911 Call from Florida Abortion Clinic: ‘We Can’t Stop the Bleeding’

By Cheryl Sullenger

Pensacola, FL – It has been learned that an ambulance called last week to a seedy Pensacola, Florida, abortion clinic owned by disgraced New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, was responding to help an abortion patient who had hemorrhaged during an abortion procedure.

A 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue revealed that a 29-year old woman starting bleeding heavily during an abortion. Attempts to control the bleeding were unsuccessful and emergency assistance had to be called. The patient was transported to a local hospital to get the life-saving treatment that the abortion facility was unequipped to provide.

Uncontrolled hemorrhage during or after an abortion can be caused by uterine perforation, a life threatening injury particularly if the tear lacerates an artery. In that case, a woman can literally bleed to death, as did Tonya Reaves, who died in 2012, after bleeding internally for over five hours due to a perforated uterus before being transported to a hospital from the Chicago Planned Parenthood where her second trimester was done.

Two other incidents of uterine perforation during abortions have been recently documented by Operation Rescue.

One of those injuries was inflicted on a 21-year old college student by abortionist Valerie King at a Planned Parenthood in Salem, Oregon, on November 14, 2014.

Another uterine tear took place on February 7, 2015, at the Akron Women’s Medical Group in Akron, Ohio, on a 26-year old abortion patient. That facility contacted the ambulance company directly instead of dialing 911 for a quicker response.

The Pensacola abortion facility, American Family Planning, is also known ironically as Integrity Medical Care. The owner, Steven Chase Brigham, is a New Jersey late-term abortionist who holds no valid medical license in any state.

Pro-life activists on the scene during the February 19th incident and captured video as the ambulance loaded the injured patient and rushed her away for further emergency hospital care.

The abortionist thought to be on duty at the time of the February 19 emergency is Warren I. Taylor, who works primarily at a number of Brigham owned abortion facilities in New Jersey. He flies to Florida to do abortions in Pensacola, then returns to New Jersey, leaving women without access to him if abortion complications develop after their abortions.

Brigham is perhaps best known for operating an illegal bi-state abortion scheme in New Jersey and Maryland that was discovered when he and his associate, Nicola Riley, perforated a woman’s uterus during a late-term abortion at a secret abortion facility in Elkton, Maryland, in September, 2010. Brigham set up the clandestine Elkton clinic in order to evade New Jersey laws that limited abortions at his New Jersey locations to under 14 weeks. Police raided the Elkton location and discovered the bodies of 35 late-term aborted babies – about half of which were considered old enough to have been viable — stored in a bloody freezer.

Brigham was arrested and jailed in December 2010 and charged with murder for aborting viable babies during the commission of a crime. Brigham never held a medical license in Maryland.

While murder charges were eventually dropped when a key state witness withdrew from the case, Brigham’s troubles were far from over. Last year, Brigham’s New Jersey Medical License was revoked. He had previously had licenses revoked or surrendered under threat of revocation in Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, and California.

“Brigham’s shoddy, corners-cutting practices live on at his 17 abortion clinics in Florida and scattered across the eastern seaboard. Since one medical board after another has determined that Brigham’s practices pose a danger to the public, he should be prohibited from owning or operating abortion facilities as well,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact the Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Division and ask for the immediate closure of American Family Planning of Pensacola.

E-mail: MedicalQualityAssurance@doh.state.fl.us

Wichita Doctor with History of Incompetence Secretly Signs on at Local Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – A Wichita doctor, Leslie E. F. Page, D.O., who was once disciplined by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for “professional incompetency,” has secretly signed on to work as an abortionist at South Wind Women’s Center, which is now located in the building that once housed George Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion business.

As of this writing, the 24-hour Informed Consent Form available on South Wind’s website, which is required by law to list abortionists by name, fails to include to Page.

However, documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that a form handed out in person at South Wind does indeed list Page as an abortion provider at that facility.

“For women signing the on-line forms, the omission of Page creates an informed consent issue,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It seems that clinic owner Julie Burkhart will go to any lengths to keep anyone from knowing that Page is one of her abortionists — including misrepresenting her staff on forms where full disclosure is required.”

It’s little wonder that Burkhart doesn’t want the public to know about Page.

The Board of Healing Arts issued an Enforcement Order in August 1996, restricting the medical practice of Page and forbidding her from practicing obstetrics, including a prohibition on Page delivering live babies.

The Board alleged that Page had committed “a pattern or practice of other behavior which demonstrates a manifest incapacity or incompetence to practice medicine.”

Later, the board ended her restrictions only because Page promised not to practice obstetrics any time in the future.

“It appears that Page is tooincompetent to deliver live babies, but it’s apparently fine for her to deliver dead ones through abortions,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This tragically places women in the risky position of being treated by someone the Board considered too incompetent to practice in a field closely related to abortions. This places women’s lives and health in danger.”

Page is only the most recent of a part-time staff of abortionists at South Wind whose competency levels are suspect. [Read more about the other South Wind abortionists.]

Also a reason to keep Page’s employment a secret is the fact that Page is the only one of Burkhart’s abortionists that currently holds hospital privileges. Page holds privileges at Via Christi Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Wichita, and at Wesley Medical Center, where Tiller once worked.

All other abortionists at South Wind are from outside Kansas and cannot qualify for hospital privileges.

That fact is significant because a 2011 abortion clinic licensing law that has been languishing in a Shawnee County Court without any action whatsoever since August of 2012, was suddenly jump-started again when the Kansas Attorney General’s office suddenly filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on January 16, 2015. That law, which the State is currently enjoined from enforcing, requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within thirty miles of facilities where abortions occur, as well as comply with other licensing requirements. This case is Hodes v. Moser, Case number 2011-CV-001298.

No hearing date has yet been set, but another round of briefs were just filed on February 23, so the case is more active that it has been in almost three years.

“South Wind needed a warm body with hospital privileges in order to keep their doors open should that 2011 clinic licensing law be upheld. As sketchy as Page is as a so-called physician, South Wind could be forced to close without her,” said Newman. “A lot is riding on Page as far as the abortion clinic goes, so it is easy to see why Burkhart is fudging her paperwork to keep Page’s employment as an abortionist secret.”

Page also runs the Whole Woman Center in Wichita, a non-abortion office that handles women’s incontinence issues. A call to that office was answered by a voice mail message indicating that Page was currently “in and out of the office” while she received treatment following a recent automobile accident.

“Obviously, Page has some physical issues that are preventing her from practicing full time right now. While we hope she has a successful convalescence, we also hope that this time she is taking to heal will help her to reconsider her participation in the business of killing babies through abortions,” said Newman.

View Page’s prolife and documents at AbortionDocs.org

Abortion Emergency Filmed at Dangerous Brigham-Owned Pensacola, FL Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Pensacola, FL — A Pensacola, Florida abortion facility, owned by the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, transported a woman to the hospital on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

The ambulance arrived around 2:20 pm while pro-life activist Dave Halupowski videotaped the incident during a 40 Days for Life Prayer vigil outside the abortion clinic.

The condition of the woman is currently unknown.

The abortionist thought to be responsible for the medical emergency is Warren I. Taylor, D.O., a Pennsylvania abortionist who also works at several of Brigham’s eight New Jersey abortion facilities. After Brigham was ordered to stop operating abortion facilities in Pennsylvania, Taylor allowed his license in that state to lapse, but still maintains valid licenses in Florida and New Jersey.

Brigham’s own Florida medical license was surrendered years ago under pressure from the Florida Department of Health. His last remaining medical license was revoked by New Jersey in 2014 after it was discovered that he was practicing medicine without a license in Maryland and operating an illegal, under-the-radar bi-state late-term abortion mill there that was meant to circumvent the laws in his home state of New Jersey.

Brigham was arrested and charged with murder in 2010 for aborting viable, late-term babies, after police raided Brigham’s clandestine Elkton, Maryland, abortion facility and discovered the remains of over 30 late-term babies stored in a bloody freezer. Those charges were later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution withdrew from the case.

Despite suffering license revocation or surrender in at least six states and his involvement in a number of illegal abortion operations, Brigham continues to run a chain of 17 dangerously shoddy abortion facilities on the east coast and in Florida.

In 2012, Maria Santiago died from a botched abortion at a Brigham owned Baltimore, Maryland, abortion clinic that was located in a residential condo. Maryland has since shut down his four abortion clinics in that state and banned Brigham from operating abortion facilities there.

“Brigham is among the worst of America’s abortionists. His shoddy practices rival those of ‘House of Horrors’ abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Even his hired abortionists that keep his clinics operating now are among the bottom of a very rotten barrel,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue staff members have filed numerous complaints against Brigham and abortionists in his employment and published extensively in an attempt to expose his horrific abortion abuses. OR’s complaints helped strip Brigham abortionist Nicola Riley of medical licenses in three states and aided in the closure of an illegal abortion facility Brigham was operating in Philadelphia in 2013.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact the Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Division and ask for the immediate closure of American Family Planning of Pensacola.

E-mail: MedicalQualityAssurance@doh.state.fl.us