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.”

    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.”