Planned Parenthood Abortionist Evaded, Blame-Shifted in Death of Tonya Reaves, Deposition Shows

An Operation Rescue In Depth Analysis

By Cheryl Sullenger

Chicago, IL – With the assistance of the Thomas More Society, Operation Rescue has obtained a copy of the sworn deposition of Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler, who was responsible for inflicting a fatal second trimester abortion on Tonya Reaves on July 20, 2012. Gittler’s deposition gives horrific new insight into Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and events that led to Reaves’ avoidable death.

It also reveals that her testimony was inconsistent with the conclusion of the Medical Examiner, the nurse’s observations recorded in the patient medical record, and with an early news report that relied on medical documents provided to a reporter by a confidential source.

Gittler’s 165-page statement was taken under oath on August 22, 2013, as part of the discovery process in a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood on behalf of Reaves’ young son, Alvin.

Her inconsistent, evasive statements, defensive tone, and remarkable lapse of memory as recorded in the deposition may have contributed to Planned Parenthood’s agreement to pay out $2 million in compensation for Reaves’ death. That settlement agreement stipulates that attorneys will received over a half million in fees and expenses, leaving the just under $1.5 million to be paid out in a structured settlement to Alvin when he reaches the age of 18.

15,000 abortions

Gittler is a single mother of two children who is the sole owner of All Women’s Health Clinic in Chicago where she has just three employees. She said that she splits her time almost equally between that clinic, Planned Parenthood in Chicago, and National Healthcare, an abortion clinic in Peoria, Illinois.

Gittler admitted that sixty to seventy-five percent of her “practice” consists of abortions. However, Gittler is not a certified Ob/Gyn. Instead her specialty is “family medicine.”

“I consider myself more knowledgeable than most family medicine and/or obstetric physicians in abortion care,” she boasted.

After graduating from Rush Medical College in 1998, Gittler claims to have done 15,000 abortions in her career. She indicated that about 12,000 of those abortions were done in the first trimester, between 1,000 and 2,000 abortions were 14-15 week procedures, and 200-250 were abortions done at 15-16 weeks. She noted that only about 40-50 of the procedures done over her 11-year career were completed at 16 weeks. Gittler said that she has never done an abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy.

In fact, Gittler said that she does not do abortions after 16 weeks due to “my own comfort and skill set.”

“The fact that Gittler has a 16-week cut-off point for abortions is crucial information since Tonya Reaves was 16 weeks pregnant at the time of her abortion. That’s a gestational stage for which Gittler is least experienced and least comfortable,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Complications rate?

Of the 15,000 abortions done by Gittler, she told attorneys during her deposition that she could only remember two complications: a case of “persistent bleeding” and a case where she could not “dilate the cervix,” which is necessary before abortion instruments can be introduced into the womb.

“This might have been a case of whitewashing the facts on Gittler’s part. Using very conservative complication rate estimates used by the abortion industry, Gittler could have experienced at least 375 abortion complications during her career. But she is under deposition in a very serious lawsuit that could cost her and Planned Parenthood a lot of money. I’m surprised she admitted to any complications at all,” said Newman. “Throughout the deposition, she attempts to evade questions that might present herself in a negative light.”

Further evidence of her selective memory was exhibited in her response to a question about her hospital privileges.

Q. Have you ever applied for privileges at any hospital and been denied?
A. Not that I recall.

Reaves’ abortion begins

Gittler’s deposition sheds light on Reaves’ final day of life, which began when she reported to a Planned Parenthood office located at 18 South Michigan in Chicago, Illinois, on the morning of July 20, 2012.

While the autopsy report confirms the South Michigan location, there is some concern that Reaves’ abortion did not take place there because there is no indication that surgical abortions are done at that location. In any case, the address of the Planned Parenthood facility where Reaves had her abortion is not mentioned in her deposition.

However, the cost of Reaves’ second trimester abortion was mentioned in the deposition. She was charged just $459 for a procedure that often costs upwards of $1,000. It is possible that the rest of Reaves’ abortion fee was subsidized by an abortion fund.

A news report based on a confidential hospital source filed by Steve Miller of News Radio WBBM and the First Call Sheet included with Reaves’ autopsy report both indicate that her 16-week Dilation and Extraction abortion began at 11:00 a.m. However, Gittler testified that she did not begin Reaves’ abortion until 12:51 p.m. This represents a large discrepancy in the time-line of events that lead to Reaves’ death.

Gittler said that she hardly spoke to Reaves prior to the abortion, except to ask four questions that she asks of every patient related to their confidence in their decision to abort. She indicated that she could not remember Reaves’ responses, but that they were, in her words, “Nothing out of the ordinary.”

Procedure 1

Reaves was first sedated for her 16 week Dilation and Evacuation abortion. Gittler inserted the speculum, which opened the birth canal so she could see the cervix, which is the neck of the womb. She pulled the cervix down with scissor-life grasping instrument called a tenaculum then injected the cervix with an anesthetic. She then began inserting dilators into the opening of the cervix in order to make it big enough to accommodate the 16 mm rigid cannula, which is a clear plastic tube attached to a suction machine.

Gittler then inserted the 16 mm rigid cannula and began to suction. At some point, ring forceps were used to grasp and remove parts of the baby.

It was 1:04 pm when Gittler finished, removed the speculum, and rectally administered 800 micrograms of Misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, a drug that causes the uterus to contract and seal off blood vessels for minimal bleeding.

Blood on the chuck

Gittler had just begun to fill out her paperwork when she noticed blood dripping onto the blue chuck pad underneath Reaves. It was enough blood that Gittler began to investigate. First she abdominally massaged Reaves’ fundus, or the top of the uterus, and noticed that instead of being firm, it felt “boggy,” a condition known as “atony.” This caused her to do a bi-manual uterine massage in order to help the uterus begin to contract.

Procedure 2

With the uterus still atonic, or “boggy,” Gittler conducted a second aspiration of Reaves’ uterus using a 7 mm flexible cannula with which she said she removed “less than a teaspoon” of blood. That procedure took about four minutes.

Reaves’ medical records show that she left the procedure room at 1:07 p.m. and taken to recovery while Gittler continued doing abortions on an unknown number of other patients.

Soaked Pad

At 1:41 p.m., just over a half hour from when Reaves’ second aspiration was completed, the nurse noticed that her sanitary “pad was soaked,” indicating that Reaves was experiencing “excessive bleeding.”

At 2:00 p.m., the nurse noted that Reaves was passing a blood clot. She notified Gittler, who at some point evaluated Reaves.

Implausible two-chambered uterus theory

Fifty-five minutes later, at 2:55 p.m., Reaves was back in the procedure room.

At 3:02 p.m., anesthesia was administered, an ultrasound exam was done. Gittler said she was confused by what she saw on the ultrasound, which to her appeared to be a mass next to the uterus. She concluded somehow that she could be looking at a bicornuate (two-chambered) uterus, an unusual deformity that she opined might have accounted for Reaves’ abnormal bleeding.

It was more likely that the second mass was instead blood accumulating in Reaves’ abdominal cavity due what was later confirmed to be a uterine perforation. The fact that Reaves had an uncomplicated abortion in 2010 made Gittler’s two-chambered-uterus theory implausible. Gittler admitted that she never reviewed the medical record from Reaves previous abortion at Planned Parenthood, even though it was available to her and could have shared light on what Gittler referred to as Reaves confusing anatomy.

Blaming the woman

Why did Gittler favor the idea that Reaves had a deformed uterus over the more probable explanation that she had ruptured Tonya’s uterus?

“Abortionists commonly try to make complications appear to be the fault of the woman who had the abortion. It always has to be her fault. Grasping onto the deformed uterus theory put the blame on Reaves whereas a uterine perforation would put the blame on the abortionist. This is all about shifting the blame,” said Newman.

Procedure 3

Using ultrasound guidance for the first time on Reaves, Gittler suctioned the uterus again using a 7mm flexible cannula. A 20 cc clot was removed, which is a little larger in size than a tablespoon. This procedure represented Reaves’ third abortion that day at Planned Parenthood.

Gittler said that she has changed her practice and now does all second trimester abortions with ultrasound guidance, at the advice of her attorney.

Ten minutes later, 10 units of Pitocin was administered to Reaves through her IV. Pitocin is a drug that is used in hospitals to induce labor. Gittler presumably used it to help Reaves’ uterus to contract. Three minutes after that, Reaves was given a shot of Methergine, a drug that is used to control or prevent post-partum hemorrhage.

At 3:35 p.m., the nurse noted in Reaves’ chart that the bleeding had slowed, but not stopped, and her uterus remained tender.

By 3:53 p.m., the nurse noted on Reaves’ chart that her bleeding continued to be heavy. Gittler disagreed and insisted that the bleeding was light. At that time, Reaves was administered Toradol, an NSAID pain reliever used to manage moderately severe acute pain.

Decision to transport

Gittler said she spoke with Tonya and her mother and told them she wanted to transport Tonya to the hospital. She said that Tonya told her that she felt fine and did not want to go.

According to Gittler, she then contacted her medical director, Carolyn Hoke, who told her that if Reaves’ bleeding was under control, there was no need to transport her.

Portraying herself as the hero of the story, Gittler testified that she ordered someone to call an ambulance “sometime before”4:00 p.m., supposedly over the objections of Reaves and her supervisor.

A note in Reaves’ chart indicated that 911 was called and that a Chicago Fire Department ambulance responded, but Gittler indicated that the ambulance may not have been a CFD vehicle.

Documents obtained by Operation Rescue indicate that 911 was not called despite a non-medical incident at that clinic earlier in the day when an employee was instructed by a 911 dispatcher that the fastest way to get help was to call 911 instead of the 311 non-emergency number, as had been Planned Parenthood’s practice.

“Giggling” with her mom?

At 4:17 p.m. the ambulance arrived. Gittler related the following story:

When Tonya was being transferred in the ambulance chair, so she was up and alert sitting in the — they — instead of a gurney, they have the gurneys that sit up. She was with Ms. Joyce, [Reaves’ mother] and she was kind of giggling that she didn’t want to go and who would watch the car.

“Women suffering from hemorrhage are often transported in a sitting position. This is to minimize bleeding. Yet Gittler relates this as if it means that Tonya was doing great and didn’t need to lay down,” said Newman. “It’s hard to imagine that Tonya would have been giggling with her mother about not wanting to go to the hospital. That comment seemed to be a strangely inappropriate attempt to make it appear that Reaves was in good condition and spirits when she left Planned Parenthood, when it is now obvious that her condition was actually life-threatening.”

Monitoring vs. emergency

In a critically important move, Gittler contacted an emergency room resident and noted that Reaves suffered from a “boggy uterus” with post-procedure bleeding that had subsided after re-aspiration. She noted that Reaves’ uterus was then “clamping down fine,” and she was being transported for further monitoring because of confusion about the patient’s anatomy.

Gittler downplayed the seriousness Reaves condition and never mentioned the possibility of a uterine perforation to the hospital resident, even though she admitted that she was aware that uterine perforation was a possibility.

Given that information, emergency room personnel had no reason to believe that Reaves’ condition was serious, much less life-threatening.

The transcript is clear about Gittler’s awareness that she may have perforated Reaves’ uterus:

Q. Prior to the third procedure on July 20th, you couldn’t rule out a uterine perforation in Ms. Reaves. Correct?

A. I couldn’t rule it out? I couldn’t rule it out.

Q. Okay. And even up until the time Ms. Reaves left Planned Parenthood on July 20th, you couldn’t rule out the fact that she had a perforated uterus. Correct?

A. I couldn’t rule it out.

Steve Miller’s news report indicated that Reaves was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital at 4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Gittler continued to do at least two more abortions after Reaves left Planned Parenthood by ambulance.

At the hospital

Once at the hospital emergency room, it took time for the doctors there to understand the full nature of Reaves’ condition.

In an attempt to control her heavy bleeding that Gittler insisted had “subsided,” Reaves was given her fourth abortion of the day at 5:30 p.m. where retained “products of conception” were removed.

Gittler called the hospital at 7:30 that evening and spoke with an Ob/Gyn intern who told her Reaves had just gotten out of the operating room where an aspiration had removed “placental tissue.”

“It’s appalling to hear that Reaves still had tissue inside her after three previous suction procedures,” said Newman. “While an incomplete abortion can cause a patient to hemorrhage, the records are clear that Tonya continued to deteriorate even after all the tissue was removed. This was an indication that something else was seriously wrong.”

Uterine perforation discovered

Reaves then underwent a series of tests that finally uncovered the source of her problems: a uterine perforation in two places that involved the left board ligament with a possible transection of the left uterine artery. Reaves had been bleeding internally for between nine and eleven hours, depending on when her first abortion began.

At 10:12 p.m., Reaves was rushed back in to the operating room for an emergency hysterectomy, but she coded during the procedure and the surgeons were unable to resuscitate her. She was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. while still in the operating room.

According to the autopsy, her abdomen was filled with 1.5 liters of blood and clots. The human body holds roughly five liters of blood. Reaves bled about 30 percent of her total volume of blood into her abdomen, and that does not account for the amount of blood lost through what was likely substantial vaginal bleeding due to the retained tissue.

Planned Parenthood informed of Reaves’ death

The following day, Gittler was called by Planned Parenthood’s medical director, Carolyn Hoke in the evening and informed that Tonya Reaves had died. Hoke said she learned about it from a reporter and at first was confused about which patient the reporter meant.

Gittler told Hoke that when she had called the hospital at 7:30 p.m. the previous evening, Reaves was stable. She asked Hoke when Reaves died. Hoke, who seemed to have scant information, indicated that she believed Reaves passed between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.

Autopsy results

Gittler denied that she ever read Reaves’ autopsy report and remained evasive about any knowledge of injuries she inflicted upon Reaves.

When the autopsy was conducted, the medical examiner noted that he received the uterus in a separate container. Upon evaluation, he observed that the uterus was had a “boggy appearance,” not clamped down as Gittler told the emergency room resident. There was a 3/16-inch hole “adjacent to forcep impression marks” on the interior of the womb, which is consistent with the use of ring forceps that dismember the baby during a D & E procedure.

There was no evidence that the uterus had the two-chambered anomaly on which Gittler had attempted to blame the abortion complication.

The medical examiner diagnosed that Reaves suffered from “hemorrhage due to a cervical dilation and evacuation procedure.” The only person that did that procedure on Reaves was Mandy Gittler.

Planned Parenthood and Gittler sued

On January 3, 2013, a lawsuit was filed by Alvin Jones, Jr. on behalf of Tonya Reaves surviving son, Alvin Jones III. That lawsuit precipitated Gittler deposition taken on August 22, 2013. On January 22, 2014, a petition was filed to settle the wrongful death case against Planned Parenthood.

Unfairly, there is no mention of Gittler in the settlement documents and so far a complaint filed with the Illinois Medical Licensing Board by the Thomas More Society has yielded not discipline. She appears to have gotten away scot free with the killing of Tonya Reaves.

“As long as medical boards continue to ignore complaints about abortionists who inflict injuries on women, we will only see more of these tragedies,” said Newman. “One would think that boards around the country would have learned a lesson from the Pennsylvania case of Kermit Gosnell, where the medical board turned a blind eye to complaints about him, and because of that Karnamaya Monger and a host of late-term babies needlessly died. Apparently the Illinois authorities didn’t learn a thing from that. At this point, we are left to wait and wonder who Gittler’s next victim will be, because it’s only a matter of time before she kills again.”

Read the full deposition of Mandy Gittler

Abortionist Accused of Rape, Sodomy, & Dumping Baby Remains Once Again Under Investigation

A Special Report from Operation Rescue
By Cheryl Sullenger

Oklahoma City, OK – Millionaire Oklahoma abortionist Nareshkumar Gandalal “Naresh” Patel, who once faced charges of raping and sodomizing his abortion patients, is once again under investigation after Operation Rescue filed a five-count complaint against him with the State Attorney General’s office, the Oklahoma Health Department, and the Oklahoma Medical Board.

The complaints were based on documents and medical waste that had been discarded in a publicly-accessible trash receptacle near Patel’s Outpatient Services for Women abortion clinic in Oklahoma City. The material was received by Operation Rescue from an anonymous source on March 18, 2013.

Allegations include:

1. Record-keeping violations and improper disposal of confidential information.
2. Mandatory reporting violations.
3. Improper disposal of medical waste.
4. Failure to protect and properly dispose of employment applications.
5. Failure to observe 24-hour voluntary and informed consent.

Patel is an abortionist with a long and particularly horrific history of Medical Board disciplinary actions, malpractice claims, and criminal cases. Nevertheless, financial documents found amid the medical records and waste indicate that Patel owns $39.4 million in real estate. His personal income exceeds $1.4 million annually. His net worth is listed at $28 million.

“It’s appalling that Patel has lined his pockets by taking innocent life while flouting the law and cutting corners on women’s health,” said Newman. “Frankly, it’s despicable.”

Board discipline

In 1990, Patel was disciplined by the Oklahoma Medical Board for Unprofessional Conduct for “failing to maintain dispensing records for dangerous drugs and keep complete and accurate records of purchase and dispensing of controlled drugs.”

Records show he was also disciplined for botching an abortion in 1989. Medical Board documents state that Patel “did perform a surgical procedure on patient E.S.B., and said procedure was performed in an unprofessional manner and unprofessional setting.”

Unfortunately, Patel appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which struck the botched abortion charge from Patel’s record, allowing only the charge of failing to maintain proper drug records to stand.

In 1992, the State of Ohio issued a reprimand of Patel based on Oklahoma’s actions.

History of dumping aborted baby remains

In 1993, Patel admitted that he dumped the remains of nearly 60 babies that had been aborted at his clinic in a field near Shawnee, Oklahoma, and had attempted to burn them but only the plastic bags around the remains caught on fire. The bodies were discovered by two passers-by. Patel’s excuse that he could not find a service to take away the remains lacked credibility. Because at that time there were no laws in Oklahoma regarding the disposal of aborted baby remains, Patel was never charged.

Rape and sodomy charges

In 1993, Patel was charged with one count of “forcible oral sodomy” and one count of sexual battery after a patient alleged that he had sexually assaulted her on an examination table prior to an abortion. She then recorded two phone conversations with him in which she alleged that he asked if she was angry about the assault and apologized for it.

Three victims came forward and told of their encounters with Patel.

First patient’s testimony

The first victim described how after her abortion, Patel came to the recovery room where she was recuperating. She alleged that “he then started using his penis to rub my hand.” She moved her hand away but told Patel she was cold, so he had her moved to a chair in his office where she dozed.

“When I woke up, I felt like two hands in my mouth trying to open it wide. Then I felt another sensation in my mouth,” she said.

When asked what was causing the sensation in her mouth she replied, “Dr. Patel’s penis.”

When she turned her face away, the victim, “saw him discharge some white substance coming out. And he rushed to the bathroom.”

Second patient’s testimony

The second women to come forward alleged that after she was drugged, she was taken to an examination room and put on a table. She said she heard him unzip his pants and saw him pull them down.

“I felt Dr. Patel enter my rectum with his penis,” she said in response to questioning. She indicated that when he finished sodomizing her, he completed her abortion. When she began to come to afterwards, she told the court, “His penis was in my mouth.”

Once fully awake from the sedation, the victim said she was in “severe pain” and bleeding heavily. It was later that she discovered, “I had a tampon in my vagina, and I had a tampon in my rectum.”

Third patient’s testimony

The third patient to make allegations came forward after hearing news reports about Patel and allegations of sexual abuse made by another woman. She noted that she was injected with an unknown drug, after which claimed Paten began to fondle her breasts. While on the examination table, she said, “I heard the zipper of his pants, and he started moving back and forth. And I felt the pressure inside of me.” In response to questioning she indicated that the sensation was in her vagina.

After having his way with her, Patel allegedly called a nurse into the room and completed an abortion on the woman.

Patel was somehow acquitted by the jury that heard this graphic testimony.

“Again and again, Patel has slipped away without consequences. If he really did what the women say, it is an atrocity that he got away with it. What is more disturbing is that Patel continues to be in a position where further abuse of this nature can occur,” said Newman. “People who are sexual deviants just don’t change overnight.”

But that was far from then end of allegations against Patel.

Employee obtains protective order

In 2003, one of his employees sought and received a protective order after she told the court that Patel became angry over a difficult patient took it out on her. She said Patel “pushed me hard” in front of patients and other employees. Upset, she took refuge in the women’s restroom until Patel allegedly burst in without knocking. According to court records, she said she felt “harassed” and told Patel she did not want to work at his clinic anymore.

Malpractice

Patel has also escaped relatively unscathed from a long list of malpractice cases filed over the years he has been in practice.

A judge ordered Patel to pay $240,000 in damages to a 15-year-old girl left permanently injured following an attempted abortion in June 1989.

According to a news article published in April, 1992:

The medical assistant who witnessed the 1989 abortion attempt on the 15-year-old girl, described how she saw Patel “pull out some tissue and take it in his hands. ” Then the woman testified she heard Patel say, “‘That’s her small intestine,’ and he put it all inside … ” The doctor then told his assistant to call an ambulance and the girl was rushed to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital. She later underwent emergency surgery for a perforated uterus, where a male fetus was found floating in blood inside her abdominal cavity.

In another malpractice suit, one patient alleged that Patel ignored her medical history of having a previous Cesarean Section delivery and went ahead with a second trimester abortion, during which he seriously injured her. While she lay bleeding profusely, Patel delayed calling for emergency help until one of the patient’s friends intervened and insisted that he do so. She was forced to undergo emergency surgery to save her life. That case was dismissed by the court.

Another malpractice case was filed by a patient who underwent an abortion by Patel only to find out later she was 20 weeks pregnant. That suit was also dismissed.

Agreement with University of Oklahoma

Despite Patel’s frightful history, the University of Oklahoma entered into an agreement with Patel and Outpatient Services for Women abortion clinic on February 5, 2013, to provide training services to UO students.

In fact, so cozy is the relationship between Patel and OU that Don H. Garret, M.D., President of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, personally invited Patel to attend the Alumni Association’s Annual Awards Dinner, which was held last May.

“In light of the new investigation into Patel’s abortion operation, we call on the University of Oklahoma to end their agreement with Patel and any other abortionists with which it might be affiliated,” said Newman. “The last thing we need is medical school students being trained by an apparent quack like Patel.”

Privacy rights trashed

After analyzing the material from Patel’s abortion clinic trash receptacle, Operation Rescue determined that violations had occurred and filed the appropriate complaints.

Operation Rescue submitted copies of dozens of documents from Patel and Outpatient Services for Women that included original patient consent forms, signed procedure logs, appointment calendars, financial information, and competed abortion forms, all containing patient names, contact information, and other identifying data.

“Abortion clinics claim to be concerned about patient privacy, yet we have found that abortion clinics are among the most negligent when it comes to disposing of detailed patient information,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Women who get abortions should pretty much expect their contact information, medical records, and financial information to end up where it can be easily accessed by the public, thanks to shoddy abortion clinic practices.”

Failure to report

Also discovered among the cache of documents received by Operation Rescue were numerous original Individual Abortion Forms. Oklahoma requires that abortion clinics report each abortion that is done. The presence of the completed forms in the trash indicate that these abortions may not have been reported and that further investigation is required.

Failing to report abortions within 30 days of the abortion is a crime in Oklahoma punishable with a $500 fine per report.

Bloody refuse

Operation Rescue submitted photos to the authorities that showed several large bloody sticks of laminaria dilators that had been improperly discarded along with other bloody refuse from what appeared to be a second trimester abortion. Also discarded with the bloody trash was a blood-stained broken tenaculum, which is a scissor-like grasping instrument.

The discarded laminaria and broken tenaculum both fall within Oklahoma Administrative Code 252:515-23 that prohibits “the improper disposal of regulated medical waste, including untreated sharps and items contaminated with blood or other human body fluids.”

Sensitive employment information

Operation Rescue also found two employment applications that had been recently submitted. The applications contained sensitive private information about job applicants including the height, weight, and date of birth for one individual.

Both state and federal laws and administrative code require certain minimum retention schedules and disposal protocols for employment records, none of which were observed by Patel or his clinic staff.

24-hour informed consent violations

Perhaps the most serious of allegations brought by Operation Rescue is that Patel’s staff failed to observe the 24-hour voluntary and informed consent laws.

One of Operation Rescue’s investigators place a call to Patel’s Outpatient Services for Women posing as a woman seeking an abortion. The receptionist at the abortion clinic gave the caller a faulty web address for the “Women’s Right to Know” website. The caller was told to read the website then call back for an appointment. About 30 minutes later, Operation Rescue’s investigator called Patel’s abortion clinic back and scheduled an appointment for a 17-week abortion on the following day.

The caller was not given the name of the physician who would perform the abortion, the medical risks associated with the second-trimester procedure, or other information required by Oklahoma Statute 63 § 1-738.2, nor was the information provided during a consultation in with the Operation Rescue investigator was able to ask questions of the physician.

However, the caller was given detailed information about the clinics limited payment options. This included an emphasis on the fact that the fee for a 17-week abortion started at $1,450, but would likely cost more, and that there would be a 4% surcharge if a credit card was used instead of cash.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the 24-hour informed consent law are serious and are subject to civil contempt, hefty fines, and the suspension or revocation of their medical license.

OR calls for license revocation and clinic closure

“While certainly the results of our investigation don’t compare in severity to the rape and sodomy charges he has faced in the past, they do show that in spite of all the legal problems Patel has been through over the years, he still displays a pattern of disregard for the law and a lack of respect for the rights of his patients,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue received notification earlier this week that an investigation has been initiated into the allegations.

“We hope that Patel’s medical license will be revoked and his clinic permanently closed. If nothing else, the public should be aware of Patel sordid past and proclivity to ignore the law. We hope that by filing these complaints and making his record known that women will be spared the trauma and tragedy experienced by so many of Patel’s patients,” said Newman.

Read Operation Rescue’s letter of complaint

Death Throes of the Death Industry: A Record 87 Surgical Abortion Clinics Close in 2013

A Special Report by Operation Rescue

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — Operation Rescue has concluded an exhaustive survey of abortion clinics in the U.S. and is pleased to announce that it has documented a record number of abortion clinic closures in 2013, during which time 87 surgical abortion clinics halted abortions.

The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176.

Of 87 clinics that discontinued surgical abortions, 81 are permanently shuttered while 6 abortion businesses ceased surgical abortions, but continued to sell that abortion pill. The figures do not include the 11 abortion clinics that were closed temporarily in 2013, then reopened later in the year.

Abortion-pill-only clinic numbers remained relatively steady at 176, with 4 documented closures.

“These numbers show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

Reasons for Closures

There are several reasons for the closures including:

• A decreased demand for abortion reflected in a declining abortion rate.
• Increased pro-life sentiment.
• A flood of new state laws that establish abortion standards.
• Increased enforcement of existing laws.
• Greater incidents of documenting and reporting of abortion abuses by pro-life activists.
• Retirement of aging abortionists, most of which are not being replaced.

The state with the most closures was Texas at 11, most of which shut down after Texas passed an abortion law earlier this year that required abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. New clinic safety rules accounted for closures in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well.

Notable abortion clinic closures include

Nova Healthcare Center, Fairfax, VA, closed because of failure to pay back rent that caused Nova’s landlord to terminate their lease amid revelations from pro-life groups that women were being injured and mistreated there.
Associates in OB/GYN Care, Baltimore, MD, closed by the state after repeated dangerous deficiencies, including the death of patient Maria Santiago in February.
New Women All Women, Birmingham, AL, was ordered closed by a judge after pro-life groups documented and reported it for operating illegally in violation of a closure order last year.
Office of Dr. Feliciano Rios, Chula VIsta, CA, a troubled abortionists who has felony convictions for insurance fraud and firearms violations
Intgrity Family Health, Philadelphia, PA, closed by the state after pro-life groups discovered its illegal affiliation with the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham.

Operation Rescue reported earlier how disciplinary action brought by pro-life activists has contributed to the abortion clinic closing trend.

Planned Parenthood Dominates Abortion Cartel

Planned Parenthood clinics account for 29.55% of all active surgical abortion clinics (172 of 582) and 93% of all clinics that offer the abortion pill only. Each year, Planned Parenthood is responsible for about a third of all abortions done in the U.S.

Most Accurate

The survey was a major update to a previous one conducted by Operation Rescue, which resulted in the launching of AbortionDocs.org in January, 2012. That website lists every American surgical and medication abortion clinic along with documents that often show that the clinics have engaged in dangerous practices.

“We have invested untold man-hours to ensure that AbortionDocs.org is constantly updated with the latest information about the status of abortion clinics, whether they are facing disciplinary action, or have been temporarily or permanently closed,” said Newman. “It represents the most accurate information on abortion clinics in existence.”

Debunking the Skeptics

Newman said that skeptics often express concern about whether clinic closures represent true pro-life victories. Some people still wrongly believe that when one abortion clinic is closed, another opens to take its place, making the effort to close abortion businesses futile at best. Newman says the latest numbers, carefully documented by Operation Rescue staff, show how effective pro-life efforts to close abortion clinics have been.

“We’ve been able to categorically debunk the notion that the abortion industry is winning,” said Newman. “The numbers don’t lie. A 73% drop in surgical abortion clinics is a significant loss. We are witnessing the death throes of the abortion cartel.”

In fact, even with the opening and/or discovery of six additional clinics, the number of surgical abortion clinics decreased by 81 in 2013. This represents huge gains over 2012, when 24 abortion clinics were known to have closed.

National Eye on Abortion Clinic Closures

The closures have caught the attention of the national media. Bloomberg News published a story on the closures called “The Vanishing Abortion Clinic” (November 27, 2013), based partially on data provided by Operation Rescue prior to the completion of the most recent survey.

“At least 73 clinics have closed or stopped performing abortions. New laws are responsible for roughly half of the closures, while declining demand, industry consolidation, and crackdowns on unfit providers have also contributed to the drop,” the article stated.

A map (with now outdated numbers) illustrated the closed abortion clinic locations and the reasons for their closures.

Predictions for record decrease in abortions

In November, the Centers for Disease Control released its latest abortion figures that showed a 3% decrease in abortion numbers in 2010. This decrease is in keeping with a 20 year abortion trend.

Data obtained by Operation Rescue predicts that when 2011-2013 numbers are in, 2013 will likely see the largest drop in abortion numbers since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized abortion.

“After the 2010 mid-term elections, conservative gains resulted in a wave of pro-life legislation flooding statehouses across America,” said Newman. “Much of that legislation was inspired by information gathered by pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, which have increasingly publicized documentation of abortion abuses. Once legislators find out what is really going on at abortion clinics in their states, they understand the urgency of passing pro-life laws that protect women and their babies from clinics that prey on their vulnerabilities.”

Closures Save Lives

While national abortion numbers are three years behind, some states have more recent abortion numbers that confirm that additional oversight and watchdog efforts by pro-life groups close abortion clinics and save lives.

Kansas is one state that is an example of how closing abortion clinics saves lives. Since 2001, every time an abortion clinic closed in Kansas, the number of abortions significantly dropped the following year. Since the last clinic closure, abortion in Kansas have dropped 21.3%. (While a new abortion clinic reopened earlier this year, there is not yet data to show how that clinic has effected abortion numbers in Kansas.)

Even temporary closures are effective at saving lives, the impact of which resonates years into the future. For example, earlier this month, a woman contacted Operation Rescue and indicated that while perusing the OperationRescue.org website, she noticed a May 2007, article about an Englewood, New Jersey, abortion clinic that had been temporarily closed due to gross deficiencies discovered after a botched abortion landed one patient in the hospital. She said that she had been scheduled for an abortion during the time when the abortion clinic was closed.

“The abortion clinic called me to reschedule and I never went. I have a beautiful girl that’s 6 years old now!” the woman stated.

New Strategies

While the dramatic decrease in the number of abortion clinics is great news, Newman acknowledges that there is still a long way to go. Desperate, the abortion cartel has attempted to push back. From violent protests in Texas to the liberalization of abortion laws in California, it is clear that Big Abortion is attempting to thwart the inevitable.

In fact, abortionists greatly fear the emerging trend of abortion clinic closures because they are acutely aware that theirs could be next.

“They know, like we do, that if one looks closely enough, none of them are completely following the law,” said Newman

He continued, “We will continue to develop new tactics to close abortion clinics until there are none left. That is our goal. We just don’t want to reduce the number of abortions. We want to end abortion altogether. But until we can get there, our strategy of closing abortion clinics by using the tools the system has provided is an effective way to save lives right now.”