Passing of Florida Abortionist Sheds Light on National Abortion Crisis

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jacksonville, FL — Florida abortionist Walker L. Whaley died on May 31, 2012, at the age of 64, according to a two-sentence obituary printed in the Florida Times-Union. Local pro-life activist Michele Herzog told Operation Rescue that he died of a heart attack.

As usual, I did a little Internet research to confirm some facts before I wrote what I thought would be a brief article noting Whaley’s passing. What I found was a life’s history played out in public documents that pulled back the curtain on a crisis in the abortion industry – a crisis that is its Achilles Heel.

The documents paint an ugly portrait of what we have found is typical of abortionists everywhere.

There can be no doubt that Whaley was a troubled man, but so are all abortionists. Operation Rescue collects documents related to the abortion cartel and has discovered through research that abortionists are more troubled than most. Whaley was representative of those in that line of work, in a shocking sort of way.

Whaley graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1974, but, like most abortionists, he did not seem to be particularly good at his new profession. Whaley was sued for malpractice over a complicated delivery in 1981 that ended in a brain-damaged baby. (Duval County Circuit Court Case #84-10676.) He turned his practice to primarily providing abortions.

Walker had a 34-year history of aborting babies, traveling around Florida working for such notorious abortionists as James Scott Pendergraft and Gary Dresden, who both own well-known chains of abortion clinics in a state with more than its share of abortion businesses.

Court records show that in 1983, Whaley found trouble with the law when he was arrested for manufacturing cocaine in his basement with the aid of his brother, Jonathan. Money problems followed. In 1984, his first wife, Terri, divorced him and his medical license was suspended indefinitely.

Whaley was released from Federal Prison on April 5, 1988, but any efforts to reform him had failed.

In 1993, his home went into foreclosure and he defaulted on a car loan. He owed nearly $47,000 in unpaid Federal taxes. Creditors lined up to sue him, a trend that continued until his death.

In 1997, Whaley began racking up a series of speeding tickets and other traffic infractions. From 2002 to 2004 Whaley was sued numerous times for bad debt. He resisted efforts by creditors to collect. He faced multiple income tax leins. He was sued for malpractice.

This followed more reckless behavior in the form of more speeding tickets and more bad debts. In 2009, he was evicted from a Jacksonville business office where he and another doctor operated a “weight loss clinic.” He and his partner were sued for over $26,000 in back rent.

It was a symptom of a larger problem.

The Florida Medical Board filed an Administrative Complaint against Whaley in 2009, recommending suspension or revocation of his medical license after he was caught self-administrating controlled substances for which he had no valid prescription. Police had discovered his use of illicit drugs when they served a search warrant on his home seeking evidence in a fraudulent prescription investigation.

The following year on February 26, 2010, Whaley was arrested and jailed on five counts of firearms violations. The charges indicated that he was in illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon and was subject to a Domestic Violence Injunction at the time of his arrest. Remarkably, while convicted, he served only one day in jail.

Four months later another of his homes went into foreclosure.

Whaley was a man who was a failure at life. His lack of character manifested in drug problems, financial woes, adultery, domestic violence, malpractice, and law-breaking. Who would hire such a man except for abortion clinics and shady weight loss schemes? Apparently, no one.

Such is the life of most abortionists. They are a troubled lot prone to broken relationships, sexual dysfunction, domestic violence, drug abuse, and other deviant and criminal behavior. Apologists for the “pro-choice” position hold these people up to be heroes, who nobly aid women in their time of need. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Every day, unsuspecting women who think they are walking into reputable medical offices for “safe and legal” procedures have no idea what lurks behind those abortion clinic doors. Maybe it will be a shoddy, drug addicted abortionist who just sent his previous patient to the hospital. Maybe it will be a crooked abortionist who will overcharge her then bill Medicaid for the balance. Maybe it will be a sexual predator who will have his way with her while she is vulnerable. Maybe it will be all of the above.

If there is any lesson to be learned in the sordid details of Whaley’s life for anyone considering an abortion, it is this: Run. Run as fast and hard and as far away from your local abortion clinic as possible. No matter what Cecile Richards or any of the other abortion apologists may say, you are not safe. The abortion procedure itself may be a relatively simple one, but those who do it are prone to screwing up everything they touch, just like Walker Whaley – or worse.

For the rest of us, we must wonder long and hard why the medical profession allows such troubled men and women to continue practicing. It is a national disgrace and a health care crisis. As pro-life supporters, it is up to us to warn the public of the truth. These people are not the heroes that the likes of Rachel Maddow or Nancy Pelosi want you to believe, but are actually the dregs of society that are little better than back alley quacks. We must air out the dirt on the abortionists and expose them for what they are if we are ever to break through the rhetoric and put an end to this crisis in America.

We must hold the medical boards in our states accountable to do their duty and purge their ranks of these disreputable miscreants. Enforcement is the key.

Many abortionists today can no longer practice because Operation Rescue documented their abuses and reported them. Abortionists cannot stand up to that kind of scrutiny. Their own moral failings are their weakness.

The world is a little safer now that Walker Whaley has shuffled off the mortal coil, but what of the others? They are still out there – with all their vices – victimizing women and profiting from the taking of innocent lives. Meanwhile, they continue to be lionized by politicians and media who have no idea what they are actually protecting, nor do they care. If that seems frightening, it should.

NOTE: Much information was gathered from volumes of documents on-line at and Search Walker Whaley to access.

(Correction: in an earlier version of this story. We erroneously stated that Whaley had been involved in a paternity suit. We apologize for the error.)

  • Wow… I actually feel kind of bad for the guy. How much different could his life have been, how many babies could have been saved, if someone with character had taken him under his wing as a young med student?

  • Barbara Patterson

    How can you get this information to more media outlets?
    Send this information to Glenn Beck and to Bill OReily.
    Will they put this out to the general public?
    How can you get it on the floor of the House and Senate?
    Thank you for the work you do.

  • Excellent investigative reporting. Tremendous insight into the failings of the abortion industry. Perhaps this should be sent to all members of Congress; some will be reinforced in cutting off abortion funding, others may be enlightened on the abortion industry they are championing. Thank you for your diligence and quality of work.

  • Blessing

    While I am grateful he is not hurting anyone anymore, lets please pray for him as well. He was obviously a troubled soul, that maybe with a bit more compassion he could have made different life choices. What if he was the way he was because of his choice to do abortions and didn’t know how to get out? I am not making excuses for him, just offering up a different perspective.

  • Mardi Henderson

    I’lived in his neighborhood in the early 1980’s he was educated, good looking, well-liked, and popular as an OB doctor. And then….his life started going “down the tubes” and it got worse and worse and worse! We all make choices–every day, we have “FREE WILL” to make our own choices. I couldn’t believe it when I heard “WHO” the abortionist was, “who” was doing the abortions in Jacksonville. But….it all FIT! Who else but someone who was addicted to illegal drugs and who was in so much trouble with the law, etc. etc., would be an abortionist? This guy spent ALL THOSE YEARS in medical school to deliver and save babies….. And then he joined the ‘dark side’ and look what happened. I knew that his life must still be in a MESS when I heard he was the abortionist. I knew he was still making bad choices. And now he’s DEAD….at the young age of 64. What a wasted life. AND THIS IS WHO WOMAN WERE TRUSTING….”TRUSTING”…..their life with when they went in to get an abortion.

  • Christina

    Love conquers all, right? Maybe truly extending a loving hand to abortionists could really allow God to work their lives — make the fruit of their lives become life instead of death!

    God loves everyone, even abortionists, and is heart-broken to see them choose death. What could we do to love them better?

  • Ed

    Mysteriously this abortionist died on the same day George Tiller died, which was May 31st. In the Catholic Church, May 31st is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin to Her cousin Elizabeth, when the unborn Jesus through the womb of His Mother Mary sanctified and blessed the unborn John the Baptist through His mother’s womb (Elizabeth) and as a result, he leaped for joy. While its never an occasion for joy for someone to die suddenly as Tiller and this abortionist, (especially since both seemed to die unrepentant-which is really sad) the result of their deaths however is the discontinuation of the killing of children, which we rejoice in that fact.

  • Michele Cook

    So sad that the AMA cannot do a better job at policing it’s own and letting quacks like this out there to begin with. Abortion IMHO is medical rape of a woman, AND murder of a child. A “doctor” that can do this, is capable of anything.

  • Bobbie Dee

    It’s too late to “pray” for him. We can only hope for him that he, maybe on the 9th hour, crossed the line of faith and put his hope and trust in Jesus. Just as the thief on the cross received eternal life at the last moment, I hope that this doctor also did the same thing. Yes, and we must extend, through our hands and feet, the love of Christ to ALL, not just abortion doctors. Check out the website for Abby Johnson in witnessing to those involved in the abortion industry.

  • I am an RN and we picketed an OB_GYN at Passavant Hospital in Pittsburgh,.Dr. Gerald Applegate aborted a young mother of two who had bled to death in his office during an abortion procedure. He was sued and that was not the first suit. He is a very troubled man and I heard does abortions near West Palm Beach after abandoning his second wife and their children. He was jailed for not paying child support up in Erie, Penna. He needs to be picketed!!

  • Miss Pickletoes

    He almost killed my newborn son during a very botched delivery. The jerk came to my mother , who asked “what did you DO to him?” (my son’s head was covered in bruises and forcep marks…he should have been a C- Section since he was lying sideways and he ignored my pleas to take notice.) I was a clinic patient and the nurses that assisted him actually joked about not doing a C section because they’d have to get more money out of me..then joked about calling a code blue in labor and delivery, because I was fading fast…32 hours of labor!)
    My son to this day(he is 39) suffers from deficits due to the damage to the left side of his brain from the horrible delivery. He is very intelligent, but cannot write, barely read, and other problems.
    He was a very inept doctor….evidently better at killing the unborn instead of delivering them.