The St. Louis Fire Department has settled a lawsuit brought by Operation Rescue in 2013, which sought to obtain public information related to documented medical emergencies at the Planned Parenthood of Greater St. Louis abortion facility.
Instead of the 31 expected emergencies that required ambulance transport, the St. Louis Fire Department provided Operation Rescue with a list of 58 medical emergencies, categorized by type of problem and priority level that took place at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility between January 1, 2009, and April 16, 2016.
The suit was necessary because the St. Louis Fire Department had refused to comply with the group’s repeated requests for public information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
“We consider this settlement a victory since we were able to obtain a true listing of medical problems that sent women to the hospital from Planned Parenthood. Since Planned Parenthood receives public tax funding, the public has a right to know that women are being hurt there,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The information provided to us shows that the situation is far worse than we originally suspected, and proves that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility is too dangerous to operate. It should be shut down immediately.”
Of the 58 calls for emergency assistance placed by Planned Parenthood beginning in 2009, there were 50 Urgent Priority 1 emergencies. This would include life-threatening conditions.
By far, hemorrhage of a dangerous or possibly dangerous nature was the most common complication with 23 reported incidents.
Medical problems for which ambulances were dispatched to Planned Parenthood included the following:
• Abdominal Pain – 2 incidents
• Allergic Reaction – 1 incident
• Fainting (Alert and Not Alert) – 6 incidents
• Fall – 4 incidents
• Hemorrhage (Dangerous or Possibly Dangerous) – 23 incidents
• Interfacility Emergency – 4 incidents
• Pregnancy Unknown Status – 2 incidents
• Psychiatric/Suicidal – 3 incidents
• Seizure – 3 incidents
• Sick – 5 incidents
• Stroke – 1 incident
• Unconscious Person – 1 incident
Ambulances were also called for three incidents of serious bleeding, one of which took place in the third trimester of pregnancy, indicating that late-term abortions are being done at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood.
“It is possible that not all of the incidents were abortion-related, but it is clear that the vast majority were abortion complications,” said Newman.
Operation Rescue never sought the identities of women who were hospitalized by the Planned Parenthood abortion facility, which was not equipped to handle the numerous complications.
Not included in the list was a medical emergency that took place at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility on Friday, May 13, 2016. Operation Rescue has placed a public records request for information about this incident.
“We expect that the St. Louis Fire Department will now comply with the law and release the information to us,” said Newman.
LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue, a pro-life that monitors abortion practitioners and exposes their illegal and unethical practices.