As reported by pro-life watchdog group Operation Rescue, a woman named in the 2019 deficiency report for RHS Planned Parenthood in St. Louis sued the abortion business for damages after she was forced to undergo three abortions for the same pregnancy.
Along with the deficiency report, public court records obtained by Operation Rescue show that it was the correct decision for RHS Planned Parenthood to lose its license, thought Missouri Governor Mike Parson has since stated that he will not appeal the Administrative Court ruling allowing the license to be reinstated on June 25, 2020.
According to the records, patient Maureen Peal went to RHS Planned Parenthood on May 26, 2018, for an abortion at 10 weeks and two days gestation. Abortionist Justin Diedrich, who was trained at the controversial UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, committed a first-trimester suction abortion without the guidance of an ultrasound and the abortion was determined to have been completed.
But Peal returned to RHS Planned Parenthood a month later, on June 29, 2018, and learned she was still pregnant and that her baby—now 15 weeks and one day old—had a strong heartbeat. Now in the second trimester, she underwent a Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion committed by Diedrich. That abortion was also determined to be complete. Typically, after an abortion, a staff member must piece the dismembered baby back together to ensure all the body parts are accounted for.
However, three days later, Peal was admitted to Barnes Jewish Hospital with sepsis from an infected uterus. This led to a third abortion, as she needed a dilation curettage (D&C) to remove the pieces of her deceased preborn child that Diedrich had left in inside her.
During the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services investigation, Diedrich refused to cooperate or be interviewed regarding the case. According to Operation Rescue, RHS Planned Parenthood attempted to claim that Peal was originally pregnant with twins and that’s why the first abortion was incomplete and that the second baby was missed by Diedrich because Peal was overweight. But there is no evidence that Peal was carrying twins and, as previously stated, Diedrich did not use ultrasound when he committed the original abortion.
Planned Parenthood also tried to throw Diedrich under the bus because he is considered an independent contractor rather than a Planned Parenthood employee. Therefore, the abortion business claims it should not be held liable for his mistakes.
The case was dismissed in October 2019 and it is believed to have been settled out of court. Diedrich is still an independent contractor for Planned Parenthood and Peal is just one of many women injured at this facility. Now that abortions are able to be committed again at RHS Planned Parenthood, it is likely that additional women will be injured at the hands of Planned Parenthood’s abortionists.
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