According to 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue, a late-term abortion facility in Ohio called 911 last week for a patient who was unconscious and seizing following an abortion procedure. The patient was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, on Thursday, February 17, 2019, after the Women’s Med Center could not treat her condition.
The abortionist on the 911 call is identified as Catherine Romanos, who is known to commit abortions at Planned Parenthood locations around the state. She describes the patient as 30 years old, and is quick to emphasize to the dispatcher that the woman had a known seizure disorder. At the time of the 911 call, the woman had been seizing for 10 minutes, which Romanos says the woman’s husband indicated was not uncommon. Records from emergency responders indicate that the woman was unconscious.
The incident raises questions about why the facility took the woman as a patient when they were unprepared to treat her in the event of a seizure. Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, noted, “It seems that this woman’s condition should have contraindicated abortion in an ill-equipped outpatient surgery facility.”
Women’s Med Center has been in a years-long legal battle with the Ohio Department of Health. The state revoked the facility’s license because it did not have admitting privileges or a transfer agreement with an area hospital, a requirement for operation of an abortion facility in Ohio. The recent emergency at the facility demonstrates the need for such requirements.
The Women’s Med Center is owned by notorious late-term abortionist Martin Haskell, who gained national notoriety for developing the horrific partial-birth abortion method that was banned under federal law in 2003. The facility states on its website that “abortions in Ohio are limited to viability, approximately the end of the 22nd week,” and adds that a test for viability must be done “before undertaking an abortion on a fetus that is 20 or more weeks in gestation,” yet does not explain how this testing is done. The website notes plainly that a D&E procedure takes two to three days to complete, due to the dilation process, and women closer to 22 weeks may take three days to fully dilate — more proof that in a true life-threatening, emergency situation, a woman should visit a hospital, not an abortion facility.
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