Disturbing Backgrounds of Two New Wichita Abortionists Renew Calls for Defense of 2011 Abortion Facility Licensing Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — South Wind Women’s Center has recently hired two out-of-state abortionists that hail from two abortion chains with histories of abortion abuses. They join two other abortionists at South Wind who also have troubling issues that could negatively impact women who seek abortions at the Wichita, Kansas abortion facility.

Colleen P. McNicolas, 34, is a Doctor of Osteopathy that has worked at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, the site of 25 documented incidents of abortion-related medical emergencies requiring hospitalization since 2009. Her published papers show that in addition to abortion, she has a particular interest in long-term “contraception,” including the use of Intrauterine Devices on women, which are known to cause very early abortions.

Robin Bresette, 37, is known to supply abortions for the Texas-based abortion chain, Whole Women’s Health, at their Minneapolis, Minnesota, facility, and also at the last abortion center in North Dakota, Fargo’s Red River Women’s Center. Operation Rescue documented that Whole Women’s Health facilities in Texas were engaged various abortion abuses, including the illegal dumping of aborted baby remains for which it was heavily fined.

Both McNicholas and Bresette were licensed in Kansas earlier this year, with Bresette’s permanent license going into effect on September 8.

“We can only expect that these two abortionists will import their shoddy practices to Kansas, which already has its share of substandard abortion operations,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We are raising the alarm about the competency and safety concerns with all South Wind’s abortionists, which are a very troubled lot with histories that should shake everyone’s confidence in the clinic’s ability maintain accepted medical standards.”

The two women join South Wind’s primary abortionist, Cheryl Chastine, who recently admitted in numerous posts on Twitter.com 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, Illinois, after pro-life activists there publicly exposed her involvement with abortion in Kansas. Prior to her employment at South Wind last year, Chastine had no experience with abortion procedures whatsoever.

Also listed as providing abortions as South Wind is the notorious Missouri abortionist Allen Palmer, 75, who works part-time for Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas, a facility that was charged by former District Attorney Phill Kline with 107 criminal counts related to illegal late-term abortion and manufacturing evidence to cover their crimes. Those charges were eventually dismissed after incriminating evidence in the custody of the State Attorney General’s office was mysteriously destroyed.

Palmer, who works on a sporadic, extremely part-time basis at South Wind has his own background of problems with the law. In 1979, Palmer was convicted and incarcerated for corporate tax evasion. His Missouri medical license was suspended two years later and he was placed on a five-year probation.

“South Wind has managed to round up abortionists who are at the bottom of a very rotten barrel. We are legitimately afraid for the lives of women who may seek abortions at that facility,” said Newman.

South Wind Women’s Center opened last year in the same building that once housed George Tiller’s late-term abortion business. It is operated by Tiller’s former political lobbyist, Julie Burkhart, who has no medical background.

To make matters worse, a 2011 Kansas law that would have required abortion facilities to be licensed and meet minimum safety requirements has been held in limbo in a state court with no action since August, 2012. Currently, South Wind, which cannot meet the requirements in the 2011 licensing law, is completely unaccountable to any state oversight agency.

“Given the backgrounds of South Wind’s abortionists, such as mental disease, a criminal conviction, and a long list of botched abortions, the fact that there is no accountability for this abortion business means that women who walk through its doors are in serious jeopardy of being carried out on a gurney to the emergency room or to the morgue,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue is seeking to persuade Gov. Sam Brownback through a petition to instruct the Attorney General’s office to immediately being to defend the abortion facility licensing law that is languishing in a Shawnee County Court without action for over two years.

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VICTORY: Judge Upholds Iowa Webcam Abortion Ban Regulations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Des Moines, IA – Polk County District Judge Jeffrey Farrell ruled today that the Iowa Board of Medicine was acting within its proper authority when it banned the use of Planned Parenthood’s experimental “Webcam” abortion pill distribution process. This ruling will allow the implementation and enforcement of the webcam abortion ban in 30 days.

Planned Parenthood has said it will appeal today’s ruling.

“Operation Rescue has worked with other state and national pro-life groups since 2010 to bring an end to this dangerous abortion pill distribution racket that puts Planned Parenthood profits above the lives and health of women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Today represents a long awaited victory for women and their babies.”

Webcam abortions enable an abortionist to remotely dispense abortion pills to patients in other cities without leaving a central office. The abortionist visits briefly for a short time with a patient via an internet video conferencing system then clicks a button on his computer that remotely opens a drawer in front of the patient containing the abortion pills.

The Board found that the lack of a physical examination by the dispensing abortionist fell well below patient care standards.

A report by the Des Moines Register elaborated:

The judge wrote that the board cited “legitimate reasons” to require physicians to perform an in-person physical examination before prescribing the abortion pills. He also wrote that if the procedure is no longer offered at satellite clinics, rural Iowa women would have to travel farther to obtain abortions, but he said this would not cause “undue hardship.”

However, despite Planned Parenthood’s claims, the outlying facilities operated by Planned Parenthood that currently use the dubious abortion pill distribution scheme are located in Iowa cities that have ample legitimate medical services available and are not in “rural” areas as Planned Parenthood claims.

In recent months, Planned Parenthood has voluntarily shut down webcam abortions in ten facilities. Nine offices still employ the now-banned pill distribution process.

Operation Rescue brought the webcam abortions to light after an undercover investigation in March, 2010, then exposed plans by Planned Parenthood Federation of America to expand the scheme into every one of their clinics nationwide, ironically during a protest of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Cedar Rapids. This would have represented the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Since Planned Parenthood’s plans became public, 14 states have passed restrictions that require a licensed physician be present when abortion pills are dispensed, effectively banning the process of webcam abortion process. The planned national expansion of the webcam system has since been scuttled in the wake of the new state laws.

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St. Louis Planned Parenthood Further Endangers Abortion Patient by Calling Slower Private Ambulance During Medical Emergency

Delaying emergency medical care unacceptably places lives at unnecessary risk

By Cheryl Sullenger

StL-ambulance 07102014St. Louis, MO – In what is becoming an all-too-familiar occurrence, pro-life sidewalk counselors snapped photos as an ambulance arrived to transport yet another patient from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Planned Parenthood volunteers held up bed sheets as a covered woman was wheeled out of the abortion facility on a gurney in an attempt to prevent pro-life supporters from documenting the event.

This incident, which took place on July 10, 2014, boosts the number of known medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood site to 26 in the past five years.

This time, however, Planned Parenthood summoned a private ambulance company – instead of dialing 911 – to transport the patient to the hospital for emergency care that the abortion facility was not equipped to provide. This was likely done to conceal facts about the incident and prevent pro-life activists from uncovering the seriousness of the medical emergency through 911 records.

“Planned Parenthood has chosen to put their own interests ahead of getting this patient emergency medical assistance by the quickest means,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Delays in receiving emergency care can cost women’s lives. It is disgraceful that Planned Parenthood chose to place a woman’s life in jeopardy in order to protect what little reputation this abysmal abortion mill has left.”

Response times for private ambulance services are slower than when calling 911, and the calls placed to them are not subject to public records requests.

That change in emergency protocols is likely due to a lawsuit filed against the St. Louis Fire Department in May by the Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of an Operation Rescue staff member. Operation Rescue sued to obtain public information that was over-zealously redacted from 911 records it had received through the Freedom of Information Act.

Operation Rescue originally sought the 911 call records for 25 incidents involving medical emergencies at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood dating back to 2009. Instead, 57 heavily redacted records were produced to Operation Rescue by the St. Louis Fire Department, hinting that there were many more medical emergencies than previously documented.

So extensive were the redactions that even the dates of the incidents had been expunged, which is a clear a violation of open records laws that require only the most minimal redactions be made and only on narrowly exempted information, such as patient names.

“Planned Parenthood may be afraid that if we win the lawsuit, information damaging to their abortion business will come out and their abortionists may then be held accountable. They would rather delay emergency care to women than allow that to happen,” said Newman. “Planned Parenthood must have a lot to hide.”