Abortion Business Denied Indiana Facility License for Submitting Deceptive Application

Whole Women Health Alliance failed to be of “reputable and responsible character.”


By Cheryl Sullenger

South Bend, Indiana – Indiana television station WNDU is reporting that the Indiana State Department of Health has denied an application for an abortion facility license submitted by Whole Women’s Health Alliance, a Texas based chain of abortion facilities.

WNDU also published a link to the Indiana State Department of Heath’s denial letter to the abortion chain.

According to that letter, Whole Women’s Health Alliance submitted an application an August 11, 2017, with the intent of opening an abortion facility in the community of South Bend. The supplemented that application with additional information on October 6 and December 8, 2017.

However, despite the supplemental information, the Department of Health found the information inadequate, and possibly deceptive. The denial letter stated in part:

In response to the Department’s request to list all of the abortion and health care facilities currently operated by WWHA, its parent, affiliate, and subsidiary organizations, WWHA failed to disclose, concealed, or omitted information related to additional clinics.

Based on the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements of information. . .You are hereby notified that the Commissioner has Denied the license application of WWHA dated August 11, 2017 (supplemented on October 6, 2017 and December 8, 2017).

Whole Women’s Health Alliance attempted to expand into South Bend after a troubled abortion facility owned and operated by disgraced abortionist Ulrich Klopfer was forced to close after Indiana Right to Life organizations filed complaints alleging Klopfer failed to report suspected child abuse in a timely manner as required by law. As a result, Klopfer was criminally charged in two counties and his medical license was suspended.

“This is certainly a huge victory for the hard-working pro-life groups in Indiana, and for women and babies who will now be protected from Whole Women’s Health’s known shoddy abortion practices,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Whole Women’s Health facilities in Texas came under scrutiny after Operation Rescue uncovered numerous violations during an investigation. Because of Operation Rescue complaints, two Whole Women’s Health facilities in Austin and McAllen were heavily fined for discarding recognizable human remains from abortions into an open, overflowing dumpster, and improperly disposing of other remains through Stericycle, which was also fined.

Also, two Whole Women’s Health abortionists, Alan H. Molson and Robert E. Hanson, were fined thousands of dollars for violations discovered as a result of Operation Rescue complaints.

Since then, Whole Women’s Health facilities have failed health and safety inspections, raising concerns about safety and sanitation at its facilities.

Whole Women’s Health now operates four Texas abortion facilities in Austin, Ft. Worth, McAllen, and San Antonio. It also runs facilities in Baltimore and Minneapolis. An attempted expansion into Las Cruces, New Mexico, in 2014, failed when the abortion business was unceremoniously closed for lack of business in January 2017.

WWH is also operating abortion offices in Peoria, Illinois, which it took over from another abortion provider in 2015, and in Charlottesville, Virginia, where it acquired the now defunct Charlottesville Medical Center for Women last year.

“We have every reason to believe that wherever Whole Women’s Health operates, health and safety code violations are taking place that endanger the public,” said Newman. “We are grateful to the Indiana Department of Health for denying this abortion business a license because we know it will save lives.”

Read IDOH denial letter to WWHA

Baby Parts Researcher Locked Out of Lab at UNM, Suspected of Selling Remains for Profit

Report contradicts NM AG’s claim no laws were broken

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Since New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas released his findings in response to two criminal referrals from the House Investigative Panel on Infant Lives saying no laws against the trafficking of aborted baby remains were broken by the University of New Mexico or Southwestern Women’s Option, more information has surfaced that casts doubt on the accuracy of that determination.

Ironically, on Thursday, January 4, 2018, the front page of the Albuquerque Journal featured two contradictory stories. One was a report on Balderas’ “findings,” and the other was a report based on internal UNM documents obtained by the newspaper that revealed the UNM Health Sciences Center discovered that one of it’s researchers, Dr. Robin Ohls, was receiving aborted baby remains exclusively from Southwestern Women’s Options, then transferring them to a private laboratory in Michigan.

The discovery was made when Ohls asked for financial compensation to one of her assistants who packaged the remains for transport.

The Albuquerque Journal, referenced a memo written by Dr. Paul Roth, Chancellor of the UNM Health Sciences Center (UNM HSC), and Elsa Cole, a university attorney.

“HSC staff was concerned that: 1) an issue was being raised that would potentially infringe on the University’s policy to not buy or sell human tissue, and 2) appropriate research compliance approvals and processes protocols had not been followed,” the memo states. [Emphasis added]

Ohls was suspended from conducting research and was locked out of her laboratory by UNM HSC officials last October, 16 months after the first round of criminal referrals were made by the House Select Panel. It is believed by that UNM has halted all research using aborted baby remains, but that could not be independently verified by Operation Rescue.

UNM HSC is apparently conducting its own ongoing investigation into Ohl’s suspected profiting from the sale of aborted baby remains procured by her staff from Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO).

SWO is one of the few late-term abortion facilities in the country that openly commit abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. It is owned and operated by the elderly Texas abortionist Curtis Boyd, who admits to having engaged in illegal back-alley abortions prior to Roe v. Wade.

The destination of the tissue and organs obtained from SWO was a private company called Zietchick Research Institute, located in Plymouth, Michigan. It appears to employ one person, Dr. Tammy Movsas, and is funded through U.S. government awards totaling close to $2 million from 2014-2017, according to one government web site.

“Certainly, Balderas had access to this information at appears to have ignored in favor of marching in lock-step with his pro-abortion cronies in the Democratic Party. I guess his political career was more important to him than doing his sworn duty to uphold the law,” said Newman. “Fortunately, the Department of Justice has opened an active investigation into Planned Parenthood aborted baby body parts scheme, and are also investigating the UNM/SWO referrals, so there is still some hope that justice will be done.”

[HT to Bud and Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico.]

First in 2018: Ambulance Transports Woman from Famous Ohio Late-Term Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH – For the first time in 2018, pro-life activists in Dayton, Ohio, have reported that an ambulance arrived at the Women’s Med Center abortion facility in Dayton, Ohio, to transport a patient to the hospital.

The incident took place on Thursday, January 4, 2018, shortly before noon, and was photographed by multiple pro-life activists who shared their pictures with Operation Rescue.

“It is tragic that just four days into the New Year, we see yet another woman injured by abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are dedicated to praying and working toward the day when babies and their mothers are protected from the barbarity of abortion.”

The Women’s Med Center is a late-term abortion facility owned by the nationally-known abortionist Martin Haskell, who claims credit for having invented the now-outlawed “Partial Birth Abortion” procedure.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has been working since 2015 to close the Women’s Med Center for failing to provide an acceptable hospital transfer agreement. Neither Haskell nor any of his staff abortionists qualify for hospital privileges and sought a variance using a transfer agreement. That case continues to slowly wind its way through the courts.

In August 2016, the Women’s Med Center stirred controversy when it aborted a late-term pregnancy on a 31-year old woman who was so impaired by an overdose of street drugs that she could not give her consent. Despite the outcry against the forced abortion, no action was ever taken against the facility.

A recent undercover phone call made during an investigation into late-term abortion facilities by Abortion Free New Mexico and Priests for Life, revealed that the Women’s Med Center was willing to abort healthy babies through 21 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy. No medical reason was required.

However, the abortion facility’s website indicates they do conduct abortions for “fetal indication” upon referral. Abortions done when it is suspected that the baby is not perfect are known to be done throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

As for Thursday’s emergency, the condition of the woman is unknown at this time. Watch for follow up reports.

New Mexico Attorney General Turns a Blind Eye to Violations in Fetal Tissue Investigation

PRESS RELEASE

Albuquerque, NM- The Associated Press released a brief report today alleging that New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to members of the House Select Investigative Panel stating that, “no state laws were broken by the transfer of fetal tissue between an Albuquerque abortion clinic and researchers at the University of New Mexico.”

Even though Tara Shaver, of Abortion Free New Mexico filed a complaint predating the congressional panels criminal referrals to Balderas’ office, Shaver has not received a similar letter. In fact, her legal counsel was informed on December 7, 2017 by Dylan Lange, Assistant Attorney General that a “civil investigation remains ongoing.”

Shaver’s complaint was prompted by a consent form from Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO) consent form that women were required to sign before their abortion, stating that “I understand that tissue and parts will be removed during the procedure, and I consent to their examination and their use in medical research…” Shaver’s complaint outlined that two state statutes were believed to be in violated by SWO, the Jonathan Spradling Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act that excludes aborted babies from use in medical research and the Maternal, Fetal and Infant Experimentation Act which states that “No fetus shall be involved as a subject in any clinical research activity unless the purpose of the activity is to meet the health needs of the particular fetus and the fetus will be placed at risk only to the minimum extent necessary to meet such needs or no significant risk to the fetus is imposed by the research activity.” According to the Act, “‘fetus’ means the product of conception from the time of conception until the expulsion or extraction of the fetus or the opening of the uterine cavity, but shall not include the placenta, extra embryonic membranes, umbilical cord, extra embryonic fluids and their resident cell types and cultured cells.”

“It is business as usual in New Mexico that the Attorney General, Hector Balderas responds to a Congressional Committee more than one year after it was disbanded. It is my hope that the Department of Justice will take a dim view of Balderas’ incompetence and arrogance and will perform a proper investigation into the illegal activities going on within the New Mexico abortion cartel centered at UNM,” stated Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life.

“Attorney General Hector Balderas protects those who profit from and are in the business of dehumanizing children in the womb by his lack of enforcement of state laws that are designed to protect New Mexicans, which should include those in the sanctuary of their mothers’ wombs. There will never be justice in New Mexico until leaders, law makers and law enforcers stop propping up a failing abortion industry whose grisly trade negatively effects the most vulnerable of our communities,” stated Tara Shaver Spokeswoman for Abortion Free New Mexico.

Operation Rescue has worked with Abortion Free New Mexico to call for the prosecution of Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM.

“Attorney General Balderas lived up to his reputation as a corrupt pro-abortion Democrat by turning a blind eye to obvious violations of state law,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We now turn to the U.S. Department of Justice to uphold the law and prosecute Southwestern Women’s Options and their cronies at the University of New Mexico for illegally trafficking aborted baby remains for profit.”

Special Report: Abortion Wait Times Down, Prices Up in 2017

An Operation Rescue Special Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Across America, the amount of time women waited to have an abortion dropped, while the average price of an abortion rose. These trends were documented during an annual survey of abortion facilities conducted by Operation Rescue.

The survey took place from November 27-December 15, 2017. Using a number of investigative methods, each abortion facility was directly contacted. Facility personnel voluntarily verified that abortions were available, and shared information on abortion pricing and wait times, although they were not aware the information was going to Operation Rescue.

Wait times decreased

Despite dire predictions from the Abortion Cartel that pro-life legislation would result in increased wait times for abortions, the opposite is actually true. In 2017, the national average time a woman waited to get an abortion was 7.7 days. That represents a decrease from 2015, when the national average time waited for an abortion was 8.5 days.

Wait times were measured from the day a caller initially contacted an abortion facility for an appointment, until the day when the abortion would have taken place.

This year, at surgical facilities, women waited an average of 6.85 days for a surgical abortion, and 6.38 days to get a medication abortion at a surgical facility.

In contrast, women were required to wait 9.33 days — nearly three days longer — to get a medication abortion at facilities that offered only that type.

Two states with the longest waiting times for abortion appointments were West Virginia at 25 days, and Montana at 23.5 days. This likely reflects that low demand for abortion in those states, making it unprofitable to schedule abortions with greater frequency.

Two states with the shortest wait times were Vermont, which would conduct an abortion on a woman the day after her initial phone call, and Nevada, with an average wait of 1.2 days.

Many abortion facility scheduling receptionists – primarily with Planned Parenthood affiliates — refused to answer questions about the abortions or inform callers when abortion appointments were available. Instead, the schedulers insisted that women go through a lengthy phone interview that required providing detailed personal and health information. After the interview, women would then be given a preliminary appointment.

Women were told that they would have questions answered at the preliminary appointment. Only then would they be told when their abortions were scheduled.

This convoluted appointment practice had the effect of keeping abortion customers in the dark. It demeaned the callers by treating them with suspicion, and denied them information that was important for decision-making. One scheduler admitted that the extra appointment and level of secrecy was to prevent pro-life protesters from finding out when abortions were taking place.

“As much as the abortionists complain about state mandated reflection periods and other pro-life laws, Planned Parenthood facilities across the nation are actually the ones making women jump through a complex series of hoops before they can even receive answers to their questions about abortion. This paranoia actually works in our favor, and likely helps save lives,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Abortion prices rose

Operation Rescue has included first trimester abortion pricing in its survey for the past three years. Overall, the national average cost of an early abortion has steadily increased since 2015. In 2017, women paid an average of $595.67 for a first trimester abortion. This this reflects a three percent price hike over what women paid just two years ago.

Surgical abortions up to 12 weeks were the costliest of early abortion methods, averaging $616.16 nationally in 2017. Yet, that price was down about 2% since last year.

Medication abortions, (generally done through 9-10 weeks), received at clinics that also conducted surgical abortions have held firm in price at $579 since 2015.

However, there has been a dramatic price increase for medication abortions received from facilities that only dispense abortion drugs. In 2017, the national average cost of an abortion at a medication-only facility was $592, up about 6% since 2015.

This means that medication abortion facilities not only make women wait longer for their abortions, but also charge them more.

This price increase was ironic since, in many states, the abortion pill-only facilities have lower overhead and are able to avoid licensing requirements that may drive up prices. Some states, such as California, have attempted to reduce costs even farther by allowing non-physicians to prescribe abortion drugs. Medication abortion-only facilities have been favored by abortion businesses, particularly Planned Parenthood, as a stated means of keeping abortion costs down, but data shows that these facilities are actually driving up the price of an abortion.

Abortion prices varied, sometimes greatly, from state to state.

The two states with the highest average price for a first trimester surgical abortion were Massachusetts and Wyoming. Massachusetts’ average surgical abortion cost $1,223.30, while in Wyoming, the average surgical abortion fee was $1,099.00. The two states with the lowest price for surgical abortions were the District of Columbia at $410, and Maryland at $419.

The two states with the highest average cost of a medication abortion at a medication-only facility were Alaska at $800, and Colorado at $791.20. Maryland had the lowest average price for a medication abortion in the nation at $384.80, followed by Pennsylvania at $445.

“This is another case where Planned Parenthood is ‘talking north and walking south.’ There is obviously exploitative profit-taking occurring at the medication abortion-only facilities, where overhead is the lowest,” said Newman. “For Planned Parenthood, it is always about the money.”

Conclusions

Operation Rescue’s 2017 survey results reveal new insights into abortion trends.

The new data shows that abortion facility numbers continue to shrink at the same time that abortion wait times are dropping. This debunks the notion that fewer abortion facilities will lead to higher wait times.

Meanwhile, the price of an abortion is rising most in the area where there is the least overhead. This shows clearly that pro-life legislation is not necessarily the lone factor in driving up abortion prices. In fact, according to the new data, greed is a primary factor that is driving up prices and increasing profits for abortion businesses.

“Our data reflects the most accurate numbers available for abortion costs and wait times,” said Newman. “The data exposes the deceptive rhetoric of the Abortion Cartel, which has resorted to lies and exploitation to keep their failing businesses afloat. The truth is that more and more women are rejecting abortion in favor of life – and that has the Abortion Cartel running scared.”

Read Operation Rescue’s Special Report “2017 Abortion Facility Survey: Abortion Clinic Numbers Keep Dropping.”

[Note: This article has been corrected to show that Maryland, not Missouri, has the lowest price of medication abortions.]