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Abortionist Who Was Accused of Rape and Forced Abortion Fails to Report Horrific Botched Abortion

“Every woman in Florida should be protesting him.” -Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue

By Cheryl Sullenger

Fort Lauderdale, FL – A recent complaint-based inspection report from All Women’s Clinic, an abortion facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reveals a badly botched 20-week abortion that required the patient to be transported to a local hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.

Inspectors found the complaint to be “unsubstantiated,” but in the process of their investigation, they discovered the horrific abortion injury, which was referred to in the report as a deficiency “associated” with the complaint.

All Women’s Clinic was cited on February 16, 2018, for failure to report the serious injury to the Agency for Health Care Administration within 10 days of the incident, as required.

Operation Rescue has confirmed that Theodor Lehrer is the lone abortionist at All Women’s Clinic. Since no other abortionist works there, Lehrer would have been the one who conducted the botched abortion procedure noted in the citation.

The one-page report was heavily redacted but still revealed alarming details of the two-day abortion procedure conducted on a 20-week pregnant woman described only as “Patient #1.”

According to the report, at 10:30 a.m. on an unknown (redacted) date, four laminaria dilators were removed from Patient #1. Five minutes later, the final stage of the dismemberment abortion process began.

In an interview with the health inspector, Lehrer admitted that at some point during the abortion he realized he had pulled out bowel tissue and suspected that another body part, which was redacted from the report, had suffered possible damage. He told the inspector that he immediately halted the procedure and contacted 911. Lehrer apparently accompanied the injured woman to the Broward General Medical Center where he holds hospital privileges. There, he assisted a hospital surgeon in repairing the torn uterus while the surgeon repaired her damaged bowel.

The report further stated, “During the interview, the Physician explains that ‘Patient #1 received a [redacted] due to the perforation.’” While there is no way to know for sure what the redacted word is, the need for a hysterectomy would be consistent with the injuries noted in the inspection report.

The inspector found that All Women’s Clinic reported serious complications biannually instead of within 10 days as prescribed by law. The complication log maintained by the abortion facility lacked important information such as the date, names of patients, and details of the injuries.

Six abortion injuries were noted on the ill-kept log, including Patient #1’s botched abortion.

However, this was not the first time Lehrer failed to report a serious injury in a timely manner or had other run-ins with the law.

A previous inspection report dated August 31, 2010, revealed an almost identical incident to the one cited on February 16, 2018. Lehrer once again perforated a patient’s uterus and transported her to the Broward General Medical Center for emergency surgery, but failed to report it within ten days.

When asked about why he failed to report, Lehrer claimed he had been sick on the day the report was due.

All Women’s Clinic also failed inspections conducted in May 2013 and September 2014 for ill-maintained equipment, poor recovery room care, non-existent emergency protocols, and for conducting second trimester abortions in a facility licensed only for abortions in the first trimester. It was also fined $200 on June 15, 2015, for failing to file required monthly pregnancy termination reports.

But there is more to Lehrer’s disturbing background that should have disqualified him from practicing medicine long ago.

In April 1988, Lehrer was arrested and released on $50,000 bond for raping and forcing an abortion on his wife. News reports explained the grisly details. After she declined to have sex with him due to her pregnancy-related sickness, he handcuffed her on the bed, dragged her into the bathroom, and forcibly raped her after which he aborted their 11-to-14-week old pre-born baby. She notified the police, then spent two days in a hospital where a physician confirmed that she had been pregnant and that an abortion had occurred, according to reports.

An April 29, 1988, Miami Herald article stated that Lehrer admitted to raping his wife, but denied giving her an abortion. [Read the shocking article.]

Judge J. Bart Budetti, who oversaw Lehrer’s criminal case was appalled by the allegations. “If in fact this occurred and this person is a physician, it’s beyond comprehension,” he told the Miami Herald.

In addition to criminal charges, a complaint was filed with the Florida Medical Board, but both cases were later dropped when Lehrer’s wife was unable to testify due her battle with Hodgkin’s disease coupled with her emotional state.

“I doubt if any woman would walk into that abortion facility if she understood Lehrer’s history of botched abortions, or how he was arrested for brutally raping his pregnant wife then forcing an abortion on her. Every woman in Florida should be protesting him,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This man has caused a lot of human misery in his life. It’s a shame the authorities haven’t taken action to shut him down. I pray that by bringing this troubling information to the public, it will cause a backlash that will close his horrific abortion business for good.”

Insights from the Courtroom: Abortion Malpractice Trial Reveals Over Half of Baby’s Skull Missed During Botched Late-Term Abortion

Baby came out is “100-1,000” pieces

By Cheryl Sullenger

Denver, CO – On this forty-fifth memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme court decision that decriminalized abortion in the U.S., this abortion horror story illustrates the human price of that tragic decision.

Last week, a local pro-life activist attended one day of the malpractice trail against late-term abortionist Warren Hern, who is accused by a former abortion patient, Jennifer D., of botching her abortion by leaving a piece of her baby’s skull inside her womb that resulted in a hysterectomy.

The activist, who wishes to remain anonymous, visited the courtroom on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, for Day 5 of the proceedings. The observer took notes and reported to Operation Rescue about the day’s testimony.

According to the pro-life observer, a psychologist, Dr. Robert Arias, a psychologist from Lincoln, Nebraska, who specializes in neuropsychology and behavioral sciences, gave testimony through a video deposition. He spoke of the plaintiff’s pain and suffering that resulted from her ordeal after her abortion by Hern at his Boulder Abortion Clinic in 2013.

He testified that she did not exaggerate her claims of pain and suffering, and that her claims are real and accurate. There was testimony of spousal abuse and other issues her life that made the complications she endured for 14 months after her abortion particularly traumatizing.

In addition, Arias’ testimony and other court records revealed that Jennifer had a son with severe birth defects prior to the 2013 abortion. That son died from his conditions in 2014, which only added stress and grief to an already difficult situation of coping with her abortion-related injuries.

One court record, an exhibit for the defense, obtained by Operation Rescue, stated in part:

In 2009 [Jennifer] was diagnosed with depression and incapacitating migraine headaches, exacerbated by stress. She was now (in 2015) diagnosed with adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood. She was grieving over the loss of her son and deciding how to proceed with her marriage. Jennifer was a victim of verbal and physical abuse; in addition, her husband had been having an affair for the first few years of their marriage. Currently Jennifer and Jason state that their marriage is a “work in progress.”

Hern’s defense attacked Dr. Arias’ testimony by attempting to belittle him.

The courtroom observer explained that Jennifer D. sat through the day’s proceedings without reaction, and appeared to stare blankly as testimony was given by Dr. Andrew Robertson, her maternal fetal medicine physician, who reviewed the gruesome details of what happened to her baby during the abortion.

Dr. Robertson reviewed the case and testified that Hern failed to follow multiple protocols that are written in Hern’s own book, which is considered the standard for abortion procedures.

Testimony indicated that when Hern conducted the abortion of Jennifer’s 25-week baby, he only dilated her cervix to 2 cm, barely large enough to insert the instruments used to dismember a pre-born baby that big.

Even though Hern conducted an ultrasound, which showed indications of a “echodensity” that should have been an indicator that something had been left behind, Hern ignored the ultrasound result and reported that the abortion was complete.

That “echodensity” was later found to have been a 3.5 cm bone fragment, which weighted five grams and accounted for over fifty percent of the baby’s skull.

Hern’s defense consisted of attacking Robertson for conducting a hysterectomy after he tried and failed to remove the skull bone, which kept chipping and breaking into fragments as he attempted removal during surgery. Hern insists a hysterectomy was unnecessary.

Another witness, C.C., who has worked for Hern for 17 years, testified that although she was not in the procedure room that day, she was the one tasked with reassembling the baby’s remains to determine if everything had been removed.

Hern removed the baby in approximately “100-1,000 pieces,” making it impossible to weigh the remains without the placenta, she stated.

There was a discrepancy in the weight of the remains and placenta with the weight of a 25-week pregnancy. 209 grams were missing from the actual weight of the remains and what should have been the actual weight. C.C. attempted to blame the discrepancy on a malformed skull, but that and the five grams of bone found embedded in Jennifer’s uterus did not account for the full discrepancy.

C.C. was obviously covering up for her long-time employer by calling him an amazing and meticulous man for whom safety of his patients is his primary concern.

“It is disturbing to hear witnesses describe the most barbaric of human abuses in an emotionless, clinical fashion, as if tearing a 25-week baby into 1,000 pieces is a normal medical procedure. It’s not normal. It’s the kind of thing a mentally-ill serial killer would take pleasure in doing. We should all be appalled and horrified,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is the legacy of Roe v. Wade.”

Day 6 of the trail resumed on January 17, 2018, with further video testimony from Dr. Arias, the psychologist who testified of Jennifer’s mental state, according to courtroom minutes.

This was followed by testimony from Jennifer’s husband, Jason, who personally took the stand for about an hour.

Before lunch, there was a dramatic development. After the plaintiff’s case, Hern’s attorneys made an oral motion for judgement, which would have ended the case in Hern’s favor. Judge Phillip A. Brimmer granted the motion in part by dismissing the Boulder Abortion Clinic from the suit, but he denied the motion to dismiss Hern, so the trial continued.

After lunch a Planned Parenthood abortionist Frederick Hopkins was sworn in. He testified for the rest of the day on behalf of the defense.

Hopkins’ testimony continued into Day 7 of the trial on January 18, 2018. Hopkins was followed by someone referred to only as V.H., then by Dr. Kristina Tocce, an Obstrician-Gynecologist with the University of Colorado Denver.

Day 8 of the trial was supposed to continue on January 19, however, court records for that day were not yet available.

The proceedings appear to be spilling into their third week, but the disposition of the case remains unknown. Operation Rescue will continue to monitor court records and post updates as they become available.

“We want to thank the court room observer who provided details from the courtroom. Those insights were important in helping us understand what happened to Jennifer, and how Hern is attempting to shift the blame onto others for his own mistakes. We pray for her and her family that there can be healing from this tremendous trauma,” said Newman.

Documents:

Courtroom Minutes 1/16/2018
Courtroom Minutes 1/17/2018
Courtroom Minutes 1/18/2018
Defense Exhibit


Read previous report about this trial.

Court Docs Hint at Proceedings in Late-Term Abortionist’s Malpractice Trial for Nightmare Botched Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Denver, CO – Court proceedings are expected to resume today in a Federal malpractice trial against late-term abortionist Warren Hern that was brought by a Nebraska woman, who suffered horrendous injuries due to a nightmarish botched abortion in 2013.

Hern, who is nearly 80 years of age, is a nationally known late-term abortionist who operates the Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado. He is one of the few abortionists that openly admit to conducting abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue was the first to report on the malpractice case on April 26, 2016, after obtaining court records that described a botched abortion horror story.

In 2013, Jennifer D. was pregnant with a wanted baby. However, after her pre-born son was diagnosed with “severe cerebral abnormalities” near the end of her second trimester of pregnancy, she was encouraged by her personal physician to get an abortion. She was referred to Hern’s Boulder Abortion Clinic.

After her dilation and evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion, which was done days away from her third trimester, Jennifer suffered complications that included break-through bleeding over the course of the next few months. Finally, she was taken into surgery to remove a foreign object that had been discovered cutting into her uterus. Unable to remove it, her doctor was forced to perform a hysterectomy.

When the object was finally analyzed, it was determined to be a four-centimeter slightly curved section of bone from her aborted baby’s skull. [Read the full report.]

The trial began on January 8, 2018, with jury selection in the Denver Federal Courtroom of Judge Phillip A. Brimmer. The process took all morning and into the early afternoon with a total of 21 jurors being excused for various reasons until, at last, nine citizens – 6 jurors and 3 alternates — were selected to sit on the jury and decide the case.

Plaintiff’s opening statements began shortly after 2:30 p.m., followed by the defense’s opening statements, according to courtroom minutes.

Jennifer’s complaint had accused Hern of failing to examine the baby’s remains to ensure the abortion was complete, and misrepresenting that he completed the abortion without performing adequate diagnostics that would have detected the skull fragment.

Hern’s defense, as expressed in other court records, is that Jennifer’s hysterectomy was unnecessary and the fault of her own physician. He argues his own follow-up care exceeded the standard of care.

To open the plaintiff’s case, Jennifer took the stand and testified for a half hour before court was recessed for the day.

On Day Two of the trial, Jennifer once again took the stand to testify for nearly an hour and a half, after which the judge excused the Jurors and conducted a “discussion” regarding decorum during witness examination. There was obviously some need for this discussion. Based on this writer’s experience in attendance at many hearings and trials, often such discussions comes as the result of overt reactions from observers in the gallery.

In fact, according to the courtroom minutes, after a recess, there was continued discussion regarding a member of Hern’s legal defense team, Amy Cook-Olson, who had interaction with a spectator. Such interaction is usually frowned upon by judges and earn a stern warning.

Jennifer was on the stand testifying the rest of the day. The subject of her testimony was not recorded in the court room minutes.

Day Three began on January 10, with Jennifer again taking the stand for another two hours of testimony.

“It’s very stressful to be grilled on the stand for the better part of three days, especially for someone who has to relive a trauma,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who is no stranger to a courtroom as a plaintiff, a defendant, and as an observer. “Jennifer was brave to endure that.”

Next up was a video deposition of Dr. Mark Carlson, the gynecologist who performed Jennifer’s surgery and ensuing hysterectomy. This video was played in lieu of live testimony. Later in the afternoon the testimony of Dr. Alan Torrell, a pathology specialist from Omaha, Nebraska, was heard through another videotaped deposition.

The day concluded with yet another video deposition of plaintiff’s witness Dr. Robert Arias, a psychologist from Lincoln, Nebraska, who specializes in neuropsychology and behavioral sciences.

While the details of these video depositions are unknown, court records offer hints as to where the plaintiff’s case is headed. A pathologist might well discuss the bone fragments removed from Jennifer’s uterus, while a psychologist would be qualified to discuss Jennifer’s mental condition, pain, and suffering that is alleged in her complaint.

Day 4 began with a discussion outside the presence of the jury concerning taking witnesses out of turn. Usually the plaintiff’s attorneys will present their full case, followed by the defense’s witnesses.

For whatever reason, next up was testimony of Warren Hern as presented in the form of another video deposition, which is unusual given that Hern was likely present in the courtroom. That video continued until the lunch break, after which plaintiff’s next witness Dr. Regan Theiler took the stand – this time, in person.

Theiler is a known abortionist who formerly served as Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire. She is currently employed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

It is common in cases involving abortions to have someone who does them testify for the plaintiff. For example, during the Kermit Gosnell abortion/murder trial in 2013, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, Charles David Benjamin, testified for the prosecution against Gosnell and his horrific practices.

Theiler testified for the remainder of the day.

Jurors were dismissed and Judge Brimmer conducted a discussion about “confidentiality of upcoming witnesses,” which is perhaps a harbinger of what can be expected when the trial resumes on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. It is expected to conclude on Friday.

Operation Rescue will continue to closely follow this case, especially since reporting on it has been blacked out by Colorado media. The only coverage of this trial so far has been one brief story from a Nebraska newspaper, which was then covered by pro-life media outlets.

Read Court Room Minutes:

Day 1, January 8, 2018.
Day 2, January 9, 2018.
Day 3, January 10, 2018.
Day 4, January 11, 2018.

UPDATE! Alive or Dead? What the Heck Happened To This Botched Abortion Victim?

UPDATE 11/29/2017: Thanks to our readers, we now have more answers. The position of the woman on the gurney has been clarified. She was actually laying on her right side in the fetal position with the restraint under her left arm. Her head cannot be seen in any of the photos. However, oxygen tubes are seen running to the area where her head would be. The conclusion is now that the patient was alive at the time of the transport, but in pain and in need of further care. We are thankful for the input from our readers and are grateful to have at least part of this mystery solved. As with any developing story, additional information has clarified this situation. The video description on YouTube.com has been edited to reflect this update. The article below has been edited to reflect this new information.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Hartford, CT – Disturbing photos have surfaced that show a woman bound at the neck to a gurney during a medical emergency at Hartford GYN Center on October 21, 2017.

The photos, which were taken by a pro-life activist who was on the scene when the emergency occurred, depicted a woman covered completely in white sheets. A sheet that covered her head appeared to be cinched at the neck. Update: However it was learned that the restraint was actually under the woman’s left arm. (See update above.)

Operation Rescue published a report about the incident last week that included a video featuring the actual 911 call placed by a Hartford GYN nurse. That call indicated that a patient was in the middle of an abortion procedure and was experiencing “excessive bleeding.” The abortion business requested an ambulance to transport the hemorrhaging woman to Hartford Hospital.

The troubling photos also showed the woman lying in the fetal position with her knees bent under the sheet.

“Is she alive or dead? Right now, we just don’t know, but it doesn’t look good,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

A search of recent obituaries in the Hartford area was inconclusive.

“We will keep researching this horrific incident until we get answers,” said Newman. “In the meantime, women should be warned that this abortion facility is not safe.”

Read previous report.

Woman Suffers Serious Injury, Nearly Dies after Botched Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA — Terri Palmquist noticed an ominous change at the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, where she regularly stands vigil to pray and offer practical assistance to abortion-bound women.

It was October 3, 2017, during their “LifeVigil” prayer campaign organized by Terri and her husband, Tim. She watched as one woman was helped into the abortion facility doubled over in pain, as if she was experiencing the severe cramps of labor – something with which Terri was well familiar as the mother of eleven. It seemed this woman who struggled to walk was experiencing some kind of complication from a recent abortion.

Terri had seen her share of women suffering abortion complications as well, having ministered outside the same high-volume abortion facility for nearly three decades.

She had remained throughout the years and watched as one abortionist after the other was hired, then moved on, leaving a trail of frequently injured women in their wake.

But the man who has been conducting abortions at the Bakersfield FPA abortion facility since the beginning of the year, Donald Clyde Willis, seemed to be among the worst she had ever seen. Up until then, he had sent five abortion patients to the emergency room for treatment of serious complications.

Later that morning, Terri spoke to the mother of another woman who was inside getting an abortion at four-and-a-half months into her pregnancy. The mother explained that her daughter had “seaweed” inserted the day before.

Suddenly, Terri understood what was happening. Willis was now doing more expensive second trimester abortions, upping the previous gestational limit that for years topped out at end of the first trimester.

But Terri also had a gut feeling. An abortionist with a horrible safety record doing the riskier and more difficult second trimester abortions was a recipe for disaster. At 1:30 p.m., she told her husband Tim, her partner in ministry, that he needed to get ready for an ambulance.

Her instincts were spot on.

Just 17 minutes later, at 1:47 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the FPA Women’s Health abortion business, followed by a security vehicle from the Adventist Health hospital two blocks away. A woman covered completely by a sheet was brought out on a gurney and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

But something wasn’t right. The ambulance didn’t leave right away. Both EMTs appeared to be in the back of the ambulance treating the woman for several minutes before finally making the short trip to the emergency room, where Tim was waiting, camera in hand, thanks to Terri’s early warning.

When the gurney was pulled out of the ambulance, her head was no longer covered. Tim’s video clearly showed a young light-skinned woman wearing an oxygen mask attached to an oxygen source under the gurney. The obstetric position in which she laid, with her knees up and legs slightly apart, was unusual. Was that blood under her on the gurney?

She appeared unconscious.

This wasn’t the same woman who had earlier struggled to walk into the abortion facility, nor was she the woman who completed a two-day abortion that morning.

She was the sixth Willis patient to be transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room this year.

Tim Palmquist told Operation Rescue that he learned more about what happened. He said the patient was a 23-year old Hispanic woman whose uterus was perforated during the abortion. Once at the hospital, she suffered cardiac arrest. Her heart reportedly stopped for five minutes before doctors could revive her. Her injuries were so serious that she received an emergency hysterectomy.

Currently, the woman is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Adventist Health.

“FPA has upped the ante in Bakersfield by expanding abortions into the second trimester, so we are upping the ante, too,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are filing a formal complaint against Donald Clyde Willis with the California Medical Board and will be seeking an emergency suspension of his medical license.”

Willis is a suicide survivor with documented mental health issues that caused Alaska to demand his medical license surrender. He moved to California from his home in Oregon to evade the permanent restrictions imposed on his medical license after the suicide attempt that included strict monitoring and routine appointments with a mental health professional. He also has a history of financial difficulties, having declared bankruptcy in 2010.

Below are brief summaries of his other abortion-related misadventures that forced the emergency hospitalization of Bakersfield area women this year.

January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.
February 18, 2017: A female patient was transported from FPA Women’s Health to a nearby hospital. The disturbing pattern of botched abortions caused Operation Rescue to issue an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California.
August 19, 2017: A woman who appeared to be awake and moving was transported to Kern Medical where she was rushed into the emergency room.

Visit the Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health’s profile page on AbortionDocs.org.
Visit Willis’ profile page on AbortionDocs.org.

Visit LifeVigil Bakersfield’s Facebook page.

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