New Documents: Planned Parenthood’s Sanitation Issues & Unacceptable Complication Plan Cause of Multiple Denials of Abortion Facility License

By Cheryl Sullenger

Springfield, MO – New documents have been obtained by Operation Rescue that reveal more about why the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) denied the non-compliant Planned Parenthood office in Springfield an abortion facility license.

Now it appears that the situation at Springfield Planned Parenthood is actually worse than was originally reported, and that due to numerous violations of licensing regulations, the DHSS has actually declined to issue an abortion license this facility three times.

“The Springfield office is run by the same people that run the St. Louis Planned Parenthood, which is considered the most dangerous abortion facility in the nation. It would be appalling to allow these incompetent people to run another abortion facility,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The serious health and safety issues at the Springfield Planned Parenthood, and the fact that none of the three abortionists listed on Planned Parenthood’s complication plan live in the Springfield vicinity, clearly supports the repeated Department of Health denials for an abortion facility license.”

It began last year when Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, which operates the trouble-prone Reproductive Health Services abortion facility in St. Louis, announced plans to expand medication abortion services into their existing centers in Springfield and Joplin.

A letter dated October 12, 2017, was issued by the DHSS to Janice Thomas, Vice President of Patient Services & Research, at the St. Louis Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood. That letter referenced an initial licensing inspection that took place on October 10-11, 2017, wherein 14 citations were issued for violations of six licensing regulations.

The DHSS letter stated, “The initial survey could not be completed as the facility was not fully ready to provide all patient care services in full compliance with all state regulations.”

Some of the deficiencies cited include:

• Improper medication storage that risked cross-contamination.
• Expired urine test strips.
• Rusty examination table in the ultrasound room that was missing laminate at the front of the table, exposing pressed board, which is an uncleanable surface.
• Improper decontamination of vaginal ultrasound probes, which were rinsed in the hand-washing sink and placed in disinfectant in an instrument soaking contained next to the hand-washing sink. The probes should have been placed in a bag and transported to the soiled utility room for proper decontamination.
• Lack of recent infection control training for two employees.
• Failure to conduct criminal background checks on half the facility’s employees.
• Sloppy and incomplete record-keeping on the credentials of all three physicians.
• Failure to have available required emergency equipment such as a suction machine and endotracheal equipment to ensure clear airways.

“Please respond in writing providing evidence/documentation that each of these items has been fully addresses/corrected. Only upon successful completion of the revisit process an ASC license can be issued,” the DHSS letter concluded.

A second letter from the DHSS to Planned Parenthood’s Thomas, dated December 21, 2017, reiterated the deficiencies found during the October 10-11, 2017, inspection and noted that no plan of correction had been received.

In addition, that letter informed Planned Parenthood that a new emergency rule regarding complication plans for “certain drug and chemically induced abortions via abortion facilities” had been enacted as of November 3, 2017. The Springfield Planned Parenthood was also not in compliance with that new rule.

“To date, your facility has not submitted a proposed Correction Plan. Since the facility’s plan is to perform only medication abortions for the time being, until your facility becomes compliant with that rule, the facility cannot be licensed as an abortion facility,” the DHSS letter stated.

Finally, on March 29, 2018, a third letter was sent to Planned Parenthood’s Janice Thomas regarding a proposed complication plan submitted by the Springfield Planned Parenthood on January 8, 2018. That plan was rejected for not meeting the requirements of the complication plan rule.

It is easy to see why the plan was rejected.

The plan was for a “Dr. Grebe” to provide abortion drugs in Springfield and provide emergency care in the event of an emergency “whenever possible.” Operation Rescue has learned that “Dr. Grebe” is actually 72-year old Terry Keith Grebe, who lives and works in Joplin, Missouri – which is one hour and 15 minutes driving time from Springfield.

When Dr. Grebe was unavailable, Planned Parenthood’s complication plan was for Dr. David Eisenberg to treat patients at Reproductive Health Services abortion facility in St. Louis, which is three-hours driving time from Springfield. Finally, if neither Grebe nor Eisenberg was available, patients suffering complications from abortion drugs would be sent to Overland Park, Kansas – two-and-a-half hours driving time from Springfield – to be treated by 76-year old Orrin Moore.

So what kind of care can women expect from Eisenberg and Moore?

During a failed inspection at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility last year, Eisenberg, who serves as Medical Director, was cited for failing to wash his hands between glove changes. When the inspector mentioned it to him, he questioned whether the handwashing requirement was a new protocol. [Documentation related to Eisenberg can be found on AbortionDocs.org.]

Moore has a long history of botched abortions, including the death of a patient, Dawn Mack, 21, and has been sued repeatedly for medical malpractice. In March 2016, Moore was banned from participating in KS Medicaid & KanCare, and was subject to administrative review. [Documentation on these and other issues can be found at AbortionDocs.org.]

“Additionally, the proposed plan fails to recognize the importance of the physician-patient relationship by providing for continuity of cane and ensuring communication among the physician who induced the abortion and all subsequent health care providers involved in treating the patient’s complication,” the letter stated.

Apparently, all of the deficiencies cited in the failed October inspection report were not yet corrected as of the writing of the letter on March 29, 2018.

The letter concluded, “Because the facility’s proposed plan does not meet the requirements of [the emergency rule], the Department cannot approve the plan. Accordingly, the Department cannot issue the facility a license until an approved plan is in place (and all other deficiencies have been corrected.)”

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is challenging the state regulations related to medical abortions in Federal Court. Hearings concluded on Friday, and a series of briefs on the issues were ordered. A decision on the case is not expected for some time.

Read the letters:

DHSS to Thomas, 10/12/2017
DHSS to Thomas, 12/21/2017
DHSS to Thomas, 3/29/2018

67 “Women in White” Expose Abortion Dangers at America’s Worst Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – Marking the day that Missouri’s new abortion safety and accountability law, SB5, went into effect, 67 women dressed all in white provided a dramatic backdrop to a press conference outside the high-volume Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis last Tuesday that emphasized the need for the new law.

The demonstrators wore white to represent the 67 women who have required emergency medical transport to local hospitals since 2009, after receiving abortions at the notorious Planned Parenthood facility. Those injured women – covered with white sheets — were removed from the abortion business on gurneys and loaded into awaiting ambulances.

Each of the “Women in White” held placards with a date indicating when specific medical emergencies took place. Records obtained from the St. Louis Fire Department by Operation Rescue and eye-witness reports provided documentation for the number of emergencies, 40% of which involved hemorrhaging that could not be controlled by Planned Parenthood’s staff of abortionists.

The demonstration was largely ignored by the mainstream media, which chose instead to cover opposition to SB5.

Missouri’s Kathy Forck of Team PLAY organized the St. Louis press conference and demonstration along with simultaneous press conferences in four other cities where Planned Parenthood recently expanded abortion services or plans to do so.

“SB5 will provide much needed, enhanced safety to women by requiring stiffer penalties and stricter safety regulations of Planned Parenthood,” said Forck, who also thanked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens for his support for greater accountability for abortion facilities and for signing the new legislation into law.

Other speakers included state pro-life leaders, state legislators, and Susan Thayer, a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the neighboring state of Iowa.

Thayer shared from her experiences with Planned Parenthood about the existence of abortion quotas, which were rewarded with celebratory pizza parties when met, and reduced hours when the quotas were not achieved.

She also described over 200 violations found in failed inspection reports from the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion site, which have been previously reported by Operation Rescue. Those safety violations included gross sanitation issues such the failure of one abortionist to wash his hands, and failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments.

Despite these documented facts about patient injuries and failed health inspections, Bonyen Lee-Gilmore of Planned Parenthood Great Plains had the audacity to tell the local ABC affiliate, “This is not about the health and safety of our patients. If anybody prioritizes health and safety of patients it’s Planned Parenthood.”

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood announced plans to expand abortion services in Missouri, which, at the time, had just one abortion facility in the state. Planned Parenthood’s Kansas City and Columbia locations were the first to receive new abortion facility licenses just weeks ago after a Federal Court blocked enforcement of a long-standing law that required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the facilities where they conducted abortions. Licenses are pending at the Springfield and Joplin locations.

Abortionists working at the four expansion facilities could not qualify for local hospital privileges under that law prior to its blockage, leaving a dangerous gap the continuity of patient care in the event of an emergency.

However, the new law, SB5, which went into effect Tuesday, provides alternative safety measures that courts have declined to nullify. This law now prevents abortion facility employees from requesting that ambulances respond with no lights or sirens, and requires abortionists to personally provide informed consent to women 72 hours prior to their abortions.

In addition, a new regulation implemented by the Missouri Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires abortion facilities to maintain written agreements with local physicians who would agree to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide emergency hospital care to women suffering abortion complications.

The real test of Planned Parenthood’s willingness to follow new safety requirements comes today, when women report to abortion facilities in Kansas City and Columbia for abortions even though it is believed that neither facility is in full compliance.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, believes that the Department of Health and Senior Services must carefully monitor Planned Parenthood to ensure compliance, and shut them down if they violate.

“Planned Parenthood organizations in Missouri have been known to engage in dangerous and deceptive practices in order to circumvent state laws and safety regulations,” he said. “Given their poor past performance and the willingness of Missouri officials to enforce the law, I believe Planned Parenthood’s anticipated abortion expansion will not last long.”

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  • 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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    Petition Seeking Recusal Submitted to Federal Judge in Planned Parenthood Case After Her Husband Was Photographed There

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Columbia, MO – Operation Rescue has submitted a petition to Federal Court Judge Nanette Laughrey signed by nearly 700 citizens asking her to recuse herself from a case involving the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Columbia, Missouri, after her husband, Chris Kelly, was photographed entering the facility.

    Planned Parenthood sued the Missouri Department of Health (DOH) in Federal Court after it was notified of the Department’s intent to revoke Planned Parenthood’s Columbia facility license. A Senate sub-committee investigation discovered that Planned Parenthood’s only physician held bogus “refer and follow” privileges that did not allow her to treat patients at University Hospital as required by law. Those phony privileges were deceptively passed off as full staff privileges to the Department of Health, which issued the Columbia Planned Parenthood an abortion license last year. Once it became apparent that the Columbia facility did not actually meet licensing requirements, the DOH began the revocation process.

    Laughrey-KellyPlanned Parenthood’s suit was assigned to Judge Nanette Laughrey, who blocked the Department of Health from enforcing state law. Laughrey is a leftist judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

    Kelly’s presence at the Planned Parenthood office on March 10, 2016, raised questions about a possible conflict of interest. Kelly is a former Democratic state legislator who now runs a lobbying and consulting business.

    “Kelly’s meeting at Planned Parenthood raises serious questions about his relationship with the abortion organization. This casts an appearance of impropriety on Laughrey’s dubious decision to allow Planned Parenthood to maintain an abortion license that it obtained through questionable means,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We call on Judge Laughrey to recuse from the case since to her husband’s apparent involvement with Planned Parenthood creates a conflict of interest.”

    The petition and signatures were sent to Judge Laughrey’s office via FAX transmission on the afternoon of April 21, 2016. The case is Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Lyskowski, case number 2:15-cv-04273-NKL. The next hearing in the Planned Parenthood case is set for April 28.

    View the Petition
    Read Background Report

    Missouri Pro-Life Groups Petition State to Appeal Planned Parenthood Ruling, Revoke Abortion License

    UPDATE: On Tuesday (Jan. 26, 2016), Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office filed an appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of federal district Judge Laughery’s ruling last month, which had prohibited state health officials from revoking Planned Parenthood of Columbia’s abortion clinic license. We will watch this as it progresses through the legal system. Please use the e-mail below to thank AG Koster for defending the rule of law in Missouri! Thank you!

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    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Jefferson City, MO — Why would a Federal Court involve itself in the regulatory matters of a Midwestern state health agency? It’s because the matter of abortion is involved.

    “We call it the ‘Abortion Distortion,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Whenever abortion is involved, you can expect nothing to be business as usual — except for the business of killing babies.”

    Now, the people of Missouri are working to restore the rule of law in their state.

    Pro-life groups have banded together with the #MOSaysNO petition effort demanding that Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appeal the December 28, 2015, Federal Court ruling that is subverting Missouri law and creating conditions where Planned Parenthood could continue abortions in Columbia even though it cannot meet legal requirements to do so.

    It started when the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, headed up by Committee Chairman Sen. Kurt Schaefer, was tasked last summer to investigate allegations of criminal conduct on the part of Planned Parenthood. During hearings held in August, it was discovered that the publicly-funded Missouri University had been illegally assisting Planned Parenthood in Columbia in restoring abortion services there.

    University of Missouri Assistant Teaching Professor, Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, secretly recruited abortionist Colleen McNicholas to provide abortion medication at Planned Parenthood’s Columbia office, but hurdles had to be overcome. McNicholas did not qualify for local hospital privileges required by the state before a facility could be licensed or abortions could be performed.

    Planned Parenthood and Metcalf-Wilson conspired to provide McNicholas with inadequate “refer and follow” privileges at University Hospital in Columbia. Those bogus “privileges,” which prevented McNicholas from even touching a hospitalized patient, were then falsely passed off by Planned Parenthood as full staff privileges in an application for an abortion facility license with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which accepted them as fulfilling the requirement for licensure.

    Once Schaffer’s committee uncovered the fraud, Missouri terminated McNicholas’ so-called privileges. This stopped Planned Parenthood from selling any more abortion pills and it also should have terminated its abortion facility license – that is, if state law had been followed.

    Planned Parenthood filed suit in Federal Court and persuaded U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey to block the state from following their own regulations that would require it to revoke the Columbia Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility license since the clinic cannot meet minimum requirements outlined in the law.

    Laura McQuade, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, which operates the Columbia site, issued a letter last week jubilantly calling the ruling “a huge victory for PPKM and reproductive rights in Missouri!”

    But the fact remains that the Columbia Planned Parenthood facility has more to worry about than it has to celebrate.

    “Planned Parenthood was allowed to keep an abortion clinic license that was issued on false pretenses. Now, Planned Parenthood cannot meet the state requirements for licensure because it does not have an abortionist on staff with legitimate hospital privileges and its facility is substandard. The Federal Court is making a farce out of Missouri law, and that is placing women’s lives and health at risk,” said Newman. “That is why the Attorney General needs to appeal the Federal Court ruling. Once that is cleared up, the Columbia Planned Parenthood will have a hard time staying in business.”

    Operation Rescue is supporting the #MOSaysNO petition and is urging pro-life supporters everywhere to send a strong message to Attorney General Chris Koster and Planned Parenthood that state laws meant to protect women and babies from harm and exploitation must be respected, upheld, and enforced.

    Get the #MOSaysNo Petition and pass it on.

    Print, sign, scan and e-mail to: attorney.general@ago.mo.gov
    (Or feel free to e-mail the Attorney General your own sentiments.)

    Snail-mail petition to:

    Attorney General Chris Koster
    Supreme Court Building
    207 W. High St.
    P.O. Box 899
    Jefferson City, MO 65102

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