Planned Parenthood officials have announced plans to utilize a retrofitted 37-foot RV to serve as a mobile abortion facility. The unit will remain in Illinois, where abortion is legal, but will travel to border towns so that it can more easily reach women who are traveling from states where preborn children are protected from abortion — particularly Missouri.
“One hundred days post-Roe we stand in defiance to say: we are not backing down,” said Yamelsie Rodriguez, president of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, in a statement. “Abortion bans, ‘defunding’ Planned Parenthood, and attacks on reproductive freedoms writ large are deeply unpopular. We’re standing in the gap created by politicians and ensuring all people can access the health care they deserve, no matter where they live.”
“The mobile abortion clinic is a way to reduce travel times and distances in order to meet patients at the Illinois border,” added Colleen McNicholas, chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis office. “This will make a dramatic impact on their access.”
According to PA Homepage, the mobile facility will contain a lab, a waiting room, and two exam rooms. It will allow the abortion business to commit chemical abortions (by pill) up to 11 weeks, with plans for surgical abortions in the future.
There is no indication as to how medical treatment or follow-up care will be offered to women who are traveling for these abortions. This is concerning, as chemical abortions, which utilize the abortion pill regimen, are four times more dangerous than surgical abortions. Complications include severe cramping, contractions, and heavy bleeding, as well as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and headaches — and potentially even death.
Laura Echevarria, spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee, told the Associated Press that the mobile abortion facility is “another grotesque demeaning of human life.”
“Chemical abortions can lead to life-threatening complications,” Echevarria said in a statement. “Will women recognize those complications early enough to seek treatment?”
The Hill reports that Planned Parenthood is currently reviewing routes to determine where the mobile facility will go in order to kill as many preborn children as possible. It plans to be in operation by November.