What You Should Know About the Worst Abortionist in America, Steven Chase Brigham

A Special Report from Operation Rescue
By Cheryl Sullenger

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Who is Steven Chase Brigham?

Steven Chase Brigham is a disgraced New Jersey abortionist who, despite having no valid medical license in any state, continues to operate a chain of at least 13 abortion facilities, primarily under the American Women’s Services banner. His known abortion operations span Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Operation Rescue considers him the worst living abortionist in America that is not currently incarcerated.

Understanding him and how his abortion chain operates is important. Since his shady practices are frequently employed by other abortion providers, awareness of Brigham’s schemes can bring new insights into the inner workings of the Abortion Cartel as a whole.

Brigham has a 30-year history of disciplinary action and run-ins with the law, which have schooled him in how to exploit legal loopholes and evade accountability.

Brigham is well known for his deceptive, corners-cutting practices. In fact, Brigham’s abortion operation is so dangerous that the National Abortion Federation, an association of abortion clinics that are ironically known to be among the shoddiest, revoked his membership years ago.

There is ample evidence in Brigham’s record to conclude that Brigham has learned to use deception to skillfully manipulate employees, property managers, vendors, medical boards, health inspectors, administrative judges, and nearly everyone else. His now fading-good looks, charismatic personality, and ability to tell people exactly what they want to hear has kept him in business in spite of his troubles.

Brigham could easily be defined as a modern-day con man, huckster, and swindler.

The abortionists he hires to operate his facilities are a regular “rogue’s gallery” of misfits and criminals, some of whom he uses as unwitting pawns to keep the money flowing into his ever-growing spider-web of business entities that are used to conceal his true ownership and control from the authorities.

Yet, Brigham always seems to be in the midst of financial difficulties, unable or unwilling to pay his bills. This has resulted in multiple evictions and/or foreclosures on his office sites over the years.

Below are categorized facts related to Brigham’s misdeeds with links to broader articles and supporting documentation. Also included is a listing of abortionists he employs or has employed, along with links to documentation related to their own legal and disciplinary issues.

Licensing disgraces

Brigham was once licensed to practice medicine in six states: California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The chart below lists the status of his licenses in each state. Note that he currently has no active medical license in any state and is forbidden to practice medicine anywhere.

Status of Steven Chase Brigham's Medical Licenses by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Educational Background

Brigham’s educational background is actually quite impressive. He graduated from MIT in 1978, and from Columbia Medical School in 1986. While in medical school, he served a two-month rotation in an emergency room. After graduation from Columbia, he served a one-year internship in the field of Internal Medicine.

Around 1990-1991, Brigham began to engage in the practice of abortion, something he found “rewarding” since he was “helping women.” However, evidence shows that he was unqualified to do them.

Almost immediately, Brigham ran afoul of licensing authorities.

Lied About Training in Abortion

Brigham testified under oath during a New York Medical Board disciplinary hearing that he had “extensive training in Ob/Gyn and abortion,” claiming he “completed a formal course of study at Planned Parenthood in New York City.”

He also falsely claimed he was an “emergency room physician,” even though he had never completed a residency in emergency medicine – or any other discipline – nor has he ever held a full-time position in an emergency room.

When the Florida Medical Board revoked Brigham’s license, their documents cited that Brigham’s medical training ended with a 1-year internship in Internal Medicine.

As far as his qualifications to conduct abortions, his so-called “training” in abortion procedures consisted of “limited interludes of observations of other physicians,” which could account for the egregious botched abortions he has been known to commit.

The NYMB Hearing Committee made the following shocking conclusions:

[Brigham] repeatedly exaggerated his medical training and skill. In both the acts established by the charges herein as well as his testimony, [Brigham] has demonstrated he lacks appropriate judgment and insight as to his own limitations. He routinely displayed a tendency to inflate and embellish the truth. . .[Brigham] later admitted he did not complete the course in first trimester abortion practice offered by Planned Parenthood, nor did he receive a certificate. Eventually, [Brigham] testified that what he referred to as special training in preparation for his activities in the abortion field consisted of limited interludes of observations of other physicians.
[See FL Revocation Order, page 5.]

Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation Aided Brigham

According to Real Choice, a pro-life blog that has conducted extensive research on the abortion industry, it was Planned Parenthood who recruited Brigham to become an abortionist in the first place.

Mark Brunhill is a now-deceased abortionist who formerly served as Medical Director of the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood in New York City. His association with Planned Parenthood dates back to 1965. He also served as Vice President of the National Abortion Federation.

Burnhill served as a witness on behalf of Brigham in 1996, and aided Brigham in getting his New Jersey medical license reinstated.

Brigham was a member of the National Abortion Federation and attended their annual meetings. Today, the NAF publicly condemns Brigham, and even has a warning about him on their web site.

Criminal Background

On February 10, 1998, Brigham was convicted in New York of one count Felony Scheme to Defraud and two counts of Misdemeanor Failure to File Corporate Taxes. He was sentenced to 120 days in the Albany County Penitentiary, placed on five years of probation, and ordered to pay nearly $30,000 in fines and restitution.

One California Medical Board disciplinary document alluded to the possibility that Brigham committed Medicaid fraud (receiving MediCal payments while his license was suspended), but Operation Rescue could find no confirmation that Brigham was ever criminally convicted of that charge.

Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

In September 2010, Brigham and an associate were involved in a seriously botched late-term abortion at a clandestine abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland. His suspicious behavior at the emergency room prompted hospital staff to call the police and a treating physician to file a complaint against him. That episode prompted criminal and administrative investigations that concluded Brigham had engaged in the unlicensed practice of medicine in Maryland, where he had never held a medical license. As a result, his New Jersey medical license – his last license – was revoked in 2014.

Operation Rescue has received numerous tips, despite the fact Brigham is unlicensed, that he may still be conducting abortions secretly. So far, Operation Rescue has been unable to independently verify these rumors. Nevertheless, given what we know about him through our extensive documentation and through information provided to us by confidential informants that know the man, it seems highly likely that the reports could be true.

Anyone with information that Brigham is indeed still practicing anywhere in the U.S., please contact Operation Rescue.

Raid, Arrest, and Multiple Murder Charges

Brigham was arrested on December 29, 2011, and charged in Cecil County, Maryland, with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of second-degree murder related to the discovery of 34 late-term aborted babies found by police in the bloody freezer at his clandestine Elkton facility. His associate, Nichola Riley of Utah, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. The pair were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder. The charges are the result of a Grand Jury investigation into his illegal late-term abortion scheme involving New Jersey and Maryland.

While late-term abortions are not illegal in Maryland, those who kill viable babies killed in the commission of crimes can be charged with murder in that state. Unfortunately, an expert witness for the prosecution who would have testified that the babies died in Maryland, not New Jersey, pulled out of the case, resulting in the charges being dropped.

Read: Secret Burial Held for Babies Recovered in Abortion Clinic Raid

Known Botched Abortions

[Note: This is not a full listing of botched abortions committed by Brigham and his abortion accomplices. This also does not include the various women who have been injured or killed a the hands of Brigham’s cohorts.]

In Brigham’s 1996 Florida license revocation documents, and a New Jersey Final Disposition document several botched abortions were described.

• New Jersey, July, 1992: In preparation for a 22-23-week abortion on a 22-year old woman Brigham inserted laminaria cervical dilators. When Brigham inserted the second round of luminaria dilators the next day, he ruptured the patient’s membranes. Instead of sending her to the hospital, as he should have, Brigham violated the standard of patient care by giving her antibiotics and instructing her to report to one of his New York clinics the following day for completion of her abortion. The patient, who rode home on a motorcycle, developed an infection that evening and was rushed to the emergency room where she was admitted into the hospital for treatment and delivery of her dead baby.

• New York, May 7-9, 1992: Brigham conducted a D&E abortion on a woman who was 24.5 weeks pregnant, during which he perforated her uterus and pulled out visible parts of the omentum (tissue that covers and supports the intestines). His unskilled use of forceps caused an 8-10 centimeter laceration of the posterior uterus, perforated the lower part of her colon, and damaged both ureters. Despite his patient’s obvious injuries, he continued the abortion. She was later transferred to a hospital where she arrived in shock required emergency surgery, including a colostomy.

• New York, November 10-11, 1993: Brigham conducted a D&E abortion on a 20-year old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant. During the abortion, Brigham lacerated her lower uterine segment, her posterior uterus, and uterine artery – probably due to the difficult extraction of the skull that had sharp “fetal skull plates. . . extruding from the side of the decompressed fetal skull.” Brigham ignored her profuse bleeding for four hours until he finally agreed to transfer her to the hospital, where she arrived in hypovolemic shock, a life-threatening condition that results from rapid loss of more than 20% of a body’s blood volume. She underwent a complete emergency hysterectomy.

Brigham was accused of failing to adequately dilate his patient’s cervix prior to attempting the dismemberment abortion on a 26-week baby, resulting in the internal injuries and failing to call for emergency care within an appropriate time frame. With the help of his own self-serving testimony, which was supported by testimony from other abortionists covering up for one of their own, Brigham was later found not to have violated the standard of care.

• New Jersey, October 26, 1993: Brigham conducted an abortion on a 14-year old girl who was six weeks pregnant. Because the patient was crying and anxious, Brigham pushed a “wad” of gauze in her mouth in order to prevent other patients from hearing her cry, and then proceeded to heavily sedate her. After her abortion, the teen’s condition appeared to alarm the attending nurse, whose account of the incident was — unsurprisingly — significantly different from Brigham’s. The patient was extremely drowsy, and her oxygen rate fell dangerously low. She had to be stimulated to take a deep breath. Once the patient was stabilized, the nurse strongly objected to Brigham for gagging his young patient and for other lapses in her care. Despite Brigham making extensive promises to her, she quit her employment with him in protest. However, due to witness testimony from other abortionists, Brigham was found not to have violated the standard of care.

• New Jersey, Date Unknown: Brigham conducted an abortion on a woman who was 11-12 weeks pregnant. Afterward, the patient complained of severe abdominal pain. Two days after the abortion, Brigham examined the patient, diagnosed her with a slight infection, prescribed antibiotics, and told her to return in two weeks. Still in horrific pain, the patient later sought help from a hospital emergency room where it was discovered that she had an abscess that was likely the result of a uterine perforation.

After the discovery of these incidents, on December 14, 1994, the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners ordered Brigham to halt the practice of medicine in the State of New Jersey. However, the testimony from other abortionists, including Planned Parenthood leader Burnhill, helped Brigham clear his license and resume his reckless abortion practice. Because of this, the number of abortion injuries attributable to Brigham only continued to swell.

• Maryland, August 9, 2010: Eighteen-year old D.B. reported to Brigham’s flagship abortion facility in Voorhees, New Jersey, to begin an abortion at 21.5 weeks of pregnancy. Even though Brigham had lost his New York medical license, in part, because he engaged in the practice of starting late-term abortions in one state and ending them in another, it didn’t stop Brigham from continuing the dangerous practice. D.B. was given drugs and taken by caravan with other patients to a secret abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland, to have the abortion completed. Brigham and his associate, Nicola Riley, began the abortion during which D.B.’s uterus was lacerated and part of her bowel was pulled out her vagina. D.B. was loaded into Brigham’s private vehicle and taken to a nearby hospital where Brigham and Riley acted so strangely that the hospital staff called the police. D.B. was Life-Flighted to a Baltimore hospital for emergency surgery that saved her life. [Read the full report on this incident.]

• Maryland, July 26, 2012: Christy O’Donnell probably had no idea what kind of shoddy enterprise Brigham was running when she reported to his Frederick, Maryland, abortion facility for a chemical abortion using the notoriously ineffective (but cheap) chemotherapy drug, Methotrexate. Predictably, the abortion failed. O’Connell continued her pregnancy, and in December 2012, she gave birth prematurely to a son who suffers multiple disabilities due to the drug she was given at Brigham’s abortion facility. She sued Brigham and two of his accomplices and won a monetary award of $6.5 million. [Read the full report on this incident.]

False Advertising

New Jersey Administrative Law Judge Joseph F. Fidler found Brigham guilty of professional misconduct for falsely advertising that his abortions up to 24 weeks were “safe, gentle, and painless.”

Today, despite its lengthy laundry list of patient safety and legal problems, Brigham’s American Women’s Services website boldly displays the logos and various organizations – including health departments in three states — that seem to have somehow put their stamp of approval on Brigham’s nefarious abortion businesses.

For example, the AWS website displays the logo of the Virginia Department of Health with a blurb about how their Virginia offices are “fully licensed” and “provide high quality medical care in a safe, kind, caring atmosphere while fully complying with all state and federal regulations.”

Nothing could be more deceptive.

American Women's Services – Our Credentials by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Virginia Health and Safety Violations

In reality, Brigham’s Virginia Health Group in Fairfax, Virginia, was forced to close July of 2016, after the Virginia Department of Health suspended its facility license due to a failed inspection that resulted in 52 pages of health and safety violations.

“In aggregate, the deficiencies pose a substantial threat to the safety of patients and staff of the Virginia Health Group,” wrote State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine in an April 6, 2016, letter notifying the facility of the immediate suspension of its abortion facility license.

Even Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, called Brigham out on his “threat to patient safety.”

“Evidence of wrongdoing at Brigham’s American Women’s Services facility in Fairfax is part of a clear pattern of repeated and serious misconduct that poses a significant threat to patient safety, and which cannot be allowed to go unchecked in Virginia,” wrote Saporta in a statement to the Washington Post.

The rest of the “credentials” listed on the AWS website are likely just as bogus.

Clinic Licensing, Leasing, Financial Issues, and a Patient Death

In 1992, Brigham was forced into “voluntary retirement” in Pennsylvania in order to halt a licensing investigation against him. He has been banned from operating or holding any interest in an abortion business in Pennsylvania since July 2010. Yet, he has illegally continued efforts to operate there. In 2013, Brigham opened Integrity Family Health in Philadelphia and employed abortionist Eric Yahav to work there. It was forced to closed by the state later that year after pro-life groups filed complaints linking Brigham to the facility.

All four of Brigham’s Maryland locations had their surgical facility licenses permanently suspended on May 9, 2013, after health inspectors found egregious violations, including a patient death and dangerously administering an injectable abortion drug by mouth. Nevertheless, three of the facilities never really closed and they continue selling medication abortions – the very thing that caused their surgical licenses to be revoked in the first place.

In September 2015, Brigham’s Premiere Ob/Gyn abortion facility in Wilmington, Delaware, was forced to halt surgical abortions after the Delaware Division of Public Health threatened to shut them down. He continued operating the facility by dispensing abortion drugs until he was finally evicted in March 2017, for non-payment of $37,000 in back rent, sticking the landlord with the unpaid bill.

These are just a few of the most recent examples of the most recent of Brigham’s facility licensing and dubious financial dealings. He has filed for bankruptcy numerous times over the years, leaving creditors high and dry. The most recent was a 2016 filing to avoid paying a monetary judgement of $6.5 million to a family in a malpractice case.

[For more about his dubious financial dealings read: Complex Financial Shell Game, Horrific Patient Care Violations Revealed in Brigham’s Default $6.5 Million Judgement & Bankruptcy Docs]

Clandestine Ownership of Washington, D.C. Office

As Brigham was about to be evicted from his Delaware office for non-payment of rent, he opened Capital Women’s Services, a new abortion facility in Washington, D.C.

Operation Rescue first learned of the D.C. office through a confidential informant who was once close to Brigham.

Following the informant’s information, Operation Rescue located the office and spoke with a property leasing agent and confirmed in a phone conversation that Brigham was involved in leasing the office for his business operating under the name “Capital Women’s Services.”

The informant also provided information about the facility’s medical director, Myron Rose, who also works at Brigham’s Maryland abortion offices. In fact, Rose’s address listed on his Maryland medical license is a known Brigham abortion facility in Baltimore.

Once Operation Rescue published documentation of Brigham’s new abortion facility and Rose, the Capital Women’s Services placed a notice on its website in response to “anti-choice rumors” and “lies.” The notice stated that Brigham was not an owner of that facility, nor was he seeing patients at there. (Operation Rescue never claimed Brigham was seeing patients.)

However, Operation Rescue stands by its claims that Brigham owns the business, or at least controls it through the United Health Group, LLC, which was first registered on March 9, 2017. It is located at 100 Springdale Road #A3-101, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003. A google search of that address showed it belonged to a P.O. Box inside a UPS Store near Brigham’s Voorhees headquarters.

Operation Rescue would not have known about this new abortion office or Myron Rose if it had not been for information provided by the confidential informant’s details of Brigham’s business operations. This information completely debunks the Capital Women’s Services notice that attempts to distance itself from Brigham.

“Rogues Gallery”

The 22 abortionists who are or have been affiliated with Brigham abortion facilities have a laundry list of issues. The chart below summarizes them.

Abortionists Employed by Steven Chase Brigham by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Operation Rescue continues to work through the legal process to shut down Brigham’s dangerous and deceptive abortion scheme.

“We won’t stop until every Brigham abortion facility is closed and he is in jail where he belongs,” said Newman.

Planned Parenthood Abortionist on Hand Washing: Is That a New Standard?

New Missouri law may help prevent Planned Parenthood from opening four more dangerous abortion facilities, and a new inspection report shows that would be a good thing.

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Senate took advantage of a special session to send a bold new bill, SB5, to pro-life Gov. Eric Greitens, that will ensure annual inspections of abortion facilities, and numerous other provisions designed to provide greater protections for women, more accountability for abortion businesses, and a better mechanism for enforcement of abortion laws. Gov. Greitens signed the measure into law Wednesday afternoon.

Missouri has only one abortion facility, the Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. However, Planned Parenthood has announced plans to open four new abortion facilities in that state. The new law will likely put a damper on those efforts.

Now, a new inspection report just released to Operation Rescue by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) shows the dire need for this legislation.

The inspection report reveals egregious deficiencies recorded at Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri, during a failed health and safety inspection conducted on May 25, 2017.

It also revealed an arrogance on the part of Planned Parenthood abortionists and staff that challenged a state health official on long-standing infection control standards and willfully ignored a law that requires abortion facilities to report abortion complications.

“From what we see in the 183 pages of documents we received from the Department of Health and Senior Services, Planned Parenthood has been repeatedly cited for numerous violations. They only clean up their act for the inspectors, then it is back to their old ways as soon and the inspector is out the door.”

Newman noted that there was also evidence that the Department of Health was turning a blind eye to complaints and giving Planned Parenthood a pass on serious deficiencies that affect patient health.

Willful failure to report abortion complications

Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood was cited during the May 25 inspection for failure to report abortion complications within 45 days to the Department of Health and Senior Services as required by Missouri law.

The inspector reviewed the facility’s complication log and noted that several women sought post-abortion care for reportable complications such as hemorrhage, infection, uterine perforation, cervical lacerations, and retained aborted baby remains.

Planned Parenthood never reported complications even though they were aware for months that the law existed. Planned Parenthood’s Director of Quality told the inspector the facility wanted a “clearer definition of complication” before they would comply with the law.

The bill just approved by the legislature would give authority to the Attorney General’s office to bring suit against abortion facilities when local authorities fail to act.

Hand washing: Is that a new standard?

In another egregious violation that resulted in multiple recent citations, two abortionists and several staff members were observed by a state health inspector failing to wash their hands between glove changes. The inspection report indicated that glove usage was not a replacement for hand hygiene.

After abortionists would perform such tasks as vaginal exams, cervical blocks, and laminaria removal, and never wash their hands between glove changes. Some staff members were seen handling their cell phones, rubbing their noses, putting gloved hands on hips or in pockets – all of which contaminate the gloves – then either did not change the gloves or failed to conduct proper hand hygiene between glove changes.

Almost remarkably, the Medical Director and abortionist David L. Eisenberg, “questioned if hand hygiene between glove changes was a new standard” and inquired whose standard it was.

Properly washing hands between glove changes was noted to be a nationally recognize standard from the Centers for Disease Control.

His response indicated that his unsanitary practice of not washing his hands was longstanding and could have affected the health of every women seen by Planned Parenthood.

Unsanitary facility and practices

Reproductive Health Services Planned Parenthood was also cited for improperly removing dirty surgical instruments from procedure room partially wrapped in a disposable pad instead of transporting the soiled instruments in a covered, leak-proof container labeled with a bio-hazard label.

It also violated other infection control protocols by failing to properly use germicidal wipes to clean up blood on abortion table, and failure to maintain a sanitary environment free from holes or rust that harbors diseases and transmits infections.

In an example of how certain deficiencies were left uncorrected for years, the abortion facility was cited in May for tape residue on the oxygen tanks. Such residue harbors bacteria and cannot be sanitized. However, Planned Parenthood was also cited for tape residue on the oxygen tanks during a licensing survey on January 31, 2013.

It appears the same tape residue was never cleaned despite multiple citations over a four-year period!

DHSS turns a blind eye

There is evidence that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services was turning a blind eye to violations, and especially complaints filed against Planned Parenthood.

Deficiency and Investigation Reports for St. Louis Planned Parenthood – Table by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

The documents received by Operation Rescue included 21 complaint or allegation investigations between 2011 and 2017. Every one of those complaints were found to be “unsubstantiated.”

“It seems incredible that the DHSS could not substantiate a single complaint out of 21 in the past five years or so,” said Newman. “Could all those complaints be lies, or does the DHSS have an unwritten policy of ignoring all complaints against Planned Parenthood? Pennsylvania has a similar policy and now we know what that gave us. It produced Kermit Gosnell, a serial murderer who operated a squalid abortion facility where women were infected and killed.”

All but two investigations determined that there were no deficiencies, or that the Planned Parenthood abortion facility was in “substantial compliance” – an oddity since most of the investigations were off-site and never involved a visit to the abortion facility.

That one investigation where deficiencies were found was done in conjunction with a licensure survey on March 31, 2015, where 17 pages of violations – some repeat offences – were cited.

“SB5 is a desperately needed law that will prevent Planned Parenthood from exploiting women by cutting corners on facility sanitation, concealing serious abortion complications, and other violations that endanger women’s health that Planned Parenthood has gotten away with for years,” said Newman.

According to Bev Ehlen, Missouri State Director, Concerned Women for America, the new law will provide for all of the following:

• Creates a Class A Misdemeanor for abortion facility workers to order ambulances to run without lights and sirens or otherwise interfere with the normal operations of emergency responders. [See Operation Rescue’s previous report and video on this provision];
• Overturns a St. Louis “abortion sanctuary” ordinance and prohibits other municipalities from passing similar ordinances;
• Prohibits forcing religious schools to hire pro-abortion teachers and staff;
• Prohibits forcing landlords to rent to abortion clinics;
• Prohibits requiring abortion coverage in health insurance plans;
• Prohibits seeking to harass and disrupt the work of pregnancy resource centers.
• Only physicians licensed to practice in the state of Missouri may perform or induce abortions in an abortion facility located in Missouri;
• Retains current 72-hour reflection period prior to an abortion, but adds requirement that abortion physician meet in person with the woman considering an abortion 72 hours prior to performing or inducing an abortion to discuss medical risks;
• Requires an abortion doctor seeking to administer medical abortions to obtain approval of a “complication plan” from the Missouri Department of Health for steps that will be taken when problems arise from administering such an abortion;
• Requires abortion facilities to maintain written protocols for managing a medical emergency and transferring patients to a hospital with a reasonable distance from the facility for further emergency care;
• Strengthens current law requirements regarding how fetal tissue from abortion is to be submitted by an abortion facility to a board eligible pathologist for examination. Also strengthens requirements for pathologists to make fetal tissue reports to the Missouri Department of Health and the abortion facility; (The intent is to verify that no fetal tissue from an abortion is being illegally sold or donated for experimentation.)
• Requires abortion facilities to develop written policies protecting employees who disclose information about possible health and safety violations of state or federal law;
• Requires Missouri Department of Health to make annual, on-site and unannounced inspections of abortion facilities;
• Grants the Missouri Attorney General the authority to bring suit against an abortion facility for violation of abortion laws even when local prosecutor fails to act.

The law is due to go into effect in late October.

Read the May 25, 2017, Inspection Report

Read Operation Rescue’s Special Report detailing previous inspection reports from Planned Parenthood in St. Louis dating back to 2009 that prove this facility isn’t clean or safe.

Collusion? Planned Parenthood Drafted “Video Tape Law” Aimed at Punishing Future Pro-Lifer Whistleblowers

By Cheryl Sullenger

[Note: This article has been edited as of June 4, 2017, to reflect corrections and additional information. Operation Rescue endeavors to be as accurate as possible, thus we regret anything in the previous version of this article that may have been misleading or inaccurate. -C.S.]

Sacramento, CA – A public records request made by Operation Rescue has yielded e-mails and other documents that show a close working relationship between Planned Parenthood and the California Attorney General’s office, especially when it comes to countering pro-life efforts.

Planned Parenthood attorneys often sought meetings and conference calls with members of the Attorney General’s Office to discuss a number of issues, including the “Video Tape Law,” HB 1671, which was used to criminally charge David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP).

“Planned Parenthood essentially wrote the language that criminalized Daleiden and Merritt’s recordings more than a year after they were made,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who also served as a founding member of the CMP. To clarify, if the recordings had been made after January 1, 2017, they could have been charged under Planned Parenthood’s new, tougher law.

“Planned Parenthood wanted to punish the CMP for exposing their appalling and illegal sale of aborted baby tissue and organs, so they concocted a law that made [future] recordings illegal. [Even so,] David and Sandra’s criminal charges are the result of the State of California aiding and abetting Planned Parenthood’s vendetta against those who blew the whistle on their ghoulish conduct.”

In fact, a draft of amendments to an existing recording law was submitted on March 8, 2016, by Beth Parker, Chief Legal Counsel to Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California to Jill Habig, who then served as Special Counsel to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Planned Parenthood’s suggested amendments made it a crime to secretly record health care providers and mandated that anyone who “aids, agrees with, employs, or conspires with any person or persons to unlawfully do, permit, or cause to be done” surreptitious recordings would face fines of $2,500 per occurrence and imprisonment not exceeding one year, if convicted.

The following day, March 9, 2016, Planned Parenthood’s Parker visited Habig’s office to discuss the draft amendments, including any potential obstacles to the law.

On March 16, just five days later, Parker submitted a rewrite of the bill that showed slight edits in the original draft. For example, “agrees with” was stricken from the language that discussed criminal culpability for those who conspired in making secret recordings.

While the final text of the legislation was fine-tuned over the following weeks, it included all the points that Planned Parenthood had requested. The newly edited law was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on September 30, 2016, after last-minute language was inserted to specifically exclude news organizations, which had complained about the bill. The law went into effect on January 1, 2017.

Daleiden and Merritt were not charged with violations of the new Planned Parenthood-drafted provisions on March 28, 2017, by Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who succeeded Kamala Harris after she left to pursue a U.S. Senate seat. The recordings that supposedly violated the law were made in 2014-2015. The majority of the recordings were released in 2015.

However, the older version of the law that Daleiden and Merritt were charged under allowed for either misdemeanor or felony charges. The charges against the pro-life journalists were bumped up to felony counts, no doubt at Planned Parenthood’s request.

Earlier this year – based in part on the CMP recordings – investigative panels in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives referred Planned Parenthood Federation of America and five California affiliates to the U.S. Department of Justice for further criminal investigation and prosecution for illegally profiting from the sale of aborted baby remains.

“California has opted to protect Planned Parenthood while making up a new law under which they could charge pro-lifers. It is important to emphasize that David and Sandra’s recording were legal when they were made and released. We believe the recordings were always in compliance with the law,” said Newman.

But the cozy relationship between the California Attorney General’s office and Planned Parenthood was not just confined to the “Video Tape Law.”

Talking Points

There was also a back-and-forth exchange of e-mails originating from Harris’s Special Counsel, Jill Habig, who was seeking a zip code sort for the number of out-of-state patients seeking reproductive services in California.

The purpose of the data was to help fine-tune media talking points in opposition to the Texas HB 2 law that provided support Habig’s assumption that pro-life legislation in other states was impacting California by driving women there for abortions. She was especially interested in any Texas women coming to California for abortions they could not get in Texas due to Texas’ HB 2 abortion law that was being challenged at the U.S. Supreme Court.

“If it’s not too difficult, I’m thinking about using it for press purposes when we talk to reporters about the [Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt] case this week and then later when the decision comes down,” Habig wrote to Planned Parenthood’s Beth Parker on March 3, 2016. “We got a couple of reporter questions that seemed to indicate they had assumed that the ruling wouldn’t have any effect of CA because we’re pro-choice, so I’ve been thinking about ways to challenge that assumption beyond just saying that pro-choice leadership isn’t guaranteed forever.”

Zip code data provided by Planned Parenthood’s Beth Parker did not support Habig’s flawed assumption, showing only three women seeking services in 2015 at one unidentified California Planned Parenthood affiliate, in contrast to four Texas women seeking services there in 2012.

Forced Abortion Referrals

In another case, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California considered filing an amicus brief in NIFLA v. Harris, a 2015 case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that concerned speech at pro-life pregnancy help centers.

NIFLA, (National Institute of Family Life Advocates) is a national organization that provides legal counsel, education, and training to pro-life pregnancy help centers. NIFLA challenged California “Fact Act,” which unconstitutionally forces pro-life medical clinics to refer for abortions.

A conference call, attended on February 10, 2016, by seven heavy hitters in the Attorney General’s Office, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood, concluded that Planned Parenthood’s amicus brief in support of the “Fact Act” would be welcomed.

Repeat of Houston Corruption?

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were also criminally charged for making secret recordings at Planned Parenthood in Houston, Texas, by a grand jury under the direction of Harris County Attorney General Devon Anderson. It was later discovered that Anderson’s office had colluded with Planned Parenthood to flip the focus of the grand jury away from Planned Parenthood and onto the CMP journalists. Once that collusion was uncovered, Anderson was forced to drop all charges. In part, due to the scandal the collusion generated, Anderson lost her bid for re-election last fall.

“I believe we are seeing a repeat of the same kind of corruption that led to the false charges in Texas. Planned Parenthood wields a huge amount of political support in California, but the Attorney General’s office should be unbiased when it comes to enforcing the law. Instead we see California’s Top Cop actively protecting crimes committed by Planned Parenthood while allowing Planned Parenthood to manufacture a law to punish pro-life supporters,” said Newman. “That is the definition of corruption.”

Read the full 223 page document packet received by Operation Rescue.

Why Ohio Abortion Pill Complications Doubled Last Year


By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, Ohio – The State of Ohio is among the best in the U.S. when it comes to abortion reporting requirements, seeking as much information as possible from abortion providers about abortion methods, gestational ages, and maternal demographics. Now, one statistic reported to the Medical Board of Ohio has shed new light on the danger of abortions using the drug Mifeprex, also known as Mifepristone or RU486.

Ohio requires abortionists who dispense the drug, often referred to as the Abortion Pill, to fill out a form reporting all complications experienced by women who have taken Mifeprex to cause abortions.

Operation Rescue has reviewed 127 “Report of RU486 Event” forms for five abortion facilities located in three counties in Ohio for abortions that took place during a five-year time-span, 2012-2016. The facilities reporting complications include:

• Planned Parenthood in Bedford Heights, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Preterm in Cleveland, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Northeast Ohio Women’s Center in Cuyahoga Falls, located in Cuyahoga County.
• Planned Parenthood in Columbus, located in Franklin County.
• Planned Parenthood in Cincinnati, located in Hamilton County.

RU486 abortion numbers for 2012-2015 (the latest year available) were obtained from the Ohio Department of Health, and an average of the four years was used to extrapolate an estimated number for 2016. Those numbers were then compared to the 127 complications for which there were RU486 Event forms received by the Ohio Medical Board for 2012-2016.

When the number of RU486 complications were compared to the number of abortions done using the abortion drug, an interesting discovery was made. Between 2012-2015, 3.18 percent of women obtaining RU486 abortions in the three reporting counties suffered serious complications.

However, in 2016 alone, 6.74% of women obtaining RU486 abortions in the same three counties suffered complications.

What could account for complication percentages to more than double in only one year?

Ohio law mandates that abortionists follow FDA protocols when dispensing the RU486 abortion drug. Those protocols for years limited the use of RU486 to the first seven weeks of pregnancy due to an increased risk of failure if used later in pregnancy.

In March 2016, the FDA relaxed protocols on the RU486 abortion drug and extended the gestational age limit for use. New protocols issued under the Obama Administration a year ago allow for drug’s usage up to 10 weeks pregnancy.

The use of RU486 beyond seven weeks very likely decreased the efficiency of the drug and subjected women to an increased occurrence of complications.

The majority of complications reported on the forms listed as “Incomplete Abortions,” which required patients to undergo surgical procedures to complete the abortions days or even weeks later.

Among the five abortion facilities that reported complications, the three Planned Parenthood abortion facilities had the highest number of complications, with the Bedford Heights Planned Parenthood facility reporting 56 complications — the most reported in that five-year time frame.

On many of the Event forms submitted by abortionist Catherine Romanos of Planned Parenthood’s Columbus abortion facility, notations were made to indicate it was her opinion that the incomplete abortions were caused by the use of FDA protocols in place at the time.

However, the actual reported abortion complication figures completely debunk Romanos’ faulty assumption. The more stringent protocols actually prevented complications women are now experiencing by using the abortion drug up to ten weeks in their pregnancies.

Abortion lobbyists have long sought to remove restrictions on the use of the abortion pill. The LA Times, recently published a slanted and partially inaccurate article accusing politics of preventing women greater access to the abortion pill. It reported that there is a push among abortionists to further liberalize Mifeprex protocols to allow RU487 abortion drug prescriptions to be filled by pharmacies so women will no longer have to make office visits to abort their babies.

The information gleaned from Ohio abortion and complication reports show that far too many women are suffering from complications due to the Abortion Pill, and that relaxing the standards has only made the occurrence of complications skyrocket.

“The Abortion Pill must be taken off the market. Not only is it lethal to babies, it causes far too many women to suffer serious complications that can land them in the emergency room or worse,” said Newman. “This is the untold truth about the Abortion Pill that the fake pro-abortion news media, Planned Parenthood, and the rest of the Abortion Cartel want to keep hidden at all costs.”

[Correction: A previous version of this story contained a table that incorrectly transposed Franklin County numbers with Hamilton County numbers. We regret the error. That chart is now correct.]

Ohio RU486 Event Reports 2012-2016 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Most Dangerous Planned Parenthood in America Wants Court to Block Safety Laws

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An Operation Rescue Special Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – Pro-life leaders from a coalition group TeamPLAY gathered on Monday for press conferences in five at-risk Missouri cities to ring the alarm about dangerous practices at the two Planned Parenthood organizations operating in that state.

That same day, Planned Parenthood countered by filing a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to block abortion safety laws so their substandard abortion businesses could be dangerously expanded.

Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains (CHPP) and Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region (RHSPP) are asking a Federal Court to block enforcement portions of Missouri’s Ambulatory Surgery Center Licensing Law that require facilities performing abortions to meet the same standards every other Ambulatory Surgical Facility must meet. They also want blocked two provisions that require abortionists to maintain hospital admitting privileges within 15 minutes of the facility where they conduct abortions.

Operation Rescue obtained court documents filed with the motion that include declarations from CHPP CEO Laura McQuade, RHSPP CEO Mary Kogut, and RHSPP Medical Director David L. Eisenberg, and others that contain statements that contradict facts or rely on sources that lack credibility.

St. Louis Planned Parenthood

Currently, there is only one active abortion facility in Missouri, the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis, which is considered by many to be the most dangerous abortion facility in the nation due to alarmingly frequent ambulance transports that take place there.

While CEO Mary Kogut stated in her declaration in support of the preliminary injunction that the St. Louis abortion facility has an “excellent safety record,” that statement does not pass the smell test in light of 911 records and other evidence.

Documentation obtained in April 2016, by Operation Rescue through legal action against the St. Louis Fire Department shows 58 medical emergencies, categorized by type of problem and priority level that took place at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility between January 1, 2009, and April 16, 2016.

The most common injury was categorized as “Dangerous or Possibly Dangerous Hemorrhage.” Others listed included abdominal pain, stroke, seizure, allergic reaction, and more.

Since then, there have been there have been five additional patient transports to a local hospital for critical care that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility was incapable of providing. The most recent incident occurred on November 23, 2016 — the day before Thanksgiving.

That documentation was used by TeamPLAY as proof that serious safety issues already exist at Planned Parenthood under existing law that continue to endanger the lives of women every day. If Missouri’s safety laws are blocked, there will be nothing to stop Planned Parenthood from spreading their hazardous abortion business across the state.

Now, RHSP — the same Planned Parenthood organization which has seriously injured women at a rate of one every 42 days — wants to expand its unsafe brand of abortion services to facilities in Springfield and Joplin. Both would offer the abortion pill, while the Springfield facility would also conduct surgical abortions.

Neither David Eisenberg nor Ronald Yeomans, who Planned Parenthood intends to employ at these two facilities, qualify for hospital privileges. To make matters worse, neither facility can qualify for a hospital transfer agreement, which is much easier to get.

Expansion Motive

There is a motive for Planned Parenthood wanting to expand abortion services, and it has little to do with “women’s reproductive health.” Out of all services provided by Planned Parenthood, abortion is by far the most profitable.

However, abortions have steadily decreased over the years in Missouri as part of a nationwide trend. As demand drops, so do profits. That is why Planned Parenthood needs to cast their hooks into new ponds by marketing abortion to new population groups, which have heretofore gotten by just fine without abortion businesses preying upon them in their communities.

Kogut stated in her declaration to the court that because of Missouri abortion safety laws that prevent her from conducting abortions in Springfield and Joplin, “RHS and its physicians are injured in the pursuit of their business and professions…” (Emphasis added)

Kogut complains that as long as she and her abortionists are prevented by law from exploiting two proposed new locations, they suffer from inability to make more money, the pursuit of every business.

Her solution is not to raise her business to a standard that meets the law, but rather, she would dispense of the law altogether so their corners-cutting practices can continue. This puts Planned Parenthood’s profits above any consideration for patient safety.

When looking more closely the safety issues posed by the two Planned Parenthood organizations, it becomes clear that patient welfare is already a low priority.

Eisenberg

David Eisenberg, who serves as RHCPP’s Medical Director, boasts in his declaration of his abortion experience, having trained at least 50 men and women how to do abortions. He informed the court that abortion is “one of the safest medical procedures” in the nation. He indicated a 2013 study noted that only 0.05% (5 in 10,000) of first trimester surgical abortion patients require hospitalization. (There were 5,416 abortions done in Missouri in 2013, the last year statistics are available from the Center for Disease Control, with abortions decreasing every year.)

However, Eisenberg quoted that complication statistic from a study done by Planned Parenthood abortionists, including Deborah Nucatola. She is on the staff of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which was recently referred to the Department of Justice by the Senate Judiciary Committee for further investigation for participation in the suspected illegal trafficking of aborted baby parts for profit.

Because of Nucatola’s employment with Planned Parenthood, which has a vested interest in making sure the public at least thinks abortion is safe, her study and others cited by Eisenberg are tainted by the bias of a pro-abortion agenda and lack credibility.

Eisenberg’s own record of overseeing abortions that result in life-threatening patient injuries that require hospitalization on the average of every 42 days – conservatively twice the complication rate he cited, not counting women who are hospitalized after they leave the abortion facility – speaks volumes about the lack of safety at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

While claiming to conduct “extremely safe” abortions at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, ambulance and injury records prove Eisenberg is simply lying to the court.

Planned Parenthood Great Plains

CHPP, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is seeking to expand the abortion business to Kansas City, Missouri, and Columbia. The Kansas City facility would offer medication abortions while the Columbia facility would offer medical and surgical abortions. Abortions would be done by Ronald Yeomans and Colleen McNicholas, who used to dispense the abortion pill in Columbia before a State Senate Committee discovered that her “refer and follow” hospital “privileges” were bogus, and simply an attempt to circumvent Missouri law. This led to the revocation of “refer and follow” designation and a halt to abortions in Columbia last year.

Such duplicity might have been expected from this particular Planned Parenthood organization.

In a 2007 case, CHPP faced 107 criminal counts in Kansas related to evidence they committed illegal late-term abortions and manufactured evidence to cover it up. Operation Rescue acquired documentation that indicates the criminal case against Planned Parenthood was dismissed due to political corruption. An unknown Planned Parenthood supporter inside the Democratically-controlled Attorney General’s office destroyed the evidence against Planned Parenthood, causing the case to be dismissed without ever being considered on its merits.

Unfounded Accusations

In the declaration made by Laura McQuade in support of the proposed injunction, she states that Planned Parenthood’s Columbia facility has offered surgical and/or medication abortions on and off for years, but has experienced difficulty maintaining qualified abortionists because her abortion providers could not meet hospital privilege requirements.

McQuade launches into accusations that harassment from pro-life activists drove potential abortionists away, but Kathy Forck of TeamPlay, who routinely engages in peaceful First Amendment-protected activity at the Columbia Planned Parenthood, insists that the harassment described by McQuade never took place.

“No one ever made harassing phone calls or followed anyone home. It just never happened,” said Forck.

“If McQuade is going to make accusations like that she needs to provide documentation to support them. I suspect there was no documentation presented because she is lying about it in order to gain sympathy from the court,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Columbia Inspection

But that isn’t the only falsehood in McQuade’s declaration. She also states that for many years in Columbia, her facility “safely provided” abortions.

However, a letter dated November 2, 2016, from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to CHPP detailed numerous violations affecting patient safety that were uncovered during an October 19, 2016, inspection of the Columbia facility.

Violations included a failure to “establish a program for identifying and preventing infections and for maintaining a safe environment.”

If infection control and safety programs were nonexistent as of a few weeks ago, they could not have existed when abortions were previously done in Columbia.

At the Columbia Planned Parenthood, inspectors also discovered the facility lacked a proper quality assurance program. The one it did have had “removed elements required by Missouri rules some time before” related to the following:

• Intraoperative and postoperative complications. (For example, when complications occurred among Planned Parenthood’s patients, they were not logged and no follow-up action to prevent similar complications was ever recorded.)
• All cases that resulted in a length of stay of more than twelve (12) hours.
• All cases in which the gestational age was determined to be beyond eighteen (18) weeks.

The facility was required to “show evidence of actions taken as a result of the identification of the problems,” yet in Columbia, no problems were ever identified.

“This does not mean that no problems existed. It means that they did not record problems in a likely attempt to cover them up,” said Newman. “That means problems can exist there for a very long time, and that poses a real issue when it comes to patient safety.”

Other deficiencies existed. The Planned Parenthood facility failed to have the required preservative for fetal remains solution on site, and lacked adequate refrigerator space to preserve the aborted babies. It had no agreement with a pathologist for the examination of the remains as required by law or with a waste sterilizer company for the disposal of the human tissue.

The letter described serious infection control problems that displayed a sloppy, lazy attitude toward patient safety.

• It failed to have the necessary supplies to properly disinfect the vaginal ultrasound probe, leaving women vulnerable to infections and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
• No logs were kept to show that the autoclave was working properly or being used correctly.

“If these people can’t properly sterilize an instrument, then why in the world should they be allowed to conduct surgeries? What Planned Parenthood is really asking for is special favors so they can conduct shoddy, back-alley style abortions with contaminated surgical equipment without accountability,” said Newman.

Kansas City Inspection

The Kansas City facility was cited for numerous safety deficiencies that affect patient safety after an inspection was conducted on October 19, 2016.

Violations included:

• Vaginal speculums were never packaged for proper sterilization, and were stored in such a way as to ensure contamination.
• The facility used a dangerous disinfection room set up that allowed for cross contamination of surgical instruments.
• Failed to maintain policies for the disinfection of semi-critical instruments.
• There was no Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, gowns, etc.) available for use by staff in the Disinfection Room.
• Failed to follow safe medication practices by storing medications in the Disinfection Room where they were prone to contamination.
• Stored highly contaminated corrugated shipping boxes in the same room with the “sterilized” equipment, posing a high risk of cross contamination.

The facility was also cited for violating a 2010 Settlement Agreement, where CHPP agreed to basic minimum standards in exchange for permission to conduct abortions.

Gurney Access

Both Planned Parenthood organizations complained to the court about having to maintain hallways wide enough to accommodate a gurney. They insist that this rule has no effect on patient safety.

The family of Karnamaya Mongar, among others, might disagree. In 2009, Mongar underwent a second trimester abortion at the West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Women’s Medical Society. Her abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, conducted abortions in unsanitary conditions with instruments (including the vaginal ultrasound probe) that were never properly sterilized. When Mongar went into cardiac arrest during her abortion due to a drug overdose, paramedics could not extract her from the building because no gurney would fit down the narrow hallways. An emergency exit was padlocked shut and no one could find the key. It is thought that the delay in emergency care caused by the narrow hallways contributed to Mongar’s death.

Gosnell was later convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter in Mongar’s death.

Conditions at Planned Parenthood in Columbia are frighteningly reminiscent on several points to those at Gosnell’s “House of Horrors.”

Shut Them Down

Instead of dumping patient safety laws so Planned Parenthood can expand its lucrative abortion business, the existing substandard facilities — the St. Louis facility in particular — should be shut down in the interest of public safety.

TeamPLAY has established a website WomenMustBeSafe.com, where there is an open letter that can be downloaded and sent to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, asking him to keep women safe from Planned Parenthood harmful practices.

Operation Rescue joins with Missouri’s TeamPLAY in calling for a thorough investigation into Planned Parenthood’s high number of abortion-related injuries, and for the immediate emergency suspension its St. Louis facility license, pending the outcome of a full investigation into patient safety issues.

Documents:

1. Motion for Preliminary Injunction, 12/12/2016
2. Exhibit 1 – Declaration of Laura McQuade
3. Exhibit 2 – Declaration of Mary Kogut
4. Exhibit 3 – Declaration of David Eisenberg
5. Exhibit 4 – Declaration of Johannes (architect)
6. Exhibit 5 – Declaration of Katz (sociologist)
7. Exhibit 6 – Springfield Health Care Center v. Nixon
8. DHSS Letter of Deficiencies at Columbia, 11/2/2016
9. DHSS Letter of Deficiencies at Kansas City, 11/2/2016
10. 2010 Settlement Agreement with CHPP (formerly PPKM)