Troubled Brigham Abortionist Has Arrests for Drunk Driving and Child Abuse in Florida

By Cheryl Sullenger

Pensacola, FL – To look at Candace Sue Cooley’s Florida Department of Health medical license profile, there is certainly nothing that would raise suspicions. There is no record of discipline

No one would ever guess that she has had trouble with the law dating back at least seventeen years.

Nor would anyone realize that Cooley is an abortionist who is currently employed at American Family Planning in Pensacola, Florida, a member of Steven Chase Brigham’s notoriously dangerous American Women’s Services abortion chain.

Cooley seems to be a perfect fit for Brigham’s unsavory organization, which currently employs at least one known sex offender and drug abuser, and once employed an abortionist who was caught on video attacking his pregnant girlfriend in order to force her to get an abortion she did not want.

Other abortionists that have been on Brigham’s payroll at one time or another are no better. Two were convicted drug violators, one abortionist was guilty of billing fraud, and another was a convicted income tax cheat who once paid out $3.5 million in a malpractice suit.

Then there was Nicola Riley, Brigham’s associate at his illegal late-term abortion mill in Elkton, Maryland, where she nearly killed one patient. She told the Utah medical board on her license application that she was “traveling the world and making friends” during a time she was really incarcerated in a military prison for identification theft and credit card fraud. The Maryland Board of Physicians stated that she had a “fraudulent and deceptive nature” when revoking her medical license.

Brigham himself has 30 years of deceptive and illegal practices under his belt that have cost him six medical licenses in six states. He was once arrested for the murder of over 30 late-term babies discovered stacked in a bloody freezer during a police raid, although the charges were later dropped. The State of Pennsylvania even once ordered him never to operate an abortion business in that state again – an order he has never fully obeyed.

It may seem hard to live up (or down) to the reputations of that bunch of misfits and criminals, but Cooley somehow manages.

She appears to be well acquainted with the Okaloosa County, Florida, court system. The County Clerk of the Court’s case search shows cases against her dating back to 2000.

There were five speeding violations, seven non-speeding traffic violations, three medical malpractice cases, and one arrest for Driving Under the Influence that took place earlier this year.

Another DUI arrest that is estimated to have taken place last year, was found with a quick Google search.

But most troubling was evidence of Cooley’s deteriorating personal life that resulted in yet another shocking arrest in 2016.

In 2010, she filed for divorce from her husband, Patrick Kelly Armbruster. Two children were involved in the messy break-up that is still subject to the court. One attorney representing Cooley quit the case. Records show that motions for civil contempt were filed in 2013 and again in 2017, although there is no mention of who the object of those motions might have been.

In 2015, Cooley was hit with a financial responsibility violation that appears related to failure to pay fines or fees.

On March 1, 2016, foreclosure proceedings were filed on the former couple’s home.

Then on June 16, 2016, Cooley’s record took a dark turn when she was charged with two counts of felony child abuse “without great bodily harm.” She was arrested and posted bail. The judge in the case authorized the release of reports and records from the Department of Children and Families Child Protection Team. However, Cooley was never convicted. About two months later, the case was closed without comment.

She was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol around the same time. It could be possible that the children may have been in the car with her when she was arrested for drunk driving, hence the child abuse charges.

Cooley’s reckless and self-destructive behavior seemed to intensify.

Two months after the felony child abuses charges were dropped, Cooley was cited for speeding. Then was arrested for her most recent Driving Under the Influence case just five months later on March 27, 2017. She was charged with four more traffic-related charges, including failure to yield when making a dangerous improper turn into traffic, and failure to drive in one lane — reckless behavior that clearly endangered other motorists.

Now, she is working as an abortionist for Steven Chase Brigham — the worst abortionist in the nation who is not currently in prison — at his American Family Planning abortion facility in Pensacola, Florida.

Almost unbelievably, all seven health and safety inspections conducted at the American Family Planning abortion business since 2010 have been passed with no deficiencies cited.

“Someone must be inspecting with their eyes closed, because Brigham’s corners-cutting, shoddy practices are well documented elsewhere,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The lack of facility citations means very little as long as Cooley, with her obvious substance abuse and personal problems, continues to kill babies there under Brigham’s management.”

Operation Rescue has submitted a complaint with the Florida Medical Board, informing them of Candace Cooley’s lengthy record of arrests and citations, and seeking disciplinary action for her unprofessional conduct.

“Cooley’s rap sheet reveals personal problems that are indicative of what we often find within the Abortion Cartel, such as malpractice cases, divorce, substance abuse, and other reckless behavior that endangers herself and others,” said Newman. “But at Brigham’s abortion business, she would probably qualify for ‘Employee of the Month.’ We are working hard with state authorities to make sure his entire despicable abortion operation is shut down permanently.”

View Cooley’s profile on AbortionDocs.org for full documentation.

Final Report: Planned Parenthood, Other Abortionists Broke the Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives has released their final report detailing their investigation, findings and recommendations related to the underground trade in aborted baby remains for profit and late-term abortion abuses.

The 471-page report also includes hundreds of pages of supporting documents that explains the Select Panel’s fifteen criminal referrals for further investigation and prosecution, including five Planned Parenthood organizations, three middle-man procurement companies, and abortion providers in Texas, Arkansas, Florida, and New Mexico.

“We are proud of the accomplishments of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives and thank them for their tireless investigation, which has vindicated much of Operation Rescue’s work that has raised the alarm about abortion abuses over the past few years,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose staff members cooperated with Congressional investigators.

Newman also served as a founding member of the Center for Medical Progress, whose undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the sale of aborted baby parts served as the basis for the Select Panel’s investigation.

“Every word of those videos has been validated as true,” said Newman. “It is gratifying to see our allegations verified by the Panel’s investigation.”

In addition to the Planned Parenthood criminal referrals related to illegal trafficking in aborted baby organs and tissue, some of the referrals were made for abortion providers that were uniquely projects of Operation Rescue.

Since 2010, Operation Rescue has worked with local activists in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to expose abuses at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S. We have repeatedly exposed the link between SWO and the University of New Mexico (UNM), which used tax dollars to expand abortion in New Mexico.

Both SWO and UNM had been referred to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas for prosecution on charges they violated the state anatomical gift act and failed to provide legally-required informed consent to women.

Operation Rescue also first discovered that Houston late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen had likely engaged in illegal conduct and worked with former employees of his two abortion facilities who still stand by their allegations that he murdered viable babies “Gosnell-style” who were born alive during illegal late-term abortions.

Karpen evaded indictment by a 2013 grand jury due to political corruption in the Harris County District Attorney’s office – corruption that Operation Rescue helped expose.

Karpen has now been referred the Texas Attorney General’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice for a laundry list of crimes including murder, infanticide, violation of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and fraudulent concealment of criminal conduct from government authorities, among others.

“We took a lot of heat over our efforts to bring Planned Parenthood and the other dangerous abortionists to justice. I was falsely accused of lying, faking evidence, and committing crimes I never committed,’ said Newman. “But today, every allegation we made about the abortion providers who have been referred for criminal charges has been verified by the Congressional investigation that vindicated our work over and over. Now we pray these abortionists, who have made their livings exploiting women and killing innocent babies, will receive proper justice in a court of law.”

The Select Panel has recommended several significant changes, which include in part:

• Defund Planned Parenthood of Title X grants and Medicaid payments.
• Recommendation that a law be passed by Congress that would mandate that babies 20 weeks gestation or older be born alive. It would ban intentionally killing or dismembering a child in the womb after 20 weeks.
• Mandate training for abortionists in the care of infants born alive during abortions.
• Establish criminal penalties for violating the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
• Create a division within the Department of Justice within the criminal division to enforce Federal abortion laws, such as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, etc.
• Improve Biomedical Research by instituting safeguards so that only ethical (non-abortion) sources of tissue are used.
• Establish guidelines for the use of human fetal tissue.

“Under the Obama Administration or even a Hillary Clinton Administration, we know nothing would be done to make the changes needed to protect women and their babies from exploitation by a predatory abortion industry. However, once the new Trump Administration takes office, we expect that they will take this very seriously,” said Newman. “We will continue to monitor the progress of the Select Panel’s criminal referrals and recommendations and encourage Congress and prosecutors to act swiftly.”

Read the Final Report and Exhibits
Read the 15 criminal referral letters

Rep. Marsha Blackburn Named Operation Rescue’s 2016 Pro-Life Person of the Year

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — Operation Rescue is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2016 Pro-Life Person of the Year Malachi Award is Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) for her work as Chairman of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.

The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.

“Operation Rescue is grateful to Chairman Marsha Blackburn for her courageous willingness to investigate the shadowy illegal underworld of trafficking in aborted baby remains by Planned Parenthood and others. We know that she underwent constant attacks from the opposition, which wanted desperately to cover up these crimes,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Under Blackburn’s leadership, the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives made 15 criminal and regulatory referrals to state and federal authorities, seeking further investigations and possible prosecutions of five Planned Parenthood organizations, three organ procurement companies, the University of New Mexico, and three other late-term abortion facilities.

“Her Panel’s work provided vindication for Center for Medical Progress journalists, which first brought evidence of Planned Parenthood’s participation in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains to the public in 2015,” said Newman, who served as a founding CMP board member.

In addition, Blackburn boldly investigated other abuses related to illegal late-term abortions and the murder in infants born alive during abortions.

As a result, her Select Investigative Panel referred Texas late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen to the U.S. Department of Justice and Texas Attorney General for further investigation and possible prosecution for the alleged murder of late-term babies born alive during abortions at his Houston abortion facilities. The Karpen criminal referrals included numerous additional violations that placed the lives of women in danger.

Operation Rescue had filed formal a complaint against Karpen in 2013, prompting a grand jury investigation that went nowhere due to political corruption within the county prosecutor’s office.

“The criminal referrals made by Chairman Blackburn and her team reveal disturbing evidence of abortion-related crimes that must not be ignored. Her work should help change our culture so that such atrocities never occur again,” said Newman. “This makes her a deserving recipient of the 2016 Pro-Life Person of the Year Malachi Award.”