Confusion: Two Ambulances Called for One Injured Woman at Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – A police unit and two ambulances with lights flashing were dispatched on April 5, 2018, to Planned Parenthood’s flagship abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Center, located at 26 Bleecker St. on the corner of Margaret Sanger Square in New York City.

According to an eye witness report, there seemed to be some confusion on the part of the two ambulance teams.

The anonymous witness told Operation Rescue that the first ambulance arrived shortly after noon and overshot the Planned Parenthood facility. It pulled over about a block away as a second ambulance pulled up to the abortion center and entered with a gurney.

Meanwhile, the first ambulance came back to the facility and paramedics entered Planned Parenthood with a collapsible rolling chair. This team was sent away empty-handed and soon left the scene.

While police looked on, the second paramedic team emerged from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility with a young Black woman on a gurney. Paramedics waited until her male companion joined her in the ambulance then sped away to a nearby hospital at approximately 12:39 p.m. with lights flashing. However, sirens were not turned on until the ambulance was about a block away from Planned Parenthood.

The reason two ambulances were dispatched remains a mystery.

“New York City is a political stronghold for Planned Parenthood. That has made it difficult for us to get any additional information on the numerous abortion-related complications that happen at this high-volume abortion mill. Our FOIA requests are ignored or returned with useless information about unrelated incidents. It is obvious that those in authority are covering up for the serious dangers that this facility exposes women to every day,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The women that go to this Planned Parenthood have no idea that pro-abortion Democratic politics is being put above their lives and safety.”

The Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood targets primarily poor urban women of color for abortions in the heart of New York City.

This is the eleventh medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue with the help of local pro-life activists at this facility since January 2017 – and the second one this year.

So far, there have been a total of 26 medical emergencies requiring ambulance transport at abortion facilities across the nation reported to Operation Rescue in the first four months of 2018. Of those, eight took place at Planned Parenthood centers.

Urgent Action Needed to Defund Planned Parenthood of Title X Money

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Instead of waiting around for another opportunity for Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of all tax-funding, one Congressman has come up with a way to now deny the abortion giant at least $170 million in public moneys distributed through the Title X program.

Kansas Congressman Ron Estes, along with long-time pro-life stalwarts Rep. Chris Smith and Rep Vicki Hertzler, are seeking as many Congressional co-signers as possible on a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

That letter would recommend a rule change to prevent Title X funding from going to any health facility that conducts abortions or refers for them – including Planned Parenthood.

Title X funding is Planned Parenthood’s second largest source of public funding. This is an opportunity to deny Planned Parenthood a significant amount of tax money that could then be diverted to legitimate health care facilities that respect and value life.

“As fellow Kansans from Wichita, we are proud of our own Rep. Ron Estes for hitting the ground running during his short time in Washington, D.C.,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “He’s not waiting for others to lead in the cause of life! He’s thinking about how to solve issues in unconventional ways. Rep. Estes deserves our support in his effort to defund Planned Parenthood – and the babies deserve it, too.”

Here’s how you can help!

Please contact your Congressman today and ask him or her to sign on to the Estes letter that would change the long-standing pro-abortion rules that have so far ensured a steady money stream into Planned Parenthood’s already wealthy coffers.

“Planned Parenthood rakes in enough cash from abortion, the Hollywood elite, and pro-abortion billionaires like George Soros and Warren Buffett that they do not need to use our hard-earned tax dollars as their own personal slush fund,” said Newman. “The beauty of Rep. Estes’ rule-change plan is that the beneficiaries will be life-affirming health centers. That is a winning plan for pregnant moms and their babies.”

Please contact your Congressman now.

Sample message:

“I urge you to become a co-signer on the letter by Rep. Ron Estes to HHS Secretary Alex Azar proposing a rule change that would deny Title X money to organizations like Planned Parenthood that conduct or refer for abortions.”

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

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.”