Update July 2, 2019: A pre-conference hearing concerning the Missouri Planned Parenthood licensing case was held today and attorneys from both sides agreed to delay the case, according to Operation Rescue. The original date for the hearing was August 1, 2019, but it has now been pushed until October at the earliest, ensuring that the dangerous abortion facility will remain open without a license for another two months.
In addition, the hearing was originally scheduled to take just one 8-hour day, but now it will take five full days. Operation Rescue is also reporting that Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood plans to file an amended complaint and will seek a protective order to ensure certain documents and exhibits are sealed.
Planned Parenthood is denying allegations from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services that they botched abortions and violated safety laws.
June 28, 2019: A dangerous abortion facility that has injured at least 74 known women, left baby body parts inside at least four women, and nearly killed one woman, will be allowed to remain open unlicensed for the time being in St. Louis, Missouri. Operation Rescue reports that an eight-hour hearing has been scheduled for August 1, 2019, for the case to be heard. With a track record of one ambulance call to the facility every six weeks on average, it is not unreasonable to expect that another patient may be injured at this Planned Parenthood before the hearing.
Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi issued an order staying the decision of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) not to renew the license of Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood, the only abortion facility in the state. RHS Planned Parenthood will be allowed to continue committing surgical abortions — despite their horrific an inexcusable history of botching abortions and of non-compliance with patient safety laws and regulations — after the Circuit Court’s preliminary injunction expires today at 5:00 p.m. The facility has 30 deficiencies (26 of which remain unaddressed).
According to Operation Rescue, one woman nearly died at the hands of RHS abortionists because, despite the placenta partially and dangerously covering the cervical opening, they went ahead with the abortion. She hemorrhaged, losing over half her blood volume during the 21-week abortion. Thankfully, she survived. The mainstream media, however, has been claiming that the facility’s license wasn’t renewed for political reasons.
The DHSS had submitted 62-page Statement of Deficiencies which Judge Michael Stelzer sealed at the request of RHS Planned Parenthood. The facility had failed multiple health inspections in addition to the botched abortions. The DHSS requested interviews with all seven licensed abortionists involved in the botched abortions but five of the seven abortionists hired attorneys and refused to be interviewed for the investigation.
If one’s facility is an abortion facility with 62 pages of mostly unaddressed health and safety violations, including nearly killing patients, just isn’t enough to be shut down. If this were any other business besides an abortion facility, it is difficult to imagine that such a facility would be allowed to remain open and seeing patients.
“The DHSS must be allowed to enforce Missouri laws and regulations or else Planned Parenthood will continue to inflict life-threatening injuries on women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, which has been closely following the case. “The arrogance that Planned Parenthood has exhibited shows that they believe they are above the law.”
Despite the number of women injured at the facility, an abortionist who works there, Dr. Colleen McNicholas, stated that they “are relieved to have this last-minute reprieve” so that “patients can continue accessing safe, legal abortion at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis for the time being.”
McNicholas must have a very strange definition of the word “safe.”
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