Number of Late-term Abortion Facilities in the USA May Surprise You

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. — When Marist polled the American public on the subject of late-term abortion in November 2015, the results were striking.

A full 81% of Americans support banning abortion after the first trimester of pregnancy. Even among those who identify themselves as “pro-choice,” two-thirds oppose second and third trimester abortions to the extent that they agree they should be illegal.

Clearly, based on the unpopularity of late-term abortions, one might conclude that the number of abortion facilities that conduct these abortion procedures would be very small.

However, according to a survey conducted by Operation Rescue in December 2015 through January 2016, the actual number might be surprising.

First, however, it is important to clarify terms.

A human pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. A baby in the womb is considered to be full-term at 37 weeks.

The first trimester of pregnancy extends through the first 12 weeks of gestation. Surgical abortion facilities often classify first trimester abortions as those done through the end of 13 weeks. Surgical abortions within this time frame can be done using a one-day procedure.

Abortions done after this time usually require a two day procedure or more depending on the size of the pre-born baby. (Read a description of the late-term Induction Abortion method.)

The term “late-term abortion” can refer to all second and third trimester abortions, but since there is currently a Congressional effort to ban abortion after 20 weeks, references here to “late term abortion facilities” will mean those that conduct abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later.

Surgical Abortion Facilities

In the United States, as of this writing, there are 511 active surgical abortion facilities.

Of those, 162 surgical abortion clinics conduct abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later. Out of the 162 late-term facilities, 122 facilities, about 76%, will not provide abortions after 24 weeks.

Despite research that shows viability may occur as early as 22 weeks, abortion businesses consider viability at 24 weeks of pregnancy. There are 40 abortion facilities in America that openly do abortions at 24 weeks or later.

It may be surprising to know that the vast majority of abortion facilities that offer abortions at 20 weeks or later are not affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Only 18 out of 162 late-term facilities are Planned Parenthood facilities. The remainder, 144 facilities, are independent or have other affiliations.
Late-term by Week
Five abortion facilities openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. These extreme late-term abortion facilities include:

Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pro-Choice Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California
Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado
Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland
Women’s Med Center in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton

Late-term by Affiliation

Since abortion risks to women increase for each week of pregnancy it is important to note that all five of these facilities are not equipped to deal with those consequences, which are all-too frequently life-threatening in nature.

Thus, late-term abortions pose a grave public safety risk to women in this country, who often don’t find out until they are on a gurney in the back of an ambulance just how dangerous late-term abortions can be.

But the risks only increase when the abortionists operate under the radar – some illegally — quietly doing late-term abortions that are not publicly advertised.

Such was the case with Kermit Gosnell, a West Philadelphia abortionist who quietly conducted illegal late-term abortions throughout the evening and into the early morning hours, unbeknownst to the general public, at his “House of Horrors” abortion facility. Gosnell was caught and convicted not only of illegal late-term abortions, but also three counts of first degree murder for “snipping” the necks of babies born alive during late-term abortions.

But Gosnell certainly is not the only abortionist to play fast and loose with the legal limits on late-term abortions.

Steven Chase Brigham made a practice of committing illegal late-term abortions. He used a bi-state abortion scheme in an attempt to circumvent gestational limits on abortion in his home state of New Jersey. This dangerous behavior cost him medical licenses in New York and later in New Jersey, but that hasn’t stopped New Jersey residents from spotting him at his clinics on abortion days. Is Brigham still conducting abortions illegally? It would not be surprising to find out that he was.

Also known for illegal late-term abortions is James Scott Pendergraft IV, who was caught by Operation Rescue operating a bi-state late-term abortion scheme similar to Brigham’s, but with a twist. Pendergraft, who lives in Florida, advertised that he would fly to Maryland where he would oversee the injection of late-term babies with a drug called Digoxin to stop their hearts. He was then willing to send women home while dangerously still carrying their dead babies, which could then be “delivered” at a local hospital of their choice.

But what Pendergraft never told his patients was that he was not licensed to practice in Maryland. While the Maryland Board of Physicians broke up Pendergraft’s illegal late-term operation and put his accomplice, Harold O. Alexander, on a short suspension, it didn’t stop Pendergraft or Alexander from conducting late-term abortions illegally.

Pendergraft was arrested in October, 2015, in South Carolina – when he is also unlicensed – operating an illegal rolling abortion business out of his vehicle. Authorities discovered drugs and bloody surgical instruments in his possession that were caked with fetal tissue. His criminal case is pending.

Meanwhile, Operation Rescue has confirmed that Alexander continues to do late-term abortions through 26 weeks even though the Maryland Board of Physicians filed an Administrative Complaint against him for this illicit practice in July, 2015, and is seeking to revoke his medical license in that state.

From this we can conclude that there are an unknown number of abortionists in American who offer late-term abortions in secret and perhaps illegally at great risk to the lives of women and their babies that the laws of our nation should protect.

While the public soundly rejects late-term abortions, the number of late-term abortion facilities that openly commit such barbaric procedures certainly does not reflect that sentiment. Worse yet is the fact that the number of known late-term facilities is low compared to what actually transpires in the shadows of the secretive American abortion industry.

This problem is a case in point for a Federal ban on late-term abortions, tight abortion restrictions, greater oversight of abortion facilities, and strict enforcement of abortion laws.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is conducting a hearing on entitled “Late-Term Abortion: Protecting Babies Born Alive and Capable of Pain.” That testimony will be of great interest to those of us who work to expose late-term abortion abuses and halt that grisly practice as we move toward the goal of building an abortion-free America.

View the live stream beginning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern on March 15 of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on late-term abortions.

Note: Karen Myers contributed to this report.

Florida’s Notorious James Pendergraft Identified as Rolling Abortionist Arrested in South Carolina

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Spartanburg County, SC – Operation Rescue has learned that the traveling abortionist that was arrested in South Carolina as the result of a traffic stop is the notorious Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV.

At the time of his arrest on October 5, 2015, Pendergraft had in his possession surgical implements that were covered in blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout South Carolina. He was also in the possession of illegal narcotics.

His illegal abortion operation was described as a “mobile abortion clinic.”

Pendergraft, 58, was charged with four drug-related offenses, but remains under criminal investigation for practicing medicine without a license.

Pendergraft Booking Info - Spartanburg Co

Operation Rescue also learned that his accomplice, described by Spartanburg Co. Sheriff Chuck Wright as Pendergraft’s “wife,” is Angela Jackson, 55, of Cary North Carolina.

Jackson was charged with intent to sell marijuana out of the back of Pendergraft’s vehicle.

Jackson Booking info

Last Friday, Sheriff Wright announced the arrests, saying, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically we got an illegal baby killer.”

Pendergraft has no medical license in South Carolina. His Florida medical license remains under suspension, meaning he is not allowed to practice medicine at this time. Pendergraft continues to own and operate a chain of abortion clinics in Central Florida.

Pendergraft medical license Suspended

“Pendergraft is easily the worst abortionist practicing right now in the U.S. We will do everything possible to see that he is held accountable for his crimes, including notifying the Florida Medical Board of his arrest,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has caught Pendergraft operating outside the law before. He was ordered to cease and desist his illegal late-term abortion racket that he once conducted in Maryland with the help of abortionist Harold O. Alexander. Alexander’s medical license was temporarily suspended as a result.

Operation Rescue also published a video taken by Orlando pro-life activist Michele Herzog showing Pendergraft sneaking in the back door of his EPOC abortion mill in Orlando. According to Herzog, the waiting room was full of abortion patients and there was no other doctor present at the facility, leading her to believe he was about to commit abortions while he was prohibited from doing so by the Florida Medical Board. Herzog called the police, but Pendergraft bolted out the back door and fled the scene before police could arrive.

“It’s time for authorities to stop coddling this criminal and put him behind bars where he belongs. If running an illegal rolling abortion mill out of his vehicle isn’t enough to slap him in prison, then God help us all!” said Newman.

View Pendergraft’s profile page at AbortionDocs.org

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.”

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.