With Democrat accomplices, Planned Parenthood quietly seeks to deny life-saving emergency medical care to women in California. How and why would an organization claiming to champion “women’s health care” want to deny any woman life-saving emergency care?
Planned Parenthood is promoting AB 1177 in the California state legislature to repeal the licensing requirement that “primary care clinics” have a written “transfer agreement” with a nearby hospital. Sounds so bureaucratic, boring and harmless, doesn’t it? Let’s lift the curtain to see what it really means and why it matters.
A “transfer agreement” is a commitment by a hospital to provide live-saving emergency care to patients who experience serious complications in a “primary care clinic”. Abortion facilities are “primary care clinics.” To obtain a license to operate under current law, abortion clinics must have a transfer agreement on file with a local hospital in case something goes wrong and the woman needs emergency medical care. Many women have suffered serious and even fatal complications from abortion procedures (e.g. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia).
So why in the world would Planned Parenthood oppose any agreement with a local hospital to save the life of a woman just in case? Because it’s all about the money and transfer requirements are very bad for business.
Local citizens opposed to abortion are using the transfer agreement requirement to thwart Planned Parenthood’s business. Thousands of Imperial Valley residents do not want Planned Parenthood to operate an abortion mill in their community of El Centro, California. They demanded the city-owned El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) revoke its transfer agreement with Planned Parenthood. Without it, Planned Parenthood cannot get the state license to perform abortions at its new abortion mill in El Centro. So Planned Parenthood wants to abort the transfer requirement, making a legal end run around the people of El Centro and any other community opposed to its abortion business.
Ironically, AB 1177 would further erode women’s medical and legal protections from the pro-abortion lobby’s favorite bogeyman of “back-alley” abortions. The pro-abortion legislature in California has already eliminated the requirement that real doctors perform abortions (AB 154). It eliminated (AB 980) the requirement for abortion clinics to have such basic medical equipment as a gynecological table, oxygen sources and sterile surgical instruments necessary for performing an abortion, emergency medication and IV fluids, or even a system of ensuring staff availability for follow-up care, repealing longstanding health and safety requirements. No doctors, few healthcare standards or regulations and now, with the proposed AB 1177, no hospital agreement in case something goes wrong with the mother! Planned Parenthood can simply shove the hemorrhaging woman into an ambulance, slam the doors on her, and wash its bloody hands. All in the name of women’s “health”.
AB 1177 is set for a hearing in the California Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, April 21, in Room 4202 in the California State Capitol. All of the promoters of AB 1177 are either Planned Parenthood named organizations or controlled by Planned Parenthood. Not surprisingly, the authors of the bill are all Democrats — Jimmy Gomez, (51st AD), Autumn Burke (62nd AD) and Evan Low (28th AD).