By Cheryl Sullenger
Jacksonville, FL – An ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Jacksonville, Florida, on April 9, 2020, to help a woman who was suffering an abortion-related medical emergency during a busy day of COVID-19 panic abortions.
The woman entered Planned Parenthood at 10:00 a.m., but was wheeled out on a gurney two hours and forty minutes later. She was transported to a local hospital for emergency care that the abortion facility could not provide.
One local pro-life activist told Operation Rescue that the Jacksonville Planned Parenthood was especially busy that week, despite the fact that state and municipal stay-at-home orders took effect on April 3.
Pro-life activists counted a total of 64 women who reported to Planned Parenthood during that week for abortions – many more than are usually seen.
It did not appear that personal protective equipment was in use by the abortion facility clients on the day of the emergency, nor were other safety precautions, such as social distancing, observed.
Operation Rescue requested 911 records, but the routine request was met with unexpected hostility by Jacksonville Public Information Officer Tom Francis, who began to shout at an Operation Rescue staffer over the phone for bothering him with extra work after he had delayed a response to the legally-made request for weeks.
“We honestly do not know if this woman even survived that abortion. One can only imagine how the extra rush of business put pressure on abortion clinic staff to hurry through the day and perhaps cut corners. Mistakes are inevitable under those rushed conditions,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
Newman noted that elsewhere in the country, people who tried to reopen their legitimate businesses in order to feed their families and prevent closing down for good were arrested, while Planned Parenthood continued business as usual.
Among those arrested for trying to do business include, among others, a dog groomer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; a salon operator in Dallas, Texas; and a Pinellas County, Florida, man who operated his video game retail store with curbside pickup.
“These arrests are even more unfair in light of Planned Parenthood‘s exemption that allowed them to earn record profits killing babies, harming women, and using resources that were supposed to be reserved for those suffering from the pandemic,” said Newman. “This shows how abortion is more important than anything else to those who made the decisions in Jacksonville to keep Planned Parenthood open.”