Drug-Dealing Ohio Abortionist Suspended, but is Likely to Reoffend

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, OH – Newly released documents from the Ohio Medical Board describe the shocking details that led to the suspension of Ohio abortionist David Burkons, 70, and conditions he must now meet in order to keep his medical license. Burkons is being disciplined for a variety of drug-related violations.

The July 12, 2017, order suspended Burkon’s license for 180 days (six months), to be followed by a conditional probation of at least three years. During that time, Burkons must obey all laws, submit to periodic appearances before the Board, submit to the oversight of a Board-approved monitoring physician, and observe various other conditions.

Burkons was found to have been prescribing dangerous narcotics to fourteen patients, including several friends, without noting the prescriptions in their medical charts. This under-the-table prescribing kept any mention of narcotic use out of the patients’ records. Drugs that were being secretly prescribed included Xanax, Adderall, Valium, Ativan, and Percocet.

He also left blank, signed prescriptions for his employees to fill out for patients. He claimed that he did not understand that this practice was illegal.

Also, during Burkons’ testimony before the Ohio Medical Board, he blamed his clinic administrator for failing to renew the clinic’s Terminal Distributor of Dangerous Drugs license with the Pharmacy Board. This left authorities blind to the distribution of narcotics by Burkons’s Northeast Ohio Women’s Center abortion facility in Cuyahoga Falls.

“Burkons was essentially an illegal drug supplier. His blame-shifting and claiming of ignorance rings hollow, especially in light of his actions that helped his evade discovery,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is clear that he has not taken full responsibility for his dangerous behavior. There is every reason to believe when Burkons’ license is restored, he will be back up to his old ways once the coast is clear. That makes him a danger to the public.”

Within 30 days of the suspension order, Burkons was required to provide a copy of his suspension order to all his employers, all entities with which he is under contract, and all hospitals where he has privileges.

That list includes a list of troubled Ohio abortion facilities.

Burkons owns and operates the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center, a facility he took over in 2014, when the previous abortion business there closed due to the revocation of its Ambulatory Surgical Facility (ASF) license. After failed inspections and other difficulties, Burkons was able to relicense that facility in 2015. He says he has hired another abortionist to keep this abortion facility open during his suspension.

Burkons also works at the Capital Care Network abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio, which is currently fighting in court to maintain its own facility license after the Ohio Department of Health rejected its hospital transfer arrangement with a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the clinic owner said she would helicopter patients that suffered abortion complications requiring emergency hospitalization.

However, on April 1, 2017, pro-life activists witnessed an African-American patient being taken out the back entrance of the building. She was loaded into an employee’s private vehicle and taken to a Toledo hospital where the facility had no transfer agreement. A local activist has filed a complaint over the incident, and the licensing case has been appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court.

Burkons is also listed as medical director for Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, where Lakisha Wilson suffered a fatal abortion in March 2014. That facility has experienced more than its share of medical emergencies, including incidents where medical care was delayed due to a frequently malfunctioning elevator that prevented gurney access to the abortion procedure rooms. Preterm’s most recent abortion-related medical emergency took place on July 26, 2017, just days after Burkon’s license suspension.

“Every abortion business affiliated with Burkons is a documented public safety disaster,” said Newman. “Medical Boards and Health Departments in every state must come to grips with the fact that abortionist are not like legitimate health care providers and cannot be treated as such. They tend to be a devious lot that try to get away with everything they can, knowing that a slap on the wrist is all they will ever suffer. Traditional discipline rarely works with them. While we are glad Burkons cannot legally do abortion for six months, he really should never be allowed to practice medicine ever again.”

Read Burkons July 2017 Suspension Order and Supporting Documents.

“I Don’t Know How to Live Anymore” After Our Planned Parenthood Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – Operation Rescue has obtained a video interview of a man speaking just days after his wife had an abortion at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood in New York City.

The heartbreaking interview was conducted by a local sidewalk counselor immediately after his wife had completed an abortion sometime in the summer of 2016.

The man, who identified himself as David, expressed remorse felt by he and his wife following the abortion, which he described as a “mistake.”

“She immediately regretted it,” David said of his wife. “We both sat down and cried and we spoke about it. It’s a big mistake.”

David went on to explain his own feelings more fully.

“I’m really sad about the whole situation. I don’t know how to live my life now – how to move on. But I will fix that. Hopefully, God will forgive us.”

He also had a heartfelt message for women who might be considering abortion.

“But please, all of you, think twice before you make that mistake. Please,” David pled.

His wife’s abortion took place took place at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility that has transported eight women to emergency room just this year alone.

“I hope men and women will watch David’s short interview and consider that he is saying,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Their abortion has caused his family deep pain and remorse. Their actions cannot be undone now and they will have to live with that, but there are others right now that can avoid that pain and regret. We urge women who are considering an abortion to seek help at one of the many centers around the country that offer life-affirming options.”

Visit OptionLine.org for a location near you.

Sign of the Times: Planned Parenthood Permanently Shutters Office in Texas

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dickinson, TX – Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has permanently closed its clinic in Dickinson, Texas. While the facility did not offer abortions, it did refer women seeking abortions to their large surgical center in Houston.

A sign on the door of the shuttered Planned Parenthood office, photographed by a local activist last week, announced the closure and referred all clients to the Houston abortion center on Gulf Freeway.

That sign could be considered a sign of the times. This closure is one of nearly 20 closures of Planned Parenthood offices nationwide and continues the organization’s trend of downsizing facilities that either do not offer abortions or are not turning a profit. Decreased demand for Planned Parenthood services continues to be a driving factor in the closures.

“We are encouraged to see closures like this one in Texas and across the nation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Any time a Planned Parenthood facility closes, it is great news for women and babies, who have one less business marketing abortions to them.”

Meanwhile, the Texas State Legislature continues to do its part to establish a Culture of Life in Texas that protects women and taxpayers from exploitation by the abortion industry.

Undaunted by the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned many women’s safety provisions previously enacted, the legislature continues to press forward with pro-life legislation.

So far, Texas has advanced bills that would require greater reporting of abortion complications, separates abortion coverage in insurance policies, and prohibits state and local government agencies from contracting with abortion businesses. Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature passed a bill that requires abortion facilities to bury or cremate the remains of aborted babies.

Kansas Considers Discipline for Planned Parenthood Abortionist for Violations Related to Abortion on 13-Year Old

Allen S. Palmer is a circuit riding abortionist who has criminal conviction and discipline in several states.

Abortionist Allen S. Palmer

By Cheryl Sullenger

Topeka, KS — The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) held a hearing yesterday for 78-year old abortionist Allen S. Palmer, for violations related to an abortion on a 13-year old girl.

Palmer conducts abortions at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, South Wind Women’s Center in Wichita, and at Whole Women’s Health in Peoria, Illinois. He has also been known to work for Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, since his own St. Louis area abortion facility closed in February, 2011.

According to the Associated Press, while working at the Overland Park Planned Parenthood in December 2014, Palmer conducted a first trimester abortion on the underaged teen and failed to retain part of the tissue from the aborted baby and submit it to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations, as required by law for abortions on girls 13 and younger. The tissue was supposed to be sent to the state law enforcement agency to be preserved as evidence in the event a criminal investigation was necessary.

Planned Parenthood reported the violation.

Palmer told the KSBHA that he did not know the girl was only thirteen, and if he had, he would not have proceeded with the abortion, claiming he did not see girls that young. Palmer said he relied on Planned Parenthood staff to inform him “if there’s a problem.”

He also felt no need to familiarize himself with Kansas law regarding abortions on minors, according to the disciplinary petition obtained by Operation Rescue.

“It looks like Planned Parenthood threw Palmer under the bus by reporting his violation, then Palmer blamed Planned Parenthood for not telling him the patient was only thirteen. Everyone is playing the blame game, an no one is taking responsibility for destroying evidence in a potential crime,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

As the KSBHA takes the decision to discipline Palmer under consideration, one question remains unanswered. Did Palmer even bother to look at the girl’s medical history before conducting a surgical abortion on her?

Apparently not. If he had, he would have clearly seen the patient’s date of birth. That begs the next question. How could Palmer know if the patient had a medical history that contraindicated surgical abortion if he didn’t look at her medical record? Relying on staff who are not licensed physicians for that determination seems risky, at best.

Palmer, who is a Doctor of Osteopathy, has a long history of disciplinary action and criminal conduct.

In 1979, Palmer was incarcerated and fined after he pleaded guilty to filing a false corporate tax statement in a U.S. District Court in Missouri.

In 1981, Palmer’s home state of Missouri placed him on probation and ordered him to perform charity service at a St. Louis area hospital in lieu of surrendering his license.

Palmer was subsequently fined and his licenses placed on probation by Florida and Illinois.

Even though his criminal conviction and disciplinary issues disqualified him from licensing in Kansas, in 2008, the KSHBA under disgraced former Executive Director Larry Buening oversaw a unanimous vote to issue a license to Palmer despite full knowledge of his horrific record.

Buening was an associate of then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who was well-known for her outspoken support for unrestricted abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Later, Buening was forced to resign in 2008 — shortly after signing off on Palmer’s Kansas license — under a cloud of incompetence and corruption allegations.

A decision on Palmer’s most recent disciplinary case, which could result in license suspension or revocation, is expected in the coming weeks.

View the 2017 KSBHA Petition against Palmer
View Palmer’s profile on AbortionDocs.org for additional documents.

Unsafest Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility in US Calls Ambulance for 67th Patient

August 4, 2017: The Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, MO,
transported another woman to the hospital.

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO — The Coalition for Life St. Louis has reported that ambulance transported a yet another woman from Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, the last abortion facility in Missouri. The frequent string of medical emergencies there have earned the RHS Planned Parenthood the dubious distinction as the Most Dangerous Abortion Facility in America.

According to Brian Westbrook, the Coalition for Life’s Executive Director, members of his group observed an ambulance running with lights and sirens that arrived at Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis at approximately 10:45 a.m. on August 4, 2017.

About ten minutes later, emergency responders exited the abortion facility with a woman on a gurney, who was covered in a white sheet. Other employees attempted to block the gurney from view of pro-life activists with the same tan tarp they have used during many previous patient emergencies. The ambulance later rushed away from the Planned Parenthood property with lights flashing and sirens blaring.

Operation Rescue, which tracks medical emergencies at abortion facilities nationwide, has documented 67 patient-related medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility since 2009. The most common complication suffered by women there is hemorrhaging— a life-threatening condition that Planned Parenthood is not equipped to treat.

Over that same time period, Operation Rescue has obtained several inspection reports that have revealed a litany of shocking violations that conjure images of an abortion “House of Horrors.”

Deficient infection control measures, dirty facility conditions, expired medications and supplies, failure to properly sterilize surgical utensils, and poorly maintained equipment are just a few of the violations cited — often repeatedly — at the RHS Planned Parenthood.

Most recently, a health and safety inspection report dated May 25, 2017, revealed that Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director and abortionist, David L. Eisenberg, “questioned if hand hygiene between glove changes was a new standard” and inquired of a state inspector whose standard it was.

The 17-page report was filled with grim details of other unsanitary practices and conditions that exposed patients to infection and disease.

In fact, the St. Louis Planned Parenthood is so dangerous that Missouri Gov. Eric R. Greitens called a Special Legislative Session this summer specifically to address safety protections for women. The result was a sweeping new law, SB5, that will ensure annual inspections of abortion facilities, and numerous other provisions designed to provide greater safeguards for women, more accountability for abortion businesses, and a better mechanism for enforcement of abortion laws.

“When I look at the number of women who have been injured and the lack of basic sanitation they subject women to every day, I have to wonder how this Planned Parenthood can justify inflicting this kind of third-world quackery on women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “With the bold new safety law in Missouri, we look forward to strong enforcement for the sake of the public’s welfare.”

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