Ambulance Transports Patient From Wichita Abortion Clinic in Former Tiller Building


By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — An ambulance was called to South Wind Women’s Center abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, for a woman experiencing a medical emergency on March 26, 2015.

Operation Rescue was notified of the incident by the Kansas Coalition for Life, which maintains a continuous pro-life presence outside South Wind Women’s Center during business hours.

The ambulance arrived at the abortion clinic at approximately 12:35 p.m. South Wind occupies the same building that once housed George Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion business, which closed in 2009. South Wind purchased the building and reopened it as a first and early-second trimester abortion mill.

This is the first documented medical emergency at South Wind since it began operations in 2013. Under Tiller’s ownership, Operation Rescue documented over a dozen medical emergencies, including one patient death, over a five-year time span.

“It was only a matter of time before someone at South Wind suffered a medical emergency,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “With a gang of quacks like those employed at South Wind, medical emergencies are a tragic inevitability. South Wind boasts of continuing the Tiller legacy and that seems to include substandard care and incompetence.”

The ambulance crew emerged from the South Wind abortion facility at 12:58 p.m. wheeling a patient on a gurney with a towel covering her head who was receiving fluids through an IV. The ambulance then departed using a gate that opened onto Kellogg Drive that is never used except in the event of an emergency.

UPDATE 3/27/2015, 12:50 P.M.: Operation Rescue has received a Computer Aided Dispatch record from the 911 call placed by South Wind’s CEO Julie Burkhart. It indicates the patient suffered vaginal hemorrhage and required emergency transport. The CAD report also indicated that she was transported “TR/YW” for “Trauma/Yellow”. A “yellow” code indicates that lights and sirens are discretionary. However, hemorrhaging is usually considered a “red” emergency that would require lights and sirens.

Operation Rescue’s request for the 911 recording was denied even though other non-medical 911 recordings originating at South Wind have previously been released to Operation Rescue.

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Instead of rushing her to the nearest hospital, which is only 6 minutes away, the woman was transported with no lights or sirens to Galichia Heart Hospital, which is an eleven minutes away from the abortion clinic.

Galichia is a small hospital that is affiliated with the larger Wesley Medical Center where Tiller transported all his botched abortion patients. Tiller’s clinic workers were known to request ambulances with “no lights, no sirens,” as occurred in the following clip from 2005 when an abortion patient named Christin Gilbert died of abortion complications.

“We hope this patient will be okay. We will continue to look into this incident and file whatever complaints are appropriate to protect other women from being injured by South Wind’s shoddy abortion staff,” said Newman.

South Wind employs the following abortionists on a mostly part-time basis:

Cheryl Chastine, who recently admitted in numerous posts on 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.
Robin Bresette, who also works for the Whole Women’s Health in Minnesota and also for the only abortion clinic in North Dakota.
Colleen McNicholas, who is also an abortionist for Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, where 28 women have been hospitalized with abortion-related complications in less than six years.
Allen Palmer, a “retired” Missouri abortionist who has rarely been seen at South Wind. He also works for Planned Parenthood offices in Overland Park, Kansas, which only survived 107 criminal charges when evidence against them was destroyed, and in Peoria, Illinois.
Leslie Page, who was disciplined for incompetence in the 1990s and has been ordered never to engage in the practice of obstetrics. She is the only abortionist from Wichita and the only one with hospital privileges.

Witnesses at the scene on Thursday indicated that they had reason to believe that Cheryl Chastine, who had no abortion experience whatsoever before she began working or South Wind two years ago, was on duty at the time of the medical emergency.

Currently in Kansas, abortion facilities remain largely unaccountable. A 2011 Clinic Licensing law, which would have required abortion clinics to meet minimum safety standards is currently held up in Shawnee County Court.

Operation Rescue has reason to believe that South Wind Women’s Center cannot comply with the provisions of that law and therefore would be forced to close if the law went into effect.

A hearing on the State’s motion for summary judgement in that case, Hodes v. Mosher, has been set for Friday, April 3, 2015.

“We want to see this law freed from the legal tar paper where it has been mired for four long years while women have continued to be subjected to unaccountable, dangerous abortion practices at Kansas’ three remaining abortion clinics,” said Newman. “Closing South Wind would ensure that no more women suffer there. That moment can’t come soon enough.”

Pro-Life Leaders Arrested at Speaker Boehner’s Office Demanding Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban

See updates below.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Eight pro-life leaders, including Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman, were arrested this morning outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office while kneeling in prayer and in protest that a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has not received a promised vote.

Other leaders placed under arrest included pro-life blogger Jill Stanek, Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Katie Mahoney, a long-time pro-life spokesperson.

It issue was the cancellation of a promised vote set for January 22, 2015, on the bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states. Pro-life leaders were promised that the vote would be re-scheduled “immediately,” yet two months later, there is no vote in sight.

“We were betrayed, gave them 2 extra months. Get a vote together,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue in a tweet posted by Jill Stanek.

Newman continued, “Though we may lose our freedom temporarily it’s nothing compared to what happens to the babies.”

The event was meant to draw public attention to the late-term abortion ban and the fact that it is being needlessly delayed.

Learn more about the barbaric late-term abortion process

[This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.]

Pat&TroyReleasedUPDATE March 25, 2015, 4:39 EDT: Troy Newman and Rev. Patrick Mahoney have been released from jail. Waiting on Jill Stanek and the women to be released. [Via Daena Moore]

UPDATE March 25, 2015, 5:13 pm EDT: Jill Stanek was released from jail about 15 minutes ago per Daena Moore.

Here is some of the news coverage of the event:

  • The Daily Caller
  • Town Hall
  • Christian News Service
  • Roll Call
  • Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Christian Post
  • World Magazine
  • Kansas City Star
  • Pro-life Groups to Sit-In at House Speaker Boehner’s Office In Protest of Non-Vote on Late-term Abortion Ban

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    thousandsdieneedlesslyWashington, DC — Pro-life groups plan a sit-in demonstration at the Washington, D.C. office of House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to protest the delay in a promised vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would ban unpopular late-term abortions after 20 weeks in every state.

    The event, known as #FreeTheBan, will take place on Wednesday, March 25, at 11:00 A.M. at Sen. Boehner’s office located in the Longworth House Office Building. The sit-in will be led by Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Blogger Jill Stanek of, and Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

    Last week, Mahoney, Stanek, and Newman sent a letter to Sen. Boehner expressing disappointment that a promised a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act did not take place on January 22, 2015, as planned. Assurances were given that the legislation would be slightly revised and a vote rescheduled “immediately.”

    Now, two months later, there is still no scheduled vote on this important law that will protect women from traumatic late-term abortions and save the lives of thousands of babies each year from a barbaric and painful death.

    Jill Stanek, a noted pro-life speaker and blogger and former Registered Nurse, noted her reasons for risking arrest to force this Late-term abortion ban to a speedy vote.

    “My entry into the pro-life movement was prompted by the fact I held a 21-week abortion survivor until he died. He would have been saved by this 20-week ban,” said Stanek. “I have determined now is a fitting time to leverage my experience – to refocus attention on the baby and to continue to memorialize his senseless death the best I know how.”

    Rev. Mahoney states, “We are coming to Speaker Boehner’s office to be a voice for the innocent children who die every day in America from the violence of abortion and call upon him to schedule a vote on banning ALL abortions after 20 weeks. As we pray and peacefully risk arrest, we are saying that Republican leadership should cease all business in the House until this legislation has been rescheduled.”

    Troy Newman agrees. “With the vast majority of Americans in opposition to late-term abortions, it is the duty of Congress to act immediately to protect these innocent human beings from a tortuous and grisly death,” he said. “It is time to relegate all abortions to the ash heap of history along with other forms of human rights abuses such as slavery and human sacrifice. Banning late-term abortions babies that can feel pain is a good place to start. It is a barbaric, outdated practice that has no place in civilized society.”

    Operation Rescue has long worked to end the grisly practice of late-term abortions, even relocating to Wichita, Kansas, in 2002 to focus on closing Women’s Health Services, the largest late-term abortion facility outside Communist China. That effort resulted in a disciplinary petition seeking license revocation against late-term abortionist George Tiller that was pending at the time of his death. Operation Rescue’s complaint also resulted the license revocation of Tiller’s associate, Ann Kristen Neuhaus, for phony mental health diagnoses that were used by Tiller to justify otherwise illegal late-term abortions.

    A full description of the Induction Abortion process that is currently employed by late-term abortionists is available at

    An event in 2009 led by Operation Rescue in Omaha, Nebraska, focused on preventing LeRoy Carhart from doing late-second and third trimester abortions there. That event prompted the first-ever Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection law in the United States. Later, Operation Rescue discovered Carhart’s plans to relocate his late-term abortion business to Germantown, Maryland, and helped organize pro-life opposition that continues to save late-term babies from a barbaric and painful death.

    Operation Rescue continues to expose abortion abuses at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is now the largest late-term abortion facility in the U.S., and has supported efforts to ban the horrific practice of aborting babies in the later terms of pregnancy in that state.

    Operation Rescue’s reporting from the trial of the notorious Pennsylvania late-term abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell along with revelations of horrific late-term abortion practices uncovered by Operation Rescue at a Houston, Texas abortion facility prompted the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. House 2013, but was killed in the Democratically controlled Senate that year.

    So far, ten states have passed bans on abortions after 20 weeks when babies are known to feel pain. Twenty-one states have restricted abortion after viability. A federal ban is the fastest way to end late-term abortions in all states and put an end to this form of human rights abuse once and for all.

    More about the #FreeTheBan protest and how to participate can be found at