside the Wichita Health Center Planned Parenthood on only its second abortion day since it first began selling abortions on March 17.

Protest and Press Conference Details:

When: Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Wichita Health Center Planned Parenthood
2226 E Central, Wichita, Kansas
Why: To draw the public’s attention to dangerous abortion practices done by aging abortionists and to pray for an end to abortion in Wichita.

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Operation Rescue has confirmed that aging abortionists who will be dispensing abortion pills in Wichita are Orrin Moore, 74, and Ronald Yeomans, 76. They will make the approximately three-hour drive to Wichita from the Kansas City area on a rotating basis every other week.

“The fact that Moore and Yeomans, neither of which have local hospital privileges, are three hours away means that they will not be around in the event of abortion complications, which are known to occur with medication abortions,” said Newman. “Women will be left to fend for themselves when things go wrong. That is placing the lives and health of women at risk. Once again, Planned Parenthood is placing profits above patients. We will do everything we can within the law to protect women and their babies from this predatory and exploitative abortion business.”

Dilapidated Wichita Planned Parenthood Begins Selling Abortion Drugs They Cannot Pronounce

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue has confirmed that for the first time, the Planned Parenthood office in Wichita, Kansas, is now providing medication abortions on a sporadic basis. It is operated by Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which has been entangled in legal issues in Missouri over deceptive practices and an illegal relationship with a publicly funded university in Columbia.

Abortions began at the run-down Wichita Planned Parenthood facility on Central Avenue on March 17, 2016, and is located in an area that allows it to target poor urban women of color.

It appears that medication abortions will only be infrequently offered on one appointment day every two weeks at the hefty cost of $659.

“We plan to use every legal option available to us to make sure Planned Parenthood halts abortions in Wichita,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “There’s no way this ill-maintained dump of a building could be doing any kind of abortion if the laws on the books were properly defended in court and enforced.”

During a call to the Wichita office, a caller asked for information about the abortion drugs that were being prescribed, but the receptionist could not pronounce the names of the either of the two drugs, Mifeprex and misoprostol.

While Mifeprex is approved by the FDA for abortion up to 49 days, or seven weeks of pregnancy, the Wichita Planned Parenthood is offering it through 69 days, or nine weeks six days of pregnancy.

In 2015, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that redirected Federal Title X funds from Planned Parenthood. The Wichita facility had been a recipient of the tax money.

“The move to offer abortions in Wichita may be a way to recoup some of those lost funds off the backs of vulnerable pregnant women. This makes what Planned Parenthood is doing both predatory and exploitative,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood isn’t in business for purely altruistic reasons. If a facility can’t stay out of the red, it must find a way to pony up or shut down. For Planned Parenthood, selling abortions in poor Black neighborhoods is apparently seen as the easiest way to increase profits.”

Planned Parenthood Halts Webcam Abortions at Tenth Iowa Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Des Moines, IA – Iowa Right to Life is reporting and Operation Rescue has confirmed that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has halted webcam abortions at their Cedar Rapids facility.

This represents the tenth Planned Parenthood webcam abortion facility that has stopped using the controversial abortion pill distribution scheme since 2012.

Operation Rescue has worked with Iowa pro-life groups, including Iowa Right to Life, to end webcam abortions.

“We are excited to see the dangerous process of dishing out abortion pills over an internet connection coming to an end,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This represents a huge victory for those who support life and worked so hard to protect women from Planned Parenthood’s attempt to put profit above the lives and safety of women.”

Operation Rescue brought the webcam abortions to light after an undercover investigation in March, 2010, then exposed plans by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to expand the scheme into every one of their clinics nationwide, ironically during a protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Cedar Rapids. This would have represented the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Webcam abortions reduced costs to Planned Parenthood since one abortionist could sit at a computer console and remotely dispense abortion drugs to women in offices all over the state without providing in-person exams or being available for follow up in the event of complications.

However, once information about the risky webcam abortion process spread, several states acted quickly to ban the remote distribution of abortion drugs outside the presence of a physician. Seventeen states now ban the webcam abortions. This effectively thwarted Planned Parenthood’s effort to make every one of their offices an abortion pill distribution center.

Nine of fourteen remaining Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa still offer abortions. Just two years ago, the abortion business operated 26 offices in Iowa.

But now, even the few webcam abortion locations that remain may not be open for long.

An Iowa judge is considering whether to ban webcam abortions altogether in that state. The Iowa Board of Medicine voted last year to change regulations to halt the procedure for safety reasons, but Planned Parenthood sued to challenge the rules. A decision from the court is expected soon.

“If the judge rules to uphold the Iowa Board of Medicine regulations banning webcam abortions, it will spell out the final end to this appallingly substandard abortion process that preys on and exploits vulnerable pregnant women. That will be a sweet victory indeed for all who value and cherish life,” said Newman.

Judge Considers Iowa Regulations Banning Webcam Abortion

Meanwhile, nine webcam facilities in Iowa have closed since 2012 while 17 states have banned the corners-cutting Internet abortion pill distribution scheme

By Cheryl Sullenger

Des Moines, IA – Polk County Judge Jeffery Farrell is currently considering a suit brought by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland against the Iowa Board of Medicine for new rules that ban the webcam abortion system of dispensing abortion pills that was developed in Iowa. A ruling is expected soon.

The two parties appeared in court earlier this week to debate whether the Iowa Board of Medicine acted properly in adopting the new regulations last August.

Planned Parenthood argued in court that the Board’s decision was “flawed” and “politically motivated.” It noted that 5,000 abortion have been done using the webcam system, but failed to mention that it does not track complications of women who must find their own way to emergency rooms when things go wrong.

Planned Parenthood also insisted that Board member Fr. Frank Bognanno, a Catholic priest who was appointed by pro-life Gov. Terry Branstad, should have recused himself from the vote. However, the Attorney General’s office, which defended the regulations, noted that procedures allow for a party to ask for recusals ahead of Board votes, which Planned Parenthood never did.

While Planned Parenthood argued that the regulations would create a hardship on “rural” women, forcing them to drive “hundreds of miles” to get abortions, the Attorney General’s office countered that Planned Parenthood never stated exactly how many miles women might have to actually drive.

All of Planned Parenthood webcam site have been located in or very near metropolitan areas with ample access to legitimate health care, making the “undue burden” argument spurious.

Planned Parenthood once operated their webcam abortion pill scheme at 15 locations throughout Iowa, but since 2012, they have halted abortions at nine of those locations, including Storm Lake, Knoxville, Newton, Ankeny, Spencer, Creston, Red Oak, West Health Center in Urbandale, and the Susan Knapp Health Center located near Drake University in Des Moines.

The Attorney General’s office also noted that currently 17 states ban webcam abortions and none of those state laws have been found unconstitutional.

Webcam, or telemed abortions involve the remote dispensing of abortion drugs to women at Planned Parenthood locations where the abortionist is not present. The abortionist briefly interviews the prospective abortion patient over a closed video conferencing system, then dispenses the pills at the patient’s location by clicking a button on a computer screen that releases a drawer containing the abortion drugs. Women never receive a physical examination by a licensed physician, who is also not available to the patient in the event of a complication.

“How can any of us possibly find that a medical abortion performed over the Internet is as safe as one provided by a physician in person?” asked Dr. Greg Hoversten, Chairman of the Iowa Board of Medicine at the time of the Board’s vote last August.

Operation Rescue brought the abortion pill distribution scheme to light after an undercover investigation in March, 2010, then exposed plans by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to expand the scheme into every one of their clinics nationwide. Operation Rescue worked with Iowa pro-life groups, including Iowa Right to Life, to end webcam abortions.

Since then, Planned Parenthood’s plans to conduct what would have been the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade have failed after bans on webcam abortions were enacted in 17 states. Federal legislation was also introduced. This made Planned Parenthood affiliates in other states reluctant to invest in the required hardware for a process that could soon be outlawed in their states.

“If Judge Farrell rules that the regulations will stand, it will be the end of Planned Parenthood’s scheme to cut corners on women’s health and safety for the sake of greater profits,” said Newman. “Their plan to expand webcam abortions into all 50 states has already failed because of the diligence of pro-life groups to raise the alarm on Planned Parenthood’s exploitive practices. Abortion numbers are falling in Iowa, despite Planned Parenthood’s efforts to increase them. A favorable ruling in this case would be the cherry on top of a string of pro-life victories that are saving lives today.”