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Planned Parenthood Hides Botched Abortion, Lawmakers Want Probe

by Steven Ertelt | Indianapolis, IN | LifeNews.com | 1/10/13 11:29 AM

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In November, Planned Parenthood botched another abortion on a woman, that time in Indianapolis, Indiana. After injuring the woman, staffers at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic attempted to hide the failed abortion from emergency dispatchers.

Now, lawmakers are seeking an investigation of the abortion business.

An ambulance was called to transport a woman in the middle of a second-trimester abortion to the hospital from a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Indianapolis on November 2 after the abortion practitioner refused to continue the abortion. The emergency was classified a Priority E, which reserved for the most severe cases, according to information Operation Rescue provided LifeNews at the time.

That was the seventeenth medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics since January, 2011.

The pro-life group obtained the 911 recording and Computer Aided Dispatch transcript of the incident where a female caller is heard evading the dispatcher’s questions about the condition of the woman, who was in her fourteenth week of pregnancy. The dispatcher was forced to ask the Planned Parenthood employee four times what was wrong with the patient.

The transcript of the call Operation Rescue provided LifeNews reads:

Dispatcher: Dispatcher: Ma’am, can you be specific? What’s the problem with the patient? Is the patient conscious?
Planned Parenthood Caller: Yes.
Dispatcher: Is the patient breathing okay?
Planned Parenthood Caller: Yes, she’s fine.
Dispatcher: Okay, then what does she need the ambulance for?

The Planned Parenthood employee finally told the dispatcher that a woman was in the middle of an abortion when the abortion practitioner “couldn’t do the procedure.” The patient had been given misoprostol and was suffering from cramping and sharp pains.

Now, Indiana State Sen. Mike Delph has asked Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry to investigate what happened. Planned Parenthood clinics are not authorized under state law to perform second-trimester abortions, said Delph, and he told the Indianapolis Star newspaper the abortion business may be breaking the law.

“The Planned Parenthood facility. . . is not licensed as a hospital or ambulatory outpatient surgical center,” Delph writes in his Dec. 14 letter. “Because this … act occurred in my district, I have a compelling interest in requesting a full investigation.”

A spokeswoman for Curry said the prosecutor is aware of Delph’s concerns.

“Materials related to this matter have been forwarded to our office, and we are reviewing it,” said Peg McLeish, the spokeswoman.

Delph said he learned of the issue from pro-life advocates and then was persuaded by a Notre Dame law professor, Gerard Bradley, to write a letter to Curry. Bradley also believed the 911 tape indicated laws were broken, according to a memo from Bradley provided by Delph.

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Misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, is a drug developed to treat ulcers, which is often mis-used in abortions against the manufacture’s warnings because it has the side effect of inducing uterine contractions.

“The record shows that a Planned Parenthood patient was in active labor and in the middle of a risky second trimester abortion when the abortionist stopped the procedure and called for emergency transport. Because of the evasiveness of the caller, almost anything could have happened to that woman, but one thing is obvious; her life was in danger,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “This certainly warrants further investigation by the appropriate authorities.”

Newman said the rash of abortion emergencies at Planned Parenthood clinics calls into question the safety of the abortion facilities and whether they should continue to receive an estimated nearly half a billion dollars in local, state, and Federal funding annually.

“The incidents that we have documented, including the tragic late-term abortion-death of Tonya Reaves last July, are only a fraction of the actual abortion complications, most of which occur in secret,” said Newman.

He added: “Planned Parenthood abortion clinics may be located in nice buildings, but the abortionists who work in them are bottom-of-the-barrel hacks that more closely resemble their back alley counterparts than reputable medical professionals. The public deserves better than to flush their hard-earned tax money down the Planned Parenthood rat-hole, especially when that money can be better spent on care that actually helps women in need, instead of hurting them.”