By Cheryl Sullenger
Nashville TN – A medical emergency that nearly cost one woman her life has recently surfaced in the wake of the August 11, 2018, closure of Women’s Center, an unlicensed abortion facility in Nashville, Tennessee.
In October 2014, the Tennessee Star reported on a 911 call placed from the Women’s Center in June of that year in which a twenty-something Black woman had stopped breathing while in the middle of an abortion procedure.
Here is a partial transcript:
911: Is her breathing completely normal?
911: Alright, is she completely alert?
911: And is she changing color?
. . .
911: Can you describe the color change?
WC: She just looks ashen. She’s a Black woman.
The video that included the 911 call revealed a dramatic exchange where the caller was urgently ordering another clinic worker to find the epinephrine, which is used to treat anaphylaxis, a severe potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can affect breathing.
The fate of this woman remains unknown.
Thankfully, the abortion facility had shut down and is no longer a threat to women and their babies.