“She is no longer pregnant.” These are the words that a Utah Planned Parenthood staff member told emergency dispatch during a 911 call on April 21, 2021, after a 29-year-old patient began hemorrhaging at the facility following an abortion.
According to the audio transcript of the call, the staff member of Planned Parenthood Metro Salt Lake City, said they had a patient who needed transport to the University of Utah Hospital. The caller said the patient was still awake and breathing, but that the bleeding was serious, and they had given her a couple of interventions to try to control it. When asked for the address, the caller directed dispatch to send first responders to the Lincoln Street side of the building, which is at the back of the facility and not the main entrance. She said someone would be at the Lincoln Street parking lot to direct paramedics. Pro-life groups believe paramedics were directed away from the main entrance to avoid negative media attention.
Sadly, this was not an isolated incident. According to publicly available documents obtained by Pro-life Utah, approximately 20 incident reports were filed concerning this same abortion facility from February 2020 through June 2020. These incidents include abortion-related complications such as excessive bleeding, perforation, laceration, and retained “products of conception” — meaning body parts of the aborted baby were left inside the uterus.
In these situations, the cost of emergency transport is the responsibility of the patient. Planned Parenthood’s policy states:
No promise can be made about the outcome of your abortion. In the unlikely event that you need emergency medical care that cannot be provided at Planned Parenthood, you will be responsible for paying for it. This is the case even if Planned Parenthood sends you to another doctor or hospital because of a problem.
Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups often claim that abortion is not dangerous for women. These incidents prove this claim is absolutely false. Live Action News has reported on numerous instances of abortion centers injuring women. In January 2021, an ambulance was called to the Women’s Med Dayton abortion business for a woman who was suffering from heavy bleeding following an abortion. The abortion center has a history of injuring women.
Moreover, with the push for telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, many abortionists now advocate for chemical abortions (the abortion pill) at home. These do-it-at home abortions are very risky for women. For instance, the woman could have an undiagnosed ectopic pregnancy, which could be fatal, or she could be further along in her pregnancy than she realizes, which carries additional risks to the abortion pill. She could also hemorrhage at home alone.
At-home abortions also impact the mental health of the mother. In one case, a 17-year-old girl was emotionally traumatized after taking the abortion pill and delivering her dead child in the toilet. She expected to experience clotting and was never told she would see her baby’s body. She said the experience would “haunt me for the rest of my life.”
As Live Action researcher Carole Novielli explained:
Now, with the advent of DIY abortions, health professionals and facilities will be replaced by pharmacists, postal carriers, and questionable online websites. When the dust settles, the ‘abortion is health care’ façade will fade as the public realizes abortion was never about medicine.”
Despite these scenarios, Planned Parenthood continues to propagate the lie that abortion is safe for women, making it imperative that women receive information on the facts about fetal development and the dangers of abortion for both the mother and child.
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