It is a common sight for pro-life activists outside the clinic to witness ambulances arriving at the front door of the factory-like abortion mill. Planned Parenthood employees hold up sheets to obscure the fact that yet another wounded woman is being loaded onto a stretcher to be rushed on an emergency basis to a nearby hospital. Troy Newman
, President of Operation Rescue, has branded the St. Louis clinic "the most dangerous abortion facility in the United States." "If any other medical office in the country was calling for emergency assistance for patients as often as this facility is, it would be a public scandal.
"Investigative reporters would be falling all over themselves trying to expose this safety crisis," Newman added. "But since abortion is involved, there is not one word from the media. Their silence is enabling this dangerous abortion business to continue the carnage of babies and mothers alike."
In one of the few on-site inspections the state has performed at the St. Louis facility which occurred in 2014, state inspectors founds rusty suction abortion machines, surgical tables, IV stands, and other equipment. The survey also found expired drugs and violations of infection prevention protocols.
The major pro-life bill signed by the Governor also creates the crime of interference with medical assistance. The offense occurs if an employee of an abortion facility requests emergency responders to deviate from ordinary standards of care and practice.
Pro-life sidewalk counselors at the St. Louis clinic claim that Planned Parenthood employees request that ambulance personnel not flash their lights or sound their sirens when responding to emergency calls at the clinic. Pro-life activists contend the unusual practice is designed to cover up the severity of the complications women experience when undergoing abortions at the St. Louis facility.
State Senator Bob Onder of Lake St. Louis and Representative Kathy Swan of Cape Girardeau have been leaders in efforts to ensure that health and safety standards are being enforced at abortion clinics. Their efforts take on new significance with the announcement by Planned Parenthood that they plan to open new abortion clinics in Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin.
We commend Senator Onder, Representative Swan, and their legislative colleagues for their dedication to protecting women who are vulnerable to physical and emotional injury by reckless abortionists.