February 21, 2013 Print

Take Action: Women Sues Colorado Planned Parenthood over Forced Abortion

by Bethany Monk

A woman filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and one of its abortionists. The lawsuit claims they forced her to undergo an abortion without anesthesia and then left part of her baby’s body inside her.

Ayanna Byer, 40, says she changed her mind about having an abortion after Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs informed her they could not give her the agreed-upon intravenous anesthesia. The lawsuit claims the abortionist performed the abortion anyway.  Byer was then sent home, but ended up in an emergency room two days later.

“A woman’s life is more important than Planned Parenthood’s bottom line,” said Doug Romero, allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing the woman. “What Planned Parenthood did to Ayanna is beyond the pale. They clearly put her through extraordinary cruelty and jeopardized her life. Their actions were intolerable.”

According to the complaint, the abortionist turned on the vacuum machine and proceeded, telling her it was too late to stop. Byer says she was fully awake and felt the full pain of the abortion. She says she never received any anesthesia.

She says he sent her home with pain pills. According to the complaint, Byer had no idea that part of her baby’s body was still inside her.

Two days later, Byer had to seek emergency treatment at a hospital. The on-call emergency room doctor who assisted her said in a statement that Byer “was septic with high fever and elevated white count.” He said she required an “immediate high-risk surgery” to remove what was left in her body during the Planned Parenthood abortion.

“Because of her continued pain and heavy bleeding, I was concerned that the patient might have had an ectopic pregnancy,” or abnormal pregnancy, the doctor writes. “I called Planned Parenthood the following day to inquire about pathology results only to learn that no pathology is done to abortion patients. The doctor performing the abortion ‘looks’ at the tissue and makes a diagnosis.”

He calls this lack of care an “abandonment” of the 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,” the ER doctor continues. “It is medically inappropriate for a physician to remove products of conception and not confirm diagnosis with pathology. I know of no physician or hospital that would allow removal of a specimen of this nature and assume the diagnosis was just by ‘looking at it.’”

Public money should not support Planned Parenthood.

“Is this the type of organization American taxpayers should be funding to the tune of $540 million per year?” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael Norton, a former U.S. attorney for the district of Colorado. Norton helped write an ADF report to the U.S. House of Representatives concerning claims of fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars by Planned Parenthood affiliates.

“American tax dollars should be used responsibly and for the common good,” Norton explained. “Planned Parenthood is irresponsible and only promotes its own self-interest. That was clearly seen most vividly in what they did to Ayanna.”

Take Action to Help Defund Planned Parenthood
Please ask your U.S. senators and representative to include pro-life provisions — specifically the defunding of Planned Parenthood — in any 2013 spending bill.

Read the statement submitted by the emergency room doctor.

Read the complaint in Byer v. Doe.

Watch 3801 Lancaster, a film exposing the alleged crimes of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.