Planned Parenthood Patient Taken to Hospital, Possible Botched Abortion Victim

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Patient Taken to Hospital, Possible Botched Abortion Victim

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 24
, 2010

Naples, FL ( — A patient at a Florida Planned Parenthood abortion center was taken by ambulance to a local medical center today after what appears to have been a botched abortion. Although officials won’t say if the patient had an abortion, the facility does abortions on Mondays.

Planned Parenthood of Collier County called for emergency transport today to take a patient to an area hospital.

The Naples News indicates the ambulance came at 12:50 p.m. local time and left with a patient minutes later as local pro-life advocates looked on nearby.

“We had a medical call and just transported someone to the hospital for evaluation,” Cherie Wilson-Watson, spokeswoman for Collier County Emergency Medical Services, told the paper.

Char Wendel, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood, would not confirm if the patient was injured in a botched abortion, citing privacy laws.

“I can’t say that, all I know we are a medical facility and we respond to emergencies,” Wendel said, according to the News.

Fred Goduti, a local pro-life advocate, confirmed to the newspaper that this was the first time an ambulance had been called to the abortion center since it started doing abortions last September.

“We were praying this would not happen,” he said. “It is inevitable it would happen.”

When the Planned Parenthood center in Naples started doing abortions last year, it sent letters to 350 local obstetricians/gynecologists, internists, and family practitioners letting them know about the abortions.

At the time, Wendel met officials from the NCH Healthcare System to let them know and to arrange for NCH hospitals to accept patients when abortions are botched.

The last time abortions were done in the area was when Wallace McLean stopped doing abortions in 1996. Since then, women have had to travel to Miami or Fort Myers for an abortion.

Planned Parenthood hired Philip Waterman of Cape Coral, who does abortions in other states, to do them in Collier. The cost for an abortion was established last year at $475 and insurance will be accepted.

Starting in October, the Planned Parenthood abortion center indicated it would give women the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone that has killed at least 13 worldwide and injured another 1,500 or more in the United States as of 2006 FDA figures.

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