Abortion Cartel is Hating on Troy Newman and Operation Rescue

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — Within the past 24 hours, the Abortion Cartel has launched a coordinated attack against Troy Newman and Operation Rescue, calling for Sen. Ted Cruz to “fire” Troy Newman as Co-Chair of his Pro-Lifers for Cruz coalition.

The letter, published by the militant left-wingers at People for the American Way, was signed by PFAW President Michael Keegan, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue, and Planned Parenthood Action Fund Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens.

The group of radical abortion promoters falsely accuses Newman of “violent extremism” and “history of violent rhetoric and harassment toward women’s health providers,” among other spurious allegations.

However, Newman and Operation Rescue has a long and fully documented history of peaceful activism and denouncing of violence against abortionists.

What Planned Parenthood and their cohorts call “violent rhetoric” is really a discussion of Old Testament Bible verses taken out of context. What they call “harassment” is peaceful activism that is completely protected by the First Amendment.

But Planned Parenthood and their cronies have a vested interest in attacking Newman. He served as a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, which released undercover videos that exposed its involvement in the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts.

In fact, Planned Parenthood sued Newman and CMP head David Daleiden in Federal Court under anti-racketeering laws and the abortion giant is now battling a motion to dismiss their ridiculous suit filed by and Daleiden’s attorneys as well as a motion to dissolve an injunction that has kept hundreds of hours of incriminating undercover videos from being released to the public.

Attacking the messenger is the only way they have to try to discredit the hefty volume of evidence against them. This most recent attack is all about manipulating the public’s perception against those who exposed Planned Parenthood in order to deflect attention from their own crimes.

It is also a feeble attempt to hurt the presidential candidacy of Sen. Ted Cruz, who they know will seek to enforce the laws against them.

The PFAW attack letter was followed almost instantaneously by articles continuing the attack and repeating their falsehoods, which were published by the Huffington Post, Politico, Right Wing Watch, and even Glamour Magazine, among others.

Not one of these publications bothered to reach out to Newman or Operation Rescue’s staff for their response.

Newman’s position on abortion-related violence is clear. He denounces violence against abortion providers as well as the violence perpetrated by the Abortion Cartel against innocent babies in the womb and their mothers.

In the meantime, Operation Rescue staff is taking extra precautions at their headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, which has been vandalized numerous times by abortion supporters. Newman and members of Operation Rescue’s staff have received hundreds of death threats from the pro-abortion crowd over the years – threats ginned up by the false accusations of abortion supporters who irresponsibly fling their lies across the Internet.

A fuller statement on Operation Rescue’s position denouncing abortion violence is easily accessible to anyone who can read here: Operation Rescue’s Non-Violent History is a Matter of Public Record.

Briefs Seek to Dissolve Injunction on Baby Parts Videos and Dismiss Planned Parenthood’s Lawsuit against Pro-Life Leaders


San Francisco, CA — A flurry of motions and briefs have been filed by attorneys on behalf of the Center for Medical Progress, David Daleiden, Troy Newman, and other defendants in two federal suits that were brought by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood for the purpose of blocking the further release of videos obtained during an undercover journalistic study on the illegal sale of aborted baby parts.

“If the Planned Parenthood and the NAF lawsuits could be characterized as ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in response to the incriminating CMP videos, these motions and briefs would represent ‘The Return of the Jedi,’” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue. “This puts the defendants on the offensive and seeks to clear the way for the release of additional evidence against both abortion organizations obtained through the CMP’s undercover investigation.”

Newman, who is President of Operation Rescue and was a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, is being ably represented in both cases by the American Center for Law and Justice.

A motion to dismiss the Planned Parenthood suit has been filed on behalf of all defendants in that case, including Daleiden and Newman, by an impressive team of attorneys with Life Legal Defense Foundation, the Thomas More Society, and the American Center for Law and Justice, among others.

The motion argues that Planned Parenthood’s attempt to use RICO, a Federal statute that is meant to curtail racketeering and organized crime, is baseless and violates the defendants’ free speech rights.

Also filed on behalf of Daleiden and Newman is an Appellate Brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the National Abortion Federation case. That brief argues that an injunction issued by Federal District Judge William Orrick violates the free speech rights of journalists and should be lifted. It criticizes Judge Orrick’s negative commentary he videos.

The brief argues in part:

The court impugned Appellants’ undercover journalism as “fraud,” contrary to precedents holding that undercover investigation is not “fraud” and merits First Amendment protection. The court effectively unsealed its own commentary on the enjoined materials while prohibiting any other speaker from reviewing or addressing them, thus privileging its own viewpoint and shielding its reasoning from public scrutiny.

Also recently filed are six Amicus briefs supporting the pro-life defendants and one neutral brief filed by a group of law professors that discuss the serious issues related to the First Amendment in this case. Groups filing Amicus briefs supporting Daleiden and Newman include:

American Catholic Lawyers Association
Charlotte Lozier Institute
Justice and Freedom Fund
Law Firm of Peace | Crowell
Attorney Generals of 14 states
Susan B. Anthony List
Several Members of Congress

Contrary to media reports that the videos have been discredited, an independent forensic analysis has confirmed that the CMP videos are authentic, not deceptive in any way, and present the speakers’ conversations in an accurate manner.

“These cases are a desperate attempt by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation to keep over 500 hours of previously unreleased videos from seeing the light of day. They know if the rest of the evidence comes out, they will be incriminated beyond all doubt,” said Sullenger. “Planned Parenthood and their friends at the NAF have a lot to hide, and as we have seen, they aren’t afraid to lie to the American people to cover up the truth. I am confident that when all the facts are revealed, David Daleiden, Troy Newman, and the work of the Center for Medical Progress will be vindicated and those responsible for profiting from the illegal sale aborted baby remains will be punished.”

Couple Sues Abortionist Warren Hern for Malpractice in Late-Term Nightmare


By Cheryl Sullenger

Boulder, Colorado — Jennifer and Jason found out sometime in early 2013 that they were having a baby.

The expectancy of a new son or daughter can be a joyous time for couples, but for them, that joy was cut short after their baby boy was prenatally diagnosed with “severe cerebral abnormalities” near the end of Jennifer’s second trimester of pregnancy. She was told that her son would have a life expectancy of less than one year, if he survived delivery.

After consulting with a number of physicians, Jennifer and Jason made the “difficult” and fateful decision to abort their baby in “the best interest of Jennifer’s health.” They scheduled an appointment at Warren Hern’s Boulder Abortion Clinic, in Boulder, Colorado, the nearest facility where very late-term abortions were available.

They probably wish they could take back that decision.

According to a Federal Court lawsuit filed by them in Colorado, Jennifer suffered a horrific late-term abortion complication that she says has caused her physical pain, mental suffering, and the loss of her ability to bear children. The couple is seeking upwards of $75,000 in medical costs, in addition to attorney fees and any punitive damages that might be awarded by the Court.

The lawsuit alleges four causes of action:

1. Medical malpractice.
2. Failure to warn.
3. Negligent misrepresentation.
4. Loss of consortium.

Warren Hern is a well-known late-term abortionist who founded the Boulder Abortion Clinic in 1973. He was featured in the independent film “After Tiller,” which profiled Hern and three others who openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

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Hern literally wrote the book on abortion. His Abortion Practice was published in 1984, but by 1989, the original publisher had withdrawn the book from the market and destroyed the remaining copies. He invented a number of surgical abortion tools, including the Hern forceps, scissor-like grasping instruments now commonly used in dismemberment abortions. In all, Hern is considered a leading authority on abortion, especially in the later terms of pregnancy.

In fact, in 1985 and again 1994, when medical experts published the authoritative manual on Fertility Control, they had Warren Hern pen the chapter about “Pregnancy Termination.” There Hern warned,”Abortion complication rates are sometimes higher than they should be.”

He talked about inadequate training, poor technique, and the “commonly held view that some complications are inevitable.” To which he retorts, “Maybe they are, but the best attitude is ALL COMPLICATIONS ARE POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE.” (emphasis added)

But now, at 77-years old, he appears to becoming sloppy at it.

Jennifer was scheduled for a four-day abortion procedure that was set to begin on December 3, 2013. As instructed by Hern’s staff, she checked into a hotel the evening before her appointment and expected to stay until December 7. She was accompanied by Jason and her mother for support during the late-term abortion process. However, once at the clinic, she was told for the first time that she could only have one support person, so her mother was sent away.

Before Jennifer could been seen, she was required to wire $7,500 in advance to the Boulder Abortion Clinic.

Once the money was received, Jennifer was given an ultrasound and blood work. The clinic staff gave Jennifer and Jason “reading material” and required that they watch an instructional video “produced by Dr. Hern’s office” that described the abortion procedure.

But the printed material and video neglected to mention known risks. In fact, according to the lawsuit, she was never informed or warned of any risks to the planned Dilation and Evacuation dismemberment abortion procedure by Hern or his staff.

After the video concluded, the first step of the abortion procedure began. Hern used ultrasound to locate her baby’s heart then inserted a needle through Jennifer’s abdomen and into her baby’s heart. The drug Hern injected was meant to stop the baby’s heart in advance of the actual abortion procedure that was expected to occur three days later. Once the injection was completed, Jennifer was released and told to return the next day.

On Day Two of the abortion process, a member of Hern’s “staff” inserted 1-3 laminaria sticks and packing through the vagina. Laminaria are thin sticks of seaweed about the width of a pencil lead that expand, gently forcing open the cervix or neck of the womb.

She returned on Day Three, when “clinic staff” removed the laminara and inserted six new sticks. She was told to return to her hotel room and come back the next day for completion of her abortion.

Jennifer woke up early on Day Four suffering from “stomach cramps and discomfort.” Then she began to vomit. She felt the laminaria and packing begin to fall out of place.

Jennifer called the Boulder Abortion Clinic and was told to report to the clinic ahead of schedule. There, she was given an IV and suppository that was supposed to halt the vomiting, but it took “several hours” before the vomiting finally stopped.

Nurses prepared Jennifer for the final step of her late-term abortion, but found that they were unable to get her dilated beyond 1-2 centimeters, which is too small of an opening for a dismemberment abortion at her late stage of pregnancy.

Nevertheless, Hern proceeded with the “evacuation,” in which he would remove her son piece by piece until her womb was completely empty.

At least, that was the plan.

A “numbing cream” was applied to Jennifer’s cervix and Hern began to remove the dismembered parts of her baby. During the process, Jennifer felt “a lot of pulling from the lower half of her body all the way up to her chest,” according to the legal complaint.

The pain was intense – so much so that at some point in the process, she passed out.

“It seems completely barbaric to conduct such an abortion process on a woman without providing adequate pain relief, but this is a complaint we hear all too often from women who have experienced abortions,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Denying pain relief during surgical abortions really illustrates how little concern Hern and other abortionists really have for their patients. It is tantamount to torture.”

Hern finally finished the procedure, and Jennifer was sent to a recovery area for a couple of hours. After a visual examination only, Hern announced that her abortion was a success. She was released to go back home to Nebraska.

Jennifer likely thought the worst was over and probably tried to put the unpleasant experience behind her.

But soon, Jennifer began to experience break-through bleeding. She sought help from her hometown doctor, who changed her birth control prescription twice in an attempt to resolve the bleeding issue. Still, Jennifer continued to experience the unexplained bleeding.

Finally, she was referred to a gynecologist who ordered an ultrasound. What he discovered caused him to schedule Jennifer for surgery.

Once in surgery, the doctor tried but failed to remove a mysterious four-centimeter-long object that was cutting into Jennifer’s uterus. He determined that this object was the cause of Jennifer’s months of bleeding. He had no choice but to perform a hysterectomy, permanently ending Jennifer’s ability to bear children.

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.

“I can’t imagine what if felt like to hear that news. It must have been horrendous,” said Newman. “How ironic that her decision to abortion was ‘in the best interest of her health.’ Would she really have been physically and mentally worse off if she had delivered her baby? Probably not.”

Jennifer insists in her suit against Hern and the Boulder Abortion Clinic that she never was told that there was a possibility that parts of her baby could be left inside. Because Hern had wrongly declared the abortion a “success,” her doctors spent months trying to find other reasons to explain Jennifer’s complication.

Jennifer and Jason’s lawsuit claims that Hern was negligent in seven ways:

1. Hern conducted a Dilation and Evacuation abortion procedure on her nearly third-trimester baby through an inadequately dilated cervix.
2. Hern failed to remove all of the baby’s remains from the uterus.
3. Hern failed to inspect the remains to ensure everything had been removed and accounted for.
4. Hern failed to detect the chunk of bone that he had missed during the dismemberment process.
5. Hern failed to order appropriate postoperative care and tests, which would have discovered the skull fragment.
6. Hern failed to exercise supervision and control over his staff to ensure they provided adequate medical care.
7. Hern failed to provide diagnostic, operative, and postoperative care and treatment “consistent with the applicable standard of care for a physician practicing in Dr. Hern’s specialized area of medicine.”

“From the legal complaint, it looks like there was more effort put into making sure the couple’s money was received by Hern’s bank account than there was in determining whether the abortion was complete,” said Newman. “These were careless, sloppy practices that led to months of suffering and could have cost this lady her life.”

Incomplete abortions are potentially serious complications to abortions and can lead to hemorrhaging, infection, and death, if left untreated.

This case raises an important issue that deserves attention. It is true that many physicians who see patients with complicated pregnancies find it easier to refer the women for an abortion than take the extra time and effort to help her work through her health issues. Sidewalk counselors who have spent anytime offering help to abortion-bound women understand this problem in the medical profession.

“Often, women just need a good doctor who will support them with sound medical treatment and encouragement through their complicated pregnancies,” said Newman. “That can be hard to find in a world where ‘getting rid of the problem’ through abortion is easier than dealing with complicated health concerns. Aborting the baby didn’t work to avoid physical and mental health issues in this case and it probably doesn’t work in the majority of cases.”

If Jennifer and Jason’s suit against Hern and his Boulder abortion clinic is successful, it could serve as the basis for disciplinary action against his medical license.

“If it can be proved that Hern acted negligently, this is a case that should be taken to the Colorado medical board,” said Newman. “Hern’s insurance will probably cover any monetary judgement, but the medical board has the authority to make sure he can never practice medicine again. One can hope and pray to that end.”

Read the Complaint in USDC Colorado Case Number 15-cv-02613.