Gov exposes deficient care at Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Missouri

Planned Parenthood in St Louis, Missouri may lose it’s license to commit abortions following numerous reports of emergency responses summoned to the abortion clinic and claims of health deficiencies by state authorities. If the license is rejected, Missouri could become the first state without a single abortion facility, a concern PP’s president called, “Not a Drill.” But, president Leana Wen is known for her over-the-top and often deceptive language surrounding abortion, prompting the Washington Post to grant her four Pinocchios for using fabricated stats on illegal abortion deaths.  For those interested in the truth on this topic, Live Action News has broken down this data in more detail previously, including also debunking Planned Parenthood’s false claims multiple times.

Planned Parenthood St Louis abortion facility

Instead of the media joining with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson in calling for PP’s dangerous St Louis abortion facility to remain closed until serious problems are corrected, they are instead lauding Planned Parenthood as almost invincible and incapable of placing women at risk. Of course, the media are the same ones that routinely censor reports of women being killed by abortion, and specifically those who die after abortion care at Planned Parenthood facilities.

 

 

A report published by Live Action News sheds light into the reason the media should be exposing PP, not protecting them:

“The real public health crisis is what’s been going on unchecked at this abortion facility for years, and which Wen conveniently doesn’t mention. This particular Planned Parenthood facility has had more than 72 ambulance calls since 2009. Not only are they killing preborn babies at this Planned Parenthood, but they’re also maiming women. In addition, multiple health violations have been racked up over the years at this one facility.”

Governor Mike Parson also gave detailed reasons for why Planned Parenthood’s license was not being renewed (watch here).

According to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson:

March 27, 2019: Statement of deficiencies issued by Missouri Health Department for violating the law and providing safe care for women….Health officials identified a series of deficiencies…which needed to be addressed prior to their license renewal deadline of May 30th.

April 3, 2019: State health department started investigation into PP St Louis relating to series of incidents raised concerns about:

  • Quality of care
  • Patient Safety
  • Statutory and Regulatory compliance

April 11, 2019: State Health Department requested (in writing) to conduct interviews with seven physicians performing abortions at Planned Parenthood St. Louis

April 16, 2019: A PP attorney responded saying PP was not obligated to make physicians available for interviews with state health department officials.

April 22, 2019: A PP attorney informed state health department regulators that physicians would now be represented by their own counsel and Department should attempt to schedule interviews with their individual attorneys.

May 16, 2019: PP submitted license renewal applications, final day to be accepted by DHSS a deadline PP was aware of. State Heath Department notified 5 or the 7 physicians declined to cooperate with the interviews.

May 28, 2019:  Two PP Physicians agreed to cooperate with interviews.

“Planned Parenthood has been actively and knowingly violating state law on numerous occasions…In addition, there is concern for the standard of care due to the fact that the significant medical evidence showing at least three failed surgical abortions…records provided by PP indicate that these failed abortions also include the patients returning to PP after realizing they were still pregnant. In another case, a patient’s safety was jeopardized and rushed to an ambulance from PP where an emergency surgery was needed…” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson stated.

The Governor said that the following concerns needed to be addressed prior to any license renewal:

  • Planned Parenthood’s apparent disregard for the law
  • Failure to complete complication records
  • Accuracy of medical records.

“No judge should give special treatment to PP in this instance…If you break the law- there are serious consequences. If you don’t provide a standard of care that ensures the safety of women you shouldn’t be allowed to operate, its that simple…” Gov. Parson said.

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According to the pro-life watchdog organization, Operation Rescue:

[T]he number of medical emergencies requiring ambulance transport have increased dramatically.

Most recently, three women were transported by ambulance to hospital emergency rooms in a 22-day timespan ending on May 15, 2019.  Other recent medical emergencies occurred at RHS Planned Parenthood on April 24 and April 26, 2019.  In all, 74 medical emergencies have been documented at this Planned Parenthood in the past ten years.

The most common abortion complication suffered by women transported by ambulance from RHS Planned Parenthood is hemorrhaging, a life-threating, yet avoidable, condition.

The RHS Planned Parenthood has experienced other major issued in the past year or so:

  • Inability to conduct chemical abortions due to failure to meet new safety regulations.
  • CEO Mary Kogut resigned last October and has not been replaced.  Postings several other positions also remain unfilled.
  • Failure to expand abortions into Springfield and Joplin as planned, due to inability to meet licensing requirements.
  • Up to a 20-day wait to obtain surgical abortions, as confirmed by Operation Rescue, perhaps because the current medical director is moonlighting at an abortion clinic in Illinois.
  • Failed inspection report in 2017 with multiple safety violations, and where the Medical Director questioned whether hand-washing between glove changes was a new standard.

Below is the press release from the state regarding Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility in St. Louis.

Planned Parenthood files unprecedented lawsuit against Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services with licensure renewal process still ongoing

 Planned Parenthood refuses to fully cooperate with investigation into concerns about patient safety

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Planned Parenthood has filed suit against the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) while its application for renewal is still under review.

DHSS received Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region’s application for renewal on Thursday, May 16, 2019, which was the last day that it would be accepted by DHSS. The St. Louis, Missouri, facility’s license, which is renewed annually, is set to expire on May 31, 2019. Last year, the organization submitted its renewal application on April 27, 2018, with a May 31 renewal date.

Planned Parenthood’s statutorily required inspection occurred March 11-13, 2019, and an investigation has been ongoing since. Planned Parenthood was notified in early April that due to ongoing concerns about potential deficient practices, interviews would need to be done with the physicians providing that care. These concerns are not limited to, but include: 1) violations of Missouri law; 2) violations of applicable Missouri regulations; 3) standard care for patient safety as evidenced by, but not limited to, at least one incident in which patient safety was gravely compromised; 4) failed surgical abortions in which patients remained pregnant; 5) concerns about quality control and communication with a contracted pathology lab; and 6) failure to obtain informed consent.

The continued refusal of several physicians to cooperate in interviews regarding DHSS’s ongoing complaint investigation obstructs the State’s ability to verify that this facility is in compliance with all requirements of applicable statutes and regulations, which Missouri law requires DHSS to do before renewing a license.

Only on May 22 did Planned Parenthood change their previous position and agree to comply with Missouri regulations which require pelvic exams at the screening prior to abortions so that information learned from the pelvic exams could increase the safety of the procedure.

On May 28, only after filing their lawsuit did Planned Parenthood again change another previous position to comply with Missouri law that the same physician who does the preoperative counseling will also perform the abortion.

As of May 29, Planned Parenthood has still not agreed to full compliance.

“DHSS will continue to act in good faith to do our statutorily required duty to regulate facilities to help keep people safe and assure compliance with the law,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “The unprecedented refusal by Planned Parenthood to fully cooperate as they have in the past heightens our regulators’ concerns about what their investigation has revealed to date.”

 

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