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.)
  • Scandal-Plagued National Abortion Federation Cuts Loose More Troubled Abortion Mills

    The national umbrella group may be responsible for a massive abortion abuse cover up nationwide

    Wilmington, Delaware – In the wake of the arrest of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell on eight counts of murder, the National Abortion Federation has cut lose three of its member clinics that had ties to Gosnell, just days after Operation Rescue published a report linking Gosnell to Leroy Brinkley owner of the embattled clinics. A string of additional troubled clinics has also been dumped by the NAF in recent months.

    “The fact that the grand jury recognized that the NAF saw Gosnell’s operation first hand but did not report it places the NAF in a position of culpability,” said Newman. “Now they have decided to cut and run to avoid responsibility for enabling Gosnell’s criminal enterprise to continue. This is an indication that the NAF is more concerned about maintaining the façade of respectability than protecting the lives and health of women.”

    The NAF revoked the membership of Atlantic Women’s Services in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day per week. He started dangerous late-term abortions there, then referred women to his Philadelphia “house of horrors” abortion clinic for the completion of the abortions.

    Also tossed under the bus by the NAF this week was the Atlantic Women’s Services in Dover, Delaware, and the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, also owned by Brinkley. The Delta Clinic once employed Eileen O’Neill, who was arrested and charged with Gosnell in Philadelphia. The Delta Clinic has been flagged with so many health violations that the American Catholic Lawyers Association threatened in January to file legal action against the state if the mill is not closed.

    In addition, Operation Rescue has learned that troubled late-term abortionist James S. Pendergraft IV has also been dropped from the NAF rolls. Last year Pendergraft suffered a double suspension of his Florida medical license for a horrifically botched abortion, drug violations, and charges of using unlicensed workers to illegally perform medical tasks for which they were not trained or qualified. Pendergraft recently opened a late-term “fetal lethal injection” mill in the Washington, D.C. area where he kills pre-born babies in the womb by injecting them with poison, then sends the women back to their home states for the removal of the dead babies’ remains.

    “This mass disassociation is a desperate attempt at self-preservation for the NAF, which is known to harbor among the worst abortion mills in the U.S.,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “These clinics represent just a small sampling of the squalid and criminal operations working under the auspices of the NAF.”

    Also no longer on the NAF rolls is the Metropolitan Medical Associates in Englewood, New Jersey, that made headlines this week when a Planned Parenthood official was seen in an undercover sting video assuring a supposed pimp that he could take his under-15-year old prostitutes to that clinic for abortions with no questions asked.

    Metropolitan is no stranger to trouble. It was once closed by the state for nearly a month after a botched abortion there in 2006. Violations discovered at Metropolitan included the absence of hot water for more than a year, a scrub sink for sterilization, a mechanical ventilator, and emergency drugs. Rasheedah Dinkins sued Metropolitan and the NAF after she suffered massive loss of blood from a uterine rupture during a second trimester abortion that resulted in a stroke, a collapsed lung, a tracheotomy, and a hysterectomy. At the hospital, she was placed on a respirator and suffered a coma that lasted three weeks. Dinkins settled the case for a whopping $1.9 million dollars.

    There is no evidence that the NAF reported any of the abuses found at this or any other of their affiliates.

    Yet another NAF affiliated clinic made headlines last November after its owner Romeo Ferrer, closed his Gynecare Center abortion clinic in Severna Park, Maryland, and surrendered his medical license after being charged by the Maryland Board of Physicians in the death of Denise Crowe during a botched abortion in 2006.

    Notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham was also once a proud and prominent NAF member. Brigham’s 20 years of medical malpractice, which included botched and illegal abortions, reached crisis proportions last year when his New Jersey medical license was suspended for conducting an illegal bi-state late-term abortion racket. After a horrifically botched abortion tipped off authorities, police raided his secret late-term mill in Elkton, Maryland, and found the bodies of 35 aborted babies, one as old as 31 weeks. Brigham is not and has never been licensed to practice in Maryland. Criminal charges are likely.

    Yet another former NAF member, abortionist Malachy DeHenre was convicted in 2008 for killing his wife. But that was not the only woman DeHenre killed. In 2003, Leigh Ann Stephens Alford died from uterine perforation and hemorrhagic shock during an abortion by him at the Summit Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The NAF affiliate closed in 2006, after an unlicensed clinic worker gave the abortion pill, RU486, to a late-term abortion patient who, six days later, delivered a six pound, four ounce dead baby at the hospital emergency room. She was later arrested and charged. Summit surrendered its license rather reveal to the investigating authorities the shoddy conditions that existed there.

    Meanwhile, current NAF member LeRoy Carhart remains under investigation in two states. In Nebraska, former clinic employees came forward and told of illegal activity and unsafe conditions at his dilapidated abortion mill in Bellevue, including accusations of illegal late-term abortions. In Maryland, the Board of Physicians is investigating the possibility that Carhart lied to get licensed in that state. Documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that he indicated he was a university professor and emergency room doctor, even though he has had no affiliation with any hospital since 1987. While committing late-term abortions in Kansas in 2005, Carhart botched a third-trimester abortion on a Down syndrome teen, Christin Gilbert, causing to her death.

    It would not be surprising if Carhart was the next disgraced NAF member to be suddenly exocised from their dwindling membership rolls.

    “We know first-hand what membership in the National Abortion Federation really means,” said Newman. “When we bought and closed Central Women’s Services in Wichita, Kansas, in 2006, we nearly gagged at the stench when we first entered the building. The conditions were appalling.”

    Operation Rescue discovered filthy and dangerous conditions that included mold and pest infestations, filthy carpeting, leaky plumbing, out-of-code electrical jury-rigging, and a clogged sink in a room where “biohazard” material was handled and stored. After documenting the conditions at the NAF approved clinic, Operation Rescue completely renovated the building and it now serves as its National Headquarters.

    “Other examples of abortion crimes and violations at member NAF clinics could fill a book,” said Newman. “The National Abortion Federation needs to be investigated by Federal authorities for its part in enabling dangerous conditions and criminal activity at its member abortion clinics. There is no doubt that the NAF knows about additional clinics that are currently committing abortion abuses, but is refusing to report them, just as they did not report Gosnell or any of the other mills that they are now trying to put at arm’s length. They need to be held responsible for what amounts to a massive abortion abuse cover up nationwide.”