The “most dangerous” abortion facility in the nation, as some have dubbed it, sent its 72nd patient in ten years to the hospital on April 24, 2019. Most of the medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region have been due to hemorrhaging after surgical abortions, reports pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue. The most recent patient is believed to be an African-American woman. She was wheeled out of the center on a gurney to a waiting St. Louis Fire Department ambulance. A fire truck was also present at the scene.
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region is the only abortion facility currently operating in Missouri. Columbia 40 Days for Life participant Kathy Forck told Operation Rescue that abortion traffic has dropped dramatically at the facility since the passage of a Missouri law requiring that centers dispensing the abortion pill “obtain written contracts with two ob-gyns who have local hospital admitting privileges and who agree to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat complications from medication abortion,” according to The Kansas City Star.
Women are instead being referred 16 miles away, to Belleville, Illinois, for the abortion pill, which carries with it significant risks of complications, despite the fact that many women think of it as more private or more “natural.”
This particular Planned Parenthood facility has had a number of health and safety violations, and its director was found to have a very concerning lack of knowledge on proper sanitary practices. The facility was also known for summoning ambulances for emergencies but requesting that they arrive with no lights and no sirens, which costs precious time and puts patients at greater risk in an emergency situation. Missouri’s governor signed a law in 2017 to prevent this — a law which would make it a Class A misdemeanor to “knowingly order or request medical personnel to deviate from any applicable standard of care or ordinary practice while providing medical assistance to a patient for reasons unrelated to the patient’s health or welfare or knowingly attempts to prevent medical personnel from providing medical assistance in accordance with all applicable standards of care or ordinary practice.”
In 2013, after unsuccessfully attempting to get information on the 911 calls originating from Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Operation Rescue sued the St. Louis Fire Department and received information on dozens more medical emergencies at the abortion center than pro-lifers has previously recorded.
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