Confirmed: Carhart’s New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Bethesda is Illegally Unlicensed

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has received confirmation from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that the new late-term abortion facility located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 104 in Bethesda, Maryland, is not licensed as an abortion facility as required by state law.

The facility, currently operating under the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is run by Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

That means any abortions he plans to do beginning on October 17, 2017, would be illegal.

Since Operation Rescue released the address of Carhart’s secret new abortion facility yesterday, the AbortionClinics.org web site has been changed to show a location in Bethesda, Maryland, along with an announcement that it would be “Offering advanced gestation abortion care in Maryland Starting Tuesday, October 17th!”

“There is no way Carhart could get the Bethesda location licensed by next Tuesday. It looks like he thought he could sneak some abortions in under the radar without having to comply with licensing laws,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is just another example of how much disregard Carhart has for the law and for the safety of his patients.”

Operation Rescue researchers uncovered the location of Carhart’s unlicensed abortion business through a successful undercover investigation.

Today, two complaints were filed by Operation Rescue with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and with the Maryland Board of Physicians.

“We trust that any effort to open that Bethesda facility without a valid license will be met with swift action on the part of Maryland authorities, who are already aware of the situation,” said Newman.

Meanwhile, local and national pro-life leaders plan to hold a press conference outside the illegal Bethesda abortion office on October 17, 2017, to announce further plans to oppose the dangerous new facility. Details to follow.

Carhart to Open New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Maryland Next Week

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has learned that Nebraska’s late-term abortionist, LeRoy Carhart, has secured a new office in Bethesda, Maryland, and plans to continue conducting abortions on babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue’s researchers conducted an undercover investigation to locate the secret new abortion facility, which is going by the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc. It is located in a multi-tenant medical building at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814.

The new abortion business plans to begin abortions the week of October 16, 2017.

“There will be pro-life advocates outside this facility when it opens next week. This neighborhood is about to be in for a real surprise when they realize one of the most notorious late-term abortionists in the nation will be conducting highly unpopular late-second and third trimester abortions in their neighborhood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Carhart was forced to relocate after the Maryland Coalition for Life bought and closed Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, where he previously worked as an independent contractor.

During the nearly seven years Carhart conducted late-term abortions in Germantown, at least ten women were rushed to hospital emergency rooms by ambulance suffering from life-threatening complications to the risky abortion procedures. At one woman, Jennifer Morbelli, died from complications to a 33-week abortion.

Carhart has no admitting privileges at any hospital, and hasn’t since 1982.

“We want to warn the public of the dangers women face during abortions done by Carhart, and encourage pro-life activists to maintain a vigil outside this new late-term abortion facility,” said Newman.

The opening of this new late-term abortion facility provides new urgency for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that now languishes in the U.S. Senate. This legislation, if passed, would protect pre-born babies at twenty weeks gestation and later, which are specifically targeted for abortion by Carhart’s Maryland abortion business. If passed, it’s doubtful if Carhart will be able to stay in business in Maryland, since the later abortions are expensive and highly profitable.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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Columbia Planned Parenthood Gets Abortion License While Satanists Fight over 72 Hour Reflection Period

Three stunning new developments in the heated battle over abortions in Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – As the result of the Eighth Circuit’s reversal last week that halted enforcement of a Missouri licensing requirement that required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges near the abortion facilities where they work, the Columbia Health Center Planned Parenthood received an abortion license yesterday and reportedly began scheduling surgical and medication abortions immediately.

“We know that Missouri pro-life supporters have put their hearts and souls into protecting women and their babies from being targeted for abortions in Columbia. We feel their disappointment and grief at the loss of innocent human life that will now resume in their community,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “However, this isn’t over by any stretch. We know the state will continue to fight to defend their common-sense abortion safety laws, while dedicated pro-life activists will rise to meet the challenge to offer love, hope, and practical assistance to abortion-bound women at the doors of the abortion business.”

Satanists denounce Satanists

Meanwhile, in a bizarre turn of events, the Church of Satan has publicly denounced The Satanic Temple (TST), which is challenging Missouri’s 72-hour reflection period prior to abortions, calling them a “satire/activist group that uses satanic-themed imagery and language to get media and public attention.”

In a statement posted on the Church of Satan web site, a representative known as “Reverend Joel Ethan” wrote:

A little bit of research makes it clear that The Satanic Temple is self-acknowledged satire and an activist group, which pretends to be a religion when it suits their ends. . . We consider anyone claiming to be a Satanist and solely using TST membership as evidence as either being misinformed or as lying. The supposedly “sincerely held beliefs” of TST adherents are scanty, nebulous, and contradictory.

The statement was accompanied by a heavily documented fact sheet exposing the group’s origins and a series of leaders all using assumed names.

The Missouri Supreme Court recently agreed to hear The Satanic Temple’s claim that the 72-hour abortion reflection period violates their religious beliefs.

“If the Church of Satan’s information is true, it is clear that The Satanic Temple is a farce and not a religious group at all. Based on this new information, their challenge to the life-saving reflection period should be immediately dismissed,” said Newman.

One example of how the 72-hour abortion reflection period saves lives can be seen in reports from Kathy Forck, a Columbia pro-life leader that was on the scene at the newly licensed Kansas City Planned Parenthood during its first week of offering medication abortions. She noted that of the eleven women received the informed consent information, only four returned for abortions. One of those four women changed her mind at the last minute after speaking to pro-life activists who were praying on the street outside the abortion facility. That left only three out of eleven women who actually carried through with abortions.

“The reflection period, coupled with the prayer and offers of help from pro-life supporters on the street is a powerful combination that is effective at saving lives. If Planned Parenthood was really about respecting a woman’s choice, they should be completely supportive of the reflection period that gives women an opportunity to thoughtfully consider informed consent literature and all their options,” said Newman.

Planned Parenthood sues again

In one final development that proves the abortion businesses are selective about what information is given to their prospective abortion customers, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region, and the ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court challenging the state-mandated written informed consent aspect of a comprehensive abortion law that is set to take effect in two weeks. (Read the Petition)

The abortion businesses found several objectionable statements in the informed consent literature such as “life begins at conception” and the fact that an abortion “will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”

That lawsuit is expected to be defended by the state.

Newman asked for pro-life supporters to remember those engaged in this fierce battle for the lives of the innocent in Missouri. “We are asking supporters around the country to pray for Missouri and the efforts to protect women and babies from exploitation by Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “I have every confidence that in the end, the cause of Life will prevail.”

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Moves and Counter Moves: Planned Parenthood Wins Some, Loses Some in Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jefferson City, MO — A drama is unfolding in Missouri that pits two Planned Parenthood organizations against the pro-life administration of Gov. Eric Greitens, with legal maneuvering akin to a high-stakes game of chess, with well-planned moves and counter moves. But in this case, the victor wins the right to protect life, or take it.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of Greater St. Louis Region launched a court challenge of a long-standing state law that required abortion abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30-miles of the facilities where they conducted abortions.

That law was preventing Planned Parenthood’s expansion from just one facility to four in the communities of Springfield, Joplin, Columbia and Kansas City because neither organization had an abortionist that could qualify for hospital privileges in those communities.

A lower court ruled this summer in favor of Planned Parenthood and barred enforcement of the law. Planned Parenthood rapidly moved to license their existing offices as abortion facilities. They were successful at receiving a license for the Midtown Kansas City facility, which has now offered medication abortions for the past three weeks.

The State appealed that ruling to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which, on September 15, 2017, vacated the lower court’s injunction on the hospital privilege requirement, once again halting Planned Parenthood’s facility licensing process.

Planned Parenthood filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in a desperate effort to revive their abortion expansion plans.

However, in a surprise move, the Eighth Circuit reversed itself on October 2, and have now prevented Missouri from enforcing the law. Having gotten what they wanted, Planned Parenthood withdrew their Supreme Court petition and have pushed forward to license their offices in Joplin, Springfield, and Columbia for abortions.

With lightening quickness, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services countered that same day with a new regulation under authority provided it by the state legislature. That regulation requires licensed abortion facilities to maintain an agreement with an emergency-backup physician who would be on call around the clock.

It may even provide difficulties for the recently licensed Kansas City facility whose current emergency plan is to refer women to an emergency room and hope for the best. Fortunately, pro-life activists report that the facility’s abortion numbers are quite low, with only two or three abortions taking place each week — well off the expected pace of 500 abortions per year.

Without the hospital privilege requirement, the Department of Health’s new regulation is necessary to ensure women experiencing complications from the abortion pill are properly cared for since the abortion pill has a high rate of failure.

“Roughly one out of every twenty women end up in the emergency room or require surgery to complete the failed abortion.” states
Dr. Donna Harrison, President of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.*

With this dramatic of a complication rate associated with the Abortion Pill, Planned Parenthood’s lack of concern for women facing these complications is troubling.

“Missouri’s new emergency back-up physician requirement is very much necessary, given Planned Parenthood’s unwillingness to provide women with an acceptable emergency plan. It will also slow Planned Parenthood’s expansion down,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I’m proud of Missouri’s activists and their officials for pulling out the stops to enforce the law and bring a level of accountability to the Abortion Cartel that will save lives.”

In another recent development, Planned Parenthood has found an ally in the Satanic Temple, which is challenging some of Missouri’s abortion laws, and is attempting to gain an exemption for its members from the state’s 72-hour informed consent refection period, claiming it violates the Satanic Temple’s religious tenets.

The dizzying series of moves and counter moves by those who respect life and those who wish to take it are expected to continue in Missouri into the unforeseeable future.

Read the Health Department Memo concerning the back up physician rule.
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[*HT to Brad Mattes, President of Life Issues Institute]

Thank You, Mr. President! Trump Administration Adds Rules to Protect the Conscience of Americans

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump Administration announced new rules that will provide new conscience protections for Americans.

As a result of the rules, those who have moral or religious objections to contraceptive and abortifacient services will now be exempt from paying for them in Obamacare insurance policies. The exemptions will apply to individuals as well as organizations and small businesses.

In May, President Donald Trump signed the “Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” in which he advised the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, to consider amending rules under the Obama Administration that essentially forced Americans to violate their consciences with mandated payments in their Obamacare health insurance policies for contraceptive and abortifacients that they found morally objectionable. Today’s action is in response to that directive.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for your leadership in protecting the religious liberties we hold dear,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are sincerely grateful for this action that will now restore governmental respect for the deeply held beliefs of Americans who oppose abortion, abortifacient drugs, and certain life-destructive contraceptives.”

The unjust “Obamacare Mandate” had suffered repeated losses in the US. Supreme Court, which ruled the government is not allowed to punish organizations or businesses for their religious beliefs.