Whole Women’s Health Abortion Facility Requests “No Sirens” for Woman Suffering Complication During Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Austin, TX – Emergency 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue show that Whole Woman’s Health, an abortion facility in Austin, Texas, requested that an ambulance come without using sirens for a patient suffering a medical emergency .  The incident took place on August 28, 2019.

The woman, 31, was in the process of an abortion when it was discovered that she had “some type of an infection” that did not allow for the abortion to continue.

The following is a partial transcript from the 911 recording:

WWH: “So, we’re transporting a patient.  She was having a surgical procedure here with us for termination services, and unfortunately she’s having some type of an infection that makes us unable to continue with the procedure, so the doctor wanted to transfer her to the hospital.”

911: “How old is the patient?”

WWH: “She is 31.”

. . .

WWH: “Yes, and if you could request that they come without the sirens?”

911: “Yeah, they do come with their sirens, but they usually shut them down when they get close.”

According to the Computer Aided Dispatch printout, the woman was transported to Dell Seaton Medical Center on Red River Street in Austin, for treatment and seemingly for the completion of the abortion.

From the records, it appears the woman may have been in the midst of a multiple day abortion procedure. Such procedures, which involve opening the cervix over one or two days then dismembering the pre-born baby, are done at WWH at 16 weeks or later, according to its website.

Current Texas law bans abortions after 20 weeks gestation.

Whole Woman’s Health is a chain of abortion facilities in Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia that was involved in suing the State of Texas to block abortion clinic regulations passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013. The law had forced the closure of WWH of Austin in 2014 along with about 20 other abortion facilities, most of which never reopened.

That suit resulted in the 2016 WWH v. Hellerstedt Supreme Court decision that struck down several provisions of that law, including an important safety requirement that abortionists maintain local hospital privileges.  As a result of the Supreme Court decision, WWH of Austin was allowed to reopen later that year.

In 2011, WWH of Austin was fined $22,980 for the illegal disposal of recognizable aborted baby remains in disciplinary action that was based on an Operation Rescue complaint.  In 2012, three medical emergencies were documented there.

In March 2019, WWH of Austin was cited for failing to provide pregnant women with the name and phone number of the hospital closest to the woman’s home, in the event emergency medical services were required.

“Calling for an ambulance to run with no sirens shows that Whole Woman’s Health is trying to hide their medical emergencies from the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.  “Women have the right to know what they face when they walk into an abortion facility, and that is one of the reasons we publish these incidents.  the public needs to understand just how dangerous abortions really are.”

Operation Rescue maintains a database of medical emergencies that take place at abortion facilities around the nation.  Information about those incidents, including 911 records, if available, is posted on Abortion911.com.

“We try to keep the most accurate and complete information available on abortion-related emergencies, but we understand that we only see a fraction of what takes place at abortion facilities.  We depend on pro-life activists to be our eyes and ears on the streets and are grateful to those who report incidents to us.  They are doing a huge public service in helping to expose the truth about abortion dangers,” said Newman.

To report an abortion-related medical emergency, please contact Operation Rescue at info.OperationRescue (@) gmail.com or visit Abortion911.com/ReportAnIncident for detailed instructions.