The last abortion facility in Missouri has just called an ambulance for the 75th time in 10 years after a patient was presumably injured. Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region — more recently known as Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood — is facing possible closure, something many believe can’t come soon enough as women continue to be harmed there.
According to Coalition for Life St. Louis, sidewalk counselors outside the abortion facility reported seeing an ambulance and fire trucks approach, diverting traffic with lights and sirens. The fire department arrived first, and worked with the patient for approximately 15 minutes before the ambulance arrived. After an additional five minutes, the patient finally left on a stretcher, seemingly conscious.
Currently, this abortion facility is operating without a license. This Planned Parenthood previously injured 74 women before this most recent incident; these injuries included leaving body parts of aborted babies inside at least four women, and at least one woman was almost killed there. They also have been noted to have numerous health and safety violations, and a Missouri Senate review found that patients were instructed specifically not to call 911 if they experienced complications, but to call Planned Parenthood instead.
The Senate investigation found a disturbing attitude towards the women who visited Planned Parenthood. As the report said:
[P]lanned Parenthood’s own internal files reveal a shocking callousness toward vulnerable young women who seek their services. In fact, the procedures outlined in the materials reviewed may very well constitute outright medical malpractice.
The report concluded:
All of this indicates that Planned Parenthood is far more worried about the reputation, business model and public relations efforts than they are about the women in their care. It is difficult to conceive of any other organization, let alone an organization that holds itself out as providing women’s health services, being so recklessly indifferent to the health of their patients as to put such directives as those listed above in print for the use of their employees.
For now, this abortion facility is allowed to remain open, thanks to a stay from Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi, despite its dangerous history and lack of a license. A decision on the facility’s fate is expected early next year, but even as the state is considering if it should be able to remain open, it’s still injuring women. The question remains clear, then, as to what will ultimately be more important: the safety of Missouri’s women, or the political demand to keep the facility open.
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