Please Rejoice with Us!

We want to congratulate our staff member, Karen (Myers) Pinedo and her husband, Ricardo, on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Kaylie Eden Pinedo. She was born on January 20, 2018, in Nazareth, Israel, where her parents are serving as Christian missionaries. She weighed in at 7.9 pounds and was 20.87 inches long.

It was apparently a very long labor and we are grateful that Mom and baby are doing well.

Karen continues to work long-distance part-time for Operation Rescue via the Internet. We don’t know what we would do without her! Ricardo has also done work for Operation Rescue, and we consider them all part of our family! We know she and Ricardo will be amazing parents!

Below is information if you would like to bless the Pinedo family financially.

Tax-deductible ministry donations are payable to:
Shepherd’s Staff Ministries (or SSM) with “Pinedo” in the check memo.
SSM – PO Box 321 – Mulvane, KS 67110-0321

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.

Pro-Life Voices Needed in Wednesday’s “Mother of all Tweet Storms”

See more memes below!!

Calling all pro-life supporters!

President Trump has announced that on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, he will hold #FakeNewsAwards.

There is expected to be a huge tweet storm about it under several hashtags, including #FakeNews, #FakeNewsAwards, #GreatAwakening, #WeThePeople, and others. Of course, the trolls and Trump-bashers are expected to be out in full force as well.

Those that have been following the #Qanon posts have been asked to create memes that express truths that have been misreported or ignored by the Main Stream Media (MSM) and call them out for their dishonest reporting.

This is supposed to be a tweet war of Biblical proportions with folks joined together in a concerted effort to break through to the masses with the truth about governmental corruption, human trafficking, and even Planned Parenthood. #Qanon mentioned Planned Parenthood on January 7, 2018, saying, “These people are SICK,” which sparked a lot of online interest in Planned Parenthood and its baby parts trafficking scheme.

Whether you are following the #Qanon posts or not really doesn’t matter. Whether you believe the Q posts are legitimate intelligence being leaked to the people from the highest levels, or whether you think Q is a LARP (live action role play), it doesn’t really matter.

Nothing suffers from the MSM pro-abortion Fake News like the pro-life cause. That means babies suffer! Pro-life supporters and viewpoints are maligned and vilified while the MSM repeats all of PP’s lies and practically fund-raises for them with their glowing articles.

This is a golden opportunity for pro-lifers to hit the masses with the truth about Planned Parenthood, abortion, and all the political corruption that keeps these baby killers in business. We complain all the time about Planned Parenthood’s lies, but now we have an opportunity to expose them like never before!

Operation Rescue is preparing a set of memes to release throughout the day on Wednesday. Like many of you, I will be traveling tomorrow to Washington, D.C. for events surrounding the March for Life. However, we plan to schedule our memes ahead of time to drop throughout the day and encourage those of you who may be traveling to do the same.

We also plan to include additional hashtags, like #DefundPP, #ProsecutePP and others. We will point the expected mass audience to pro-life organizations and websites so they can get further educated.

Please consider participating in this tweet storm as much as you can. We recommend you use your own creative memes or just retweet some of ours. Some should related to corruption, like links between Planned Parenthood and Fusion GPS, who also made the fake Trump Russian dossier, Clinton’s Pay to Slay scandal, details of investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby parts trafficking scheme, general Planned Parenthood lies such as providing mammograms, etc., their covering up child rape, sex offenders in the Abortion Cartel, Planned Parenthood targeting the Black community for abortion, failed inspection reports, evidence of botched abortions, etc. There is more than enough material out there to make an impressive “Red Pill” for the public and reach a group of people who might not otherwise be reached.

We only have one day to get ready for this! I really hope you all will have at it on Twitter on Wednesday. A great opportunity like this doesn’t come every day.

Here are a few of the memes we plan to use. We will retweet as many other pro-life memes as my travel schedule allows. Have fun, and God bless America as we take our country back for LIFE!

Cheryl Sullenger
Senior Vice President
Operation Rescue

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.

Three Crucial Pro-Life Bills Set for Votes in U.S. House and Senate Next Week

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – At least three crucially important pro-life bills are set for a vote in the U.S. House and Senate next week as thousands of pro-life supporters gather in the nation’s capital to mark the 45th year of Roe v. Wade.

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36

After much delay, a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is scheduled to take place in the Senate. The legislation, which would protect babies 20 weeks of gestation and older from abortion, has already passed the House.

Abortions at 20 weeks and later are unpopular, even with many people who support abortion. This should be easier to pass than it actually will be.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will have to meet the high threshold of 60 votes in order to pass, which will be difficult given the subject of abortion and the unwillingness of Democrats to cross the aisle even in support of popular legislation such as this.

If it does successfully pass in the Senate, it will go to President Trump, who has promised to sign it into law.

“We have waited a long time for this vote, and we hope the Republican Senate leadership will do all they can to make this a successful vote because it will save thousands of innocent lives each year. These babies cannot afford a half-hearted ‘show vote’ on this important legislation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 4712

For years, Operation Rescue has complained that the Born Alive Infant Protection Act of 2002 had no mechanism to penalize violations, allowing those who have let babies who survive abortions to die without rendering aid — or even intentionally killing them after birth, as alleged against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen — to get away with it without consequence. OR has long recommended the passage of a bill that would provide the criminal penalties that are needed to ensure enforcement of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

Now comes this welcome bill, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, H.R. 4712, introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), that will “prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

However, the best part of H.R. 4712 is that it will finally correct the enforcement flaw in the 2002 law, and create criminal penalties for anyone who defies it.

A vote has been set in the House for January 19, 2018, to coincide with the March for Life.

Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490

Also set for a January 19 vote is the Heartbeat Protection Act, H.R. 490, introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA). This bill would amend the law to make it a crime to “to knowingly perform an abortion: (1) without determining whether the fetus has a detectable heartbeat, (2) without informing the mother of the results, or (3) after determining that a fetus has a detectable heartbeat.”

This bill is a bit more controversial than the others because it has failed to attract the support of National Right to Life. Rep. King has recently questioned their lack of support on Twitter.

Operation Rescue has been a faithful supporter of this legislation at both the state and federal levels.

The bills slogan is, “If a heartbeat is detected the baby is protected.” Heartbeats in pre-born babies can be detected as early as 6-7 weeks gestation.

“This bill would halt all but the earliest abortions, save literally millions of lives, and would likely decimate the abortion cartel. We are all for that!” said Newman.

Please contact your Congressmen and Senators!

Passage of these bills is critically important because they will save countless lives. Please stand with the innocent children whose survival depends on these legislative protections, and take action to support all three bills by contacting your Representative and Senators to urge their support.

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