Columbia Planned Parenthood Gets Abortion License While Satanists Fight over 72 Hour Reflection Period

Three stunning new developments in the heated battle over abortions in Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – As the result of the Eighth Circuit’s reversal last week that halted enforcement of a Missouri licensing requirement that required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges near the abortion facilities where they work, the Columbia Health Center Planned Parenthood received an abortion license yesterday and reportedly began scheduling surgical and medication abortions immediately.

“We know that Missouri pro-life supporters have put their hearts and souls into protecting women and their babies from being targeted for abortions in Columbia. We feel their disappointment and grief at the loss of innocent human life that will now resume in their community,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “However, this isn’t over by any stretch. We know the state will continue to fight to defend their common-sense abortion safety laws, while dedicated pro-life activists will rise to meet the challenge to offer love, hope, and practical assistance to abortion-bound women at the doors of the abortion business.”

Satanists denounce Satanists

Meanwhile, in a bizarre turn of events, the Church of Satan has publicly denounced The Satanic Temple (TST), which is challenging Missouri’s 72-hour reflection period prior to abortions, calling them a “satire/activist group that uses satanic-themed imagery and language to get media and public attention.”

In a statement posted on the Church of Satan web site, a representative known as “Reverend Joel Ethan” wrote:

A little bit of research makes it clear that The Satanic Temple is self-acknowledged satire and an activist group, which pretends to be a religion when it suits their ends. . . We consider anyone claiming to be a Satanist and solely using TST membership as evidence as either being misinformed or as lying. The supposedly “sincerely held beliefs” of TST adherents are scanty, nebulous, and contradictory.

The statement was accompanied by a heavily documented fact sheet exposing the group’s origins and a series of leaders all using assumed names.

The Missouri Supreme Court recently agreed to hear The Satanic Temple’s claim that the 72-hour abortion reflection period violates their religious beliefs.

“If the Church of Satan’s information is true, it is clear that The Satanic Temple is a farce and not a religious group at all. Based on this new information, their challenge to the life-saving reflection period should be immediately dismissed,” said Newman.

One example of how the 72-hour abortion reflection period saves lives can be seen in reports from Kathy Forck, a Columbia pro-life leader that was on the scene at the newly licensed Kansas City Planned Parenthood during its first week of offering medication abortions. She noted that of the eleven women received the informed consent information, only four returned for abortions. One of those four women changed her mind at the last minute after speaking to pro-life activists who were praying on the street outside the abortion facility. That left only three out of eleven women who actually carried through with abortions.

“The reflection period, coupled with the prayer and offers of help from pro-life supporters on the street is a powerful combination that is effective at saving lives. If Planned Parenthood was really about respecting a woman’s choice, they should be completely supportive of the reflection period that gives women an opportunity to thoughtfully consider informed consent literature and all their options,” said Newman.

Planned Parenthood sues again

In one final development that proves the abortion businesses are selective about what information is given to their prospective abortion customers, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region, and the ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court challenging the state-mandated written informed consent aspect of a comprehensive abortion law that is set to take effect in two weeks. (Read the Petition)

The abortion businesses found several objectionable statements in the informed consent literature such as “life begins at conception” and the fact that an abortion “will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”

That lawsuit is expected to be defended by the state.

Newman asked for pro-life supporters to remember those engaged in this fierce battle for the lives of the innocent in Missouri. “We are asking supporters around the country to pray for Missouri and the efforts to protect women and babies from exploitation by Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “I have every confidence that in the end, the cause of Life will prevail.”

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Moves and Counter Moves: Planned Parenthood Wins Some, Loses Some in Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jefferson City, MO — A drama is unfolding in Missouri that pits two Planned Parenthood organizations against the pro-life administration of Gov. Eric Greitens, with legal maneuvering akin to a high-stakes game of chess, with well-planned moves and counter moves. But in this case, the victor wins the right to protect life, or take it.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of Greater St. Louis Region launched a court challenge of a long-standing state law that required abortion abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30-miles of the facilities where they conducted abortions.

That law was preventing Planned Parenthood’s expansion from just one facility to four in the communities of Springfield, Joplin, Columbia and Kansas City because neither organization had an abortionist that could qualify for hospital privileges in those communities.

A lower court ruled this summer in favor of Planned Parenthood and barred enforcement of the law. Planned Parenthood rapidly moved to license their existing offices as abortion facilities. They were successful at receiving a license for the Midtown Kansas City facility, which has now offered medication abortions for the past three weeks.

The State appealed that ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which, on September 15, 2017, vacated the lower court’s injunction on the hospital privilege requirement, once again halting Planned Parenthood’s facility licensing process.

Planned Parenthood filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in a desperate effort to revive their abortion expansion plans.

However, in a surprise move, the Eighth Circuit reversed itself on October 2, and have now prevented Missouri from enforcing the law. Having gotten what they wanted, Planned Parenthood withdrew their Supreme Court petition and have pushed forward to license their offices in Joplin, Springfield, and Columbia for abortions.

With lightening quickness, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services countered that same day with a new regulation under authority provided it by the state legislature. That regulation requires licensed abortion facilities to maintain an agreement with an emergency-backup physician who would be on call around the clock.

It may even provide difficulties for the recently licensed Kansas City facility whose current emergency plan is to refer women to an emergency room and hope for the best. Fortunately, pro-life activists report that the facility’s abortion numbers are quite low, with only two or three abortions taking place each week — well off the expected pace of 500 abortions per year.

Without the hospital privilege requirement, the Department of Health’s new regulation is necessary to ensure women experiencing complications from the abortion pill are properly cared for since the abortion pill has a high rate of failure.

“Roughly one out of every twenty women end up in the emergency room or require surgery to complete the failed abortion.” states
Dr. Donna Harrison, President of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.*

With this dramatic of a complication rate associated with the Abortion Pill, Planned Parenthood’s lack of concern for women facing these complications is troubling.

“Missouri’s new emergency back-up physician requirement is very much necessary, given Planned Parenthood’s unwillingness to provide women with an acceptable emergency plan. It will also slow Planned Parenthood’s expansion down,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I’m proud of Missouri’s activists and their officials for pulling out the stops to enforce the law and bring a level of accountability to the Abortion Cartel that will save lives.”

In another recent development, Planned Parenthood has found an ally in the Satanic Temple, which is challenging some of Missouri’s abortion laws, and is attempting to gain an exemption for its members from the state’s 72-hour informed consent refection period, claiming it violates the Satanic Temple’s religious tenets.

The dizzying series of moves and counter moves by those who respect life and those who wish to take it are expected to continue in Missouri into the unforeseeable future.

Read the Health Department Memo concerning the back up physician rule.
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[*HT to Brad Mattes, President of Life Issues Institute]

Thank You, Mr. President! Trump Administration Adds Rules to Protect the Conscience of Americans

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump Administration announced new rules that will provide new conscience protections for Americans.

As a result of the rules, those who have moral or religious objections to contraceptive and abortifacient services will now be exempt from paying for them in Obamacare insurance policies. The exemptions will apply to individuals as well as organizations and small businesses.

In May, President Donald Trump signed the “Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” in which he advised the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, to consider amending rules under the Obama Administration that essentially forced Americans to violate their consciences with mandated payments in their Obamacare health insurance policies for contraceptive and abortifacients that they found morally objectionable. Today’s action is in response to that directive.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in protecting the religious liberties we hold dear,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are sincerely grateful for this action that will now restore governmental respect for the deeply held beliefs of Americans who oppose abortion, abortifacient drugs, and certain life-destructive contraceptives.”

The unjust “Obamacare Mandate” had suffered repeated losses in the US. Supreme Court, which ruled the government is not allowed to punish organizations or businesses for their religious beliefs.

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.

Roofers Duck and Hide While Working on Wichita Abortion Facility Without a Permit

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – A new group of secretive roofers have resumed work on the South Wind Women’s Center, an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas.

The roofing project had been left more than half done for several weeks after another roofing company walked off the job when they discovered the building was actually an abortion facility, and not a real estate office, as they had been led to believe.

Right now, it appears that the group of four men are only working on weekends when the abortion facility is closed — and making slow headway in the process.

When the men saw pro-life activists photographing the work on Saturday, September 30, 2017, they ducked down behind the parapet at the edge of the roof to prevent their faces from being photographed. One man donned a hard hat and tied a bandanna around his face to avoid being identified.

“Every time they saw one of us taking a picture, they stopped work and hid or took pictures of us. This behavior went on for several hours, so not much work was actually being done on the roof,” said an Operation Rescue staffer who watched the bizarre behavior unfold.

“These people want to profit from roofing an abortion facility, but they don’t want anyone to know they are collaborating in the business of abortion. It’s really shameful behavior, and they refuse to own it,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Workers’ vehicles at the site had no markings to indicate a company name. It is possible that the men are working under the table and outside of any legitimate roofing business.

Operation Rescue called the City Building Permits Department and was told that no permit was on file for the new roof construction, so an enforcement officer would be asked to investigate.

By the way, the weather forecast for today in Wichita is heavy rain.