Ambulance Transports Patient From Wichita Abortion Clinic in Former Tiller Building


By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — An ambulance was called to South Wind Women’s Center abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, for a woman experiencing a medical emergency on March 26, 2015.

Operation Rescue was notified of the incident by the Kansas Coalition for Life, which maintains a continuous pro-life presence outside South Wind Women’s Center during business hours.

The ambulance arrived at the abortion clinic at approximately 12:35 p.m. South Wind occupies the same building that once housed George Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion business, which closed in 2009. South Wind purchased the building and reopened it as a first and early-second trimester abortion mill.

This is the first documented medical emergency at South Wind since it began operations in 2013. Under Tiller’s ownership, Operation Rescue documented over a dozen medical emergencies, including one patient death, over a five-year time span.

“It was only a matter of time before someone at South Wind suffered a medical emergency,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “With a gang of quacks like those employed at South Wind, medical emergencies are a tragic inevitability. South Wind boasts of continuing the Tiller legacy and that seems to include substandard care and incompetence.”

The ambulance crew emerged from the South Wind abortion facility at 12:58 p.m. wheeling a patient on a gurney with a towel covering her head who was receiving fluids through an IV. The ambulance then departed using a gate that opened onto Kellogg Drive that is never used except in the event of an emergency.

UPDATE 3/27/2015, 12:50 P.M.: Operation Rescue has received a Computer Aided Dispatch record from the 911 call placed by South Wind’s CEO Julie Burkhart. It indicates the patient suffered vaginal hemorrhage and required emergency transport. The CAD report also indicated that she was transported “TR/YW” for “Trauma/Yellow”. A “yellow” code indicates that lights and sirens are discretionary. However, hemorrhaging is usually considered a “red” emergency that would require lights and sirens.

Operation Rescue’s request for the 911 recording was denied even though other non-medical 911 recordings originating at South Wind have previously been released to Operation Rescue.

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Instead of rushing her to the nearest hospital, which is only 6 minutes away, the woman was transported with no lights or sirens to Galichia Heart Hospital, which is an eleven minutes away from the abortion clinic.

Galichia is a small hospital that is affiliated with the larger Wesley Medical Center where Tiller transported all his botched abortion patients. Tiller’s clinic workers were known to request ambulances with “no lights, no sirens,” as occurred in the following clip from 2005 when an abortion patient named Christin Gilbert died of abortion complications.

“We hope this patient will be okay. We will continue to look into this incident and file whatever complaints are appropriate to protect other women from being injured by South Wind’s shoddy abortion staff,” said Newman.

South Wind employs the following abortionists on a mostly part-time basis:

Cheryl Chastine, who recently admitted in numerous posts on to suffering from a mental health disorder, for which she is heavily medicated. Chastine was fired from her non-abortion job at a legitimate medical facility near Chicago.
Robin Bresette, who also works for the Whole Women’s Health in Minnesota and also for the only abortion clinic in North Dakota.
Colleen McNicholas, who is also an abortionist for Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, where 28 women have been hospitalized with abortion-related complications in less than six years.
Allen Palmer, a “retired” Missouri abortionist who has rarely been seen at South Wind. He also works for Planned Parenthood offices in Overland Park, Kansas, which only survived 107 criminal charges when evidence against them was destroyed, and in Peoria, Illinois.
Leslie Page, who was disciplined for incompetence in the 1990s and has been ordered never to engage in the practice of obstetrics. She is the only abortionist from Wichita and the only one with hospital privileges.

Witnesses at the scene on Thursday indicated that they had reason to believe that Cheryl Chastine, who had no abortion experience whatsoever before she began working or South Wind two years ago, was on duty at the time of the medical emergency.

Currently in Kansas, abortion facilities remain largely unaccountable. A 2011 Clinic Licensing law, which would have required abortion clinics to meet minimum safety standards is currently held up in Shawnee County Court.

Operation Rescue has reason to believe that South Wind Women’s Center cannot comply with the provisions of that law and therefore would be forced to close if the law went into effect.

A hearing on the State’s motion for summary judgement in that case, Hodes v. Mosher, has been set for Friday, April 3, 2015.

“We want to see this law freed from the legal tar paper where it has been mired for four long years while women have continued to be subjected to unaccountable, dangerous abortion practices at Kansas’ three remaining abortion clinics,” said Newman. “Closing South Wind would ensure that no more women suffer there. That moment can’t come soon enough.”

Ambulance Called to OH Abortion Facility where Woman Died from Botched Abortion One Year Ago

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, OH — Just one day before the one-year anniversary of Lakisha Wilson’s fatal abortion at Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, another ambulance was called to render emergency assistance to a patient suffering a medical emergency.

The ambulance arrived at Preterm around 3:15 pm on Friday, March 20, 2015. Emergency responders were seen wheeling out of the abortion facility an African-American woman estimated to be in her mid-twenties on a gurney that was in the seated position.

Documents obtained by Operation Rescue indicate that all five of Preterm’s surgical rooms are located on the third floor. Gurneys can only access those rooms via a small, sometimes malfunctioning elevator that can only accommodate a gurney in the upright, seated position.

Fred Sokol, who was the only pro-life activist on the scene at the time of the incident, took pictures with his cell phone and texted them to Operation Rescue as events unfolded.

According to Sokol, paramedics spent only a few minutes inside the abortion facility before emerging with the woman. “Everything happened so fast,” he said.

The patient’s condition is currently unknown.

On March 21, 2015, 22-year old Lakisha Wilson received a second trimester abortion done by Lisa Perriera. While still on the abortion table, Wilson suffered what experts believe was hemorrhagic shock from massive blood loss and slipped into cardiac arrest.

Eventually, Preterm staff called 911, but by then Wilson was not breathing at all and Perierra could not restart her heart. Paramedics were delayed in reaching Wilson by the malfunctioning elevator, according to documentation received by Operation Rescue. By then her pupils were fixed and dilated.

The cramped size of the elevator prevented paramedics from intubating Wilson until she was moved to the ambulance. The hospital placed her on life support to preserve her organs for donation and she was pronounced dead on March 28, 2014.

“We knew that it was not a matter of time before another woman was hospitalized or even killed at Preterm,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We know from the evidence in our possession that Preterm is unsafe. That fact that Preterm is still allowed to operate represents a gross regulatory failure that is continuing to endanger women.”

Operation Rescue possesses evidence that proves the Ohio Department of Health is aware of the malfunctioning elevator that has delayed emergency care to women experiencing life-threatening emergencies on at least two occasions, yet has failed to protect the public from this hazard.

A coalition of Pro-life groups have called for a criminal investigation into Wilson’s death, but one has yet to be initiated.

“We call again on the Ohio Department of Health to shut down this dangerous abortion business and we renew our call for an investigation into criminal negligence that likely contributed to Wilson’s death,” said Newman.

This is a breaking story. Watch for updates.
Photos provided to Operation Rescue by Fred Sokol.

911: Cincinnati Planned Parenthood Dumps Unresponsive, Epileptic Patient on Hospital

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cincinnati, OH – Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati abortion clinic has dumped an epileptic patient suffering a medical emergency on a hospital that refused to grant it a hospital transfer agreement.

Emergency 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue related to a February 20, 2015, incident indicate that a 38-year old pregnant patient suffered seizures and was unresponsive.

The Planned Parenthood worker at first told the 911 dispatcher that the woman had no history of seizures, then corrected herself and indicated the patient had a medical history of seizures and suffered an episode just four months prior.

The patient was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital for which Planned Parenthood holds no valid transfer agreement.

Last year, the Ohio Department of Health sent Planned Parenthood a letter noting that because it failed to produce a hospital transfer agreement, it did not meet the requirements for licensing under Ohio law. It informed the abortion facility of its intent to deny licensure, which would have forced Planned Parenthood to shut down their Cincinnati clinic.

No hospital in the Cincinnati area would grant a transfer agreement to Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.

Planned Parenthood sued the state to challenge the Constitutionality of the hospital transfer requirement, but later withdrew the suit after the Ohio Department of Health relented and issued a license even though they remained in non-compliance.

Instead, Planned Parenthood operates under a variance in which it has an agreement with three other physicians to provide emergency care to it patients suffering live-threatening conditions or complications. However, the physicians named in the variance, David Schwartz and Michael Drasnik have long histories of malpractice and negligence.

“Planned Parenthood operates a facility in Cincinnati that is ill-equipped to handle medical emergencies, making it an act of negligence to even consider treating high-risk patients like epileptics, especially without a valid transfer agreement in place,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is irresponsible for Planned Parenthood to continue to risk women’s lives.”

Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director is Timothy Scott Kress, who was convicted of six drug-related felonies in 1999 and was ordered to seek treatment for substance addiction and abuse involving codine, Soma, and Demerol. Kress admitted that he staged break-ins at a pharmacy where he was employed, and “diluted the pharmacy’s remaining stock of injectable Demerol, in an attempt to cover up his thefts.” His Ohio medical license was revoked in October, 1999, due to his criminal behavior, but was unfortunately reinstated on a conditional basis in 2000.

“The fact that Kress is in charge of all so-called ‘medical care’ at Planned Parenthood is certainly more cause for alarm,” said Newman. “This is another example of the abortion cartel hiring from the bottom of the barrel. Putting Kress in an abortion clinic where he has access to many of the same drugs to which he has been addicted makes about as much sense as hiring an alcoholic to pull the night shift a the liquor store.”

A transfer agreements and physician hospital privileges ensure that women suffering live-threatening medical emergencies receive continuity of care without delays once they reach the hospital. The agreements ensure that the emergency room staff will have access to communication with the abortionist and patient medical records.

“So often, we have seen abortionists just dump suffering women onto emergency room personnel without records or communication, leaving hospital staff in the dark about a patient’s condition and previous treatment,” said Newman. “This delays care in situations where minutes can mean the difference between life and death.”