SUCCESS! Kansas Abortion Facility Subject of Operation Rescue Complaint for Failure to Report Abuse Shuts Down

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kansas City, KS — A troubled Kansas City abortion facility, Central Family Medical, also known as Aid For Women, announced on its website that it has ceased operations effective July 26, 2014, stating that its abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, and clinic administrator were “retiring.”

Pro-life activists discovered the closure when they arrived at the facility to offer help to abortion-bound women. After seeing no sign of activity on a normally busy Saturday, they checked the Aid for Women website and found the closure notice.

Under pressure from Operation Rescue’s complaint

centralmillclosedAid for Women was under pressure from a Kansas State Board of Healing Arts investigation that was based on a complaint filed by Operation Rescue in 2012. That complaint included evidence that Aid For Women pre-checked boxes on official health department Termination of Pregnancy forms to indicate that there was no suspicion of abuse for women obtaining abortions at that facility. This indicated that Aid For Women engaged in the illegal practice of never reporting abuse.

Operation Rescue was informed just last week in a letter from the Board of Healing Arts that the two-year-old case against Aid For Women’s only abortionist, Ronald Yeomans, was still ongoing.

“We are aware that Yeomans was feeling the heat from the Board on some very serious allegations, including failure to report suspected incidents of abuse,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “While Board investigations are confidential, the case was at a point in time when we would expect that Yeomans was having his legal options limited. There is no doubt that in addition to the faithful presence of local pro-life activists outside that facility, our case contributed to his decision to retire and shut down his seedy abortion operation, although I doubt that he would ever admit it.”

Informant provides evidence

Operation Rescue’s 2012 complaint was based on documents and medical refuse, supplied to Operation Rescue by a confidential informant, which were improperly dumped by the abortion facility. Those documents contained private medical information for 86 identifiable women, including at least four minors, who visited the clinic for abortions during the single month of April, 2012.

In addition to the pre-checked Termination of Pregnancy reports that concealed possible abuse, the Aid For Women papers contained the following:

• Names of abortion patients.
• Patient ages.
• Gestational ages of their pregnancies.
• Patient phone numbers.
• Photocopies of patient driver’s licenses.
• The date and cost of the abortions.
• Sonograms with information such as patient name, date, and age of the pre-born baby.
• Empty cash envelopes that indicated the names of the abortion patients, date of the abortions, how much cash was placed in the envelopes, and other medical information.
• Communications from the clinic medical director regarding a 2011 clinic licensing law that showed mocking contempt for safety regulations.
• Admission that the only suction mechanism they have to clear airways is a uterine cannula attached to the abortion suction machine that would likely injure the trachea.
• Admission that they would not intubate patients who need it out of fear of lawsuits.
• Admission that the surgical assistants have no licensing whatsoever.

Local activists also supplied Operation Rescue with incriminating video showing post-abortive women in various stages of distress being routinely released from the abortion facility before they were stabilized. Most were unable to stand or walk on their own, with some in obvious pain.

In order to protect the privacy of women that has been so completely disregarded by the abortion facility, Operation Rescue turned over the original records and other materials to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

Sued to stop reporting child sex abuse

Aid For Women was so defiant of the Kansas mandatory child abuse reporting law that it once sued former Attorney General Phill Kline, challenging his opinion that abortionists were mandatory reporters. A Federal Court judge known for liberal rulings originally sided with AFW, dangerously declaring that the reporting of suspected child sexual abuse should be left to the discretion of abortionists. That case was later dismissed as moot after wording in the law was modified.

Long history of sloppy practices

Operation Rescue published an exposé in May, 2012, detailing the long history of problems at Aid for Women, which is owned by convicted felon Malcom Knarr. During his tenure as abortionist there, Knarr’s license was suspended for substandard patient care issues including botched abortions, failure to maintain malpractice insurance, writing illegal prescriptions, and failure to monitor drugs resulting in the disappearance of narcotics.

According to a former employee of Knarr’s, who filed an affidavit against him in 1992, these kinds of complications were common. Knarr once left a tenaculum and speculum inside a patient and was known to come to the clinic while chemically impaired.

Should have closed 3 years ago

In 2011, the Kansas Legislature passed a sweeping abortion facility licensing law that would have placed clinics under the oversight of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It would have also required abortion facilities to submit to inspections and meet minimum safety requirements.

Aid For Women admitted in their initial license application that they were not in compliance. The facility would have been denied a license to operate and closed at that point, but a lawsuit filed by another Kansas abortionist blocked enforcement of the law. This allowed AFW to continue operations for an additional three years despite the awareness that their practices were dangerously below standard.

That case continues to languish in Shawnee County District Court with no end in sight. There has been no activity on the case whatsoever since August, 2012, despite repeated urgings by Operation Rescue that Attorney General Derek Schmidt defend the law.

“The hidden scandal in this whole affair is that a law was passed and signed that should have shut down Aid for Women and other substandard facilities three years ago because they fail to meet minimum medical health and safety standards. But because of a lack of prosecution, deficient and dangerous abortion facilities continue to defiantly operate. It is a national embarrassment for the State of Kansas,” said Newman, who strongly supports the law. “Instead, Aid For Women’s sleazy abortion business had to be closed by citizens who reported their back-alley-like behavior or stood outside the facility day after day warning and offering help to unsuspecting women who had no idea what kind of shoddy practices awaited them inside.”

Another state shows Kansas law would successfully save thousands of lives

A law similar to the 2011 Kansas abortion clinic licensing law was passed in Texas in July, 2013. Since then, over half of that state’s 41 abortion clinics have closed resulting in 9,200 fewer abortions. This represents an impressive 13% decrease in abortions in just one year. By September 1, when the remainder of the Texas provisions go into effect, only six abortion facilities are expected to remain open, which is sure to result in thousands of additional lives saved. This proves that enacting the Kansas abortion law will close substandard abortion clinics, protect women, and save lives.

“We rejoice that a horrific Kansas abortion mill has closed. We know that lives will be spared and women will be protected from abuse and exploitation, but we remain very concerned about the remaining three abortion facilities in Kansas that are currently unaccountable and daily placing women at risk simply because we have an attorney general that refuses to do his duty and defend a duly constituted law. Because of this governmental failure, women and their babies are denied the protections they deserve. We again urge Governor Sam Brownback to order the Kansas Attorney General’s office to immediately defend the 2001 abortion clinic licensing law.”

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Carhart Nurse’s License Suspended for Pattern of Negligence; Improperly Drugged Abortion Patients

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE — Documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that Lindsey Creekmore, a registered nurse who works for late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, has had her license suspended for 60 days and has been placed on probation for a period of two years by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

The case was prosecuted by the office of Attorney General Jon Bruning, who originally sought to revoke Creekmore’s nursing license.

“While this disciplinary action may not shut down Carhart’s Nebraska abortion business, it does expose the routine pattern of negligence and shoddy practices that occur under his watch,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It validates what we have been saying about Carhart’s practice for years, that his substandard Gosnell-like practices are endangering the lives and health of women every day. Because of the grave public safety risk posed by Carhart and his negligent staff, his abortion mill should be permanently closed.”

According to documents, Patient 1, who had an abortion on March 31, 2012, was improperly drugged by Creekmore. Later that patient was transported to a local hospital. The 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue, on which one can hear Creekmore’s interaction with the 911 dispatcher, showed evasive answers to questions and a request for an ambulance with “no lights or sirens.”

But perhaps most chilling were the patient’s moans and screams that could be clearly heard in the background of the 911 call.

Creekmore is the only licensed nurse employed by Carhart at his Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska, located in Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha, and has been the only nurse there since April 30, 2011. Disciplinary documents referred to Carhart’s abortion business by its more innocuous-sounding alias, the “Bellevue Health and Emergency Clinic, Inc.”

Creekmore was found to have engaged in “a pattern of negligence” and unprofessional conduct in providing care for eleven abortion patients that “did not meet the acceptable standard of care for a registered nurse licensed in the State of Nebraska.” She had been routinely delegating complex nursing tasks to unqualified, unlicensed clinic workers.

Creekmore was also found to have operated outside the scope of practice for registered nurses by changing doses and frequency of doses on her own for a number of controlled substances used on abortion patients, without receiving orders from Carhart.

This same practice of illegally drugging women was found to be common among Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic workers and eventually caused the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar.

Creekmore was also accused of falsifying medical records, failing to maintain accurate patient records, failure to utilize appropriate judgment, and committing acts which endangered patient safety.

Operation Rescue has documented eight abortion-related medical emergencies at Carhart’s Bellevue, Nebraska, and Germantown, Maryland, abortion facilities, including one fatality, in the past two years. The most recent incident took place in Germantown on July 2, 2014.

“We can only wonder how many of these incidents Creekmore was involved in or responsible for,” said Newman. “The one medical emergency for which we have a 911 recording with Creekmore’s voice makes us shudder to think of what horrors that patient was experiencing to make her cry out as she did. That is likely just the tip of the iceberg.”

Her suspension is set to run from July 24 through September 21, 2014. Her two-year probationary term will begin on January 24, 2014 and end on January 24, 2016.

Creekmore formerly worked for the infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas, where she first met Carhart. She later followed him to Nebraska when Tiller’s abortion business closed in June, 2009. During that time, while she was using the name Lindsey Alejandro, an Operation Rescue undercover investigation documented the fact that she frequently falsified ultrasound results in order to circumvent certain Kansas abortion laws. She was never held accountable for that despite the evidence against her.

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CARHART STRIKES AGAIN: African-American Woman Suffers 8th Abortion-Related Medical Emergency in 2 Years

Germantown, MD — An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

“Medical emergencies at Carhart’s two abortion locations are becoming more frequent. His age and grueling travel schedule compound the risks to women, who are paying for his mistakes with their health and sometimes their lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Our complaints in Maryland are falling on deaf ears while woman after woman is transported to emergency rooms where Carhart isn’t even allowed to enter. The public safety emergency created by Carhart’s shoddy practices has reached crisis proportions.”

In addition to the Germantown office, Carhart also conducts abortions at his run-down abortion facility in Bellevue, Nebraska. Operation Rescue has documented the following incidents involving life-threatening complications suffered by Carhart’s abortion patients.

• July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording)
July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording)
February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report)
March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)

Multiple complaints have been filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians. The most recent asked the MDBP to take a fresh look at Carhart in light of the previous seven medical emergencies. Nearly identical complaints were filed simultaneously with medical boards in Nebraska and Indiana, where he also has operated.

Nebraska and Indiana responded with letters confirming that they are investigating or considering investigating Carhart. Maryland responded with a letter as well, closing the complaint without investigation.

Take Action to Protect Women and Their Babies!

Since Carhart’s abortion business affects women all over the nation who go to him for extremely late abortions that are illegal in most states, Operation Rescue is asking the public to contact the Maryland Board of Physicians and demand an honest and thorough investigation into Carhart’s abortion practices that are increasingly endangering the lives of women.

Contact: Maryland Board of Physicians
Voice: (800) 492-6836 or (410) 764-4777