By Garth Kant
A Colorado woman is suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and one of its doctors for an abortion nightmare that included an emergency room visit for high-risk surgery because the abortionist left part of the dead baby inside.
And the physician who had to clean up the mistakes contributed a harsh judgment of the situation, warning that, “No practicing physician can maintain privileges to practice and perform surgery if they do not provide specific coverage for their patients in case of a complication.”
“It is considered ‘abandonment’ of your patient. It is not acceptable to refer your patients to the Emergency Department and assume the on-call doctor will take care of any complications and assume all the risk…” wrote Dr. Steven A. Foley of the situation.
He responded to the ER at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs when the woman, Ayanna Byer, 40, arrived in distress.
According to a report from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Planned Parenthood abortionist first forced her to have the abortion without anesthesia and then left behind parts of the baby’s body.
According to the lawsuit, the abortionist proceeded even after Byer decided not to go through with procedure.
The suit says Planned Parenthood workers discovered her pregnancy was further along than they realized, so an abortion pill was no longer an option. The suit says the defendants pressured her to make an immediate decision on whether to proceed with a surgical abortion. Byer agreed if she could have anesthesia. But a clinic worker could not find a vein to insert an I.V.
The legal action claims Byer immediately told the doctor to stop and that she did not want to have the abortion without anesthesia. She also told doctors she believed that was a sign that she should not go through with the abortion, the complaint explains.
But the suit says the doctor did not stop, instead assuring her the I.V. would be administered and the procedure would take only a few minutes.
According to the complaint, the Planned Parenthood doctor then “proceeded to use the vacuum machines while plaintiff was fully awake and had not received any anesthetic despite their agreement. Plaintiff was forced to feel the full pain of the procedure against her will.”
After the abortion, Byer experienced increasing pain, bleeding and hot and cold flashes, the complaint filed in El Paso County District Court says.
After two days she barely had enough strength to make it to an emergency room in Colorado Springs. The staff there, according to the suit, said she needed emergency surgery because “the Planned Parenthood doctor failed to finish the abortion procedure and had left particles of the fetus inside plaintiff’s body that had caused an infection.”
Byer had to wait four hours in pain before a gynecologist could be found to perform the surgery, the lawsuit explains.
The emergency room doctor who assisted Byer filed a statement saying she “was septic with a high fever and elevated white count. She required an immediate high-risk surgery to remove the remaining tissue that had been left during the previous procedure done at Planned Parenthood. Because of the continued pain and heavy bleeding, I was concerned that the patient might have had an ectopic pregnancy. I called Planned Parenthood the following day to inquire about pathology results to only learn that no pathology is done on abortion patients. The doctor performing the abortion ‘looks’ at the tissue and makes a diagnosis.”
The doctor’s statement continued, “It is medically inappropriate for a physician to remove products of conception and not confirm the diagnosis with pathology. I know of no physician or hospital that would allow the removal of a specimen of this nature and assume what the diagnosis was by just ‘looking’ at it.”
Attorney Doug Romero said, “What Planned Parenthood did to Ayanna is beyond the pale. They clearly put her through extraordinary cruelty and jeopardized her life. Their actions were intolerable.”
The action against Planned Parenthood and a “John Doe” physician employed there seeks a judgment “in the amount which will fully compensate plaintiff for her injuries and damages in the past, present and future including for … medical expenses, for past, present and future pain and suffering, for personal injuries, for emotional distress, for loss of the ability to enjoy life as she did before the event, for permanent physical injuries and for other non-economic damages…”
The complaint cites the abortion industry giant’s breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, the extreme and outrageous conduct, false imprisonment, uninformed consent, negligence and battery.
“Is this the type of organization American taxpayers should be funding to the tune of $540 million per year?” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton, a former U.S. attorney for the district of Colorado who helped author an Alliance Defending Freedom report to the U.S. House of Representatives on the fraudulent use of public funding by Planned Parenthood affiliates. “American tax dollars should be used responsibly and for the common good. Planned Parenthood is irresponsible and only promotes its own self-interest. That was clearly seen most vividly in what they did to Ayanna.”