Planned Parenthood May Face Investigation Over Failed Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 19, 2012   |   1:37PM   |   Birmingham, AL

A Planned Parenthood abortion facility that faces a lawsuit for negligence for a botched abortion that left a woman unable to have children may also face a state investigation.

As LifeNews has reported, 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.

Now, Umoren and Planned Parenthood are on the receiving end of complaints that will be filed by the Life Legal Defense Foundation today. They include a complaint against Planned Parenthood at the Alabama Department of Public Health, and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.;

The FOIA request seeks the plan of correction that was supposed to be in place during Planned Parenthood’s probation; all investigation reports made during the period of Planned Parenthood’s probation; and proof that Planned Parenthood corrected the deficiencies to justify being removed from probation in light of the botched abortion that occurred during the probation period.

According to LLDF, the civil court case, filed by Roberta Clark, whose ectopic pregnancy nearly killed her after medical mishandling by Umoren and Planned Parenthood staff, had records that indicated a completed abortion of an 8-week fetus. That same unborn child was discovered over a month later by hospital physicians, at 13 weeks gestation, unaborted, and lodged in Clark’s fallopian tube.



The Planned Parenthood in question was facing a year-long probation that was a direct result of exposure coming from a well-publicized investigation conducted by Live Action and reporter Lila Rose. Alabama’s health department responded to the independent research with a collaborating finding that the Planned Parenthood’s clinic operations were deficient and not in compliance with state laws. In order to settle the dispute, the abortion provider willingly consented to a downgrade of its license rather than face revocation.

“This is just the latest horror story to come to light among Birmingham’s abortion providers,” said Dana Cody, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation

Cody noted the revocation last spring of the New Woman All Women abortion clinic’s license after three women were rushed to the emergency room following bungled abortions.

Alabama’s Department of Public Health revoked NWAW’s license to do abortions after an investigation citing 76 pages of violations and deficiencies, including lack of medical training, absence of medical documentation, the non-existence of safety procedures, and the falsification of patient records.

“Every time a woman is injured or abused by these abortion providers and their wanton disregard for human life, we will be there to fight the legal battle on all fronts,” said Cody.

Read a copy of the complaint here: