The following is a statement from Coalition for Life St. Louis Executive Director Brian Westbrook regarding an emergency vehicle sighting at the Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region on Friday, May 13, 2016

*******FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**********

Medical Emergency at Planned Parenthood Clinic

At approximately 2:56 PM on Friday, May 13, 2016, Ben Gruender, Outreach Strategist for Coalition for Life St. Louis, witnessed and recorded an ambulance arriving at the Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region clinic on Forest Park Ave.

Paramedics exited the ambulance and entered the clinic. At approximately 3:05 PM, the same paramedics exited Planned Parenthood with a stretcher. The stretcher’s occupant was covered by a white sheet from head to toe, and two Planned Parenthood employees walked in front of the stretcher with a large white banner, in an attempt to block the victim from public view. Paramedics loaded the stretcher into the back of the ambulance, then returned to the front, leaving the victim in the back and sitting in Planned Parenthood’s parking lot for six minutes before driving away at 3:12 PM.

As of the release of this statement, Planned Parenthood has declined to comment on the presence of the ambulance at their facility.

Gruender described the attitude of Planned Parenthood employees present at the scene as “casual”.

“It seemed very uneventful to them,” Gruender said. “Like it happened every day. It felt like they were packing up a box of merchandise.”

This is not the first time Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region patients have left in an ambulance. This sighting is the latest of 31 recorded sightings since 2009, and 3 within the past year. The dates of those sightings are listed here:

May 13, 2016

January 30, 2016

December 30, 2015

March 7, 2015

November 12, 2014

July 10, 2014

October 29, 2013

October 11, 2013

September 10, 2013

August 21, 2013

January 19, 2013

December 26, 2012

December 1, 2012

November 21, 2012

June 26, 2012

October 19, 2011

May 25, 2011

April 22, 2011

February 12, 2011

August 23, 2010

April 2, 2010

March 31, 2010

March 18, 2010

January 22, 2010

October 24, 2009

October 22, 2009

September 29, 2009

September 29, 2009

June 30, 2009

June 17, 2009

June 13, 2009

In Life,
Brian Westbrook
Executive Director
Coalition For Life St. Louis