EVERETT, Washington, April 7, 2011 ( – A recording of a 911 call confirms that a Washington Planned Parenthood facility sent a botched abortion victim to the hospital last month, reports the pro-life watchdog Abortion in Washington (AIW).


While praying outside the Everett, Washington Planned Parenthood facility on March 18, AIW reporter Mary Emanuel witnessed the event and took photographs as three paramedics and close to a dozen staff workers shielded a patient from view as she was wheeled from the facility’s side entrance into a waiting ambulance.  At the same time, participants in the local 40 Days for Life campaign were praying in front of the facility. 

A Planned Parenthood staff member called 911 that day to order the ambulance for “a patient that is bleeding that we need to transfer to the hospital immediately”.  “We just did an abortion on her,” the staffer told the dispatcher, according to AIW.

“The attitude of the paramedics seemed to be one of sadness mixed with anger,“ wrote the AIW reporter at the time.  She added that staff members also seemed visibly upset by the incident.

The woman was taken to Providence Medical Center’s Pacific Campus.  AIW called the hospital to request an update on the health of the patient, but were refused comment.

AIW also wrote to Christine Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, to enquire about the patient. 

“The woman was evidently … transferred to a hospital for observation,” Charbonneau told AIW in an email on March 19.

The patient was “very much alive, stable and getting care appropriate to the situation.”  In answer to why the woman was shielded from view, Charbonneau added, the “client asked for privacy so the client’s face was covered when wheeled outside, to avoid being harassed and photographed by protestors (sic).”

AIW reported that Chabonneau refused to identify the abortionist who performed the abortion, as well as other staff members for credential checks.