911 Call from Florida Abortion Clinic: ‘We Can’t Stop the Bleeding’

By Cheryl Sullenger

Pensacola, FL – It has been learned that an ambulance called last week to a seedy Pensacola, Florida, abortion clinic owned by disgraced New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, was responding to help an abortion patient who had hemorrhaged during an abortion procedure.

A 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue revealed that a 29-year old woman starting bleeding heavily during an abortion. Attempts to control the bleeding were unsuccessful and emergency assistance had to be called. The patient was transported to a local hospital to get the life-saving treatment that the abortion facility was unequipped to provide.

Uncontrolled hemorrhage during or after an abortion can be caused by uterine perforation, a life threatening injury particularly if the tear lacerates an artery. In that case, a woman can literally bleed to death, as did Tonya Reaves, who died in 2012, after bleeding internally for over five hours due to a perforated uterus before being transported to a hospital from the Chicago Planned Parenthood where her second trimester was done.

Two other incidents of uterine perforation during abortions have been recently documented by Operation Rescue.

One of those injuries was inflicted on a 21-year old college student by abortionist Valerie King at a Planned Parenthood in Salem, Oregon, on November 14, 2014.

Another uterine tear took place on February 7, 2015, at the Akron Women’s Medical Group in Akron, Ohio, on a 26-year old abortion patient. That facility contacted the ambulance company directly instead of dialing 911 for a quicker response.

The Pensacola abortion facility, American Family Planning, is also known ironically as Integrity Medical Care. The owner, Steven Chase Brigham, is a New Jersey late-term abortionist who holds no valid medical license in any state.

Pro-life activists on the scene during the February 7 incident and captured video as the ambulance loaded the injured patient and rushed her away for further emergency hospital care.

The abortionist thought to be on duty at the time of the February 19 emergency is Warren I. Taylor, who works primarily at a number of Brigham owned abortion facilities in New Jersey. He flies to Florida to do abortions in Pensacola, then returns to New Jersey, leaving women without access to him if abortion complications develop after their abortions.

Brigham is perhaps best known for operating an illegal bi-state abortion scheme in New Jersey and Maryland that was discovered when he and his associate, Nicola Riley, perforated a woman’s uterus during a late-term abortion at a secret abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland, in September, 2010. Brigham set up the clandestine Elkton clinic in order to evade New Jersey laws that limited abortions at his New Jersey locations to under 14 weeks. Police raided the Elkton location and discovered the bodies of 35 late-term aborted babies – about half of which were considered old enough to have been viable — stored in a bloody freezer.

Brigham was arrested and jailed in December 2010 and charged with murder for aborting viable babies during the commission of a crime. Brigham never held a medical license in Maryland.

While murder charges were eventually dropped when a key state witness withdrew from the case, Brigham’s troubles were far from over. Last year, Brigham’s New Jersey Medical License was revoked. He had previously had licenses revoked or surrendered under threat of revocation in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

“Brigham’s shoddy, corners-cutting practices live on at his 17 abortion clinics in Florida and scattered across the eastern seaboard. Since one medical board after another has determined that Brigham’s practices pose a danger to the public, he should be prohibited from owning or operating abortion facilities as well,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact the Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Division and ask for the immediate closure of American Family Planning of Pensacola.

E-mail: MedicalQualityAssurance@doh.state.fl.us

Abortion Emergency Filmed at Dangerous Brigham-Owned Pensacola, FL Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Pensacola, FL — A Pensacola, Florida abortion facility, owned by the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, transported a woman to the hospital on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

The ambulance arrived around 2:20 pm while pro-life activist Dave Halupowski videotaped the incident during a 40 Days for Life Prayer vigil outside the abortion clinic.

The condition of the woman is currently unknown.

The abortionist thought to be responsible for the medical emergency is Warren I. Taylor, D.O., a Pennsylvania abortionist who also works at several of Brigham’s eight New Jersey abortion facilities. After Brigham was ordered to stop operating abortion facilities in Pennsylvania, Taylor allowed his license in that state to lapse, but still maintains valid licenses in Florida and New Jersey.

Brigham’s own Florida medical license was surrendered years ago under pressure from the Florida Department of Health. His last remaining medical license was revoked by New Jersey in 2014 after it was discovered that he was practicing medicine without a license in Maryland and operating an illegal, under-the-radar bi-state late-term abortion mill there that was meant to circumvent the laws in his home state of New Jersey.

Brigham was arrested and charged with murder in 2010 for aborting viable, late-term babies, after police raided Brigham’s clandestine Elkton, Maryland, abortion facility and discovered the remains of over 30 late-term babies stored in a bloody freezer. Those charges were later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution withdrew from the case.

Despite suffering license revocation or surrender in at least six states and his involvement in a number of illegal abortion operations, Brigham continues to run a chain of 17 dangerously shoddy abortion facilities on the east coast and in Florida.

In 2012, Maria Santiago died from a botched abortion at a Brigham owned Baltimore, Maryland, abortion clinic that was located in a residential condo. Maryland has since shut down his four abortion clinics in that state and banned Brigham from operating abortion facilities there.

“Brigham is among the worst of America’s abortionists. His shoddy practices rival those of ‘House of Horrors’ abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Even his hired abortionists that keep his clinics operating now are among the bottom of a very rotten barrel,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue staff members have filed numerous complaints against Brigham and abortionists in his employment and published extensively in an attempt to expose his horrific abortion abuses. OR’s complaints helped strip Brigham abortionist Nicola Riley of medical licenses in three states and aided in the closure of an illegal abortion facility Brigham was operating in Philadelphia in 2013.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact the Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Division and ask for the immediate closure of American Family Planning of Pensacola.

E-mail: MedicalQualityAssurance@doh.state.fl.us

Ambulance Call: Cannula Tore Hole in Uterus During Botched Abortion at Troubled Akron Clinic

Video contains new recording indicating the patient suffered a uterine perforation.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Akron, Ohio – A Freedom of Information Act request has yielded troubling information about a medical emergency that took place at the Akron Women’s Medical Group in Akron, Ohio, on February 7, 2015. The recording has been released by Operation Rescue in a Youtube.com video that includes video of the incident taken by a local pro-life activist.

In the process of investigating this incident, Operation Rescue has discovered two additional medical emergencies at this facility, which has also been the subject of numerous health and safety violations.

Operation Rescue obtained an audio recording related to that medical emergency that indicates the abortion facility neglected to call 911 when an abortionist perforated the uterus of a 26-year old woman. Instead, the clinic staff opted to directly call American Medical Response (AMR), a private company that provides ambulance service in the Akron area.

The recording, obtained through the Akron Fire Department, indicated that it would take AMR ten minutes to arrive on the scene. The Computer Aided Dispatch document that accompanied the recording noted that it took the Akron Fire Department medical unit less than four minutes to arrive at the abortion clinic.

“Dialing 911 is the fastest way to get help, but lately we have noticed that abortion clinics have been avoiding 911 in order to keep information about a botched abortion from the public eye,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “That didn’t work this time. Abortion businesses will do anything to keep the public from the truth that abortion simply is not as safe as they want everyone to believe.”

When the Akron Fire Department dispatched a medical unit, it noted that Advanced Life Support (ALS) would be needed. ALS, rather than the option of Basic Life Support, is usually indicated when the emergency is more serious in nature.

The AMR caller explained that the clinic had told her that during an abortion, a uterine perforation occurred when the cannula, used to suction out aborted baby remains, pierced the wall of the uterus.

Not so Rare

“The abortion cartel wants everyone to believe that perforations are extremely rare and not life-threatening,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “But the truth is that women have died from perforations during abortions and many others have nearly died.”

Tonya Reaves, 24, died at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Chicago in July, 2012. Reaves’ abortionist, Mandy Gittler, perforated her uterus then left her bleeding internally for over 5 hours before calling an ambulance to transport her to the hospital. By then it was too late, and Reaves died from massive blood loss.

As to the supposed rarity of a uterine perforation during an abortion, another woman suffered a uterine perforation on the same day at a Planned Parenthood in Salem, Oregon. In a video produced by Operation Rescue, which has gone somewhat viral, the abortionist in that case, Valerie King, made a bizarre call to 911, but downplayed the seriousness of the uterine perforation, telling the dispatcher that her patient was “fine” even though she had just torn a hole in her patient’s uterus.

Other Botched Abortions at AWMG

Operation Rescue has documentation showing that the Akron Women’s Medical Group (AWMG) has a history of botched abortions and health inspection failures.

Documents* recently received by Operation Rescue note that in October 2011, a 21-year old patient in the process of a 17 week abortion prematurely delivered her dead baby into a toilet at home and required emergency transport to a local hospital to remove baby’s placenta. Notes indicate that she “lost a lot of blood.”

In another incident in early February 2011, a 36-year old patient suffered complication during a 21 week abortion that required emergency transport to a local hospital. First the baby was injected into the heart with Digoxin to ensure that the baby was dead prior to surgical removal. The patient returned the following day for the surgical abortion, but 20 minutes into the procedure, the abortion was halted before it was finished due to massive blood loss. An ambulance was summoned to transport her to the emergency room. The abortionist’s hand-written were so illegible, that the anesthetist’s notes had to be relied on to determine what happened.

Inspection Failures

The NAF certified that AWMG was in full compliance with its Clinical Policy Guidelines, however, in 2011 a patient care complaint alleging that the facility was dirty, a patient was mistreated by a staff member and that the clinic had a rodent infestation prompted two inspections of the facility that uncovered the following violations:

• Trash and food debris was discovered in the patient waiting room.
• Carpets in the facility were stained and in need of cleaning.
• A container of used needles had no lid as required for safety.
• Crash cart and ultrasound machine in procedure room were dirty.
• Cabinets with drugs and prescription pads were unlocked and several drug vials were out on the counter.
• Supplies and supply boxes scattered around the procedure room counters and floor.
• Gurneys were covered with heavy black plastic and secured with duct tape under the mattresses.
• Inadequately trained staff.

Allegations that patients were treated rudely and that unsanitary conditions existed at the clinic were substantiated. The report that mice were seen in the facility was deemed unsubstantiated only because the inspector did not see any during her survey.

A follow-up visit to AWMG showed that while some of the deficiencies had been addressed, the facility still failed to maintain sanitary conditions while another inspection in 2012 discovered additional violations.

Abortionists employed by AWMG include Mohammed Rezaee, Raymond E. Robinson and Lucy Ann Nunnally, who serves as Medical Director.

Please contact the Ohio Department of Health and ask that they close the Akron Women’s Medical Group in the interest of public safety.

Ohio Department of Health
Richard Hodges, Director
Phone: (614) 466-3543
E-mail: Director@odh.ohio.gov

*Documents related to the two 2011 abortion injuries contained sensitive information and were redacted by Operation Rescue.