Planned Parenthood: 10 Ambulance Calls in 20 Months for Botched Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2012   |   10:38AM   |   Washington, DC

The Planned Parenthood abortion business claims to be all about women and women’s health, but one leading pro-life activists says it has had to call for ambulances 10 times over the course of the last 20 months. And that’s just the number of times that have been documented.

This week, Operation Rescue reported that a woman is suing Planned Parenthood in Birmingham, Alabama for missing an ectopic pregnancy and doing an abortion procedure anyway that left her infertile.

“This was just one of probably hundreds of abortion botches we wouldn’t otherwise know about were there not a lawsuit,” says Operation Rescue staffer Cheryl Sullenger. “This was just one of probably hundreds of abortion botches we wouldn’t otherwise know about were there not a lawsuit.”

Sullenger provides a list of the time occasions on which Planned Parenthood has had to get ambulances following botched abortions. The list does not include independent abortion facilities or hospitals — which do about 75% of the abortions nationwide.

1.      August 16, 2012:  PP Boise, Idaho,  Medical Emergency

2.      July 20, 2012:  PP Chicago, Illinois,  Tonya Reaves, died from botched 2nd trimester abortion

3.      July 7, 2012:  PP Boston, Massachusetts, Medical Emergency

4.      March 6, 2012:  PP St. Paul, Minnesota, Medical Emergency

5.      December 20, 2011:  PP Sioux City, Iowa, Medical Emergency

6.      October 14, 2011: PP Virginia Beach, Virginia, Medical Emergency

7.      April 14, 2011: PP St. Paul, Minnesota, Medical Emergency

8.      March 18, 2011: PP Everett, Washington, Medical Emergency

9.      February 12, 2011: PP St. Louis, Missouri*, Medical Emergency

10.   January 11, 2011: PP Boston, Massachusetts, Medical Emergency

Sullenger says the number is likely higher because, at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood location, there have been numerous calls.

“From June 2009 until April 2010, nine ambulances have been at Planned Parenthood [St. Louis] and each time a client was transported to Barnes Hospital,” said sidewalk counselor Marty Bennet in a written statement.



In the Alabama case, Roberta Clark walked into the Birmingham Planned Parenthood on August 20, 2010, for what she thought would be a routine first-trimester abortion. An ultrasound exam was conducted by an unlicensed, untrained worker indicated Clark was 8 weeks, 4 days pregnant with an intrauterine pregnancy, even though she was later to be found not pregnant at all.

California-based abortion practitioner Aqua Don Emmanuel Umoren, who contracts to do abortions for Planned Parenthood in Birmingham and for another abortion clinic in Huntsville, was on duty at the time. He reportedly conducted a pelvic exam that he said concurred with the 8 week, 4 day diagnosis.

Clark was given a suction abortion, after which she continued to complain of nausea, vomiting, and pelvic pain. The pathology report that indicated no fetal parts were identified in the tissue specimen that had been submitted for inspection that same day. Clark was not informed of this nor is there a record of her receiving any follow-up care from Umoren or Planned Parenthood.

Twenty-five days later, Clark was in a Birmingham hospital E.R. undergoing emergency surgery to save her life. Doctors removed her ruptured fallopian tube containing a 13-week fetus and placenta.

Umoran stands accused of falsifying medical records and negligently failing to diagnose a patient’s tubal pregnancy.