Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Byer's Remorse

Tony Perkins
Family Research Council

When it comes to abortions, Planned Parenthood won't take "no" for an answer. Just ask Ayanna Byer. If it weren't for the quick thinking of an emergency room doctor, she might not be here to hold them accountable for their ruthless approach to women. Byer's horror story started at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, where, seconds away from her abortion, she had a change of heart. When the staff couldn't administer her anesthesia, Byer told them she wanted to stop the procedure. According to court documents, the abortionist refused, "turned on the vacuum machines, and told Byer it was too late... He proceeded while Byer, fully awake, was forced to feel the full pain of the procedure against her will..."

Amazingly, that was just the beginning of Ayanna's nightmare. The clinic sent Byer home with a few pain pills and never once tested to see if the procedure was complete. Turns out, it wasn't. Two days later, Byer was rushed to the emergency room with her life on the line. His patient bleeding profusely, Dr. Steven Foley ran tests and found that Planned Parenthood had left dismembered body parts Byer's uterus. He rushed Ayanna into "an immediate high-risk surgery" to save her from Planned Parenthood's botched abortion.

Dr. Foley was so outraged that he submitted testimony in the lawsuit filed on Byer's behalf by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). In it, he fumes that Planned Parenthood refused to perform even the simplest of tests to ensure their patient was safe. "No practicing physician can maintain privileges to practice and perform surgery," he fumed, "if they do not provide specific coverage for their patients in case of a complication. It is considered 'abandonment' of your patient. It is not acceptable to refer your patients to the Emergency Department and assume the on-call doctor will take care of any complications and assume all the risk associated with the complications. It is medically inappropriate for a physician to remove products of conception and not confirm the diagnosis with pathology. I know of no physician or hospital that would allow the removal of a specimen of this nature and assume what the diagnosis was by just 'looking' at it."

Coercion, incompetence, physical torture--is this the type of "women's health care" taxpayers can expect from their billion-dollar investment in Planned Parenthood? Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Rep. Peter Olson (R-Texas), and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) think not. Like the majority of Americans, this trio is incensed at how taxpayers have been dragged into the dark world of the abortion industry. Together with 50 other members of Congress, they demand a specific accounting of how Planned Parenthood is spending taxpayers' money (since it's obviously not going to patient comfort, pathology reports, or follow-up care).

Although Cecile Richards's group can't, by law, use the millions of tax dollars it receives for abortion, one would think that it helps free up the organization's other bank accounts for basic surgical necessities--like anesthesia. "My hope," said former nurse and Congressman Diane Black, "is that through greater transparency and accountability we can successfully mobilize the support needed to defund abortion providers--once and for all."