Operation Rescue has obtained 911 calls that show that a Chicago abortion facility requested medical assistance for patients in distress twice last month. Within a span of 11 days, employees at Family Planning Associates (FPA) on West Washington Blvd. placed two 911 calls for what are assumed to be abortion complications. According to Operation Rescue, abortions are the only procedure done at this facility.
The first 911 call occurred on June 14, when an FPA employee called to request an ambulance because a patient in the facility had aspirated while under sedation, which likely means she had breathed in her own vomit. Aspiration can lead to complications including pneumonia, and in serious cases, may even be life-threatening.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that an ambulance has been called to this FPA facility for an aspirating patient. Another 911 call was made in January for a similar incident.
The second medical emergency at FPA occurred on June 25. During that incident, a physician’s assistant called 911 because a patient was running a fever of 106 degrees. This is an extremely serious medical emergency — potential complications include seizure, coma, or loss of consciousness. During the 911 call, the FPA employee mentioned that the facility’s doctor planned to ride in the ambulance with the patient, which underscores the significant nature of this condition.
According to Operation Rescue, a fever this high might occur when there is a serious infection due to a botched abortion. The fever could also be a reaction to an infection caused by laminaria, which is placed in the cervix one or two days before several second- and third-trimester abortion procedures to force dilation.
The most common second trimester abortion procedure, a dilation and evacuation (D&E), carries a significant risk of major complications, including laceration or perforation of both the uterus and cervix, damage to the bladder, bowel, or other maternal organs, hemorrhage, uterine rupture, and more.
Despite this alarming medical emergency, the FPA physician’s assistant asked the dispatcher one favor: “Could I request no lights and sirens?” The dispatcher refused, though. “I can’t work on you with that one. I can’t help you there,” he responded. Running without lights and sirens can significantly delay an ambulance’s response time, yet abortion facilities frequently make this request in order to avoid attracting outside attention. If people realized the frequency with which ambulances are called to many abortion facilities, they might take notice about the dangers taking place within.
“It is obvious that the FPA abortion business was trying to keep news of this woman’s condition from reaching the public,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “They placed their public image above this woman’s life.
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