Planned Parenthood Response to Botched Abortion Shows Little Care for Women

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 26, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Response to Botched Abortion Shows Little Care for Women

by Steven Ertelt Editor
May 26
, 2010

Naples, FL ( — A pro-life group that monitors problems at abortion centers says the response by Planned Parenthood to what appears to be a botched abortion shows little care for women. Operation Rescue is weighing in on the recent incident at a Planned Parenthood facility in Naples, Florida.

A patient was taken by ambulance Monday to a local medical center 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 to take a patient to an area hospital. But what it did while the patient was loaded into the ambulance prompted a response from OR president Troy Newman.

Photos taken by local pro-life advocate Fred Goduti and submitted to the Naples News show an ambulance backing up to a Planned Parenthood office, with clinic personnel attempting to cover up the incident with a black tarp on two sticks.

"Planned Parenthood’s sheets of shame could not keep the truth from getting out that their organization endangers the lives of women when it takes the lives of pre-born babies," said Newman.

"For many years we have tried to get the media to cover documented cases of ambulances transporting injured women from abortion clinics. Now it is finally happening. This exposure could eventually help close this clinic, and others like it, out of concern for public safety," he told

Newman said he hopes local pro-life advocates and officials will get involved and monitor the Planned Parenthood for potential problems and violations of state law.

"We urge the pro-lifers who witnessed this incident to file a complaint with their state’s medical board. It is possible that an investigation could result in disciplinary action and even closure of the clinic," said Newman. "We have seen that happen before in Florida and all over the United States."

Newman also said he is glad that more media outlets joined in highlighted the failed abortion.

"Not that long ago, no news outlet would have touched this story," he said, applauding Fox News for picking up the report.

Marie Claire magazine is scheduled to publish a story about the Planned Parenthood abortion center in July or August.

"It will be interesting to see if Marie Clair follows the lead of the Naples News and Fox News and reports the truth about this incident. Women have a right to know that when they walk into a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, they may leave on an ambulance gurney," Newman said.

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.

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.

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