911 Calls Show Series of Botched Abortions, Complaints Filed

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 8, 2011   |   11:38AM   |   Albuquerque, NM

A pro-life organization is set to release a series of 911 calls showing staff at the Southwestern Women’s Options late-term abortion center in New Mexico calling for help on various occasions over a 15-month time period after women were injured in abortions.

Some of the calls show life-threatening situation where women’s lives and health were at risk as a result of failed abortions. The pro-life group, Operation Rescue, says the calls, which will be made public today and in the coming weeks, reveal a disturbing pattern of life-threatening abortion complications that routinely endanger the lives and health of women.

The first released 911 recording was placed on February 10 of last year and the content of the call reveals Southwestern Women’s Options had just completed a second-trimester abortion on a 17-year old girl who suffered from a fever, a possible sign of infection, a rapid pulse, and uncontrolled bleeding.

“She just had the second tri procedure and she has a fever that’s spiking right now and then her pulse is up to 172 with some bleeding that they can’t get under control,” a SWO employee told the 911 dispatcher. The call originated at 11:04 PM. The SWO employee told the dispatcher, “It looks like we’re closed, but we are in the office.”

Complications mentioned on other 911 recordings included uncontrolled uterine bleeding, an incident of “heavy hemorrhaging”, and a uterine rupture and all of the patients required emergency transport to local hospitals.

Troy Newman, the president of Operation Rescue, emailed LifeNews about the botched abortion calls.

“Secrecy is the order of the day at abortion clinics like this across the country,” he said. “We seek to expose the truth about what goes on behind closed doors, under cover of darkness at these abortion mills so that women will be warned and the public will see that it is time for the grisly practice of abortion to end. Recordings like this help us see the reality behind the abortionist’s empty rhetoric.”

Former Kansas late-term abortionists Shelley Sella and Susan Robinson are employees of SWO, which is owned by Texas abortion practitioner Curtis Boyd. Newman says he believes either Sella or Robinson were involved in the botched abortions on women ranging in age from 17 to 30.

“When Sella and Robinson worked at a now-closed late-term abortion mill in Wichita, we documented numerous botched abortions that landed women in the hospital,” he said. “We predicted when they relocated to New Mexico, where there are few, if any safety rules, more women would suffer tragedy. That prediction has now come true.”

Newman concluded:  “We have filed complaints against the abortionists at this clinic, Curtis Boyd, Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella, and have turned over the emergency transcripts for them to investigate. These abortionists present an obvious danger to the public and need to be held accountable for the injuries they are inflicting on unsuspecting women.”

The pro-life organization released the audio of another 911 call it obtained from the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, also in Albuquerque, New Mexico, earlier this month. The call reveals the shocking details of a woman who is apparently suffering complications from an abortion and is unable to breathe. The woman “crashes” and clearly requires urgent medical care.

“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.”