Urgent Public Safety Advisory: FPA Abortion Facility Sends 4th Patient to Hospital in 5 Weeks

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA — For the fourth time in five weeks, the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, has summoned an ambulance to transport an abortion patient to the hospital to receive emergency care for complications that the abortion facility could not provide.

The incident took place on Saturday, February 18, 2017, just 14 days after two FPA patients were hospitalized within an hour of each other on February 4.

Operation Rescue is issuing an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California, due to the frequency of medical emergencies at this abortion facility that have required emergency intervention and hospitalization.

“We urge women considering abortions not to visit the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield. There are serious concerns about patient care standards at this facility, which is hospitalizing far too many women within a very short period of time,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Instead, we encourage pregnant women to seek assistance from pregnancy help centers, which have never harmed a woman.”

Pregnancy help centers in the Bakersfield area may be found at this link.

A pro-life activist on the scene, Nick Diercks, recorded the incident on Facebook Live. During his narrative, he noted that he hoped that his video would help people understand the reality of what actually happens at abortion facilities, and that it would inspire others to go out to their local abortion centers and pray for the women and babies.

Other incidents occurred on the following dates:

January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.

The abortionist for all four incidents was Donald C. Willis, who has been working at the Bakersfield abortion facility only since November.

According to disciplinary documents obtained by Operation Rescue, on September 20, 1993, Willis attempted to kill himself in a public park near his Oregon home by shooting himself in the forehead with a .22 caliber revolver. He survived and received months of in-patient psychiatric care. His Oregon medical license permanently restricted Willis to practice only under the supervision of another physician.

Willis relocated to California where he continues to operate without restriction or oversight.

“What is happening in Bakersfield can only be described as a public health and safety crisis. That abortion facility needs an army of protesters outside it in order to draw the community’s attention to the dangers there. We call on the California Board of Medicine to investigate Willis and his inability to keep his patients out of the emergency rooms,” said Newman. “We urge the California Department of Public Health to shut down the FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield pending a thorough investigation, lest anyone else suffer or die.”

Operation Rescue’s Statement on the Passing of Pro-Life Icon Norma McCorvey


Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue is saddened to learn of the passing of Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. McCorvey later converted to Christianity and became a strong pro-life advocate calling for the reversal of that decision, which decriminalized abortion in the United States.

McCorvey was a long-time friend of Operation Rescue and lived for several months with the family of Operation Rescue President Troy Newman in Wichita, Kansas.

“I am deeply saddened at the loss of our dear friend Norma McCorvey. She spent the better part of the last 25 years working to undo the terrible Supreme Court decision that bears her name,” said Newman. “Her work was not in vain. Norma became an inspiration for so many, and we at Operation Rescue work every day to achieve her goal of ending abortion in America.”

Pro-Life Groups Want Birmingham Planned Parenthood Closed, Cite Failed Health Inspection

By Cheryl Sullenger

Birmingham, AL – A pro-life group is calling on the Alabama Department of Public Health to shut down the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Birmingham after serious infection control issues and other violations were uncovered there.

The CEC for Life, led by Fr. Terry Gensemer, held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss 15-pages of deficiencies found at the Planned Parenthood facility during a September 23, 2016, state health inspection.

Genesmer noted that Planned Parenthood is a repeat offender, and cited a long history of health and safety issues at the Birmingham abortion facility.

“In 2010, this facility was placed on a year-long probation after failing to report cases of statutory rape. In 2012, it was sued for negligence when their abortionist performed a surgical abortion on a woman with an ectopic pregnancy, rendering her infertile. In 2014, its own employees were caught selling abortifacients out of the parking lot. How many chances is ADPH willing to give this dangerous facility, and how many women will have to pay the price? This facility has shown no regard for the lives of their patients or the regulations of the state they wish to operate in. They should be shut down immediately, not given another free pass,” said Fr. Gensemer.

Among the most serious violations found in the 2016 deficiency report were a failure of staff to wash hands between patients and a failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments. This exposure to contamination put women at risk of infection and disease.

Inspectors also discovered that the abortion facility failed to maintain documentation as to whether five employees were ever screened for highly infectious diseases, such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B.

Shoddy record keeping was also a serious issue with incomplete records found in 13 of 22 medical charts reviewed.

Two abortion patient charts contained ultrasound images that belonged to other patients. In others, abortionists failed to note whether the baby was considered viable, or how abortion drugs were administered to patients.

There was also no record many patients were ever given the name and phone number of an on-call physician in the event of an emergency.

Operation Rescue joins the CEC for Life is seeking permanent closure of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Birmingham.

“If Planned Parenthood can’t be trusted to sterilize surgical instruments or wash hands, it can’t be trusted at all – and it certainly shouldn’t be trusted with our tax dollars,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The fact that this facility over a long period of time has never been able to comply with the law shows it is too dangerous to operate and should be shut down for good.”

Newman also says that the Birmingham Planned Parenthood’s history of violations and recidivism make a powerful argument for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood as soon as possible.

“If Planned Parenthood is so incompetent that it can’t clean up or even get the right woman’s paperwork into her files, we shouldn’t be paying for that incompetence with our tax money,” said Newman.

Read the full Birmingham Planned Parenthood deficiency report.