Police Raid Pendergraft’s Abortion Clinic, Seize Property

Orlando, FL – Police raided the Orlando Women’s Center today and seized assets, including abortion equipment, in partial payment of a $37 million malpractice judgment levied against clinic owner abortionist James Scott Pedergraft IV.

Sidewalk counselor Michelle Herzog of Pro-life Action Ministries described to Operation Rescue a chaotic scene outside the abortion clinic with police, reporters, and other onlookers swarming about while movers loaded the content of Pendergraft’s flagship abortion clinic into a large moving van pulled up to the clinic’s front door.

Operation Rescue verified the closure. A receptionist at the abortion clinic was telling callers this morning that the clinic was “closed for maintenance” and did not know when, if ever, the clinic would reopen. She was referring callers to the EPOC abortion clinic, which recently underwent some property improvements.

“This day has been a long time in coming, and we hope that all of Pendergraft’s abortion clinics will close and he will no longer be able to hurt innocent babies and their moms,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We know that Pendergraft will stop at nothing to kill babies, so we expect him to put up a fight.”

Pendergraft was hit with a massive In 2011, Pendergraft was hit with a whopping civil medical malpractice judgment of $36,737,660.16 in compensatory and punitive damages in a case involving a botched 20 week abortion that resulted in the live birth of a child physically damaged by Pendergraft’s incompetent abortion process amid what was described as “third world conditions” with virtually no counseling. He has refused to pay a significant amount on the judgment. He claimed to reporters this morning that he had paid $100,000 so far on the huge judgment, but Operation Rescue was unable to confirm that he had paid anything.

Sidewalk counselors, including Herzog and Paula Risler, noticed Pendergraft standing across the street watching his clinic’s contents being hauled out the front door and began witnessing to him. Jumping on the unique opportunity, the women began to witness to him of his need for repentance and forgiveness. Herzog indicated that Pendergraft responded to them with arrogance.

Pendergraft is currently serving his fifth career medical license suspension for a number of abortion abuses.

Previously, Operation Rescue discovered during an undercover investigation that Pendergraft was working with disgraced abortionist Harold Alexander in Maryland to conduct an illicit late-term abortion practice that specialized in lethal fetal injections. Women had the option of completing the abortion at Pendergraft’s “secret” Maryland location or simply receiving the injection to kill their babies then return to the place of their choosing to deliver their dead fetuses. Operation Rescue reported the dangerous late-term scheme to the Maryland Board of Physicians, which resulted in the license suspension of Alexander and assurances from the Board that Pendergraft’s shady business had come to an end in that state.

“Pendergraft’s troubles continue to compound as he tries to dodge his responsibility for hurting women while refusing to do the right thing and leave the abortion business. Please join me in praying for Pendergraft’s repentance and a permanent close of all his five abortion clinics,” said Newman.

BREAKING: Property Seized from Pendergraft’s Orlando Women’s Center Abortion Clinic

Orlando, FL – Operation Rescue has learned that property is currently being seized from the Orlando Women’s Center. We have also confirmed that the abortion clinic, the Flagship office of James Scott Pendergraft IV’s five office abortion chain, has been closed.

Michelle Herzog of Pro-life Action Ministries told Operation Rescue she witnessed authorities removing one of the abortion tables and other abortion equipment and loading it into a large moving truck.

Pendergraft was hit with a massive In 2011, Pendergraft was hit with a whopping civil medical malpractice judgment of $36,737,660.16 in compensatory and punitive damages in a case involving a botched 20 week abortion that resulted in the live birth of a child physically damaged by Pendergraft’s incompetent abortion process amid what was described as “third world conditions” with virtually no counseling. He has refused to pay the judgment.

It is thought, but not yet confirmed, that the seizure may be related to that judgment.

A clinic receptionist is telling callers the Orlando Women’s Center is “closed for maintenance” and are unsure whether the clinic will reopen at this time.

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.

Florida Abortionist Pendergraft’s License Suspended for Fifth Time

By Cheryl Sullenger

Orlando, Florida – The Florida Board of Medicine took action to suspend the medical license of late-term abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV on Friday after he failed to pay the Board fines from a previous disciplinary action that totaled over $120,000.

The settlement agreement reached between the Board and Pendergraft orders that his medical license “shall be indefinitely suspended until such time as [Pendergraft] complies” with the order to pay his fines.

This is the fifth time that Pendergraft’s medical license has been suspended by the Florida Board of Medicine. He continues to operate five abortion clinics in Florida, primarily in the Orlando area.

The fines resulted from a 2010 case where Pendergraft was heavily fined and placed on suspension related to a 2006 botched elective 19-week abortion.

Patient S.B went to Pendergraft for the second trimester abortion on Feb. 3, 2006. He prescribed doses of Cytotec, a drug that is known to cause severe and unpredictable uterine contractions and sent her home for three days to take the medication on her own. Pendergraft did not have a valid DEA number at the time.

When S.B. returned to the clinic, he further illegally administered doses of Cytotec, Demerol, and Phenergan. He attempted the abortion before the patient was adequately dilated, lacerating her cervix and sending her to the hospital where she underwent an emergency hysterectomy.

At the hospital, staff delivered the remains of S.B.’s baby and found that it was missing a lower limb. Efforts were made to locate the limb in the abdominal cavity to no avail. There were no indications on the patient’s chart. Later, it was discovered that the limb had been removed at the clinic. This lack of documentation caused issues in providing the patient with proper emergency care.

Pendergraft was suspended and ordered to pay fines in excess of $122,000. Pendergraft failed to pay, resulting in another disciplinary case attempting to seek payment. Finally, Friday’s action suspended his license until further notice.

Pendergraft has a long history of abortion abuses. An Operation Rescue undercover investigation discovered that he was working illegally in Maryland with another abortionist Harold O. Alexander, to offer late-term abortions while his license was under suspension in Florida and filed complaints. Alexander was later disciplined for destroying patient records related to his business with Pendergraft, closing down Pendergraft’s Maryland operation.

In 2011, Pendergraft was hit with a whopping civil medical malpractice judgment of $36,737,660.16 in compensatory and punitive damages in a case involving a botched 20 week abortion that resulted in the live birth of a child physically damaged by Pendergraft’s incompetent abortion process amid what was described as “third world conditions” with virtually no counseling.

“Pendergraft is a prime example of how an abortionist operating outside the law in a manner that is reminiscent of the Kermit Gosnell murder case. He is proof that Gosnell is not an outlier, but is a snapshot of degenerate nature of the abortion cartel in America today,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Pendergraft belongs in prison just as much as Kermit Gosnell, but the reticence of the Board to revoke his license means he will be back to wrecking more havoc on women. People wonder how Gosnell continues to operate for so long, but the Pendergraft case explains it. Oversight agencies are just too slow to revoke abortion offenders.”

More about Pendergraft’s sordid background can be found at AbortionDocs.org.