California Bans Abortionist Gohari for Substandard, Abusive Practices

By Cheryl Sullenger

Sacramento, CA – Operation Rescue has been provided documents that show Maryland abortionist Abolghassem M. Gohari was forced by the California Medical Board to surrender his California medical license last year. The license surrender order was based on actions taken by the Maryland Board of Physicians in 2012, which found that Gohari had engaged in substandard abortion practices and verbally abused two patients during profanity-laced tirades.

The California Medical Board ordered Gohari not to apply for reinstatement of his license for at least three years.

In the 2012 Maryland action, Gohari was reprimanded, place on probation for one year, and ordered to pay $10,000 in fines for allowing unqualified staff to diagnose pregnancies and distribute abortion pills at his now-closed Gaithersburg abortion facility without him being present. Gohari also admitted to losing his temper when women questioned his illegal practices.

Gohari, an Iranian native, continues to operate two abortion facilities in College Park and Suitland, Maryland, under the Metropolitan Family Planning Institute banner. Both facilities were cited in 2013 for numerous deficiencies during licensing inspections that mostly related to sanitation and infection control lapses. Failure to follow proper cleaning and sanitation rules can result in the transfer of infections among patients.

Violations included:

• Staff observed handling bloody sanitary napkins then touching doorknobs and other areas without changing gloves.
• Staff failed to wash hands between glove changes.
• Dirty, bloody plastic hoses were found in a bucket directly next to “clean” hoses.
• Failure to properly sanitize surgical equipment.
• Failure to properly maintain autoclaves that are used to sanitize surgical equipment.
• Never laundered uncovered cloth pillow found on the abortion table or change disposable stirrup foot covers between patients.
• Failure to make or record discharge diagnoses for patients.

Both of Gohari’s abortion clinics were notified that they could be subject to unannounced follow-up visits to ensure that corrections were actually made, but there is no record that either facility ever received a follow-up visit.

Gohari also has a history of abortion-related medical malpractice suits that allege patient injuries such as incomplete abortion, bowel laceration, and ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

“There’s no way for the Maryland Department of Health to know if any of the sloppy and potentially dangerous practices were ever corrected by Gohari. Taking his word for it simply isn’t good enough,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The California Medical Board got it right when it banned Gohari from practicing in that state. The slap on the wrist that Gohari received from Maryland only served to place women at continued risk.”

Documentation:

  • View the 2013 California License Surrender Order.
  • View the 2012 Maryland Disciplinary order.
  • View the Deficiency Report for Gohari’s College Park (Berwyn Heights) abortion facility.
  • View the Deficiency Report for Gohari’s Suitland abortion facility.
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    Hawaii Planned Parenthood Abortion Facility Loses Lease, Must Close

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Kailua Kona, HI – Planned Parenthood’s Kona Health Center in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, will shut down after Monday, November 10, 2014, because it has lost its lease at its current location.

    A media release issued by Planned Parenthood of Hawaii yesterday indicated that the closure was only temporary until another location can be secured.

    However, commercial property management companies are often reluctant to lease to abortion businesses, so relocation is never assured.

    “The fact that Planned Parenthood is shutting down an abortion facility with no place to go shows that it is very likely having trouble finding a new location,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray that no one in Hawaii will lease to them and that this closure will be permanent.”

    After Monday, Hawaii will have only two remaining abortion facilities in Maui and Honolulu. Both are operated by Planned Parenthood. The closure will make Hawaii’s Big Island abortion-free.

    The national trend of abortion clinic closures continues, with only 571 surgical abortion facilities left in the U.S. once the Kona office ceases operations.

    Several clinics, including nine in Texas and one in Oklahoma, are open only pending the resolution of court cases. Seven abortion facilities in New Jersey face closure after their owner, Steven Brigham, lost his medical license last month. Another Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati faces closure for failing to comply with clinic licensing requirements.

    “Abortion clinics continue to close and we expect more to shut down before the end of the year,” said Newman. “When abortion clinics close, it gives women an opportunity to explore other options and we have found that clinic closures invariably result in reduced abortion numbers and that means precious lives are saved!”

    Huntsville Abortion Business Puts Move on Hold, Shuts Down

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Huntsville, AL – A Huntsville, Alabama, abortion business that has failed to meet new licensing regulations, will shut down today. Meanwhile, efforts to move the facility to a location near a middle school have been placed on hold.

    The Alabama Women’s Center submitted plans to the Alabama Department of Public Health for a new facility that was to have been located near Ed White Middle School in the heart of a predominately African-American community. There was vocal opposition to the move.

    “Abortion is a scourge,” said Catherine Davis, a member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, at a recent press conference held by national and community leaders opposed to the abortion facility. “And I, for one, am tired of them targeting the black community for destruction. They have indeed targeted us. They have indeed targeted us for abortion. You look around and you see they are going to every black media outlet that will help them and talking about reaching into the black community for reproductive abortion care.”

    However, the move now has been put in limbo indefinitely. The ADPH responded to the plans with questions that have yet to be addressed by the abortion business. A move will not be possible without the approval of the ADPH, which does not appear to be forthcoming at this time.

    “This abortion facility may never open because Alabama’s laws mandate that abortionists must meet minimum safety standards in their practices and facilities. Most abortion businesses cut so many corners on the abortion process that they are operating well below those minimum safety standards, which never should have been allowed in the first place,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is only right that the Alabama Women’s Center be permanently closed for the public welfare. A new building simply won’t rectify decades of shoddy medical practices.”

    Alabama Women’s Center employs abortionist Raymond Lopez, who was incarcerated at the Madison County Jail for 23 consecutive weekends between November 2013, and April 2014, serving time on a “domestic relations” case. In Alabama, “domestic relations” violations can range from non-payment of alimony to violation of a protection order, raising questions about Lopez’ fitness to practice medicine on women and his willingness to obey abortion laws.

    The closure of the Alabama Women’s Center will leave just three remaining abortion facilities in Alabama.

    Earlier this year, the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Birmingham closed under suspicious circumstances. Last year New Woman All Women, an abortion facility operated by Diane Derzis and her notorious partner, abortionist Bruce Norman, was ordered by a judge to close after Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, and Life Legal Defense Foundation documented and reported that it was operating illegally.

    With the closure of the Huntsville facility, Operation Rescue has documented the closure of a total of 24 abortion facilities nationwide so far this year, continuing a trend that has seen over 74% of all abortion clinics in the nation permanently close since 1991.