Operation Rescue's effort to obtain information on a St. Louis Planned Parenthood is ramping up after city government refused to release public documents.
There have been 22 known emergencies requiring ambulances at the Planned Parenthood since 2009.
Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger tells OneNewsNow the pro-life group ran into a roadblock when requesting information on the latest 911 call from the clinic, on August 21. The information gathered by the dispatcher is public record, with the patient name redacted for privacy.
“But then the rest of the records have to be released to the public, and that's a right that we have that's protected by laws in every state,” says Sullenger.
Federal law must be followed as well, but St. Louis is refusing even though the information has been released in the past.
In a press release, Operation Rescue stated that a city attorney turned down the open records request due to privacy laws, namely the HIPPA healthcare law.
While consulting with attorneys for the next move, Sullenger tells OneNewsNow that Operation Rescue is calling on past or present clinic workers to step forward with information.
“We actually have a program called the Abortion Whistleblowers Program and we offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law,” advises Sullenger.
The Operation Rescue leader stresses that it’s not clear if “actual laws” were broken during the latest 911 call. “It may just be standard-of-care issues,” she explains.
Sullenger adds that with a high abortion patient injury rate, it is important to get to the bottom of the situation so corrective action can be taken.