Suffering, Unstable Abortion Patient Kicked to the Curb By Kansas Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

kickedtocurbWichita, Kansas – When abortionist Cheryl Chastine left South Wind Women’s Center, none of the pro-life activists on the street in the late afternoon of April 15, 2015, thought much about it – until they witnessed what happened next.

Mark Gietzen, Director of the Kansas Coalition for Life, noticed a wobbly Black woman slowly making her way across the parting lot with great effort. She couldn’t take more than “baby steps” and appeared to be in a great deal of pain.

By the time the woman reached the sidewalk, she was exhausted and barely able to stand. One of the female sidewalk counselors offered her help and allowed the woman to lean on her as she tried to recoup her strength. As the two spoke, it was confirmed that the woman, who was apparently from a foreign country, had received an abortion.

“It appeared that this woman should have still been in the recovery room, because she was having a hard time keeping her balance and she appeared to be in pain,” said Gietzen.

Once she was able, the woman slowly inched her way down the street, stopping often to summon her strength and balance herself. She came to rest precariously on a curb two doors down from the clinic’s gate, and there she waited nearly a half-hour until her ride arrived. With difficulty, she climbed into the vehicle and drove away.

“It is obvious the clinic staff just wanted her out of the office so they could go home. There’s really no other reason why she wasn’t allowed to wait for her ride in the clinic, rather than out on a street curb. This is the kind of callous treatment women get not only at South Wind, but at abortion facilities around the country,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It really is despicable.”

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Violation of Patient Care Standards

Patient care standards require woman to be in stable condition before being discharged. In addition, it is a violation of the accepted standard of care for an abortionist to leave the clinic before the last patient is discharged.

Operation Rescue has documentation of other abortionists being cited by Health officials or disciplined by medical boards for leaving the abortion facilities before the last patient has been discharged.

Placing Women in Danger

This irresponsible practice creates a hazardous situation for abortion patients who may suffer complications that manifest during the recovery period. With the abortionist gone, decisions about medical care are left to unqualified workers.

One such example occurred in 2005 with California abortionist Phillip Rand left a Santa Ana abortion clinic immediately after conducting a second-trimester abortion on a patient. Clinic workers noticed that the patient had begun to hemorrhage and contacted Rand via his cell phone, asking him to return to treat the woman. Instead, Rand refused to do so because he had abortion appointments waiting at another facility in San Diego County. The woman died from blood loss, and Rand was eventually forced to surrender his medical license.

More recently, Ohio abortionists Mohammed Rezaee and Lee Rubenstein were caught by inspectors in 2013 routinely leaving the Cleveland Surgi-Center before all the surgical abortion patients had been “discharged from post-anesthesia care.” They were cited and the abortion facility was forced to change their careless practices.

Chastine Patient Hemorrhages

There is more evidence that patient care standards at South Wind Women’s Center are far below what is acceptable.

On March 26, 2015, Operation Rescue documented an ambulance at the South Wind abortion facility, which transported an abortion patient to Galichia Hospital across town. Operation Rescue obtained 911 records that indicated the woman was hemorrhaging. The abortionist on duty that day was Cheryl Chastine.

As reported by Operation Rescue earlier, Chastine never conducted an abortion prior to her employment with South Wind beginning in April, 2013, when the clinic first opened.

“Standard of care issues are plaguing Cheryl Chastine and South Wind. It is inexcusable kick a patient to the curb when her condition was obviously still sketchy, no matter how close to quitting time it was. It is only a matter of time before a patient dies there. It’s bound to happen as sure as the sun rises in the east,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have an open complaint with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts against her, but that process is excruciatingly slow. We pray someone in authority will act to protect women and their babies before yet another abortion patient ends up on a slab in the morgue.”

View additional documentation related to South Wind’s abortionist, Cheryl Chastine, at AbortionDocs.org.

Safety Crisis: “Lifeless” Patient Rushed From Bakersfield Abortion Clinic to Hospital

This is the third documented medical emergency caused by the same abortionist at the Bakersfield, California FPA Women’s Health abortion clinic in two months. This poses a serious public safety crisis.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – For the third time in just two months, abortionist Karen Mann has sent a patient to the hospital to receive emergency care. Witnesses to the April 14, 2015, incident told Operation Rescue that this time the woman appeared “lifeless.”

“Her arms were just hanging lifeless off the sides of the gurney,” reported Terri Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries. Palmquist is a long-time sidewalk counselor outside FPA Women’s Health, formerly known as Family Planning Associates, in Bakersfield, California. “She was at least unconscious.”

Palmquist explained that nearly every clinic worker emerged from the abortion facility with sheets that were deployed in an effort to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. However, Palmquist’s husband, Tim, got a very good view of the obviously unconscious woman.

The woman was rushed by ambulance running lights and sirens to Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. Her condition today is unknown.

Mann has worked at FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield for only about three months but has so far sent three women to the emergency room for care she was incapable of providing.

Other incidents took place on March 31 and February 3, when a woman suspected of having suffered a heart attack during an abortion procedure was rushed away by ambulance. Overall, this is the eighth documented medical emergency at this facility since 2012.

Tim Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries told Operation Rescue that people who have been inside the abortion facility have complained about conditions inside. One man, who recently escorted a woman for an abortion complained to Palmquist that the clinic was “very dirty inside, specifically mentioning q-tips on the floor and that they obviously hadn’t even vacuumed.”

Mann has a history of providing substandard patient care. She was sued in 2011 for a gruesomely botched circumcision that left a child permanently disfigured and has required several surgeries. The suit alleges that Mann “was negligent and her conduct fell below the care and skill required of medical doctors and medical practitioners.”

“It is our opinion that Mann poses an immediate danger to the public and has created a safety crisis in Bakersfield. Today, we are asking the California Medical Board for an emergency suspension of her medical license in order to protect the public while a full investigation into her abortion practices and conditions is done,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We will continue to investigate this on our end due to serious concerns that the patient may not have survived.”

View Karen Mann’s profile page at AbortionDocs.org.

Abortionist that Killed Patient in Cleveland Given Award and Promotion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, OH – Lakisha Wilson was the beautiful 22-year old mother of a young son when she when was tragically killed during a botched second trimester abortion done by Lisa Perriera at Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, last year.

Now, the Physicians for Reproductive Choice have announced that Perriera will receive the George Tiller, MD, Abortion Provider Award for 2015, which “recognizes a physician early in their career who provides abortions while demonstrating leadership and courage, even in the face of adversity.” She is set to be honored at an awards ceremony to be held on New York City on June 1.

That “adversity” included repeated calls for disciplinary action and even criminal charges related to Wilson’s avoidable death by local and national pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue.

“Clearly, the Physicians for Reproductive Choice are engaged in a public relations campaign to make Perriera appear to be the victim when the truth is that she is the victimizer. The true victims are her dead patient, a dead viable baby that Ohio laws should have protected, Wilson’s motherless son, and her grieving family,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Astonishingly, in addition to receiving the Tiller Award from the Physicians for Reproductive Health, Perriera has been promoted within the last month to a position as the Ryan Residency Training Program Director at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Somehow, it seems almost appropriate for Perriera to flee her embattled position in Cleveland for refuge in the hometown of Kermit Gosnell. They actually have a lot in common having both killed patients during abortions,” said Newman.

Unfortunately, while Gosnell was convicted of manslaughter in the death of his patient, Karnamaya Mongar, Perriera has gotten off scot free.

There is ample evidence to show that Perriera knowingly conducted Wilson’s late-term Dilation and Evacuation dismemberment abortion under dangerous conditions, then made nominal efforts to revive Wilson once things went wrong. [View article with documentation.]

Newman’s staff discovered Wilson’s death after being alerted by a local pro-life activist to the fact that an ambulance had visited Preterm then followed up by obtaining 911 records that noted a patient had died. An Operation Rescue staffer later received a glut of documentation from a confidential source that revealed Perriera’s culpability in Wilson’s death.

According to those official, unredacted documents now in Operation Rescue’s possession, there was more evidence in Wilson’s medical records to indicate she was actually 23 weeks along in her pregnancy than there was to support the “19.4” weeks listed by Perriera, raising questions about the legality of Wilson’s abortion.

The records indicate that Wilson began to hemorrhage during her abortion on March 21, 2014. When her blood pressure began to suddenly drop, Perierra continued dismembering and removing parts of Wilson’s baby instead of stopping the abortion and tending to her patient.

Soon, Wilson went into hemorrhagic shock, suffered cardiac arrest, and stopped breathing.

The minimal efforts taken by Perriera to revive Wilson were unsuccessful. Records show she applied an ill-fitting juvenile-sized oxygen mask to Wilson that had to be replaced by EMTs once they were finally called, only to find upon their arrival that Wilson was not breathing at all and had not been for over 25 minutes.

Notations made by emergency responders with the Cleveland Fire Department indicated that responders were delayed in reaching the patient due to a malfunctioning elevator. When the elevator was finally working again, its cramped size forced EMTs to delay intubating Wilson and reinstalling an IV that had been pulled out in the “confusion” by Preterm staff, until they could extricate her from the building.

Records indicate Perriera was well aware of the dangerous, sporadically-functional elevator since emergency care had been delayed for a previous patient because the elevator was not working.

Officials at the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Medical Board quickly concluded that complaints filed by pro-life groups against Perriera were “unsubstantiated” while their own records indicated something else entirely. In fact, those records showed they were well aware of Perriera’s negligence and dangerous conditions at Preterm. A letter of complaint to State Attorney Tim McGinty seeking a criminal investigation has been ignored.

“It is beyond disgusting that Perriera would be handed an award and a promotion after what she did to Lakisha Wilson. These despicable actions reveal how abortion groups are more concerned about protecting their dwindling number of abortionists than they are about the lives of the women they falsely purport to serve,” said Newman. “We are more than disappointed that in this case, not only did they system fail to work, but actually helped perpetuate unsafe conditions and shoddy practices that continue to place women’s lives at risk.”