It was still dark when pro-life activists arrived at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Orange, California, for an early-morning prayer shift on March 22, 2018. As the first hints of light announced an impending sunrise, their prayers were disturbed by an unusually high number of cars speeding into the parking lot. A few minutes later, at around 6:30 a.m., the fire department and paramedics arrived on the scene.
Witnesses observed a woman being brought out of Planned Parenthood on a gurney. She was loaded into the awaiting ambulance and rushed away – presumably to a nearby hospital where she could get the emergency treatment she needed.
On January 1, 2018, changes to California’s abortion clinic licensing law dropped the requirement that abortion facilities maintain hospital transfer agreements, while maintaining the requirement for birthing centers. The changes to §1204.2 were supported by Planned Parenthood organizations in California and opposed by Right to Life affiliates.
For women like the one transported by ambulance from Planned Parenthood in the early morning of March 22, they are left vulnerable to patient dumping.
“We have documented cases where abortion facilities have dumped women on unprepared hospital emergency rooms, whose physicians are left in the dark about the nature of their injuries. Figuring out what happened and what kind of help the women need takes extra time when speedy treatment can mean the difference between life and death,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.
Full story at Operation Rescue.