By Cheryl Sullenger
Two recent medical emergencies, one in Cleveland, Ohio, and the other in Detroit, Michigan, have spotlighted the increased desire of abortion facilities to cover-up the seriousness of patient injuries. In both cases, no 911 call was placed, which is the quickest way to get emergency help.
Instead, both abortion businesses chose to delay urgent medical care for their patients by phoning private ambulance companies to request emergency treatment and transport. Private ambulances take longer to respond to emergencies than those dispatched through the 911 system.
But the private ambulance companies are also not subject to FOIA requests, allowing abortion clinic personnel to keep details of botched abortions and even patient deaths from the public.
The first incident took place on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility responsible for at least one patient death. It was a 911 call placed from that abortion business on March 21, 2014, that alerted Operation Rescue that Lakisha Wilson had suffered a fatal abortion at Preterm.
Numerous other medical emergencies at Preterm have been documented by Operation Rescue.
However, this time, Preterm called a Donald Martin & Son’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit to provide emergency care and transport an African American female. According to Fred Sokol, a pro-life activist who witnessed the woman on a gurney as she was loaded into the private ambulance, she appeared to have been visibly pregnant, indicating at least the possibility she suffered serious complications from a second-trimester abortion.
Operation Rescue checked for 911 records, but there were none.
The second incident took place at the Summit Medical Center in Detroit, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, shortly before 9 a.m. A medical transport van from Rapid Response arrived to transport a patient to a hospital emergency room, according to Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist who posted news of the incident on her Facebook page.
This appears to be the first time that Summit abortion facility has used a private ambulance service rather than calling for a quicker response from 911. As with the Preterm incident, 911 records related to this medical emergency were available.
Summit has a long history of injuring patients during abortions. One abortionist known to work at Summit, Reginald Sharpe, was responsible for the death of at least one abortion patient in January, 2008. That woman suffered a fatal uterine perforation and other injuries.
“More and more we are seeing abortion businesses bypassing the 911 emergency system to cover up the seriousness of patient injuries. This is placing women – many of which suffer life-threatening abortion complications – at greater risk due to the delay in arrival and transport time,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This shows that the Abortion Cartel will do anything to keep up the false appearance that abortion is safe, while shielding obviously incompetent abortionists from the consequences of injuring or killing women.”