According to Operation Rescue, the medical emergencies at this facility are often due to severe hemorrhaging after surgical abortions. The most recent patient was an African American woman who was strapped tight to a gurney as she was wheeled into a St. Louis Fire Department ambulance waiting to transport her to the hospital.
Currently, Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region is the only operating abortion facility in Missouri. Kathy Forck of Columbia 40 Days for Life informed Operation Rescue that the facility has seen a drop in abortion traffic due to a Missouri law requiring centers dispensing the abortion pill to “obtain written contracts with two ob-gyns who have local hospital admitting privileges and who agree to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat complications from medication abortion.” Women instead were referred to Belleville, Illinois to obtain the abortion pill. Despite the claims of the abortion pill being “safe,” it carries with it serious complications that are dangerous to a woman’s health.
This Planned Parenthood facility in Missouri has been hit with a number of health and safety violations. The medical director of this particular center, Dr. David Eisenberg, has expressed a lack of concern for proper sanitary procedures, at one point even questioning “if hand hygiene between glove changes was a new standard.” Eisenberg pretended to be ignorant of proper medical practices like washing one’s hands when it was found abortionists at his facility performed vaginal exams, cervical blocks, and laminaria removal without washing their hands between glove changes. Staffers were also seen contaminating their sterile gloves by handling phones, scratching their noses, and placing their hands in their pockets with the very gloves they used to perform procedures.
Other violations cited to have taken place at this facility include rusted and worn equipment, use of single-dose medication vials on multiple patients, tears in the ultrasound pad that prevented it from being disinfected (a staffer claimed a new pad had been ordered, but records indicated no order had been placed), and a failure to ensure patients had stable vital signs before discharge. The facility’s Quality Assurance program also failed to review all abortions that occurred at 18 weeks or later, the facility failed to provide infection control training for staff, and reports contain evidence of dust, dirt, and unsanitary tape residue being found throughout the facility, finding it on the medication refrigerators, shelves, cabinets, storage bins, and the walls.
A Missouri State Senate review of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis found the center displayed a “shocking indifference to women’s health, possibly constituting medical malpractice,” by not including 911 on consent forms or listing it in a smaller font than Planned Parenthood’s own emergency number. The review found patients passing blood clots “larger than the size of a lemon” are instructed to call Planned Parenthood’s emergency number instead of 911 and are told to only call 911 if they don’t hear back from Planned Parenthood within 20 minutes.
It was also discovered there was a conscious effort at this facility to “keep any medical emergencies at Planned Parenthood concealed” by requesting ambulances turn off their sirens, delaying the arrival of the paramedics, and failing to provide medical professionals with information about the emergency by telling their staffers to vaguely report the incident as abortion-related. To expose the danger of this Planned Parenthood center, Operation Rescue sued the St. Louis Fire Department to obtain the 911 records for 58 emergency calls made from Planned Parenthood. The most common complication was hemorrhaging, but other medical emergencies included strokes, abdominal pain, and seizures. There were also incidents where an ambulance was called for severe bleeding, one of which took place during the third trimester of pregnancy, indicating that this Planned Parenthood performs late-term abortions.
In order to prevent patients being put at a greater risk during a medical emergency at the state’s sole abortion facility, the governor of Missouri signed a law in 2017 that would make it a Class A misdemeanor to request medical personnel to “deviate from any applicable standard of care.”
Unfortunately, the conditions of the St. Louis Planned Parenthood are not rare, as they can be found all throughout the abortion industry. Abortion facilities must be inspected as the lives of women are at stake by these unethical practices. Women are more than just a source of profit for the abortion industry, and their health and safety should not be sacrificed in order to keep the money flowing in for an industry looking to exploit them.
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