Documents obtained from the St. Louis Fire Department to settle a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit detail nearly five dozen medical emergencies at the city’s Planned Parenthood abortion business, nearly double what had been previously revealed.
“The information provided to us shows that the situation is far worse than we originally suspected, and proves that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility is too dangerous to operate,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, which fought in court for the information.
“It should be shut down immediately.”
Newman said he considers the settlement “a victory since we were able to obtain a true listing of medical problems that sent women to the hospital from Planned Parenthood.”
“Since Planned Parenthood receives public tax funding, the public has a right to know that women are being hurt there,” said Newman.
He said the documentation revealed 58 calls for emergency assistance at the abortion business since 2009, including 50 “Urgent Priority 1” calls, conditions in which a life is threatened. Only 31 previously had been uncovered.
The city’s fire department resisted releasing the public records, and OR pursued a Freedom of Information Act case.
OR found that “instead of the 31 expected emergencies that required ambulance transport, the St. Louis Fire Department provided Operation Rescue with a list of 58 medical emergencies, categorized by type of problem and priority level that took place at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility between January 1, 2009, and April 16, 2016.”
Included in the calls were two for abdominal pain, one for allergic reaction, six for fainting, four fall incidents, 23 instances of hemorrhaging, four cases of interfacility emergency, three psychiatric or suicidal cases, three seizures and one stroke, among others.
OR said ambulances were also called for three incidents of serious bleeding, including one during the third trimester of pregnancy, “indicating that late-term abortions are being done at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood.”
“It is possible that not all of the incidents were abortion-related, but it is clear that the vast majority were abortion complications,” said Newman.
Operation Rescue never sought the identities of women who were hospitalized by the Planned Parenthood abortion facility, which was not equipped to handle the numerous complications.
OR said the list did not include an incident this month in which an abortion patient was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Mary Maschmeier, chief of the St. Louis-based non-profit Defenders of the Unborn, said the patient suffered a “botched” abortion in a clinic OR long has considered one of the country’s most dangerous.
The only Planned Parenthood abortion business in Missouri, it recently came under investigation in the state Senate.
The revelations come as Planned Parenthood faces scrutiny over its role in the baby body parts trade as a result of an undercover video investigation by the Center for Medical Progress.
In the first undercover video released by CMP, Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood commented on crushing babies.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact,” she said.
See the first video:
In the second video, Planned Parenthood’s Mary Gatter said, “I want a Lamborghini.”
See her comments:
In the fifth, Melissa Farrell of Planned Parenthood’s Houston clinic discusses “intact fetal cadavers”:
The seventh video has the testimony of a Planned Parenthood worker who tapped an aborted infant’s heart and saw it start beating.
And No. 8 has Cate Dyer, CEO of Stem Express, admitting Planned Parenthood sells fully intact aborted babies.