BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Earlier this year, a Beverly Hills abortion took a turn for the better when a woman's husband insisted that his wife leave the abortionist's office and go to an emergency room.
The mother had a pregnancy complication called "hyperemesis gravidarum," which can cause nausea, vomiting and weight loss. It is a severe form of morning sickness that can persist beyond the first nine weeks. The condition is not easy to endure, but treatments are available. A healthy child can be delivered with support and proper medical care.
This particular mother was opting for an abortion. While the parents' names remain unknown, recordings from the 911 call reveal they were at the Pro-Choice Medical Center (PCMC), a facility operated by Dr. Josepha Seletz, known as the "abortionist to the stars."
Seletz performs abortions into the third trimester. Her facilities are upscale, with vases of cut flowers and a rich decor. But over the last three years, Operation Rescue has documented 10 medical emergencies originating from that address.
The only reason anyone knows about this incident is because of the work of Operation Rescue.
Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice president for Operation Rescue, told Church Militant how it finds these cases: "We have a researcher who makes monthly public records requests for 911 transcripts."
Because this clinic does third-trimester abortions, Sullenger says there is a greater likelihood of serious injury and complications.
You can listen to the call, but here is part of the transcript:
911: Okay, and what's the problem there?
PCMC: There's a patient who came in with hyperemesis, and she hasn't been established as a patient yet, but she's not feeling well, and so ...
So we know the mother had literally just walked in the door. She had not been checked in yet but she was experiencing symptoms severe enough that 911 was contacted.
Stumped by the word, "hyperemesis," the dispatcher interrupts:
911: I'm sorry. What is the problem she's having?
PCMC: She's having chest pain and, um ...
911: Chest pains?
PCMC: Um-hmm. And her husband wants her to go to the ER. He doesn't want to be here.
From the transcript, it is not clear if dad was a reluctant participant in the decision to have an abortion. However, he used those symptoms to get his wife away from the abortion clinic and to an emergency room.
Sullenberger concedes that we don't know what happened in the emergency room at Mt. Sinai Hospital where the mother was taken. "We still pray for them," Sullenberger said.
She tells Church Militant that she wishes Operation Rescue were able to make comprehensive requests for public records on each abortion clinic in the nation.
"That would give us a fuller picture of exactly what is going on nationwide. Right now we have anecdotal evidence that helps show the medical dangers associated with abortion, but there is still so much we haven't been able to uncover," she said.