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A notorious late-term abortionist who does not have hospital privileges for patients who may develop complications is heard joking with a 911 operator while he's summoning an ambulance for a young patient who went into seizures instead of coming out of general anesthesia.
The situation developed at the Women's Med Center in Sharonville, Ohio, where late-term abortionist Martin Haskell operates.
The tape of the 911 call, which was obtained by Operation Rescue reveals Haskell stating:
"This is Dr. Haskell at the Women's Med Center, 11250 Lebanon Rd. We have a patient that's in status epilepticus. We need transport to Bethesda hospital.
"She's been in continuous seizures since emerging from general anesthesia."
After exchanging some details, the 911 operator asks if he needs any medical instructions until the ambulance arrives.
He laughs. "No. We've been pushing IV valium … it's just not controlling it."
The word of the need for an ambulance first was put out by Cincinnati Right to Life. Pediatrician Dr. Steven Brinn, whose office is next door to Haskell's abortion business, stated, "Today, 3-28/12, paramedics with ambulance and police were called to Haskell's abortion clinic in Sharonville and this was witnessed by many. A young woman was seen being carried out on a stretcher by paramedics who were bagging the woman (giving life support). It is assumed that the woman suffered some kind of complication in the clinic while she was there for treatment. Police were also at the scene and closed down the clinic for a time. The medical community is aware of other documented emergency calls at various Haskell clinics over the years. There has been concern that perhaps medical care delivered to some of these women is unsafe."
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue reported Haskell has no hospital privileges, which would allow a physician to coordinate with a local hospital for possible emergencies.
Instead of complying with a state requirement for that, he got a variance from the state to continue operations, Newman reported.
That action came after two local physicians offered to provide emergency hospital care for his injured patients. But one of those physicians, William T. Bowers II, "was declared negligent by the state of Kentucky in January of 2011, and was ordered to cease the practice of obstetrics after the gross mismanagement of a wanted pregnancy resulted in a dead child," according to Operation Rescue.
"We are deeply concerned that women injured at Haskell's Sharonville abortion mill are being placed in double jeopardy. The care they receive from Haskell's associates at the hospital may not be any better than what they were subjected to at the abortion mill," Newman said.
"In light of today's events, we are asking Gov. John Kasich to step in and put an end to Haskell's dangerous abortion business," he said. "Ohio laws prevent the operation of abortionists without hospital privileges, and it is time that the variance is revoked and Haskell is held to the same safety standards as other physicians."
He noted that the woman is in seizure after an abortion, as she had been put under general anesthesia already.
There was no word late today on the patient's condition.
According to Lifenews.com, Paula Westwood, of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, said, "The Women's Medical Center is one of several abortion facilities owned by abortionist Martin Haskell, who has championed the gruesome late-term partial birth abortion procedure. The WMC remains open despite the fact that Haskell could not comply with a regulation requiring an Ambulatory Surgical Facility (ASF) to have a transfer agreement with an area hospital to handle complications from his procedures."