Shocking 911 Recording Shows Woman “Crashing” After Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 1, 2011   |   12:01PM   |   Albuquerque, NM

A newly-released recording of a 911 call in New Mexico reveals the shocking details of a woman who is apparently suffering complications from an abortion and is unable to breathe. The woman’s “crashes” and clearly requires urgent medical care.

The fate of the woman in a video released by Operation Rescue today of the audio of the 911 call is unknown.

The pro-life group released the audio of the 911 call staffers at the UNM Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH) that contains information about the status of a 35-year old woman “crashing” after being given “conscious sedation” during an abortion that took place on February 15, 2011. In the call, voices can be heard calling the patient’s name and urging her to breathe as she groans and gasps for air.

“We have a patient who is crashing right now,” the caller from the abortion business tells the 911 dispatcher. At the dispatcher’s request, the call was transferred to the abortion room where another clinic worker described the patient as “grayish” in color. Once the call was transferred, the disturbing sounds of the patient’s suffering and struggling for life became clearly evident.

“She is unresponsive right now,” the abortion center staffer adds. “Yeah, can you hear them,” the staffer tells 911, “They’re calling her name out right now. I’m not in the room with them, I can just hear what’s happening.”

Asked the age of the patient, the caller says, “The patient? Let me see, Lisa, Lisa, um, 1975? She’s 35?”

When the 911 dispatcher asks if the woman is awake, there is clearly a lack of information as the abortion center call says, “Um, can you ask him if she is up and awake – the patient – in what room please? The one that they’re – yeah the patient that’s – no, no no, no she is not — or…”

“This 911 call is evidence that there is no such thing as a ‘safe’ abortion. It emphasizes the need to end this grisly practice. Until it can be ended, this patient’s suffering graphically illustrates the need for more accountability and oversight for abortion clinics around the nation,” says OR president Troy Newman. “New Mexico has virtually no laws regulating abortion, so this is the kind of thing that one can expect. Abortion clinics fight safety laws because they don’t want inspectors to know the truth about what really goes on behind their closed doors. The 911 call released today gives us a window into that world and it’s not a pretty sight.”

The UNM Center for Reproductive Health is an abortion business operated by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, a publicly-funded institution. Newman says residents in the program are rotated through the abortion center for training and, if they opt out of learning to do abortions, they are assigned other tasks at the abortion facility.

Newman indicates the UNM Center for Reproductive Health does abortions until the unborn child reaches 22 weeks gestation and it is a member of the National Abortion Federation, a national trade group of abortion centers that includes numerous members with various health and safety standard violations and some of whom has been permanently or temporarily closed for killing or injuring women in legal abortions or violating state laws.

“This is more proof that the abortion industry is incapable if regulating itself. NAF standards are a joke. States need to get serious about protecting the safety of women,” said Newman.