Operation Rescue reports that in less than six weeks’ time, a second woman has been injured at an Illinois abortion business that was allowed to remain open during COVID-19 while elective surgeries in hospitals were halted. In this incident, emergency responders struggled to provide the woman with care due to a broken elevator.
On May 7, 2020, an ambulance was requested by Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City for a 34-year-old patient who was having a seizure during a surgical abortion. She required transfer to Barnes Jewish Hospital—in Missouri, just across the Illinois border—for a “higher level of care,” according to the 911 records obtained by the pro-life organization. The woman was in Procedure Room 3, which is on the second floor of the abortion business. At the time, an elevator repair vehicle was in the parking lot but no further details were known.
The following day, the injured woman returned to Hope Clinic to complete the abortion she had begun the day before. Pro-life activist John Ryan was present on both days and spoke with the woman. He shared his conversation with her on Facebook. “The mom… returned today to kill her baby,” he wrote. “Refused the help and warnings we shared. But she did confirm they had to drag her down the stairs yesterday to get her to the ambulance, IV’s and all, and off to the ER. Sure enough, she confirmed to me that these quacks didn’t even have a working elevator in the building where they commit the abortions on the second floor.”
On March 28, 2020, an ambulance was called to the same abortion business and transported a “high priority” patient to Barnes Jewish Hospital, but not to the emergency room. Instead, the Hope Clinic staffer told the 911 dispatcher that the patient was to be taken to the WAC unit. That is the Women’s Assessment Center where pregnant women go to be examined for any issues they are experiencing instead of the emergency room. This woman, however, was experiencing massive bleeding and her situation was a medical emergency.
With virtually no restrictions on abortion, Hope Clinic paid for a billboard last year on the Missouri-Illinois border to advertise its “services” and attempt to pull in new customers from out of state. The billboard read, “Welcome to Illinois, where you can get a safe, legal abortion.” Yet Hope Clinic has a long list of unsafe practices and health violations.
The abortion business has been cited for failure to ensure all supplies were stored correctly to prevent cross-contamination and infection. Staff failed to ensure equipment was in working condition and tubing on a suction machine was brownish/yellow in color. The staff also failed to provide a physical exam to a patient before her abortion. Online reviews have called Hope Clinic the “ABSOLUTE WORST,” and stating the building had a mold problem, and patients were required to fill out extra waivers. Patients claimed the nursing staff failed to verify birthdays, mixed up patients with the same first name, and gave out personal information to the wrong patients. The nurses were called “uncaring” by more than one patient.
“[…] It’s been 6 days since my friend’s procedure,” wrote one woman. “I’ve been at Missouri Baptist hospital since noon today with her because she’s having complications. She’s been soaking through 2-3 pads every hour since yesterday. The people at the ER say she needs a D&C because there’s still ‘product’ in her uterus. This has been the hardest experience for her. I have to take her to St. Clair tomorrow for another procedure. I DO NOT recommend Hope Clinic whatsoever.”
Since this woman’s complaint a year ago, abortion restrictions have become even more relaxed in Illinois. The abortion industry in the state runs largely unchecked, as was recently reported by Live Action News. The state no longer needs to legally provide safe care for women undergoing abortions, and abortion facilities no longer need to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers. This leaves women even more vulnerable to the health risks involved with abortion. Illinois is also allowed to hide abortion statistics and is not required to report the deaths of women from botched abortions to the coroner.
Women are nothing more than a paycheck to the abortion industry, and that seems to be especially true in Illinois.
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