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.”

Unlicensed Abortionist Pendergraft Operating Secret Late-term “Fetal Lethal Injection Center” in Washington, DC area, Website Shows

Operation Rescue has filed complaints in the District and two states to stop Pendergraft from endangering women by killing their babies and forcing them elsewhere for completion of late-term abortions.

Washington, DC – Operation Rescue has learned that disgraced late-term abortionist James S. Pendergraft, IV, whose only active medical remains under a double-suspension order in Florida, has set up shop in a secret late-term mill that can only be described as a “Fetal Lethal Injection Center” in the Washington, D. C. metro area where late-term abortions are being only partially completed.

Pendergraft has put himself in direct competition with another late-term abortionist, Nebraska’s LeRoy Carhart, who also recently relocated is late-term abortion business to nearby Germantown, Maryland, to evade new laws in his home state.

But Pendergraft’s late-term abortion scheme is unique.

Pendergraft has recently launched a web site called LateTermAbortion.net that describes in detail how his new office is soliciting women from all over the nation and from other countries for “intracardiac injection of medication into the fetal heart.”

This process entails the injection of the heart-paralyzing drug Digoxin or an air bubble through the woman’s abdomen into the heart of the pre-born baby for the purpose of killing him or her. The process is guided by live ultrasonic imaging.

“On one hand, Pendergraft says on the web site that the process is completely safe, then discusses how a mistake during the process can be ‘catastrophic,’” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is evident even from his own writings that Pendergraft’s new operation is dangerous in that it places women in a life-threatening condition only to send them on their way where someone else must clean up the mess.”

Pendergraft makes it very clear that he does not complete the abortion process at his secret office, but discharges patients within 10 to 15 minutes of the injection, after which they are forced to rush back to their personal physicians in their home states or other facilities for the removal of the dead baby before infection sets in. Without treatment women in this condition can die.

The notorious abortionists Steven Chase Brigham and Kermit Gosnell shocked regulators who discovered each of them committing late-term abortions that began in one state and ended in another. Brigham would illegally begin late-term abortions in New Jersey then ferry women to a secret late-term mill in Elkton, Maryland, for the removal of the dead baby. Gosnell was known to begin late-term abortions at an abortion mill in Wilmington, Delaware, and later finish them at his “house of horrors” clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Of dangerous bi-state abortion plans, New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners stated, “Brigham’s treatment of patients S.D. and N. C. and all unidentified New Jersey patients whose terminations of pregnancies began in New Jersey and concluded out of State constitutes acts of gross and/or repeated negligence…Brigham’s conduct constitutes a clear and imminent danger to the public and warrants immediate temporary suspension of [his] license to practice medicine and surgery in the State of New Jersey.”

Maryland is considering legislation to ban the dangerous practice of starting late-term abortions in one state and ending them in another.

During testimony in his criminal trial, the late George R. Tiller admitted that on rare occasions he would fatally inject a fetal heart, after which he would send the woman back to her home state where her private physician would finish the abortion. After his death in 2009, all investigations into Tiller’s dubious abortion practices ceased. It is more than likely that Pendergraft is now trying to cash in on part of the lucrative late-term abortion market suddenly available after the closure of Tiller’s infamous Wichita, Kansas, abortion mill.

Pendergraft also makes it clear in the defiant text of his new web site that he is engaging in this multi-state late-term abortion scheme to evade the laws of Florida and compel the participation of others in the abortion process.

“Once the fetal heart beat has stopped, the process of removing the fetus from the mother’s womb is no longer defined as an abortion,” stated Pendergraft. He offers this as a way to force hospitals and physicians that otherwise may balk at abortion to finish the abortion process since the woman now faces a serious life-threatening condition.

“Pendergraft is using women by placing them in harm’s way in order to make a political point in states that ban his pet procedure,” said Newman. “As despicable as this is, he is also apparently charging them exorbitant prices to do it. He says the process is ‘not inexpensive’ but does not list his fees. Secrecy shrouds his entire illicit operation.”

That includes the location of his Washington, D.C. area mill. In cloak-and-dagger fashion, Pendergraft describes how women will be told over the phone to meet at a specific location, where they and only one other friend or family member will be met and escorted to the secret facility for their baby’s fatal injection.

“While Pendergraft attempts to convince the reader this is about security, it is more likely about evading law enforcement, because this dangerous process is highly unethical and likely illegal since he holds no active medical license whatsoever,” said Newman.

While it remains unknown the exact location of this new mill, descriptions on the website would place it in the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia. Pendergraft’s license in the District of Columbia expired in 1998, his Maryland license expired in 1999, and he has never been licensed in Virginia.

Operation Rescue has filed complaints in the District and both states asking for immediate investigations into Pendergraft’s dangerous late-term abortion operation.

Pendergraft has a long history of legal issues that have included four suspensions of his medical license. In his latest suspension issued on August 7, 2010, the Board found that Pendergraft had allowed an unlicensed employee to order and administer drugs even though she was unqualified and had a known history of drug abuse. He also was disciplined for prescribing steroids to her for unknown reasons.

Another suspension, issued on January 26, 2010, alleges additional drug violations and includes discipline for a horrifically botched abortion.

After inadequately dilating Patient S.B.’s cervix for a D&E abortion, Pendergraft ruptured her uterus and shoved the pre-born baby’s body into the abdominal cavity. She was rushed to the hospital where she received an emergency hysterectomy along with the removal of the dead fetus, which was missing an arm. The arm was later found at Pendergraft’s EPOC abortion clinic. His not reporting that he had removed the arm caused a delay in her care at the hospital as surgeons futilely attempted to locate the missing appendage.

Pendergraft’s Florida medical license was also suspended in 2006 for doing illegal late term abortions.

“Pendergraft is a proven danger to the public. It is to their shame that the Florida Medical Board has not permanently revoked his license. The fact that he continues to operate five abortion mills there and now one in the Washington metro area is not only disturbing, but unacceptable,” said Newman. “This is another example of authorities willing to look the other way and abortionists who are willing to endanger women and violate laws because they believe they are somehow above them. We pray our complaints will help stop this abuse and bring Pendergraft to justice.”

Pro-life Groups Ask For Federal Inspections, Congressional Hearings In Wake of Gosnell, Brigham Abortion Scandals

By Cheryl Sullenger

Philadelphia, PA – Operation Rescue joins with the Christian Defense Coalition, Generation Life, and other groups in calling for federal inspections of every abortion clinic in America and for Congressional hearings into the political corruption that has covered up for squalid mills and dangerous abortion practices in the wake of recent abortion scandals that have claimed the lives of women and newborn infants.

A press conference will be held at 1:00 PM outside Kermit Gosnell’s shuttered abortion mill located at 3801 Lancaster Avenue in Philadelphia.

Gosnell was arrested last week along with nine of his unlicensed employees for the murder of a woman and seven new born babies. A grand jury report laid part of the blame on “complete regulatory collapse” due to a political climate that shielded abortionists and covered up known abortion abuses.

“The illegal and dangerous practices discovered at Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors’ are not isolated incidents,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We know for a fact that many of the violations discovered at Gosnell’s mill exist at abortion mills nationwide. There is a health care crisis in this country that must be immediately addressed to bring an end to the epidemic of abortion abuses inflicted on women and their babies.”

This story of abortion horrors come at the same time that other abortion abuses are making news, adding urgency to the call for inspections and a Congressional investigation. Here is a partial listing.

  • New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham’s medical license was suspended last September after an investigation into a botched abortion uncovered that he was operating an illegal late-term abortion ring that spanned two states. Police raided his Maryland clinic and discovered the bodies of 35 late-term babies that were illegally aborted.
  • Utah abortionist Nicola Riley, Brigham’s associate, was formally charged last week by the Maryland Board of Physicians for her part in the criminal abortion scheme and for lying about a felony conviction and incarceration in order to fraudulently obtain a medical license. Complaints have been filed in Utah demanding her suspension there as well.
  • Massachusetts abortionist Rapin Osathanondh was convicted and jailed last September for manslaughter in the abortion death of Laura Hope Smith. Osathanondh lacked trained staff and emergency equipment to save Laura’s life after she suffered a reaction to anesthesia.
  • California abortionist Andrew Rutland, who was accused by the state medical board of homicide in the botched abortion death of Ying Chen, has agreed to surrender his medical license on February 11, 2011. Rutland continues to be under criminal investigation and could face murder charges.
  • Kentucky abortionist Hamid Sheikh, whose medical license was revoked amid revelations that he was running a “hellish abortion operation,” is scheduled to go to trial February 8, 2011, on four counts of fraud for bilking Medicaid out of fees for services he did not render.
  • Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart remains under criminal investigation after former employees blew the whistle on his illegal and shoddy abortion practices in 2009. His Nebraska medical license could be at stake. A complaint has also been filed in Maryland, where he misrepresented the true nature of his practice to authorities there in order to gain licensure.
  • Read about Gosnell’s connections to other troubled abortion clinics.

    California Abortionist Rutland, Who Killed Woman, Will Surrender His License

    Operation Rescue, which worked for years to expose Rutland, celebrates the victory for women and babies

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Sacramento, California — The Medical Board of California has made an agreement with troubled abortionist Andrew Rutland to surrender his medical license on February, 11, 2011, ending a long and sordid career.

    “This decision was many years in coming. It is a victory for women and babies who will never have to be subjected to his shoddy, back-alley practices. It is also a victory for the pro-life movement since Rutland is a character we have followed and attempted to expose for years,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, whose group has frequently called for the revocation of his medical license.

    Rutland was first licensed in California in 1973. His license was revoked in 2002 after two babies died due to his negligence. At that time he was also charged with, frightening women into agreeing to unnecessary hysterectomies, botching surgeries, lying to patients, falsifying medical records, over-prescribing painkillers and having sex with a patient in his office.

    In 2007, Rutland reapplied and was granted a new license.

    “This was a huge mistake by the board,” said Newman. “It ended up costing one woman her life. I think it would be tough to sleep at night knowing that.”

    Perhaps that is why the Board aggressively pursued Rutland after 30-year old Ying Chen died from a reaction to anesthesia at a dirty San Gabriel acupuncture clinic in August, 2009. It attempted to suspend his license on an emergency basis, but a Judge instead ordered Rutland not to commit surgical abortions while allowing him to continue prescribing the abortion pill.

    Operation Rescue caught Rutland offering abortion appointments and reported him to the Medical Board.

    In June of last year, the medical examiner reclassified Chen’s death as a homicide. The Board filed an amended complaint to reflect that. The Board charged that Rutland did not adequately secure Chen’s consent for a second trimester abortion or recognize the severity of her condition. He attempted the abortion at an unsafe facility that did not have proper emergency equipment or trained staff, and did not call for emergency care in a timely manner.

    Rutland has not been criminally charged, and in his surrender agreement, Rutland did not admit to guilt on the homicide count. The District Attorney told reporters that a criminal case is under investigation.

    This news comes on the heels of the arrest of the arrests of Kermit Gosnell and nine of his employees for murder and other violations of the law of an eerily similar nature to Rutland’s.

    “The political climate that has shielded abortions for decades is changing. Boards and prosecutors who once yawned at allegations of abortion abuses are now turning a keen eye toward them,” said Newman. “These cases send a strong message to abortionists everywhere that they are no longer above the law.”

    Read the Surrender Order and Complaint

    Not the Only House of Horrors: Troubled Baton Rouge Abortion Mill Has Disturbing Ties to Gosnell

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana – A troubled Louisiana abortion clinic has ties to accused murderer Kermit Gosnell, according to a Pennsylvania grand jury report.

    The Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge is the former employer of Gosnell employee Eileen O’Neill, who was arrested last week along with Gosnell and charged with criminal violations that include Theft by Deception for pretending to be a licensed physician and charging fees as such, Racketeering, Corruption, Perjury, and False Swearing. O’Neill was present during the abortion death of Karnamaya Mongar and, according to the grand jury report, lied to authorities in order to cover up the truth about Mongar’s death.

    The American Catholic Lawyers Association was in Baton Rouge last week and threatened a lawsuit if the Delta Clinic is not shut down. (See news video below from 01/20/11.) Those attorneys indicate that an internal report made by the Department of Health and Hospitals lists numerous violations at the Delta Clinic that more that warrant closure. The DHH continues to make excuses for conditions at Delta, much the same way regulators in Pennsylvania turned a blind eye to complaints about Gosnell in what the grand jury there described as a “complete regulatory collapse.”

    Delta has a long history going back at least to 1998 of violations and filthy conditions of a similar nature found at Gosnell’s “house of horrors” in Philadelphia. Two women, Ingar Weber and Shelia Hebert, are known to have died from botched abortions they received at Delta. Attorneys threatening to sue the DHH say that not much has changed at the clinic, and it still poses a danger to the public.

    Delta was accused last year by the DHH of failing to ensure the clinic had a “quality assurance program.” The report indicated that the clinic did not provide women adequate protections for their privacy and did not monitor patients receiving sedation “regarding their cardiac status, respiratory status and level of consciousness during the medical procedure.”

    “These violations are of the same kind that Gosnell stands accused. The grand jury was troubled by medical records laying about his clinic that could be accessed by anyone including other patients. It was a similar lack of monitoring of patients under sedation that contributed to the death of Karnamaya Mongar,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “There are disturbing similarities between the Delta Clinic and Gosnell’s operation.”

    Aside from sharing a similar history of dangerous abortion practices, there are disturbing connections between Delta and Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.

    Gosnell co-defendant Eileen O’Neill worked for the Delta Clinic from 1998-roughly 2000, during the time when the clinic was exposed as a danger to the public. She told the Philadelphia grand jury that her work at the Delta Clinic was a “side job” while she was living in Texas and that she had relinquished a medical license she held in Louisiana due to what she called “post traumatic stress,” which speaks volumes about her time at Delta.

    O’Neill was introduced to Gosnell by Delta’s owner, Leroy Brinkley, who also owns Atlantic Women’s Services in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day per week. Like Gosnell, Brinkley also does business the Philadelphia area. Even though Gosnell was well aware that she had no license of any kind, Gosnell hired O’Neill in 2002, and allowed her to practice medicine without a license at his Philadelphia abortion mill. One can only wonder how much Brinkley knew of this criminal arrangement.

    O’Neill was apparently accustomed to the substandard conditions she found with her new employer after her experience at Delta. She never thought to complain about the illegal and dangerous activity at either clinic, and in fact is charged with perjury for lying about details of Mongar’s death as well as her true role in Gosnell’s “criminal enterprise.”

    The grand jury investigating Gosnell’s operation noted that at times, Gosnell would begin late-term abortions at the Atlantic Women’s Services in Wilmington and complete the abortions at his clinic in Philadelphia, a practice apparently tolerated by Brinkley. The report especially noted an incident with a teen-aged patient the grand jury simply called “Sue,” who appeared to Gosnell’s staff to be “seven or eight months pregnant.” Gosnell collected his $2,500 fee and inserted laminaria into Sue while at Brinkley’s Wilmington, Delaware, abortion clinic, and instructed her to be at his Philadelphia clinic by 9:00 AM the next day. Interstate abortions such as this were also employed by discredited abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, prompting the State of Maryland to consider legislation to ban the dangerous practice.

    After 13 painful hours in labor, Sue delivered “Baby Boy A,” an infant so large that Gosnell joked that he could walk Gosnell to the bus stop. Even though he was alive and moving, Gosnell “snipped” his spinal cord and tossed him into a shoe box, where he continued to move until he died. Experts estimated Baby Boy A was at least 32 weeks gestation, if not more.

    Sue suffered complications that Gosnell dismissed. Eventually, after days of suffering and pain, Sue was rushed to a legitimate hospital where she was treated for life-threatening complications. She nearly died. After a week and a half in the hospital, Sue remained painfully thin and took months to recover from her ordeal.

    The Atlantic Women’s Services in Wilmington where Gosnell began Sue’s illegal late-term abortion is a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), a group that claims to hold its member abortion clinics to high standards, yet time and again is found to harbor among the most dangerous clinics in the country. Brinkley’s other troubled abortion business, the Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge is also a proud NAF member.

    The Pennsylvania grand jury was troubled that an NAF staff member did not report violations she witnessed at Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion mill in 2009, and recommended that the NAF disassociate from the Atlantic Women’s Services due to their complicity in Gosnell’s illegal and dangerous bi-state late-term abortion practice for which they had evidence of at least six patients whose abortion were begun illegally there. As of this writing, the NAF has yet to comply.

    “Out of one side of their mouths the NAF and even state agencies like the Louisiana DHH and the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine give lips service to women’s health, yet are as culpable as the abortionist themselves in propagating dangerous conditions at abortion mills by minimizing the severity of the violations and the impact they have on women’s health,” said Newman.

    “Operation Rescue calls for the immediate closure of the Atlantic Women’s Services in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. We support the American Catholic Lawyers Association’s intent to file a lawsuit to force the closure of Delta, and urge them to file it will all haste, in order to protect women, since the state apparently will not,” said Newman.

    “We rebuke the National Abortion Federation for endangering the lives and health of women by passing off unsafe abortion ‘chop shops’ as legitimate medical facilities. Everyone needs to wake up and realize that covering up the abortionists’ dirty little secrets only creates an environment where sick and unscrupulous people like Gosnell, O’Neill, Brinkley, and others who prey on vulnerable women as a matter of course, can thrive. It is innocent babies and women like Karnamaya Mongar, Ingar Weber, and Shelia Hebert who pay for the deception with their lives, and for that, the NAF and other abortion organizations should be held legally responsible. Until the cover-ups cease, we can only expect the body count to rise.”

    DO MORE: Please Contact DHH at 225-342-0132 or 866-280-7737 and demand the closure of Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge.

  • Read the Grand Jury Report
  • View graphic photos of Gosnell’s murder victims
  • Check out mugshots of other Gosnell co-defendants