Public Help Needed to Put Suspected Illegal Abortionist Behind Bars

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Phillipsburg, New Jersey — Operation Rescue has reason to believe that Steven Chase Brigham may be slipping into some of his American Women’s Services abortion businesses to conduct illegal abortions.

Brigham’s New Jersey medical license was revoked in October 2014, after he was caught running an illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme that nearly killed one young woman.

He holds no active medical license in any state and it is illegal for him to conduct abortions or engage in any other medical practice.

Operation Rescue is asking the public for help in documenting this suspected illegal activity that could be placing women’s lives in jeopardy.

Brigham continues to operate abortion facilities in New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Florida, but he has been known to operate secretly and illegally in other states from time to time.

“We are seeking women who may have had an abortion by Brigham in any state from November 2014, to the present,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If there are women out there that recognize Brigham as the man who conducted their abortions, we want to hear from them.”

Operation Rescue’s Whistleblowers Program offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of an abortionist who is breaking the law.

[Learn more about the Abortion Whistleblower’s Program.]

“Brigham is one of the most deceptive and dangerous abortionists out there and we have piles of documentation to support that statement. Cutting corners on women’s health has become standard operating procedure at his disreputable abortion facilities,” said Newman. “If he is in fact doing abortions without a medical license, that is a crime and must be reported to the proper authorities.”

The unlicensed practice of medicine is a crime in all 50 states. Possible penalties include jail or prison, fines, probation, and restitution.

“We strongly believe that Brigham poses a serious danger to the public and we encourage anyone with information that might help put him behind bars to call and talk with us,” said Newman. “Confidentiality will be respected.”

Anyone who suspects Steven Chase Brigham may have done their abortion between November 2014, and the present anywhere in the country is encouraged to contact Operation Rescue at 316-683-6790, ext. 112.

Please help spread the word by posting this announcement to social media using the hashtag #JailBrigham.

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Final Revocation of Tiller Associate Has National Implications

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — Last week the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts posted the final revocation order for the medical license of abortionist Ann Kristin Neuhaus. While Neuhaus is not a household name, her revocation has national repercussions in the abortion battle.

Neuhaus was a former associate of George Tiller, who once operated the largest late-term abortion clinic outside Communist China. His business, which specialized in doing the latest of late-term abortions and drew clients from all over the globe, earned Wichita the dubious distinction as the Abortion Capital of the World.

Neuhaus’ phony mental health evaluations

After Neuhaus closed her own abortion business in Lawrence, she began working with Tiller to provide referrals for abortions on viable babies past 22-weeks gestation. Kansas law required that a second physician had to determine that post-viability abortions were medically necessary in that continuation of the pregnancy would result in maternal death or a “substantial and irreversible impairment to a major bodily function” of the pregnant woman. A former State Attorney General, Carla Stoval, issued an opinion that “major bodily function” must include mental health considerations.

Testimony at a Board disciplinary hearing showed that Neuhaus was regularly contacted by Tiller’s office and told to report to his Wichita abortion clinic where she conducted screenings on potential late-term abortion patients for the purpose of determining if they met the legal standard that would allow an abortion to continue. However, the Board found that Neuhaus negligently conducted those screenings. Her inadequate and poorly documented interviews led her to determine that normal life issues, such as frustration at not being able to buy a new computer, play sports, or participate in rock concerts due to pregnancies that had already advanced into the third trimester, were indications of mental illnesses that justified abortions. Many times, Neuhaus phoned in her exams. In some cases, there was no evidence that she even interviewed the patients at all.

Her mental health diagnoses were reached via a computer training program called “PsychManager Lite” wherein she would input answers to often vague yes-or-no questions and the program would calculate a diagnosis. Her phony diagnoses were rubber-stamps meant to ensure lucrative late-term abortions took place.

In short, her mental health justifications for late-term abortions were based on nothing short of medical quackery and blind radical abortion ideology.

To Neuhaus, an unexpected pregnancy caused women to become mentally ill without exception. She reflected the philosophy touted by many abortionists when she stated that she believed the fact that a woman was pregnant was in itself a life-threatening condition and justification for abortion at any stage of pregnancy.

Her revocation was a moral victory for the pro-life movement that has implications on several levels.

Exposing deceptive mental health justifications

This case exposed the gross and deceptive exploitation of the “mental health” justification for abortions in states where such exceptions exist. It is a case in point for the need for legislatures to tighten mental health loophole that permit abortion through the ninth month of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever.

As a result of the late-term abortion scandal involving Tiller and Neuhaus, Kansas has changed its laws to prevent further abuses of mental health exceptions and ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Abortionists above the law

Neuhaus’ attitude that she was above the law exposed the thinking that is indicative of today’s abortion cartel.

“I’m here to comply with the law, but once I step into the clinic, my own priorities take precedence,” she stated.

Today’s headlines are replete with abortion clinics, such as those in Mississippi, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Virginia that resist regulation and oversight while demanding that they should not have to comply with standards that others must achieve. This unwillingness to respect the law makes abortion clinics dangerous places for women because it strips away any protections that state laws attempt to provide.

Prevented from practicing in other states

Neuhaus stated in an interview with MSNBC that she was willing to do abortions in other states, once her disciplinary case was cleared. Her license revocation will make it nearly impossible for Neuhaus to obtain licensure in another state, thus protecting women around the nation from her shoddy abortion practices.

Keeping Wichita abortion-free

Neuhaus’ license revocation has likely thwarted efforts to reopen an abortion clinic in Wichita, which has been abortion-free since the closure of Tiller’s clinic in 2009. At the same time that a former Tiller spokesperson announced in 2010 the procurement of a medical director for her proposed Wichita abortion clinic, Neuhaus petitioned the Board to have her license status changed from “exempt” to “active.”

It was clear that Neuhaus planned to return to the abortion business. Her petition was deferred until after her revocation hearing, which has rendered her request moot. Since then, all efforts to open an abortion clinic in Wichita appear to have ceased.

Letting the system work

In spite of serious obstacles faced in procuring any kind of prosecution against Tiller and Neuhaus, including open governmental corruption and obstruction, in the end the system proved to have worked.

Much has been reported in the mainstream news of Tiller’s acquittal of criminal charges related to his improper business relationship with Neuhaus as the basis for vindication of Tiller and proof that he operated a legitimate abortion business. That is actually a misrepresentation of fact.

On the day Tiller was acquitted, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts released an 11-count petition charging Tiller with violations of the Healing Arts Act. That petition was based on evidence gathered during an investigation prompted by an Operation Rescue complaint – the same complaint that resulted in Neuhaus’ license revocation. That petition against him was pending at the time Tiller was regrettably murdered in 2009. In it, the Board called for discipline that included license revocation.

There is little doubt now that Tiller conducted late-term abortions under the guise of phony mental health justifications based on findings that were negligently determined by a now disgraced abortionist. His entire late-term abortion operation was little more than a scam that took the lives of viable, often health babies, for no legitimate medical reason in violation of the law.

If he had lived, Tiller’s medical license would likely have been revoked along with that of Neuhaus. It is regrettable that the process was not allowed to run its course in his case. If it had, Tiller would surely be alive today, but out of business just the same.

Successful tactics

Neuhaus’s revocation is the result of new tactics employed by Operation Rescue that are now starting to be used by other pro-life groups.

There are many pro-life laws on the books, not to mention regulations that provide standards for medical conduct, health facilities, medical waste disposal, and billing practices. More and more, pro-life activists are documenting abortion abuses, filing the appropriate complaints, and demanding enforcement. We are using the law as a tool to prosecute abortionists, revoke medical licenses, fine and close abortion clinics, and most importantly, save lives.

Not only does this action reduce abortions but it also helps change public opinion about abortion and abortion clinics by documenting abortion abuses through official channels. Once the truth is told about the dangerous and exploitative nature of abortion clinics today, it becomes more difficult to politically justify protecting abortionists who violate the law.

Tiller and Neuhaus went from operating what was once considered the “best” late-term abortion clinic in the world to being disgraced quacks who exploited vulnerable women for financial and political gain. The end of Neuhaus’ medical career closes the book on Kansas’ long involvement as the World’s Abortion Capital and opens the doors for continued progress for the pro-life movement.

The Abortion Whistleblowers Program and AbortionDocs.org

Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation have two programs that can assist activists in the documentation of abortion abuses on the local level.

The Abortion Whistleblowers Program offers a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists that are breaking the law. Clinic workers are an excellent source of information and can use the money to help them come out of the abortion industry. For more information on this program and for reproducible flyers that can be distributed to the public please click here.

AbortionDocs.org is a searchable website that posts documentation of abortion abuses on abortion clinics and providers around the nation. It can be used by activists to document abuses in their areas as well as serve as a clearing house of information where pro-life supporters can share documentation they may have gathered to help propagate the truth about abortion abuses that are so rampant today. For more information, please visit AbortionDocs.org.

The Neuhaus revocation illustrates how effective Operation Rescue’s tactics have become and how they can be used nationwide to speed the end of Abortion in America.

Appeal Is Made To Abortion Workers To Blow the Whistle On Abuses

Wichita, KS – Operation Rescue is mailing appeals to abortion clinic workers asking them to come forward with information about abortion abuses and claim a reward of $25,000 offered by the Abortion Whistleblowers Program.

In the coming days, letters and flyers will be sent to every abortion clinic in the nation, including several hospitals and non-surgical clinics that provide the abortion pill. The appeal will inform abortion workers that they may qualify for the $25,000 reward in the event the information they provide leads to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law.

“We want clinic workers to know that if they have knowledge that abortion-related crimes are being committed but remain silent, they could be implicated in the crimes. We have worked with dozens of abortion clinic workers and can help them come clean and get a fresh start,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation.

Several similar mailings have been made by Operation Rescue since the Abortion Whistleblowers Program first launched in January, 2010, netting hundreds of tips and several reliable confidential informants that continue to work to provide Operation Rescue with valuable “insider” information on the abortion cartel.

So far, one $25,000 Abortion Whistleblower check was awarded last year to Kim Nichols, an abortion worker in Massachusetts whose information about the death of Laura Hope Smith and attempts to cover it up led to a criminal conviction and jail term for abortionist Rapin Osathanondh. In addition, Osathanondh was forced to permanently surrender his medical license and close his two abortion offices.

“We have never found an abortion clinic that operates completely inside the bounds of the law. We have exposed abortionists that have committed illegal abortions, botched abortions, billing fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion, serious health code violations, sexual abuse on their patients, failure to report child sex abuse, drug violations, substance abuse, illegal dumping of aborted baby remains and private medical records, and the list goes on,” said Newman. “Crimes like these are not the exception to the rule, but are rampant throughout the abortion cartel.”

Operation Rescue has vast experience in working with informants inside and outside the abortion industry, and will assure that the confidentiality of those who come forward will be protected.

Learn more about the Abortion Whistleblowers Program.
Read documented evidence of abortion abuses at AbortionDocs.org.

California Disciplines Two Abortionists: Revokes One, Suspends Another

Sacramento, CA – Two California abortionists, Jesse James Joplin and Feliciano Rios, have fallen under discipline from the California Medical Board this month.

Documents show that Jesse James Joplin, an abortionist with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for 27 years, had his licensed revoked after repeatedly violating probations imposed by the board. Joplin’s discipline arises from years of alcoholism. His reported attempts at recovery have been unsuccessful, nevertheless, Planned Parenthood continued to keep him employed doing surgical abortions even though his alcohol abuse was evident.

Joplin’s license was permanently revoked on September 13, 2011. (Read the order.)

The medical license of Feliciano Rios, of Chula Vista, California, was suspended for 60 days in an order issued by the Board that went into effect on September 20, 2011. (Read the order.)

Rios’ discipline is the result of criminal felony convictions for grand theft, Medi-Cal fraud, and perjury. Rios was placed on probation after those convictions and restricted from owning firearms. After records showed that Rios failed to transfer ownership of his weapons, police searched his abortion clinic and found three handguns, two of which were semi-automatic, locked in a filing cabinet fully loaded with ammunition. Possession of the firearms constituted a violation of his criminal probation.

In addition to the suspension, Rios is ordered to take an ethics course and not engage in the solo practice of medicine. Another physician will be appointed to monitor Rios once his suspension is served.

“It’s hard to believe that, after all his crimes, Rios would not merit harsher punishment,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. Operation Rescue worked for years to expose Rios. “There’s no doubt that this man will re-offend. It’s unfortunate that the Board did not take stronger measures to protect the public.

“But for now, one very dangerous abortionist is permanently out of the business while another won’t be killing children for at least 60 days. That is great news for women and their pre-born babies. More than ever Boards are beginning to take action against offending abortionists. The days of governmental agencies protecting them at any cost are coming to an end in this nation. This is one more message to abortionists everywhere that they are not above the law.”

Operation Rescue is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law. For more about the Abortion Whistleblowers Program, please click here.

Paying the Piper: Abortionists Face the Music at Upcoming Hearings

For decades, pro-life supporters have dreamed of seeing abortionists on trial. Today, Operation Rescue is hard at work making sure every abortionist has his or her day in court.

Currently, abortionists all over the country are facing hearings in the coming weeks with state disciplinary boards and criminal courts. Below are a few important cases to watch.

While we are encouraged by the recent trend in several states to finally enforce the abortion laws on the books, we know that this is only a beginning.

“In all our years of studying the abortion cartel and working to expose their misdeeds, we have never found an abortion clinic that complies with all the laws they should,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Abortionists are out there right now endangering the lives of women and wrongfully or illegally taking the lives of innocent pre-born babies that laws have been enacted to protect, yet there is so little accountability that abortion clinics openly operate as if the laws do not exist. That is why we investigate, expose wrongdoing, report it, and demand enforcement.”

As part of Operation Rescue’s continuing investigations of abortionists and their businesses across the nation, we seek information from the public that can ensure that women and their babies are protected from shoddy, predatory, and illegal abortion practices that are practiced as a matter of routine by the abortion cartel.

Operation Rescue is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortionists who are breaking the law.

Learn more about the Abortion Whistleblowers Reward Program.

Important upcoming cases to watch:

  • Ann Kristin Neuhaus, Kansas: Based on a complaint originally filed in 2006 by an Operation Rescue staff member, Neuhaus faces 11 counts of providing illegal late-term abortion referrals without having properly evaluated patients. She faces a formal hearing before the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts on September 12-15, 2011, in Topeka. (Read more about this.)
  • The “Texas Ten”: Earlier this year, Operation Rescue conducted a 3-month investigation into Texas abortion clinics and discovered violations at every abortion clinic that was investigated. As a result 10 abortionists now face hearings to try the facts in the allegations. If the abortionists are found to have committed the violations, the Board will determine what disciplinary action is appropriate. The cases of all ten abortionists will be heard on October 28, 2011, in Austin. (Read more about this.)
  • Planned Parenthood’s 107 Criminal Charges: These 2007 charges allege illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover up crimes. Operation Rescue helped convene a grand jury to investigate and has called for the case to move forward while it was was tied up in the KS Supreme Court for years. Now, the abortion giant will face an important Preliminary Hearing where testimony will be heard on October 24-26, 2011, in Olathe, Kansas. (Read more about this.)
  • Steven Chase Brigham, New Jersey: Brigham is a notoriously bad abortionist who has been run out of several states due to his shoddy abortion practices. Last August, Brigham was caught illegally starting late-term abortions in New Jersey then transporting women to a “secret late-term abortion clinic” in Elkton, Maryland, where their abortions would be completed. Operation Rescue obtained open record documents and released shocking details of Brigham’s illegal activities to the public. Brigham’s last remaining medical license is currently suspended and his is not allowed to practice medicine anywhere. A formal hearing on his final license revocation has not been set. (Read more about this.)
  • Nicola I. Riley, Maryland: Riley was an employee of Brigham’s who conducted late-term abortion at Brigham’s Maryland offices, including the now infamous “Secret late-term abortion clinic” in Elkton. Operation Rescue conducted its own investigation into Riley’s background and discovered through open records that Riley had a criminal background and that she had lied about it to authorities in Utah, Wyoming, and Maryland. Operation Rescue submitted that information to all three states. Wyoming forced Riley to surrender her medical license. Maryland has formally charged Riley with the illegal late-term abortions and lying to the Board to gain licensure. Utah has restricted Riley from doing abortions and awaits the outcome of the Maryland charges before taking further action. No formal hearing date in Maryland has been set. (Read more about this.)
  • Kermit Gosnell, et. al., Pennsylvania: Philadelphia’s District Attorney shocked the nation after releasing a 281-page grand jury report that supported dozens of criminal charges against Gosnell and eight members of his abortion clinic staff and issued a strong rebuke to medical board authorities who refused to investigate him. Gosnell faces one count of second degree murder for the death of late-term abortion patient, Karnamaya Mongar, and seven counts of first-degree murder for killing infants born alive by stabbing them in the neck with scissors. Operation Rescue was the first to publish photos of his murder victims online. Gosnell and his co-defendants also face numerous other charges related to illegal drugs, racketeering, and corruption. He is scheduled for a motions hearing on September 8, 2011, in Philadelphia. (Read more about this.)