San Diego Abortion Facility Where Abortionist Engaged in Demonic Rant Has Closed

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Diego, CA – FPA Women’s Health, a chain of California abortion facilities, has shut down its troubled office on Miramar Road in San Diego, effective on Friday, November 17, 2017.

The San Diego location was the site of an incident involving abortionist Robert Santella and pro-life activist Zephaniah Mel. Santella threatened Mel with a pair of surgical scissors during a bizarre demonic rant, that included hissing and a confession that he loved killing children during abortions.

That behavior, along with complaints of malpractice and botched abortions, resulted in Santella’s firing from the abortion chain, which he had been affiliated with for over 30 years. Santella was forced to surrender his medical license after the California Medical Board charged him with negligence and unprofessional conduct.

Operation Rescue confirmed that Santella’s medical license has been surrendered and his private office on College Avenue in San Diego, where he also conducted abortions, is also closed.

The FPA office was also the scene of several medical emergencies that required ambulance transport, including one in September 2015, when a mother accompanying her daughter for an abortion was forced to call an ambulance for her bleeding daughter when the FPA Women’s Health staff refused. Her action likely saved her daughter’s life.

FPA Women’s Health has had a presence in San Diego County since the 1980s. The high-volume abortion business, which once boasted that its “doctors” spent only three minutes per patient completing abortions, has been forced to move a number of times.

While located in La Mesa, California, in the 1990s, the FPA abortion facility was the site of numerous large pro-life sit-ins, that resulted in the arrests of several peaceful protesters. In early 2002, the abortion business’ landlord finally evicted them from their office. FPA relocated Sixth Avenue across from Balboa Park, until being forced to move again when the building they occupied was slated for demolition. Their most recent address on Miramar Road was considered an odd location since it was situated in the middle of a furniture mall.

Two years ago, a pro-life alternatives facility, Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, moved in next door to the abortion facility, and impacted FPA’s business by offering women assistance and positive alternatives to abortion.

Now, Operation Rescue has confirmed that the San Diego FPA abortion business is relocating once again, this time to the more conservative East County community of El Cajon. That facility is located at 1625 E. Main Street, Suite 202, in El Cajon — right next to an Albertson’s grocery store, which is sure to create tension in the community.

“We are thankful that this abortion business has been once again forced to move, thanks to the prayers and action of pro-life activists, who have been so faithful on the sidewalks throughout the decades. When abortion businesses relocate, it usually results in a loss of business – which means babies’ lives are spared,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray the El Cajon FPA office shuts down soon and has nowhere to relocate.”

911: Woman Bleeding Excessively in Middle of Abortion at Connecticut Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Hartford, CT – An abortion patient suffered “excessive bleeding” in the middle of an abortion procedure at Hartford GYN Center in Hartford, Connecticut, according to 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue.

A 911 call was placed by “Madeline,” a Hartford GYN nurse, at 10:01 a.m. on October 21, 2017. She indicated that the patient was in the middle of a “procedure” and was bleeding heavily. The woman was sedated, and it appeared that the clinic staff were going to under sedation while they continued the abortion procedure.

The ambulance was dispatched under “Priority 1,” which is used in the most urgent of cases. A witness on the scene told Operation Rescue that the woman was brought out of the abortion facility with “a sheet over her head.”

EMS unit 221 transported the bleeding woman to Hartford Hospital. The entire incident took 22 minutes.

Further information about the injured woman’s condition remains unknown.

Hartford GYN Center opened in 1981, and conducts abortions through 21 weeks of pregnancy. It is a member of the National Abortion Federation, a network of abortion facilities that has an over-all dubious safety record. The abortion business is part of a chain of five facilities operating under the Women’s Centers banner. Other chain locations are in Atlanta, Georgia; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Delaware County, Delaware; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

From January 1 through November 18, 2017, Operation Rescue documented 56 medical emergencies nationwide that required ambulance transport directly from abortion facilities. This number is based on eye-witness reports and does not reflect every incident that occurs. It also does not count women who must seek emergency medical care after they have left the abortion facility.

“We have seen an uptick in the numbers of ambulances at abortion facilities this year, and have already exceeded the number of medical emergencies we recorded in 2016,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Things are not getting any better at our nation’s abortion businesses. If anything, they are more dangerous than ever.”

Operation Rescue tracks abortion-related medical emergencies at abortion facilities nationwide.

“Just based on the incidents we have documented, knowing that it is a small fraction of such incidents, it is obvious that the Abortion Cartel’s abortion complication stats that portray abortion as the safest medical procedure, are as fake as they can be.”

Read the 911 CAD printout.

AG Sessions: Senate Investigation into Planned Parenthood’s Body Parts Scheme “Could Provide a Basis for Charges”

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday at acknowledged that Planned Parenthood and others who may have participated in the illegal sale of aborted baby organs and tissue could be criminally charged once the FBI completes its investigation.

Rep. Trent Franks referenced a report published Monday by The Hill that the FBI had asked to view unredacted documents obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s year-long investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood and others engaged in the illegal sale of aborted baby body parts. That investigation was initiated by undercover videos released in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress that clearly show Planned Parenthood executives haggling to get top dollar for aborted baby parts.

The Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which conducted a similar investigation, both referred Planned Parenthood organizations and several middle-man organ procurement companies to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and prosecution.

Franks asked Sessions if any Senate investigation and subsequent referrals provided a sufficient basis to bring criminal charges on any “guilty party.”

Sessions responded, “Well, it depends on the substance of those Congressional findings, but they certainly provide a basis for starting an investigation and verifying the findings of the Congress, and could provide a basis for charges.”

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who is a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress and served while the undercover videos were being filed and produced, welcomed the news.

“When Attorney General Sessions was confirmed, I pledged to stand ready to assist him with access to our research and documentation in prosecuting abortion abusers including Planned Parenthood. That offer still stands,” he said.

“After listening for two years to Planned Parenthood lie about their involvement and stonewall two Congressional investigations, I am now hopeful that an FBI investigation will result in charges against Planned Parenthood criminals and their accomplices who broke the law,” said Newman continued. “Planned Parenthood tried to smear the video evidence as faked with a so-called forensic report that has been proven as phony as a three-dollar bill. Now we know the only thing that is fake is Planned Parenthood’s denials of wrongdoing.”

In June 2017, Newman wrote a letter to Attorney General Sessions asking for speedy action on the Congressional referrals.

“Needless to say, these allegations are very serious, and if true, are literally putting innocent lives in grave danger,” wrote Newman. “Because of that, I encourage you to pursue criminal investigations and prosecutions, if warranted, against the Planned Parenthood organizations, the organ procurement companies. . . with all urgency in order to protect women and their babies from harm, and in the interest of justice.”

Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation sued Newman and other CMP officials in 2015 to block the release of further videos. They successfully obtained a gag order that was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which prevented Newman and others from releasing any of the forbidden videos to law enforcement even if they obtained evidence of crimes.

Newman and his attorneys with the American Center for Law and Justice, filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the gag order – a challenge that now takes on new urgency in light of the apparent ongoing FBI investigation.

A decision on if the Supreme Court will hear Newman’s petition is expected before the end of the year.


“Fusion GPS Dirty Tricks Customers Include Planned Parenthood, DNC, Clinton, Obama,” 11/1/2017
“Operation Rescue Congratulates AG Sessions on His Confirmation and Stands Ready to Assist Prosecutions of Abortion Abusers,” 2/9/2017
“Operation Rescue’s Story Archive: Planned Parenthood’s Illegal Body Parts Trafficking Scandal” (Coverage and videos from 2015)

Operation Rescue Stands By Its Endorsement of Judge Moore for Senate; Calls for McConnell to Resign

Judge Roy Moore, pictured with Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.


Washington, D.C. – In light of the spurious, unproved allegations and attacks against Judge Roy Moore, who is a candidate in Alabama’s special senatorial election, Operation Rescue, an outspoken national pro-life group, stands firmly behind Judge Moore and reiterates its endorsement of him for the U.S. Senate.

“I know Judge Roy Moore to be a dedicated Christian and social conservative who will not compromise on the matters of life. He is staunchly pro-life, and a true defender of religious freedom. I urge all the good people of Alabama to cast their votes for Judge Roy Moore for Senate,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, in his August 9, 2017, endorsement of Judge Moore’s Senate Campaign.

Those words are as true today as when they were in August.

In this day when even an unfounded allegation of sexual misconduct can ruin careers, it is no accident that this particular allegation was brought against Judge Moore at this time. His defeat would further destabilize the U.S. Senate and keep it from accomplishing President Trump’s agenda, which is opposed by Democrats, Establishment Republicans, globalists, and pro-abortionists.

“The attacks on Judge Moore are nothing more than dirty politics by those who oppose his staunch conservative Christian values. I don’t believe them for one moment,” said Newman. “After forty years in public service, the fact that the unfounded allegations that are today splashed across headlines have arisen with less than a month to go before this important election is no co-incidence. Establishment Republicans, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, should be ashamed of themselves for jumping to rash conclusions when calling for Moore’s withdrawal from the race.”

On September 27, 2017, Operation Rescue called for the resignation of McConnell due to his failed leadership and inability to defund Planned Parenthood.

“If anyone should resign, it should be Mitch McConnell,” said Newman. “I double down on our call for Mitch McConnell to step aside after his shameful display of prejudging Judge Moore and for his failed leadership in the Senate.”

Ohio Pro-Life Group Demands Closure of Akron-Area Abortion Business for Persistent Egregious Violations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Akron, OH – A letter sent to the Ohio Department of Health from Right to Life of Northeast Ohio reveals lax enforcement of the state’s health and safety codes that is allowing a deteriorating abortion facility operating on an expired facility license to expose hundreds of women per year to shoddy conditions and practices that could harm them.

In a letter dated November 10, 2017, Denise Leipold, Executive Director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio to Lance Himes, Ohio Department of Health Director, called for the closure of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center due to years of violations that endanger patients, including 24-pages of citations found in a July 11, 2017, inspection report.

The Northeast Ohio Women’s Center is owned and operated by disgraced abortionist David Burkons, who is serving a six-month suspension of his Ohio medical license for prescribing dangerous controlled substances to friends without noting the prescriptions in their medical records, and for leaving signed blank prescription pads for his employees to fill out.

“While Right to Life of Northeast Ohio is an advocate against abortion, as long as abortion remains legal, we are equally concerned about the welfare and safety of the unsuspecting women who choose to visit locations operated or supervised by individuals like Burkons without being aware of the history of the abortionists or the facility. It should be the duty of the Ohio Department of Health and any other regulatory agencies that have allowed facilities like this to remain in operation in violation of established law to force compliance or order them to close,” Leipold wrote.

Leipold revealed that despite his suspended medical license, Burkons is still regularly seen at his abortion facility, raising suspicions that he may be engaged in nefarious activity there. That suspicion is founded in past performance.

The Northeast Ohio Women’s Center formerly operated under the name Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls. This facility employed Burkons and a known sex offender, Thomas Michaelis. In June 2013, Capital Care Network was ordered to close due to “extensive health and safety violations and multiple drug offenses,” according to Leipold.

Six months later, Burkons purchased the failed abortion facility and reopened it as the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center.

“The only thing that changed was the name,” Leipold wrote.

That facility was denied an Ambulatory Surgical Facility license after it unsurprisingly failed a licensing inspection. The facility continued supplying medication abortions, which no not require a facility license, until it was finally received an ASF license in 2015.

However, despite the fact that the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center’s facility license expired on May 31, 2016, and has not been renewed, the abortion business has been allowed to stay open.

On November 29, 2016, the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center was issued a 21-page deficiency report with multiple citations affecting the 435 abortion patients that had been seen in the twelve months prior to the inspection. But, there was no timely follow-up visit to ensure that all of the violations were corrected.

A follow-up licensure compliance inspection was finally conducted on July 11, 2017, where 24 pages of violations were discovered, including twelve violations that were cited, but never corrected, after the May 2016, inspection that occurred fourteen months earlier.

Those repeat offenses, which affected 754 abortion patients over the previous twelve months, included:

The facility’s so-called “quality assurance program” was a complete sham. Staff told inspectors that there were never any meetings as required, and a necessary Quality Assurance manual did not exist, despite obviously falsified documentation to the contrary.
Failure to test staff annually for tuberculosis and failure to follow up on one employee who had a positive TB test in 2013.
Failure to provide job descriptions to employees.
Failure to train staff in the proper cleaning of surgical instruments, which resulted in surgical instruments not being properly reprocessed for use.
Inadequate staff orientation and training, which can cause patient care issues.
Failure to conduct annual employee performance evaluations.
Failure to maintain a sanitary and safe facility. Included improper sterilization procedures, sloppy infection control measures, cross-contamination, and surfaces that could not be properly disinfected.
Infection control audits were not used to improve patient care.
Additional quality assurance violations, since they did not actually have a Quality Assurance program.
Failure to implement a program for pro-active assessment of high risk activities related to patient safety and undertake appropriate improvements.
No evidence the facility’s Director of Nursing was qualified for that position.
Failure to ensure that three registered nurses had the required Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification.

In addition to these repeat offenses, two additional violations were cited.

Failure to develop a quality assurance plan, hold regular meetings, and set quality improvement goals. Staff confirmed that the facility did not work on quality.
Equipment for emergency use was expired. While the facility’s log indicated the contents of the crash cart had been inspected, expired and outdated supplies remained.

Nevertheless, despite evidence of deteriorating conditions, falsified logs, failure to make promised corrections, an expired facility license, and the suspension of the facility’s Medical Director for illegal drug prescription distribution, the Ohio Department of Health has remarkably allowed the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center to stay open.

“The situation at Burkon’s abortion facility represents a concerning regulatory failure. The meager attempts to discipline this motley bunch at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center has been inadequate to protect the public. The way things are right now, the laws of Ohio regarding abortion businesses have been rendered meaningless,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Health departments in Ohio and elsewhere must come to the realization that abortion businesses are not like legitimate health care facilities. They cannot be treated the same way, and they simply cannot be trusted with the honor system when it comes to correcting problems.”

But the scandal does not end there.

Burkons also serves as medical director at Preterm, the Cleveland abortion facility where Lakisha Wilson died as the result of an avoidable botched late-term abortion in March 2014. Preterm has also been the site of multiple medical emergencies that have been exacerbated by a frequently malfunctioning elevator and sloppy patient care practices.

Burkons is also affiliated with the Toledo Women’s Center/Capital Care Network, which has been in the news due to its failure to maintain a required hospital transfer agreement that resulted in a Department of Health closure order. Toledo Women’s Center appealed the closure order and has been allowed to stay open.

On April 1, 2017, a facility employee was caught transferring a woman with a suspected bowel perforation and incomplete abortion from the abortion business to the hospital emergency room in an employee’s private vehicle in order to avoid having the medical emergency discovered ahead of its hospital transfer agreement case being heard before the Ohio Supreme Court. A letter of intent to fine the abortion facility $40,000 for the mismanaging the medical emergency was issued on August 21, 2017. Yet, the facility falsely argued in court on September 12, 2017, that it hadn’t experienced a medical emergency that required an ambulance transfer in years.

This highlights another regulatory issue that is keeping Burkons in business and the shoddy abortion facilities with which he is involved operating.

The appeals process in Ohio allows unsafe abortion businesses that cannot comply with licensing regulations to remain open for years while appeals filed by abortionists wind through the court system at a glacial pace.

While the Ohio Department of Health has attempted to cite abortion facilities, discipline offending abortionists, and shut down facilities that cannot or will not comply with the law, those efforts have been stymied by an appeals system that benefits the offenders at the expense of vulnerable patients. Abortionists long ago learned how to game the system to stay open almost indefinitely without the inconvenience of bringing their substandard facilities into compliance.

“We join Right to Life of Northeast Ohio in calling for the immediate closure of Northeast Ohio Women’s Center on an emergency basis,” said Newman. “We also urge the Ohio Department of Health to work with the Legislature to amend their outmoded enforcement protocols that leave dangerous abortion facilities up and running for years while unsafe conditions and practices persist.”

Read the Nov. 10, 2017, letter from Leipold to ODS Director Lance Himes.