Promise Keeping: Trump Reinstates Mexico City Policy Defunding International Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order reinstating the Reagan-era Mexico City Policy, which effectively defunds International Planned Parenthood and stops American tax dollars from funding organizations that conduct or promote abortions internationally.

This reverses former Pres. Barack Obama’s unpopular 2008 Executive Order that rescinded the Mexico City Policy and opened the doors for tax-funding of abortions overseas.

“This is a welcome first step on Trump’s first full business day in office. It shows us that he is serious about keeping the promises he made to protect innocent lives from abortion,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Today’s executive action shows Trump is placing a high priority on protecting the pre-born.”

Other pledges Trump made during the 2016 presidential campaign included:

• Nominate a pro-life conservative to the U.S. Supreme Court.
• Appoint strong pro-life judges to the Federal Courts.
• Defund Planned Parenthood.
• Pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act banning abortions at 20 weeks and later.
• Repeal and replace Obamacare and the abortion mandate that forces the insured to pay for abortions and abortifacient drugs.

Steps have already been taken to fulfill some of these promises.

The Trump Administration has signed an Executive Order “minimizing the economic burden” of Obamacare until it can be repealed and replaced. This essentially halts enforcement of financial penalties for those who, as a matter of conscience, refuse to purchase health insurance that pays for abortions.

Trump has also telegraphed that his nomination for the Supreme Court is imminent.

“Today’s reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy is encouraging,” said Newman. “It is refreshing to see action instead of the lip service we have gotten from establishment politicians. We expect that Trump will continue to act quickly to keep all his pro-life promises.”

Shoddy Kentucky Abortion Business are Not the Exception, but the Rule

By Cheryl Sullenger

Lexington, KY – In Kentucky, shoddy, unsafe abortion businesses are the norm. For years, troubled abortion facilities have plagued the women of that state.

One such abortion business recently made headlines after it was announced that EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington would close down effective January 27, 2017, leaving only one remaining abortion facility in Kentucky.

EMW Women’s Clinic halted abortions in June 2016, after the administration of Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin attempted to shut it down for failure to obtain an abortion facility license. The last straw for came with the facility’s landlord failed to renew its lease. The abortion business had occupied the same location since 1989.

“What hasn’t been reported was that this facility is only one in a list of Kentucky abortion providers that have had brush-ups with the authorities. This is just one of several that have set up shop in Kentucky over the years,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “In fact, this facility should have been closed years ago.”

Several other Kentucky abortion businesses have been known to operate dangerously and outside the law.

Unlicensed Abortions

For example, Planned Parenthood office in Louisville was caught last year conducting abortions even though it had not yet received an abortion facility license and lacked a hospital transfer agreement, which is a safety prerequisite to licensing.

After it was brought to the attention of Gov. Bevin, who called Planned Parenthood’s excuses for breaking the law a “sham,” a lawsuit was filed against Planned Parenthood seeking damages for every day the facility conducted unlicensed abortions.

In the wake of ensuing negative publicity, Planned Parenthood “voluntarily” halted abortions at their Louisville facility.

Bevin’s suit was later dismissed, but Planned Parenthood has yet to receive an abortion facility license. As of this writing, no abortions are done at the Louisville or the Lexington Planned Parenthood offices, which are the only two Planned Parenthood locations in the state.

“Gross Negligence”

In January, 2011, Kentucky abortionist Walter T. Bowers II was placed on five years of probation and ordered to cease the practice of obstetrics after the gross mismanagement of a wanted pregnancy resulted in a dead child. Bowers settled a claim with the parents for $250,000. Bowers was also ordered not to perform any obstetric procedure and take additional training classes.

A review of five other medical charts from his Kentucky practice indicated that Bowers failed to meet the standard of care for each of those five patients.

The Medical Board in Kentucky found that Bowers’ conduct “borders on gross ignorance and is malpractice.” His treatment of patients was “below minimum standards and constitutes gross negligence.”

Bowers resurfaced in Ohio on a variance issued to the notorious late-term abortionist Martin Haskell. In lieu of Haskell’s clinic obtaining a hospital transfer agreement, Bowers agreed to provide emergency hospital care to patients injured during abortions at the Women’s Med Center in Sharonville, a suburb of Cincinnati. After Operation Rescue publicized Bower’s history of negligent care, Haskell dropped him from the variance, but by then, the damage was done. Haskell eventually lost his abortion facility license in Sharonville, and is now prohibited from conducting surgical abortions there.

“Hellish Abortion Operation”

Lexington abortionist Hamid H. Sheikh operated what reporters called a “hellish abortion operation,” which was discovered once he fell under suspicion of defrauding Medicaid. In 2007, Sheikh was indicted by a grand jury for Medicaid fraud after it concluded Sheikh billed for services he never provided. Within months, the Kentucky Medical Board suspended his medical license and forced his Lexington abortion business to close. A year later, his medical license was permanently revoked.

His revocation documents detail his horrific treatment of women, which was tantamount to physical torture. He conducted surgical abortions on women without any kind of pain relief. When they cried out in agony, he told them to shut up and stop scaring the other patients.

The medical board also found that he failed to maintain a hospital transfer agreement and operated in a filthy and ill-equipped office.

Ironically, during news coverage of Sheikh’s legal issues, one news station visited EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington — the office that will soon close. The news footage included a look inside one of the EMW Women’s Clinic’s abortion rooms. Even in 2008, the facility appeared outdated and dingy.

“We thank God that all these abortion businesses have closed,” said Newman. “We know this has saved lives and spared women from harm. There’s just one more abortion facility to close in Kentucky and we pray that soon, Kentucky will be an abortion-free state. That would be remarkable!”

Roe v. Wade Fade: Six States Have Only One Remaining Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – On the 44th Memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in America, we stop today to mourn the loss of an estimated 60 million innocent lives. However, amid that unspeakable tragedy, there is now reason to hope, according to information released today by Operation Rescue.

Last week, it was learned that two surgical abortion facilities, one in West Virginia and one in Kentucky are permanently closing. That adds those states to a growing list of states with only one abortion facility.

Today, the following six states have a single abortion facility:

• Kentucky
• Mississippi
• Missouri
• North Dakota
• South Dakota
• West Virginia

The Kanawha Surgicenter in Charleston, West Virginia, posted a sign on its door informing customers that it would permanently close on January 17, 2017. The Charleston Gazette reported that the owner and abortionist, Gorli Harlish, had moved to California two years ago and would no longer be commuting monthly to West Virginia to conduct abortions.

In Kentucky, the EMW Women’s Center announced that it would permanently close on January 27, 2017, after it lost its least in the building in which it had been operating since 1989. It was forced to halt abortions in June 2016, after it was discovered that it had been operating without a facility license.

In addition, there are ten states that have 2-3 abortion facilities remaining. Those states are Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

“As abortion facilities close, we see the number of abortions dramatically decrease in our country,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, referring to surveys recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute. “This tells us that more women are joining the trend of rejecting abortion. This is great news on a day that we remember the millions of babies — and all too often, their mothers — who have died since 1973. We pray that soon, no babies will die from the barbaric practice of abortion.”

Operation Rescue conducts annual surveys of U.S. abortion facilities and has documented the decrease in the number of abortion facilities over time. In 1991, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in America. Today there are 516.

Since 2000, when the abortion drug Mifepristone (RU 486) was approved for use in the U.S., a number of abortion facilities have cropped up that only dispense abortion-inducing drugs. The number of those facilities today is 214.

Read OR’s statement on why abortions are decreasing.