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.

Read the Amended Petition and Petition for Discipline

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

SHOCKING ABUSE! Planned Parenthood Faces Lawsuit in Child Rape and Abortion Scandal

By Deborah Myers

PP-DenverDenver, Colorado — Planned Parenthood faces a legal challenge in Colorado after Cary Smith, of Federal Heights, discovered that clinic staff failed to inquire or report about suspected sexual abuse of her thirteen-year-old daughter after giving her an abortion.

It was any mother’s nightmare.

According to the lawsuit filed on June 20, 2014, Cary’s daughter, R.Z., was only about six when it all began. Her new step-father, Timothy David Smith, began to do things that no one had ever done before. At this age, she was too young to realize that her step-father’s inordinate attention was actually a crime—a felony: sexual abuse of a minor.

Little R.Z. turned seven, then eight. The years went by, and the abuse continued. But Cary Smith never knew.

During R.Z.’s growing up years, the abuse became both verbal and physical as well. Her step-father even threatened to take her life. Timothy’s verbal and physical abuse extended to Cary, even when R.Z. was present.

Then it happened.

R.Z. got pregnant. Timothy told her to take a test and the results were positive.

On May 3, 2012, Timothy transported his thirteen-year-old step-daughter to Planned Parenthood in Denver, Colorado, for an abortion appointment that Timothy had forced R.Z. to schedule.

Planned Parenthood staff met R.Z. and her step-father and gave them the necessary paperwork. R.Z. filled out her date of birth and signed a few forms, but Timothy completed all the rest. R.Z. never read these documents.

Throughout the visit, four staff members spoke with and observed R.Z. and her step-father. All of them had opportunity to see that R.Z.’s birth date indicated she was only thirteen—well below the age of consent. Yet, none of them asked R.Z. about their relationship. None of them asked why their last names were different. None of them asked about potential sex abuse. And none of them reported anything to the state.

After the abortion, R.Z. walked back out to the parking lot, got into her step-father’s car, and went back home. And the abuse continued.

Two months later, on July 18, 2012, Timothy was outside of the home, and Cary was left alone with her daughter. Young R.Z. took the opportunity to tell her mom the news—her own step-father was sexually abusing her, and had been doing so for years.

Cary spun into action. She took the thirteen-year-old to the hospital and immediately reported the abuse. She contacted Planned Parenthood for her daughter’s medical records, and discovered that her husband had arranged for a secret abortion for R.Z. earlier that year.

Timothy Smith was arrested and charged with multiple counts of felony sex abuse, and pled guilty to two counts in late 2012.

But Cary was not content. Although R.Z.’s abuser was now behind bars, the system hadn’t worked.

The first medical professionals who had seen R.Z.—the four Planned Parenthood staff members—must have known that her daughter was a potential victim of sexual abuse. These were professionals who had the information to do something. They had opportunity to ask R.Z. before her mother even knew.

And they had the responsibility to act—to report suspected child sex abuse—under Colorado law.

But these professionals did nothing. Worse, they performed a dangerous, legally-restricted procedure on a minor child, without informing her mother, and turned R.Z. back over to her rapist following the abortion.

The inaction of Planned Parenthood staff, as well as their direct violation of Colorado statutes, enabled a sexual predator to continue his felonious abuse of a child for months afterwards.

Cary maintains that defendants’ negligence “created an unreasonable risk of physical harm” to her daughter. Cary is now suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for five claims for relief, including negligence, negligent affliction of emotional distress, and extreme and outrageous conduct.

“We applaud Cary Smith for her brave stand to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their crime against her daughter,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This lawsuit is another indication that Planned Parenthood is dedicated to one thing—selling abortion; and they do not care how many young girls are raped or abused in the process.”

Read Smith v. Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood