Supreme Court Rules to Temporarily Allow Substandard Texas Abortion Centers To Reopen

Washington, DC — Late yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a terse, unsigned statement, that parts of the Texas abortion facility safety standard law could not be enforced. This will allow the 14 abortion clinics To reopen that closed earlier this month by a decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ruling noted that Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Anton Scalia would have allowed the law to be enforced.

In addition to blocking the requirement that abortion clinics must meet Ambulatory Surgical Center standards, it also waived hospital privilege requirements for abortionists at clinics in El Paso and McAllen, but left that requirement in place elsewhere in the state.

“This decision by the Supreme Court places the profits of abortion businesses that cannot meet inimum safety standards above the lives of women,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “We have seen first-hand through our investigations in Texas the conditions and practices that endanger women every day. We take some hope in the fact that this ruling is only temporary. We remain confident that the Texas law will be upheld once all the evidence is presented.”

Operation Rescue discovered that nearly 1,000 Texas women were being hospitalized each year in Texas prior to the passage of the clinic safety law, HB2. This was in sharp contrast to the false claims of safety put forth by the abortion facilities that sued to block the law.

“I doubt very much if Chief Justice Roberts, who allowed these abortion centers to reopen, would want a blind surgical procedure done on him or his family members in a facility that could not meet minimum standards by a doctor who could not qualify for hospital privileges. Yet, that is exactly what he is asking Texas women to do,” said Newman. “We also discovered that once the abortion clinics closed, there was very little delay in scheduling abortions, contrary to what the abortion businesses say. In some cases, they offered abortions the next day, so the argument that closing abortion facilities created an ‘undue burden’ is completely false.”

Operation Rescue discovered numerous violations at Texas abortion facilities during a 2011 investigation. As a result, fines were imposed on two abortionists and two Whole Women’s Health clinics where aborted baby remains had been illegally dumped.

Last year, Opeation Rescue released shocking evidence proved by former employees of Houston abortionist Douglas Karpan that indicated late term babies were being born alive during abortions and intentionally killed.

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New Book Reveals How Tiller’s Late-Term Abortion Clinic Really Closed and How That Success Can Be Replicated in Every Community

Washington, DC – Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue announce the release today of their new book, Abortion Free: Your Manual for Building a Pro-Life America One Community at a Time, published by WND Books, and available now on

In it, Newman and Sullenger share a collection of experiences from the front lines in the battle for life that illustrate successful methods they have developed over decades of activism that are closing down abortion facilities and putting abortionists out of business around the nation. When abortion clinics close, lives are saved.

Abortion Free is the “definitive guidebook on how to expose and close abortion facilities,” said David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life.

Newman and Sullenger are the experts on the subject. With the account of one of the nation’s most notorious abortionists, Kansas’ own George Tiller, as the backdrop, they share their more than fifty years of combined experience in shuttering dirty, life-threatening clinics in the first pro-life book that will teach you step-by-step what you can do to help close your local abortion clinic and make America abortion-free.

“This is not just another book to read, it is an action to take,” said Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC for Life.

“Troy and Cheryl have done a brilliant job of turning the nation’s cavalier attitude toward killing babies in the womb into one of truly valuing unborn life. In this book you see not only their outstanding track record of boarding up the doors of the killing centers, but you learn how to board them up yourself. If you’re ready to do that and just need the right tools, here’s your tool box,” said Joseph M. Scheidler, National Director of Pro-Life Action League.

About the Authors:

Troy Newman has actively worked on behalf of the pre-born for over twenty years. Newman’s groundbreaking work has been featured in Rolling Stone magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and on CNN.

Cheryl Sullenger is the senior policy advisor to Operation Rescue. She has been involved in the pro-life movement for thirty years. Her sidewalk counseling ministry has saved over 2,500 lives. Sullenger is an accomplished writer and published editoralist who coauthored Their Blood Cries Out!

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Notorious Abortionist Hodari Denied License, Lacks “Good Moral Character”

By Cheryl Sullenger

Lansing, MI — If you’ve never heard of Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari, count yourself fortunate. If you have, then what happened recently at the Michigan Board of Medicine should come as a welcome relief.

For those who may not be familiar, Hodari once ran a chain of as many as six abortion mills in Michigan and is among the worst of abortionists, and that’s saying a lot.

Four women are known to have died at Hodari-run abortion facilities, which can aptly be characterized as “mills.” Tamia Russell, 15, died less than 24 hours after a late-term abortion at Hodari’s Lathrup Village facility in 2004. In 2007, a 17-year old Hodari patient died from abortion complications. Chivon Williams died less than six hours after having been released from one of Hodari’s abortion mills following a suction abortion.

Despite the growing number of women dying at Hodari mills, in 2009, he was fined a mere $10,000 for his part in the death of Regina Johnson in 2003.

Amidst mounting professional and personal troubles, Hodari sold his abortion facilities and allowed his license to expire in January, 2013, but he apparently soon changed his mind about retirement.

In July, 2013, Hodari reapplied for licensure in the State of Michigan, answering “Yes” on his application form to questions concerning previous disciplinary action and the number of lawsuits he settled for $200,000 or more during any 5-year period.

Board requests for clarification were met with “evasive” answers, according to documents recently provided to Operation Rescue by long-time pro-life activist Lynn Mills.

Instead of full and honest disclosure, Hodari’s attorney simply submitted case captions for his last five settlements without any details as to what the cases were about or why they warranted the substantial monetary pay-outs.

Records show, in fact, that Hodari has been sued over 50 times, the results of which have been sealed in many cases. No one really knows how many women have been butchered or otherwise maimed by this man.

The good news is that earlier this year, the Michigan Board of Medicine wisely denied Hodari’s application for relicensure citing a lack of “good moral character” and noting that licensees in Michigan must display a propensity to serve the public “in a fair, honest and open manner.”

While the lack of “good moral character” could apply to every abortionist, those words are the very antithesis of an apt description of Hodari, given the documented abuses in his background.

Originally from Argentina, Hodari made headlines when Citizens for a Pro-life Society discovered the remains of aborted babies along with patient medical records illegally dumped outside some of his six abortion mills.

He added to his notoriety when he told a group of students from Wayne State University that abortionists have a “license to lie” and that he does not wash his hands between patients to prevent his skin from chaffing. He also told reporters that even though he was well aware that induction abortions were dangerous, he still used the late-term abortion procedure without regard to the welfare of his patients.

In February, 2009, Hodari was sentenced to six months probation for illegally dumping of abortion records.

Hodari also had a documented pattern of forcing abortions on unwilling women. Jennifer McCoy told Operation Rescue that when she was only 16, Hodari tricked her into an unwanted abortion under the pretense of performing a routine obstetrical examination, then returned her to the man who had been sexually abusing her.

In 2009, Caitlin Bruce filed suit against Hodari for forcing an abortion on her after she had withdrawn her consent. In court records, Bruce alleged that she was held down on the abortion table by an assistant who covered her mouth with his hand to muffle her screams as Hodari forced the abortion on her. Hodari settled that suit for an undisclosed amount.

Time fails to relate further details of his atrocious acts that have left a grisly trail of broken women and dead corpses.

“We are relieved and thankful that Hodari can no longer practice medicine or inflict his particular brand of quackery on anyone else,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, whose office filed numerous complaints against Hodari over the years. “Unfortunately, there are other abortionists out there right now who are cut from the same corrupt cloth as Hodari. They are killing women and babies and victimizing their patients in unimaginable ways — and far too many are getting away with it. We know who some of them are, but others perpetrate their abuses in secret for now. We consider it our mission to find these people, document their crimes, report them and demand enforcement. It may take some time, but just like Hodari, their sins will find them out – and when they do, we will be there to catch and expose them, and bring them to justice.”

Read Hodari’s license denial document.