Press Conference, Rally, and Candlelight Prayer Vigil, Aim to Expose Illegal Late-term Abortion Facility in Bethesda

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD — This week, Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart plans to begin offering “advanced gestation” abortions at an illegal abortion facility, AbortionClinics.org, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. However, that opening, set for October 17, 2017, will be met with a strong and unified pro-life response.

A press conference and rally, sponsored by the Maryland Coalition for Life and a group of activists with the @StopCarhart coalition, will be held on opening day at noon on the sidewalk outside the new office located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814. [Click for more info.]

Later that evening, a Candlelight Prayer Vigil will also be held outside the new abortion business at 6:30 p.m. [Click for more info.]

Operation Rescue, which discovered the address of the secretive facility through an undercover investigation and verified that it has no license to conduct abortions, will provide a written statement to be read at the press conference.

Operation Rescue has since confirmed that Carhart’s new late-term abortion facility has no lab certification that would allow it to conduct routine lab testing, which is necessary for the kind of abortions late in pregnancy that Carhart plans to conduct there.

Operation Rescue has filed complaints with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Board of Physicians concerning the illegal abortion facility.

“We are praying that since Carhart’s plan to conduct illegal abortions at a secret facility in Maryland have been exposed, that he will think twice about opening up this week,” said Newman. “In the case he does open, we will be working hard to persuade the authorities to enforce Maryland laws.”

Take Action!

Please contact Carhart’s new landlord for his illegal abortion office at the Wildwood Medical Center, Aubinoe Management Company at (301)986-9070. Please respectfully inform them that AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is an unlicensed, illegal late-term abortion facility, and ask that Carhart’s lease be terminated immediately.

Newman Joins Pro-Life Leaders in Alabama to Demand Closure of Shoddy Planned Parenthood in Birmingham

By Cheryl Sullenger

Birmingham, AL – Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, will join national pro-life leaders in Alabama this week to demand the closing of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Birmingham, Alabama, in light of a documented pattern of substandard practices, and its continued defiance of Alabama law and regulations.

Despite multiple egregious violations found during a recent failed inspection, the Alabama Department of Public Health has been slow to enforce Alabama laws when it comes to the Planned Parenthood facility. The pro-life groups hope to change that this week.

In addition to Newman of Operation Rescue, other participating pro-life leaders include Catherine Glen Foster, CEO of Americans United for Life; Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition; and Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC For Life, who organized the week’s events. State and local leaders from Alabama are also expected to participate.

The groups will conduct joint press conferences in Birmingham on Tuesday and Montgomery on Wednesday, along with a series of planned radio interviews, including one on Priority Talk Radio with Greg Davis Monday, October 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. CDT.

For more information about Planned Parenthood Birmingham, including quotes from Newman and other national leaders, please see the CEC for Life press release, which is reprinted below.

PR: Premier Pro-Life Legal Group Calls for Action in Planned Parenthood Public Health Crisis

BIRMINGHAM, AL, Oct. 13, 2017 — On Tuesday, October 17th, at 9:30 AM, Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of the nation’s premier pro-life legal group, Americans United for Life (AUL), will hold a press conference directly in front of Planned Parenthood Birmingham. She will be joined by national pro-life groups Charismatic Episcopal Church For Life, Operation Rescue (OR), and Christian Defense Coalition (CDC), as well as the pro-life community of Alabama.

As a national leader in state law, AUL provided model legislation for many of Alabama’s regulations regarding abortion facilities. The Alabama state legislature used AUL’s model legislation to pass laws protecting Alabama women and their unborn children from dangerous, substandard abortion facilities. Sadly, these laws have not been consistently enforced.

This press conference will expose this lack of enforcement and offer concrete solutions to protect Alabama women and children. It will also launch the campaign Birmingham Babies Deserve Better, which is dedicated to exposing the substandard practices of Planned Parenthood Birmingham and its continued defiance of Alabama law and regulations. National and local leaders will call for specific regulatory agencies to take action to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, including the revocation of this deficient facility’s license.

Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC For Life, reports, “A September 2016 deficiency report released by the Alabama Department of Public Health reveals that this Planned Parenthood completely fails to offer legitimate healthcare to the citizens of Alabama, or even follow simple procedures, like sterilizing medical instruments. This on the heels of their 2014 debacle, when Planned Parenthood was forced to fire their entire staff and close down for nearly ten months after employees were caught selling abortion drugs illegally out of the parking lot. The facility didn’t even bother to notify ADPH of the incident.”

This is not the first time CEC for Life has helped launch such a campaign. Alabama’s abortion businesses have a well-documented history of disregarding lives and state laws, and CEC For Life has worked with many national organizations in the past, including Operation Rescue and Christian Defense Coalition, to expose the substandard and illegal activities of these abortion businesses to seemingly apathetic state agencies.
In 2013, a nearly two-year public awareness campaign resulted in the final shutdown of the nefarious New Woman All Women facility in Birmingham, an abortion business that once yielded 76 pages of deficiencies, and even opened illegally after losing their license from the state.

In 2015, CEC For Life, along with The Restoration Project and leaders like Dr. Alveda King, worked together again to expose and close down Samuel Lett’s illegal and unlicensed abortion operation in the historic city of Selma.

Fr. Gensemer says, “In both cases, the state presented little to no resistance to these illegal clinics. If it were not for dedicated citizens placing pressure on state agencies to actually do their job, these dangerous abortion operations would still be open, still endangering women and killing children.”

AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster adds, “The problem here is not that Alabama failed to pass sound legislation to regulate healthcare facilities, to protect both women and their unborn children. Alabama state legislators have done their job. But these state agencies, ADPH in particular, do not seem to have enforced that legislation when it comes to abortion. The question is, why?”

Troy Newman, President of OR, comments, “This facility has been opening and closing for months at a time. Seventeen pages worth of 2016 deficiencies prove they have no handle on their own employees and no intention of following state regulations. At this point, these state agencies seem to be protecting the abortion industry over the lives of Alabama citizens.”

The press conference will take place Tuesday, Oct. 17th, at 9:30 a.m., directly in front of Planned Parenthood (1211 27th Pl S). Later that day, national and local leaders will hold a second press conference on the steps of ADPH in Montgomery, calling on ADPH to enforce Alabama law and regulations, and hold Planned Parenthood accountable for its deficiencies.

Director of CDC Rev. Pat Mahoney, based out of D.C., says, “We are coming to Birmingham and Montgomery to ensure the women and children of Alabama are protected from the dangerous and unsafe practices of Planned Parenthood. It is the solemn responsibility of state and governmental agencies to ensure the citizens of their state are protected from harm and danger.

“This is not just a ‘pro-life issue’ but a medical safety issue that must be addressed. Therefore, we call upon the Alabama Department of Health and all other related government entities to immediately shut down this dangerous Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to ensure the women and children of the Great State of Alabama are protected.”

Confirmed: Carhart’s New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Bethesda is Illegally Unlicensed

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has received confirmation from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that the new late-term abortion facility located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 104 in Bethesda, Maryland, is not licensed as an abortion facility as required by state law.

The facility, currently operating under the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is run by Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

That means any abortions he plans to do beginning on October 17, 2017, would be illegal.

Since Operation Rescue released the address of Carhart’s secret new abortion facility yesterday, the AbortionClinics.org web site has been changed to show a location in Bethesda, Maryland, along with an announcement that it would be “Offering advanced gestation abortion care in Maryland Starting Tuesday, October 17th!”

“There is no way Carhart could get the Bethesda location licensed by next Tuesday. It looks like he thought he could sneak some abortions in under the radar without having to comply with licensing laws,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is just another example of how much disregard Carhart has for the law and for the safety of his patients.”

Operation Rescue researchers uncovered the location of Carhart’s unlicensed abortion business through a successful undercover investigation.

Today, two complaints were filed by Operation Rescue with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and with the Maryland Board of Physicians.

“We trust that any effort to open that Bethesda facility without a valid license will be met with swift action on the part of Maryland authorities, who are already aware of the situation,” said Newman.

Meanwhile, local and national pro-life leaders plan to hold a press conference outside the illegal Bethesda abortion office on October 17, 2017, to announce further plans to oppose the dangerous new facility. Details to follow.

Carhart to Open New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Maryland Next Week

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has learned that Nebraska’s late-term abortionist, LeRoy Carhart, has secured a new office in Bethesda, Maryland, and plans to continue conducting abortions on babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue’s researchers conducted an undercover investigation to locate the secret new abortion facility, which is going by the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc. It is located in a multi-tenant medical building at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814.

The new abortion business plans to begin abortions the week of October 16, 2017.

“There will be pro-life advocates outside this facility when it opens next week. This neighborhood is about to be in for a real surprise when they realize one of the most notorious late-term abortionists in the nation will be conducting highly unpopular late-second and third trimester abortions in their neighborhood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Carhart was forced to relocate after the Maryland Coalition for Life bought and closed Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, where he previously worked as an independent contractor.

During the nearly seven years Carhart conducted late-term abortions in Germantown, at least ten women were rushed to hospital emergency rooms by ambulance suffering from life-threatening complications to the risky abortion procedures. At one woman, Jennifer Morbelli, died from complications to a 33-week abortion.

Carhart has no admitting privileges at any hospital, and hasn’t since 1982.

“We want to warn the public of the dangers women face during abortions done by Carhart, and encourage pro-life activists to maintain a vigil outside this new late-term abortion facility,” said Newman.

The opening of this new late-term abortion facility provides new urgency for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that now languishes in the U.S. Senate. This legislation, if passed, would protect pre-born babies at twenty weeks gestation and later, which are specifically targeted for abortion by Carhart’s Maryland abortion business. If passed, it’s doubtful if Carhart will be able to stay in business in Maryland, since the later abortions are expensive and highly profitable.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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Columbia Planned Parenthood Gets Abortion License While Satanists Fight over 72 Hour Reflection Period

Three stunning new developments in the heated battle over abortions in Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – As the result of the Eighth Circuit’s reversal last week that halted enforcement of a Missouri licensing requirement that required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges near the abortion facilities where they work, the Columbia Health Center Planned Parenthood received an abortion license yesterday and reportedly began scheduling surgical and medication abortions immediately.

“We know that Missouri pro-life supporters have put their hearts and souls into protecting women and their babies from being targeted for abortions in Columbia. We feel their disappointment and grief at the loss of innocent human life that will now resume in their community,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “However, this isn’t over by any stretch. We know the state will continue to fight to defend their common-sense abortion safety laws, while dedicated pro-life activists will rise to meet the challenge to offer love, hope, and practical assistance to abortion-bound women at the doors of the abortion business.”

Satanists denounce Satanists

Meanwhile, in a bizarre turn of events, the Church of Satan has publicly denounced The Satanic Temple (TST), which is challenging Missouri’s 72-hour reflection period prior to abortions, calling them a “satire/activist group that uses satanic-themed imagery and language to get media and public attention.”

In a statement posted on the Church of Satan web site, a representative known as “Reverend Joel Ethan” wrote:

A little bit of research makes it clear that The Satanic Temple is self-acknowledged satire and an activist group, which pretends to be a religion when it suits their ends. . . We consider anyone claiming to be a Satanist and solely using TST membership as evidence as either being misinformed or as lying. The supposedly “sincerely held beliefs” of TST adherents are scanty, nebulous, and contradictory.

The statement was accompanied by a heavily documented fact sheet exposing the group’s origins and a series of leaders all using assumed names.

The Missouri Supreme Court recently agreed to hear The Satanic Temple’s claim that the 72-hour abortion reflection period violates their religious beliefs.

“If the Church of Satan’s information is true, it is clear that The Satanic Temple is a farce and not a religious group at all. Based on this new information, their challenge to the life-saving reflection period should be immediately dismissed,” said Newman.

One example of how the 72-hour abortion reflection period saves lives can be seen in reports from Kathy Forck, a Columbia pro-life leader that was on the scene at the newly licensed Kansas City Planned Parenthood during its first week of offering medication abortions. She noted that of the eleven women received the informed consent information, only four returned for abortions. One of those four women changed her mind at the last minute after speaking to pro-life activists who were praying on the street outside the abortion facility. That left only three out of eleven women who actually carried through with abortions.

“The reflection period, coupled with the prayer and offers of help from pro-life supporters on the street is a powerful combination that is effective at saving lives. If Planned Parenthood was really about respecting a woman’s choice, they should be completely supportive of the reflection period that gives women an opportunity to thoughtfully consider informed consent literature and all their options,” said Newman.

Planned Parenthood sues again

In one final development that proves the abortion businesses are selective about what information is given to their prospective abortion customers, Planned Parenthood Great Plains, Planned Parenthood of the Greater St. Louis Region, and the ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court challenging the state-mandated written informed consent aspect of a comprehensive abortion law that is set to take effect in two weeks. (Read the Petition)

The abortion businesses found several objectionable statements in the informed consent literature such as “life begins at conception” and the fact that an abortion “will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”

That lawsuit is expected to be defended by the state.

Newman asked for pro-life supporters to remember those engaged in this fierce battle for the lives of the innocent in Missouri. “We are asking supporters around the country to pray for Missouri and the efforts to protect women and babies from exploitation by Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “I have every confidence that in the end, the cause of Life will prevail.”

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