Lives in Jeopardy: Abortion Center Security Guard Batters Pro-Life Mom, Drives Drunk


By Karen Myers

Wichita, KS – When pro-life mom Jennifer McCoy drove by South Wind Women’s Center, an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, on July 28, at 9:45 p.m., she thought it was strange that the main gate was open and several employees cars were still present in the parking lot, including the blue pickup truck belonging to security guard Carl Swinney.

Jennifer wondered if a woman had suffered a botched abortion, requiring medical attention. The clinic normally never is open so late.

Jennifer parked, called Mark Gietzen, the local leader of Kansas Coalition for Life who coordinates prayer and sidewalk advocacy on-site, and reported the unusual occurrence to him. Something strange was going on for sure.

While on the phone, Jennifer noticed that an unknown male exited the building and got in his car to leave. Was he a client’s friend? A new employee? Medical personnel? Jennifer tried to take a picture as he exited the parking lot, suspecting that a girl was in trouble.

But – whatever was happening inside – moments later, Jennifer herself became a girl in trouble outside.

South WInd Front

Carl Swinney, the guard armed with a loaded .45, appeared around the corner, telling Jennifer that she did not belong there at that hour of the night. His voice got louder and louder, and he came closer and closer, until he was “yelling at Jennifer from a distance so close,” Gietzen said, “it was as if he were the one on the phone with me.”

Gietzen heard the verbal argument between Jennifer and Swinney, and then grew alarmed when Jennifer began screaming, “Let go of me Carl! …Let go!”

At that point, worried for Jennifer’s physical safety, Gietzen hung up the phone, called 911, and rushed to the clinic to help.

Upon arrival, Gietzen saw two police cars also arriving on scene, and the out-of-control Swinney had left the driveway and sidewalk area where he had attacked Jennifer. Jennifer suggested that the police look at the clinic’s security camera footage, because it would clearly show Swinney assaulting her. But Swinney told the police that supposedly the security cameras were not working. (This raises at least three questions: 1) Do we seriously expect to believe that a late-term abortion clinic would risk having non-working security cameras? And 2) How did Swinney know that Jennifer had arrived at the sidewalk by the front gate which is not visible from his post at the clinic entrance on the back side of the building, unless he had seen her on camera? 3) Why was Swinney so anxious to keep the police from checking out the cameras?)

Finally, police agreed to take a report. The police gave Jennifer a case number – 16C052494 – for reference.

After leaving the clinic that night, Jennifer did not go to the emergency room, because she needed to console her young children who were present in the car and had become terrified at what Swinney did to their mother. At bedtime, one child asked if Swinney knew where they lived, scared that he would come and hurt Jennifer at their home. But in the morning, she went to the E.R. in a lot of pain, and four days later her arm was still in a sling and she had to take pain medication the doctor had prescribed.

When Wichita city officials got around to handling the incident, their first plan was to charge both Swinney and Jennifer with disorderly conduct. Both Gietzen and Jennifer objected, because Jennifer had no fault whatsoever and the aggression was entirely upon the part of Swinney, who not only attacked Jennifer but also was armed when he did so.

After all, just six weeks ago, police had no problems whatsoever arresting a blind elderly pro-lifer and hauling him off to jail when he inadvertently bumped another South Wind security guard during a tussle over a sign.

“This clinic poses a danger not only to babies in the womb, but also to women inside and outside the clinic, and even to residents…This is not the only time I have seen something awful like that,” said Gietzen. “I have seen Carl with his loaded .45 with his finger on the trigger chasing another pro-life man. I have seen him running around the trees across the street, obviously under the influence of alcohol, running figure eights and stumbling on the tree roots, with his finger on the trigger and the other man’s life at risk. The only thing that brought that horrendous thing to an end is that Carl’s parents came to pick him up!”

After back-and-forth communications with the Wichita City Council, police, and other city leaders, the City Prosecutor’s office finally did the right thing, which they should have done originally, and charged Swinney with battery.

Swinney DUI

This is not the first time Swinney has faced criminal charges. He had a previous record of DUIs, and will go to trial again on September 22nd for three separate counts:


Apparently Swinney doesn’t respect life at any age or location – inside the womb, outside the womb, inside the clinic, outside the clinic, inside his truck, or outside his truck.

“Swinney’s conduct is frightening, especially in light of his obvious problems with alcohol,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “South Wind’s owner, Julie Burkhart ought to be ashamed for employing such a troubled man. In doing so she is not only placing the public in danger, but her patients as well. Because of his dangerous alcoholic behavior and his attack on a woman, Carl Swinney has proved he isn’t qualified to carry a gun. He should be stripped of his security guard licensure and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

“This also begs the question, what happened that was so wrong and so bad inside the clinic? Did a patient die that night?” Newman asked. “A comprehensive investigation of South Wind Women’s Center should be initiated and all crimes, violations, or malpractice prosecuted fully.”

Swinney’s history of drunkenness, DUIs, trigger-happy tendencies, and physical aggression does not bode well for Wichita residents either, especially the families who live along the street near South Wind.

“I am continuing to try to have South Wind zoned out of a residential area because they have a security guard who has a long history of heavy drinking and carries a loaded .45. This is wrong on all counts!” said Gietzen. “It’s irresponsible. We should not allow it.

“Why would the City Council knowingly let a horrible dangerous situation continue? I do not want to take Carl’s gun away. I understand why they need to be armed. But South Wind does not need to be in this city. They need to close it or move it clear out of town where if a stray bullet flies, it does not go in to one of the homes nearby.”

After all, every day that Carl Swinney and South Wind aren’t held accountable to the law, lives are in jeopardy.

  • Carmen B

    Jennifer is certainly a brave woman and Carl the Security guard a risk to all – alcoholic behavior is unacceptable in concert with a loaded gun and for one in a position to guard the security of a facility. South Wind should be responsible for his behavior as well. The town council acted in complicity with South Wind until they were shamed into doing the right thing. Something is rotten in Denmark (Wichita in this case)!

  • Rev Donald Spitz

    This security guard should be locked up. I’m glad Jennifer is ok.

  • scarlette6

    Carl’s parents came to pick him up? The guy looks like he’s 60 years old…what the heck? Kind of says something, doesn’t it?

  • TalkTruth

    That’s completely hysterical about mommy and daddy coming to pick up their poor, picked on 60 year old son. Little Carl must have a very, very guilty conscience.

  • Carol M

    What about the security company who hired Carl to work for them and continues to have Carl as their employee??!!

  • Shira Levin

    I disagree with one statement. With his obvious problem with alcohol Carl should have his gun taken away. It is fortunate he hasn’t shot someone to death.

  • Dick Ellis


  • That man, Carl, is without a doubt, a mess and should not be packing, as he has proven himself unstable and not in control. I’m for guns and also for carrying them, but when a man like this already had a record of no control, he doesn’t need one. Most of know that abortions are murder and this is wrong. The sooner women quit using excuses for opening their legs and getting pregnant, the less murdered babies. It isn’t only planned parenthood that is going to be held responsible for these murders, but so are the ones that started all this in the first, plus those that had abortions…unless they quit and ask Gods forgiveness and mean it.

  • MarcJ

    Ever since the Supreme Court found in 1973 the right to abortion (paid mostly by taxpayers) to “emanate from the penumbras of the Constitution”, there have been 56 millions of abortions performed in this country. Just one more Supreme Court nomination by Obama is needed for the Court to find another such right to “emanate from the penumbras” – and that is the right of Obama to become dictator for life.

  • Tyronne Shoelaces

    He still lives with his parents. Ha Ha Ha

  • Dave T.

    He’s a democrat that lives in his parents basement!!!!

  • Allan Scott

    This guy’s got to do a year or so in prison for battery and the city council members should individually be sued up the rectum, AMEN!@

  • Shayne Jenkins

    Little Carl needs to be treated the way he acts – a felon. That would fix most of those problems.

  • Roxanne

    My thoughts exactly!

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS

    His license to carry needs to be rescinded until he can prove he is not a danger to self and others. Drunk and disorderly and DUIs combined with physical assault and chasing people while having his weapon drawn all call into question his ability to lawfully operate a weapon.

  • Roxanne

    He would have to have a conscious to feel guilty. Which no doubt is a foreign concept to the likes of him.

  • Mary George

    Pray for God our father to heal this nation on the brink.Pray for murderous abortion to end.

  • Joe

    Sounds like South Wild needs to be sued for mental anguish. She said one of her children was very upset. This guy is very definately a problem. The police should demand the sercurity camera footage and then act accordingly.

  • vfrtower

    So, the police took the word of the drunk security guard that the cameras weren’t working…and didn’t check them.

    I guess it’s a good thing Missouri is the “She Me State”, and not Kansas.

  • harold

    OH! We can’t do anything to these bloody handed murderers, who murder innocent little unborn babies every day. My, My that would be denying some helpless little woman of her rights to KILL her unwanted baby! America will pay for her allowing this to go on and on, 60,000,000 since an immoral unsupreme court says its legal. they too will brought to account!

  • harold

    Not all of the problems would be solved as long as they continue to murder babies.

  • George

    According to his court record, he turned 68 in May.