Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPA) found itself in hot water after firing Mayra Rodriguez, a health center administrator, for attempting to ensure that women were safe. This month, a jury ordered Planned Parenthood to pay Rodriguez $3 million in damages. Since then, more details have emerged about what Rodriguez witnessed, including one abortionist who forced medical assistants to break the law.
The abortionist known in court documents as “Dr. X” had a history of severely injuring patients, which Planned Parenthood leaders were aware of. However, Dr. X also had a habit of making medical assistants “sign and certify a document or affidavit to comply with Arizona law […] which attested that they had reviewed all the human remains of the body parts, or products of conception, following or during the abortion surgery” before the abortions actually happened. Five medical assistants complained to Rodriguez about this, yet when she went to her supervisors, nothing was done about it.
“The medical assistants believed the attestation was premature, wrong, and illegal because the abortion surgery had not yet been performed and they were concerned about the quality and thoroughness of the procedures performed by Dr. X,” reads the complaint against PPA.
And they were right to be concerned. Signing that an abortion is complete before it is actually committed is not only illegal, it’s dangerous to women. And that fear was validated during a 2017 abortion when a medical assistant told Rodriguez that Dr. X had committed an incomplete surgical abortion on a woman who was about 13 weeks pregnant.
A dilation and evacuation (D&E) is the most common second trimester abortion procedure, most often committed between 13 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. It’s a multi-day procedure, which begins when the abortionist inserts laminaria (absorbent seaweed sticks) into the woman’s cervix to begin dilation. After a day or two, she returns to the facility, and the abortionist uses a sopher clamp to tear the baby apart, limb from torso, and finishes with a curette to scrape the woman’s uterus clean. The abortionist is then supposed to reassemble the baby’s body parts to ensure that nothing has been left behind.
That medical assistant did not believe the abortion was completed when she noticed that fetal body parts were unaccounted for. However, according to the complaint, Dr. X “was adamant that he had been thorough and had removed all body parts, and he refused to do any further investigation while proceeding to insert an intrauterine device (“IUD”) in the patient.” Dr. X and the medical assistant argued, and Dr. X told her to check for the body parts when he was gone. The medical assistant then used the ultrasound machine, and was able to locate the missing fetal body parts inside the woman’s uterus. Dr. X was then forced to return to remove the IUD and complete the abortion.
An incomplete abortion is dangerous for the woman because it can lead to infertility, as well as life-threatening infection if undetected.
This isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has been caught falsifying documents. The abortion corporation has repeatedly engaged in Medicaid fraud, falsifying documents to collect Medicaid reimbursements they were not entitled to, including incorrectly coding visits by patients using Medicaid, billing Medicaid for services they did not actually provide to patients, and charging the government $12-$48 for birth control pills that cost them $1-2.
Live Action’s Aiding Abusers docuseries also revealed that young girls were advised how to lie about the age of their older “boyfriends” — who on numerous occasions turned out to be their abusers — so that Planned Parenthood could avoid reporting suspicions of rape.
This new revelation regarding a Planned Parenthood abortionist forcing medical students to lie and break the law proves once again that Planned Parenthood cares more about the money in their pockets than they do women.
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