No Irish Luck: Ambulance Called for Heavily Bleeding Abortion Patient on St. Patrick’s Day

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, Ohio – To listen to abortion supporters, one might think serious abortion complications are exceedingly rare. They are not. One woman learned that the hard way after she was seriously injured during an abortion on March 17, 2018 – St. Patrick’s Day — the day her luck ran out.

Women often walk into abortion facilities across America thinking the worst will never happen to them, until it does.

“Women who have abortions are playing a dangerous game of chance. You never know when their luck will run out, and when it does, the consequences are life-threatening — and sometimes life-ending as we have seen far too many times,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

An ambulance was called to the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio, at 5:22 p.m. for a woman whose injuries during a 13-week abortion were so serious that they caused heavy bleeding could not be stopped. She required emergency transport to a nearby hospital, according to a 911 call obtained by Operation Rescue. While a 911 Computer Aided Dispatch printout was heavily redacted, thankfully, the audio file was not.

According to the 911 recording, the 35-year old patient was “bleeding quite heavily” from her cervix after the completion of her abortion. The Preterm employee noted that she was otherwise awake, oriented, and breathing normally.

This incident came just a week before another ambulance transported a woman from Preterm covered eerily in a black sheet.

Lakisha Wilson was not breathing when she was rushed to the hospital from Preterm on March 21, 2014. She later died from her abortion injuries.

Preterm is certainly no stranger to the ambulance companies, which have responded to calls for help there at least a dozen times since 2010.

In 2014, one ambulance transported Lakisha Wilson, 22, after a 911 call reported that she was not breathing at all. She was pronounced dead later at University Hospital Case Medical Center.

“We have complained about shoddy patient care practices at Preterm for years now, but the Ohio Department of Health and the medical board continue to make excuses for them, even though many women have been seriously injured and one woman has died. Patient safety should be a primary concern for the Department of Health, yet they allow Preterm to continue to endanger women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I can guarantee that unless oversight agencies take swift action, more women will suffer harm from incompetent abortions and sloppy patient care at Preterm. It is sadly inevitable – and yet completely avoidable.”

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

Dangerous Portland Late-Term Abortion Facility Sent Two Women to the Hospital in March

By Cheryl Sullenger

Portland, Oregon — An ambulance was dispatched for the second time in the month of March to the Lovejoy Surgicenter abortion facility in Portland, Oregon.

The Multnomah County EMS Paramedic Unit arrived at Lovejoy Surgicenter at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, as pro-life activists prayed nearby.

Photos from the scene were provided to Operation Rescue by Therese Ruesink of 40 Days for Life. The photos show abortion facility workers in blue scrubs attempting to block the view of pro-life supporters as a blonde-haired woman was brought out the back door and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

Ruesink told Operation Rescue that other ambulances have visited the Lovejoy abortion facility on March 2, 2018, and on November 16, 2017.

“We know that there has been a recent change about four months ago in the abortion staff,” Ruesink explained. “Maybe their “new” abortionists are not as experienced. Why are there so many ambulances there lately?”

Ruesink intends to look into filing complaints against Lovejoy Surgicenter and seek and investigation into the recent medical emergencies.

“There could be something very wrong at the Lovejoy abortion facility, and we applaud efforts to call for a full investigation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This clinic also has a documented history of sexual abuse of patients, so a thorough investigation into all aspects of patient care is needed to make sure this facility has not reoffended.”

In 2012, a former clinic worker filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Lovejoy after she witnessed another female employee molesting sedated abortion patients. The female employee also was known to expose her own breasts to other clinic workers and asked them to fondle her. The offender was eventually fired from Lovejoy.

Lovejoy Surgicenter conducts abortions through 24 weeks of pregnancy. Those done between 20-24 weeks (5-6 months gestation) abortions are three-day procedures, according to the abortion facility’s website. These abortions carry more risks, and life-threatening complications can occur that the outpatient facility is not equipped to handle.

However, there is no information about how far along the women were who were transported to local emergency rooms.

Abortion Facility License Denied to Planned Parenthood Office in Springfield, Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Springfield, MO – The Planned Parenthood office in Springfield, Missouri, will not be doing abortions anytime soon. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has denied its application for an abortion facility license because the office cannot meet licensing requirements.

“This is great news that will save lives. When women do not have an abortion facility aggressively marketing abortions to them in their communities, they are less likely to have an abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are very grateful to the Missouri pro-life activists we have had the privilege to work with, in addition to state legislature, Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Health and Human Services that have worked together so efficiently under the current administration to protect women and babies from exploitation and harm from abortion.”

Offering abortion drugs in Springfield was part of a long-announced plan by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri to expand abortions into their offices in Springfield and Joplin.

So far, their plan is failing. In addition to the denial of license to the Springfield Planned Parenthood, the Joplin center’s application is still pending and is now in doubt for approval.

The Springfield license was denied because it could not get two ObGyns to agree to be on call 24 hours per day in the event of abortion complications. While Planned Parenthood downplays these complications, the abortion drugs can result in incomplete abortions that require surgical intervention. The Springfield center is not equipped to conduct surgical abortions, leaving women to seek emergency care for their abortion complications elsewhere.

The abortion drug cocktail has a rate of incomplete abortion requiring surgery of up to eight percent. Other complications include hemorrhage, infection, severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The risks increase the later the gestation of the pre-born baby. Abortion pills are not advised after nine weeks of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood has tried to obtain an abortion facility license for their Springfield center since a Missouri Federal Court decision struck down the long-standing safety law last year that required abortion providers to maintain local hospital privileges. However, the Department of Health and Human Services instituted new regulations last fall to protect the safety of women left vulnerable by the Court’s decision. Planned Parenthood had so far been unable to comply with even the relaxed safety requirements.

There was good reason for these new regulations.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri also operates a high-volume abortion facility in St. Louis that is known as the most dangerous abortion facility in the country. It has an abysmal safety record and has been cited for multiple health code violations over the years for serious issues including failures in sanitation and infection control protocols.

With the help of local pro-life activists, Operation Rescue has documented 69 medical emergencies requiring emergency transport to hospitals at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility. Complications have included perforated uteri, hemorrhaging, abdominal pain, seizures, stroke, allergic reactions, and more.

This has raised concerns that any new facility operated by the St. Louis Planned Parenthood organization will be run in a similarly dangerous fashion.

Planned Parenthood is due in Federal Court in Kansas City on Friday for a hearing in opposition to the regulations on abortion drugs, according to a local news report.

“For Planned Parenthood, abortion profits come before the lives and health of their patients,” said Newman. “They are willing to fight in court for the right to endanger women without consequence to their abortion business. That speaks volumes about Planned Parenthood’s predatory view toward women and their babies.”

Related: Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Expansion Plans May Be Fleeting

Trump Declares April Child Abuse Prevention Month, Taking Subtle Swipe at Abortion as Child Abuse

Operation Rescue supports Trump’s call for the “Nuclear Option” in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood, the largest killer of pre-born babies in the nation.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – In a March 29, 2018, Presidential Proclamation, Pres. Donald Trump declared April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month,” that referenced children from “the moment of conception.”

Included in the proclamation was the following statement:

We must always remember that all children are blessings from our Creator. They are endowed from conception with value, purpose, and human dignity. They are a source of unmatched joy, and they represent our Nation’s future. It is thus our civic and moral responsibility to help every child experience a childhood free from abuse and mistreatment, guiding them toward a future full of hope and promise.

“Abortion is the ultimate child abuse, and Pres. Trump appears to agree with that in his statement about children from conception having value, purpose, and human dignity. The brutal dismemberment of babies during abortions, along with other barbaric methods of killing used to abort babies, are completely inconsistent with Trump’s child abuse prevention proclamation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “All children deserve to be protected from abortion. In fact, it is a moral imperative.”

This isn’t the first time that the Trump Administration has stated that human life, beginning at conception, should be protected.

In October 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new strategic plan that defined life as beginning at conception for the first time.

“HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception,” the plan stated. (Emphasis added)

Since his term began, Pres. Trump has taken numerous actions to protect babies in the womb and withhold funds from those who support aborting them.

“Trump has defunded abortion-promoting organizations world-wide, he has appointed a pro-life justice to the Supreme Court, and he has appointed pro-life supporters to key areas of his government. His Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood’s baby-parts trafficking scheme,” said Newman. “But the one promise he has yet to keep is the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the U.S., the nation’s largest abortion business, which receives over a half-billion in tax dollars each year. This is mainly because of Democrats and a few pro-abortion Republicans in the Senate who are preventing a defunding measure from getting through.”

Operation Rescue supports President Trump’s recent call for the “Nuclear Option” in the Senate that would drop the 60-vote filibuster rule and allow legislation to pass with a simple majority so that Planned Parenthood can be defunded.

“Child abuse is a horrendous problem in our nation, which has been worsened by the callous practice of abortion. When one can kill a baby for any reason prior to birth, it devalues the lives of all children,” said Newman. “The least we must do is stop tax payers from funding Planned Parenthood, the largest child abuser there is. That will go a long way toward restoring a respect for all human life – born and unborn – in our nation.”