OK During an OD? Kettering Clinic Gives Patient Narcan After Abortion
Records obtained by Dayton (OH) pro-life activists show that Martin Haskell’s Kettering abortion business performed an abortion last spring on a woman who entered the business nearly unconscious and unable to walk or talk.
The doctor on staff performed the abortion after speaking to Haskell and a backup doctor at Wright State University, and later gave the woman Narcan, a medicine administered after a heroin overdose — all before calling an ambulance to take her to the hospital for detox.
Staff did not mention that the woman had just had an abortion on the 911 call, presumably because the ER staff already knew and was waiting for the woman.
The abortion took place on June 11, 2015. “I personally witnessed the first day she came, and she was clearly under the influence on that day,” says Rev. Katherine Marple, of Keep Life Legal, who witnesses outside the business. “This was no accident, no ‘oops’ in judgement; this was a blatant abuse of the patient and the law.”
According to investigation records, the woman visited Haskell’s business on June 10 with “a friend.” She was given six tablets of Percocet, a powerful opiod painkiller that is frequently abused, and had “a dilator” inserted into her cervix. Sticks of a substance made of seaweed are used by abortionists to soften and open the cervix for abortions in the second and third trimesters. They are left in place for 24 hours.
Again according to the investigation records, the woman returned on the 11th “and was noted to be leaning on her friend, walking slowly.” When staff sat her in a wheelchair, she was unable to hold her head up: “Review of a physician’s note dated 6/11/16 revealed Patient #1 ‘arrived at the office in a somulent [sic] state; responsive to strong stimuli; but otherwise not able to walk, or to make coherent conversation.’”
The report goes on to say that the woman’s companion told staff that she “took two Soma and several Percocet and probably Suboxone and perhaps even some heroin on her way in,” and that staff consulted with two different doctors, “including the medical director and the designated transfer physician in the back-up physician group at a local hospital.” All decided that the abortion should proceed despite the woman’s drugged condition, and that the business should then send the woman to the hospital “with a diagnosis of ‘suspected recreational drug overdose.’”
Martin Haskell is the business’s owner and medical director, and Wright State Physicians is the hospital he contracts with. Soma, a prescription muscle relaxant, is often taken with other street drugs to enhance their effects. Suboxone, like Percocet, is an opioid painkiller.
The reason for the decision to abort the woman’s child rather than send her to the hospital at once, the document says, was “the presence of the dialators [sic].”
Ohio law requires that all patients at an ambulatory care center consent to their surgeries. Although one staff member told investigators the woman was conscious and responded when prompted, the business’s records said she was “semi-conscious with a low blood pressure.” Furthermore, the investigation report says, “review of the physician’s note revealed the physician was aware of Patient #1’s lack of cognition and inability to participate in her care prior to the procedure,” and that no records indicated that she was even asked if she wanted to withdraw consent.
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Operation Rescue, a pro-life group that monitors 911 calls at abortion businesses, noted and recorded the call , but took no further action because the caller did not say that the woman had had an abortion.
“An abortion procedure was done on Patient 1, apparently without further medication, without her consent, and most likely without her knowledge given her impaired state of consciousness,” Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullinger wrote Monday, after the report was distributed by Dayton-area pro-life activiists Bob and Vivien Scovgard, who saw the woman enter and filed the information request
“The facility remains open,” Sullinger continued, “and there is no evidence that the Ohio Medical Board has held Haskell or the suspected abortionist, Roslyn Kade, responsible in any way.”
Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, called for an investigation into why the Department of Health seems to have taken no action.
“If this woman was aborted without her consent, this constitutes an illegal abortion,” she says.”We expect full investigation into these serious allegations of violations of a woman and her unborn child’s protections.”
Marple says the business, the Wright State practice, and the “friend” are all responsible for what amounts to a derliction of medical care. “Stop the sham!” she wrote in her own account of the report. “Abortionists are business people, not doctors. They clearly have no interest in their patients or their lives, but love their bank accounts. This woman could have died from the cocktail of drugs she took that day.
“But not just the abortionist is at fault here, although the law puts them in the forefront. The person who brought the patient in KNOWING she was under the influence should have taken her straight to the emergency room. So one had to wonder what stake the friend had in the abortion to take this kind of chance with her life?”
According to the ODOH investigation, Haskell’s Kettering “Women’s Med Center” reported performing 2,522 procedures in the last year.
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