‘Just act dumb’: new 911 abortion tapes reveal ‘disturbing’ words of clinic staff
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, August 15, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a new 911 tape from an Albuquerque abortion facility released by the national pro-life group Operation Rescue, an abortion worker agrees to “act dumb” with the dispatcher during a late-term abortion emergency while she thought she was on hold.
“I don’t know – I don’t know what information he’s asking me,” says the Southwestern Women’s Options employee.
“Just talk to him – act dumb,” replied her colleague.
“Okay. Exactly. Yeah,” the worker said.
Including five 911 calls released last month, the 13 calls obtained by Operation Rescue show that life-threatening abortion complications requiring emergency assistance occur at the rate of one every 10 weeks.
The eight newly obtained calls were placed between November, 2008 and December, 2009, with six originating from Albuquerque’s Southern Women’s Options (SWO), owned by Curtis Boyd, and the UNM Center for Reproductive Health, an abortion clinic that acts as an abortion training ground for the University of New Mexico.
Thee clinic workers recorded on the calls report uterine rupture, “profuse” bleeding, cervical laceration, and other complications of the abortion procedure.
One worker said an 18-year-old patient having an abortion at 20 weeks began to hyperventilate as she lost feeling in her legs and hands accompanied by chest pain.
In another call, regarding a 35-year-old patient “throwing up everywhere” as she suffered multiple seizures following an abortion, the dispatcher asked: “Is she - well, is she pregnant?”
“She was. Not anymore!” responded the clinic worker.
Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger said that the clinic workers’ casual tones were even more unsettling than the cases themselves.
“As disturbing as the critical nature of these life-threatening emergencies are, perhaps more disturbing are the callous attitudes of some of the abortion workers and their willingness to cover up for the abortionists,” said Sullenger.
“The clinic workers are careful about how much information they revealed to the emergency dispatchers, and in many cases, even attempt to shift the blame for the complications onto the woman. Their general actions and attitudes toward the woman they just injured are despicable.”
The latest tapes were obtained under an open records act request made by Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life, who forwarded the recordings to Operation Rescue. They show women ranging in ages from 18 to 34 who were between 8 weeks and approximately 24 weeks pregnant.
Sullenger called for immediate closure of the two Albuquerque clinics “for the protection of the public. “It’s just wrong for paramedics to have to clean up after these abortion quacks every ten weeks,” said Sullenger.
Operation Rescue is preparing new complaints against the abortionists involved. Three abortionists from Southwestern Women’s Options, Curtis Boyd, Shelley Sella, and Susan Robinson are already under investigation by the New Mexico Medical Board.
Recordings and transcripts of the eight 911 calls are available at Operation Rescue’s website here.