St. Louis Planned Parenthood pushes lies amidst fear it may be closed this week

Missouri Planned Parenthood, buffer zones, sidewalk counselors

Hearings to determine the fate of a St. Louis Planned Parenthood, the last abortion facility in the state of Missouri, have begun. Earlier this year, the state refused to renew the facility’s license; however, not long after, Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi issued a stay, allowing the facility to remain open while unlicensed, and despite its dangerous background. Lawyers from both Planned Parenthood and the state of Missouri will face off this week in court, and if Dandamudi this time rules against the facility, then it will be forced to close — leaving Missouri without an abortion facility in the state.

While Planned Parenthood has already begun furiously pushing its propaganda, the reality is that the corporation and its defenders are not being honest about why authorities believe this facility needs to be shut down.

READ: Delay in hearing allows dangerous unlicensed Missouri abortion center to remain open until October

The facility has injured at least 74 women, has left the body parts of aborted babies inside at least four women, and almost killed at least one woman. It has a track record of sending a woman to the hospital by ambulance on average once every six weeks. The facility has also had numerous health and safety violations, including:

  • Not washing hands between glove changes
  • Contamination of sterile gloves before committing procedures (handling cell phones, touching face, putting hands in pockets)
  • Improperly removing soiled medical instruments
  • Violating infection protocol, such as blood and rust on abortion tables

A Missouri Senate review found even more problems, such as women being instructed to call Planned Parenthood, and not 911, if they experienced problems after abortions, including passing blood clots “larger than the size of a lemon.”

According to Operation Rescue, which obtained the unredacted 62-page Statement of Deficiencies, the patient who was nearly killed suffered a botched abortion after the abortionist proceeded with the procedure despite her placenta partially and dangerously covering the cervical opening. She hemorrhaged and lost over half of her blood volume. Her condition was known as placenta previa, and as seen in this case, can make abortion extremely dangerous.

But did Planned Parenthood admit to any of this? No. The corporation’s attorney Chuck Hatfield told the St. Louis Dispatch, “They cherry-picked certain medical records. This was not a normal inspection. They were looking for very specific ones where something unusual happened.”

Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, director of state media campaigns at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, also spoke in an interview with Vox, a pro-abortion website. “It is the moment that we have long been warning about,” she said. “The day that abortion access is eliminated without ever overturning Roe…. The state of Missouri has waged political theater in order to ban abortion.” Vox noted that the facility was accused of having four “deficient practices,” but falsely claimed the facility’s deficiencies were never clear, and that the move from the state of Missouri was strictly political.

On Twitter, Planned Parenthood also accused Missouri Governor Mike Parson of “attacking Missourians rights,” while acting Planned Parenthood president Alexis McGill Johnson tweeted, “A patient’s health should drive important medical decisions — not [Governor Parson’s] beliefs.”

Planned Parenthood’s defenders in the media are happily claiming that this facility is being targeted for nothing but political reasons, all while also arguing that women need access to safe and legal abortion. Yet this facility had over 62 pages of health and safety violations, and has harmed at least 70 women that are known about in 10 years. Even for those who support abortion, if the goal is to keep abortion safe, then how can such a facility be allowed to remain open?

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