Caller told by another clinic employee to “act dumb” to a dispatcher after expressing concerns over questions during a late-term abortion emergency.
By Cheryl Sullenger
Albuquerque, New Mexico — Operation Rescue has obtained eight new 911 recordings that reveal a scandalous pattern of botched abortions at two Albuquerque abortion clinics. Together with five 911 calls released last month, the 13 calls show that life-threatening abortion complications requiring emergency assistance occur at the rate of one every 10 weeks.
The eight newly obtained calls were placed between November, 2008 and December, 2009, with six originating from Southwestern Women’s Options, owned by Curtis Boyd, and the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, an abortion clinic that acts as an abortion training grounds for the University of New Mexico.
“As disturbing as the critical nature of these life-threatening emergencies are, perhaps more disturbing are the callous attitudes of some of the abortion workers and their willingness to cover up for the abortionists,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “The clinic workers are careful about how much information they revealed to the emergency dispatchers, and in many cases, even attempt to shift the blame for the complications onto the woman. Their general actions and attitudes toward the woman they just injured are despicable.”
One clinic worker from Southwestern Women’s Options expressed concern over the questions the 911 dispatcher was asking. While she thought she was on hold, this exchange took place:
SWO Employee: [Whispering] I don’t know – I don’t know what information he’s asking me.
Background Voice: Just talk to him – act dumb.
SWO Employee: [Whispering] Okay. Exactly. Yeah.
The latest tapes obtained under an open records act request made by Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life, who forwarded the recordings to Operation Rescue. They show women ranging in ages from 18 to 37 who were between 8 weeks and approximately 24 weeks pregnant. Complications included:
Uterine rupture with heavy bleeding. A panic-stricken 18-yer old patient with chest pains, numbness, and a severe headache after a late-term abortion. Cervical laceration with hemorrhaging. Uncontrolled bleeding after first and second trimester abortions. Multiple seizures. Abortion on a woman with an undiagnosed ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
“It’s just wrong for paramedics to have to clean up after these abortion quacks every ten weeks. We demand the immediate closure of the two Albuquerque clinics involved for the protection of the public, said Sullenger.
Operation Rescue is preparing new complaints against the abortionists involved. Three abortionists from Southwestern Women’s Options, Curtis Boyd, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson are already under investigation by the New Mexico Medical Board.
Below are links to full audio recordings, written transcripts, and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) transcripts.
From Southwestern Women’s Options
Calls From UNM Center for Reproductive Health