A Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri, famed as the last in the state, continues to operate despite horrific ethical and medical practice violations found by state inspectors.
Records in the saga that pro-life activists with Operation Rescue obtained and shared expose the depths of malpractice, unethical procedures and even neglecting basic cleanliness.
Under normal conditions, the May 28 statement of deficiencies issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services would have been applied by now and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region would have been closed down.
But Planned Parenthood attorneys are good at what they do, and they had allies in the court system: State Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer ruled in favor of the embattled health center first.
The latest stay came from Administrative Hearing Commission member Sreenivasa Rao Dandamudi who on June 28 granted the request Planned Parenthood made to continue to provide abortions while the appeal process drags on [and on.]
The next hearing day is currently scheduled for August 1.
she used gaslighting, false definitions and other forms of misinformation to bamboozle the courtTroy Newman, President of Operation Rescue
Operation Rescue President Troy Newman said that there used to be other Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in Missouri, including in Columbia and Kansas City.
Newman described Planned Parenthood star abortionist Colleen McNicholas as an activist with a near super-human drive to snuff out as many pre-born babies as possible.
“McNicholas tries to make herself appear to be above reproach, but we have followed McNicholas’ abortion career for several years and have collected documentation that shows she is prone to deception and dangerously shoddy patient care practices,” Newman said.
According to Newman, court statements in which McNicholas made declarations in support of her patient care standards used deception to dance around specific concerns regarding four women in particular.
“We evaluated her declaration and found she used gaslighting, false definitions and other forms of misinformation to bamboozle the court and make it appear that the so-called ‘care’ RHS Planned Parenthood provided those four women was the best care available,” Newman said.
According to Newman, McNicholas started with RHS Planned Parenthood in St. Louis in 2008. She travelled to numerous other abortion facilities through the Midwest, including Columbia and Kansas City.
Her Interstate 70 travels turned south on Interstate 35 to independent abortion business, Trust Women, with facilities in Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“But it was her work at the Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia, Missouri, that drew attention of state legislators and regulators,” Newman said.
That location went through the same lengthy process of gradual loss of licensure, delays and finally they were shut-down.
The conditions there included according to an expose by Operation Rescue researcher Cheryl Sullenger:
- Rusted suction machine cabinets that posed an infection control issue since they prevented proper sanitation.
- Bloody single-use plastic tubing attached to the machine’s glass suction canister that was never disposed of after the last abortion procedure on September 21, 2018.
- Reusable tubing on the top of the suction machine was contaminated with black mold.
- Staff admitted that the moldy tubing had been present for some time and that abortions continued to be conducted with that moldy tubing in place.
- A black substance that could have been mold or dried blood coated the bottom of the glass suction canister.
Noted violations in play from the state inspection of the St. Louis abortion facility include:
- Expired meds, IV fluids, and supplies, some as old as six years
- Staff using single-dose injectable medications for more than one patient to “save money”
- Medications not stored properly
- The staff did not log their abortions over 18 weeks gestation
- Patients not given their Patient Bill of Rights
- The clinic did not send fetal tissue for pathology evaluation