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.]

Ohio RU486 Event Reports 2012-2016 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

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.”

Kansas Man Charged with Murder for Lacing Girlfriend’s Pancake with Abortion Drug

By Cheryl Sullenger

WaKenney, Kansas – The Kansas Attorney General’s office has charged Scott Robert Bollig, 30, of first degree murder and three other counts after he laced his pregnant girlfriend’s pancake with a crushed abortion drug.

The drug caused the death of Naomi Abbott’s 8-10-week old pre-born baby.

Bollig was arrested last Thursday by WaKenney Police and was initially held in Ellis County Jail. Trego County Sheriff’s Deputies transferred Bolling to Trego County where he has posted a $500,000 bond and was apparently released last evening.

A preliminary hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

It should be noted that abortion access is not an issue in the Bollig case since the mother wanted her baby and would have refused to go to an abortion clinic.

However, the murder case does highlight important abortion-related issues, according to Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, and should lead to changes in the law.

“The abortion pill is far too easy to obtain in this country and it is time for new laws that prohibit the Internet or mail order sale of RU-486 and Cytotec,” said Newman. “This is the second time a case like this has hit the headlines within weeks and we can only expect more if the sale of these dangerous abortion-inducing drugs are not immediately banned from sale to anyone with an Internet connection or a postage stamp.”

Newman referred to the case of Florida man John Andrew Walden, who was sentenced in January to 14 years in prison for slipping a woman with whom he was romantically involved the labor-inducing drug Cytotec, which killed her wanted pre-born child.

Cytotec is also known as Misoprostol while the RU-486 abortion drug goes by the alternate name Mifepristone. Cytotec is especially easy to obtain without a prescription.

“The Bollig murder case also focuses a laser light on inconsistencies in how we, as a society, view human beings at the earliest stages of development,” said Newman. “If the death of Naomi Abbott’s baby is murder, then the death of every other baby should be considered murder, too. How one feels about a pre-born baby simply does not magically confer humanity onto the child. Pre-born babies are in fact human beings at an early stage of development and each one deserves the same protections under the law.”

Newman points out that what Bolling did goes on at abortion clinics across America every day.

“Men coerce or force women into abortions they don’t want all the time, but because the coercion takes place at an abortion clinic, they get away with it. When it takes place elsewhere, it’s murder,” said Newman. “If one baby is protected by laws against murder, as in this case, they all should receive equal protection under the law.”

Read Bollig’s charging documents

Note: Name spelling corrected

911: California Abortion Patient Hemorrhaged Half Her Blood After Medication Abortion

Downey, CA – Operation Rescue has obtained a 911 recording of a medical emergency at Family Planning Associates (FPA) abortion clinic in Downey, California, that indicated an abortion patient had suffered massive hemorrhage. The incident took place two days before Christmas.

The FPA employee who placed the call initially indicated that they simply needed to transfer a patient to the hospital. When the dispatcher questioned further, the abortion clinic employee responded, “It’s a patient who’s no longer bleeding, but her hematocrit’s off to 19. So we want to transfer her for a – to Downy Regional to get a transfusion.”

The caller later indicated that the cause of the emergency was a medication abortion.

A hematocrit level of 19 is considered seriously low and is indicative of massive hemorrhage, which is a known complication of medication abortion. A patient with this number would have lost over half her blood volume and would require a transfusion. Hematocrit tests measure the percentage of red blood cells in the blood. A normal range for women is 36-45.

“The fact that this patient had lost so much blood is extremely worrisome. Medication abortions are unsupervised and this woman could very well have died from blood loss,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is more evidence that the abortion pill is not as safe as abortionists would have us believe and more evidence that the number of abortion pill complications are grossly unreliable. No one would have never known what happened to this 23-year old woman if it had not been for a pro-life activist on the scene at the time.”

An eyewitness to the incident, Rob Saunders, described the scene to Operation Rescue.

“The fire truck was in the street blocking a lane of traffic while the ambulance was at the rear of the building,” he said. “I pray the girl is okay.”

Saunders indicated that this is the second such medical emergency he has witnessed at the Downey FPA, which is located next door to Downey High School.

Nurse Practitioner Heasook Kum is listed as working at the Downey abortion clinic. In California, Nurse Practitioners are allowed under a new law passed last year to do abortions without supervision from a licensed physician.

“Unfortunately, we expect to see more of these kinds of abortion-related medical emergencies with the new influx of less-qualified non-physicians doing abortions in California where women routinely suffered from sub-standard abortion practices even before the new law was passed,” said Newman.

Since 2001, at least twenty-two women have died worldwide from complications to the abortion pill. However, that number could be very low since abortion clinics have a vested interested in keeping such incidents secret.

Family Planning Associates, which consists of 22 abortion clinics throughout Southern California, has recorded at least 16 abortion-related deaths and countless complications, the most recent of which occurred at its Bakersfield location earlier this month.

Read the 911 recording transcript.