CLOSED: Carhart’s Indy Abortion Clinic, and Two More in Ohio, North Carolina

By Cheryl Sullenger

Indianapolis, IN – The closure of three abortion clinics this week, including one associated with the infamous late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, bring the total number of closed abortion facilities to 27 so far this year. Right now there remain clinics that do 576 surgical abortions and 177 that offer abortion by medication only. That number is down dramatically from 1991 when there were 2176 surgical abortion clinics in America.

“The failure of these abortion businesses continues the trend of closed abortion clinics and represents a success of the pro-life movement’s work to change the laws as well as the hearts and minds of Americans,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Abortion numbers are down, pro-life sentiment is up. Laws are being enforced. Babies are being saved. We are excited to have played even a minor role in the closure of abortion clinics because when these substandard mills close, lives are saved.”

Affiliated Women’s Services

Financial woes and a lack of demand for abortions have shut down Affiliated Women’s Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Carhart worked one day per week.

Operation Rescue confirmed that the clinic owner, Lois Bennett, owes nearly $20,000 in back property taxes on the abortion facility. The building is set to be sold by the county at public auction in August in an attempt to recover the delinquent taxes.

The abortion facility had been in operation for 32 years.

At the time of its closure, the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana was actively investigating Carhart in response to a complaint filed by Operation Rescue earlier this year. That complaint raised questions concerning patient safety at Affiliated Women’s Services after Operation Rescue documented seven recent abortion-related medical emergencies involving Carhart at facilities in Nebraska and Maryland, including a patient death in 2013.

Cleveland Surgi-Center Sent Packing

Meanwhile, Cleveland Surgi-Center in Cleveland, Ohio, has packed up and moved out of their facility on Pearl Road. Currently, women calling the Cleveland Surgi-Center are being referred to the Akron Women’s Medical Group. Both abortion businesses are owned by Dr. Gerald E. Grossman, a Cleveland-area neurologist.

Owners of the building that housed the abortion facility made the decision not to renew its lease.

Cleveland Surgi-Center has indicated that they have plans to reopen in the Cleveland area at some future time, but for now, all operations have ceased.

Operation Rescue obtained 911 records related to two life-threatening medical emergencies at the Cleveland Surgi-Center, one in December, 2012, and the second in January, 2014. One of the abortion patients passed out and turned pale due to apparent blood loss. The other woman suffered seizures and was said to be barely breathing with her lips turning blue.

Femcare Folds

In Asheville, North Carolina, Femcare has closed because its abortionist and owner, Lorraine Cummings, announced her retirement and placed the building for sale. Femcare has operated in Asheville since 1985. Its closure leaves Ashville and most of the northern part of that state abortion free.

Femcare made headlines last summer when the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services temporarily suspended its license after discovering two dozen serious health and safety violations during a routine inspection.

  • di from Oregon

    Wow, too awesome, God is on the move thru Operation Blessing to save precious lives for our King Jesus who adores them.

  • Carol

    Praise the Lord for more abortion mill closures!

  • jessica huffman

    It’s about time!!!

  • cranemaker

    It’s great LeRoy uses one less killing centre. He’s out of Indiana, but still kills in Nebraska and Maryland.

  • Robert49

    Good work!

  • OLD BROOKLYN: “Hey, What’s Happening? What’s Goin On? I’ll Tell You What’s Goin On! Here’s what’s goin on my friend”, as they say in the hood – where M-13 [that is a violent drug gang], Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Knives, Guns, Shootings, Drug Overdoses and Gangs Reign. There on a dimly lit street corner in front of a notorious CSC abortion mill at 4269 Pearl Road in this hood – The Cross, The Switchblade and Satan battled it out – for the unborn baby’s life – one to save it – the other to destroy it.

    Yet Jesus, Mary, Brave Pro-Lifers and Life, took back and reclaimed that corner – STOPPING ABORTION IN OLD BROOKLYN – AS CLEVELAND SURGI-CENTER MOVED OUT – WEDNESDAY, JULY 2ND, 2014. So What’s Goin On My Friend? If you cannot see it, I’ll tell yah! The West Side of Cleveland is abortion free. – The East Side of Cleveland can do the same.

    Two west side abortion mills gone, one in Rocky River and one in a Cleveland Neighborhood named Old Brooklyn on the Near West Side of Cleveland.

    Also no more west side abortion mills at all in the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Area. Abortion first started on the east side of Cleveland and spread like an infection – throughout the West Side – has now gone back to its source – on the east side of the Cleveland Area – a hundred years later.

    We on the West Side of Cleveland at our area abortion mills – not only went up to the people on the sidewalk – we went out to the people in the community itself – not waiting for them to come to us – but we went to them – and with love, not judgment – and is definitely needed to be done on the East Side too.

    My message above – to end abortion on the East Side – I will now bring to Preterm 12000 Shaker Boulevard – and it will be up to we the pro-lifers at Preterm to do it.


    God Bless You, and Your Family
    Your Friend, Fred Sokol