Cleveland Abortion Patient’s Death and Identity Confirmed

Pro-life leaders will conduct a press conference on Wednesday and are calling for an emergency suspension of Preterm’s abortion facility license.

Cleveland, OH – Operation Rescue has confirmed death and the identity of a patient of the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio, who was transported to University Hospital Case Medical Center on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Lakisha Wilson, 22, a Black female, died after transport from the abortion clinic to the hospital. According to a statement released by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office:

Decedent was conveyed from 12000 Shaker Blvd., in Cleveland to University Hospitals Case Medical Center and arrived on 3-21-14 where she was treated, expired and was pronounced on 3-28-14.

An autopsy is being conducted and a cause of death is pending, however there is no doubt that her death was caused by the late-term abortion she received on March 21, 2014.

A press conference with further details will be held at the following time and location:

When: April 2, 2014, at 11:00 am Eastern
Where: Outside the Preterm Abortion Facility
12000 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120

Those participating include:

Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue
Denise Liepold, Right to Life of Northeast Ohio
Molly Smith, Cleveland Right to Life
Dr. Day Gardner, National Black Pro-Life Union
Rev. Arnold M. Culbreath, Urban Outreach Director of Life Issues Institute, Inc.
Pastor Dale Henkle
Mark Harrington, Created Equal
(Partial Listing.)

Operation Rescue reported earlier that it had obtained 911 records that indicated a woman had died after an abortion at Preterm. Those records stated that she was “not breathing at all” and had suffered “Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest/Death.”

According to information gathered by Operation Rescue from those on the scene and who have been contacted by members of the woman’s family, Lakisha Wilson was in the later stages of pregnancy, and because of that was turned down by abortion clinics in Columbus and Akron.

She was said to have been brain dead at the time she arrived at the hospital, but was kept on life support for several days so that her organs could be harvested.

“We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Lakisha’s family for their devastating loss,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We have filed complaints with the Ohio Medical Board and with the Ohio Department of Health. We call on the ODH to immediately suspend Preterm’s clinic license pending a full investigation into Lakisha’s death.”

A screen shot of Lakisha Wilson’s death notice from Ohio.com is below.

Court Documents In Botched Abortion Case Give New Credibility to “Texas Gosnell” Evidence

By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, Texas – Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, sometimes referred to as the “Gosnell of Texas,” has been sued by a former abortion patient who alleges that he inflicted life-threatening injuries on her during a 23-week abortion then failed to inform her or send her for the emergency care and surgery she required.

Melanie Mendoza filed suit in Harris County Court on March 10, 2014, seeking unspecified damages after her horrific late-term abortion experience with Karpen on Valentine’s Day, 2013.

Operation Rescue obtained the court documents, which can be viewed at OperationRescue.org, that allege Karpen rushed through the late-term procedure, lacerating Mendoza’s uterus and creating a large T-shaped rupture that left her uterus open to the abdominal cavity.

It was among the worst injuries to the uterus that the Ob/Gyn treating Mendoza at the West Houston Medical Center “had ever seen or read about.”

Ms. Mendoza’s ordeal began on February 7, 2013, when she reported to Karpen’s Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston where she was found to be 22 weeks pregnant at that time. She was told by the staff that such late-term abortion procedures were “low-risk,” post-abortion hemorrhage was less than after childbirth, and that it was “highly unlikely any uncomplicated or mid trimester abortion will cause a problem with infertility or future pregnancies.”

On February 14, Mendoza kept her abortion appointment at Karpen’s second abortion location, the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center, also in Houston, where over a dozen other women were waiting for abortions.

According to the complaint:

The Plaintiff watched as each young woman was called to go to the back. Finally, the Plaintiff was the only young woman left in the waiting area, and she remained there, alone, for some time after the last young woman had left, and the Plaintiff got the feeling she had been forgotten. Finally, a nurse came to the waiting area and appeared to be surprised the Plaintiff was still there. From that moment, everything thereafter appeared to be rushed.

During the now 23-week abortion, Karpen’s alleged negligence was responsible for the grossly ruptured uterus, partial laceration of the broad uterine ligament, and heavy internal bleeding. It appears Karpen never tried to repair the rupture and sent Mendoza home under the impression that the surgery had been uneventful.

The next day, experiencing intense pain, Mendoza made her way to the West Houston Medical Center emergency room where a CT Scan revealed her ruptured uterus and massive internal bleeding. Mendoza was rushed into emergency surgery. Her injuries were so severe that she can never have another child since doctors now believe she would “be in extreme danger” if she were ever to become pregnant again. She was only 20 years old at the time of her abortion.

Had Ms. Mendoza delayed seeking emergency care, hospital staff believe she would have died from her injuries.

Last year, Operation Rescue obtained information provided by three former Karpen employees, who first came to Operation Rescue in an attempt to blow the whistle on their former boss. Allegations made by the informants included illegal late-term abortion and the killing of babies born alive during late-term abortions among other violations.

Later, the women went public in a report released by Operation Rescue and in an interview recorded by Life Dynamics, Inc. at Operation Rescue’s request.

The informants indicated that Karpen would often seriously injure women during abortions then not tell them. The women would be released from Karpen’s abortion facilities without ever knowing that they had suffered injuries that required additional care.

These allegations are identical to Mendoza’s claims.

Deborah Edge, a former Karpen employee told Life Dynamics, Inc. during the interview, “There was a lot of things – I mean – from with these large abortions, these botched abortions that he was doing – to hurting the patients on the table, to causing some kind of major problem . . . [like] ripping a uterus and not letting the patients know. Trying to stitch them back together and send them home with a package of gauze and then they come back tomorrow so you could pull it out. But never telling the woman, you know, ‘Hey, I ripped your cervix…You need to get that looked at.’ He would never tell the woman.”

“Ms. Mendez’s law suit alleges that Karpen seriously injured her during a late-term abortion and then never told her she was injured. This is exactly the same allegation made to us by three former Karpen employees, who also provided us with photographic evidence that Karpen was murdering babies born alive in a similar way that Kermit Gosnell did,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

“Now that Ms. Mendoza’s lawsuit has corroborated this part of our informant’s allegations, we believe their other allegations now have more credibility. We are calling on authorities such as the Texas Medical Board to reopen investigations into Karpen’s practices and take emergency action to prevent him from inflicting harm on anyone else.”

Operation Rescue obtained photographic evidence supplied by three former employees of Karpen’s depicting the gruesome remains of very late-term babies that had been aborted by Karpen in 2012. The babies had cuts in their necks from ear to ear, injuries that could not have been done inside the uterus. The three former employees told Operation Rescue that the babies had been born alive, then killed in acts very similar to those committed by convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia.

But before the whistleblowers’ accusations hit the public, Operation Rescue submitted a complaint to the Texas Medical Board supported by affidavits from the clinic workers and other evidence, including the photos, but the TMB dismissed the complaint on February 8, 2013, noting that Karpen had done “nothing improper.”

“Less than a week after the TMB penned the ‘cover-up’ letter telling us that Karpen did nothing wrong, Ms. Mendoza was in the hospital getting emergency surgery in order to save her life from horrifying injuries she says Karpen inflicted upon her,” said Newman. “We just have to wonder how many more women will suffer or even die before the TMB and other officials stop protecting this dangerous man.”

In May, on the heals of the conviction of Kermit Gosnell on three counts of First Degree Murder for killing born-alive babies, Operation Rescue went public with the information garnered from the Karpen informants and posted the photos depicting the two aborted babies for the public to evaluate for themselves, then filed formal complaints with the Texas Attorney General’s office and Harris County District Attorney seeking a criminal investigation.

This prompted a Harris County grand jury to take up the Karpen case, but it suspiciously failed to indict him. Operation Rescue has reason to believe that the grand jury was never presented with all of the evidence in the case and that the testimony of the informants was cast as not being credible.

Newman believes that the Mendoza lawsuit changes that.

“The allegations in the Mendoza case gives new credibility to Deborah Edge’s testimony and that of the other former Karpen employees. We believe these women, who courageously faced often vicious attacks on their character, have been vindicated by Mendoza’s experience,” said Newman. “The Mendoza allegations are serious enough that is would be negligent if Texas Medical Board and other authorities don’t take a second look at Karpen.”

Read Mendoza v. Karpen, Harris County Case No. 666364

Sign the Petition to Gov. Sam Brownback: Instruct Attorney General’s Office to Immediately Defend Clinic Licensing Law

Please read the petition and sign it in the fields below.

To Gov. Sam Brownback:

We recognize that you are a strong supporter of the pro-life position and we applaud your willingness to publicly advocate for the cause of life. We appreciate that you are a man, not just of word, but of deed, signing legislation that provides strong protections for vulnerable women and their pre-born babies from abuse, injury and death from abortion.

Today, we are asking for your further help.

In 2011, the Kansas Legislature passed SB 36, a law that requires abortion clinics to be licensed and meet certain minimal safety requirements, which was then signed into law by you.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment developed regulations that would govern abortion clinics for the purpose of ensuring the safety of the public, which were approved in November, 2011, after a term of public input.

The 2011 Kansas clinic licensing law was enjoined by a Shawnee County Court at the request of abortionists challenging the constitutionality of licensing requirements who could not or would not comply with the law. [The case is Hodes, et al v. Moser, et al, Shawnee County Court Case Number: 11C 001298] Because of this and other legal tactics, the law enacted by the Kansas Legislature was never allowed to go into effect.

There has been no legal action on the legal case since August, 2012.

Since signing SB 36 into law, events have occurred that have endangered the public health and safety, which could have been avoided if the law had been in effect.

May 10, 2012: Operation Rescue published a report indicating that complaints had been filed with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment against Aid for Women and abortionist Ronald Yeomans for various violations including:

• Failing to protect patient privacy by improperly discarding patient identifying information and details of medical treatment and conditions, including the date and cost of their abortions.
• Written admissions that the clinic is ill-equipped to handle medical emergencies.
• Admissions that the clinic employs surgical assistants that have no licensing whatsoever.
• Physical evidence of illegal disposal of infectious waste.

Because of the injunction against the 2011 Clinic Licensing Law, the KDHE declined to investigate, noting that they lacked the power to do so as long as the injunction was in place. While an investigation based on Operation Rescue’s complaint remains open and active with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts as of January, 2014, the Aid for Women abortion clinic continues to operate under conditions that are in dangerous non-compliance with the 2011 law’s minimum safety requirements.

April, 2013: An abortion business opened in Wichita, Kansas, that would have been prevented from opening if the Clinic Licensing law was in effect. Out-of-state abortionists with no hospital privileges and little training continue to dangerously provide abortions at the unaccountable South Wind Women’s Center, which is unable to meet continuity of care requirements of the 2011 law. So far, Wichita area hospitals have declined to process South Wind’s hospital privilege applications due to moral objections and/or liability issues posed by out-of-state abortionists who are often not available to provide emergency treatment or follow-up care.

Efforts to inquire of the Attorney General’s office and his representatives involved in the legal defense of the law have been met with further stonewalling and delays.

Whereas the injunction against the 2011 Clinic Licensing law has created a climate where women are at risk from serious standard of care deficiencies at unaccountable Kansas abortion clinics,

We the undersigned, are asking that you instruct the Office of the Attorney General to immediately proceed with whatever steps are necessary to defend the law against the legal challenge in the Shawnee County Court or show cause for why that office has declined its duty to defend the law, which was properly passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor of Kansas.

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Bryan Burkemper,
Gov. Brownback,
Please help put a stop to the fly-in abortionists that now operate outside the law in Wichita, KS. They do not serve women but are "hired guns".
Thank you for all you've done to protect life!

Joel Rodriguez,

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Michelle Geraci,

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William Younger,
Right now, the legal system in Kansas does not protect women against "back alley abortionists", it protects and legitimizes those "back alley abortionists". Take action to protect women from these predators!

Michael Springthorpe,

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