First Texas Abortion Clinic Closes, More to Follow Barring Supreme Court Involvement

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Dallas, TX — Operation Rescue has confirmed that the Routh Street Women’s Clinic in Dallas, Texas, halted abortions earlier this month, beginning what is expected to be a series of clinic closures in the wake of a ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling upheld a 2013 law, HB2, that requires abortion clinics to meet minimum safety standards.

In addition, Planned Parenthood has apparently abandoned its efforts to open a larger clinic to replace its outdated facility located at 104 Babcock Road in San Antonio. Pro-life supporters with the Stop Planned Parenthood SA Coalition sued and successfully blocked a planned opening in January 2015, citing deception and zoning violations.

According to Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, there are currently no plans to open a new abortion facility in Texas.

Meanwhile, abortion facilities that sued to block implementation of HB2 have made an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to block the July 1 deadline for full compliance with the law. Word is expected any time on whether the nation’s highest court will take that case on appeal.

Currently, there are 16 abortion facilities left open in Texas. Half of those are licensed as Ambulatory Surgical Centers and are expected to stay open.

One abortion facility, Whole Women’s Health in the Rio Grande Valley community of McAllen, was given conditional permission by the Fifth Circuit to stay open even though it cannot comply with new safety regulations. However, a spokesperson for Whole Women’s Health indicated that the clinic’s future is uncertain since they may not be able to find abortionists to adequately staff it.

In addition to the closure of the Routh Street Women’s Clinic, at least six other Texas abortion facilities that are expected to shut down, barring last-minute help from the U. S. Supreme Court, include:

Austin Women’s Health Center, Austin
Hilltop Women’s Reproductive Center, El Paso
Houston Women’s Clinic, Houston
Suburban Women’s Clinic, Houston
Suburban Women’s Medical Center, Houston
Planned Parenthood Babcock Health Center, San Antonio

One of the abortion clinics’ arguments is that closing these facilities will create a hardship on women because that will leave only major metropolitan areas with abortion clinics. However, all the expected closures are in major cities that have abortion clinics that will stay open, with the exception of El Paso where there is an abortion facility in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, just across state lines within a stone’s throw from El Paso.

“What will happen when the six or seven additional abortion clinics close? Lives will be saved and women will be protected from exploitation by substandard abortion mills,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has worked to expose abortion abuses in Texas.

In Texas, a 2011 Operation Rescue investigation documented violations at Whole Women’s Health in Austin and McAllen involving the illegal dumping of recognizable aborted baby remains in a public dumpster. The two abortion centers were heavily fined as a result.

In addition, Operation Rescue reported two Whole Women’s Health abortionists, Alan H. Molson and Robert E. Hanson, for violations discovered during that same investigation, resulting in thousands of dollars in fines.

Molson, 62, admitted that he was not routinely present for post-abortion follow-up visits, which were done by unqualified medical assistants, who also improperly handed out prescriptions for birth control pills that were pre-signed by Molson.

Hanson, 74, admitted that he saw patients for the first time on the day of the abortion and failed take complete medical histories or conduct proper physical exams. He also admitted to inadequately monitoring vital signs during abortions.

In addition, Operation Rescue filed complaints against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, based on information and photos provided by former clinic workers, alleging that late-term babies that were born alive were killed by twisting their heads until their necks broke. While a grand jury failed to indict him, Karpen has been unable to secure required hospital privileges and can no longer legally do abortions in Texas.

“When people voice concerns about abortion clinic closures, it is usually because they do not know the truth about abuses that occur in abortion facilities every day that endanger women and needlessly take the lives of innocent babies,” said Newman. “Shutting down an abortion clinic is one of the best things that can happen to a community.”

Victory: Planned Parenthood in Washington DC to Close

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A flier posted on the door of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. has announced its closure as of June 26, 2015.

Planned Parenthood has indicated that it plans to open a new facility in the Washington, D.C. area sometime in the future to replace the old 16th Street clinic, which has been the site of intensive pro-life activity over the years.

“It may be many months before a new facility is ready, if ever. In the meantime, Planned Parenthood will not be killing babies in the nation’s capital, and that is great news,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This closure is a huge victory for pro-life activists who have worked to save babies from abortion and even suffered wrongful arrests there.”

In 2010, Planned Parenthood erected a fence around property near their building entrance and put up “no trespassing” signs even though fenced property and sidewalk were officially public property. Rev. Patrick Mahoney was falsely arrested for trespassing while praying on the public sidewalk. Later, city officials admitted Planned Parenthood lied about owning the property and that the sidewalk was indeed public. Afterwards, police stopped threatening pro-life supporters with arrest. Recently, some threats of arrest of peaceful pro-life activists had resumed, but no arrests were actually made.

Shoddy patient care standards were also an issue there. In 2009, Planned Parenthood paid out $1.5 million in damages to the family of 14-year-old Shanteese Butler, after she sustained permanent injuries from an abortion procedure performed by Colin Walters.

“We rejoice in the closing of the Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Washington D.C. because we know this will mean more lives will be spared,” said Newman. “We will continue to work to block any attempted relocation. While Planned Parenthood is closed, we know it will be losing money. The longer it is closed, the harder it will be to reopen.”

[Photo: Lauren Handy]

Details Surface of Two Medical Emergencies at an Ohio Planned Parenthood

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Bedford Heights, OH — Sketchy details are beginning to surface concerning two recent medical emergencies at a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Bedford Heights, Ohio.

There have been a total of five such emergencies documented by Operation Rescue at this Planned Parenthood facility since July 2012.

Local activists reported the recent incidents to Operation Rescue then provided Computer Aided Dispatch printouts related to the medical emergencies. No audio files of the calls have yet been released by Bedford Heights authorities.

“It is a little unusual to get only the printouts and not the audio recordings of the call, especially in Ohio. This is yet another example of how obtaining public records is becoming more difficult when those records are related to abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We appreciate the efforts of our friends in Ohio who took steps to documents these incidents and expose the dangers of abortion.”

While the printouts contain very little information, they do confirm that ambulances were called to the Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood abortion center on March 27 and May 11, 2015.

In both cases “advanced life support” was administered on the scene, indicating that the emergencies were more serious in nature than “basic life support” incidents.

During the May 11 incident, one victim was transported to University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center’s emergency room. There is no notation of hospital transport for the May 27 incident, but that does not necessarily mean one did not occur since such notations are sometimes omitted from 911 printouts.

“Planned Parenthood is especially secretive and goes to great measures to cover-up abortion-related medical emergencies. We do not yet know if these two emergencies were abortion-related, but in our experience over 98 percent of the time when we see an ambulance at an abortion clinic, it is indeed related to an abortion complication,” said Newman. “We will continue to seek more facts about these incidents and post updates as we get them.”

Unfortunately, no photos were taken at the scene.

“We encourage pro-life activists who minister outside abortion clinics to be prepared by always having at least a cell phone camera at the ready and take pictures when ambulances arrive,” said Newman. “That way, if 911 records cannot be obtained, there is still documentation of the incident.”

Operation Rescue is asking pro-life activists to send them photos and other information related to medical emergencies and any other questionable activity they witness at abortion clinics.

“We are building a nationwide database of these incidents to provide evidence that abortion is not as safe as the abortion cartel would have us think. This evidence is being used to support pro-life legislation and save lives,” said Newman. “Abortion complications and deaths are grossly under-reported by abortion clinics. We are gathering as much evidence as we can related to abortion complications and other abuses. That information is then published online where it is available to the public.”

In addition to a vast searchable story archive at its primary website, OperationRescue.org, Operation Rescue maintains AbortionDocs.org, the largest online archive of documentation related to every abortion facility in the U.S.

“AbortionDocs.org is a valuable resource for the pro-life movement. It acts as an online file cabinet for documents and other evidence related not only to abortion injuries, but other abuses as well. It is a free resource that can be easily accessed by anyone with an Internet connection,” said Newman. “We encourage pro-lifers to send us their documentation so it can be added to the archive and be available to everyone.”

Read the CAD printouts from the emergencies at the Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood.

Read Operation Rescue’s Special Report: Secret Ohio Department of Health Docs Reveal 47 Horrific Botched Abortions, Countless Safety Violations and More

Visit AbortionDocs.org.