In the early afternoon of December 6, 2022, 911 was called by a nurse at Chicago’s Family Planning Associates Medical Group to report that a 35-year-old woman who had been sedated for a surgical abortion was not waking up.
The 911 records, provided to Operation Rescue by the Pro-Life Action League, revealed details concerning the woman’s frightening condition.
She was sedated using propofol, a fast-acting drug administered intravenously before surgery to induce a deep level of sleep and sedation. It should only be administered by medical professionals trained for advanced cardiac life support because it can cause blood pressure to drop and breathing to stop. Thus, the patient’s respiratory condition must be monitored extremely closely.
Critical issues related to anesthesia are certainly not new to this clinic.
The malpractice lawsuits filed against Family Planning Medical Group Associates and its abortionists are too numerous to count. Included among them are alleged wrongful deaths of:
- 13-year-old Deanna Bell – died following an abortion under general anesthesia
- Maria Rodriguez – died of massive hemorrhaging allegedly due to perforation of her uterus during an 18-week abortion
- Kakia Jorden – died from cardiac arrest after sedation complications – allegedly due to the staff’s negligent failure to provide the critical intervention of oxygen ventilation
Since 2018, Operation Rescue has documented 17 medical emergencies requiring transport by ambulance to a nearby hospital emergency room. Some of the more recent emergencies have involved a 20-year-old woman threatening suicide following the abortion, a woman rushed to the hospital for a cardiac emergency following a surgical abortion, a woman choking on her own vomit.