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

Florida Abortionist Harms Two Abortion Patients on Same Day, One Hospitalized

Azima’s history of substandard abortion practices makes another case for greater oversight

By Cheryl Sullenger

Port Charlotte, FL — An ambulance as called to the Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, last week to transport an abortion patient to the hospital for emergency care.

The patient, who was described as a Caucasian woman in her early 30′s, was removed from the abortion clinic completely covered with a blanket on June 3, 2014. Pro-life activists who witnessed the incident told Operation Rescue that one of the emergency medical technicians who responded to the abortion business’ call for emergency assistance indicated that the patient was going to be “okay.”

“Certainly there are degrees of ‘okay’ and this doesn’t negate the fact that the patient suffered from a serious complication that could not be handled at the clinic,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Pro-life sidewalk counselors also noted that another abortion patient was seen earlier in the day leaving the clinic in poor condition and unable to walk on her own. No clinic staff assisted as that woman was held up by a male companion who helped her into a car. She appeared to be in significant pain, and left the scene fully reclined in her seat.

The abortion business is owned and operated by abortionist Ali Azima, who has operated in the Ft. Myers/Port Charlotte area for over 30 years.

The Venice Women’s Health Center was involved in an incident in 2012, where Azima allegedly began a late-term abortion there even though the facility wasn’t licensed for those procedures. The patient was referred to Azima’s other clinic, the Southwestern Florida Women’s Clinic (SFWC) in Ft. Myers, where the abortion was completed. A citation was issued to the SFWC over the incident.

SFWC was also cited in 2012 for multiple health and safety violations. A deficiency report indicated that the autoclave was not being properly cleaned, which made it impossible to properly sterilize surgical instruments. Inspectors also found that first trimester surgical abortion practices fell below the standard of care for such procedures. A secondary inspection found that the facility was still not in compliance with autoclave sterilization protocols.

In 1985, Azima had his medical license suspended for one year and was placed on probation for three years after a Florida Medical Board inquiry found that Azima failed to take a medical history or properly examine an abortion patient, prior to an abortion, then failed to have a pathologists examine the remains to ensure that everything had been removed. Without examining her, Azima continued to insist during subsequent visits with the patient that she was not pregnant. The woman eventually suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused her to undergo emergency surgery and hospitalization.

“Once again, we have a woman who walked into a troubled abortion business only to be carried out on a gurney,” said Newman. “Azima and his troubles are all-too-typical of abortion providers in America today and is a case in point for tighter oversight and regulation of the abortion cartel. Instead, abortionists like Azima resist laws to protect women because they know their shoddy abortion operations are incapable of meeting acceptable medical standards and practices.”

Operation Rescue has used official abortion statistics in several states to document the fact that when abortion clinics like Azima’s close, the number of abortions is reduced.

“We urge Florida to enact regulations such as those passed last year in Texas,” said Newman. “If we can pass rules that will save lives now and spare women from suffering live-threatening injuries, it is our moral duty to do so.”

Operation Rescue continues to investigate the June 3 incident.

Texas Abortion Clinic Transports Woman To Hospital Where Abortionist Holds No Hospital Privileges

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dallas, TX – A Dallas abortionist that was recently in the news when a hospital terminated his hospital privileges, sent a woman to a hospital one day before a judge ordered that the privileges be restored.

RouthStAmbulance-featuredOn April 16, 2014, at 11:55 a.m., an ambulance was called to the Routh Street Women’s Clinic abortion facility in Dallas for a 42-year old woman who “was not feeling well” according to an Incident Detail Report obtained by Operation Rescue. Further information about the woman’s condition was redacted.

A video provided to Operation Rescue by pro-life activists on the scene shows what appears to be an African-American woman on a gurney being wheeled to an awaiting ambulance.

She was transported to Baylor Medical Center under Priority 3, Code 1 protocol with lights and sirens running, indicating there was an urgent nature to the woman’s condition. The ambulance was accompanied to the hospital by two private vehicles.

CORRECTION: Operation Rescue has learned that abortionist Opta Lea Braun, 81, was on duty at the Routh Street Women’s Clinic on the day the ambulance transported a 42-year old woman to the hospital, not Jasbir Ahluwalia, as previously stated. According to the Texas Medical Board’s online licensing information, Braun does have hospital privileges at two Dallas-area hospitals, but is not listed as holding hospital privileges at Baylor Medical Center where the patient was transported. The basic premise of this story was that the abortionist did not hold hospital privileges at the hospital where the patient was transferred. That is still true of Braun, according to TMB documentation. Ahluwalia is employed by the Routh Street abortion clinic. Other aspects of his licensing and hospital privilege history are accurate. Ahluwalia was apparently not on duty on the day of the incident.

Jasbir Ahluwalia, also does not hold hospital privileges at Baylor Medical Center.

Ahluwalia had his hospital privileges revoked by University General Hospital on March 31, 2014. This should have prevented Ahluwalia from conducting abortions under a new Texas abortion law passed last year that requires that abortionists maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion facilities.

Ahluwalia sued University General Hospital over the loss of hospital privileges. On April 17 — one day after the medical emergency at Routh Street Women’s Clinic — a judge ordered that University General Hospital reinstate Ahluwalia’s privileges, at least temporarily while the case moves through litigation.

Ahluwalia has a history of hospitals terminating his privileges. On June 22, 1996, the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners disciplined Ahluwalia for failing to adequately document two high-risk cesarean sections. Documents indicate that he also lost his hospital privileges after improperly managing high-risk pregnancies.

Operation Rescue previously reported that, according to statistics presented during a Fifth District Court of Appeals challenge to the Texas hospital privilege mandate, it is likely that nearly 1,000 women are hospitalized by Texas abortion clinics each year.

Further documentation obtained by Operation Rescue reveals that three 911 calls for medical emergencies were placed in just over a 30-day time period from Whole Women’s Health of Austin, indicating that Texas abortion clinic has a poor track record when it comes to women’s safety.

“Women’s safety is simply not the first priority for abortionists, and hazardous conditions appear to be systemic throughout the abortion industry. There is a vast body of documentation that shows abortionists often succumb to the temptation to cut corners on emergency practices that endanger women’s lives and health,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We urge Texas authorities to look into the April 16th medical emergency at the Routh Street Women’s Clinic and determine whether state laws were broken or the woman’s life was endangered by abortion clinic staff.”

In a court challenge of a similar hospital privilege requirement in Mississippi, a declaration submitted by John Thorp, Jr., M.D. notes that hospital privileges make it more likely that abortionists can effectively care for patients. He stated that 73% of hospitals report inadequate on call coverage by specialists, especially Ob/Gyns. Dr. Thorp also concluded that hospital privileges prevents patient abandonment by itinerate physicians. Dr. Thorpe backed up his statements with impressive qualifications, including a 57-page Cirriculum Vitae.

Dr. Thorpe also recently testified on behalf of the local hospital privilege requirement in an ongoing Alabama court case that also challenges the mandate that abortionists maintain local hospital privileges in that state.

“We are confident that this safety requirement will survive these court challenges and will ultimately have the effect of protecting women from substandard practices by closing clinics,” said Newman. “This will undoubtedly save the lives of babies and their mothers, and that’s why we strongly support this common-sense law.”