Liberty Counsel Files Brief with US Supreme Court for Operation Rescue Citing Abortion Abuses

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, D.C. – Operation Rescue’s research and data related to abortion abuses has been heavily cited in at least two amici curiae briefs that were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on February 3, 2016, in a case that will consider the Constitutionality of a Texas abortion safety law known as HB2.

An amici curiae brief has been filed on behalf of Operation Rescue by the Liberty Counsel in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, Case 15-274.

The brief emphasizes that the Supreme Court should protect women, not abortion.

“We are gratified that at least two amicus briefs have drawn upon our data in support of their arguments that abortion poses serious risks to women and that the Abortion Cartel has whitewashed those dangers,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Texas law at issue is a correct and measured response to many of the abuses our own investigations have uncovered. We are thankful to the Liberty Counsel for preparing a brief on our behalf and to the American Center for Law and Justice for relying so heavily upon our data in support of protection for women.”

The Texas abortion licensing and safety law has already closed 20 substandard abortion facilities in Texas and significantly reduced abortion numbers.

In Operation Rescue’s brief, the Liberty Counsel notes that HB2, which requires physicians to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion facilities among other provisions, is the appropriate response to health and safety risks posed by previously unaccountable abortion centers and is necessary to protect women from harm.

The Liberty Counsel frequently cites investigations and other data from Operation Rescue documenting poor facility conditions, the illegal disposal of recognizable aborted baby remains, and violations to the Texas 24-hour waiting period and informed consent laws.

Based on Operation Rescue’s regulatory complaints, the abortion company that brought the challenge to the Texas law, Whole Women’s Health, was heavily filed and two of its abortionists were disciplined for violations uncovered during Operation Rescue’s investigations, as cited by the Liberty Counsel in the amici curiae brief.

In addition, the brief notes that additional data gathered by Operation Rescue in December during a meticulous survey of every abortion facility in the country, verified that the average wait time for an abortion as well as the average cost for an abortion in Texas falls below the national average in both categories, even though half of the state’s abortion clinics have shut down.

“Operation Rescue’s investigation refutes Petitioners’ ‘parade of horribles’ in which they claim that women will have to wait weeks for abortions if HB2 is upheld by the Court,” the brief stated.

The American Center for Law and Justice filed a brief on behalf of the Family Research Council and others that heavily relies upon information published by Operation Rescue.

The ACLJ’s brief strongly makes the point that abortion is not safe based on documentation that shows throngs of women have suffered life-threatening medical emergencies that required hospital transport and that some have even died as a result of abortion complications done in substandard, unaccountable facilities.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt case on March 2, 2016, with a decision expected sometime in June.

Read Liberty Counsel’s Brief for Operation Rescue
Read the American Center for Law and Justice Brief

Carhart’s Personal War on Women: 911 Call Reveals Serious Abortion Injury; Days Later Another Ambulance Rolls to NE Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, Nebraska – With lights flashing and sirens blaring, an ambulance and fire unit arrived at LeRoy Carhart’s Bellevue, Nebraska, abortion facility on February 4, 2016. This incident represented the third time in less than three months that an ambulance was called to an abortion facility where LeRoy Carhart was on duty supplying abortions.

Not much else is yet known about the condition of that woman, however, Operation Rescue has obtained the 911 recording for a previous medical emergency on January 19, 2016, that took place at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, the late-term abortion facility were Carhart aborts babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

On the recording, a cheery clinic worker is heard asking for transport for a patient for observation, downplaying the seriousness of the injuries, which become apparent later in the call.

While heavily redacted, it is clear from the questioning of the dispatcher that the victim was likely a late-term abortion patient who was hemorrhaging, and may have been bleeding from the mouth. If that was the case, it means she likely suffered serious internal injuries as the result of the abortion.

The following portion of the recording is especially revealing.

911: Is she bleeding or vomiting blood?
[Answer redacted.]

911: …ok, and so where is she bleeding from?
[Answer redacted.]

911: …ok, and has the afterbirth been delivered yet? The bleeding’s serious.
[Answer redacted.]

The video shows that as the woman was transported from GRHS, Carhart and his wife, Mary Lou, are seen leaving the facility with their luggage and exit the parking lot in the opposite direction as the ambulance.

Carhart has no hospital privileges anywhere, and hasn’t since 1982.

“It’s possible that the Carhart’s had a flight to catch so they just dumped their seriously bleeding patient on the emergency room,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This means he would probably not been available in the event emergency room personnel had questions about the injured patient’s care.”

Carhart similarly caught a plane and was unavailable when another late-term patient, Jennifer Morbelli, suffered complications to a 33-week abortion and later died at a hospital where her desperate family took her for care.

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The January 19 injury in Maryland and the February 4 emergency in Nebraska combine for a total of eleven medical emergencies documented by Operation Rescue since 2012.

• February 4, 2016, Bellevue, NE: Woman transported to hospital. (Video)
January 19, 2016, Germantown, MD: Late-term abortion patient bleeding seriously transported to hospital. (Video and 911 recording)
December 15, 2015, Germantown, MD: Abortion patient transported to emergency room while Carhart accompanies.
July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
April 26, 2014, Bellevue, NE: Patient, 37, suffered from abdominal pain after Carhart had an “issue with the procedure.” (Video with 911 recording)
March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording)
July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording)
February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report)
March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)

“It is clear that Carhart poses a danger to the public and it is past time for the authorities in Maryland and Nebraska to stop turning a blind eye to this carnage,” said Newman. “Once again, we will be filing complaints with medical boards in both states, and will continue to do so when these incidents happen until they finally understand just how dangerous he really is.”

Daleiden Appears in Court, Rejects Plea Deal, Demands an Apology While Supporters Demand that Charges are Dropped

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By DeAnn Flanagan

Houston, TX – Surrounded by a phalanx of attorneys and a crush of news reporters and cameramen, David Daleiden turned himself in to the Houston Courts on Thursday in response to the indictments handed down last week by a Harris County grand jury. Those indictments, one felony and one misdemeanor, were related to his undercover journalism work that exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal profit-taking from the sale of aborted baby organs.

Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger and the Christians Defense Coalition’s Rev. Patrick Mahoney were in court in support of Daleiden, head of the Center for Medical Progress, as he reported to two different court rooms and posted bail in the amount of $3,000.

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Daleiden’s booking and court appearances was followed by a well-attended press conference led by Rev. Mahoney, which featured Daleiden, two of his attorneys, Peter Breen of the Thomas More Society and Operation Rescue’s Texas Attorney Briscoe Cain. Sullenger was also a featured speaker.

Daleiden’s attorneys acknowledged that he had been offered a deal by District Attorney Devon Anderson that included a “diversion program,” which would allow for a probationary period followed by a dismissal of all charges.

Daleiden’s attorneys noted at a brief press conference in the hallway outside one of the courtrooms that he had no plans to accept the deal.

“The only thing we will accept is an apology,” one attorney noted.

This sets up an interesting showdown between Anderson, a self-described “pro-life” Republican, and Daleiden’s defense, which could presumably use a trial to as a platform to air more evidence against Planned Parenthood and expose Anderson’s personal and political connections to an attorney who represented Douglas Karpen in 2013, who is the largest late-term abortionist in the Houston area.

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At the larger press conference outside the courthouse, Rev. Mahoney began by telling the media “Houston, we do have a problem.” He then went on to describe the injustice of charging citizen journalists who uncover and report crimes while letting the real perpetrators go free.

“We are standing in solidarity and say, ‘When you attack David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, you are attacking us and our community,'” said Rev. Mahoney. “Do not proceed with these unjust indictments.”

Sullenger addressed the need to reopen the Planned Parenthood investigation using an independent special prosecutor and also called for the reopening of a 2013 murder case against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen due to his attorney’s connections with Anderson.

After the press conference, Rev. Mahoney, Sullenger, and LifeSiteNews reporter Lisa Bourne presented to a representative of the District Attorney’s office petitions signed by 110,000 supporters asking Anderson to drop all charges against Daleiden and his associate, Sandra Merritt, who indicted with Daleiden and surrendered in Houston on Wednesday. The petitions were the first batch of those gathered by LifeSiteNews, which is still seeking additional signatures. (Sign the petition here.)

In addition, LifeNews.com is also asking for signatures on a similar petition, which has already gathered tens of thousands of signatures. (Sign the LifeNews petition here.)

Meanwhile, two civil suits continue against Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which were filed by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood, who are attempting to block the rest of the information collected by Daleiden from being released. Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who was a founding board member for the Center for Medical Progress, is named in both federal suits.

Read about Texas invoices that further incriminate Planned Parenthood
Read about links between the District Attorney and lawyer for a late-term abortionist

Watch full video of new conference recorded by LifeSiteNews.