By Cheryl Sullenger
Chicago, IL — A Chicago area Planned Parenthood abortion facility that opened just last year has hospitalized an abortion patient who suffered excessive bleeding that the staff struggled unsuccessfully to control.
An employee of Planned Parenthood’s Roseland Health Center, located on Halstead St. in Chicago, placed a call to 911 seeking an ambulance on May for a 34-year old woman who had just had an abortion.
“We need an ambulance at 11250 South Halsted,” the clinic worker told the 911 dispatcher. “A patient just had a surgical abortion and she is bleeding excessively. They’re trying to stop the bleeding now.”
“It’s time to stop pretending abortion is safe,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have documented over 35 medical emergencies at abortion facilities just this year, and we know we are only seeing a small fraction of the actual number. Women deserve to know the true dangers of abortion that are constantly being downplayed by Planned Parenthood.”
Nearly half of all medical emergencies at abortion facilities documented by Operation Rescue take place at Planned Parenthood facilities. Serious abortion complications experienced by women during these emergencies include hemorrhaging, lacerations, perforated uteri, seizures, breathing difficulties, heart issues (including cardiac arrest), and death.
One recent study conducted by the pro-abortion University of California San Francisco indicates that there are nearly 6,000 women per year who visit emergency rooms after abortions. However, that number may be much larger due to the way the study under-reported other data.
For example, that study indicated that there were 15 women who died from abortion complications from 2009-2013, but the Center for Disease Control records indicate there were actually 36 – over twice the study’s figures. Based on its own research, Operation Rescue believes that the number of maternal deaths could be even higher since abortion facilities may not be inclined to report such a potentially damaging incident.
“Even if the study is suspect, 6,000 women or more who require emergency care after abortions is a lot of women,” said Newman. “For those 6,000 women, abortions is far from safe.”
But perhaps the most shocking statistic coming out of that study was that women who have abortions are 81% more likely to suffer mental health issues than those who keep their babies.
“While the study’s conclusions appear to understate the real dangers of abortion, their figure related to mental health issues in women who abort, taken at face value, is still staggering,” said Newman. “When we think of what that means to post-abortive women like the one hospitalized in Chicago in May, it is just heartbreaking. Women are so much better off — physically and mentally — having their babies!”