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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 His license was revoked in 2002 after two babies died due to his negligence.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

Judge Lets Rutland Keep License – CA Med Board Asks “How many patients have to die before a doctor is shut down?”

San Diego, CA – At an emergency hearing yesterday, Judge James Ahler allowed troubled abortionist Andrew Rutland to keep his restricted medical license and indicated that he may continue to do early medical abortions that do not require surgery.

The California Medical Board had asked for the emergency suspension after a Board investigator caught him doing medical abortions at a Chula Vista, California, abortion clinic during an undercover sting earlier this month. Rutland was barred from performing abortions and surgeries in January after he killed a woman during a botched backroom abortion at a dirty, ill-equipped acupuncture clinic in San Gabriel. The Board interpreted the order to include medical abortions.

After the hearing, Kathleen Nicholls of the California Medical Board commented, “How many patients have to die before a doctor is shut down? It’s unfortunate someone else is going to have to die to change this order.”

During the Board’s sting, an investigator posing as a pregnant woman went to Rutland’s Chula Vista clinic and asked for a surgical abortion. Rutland tried to persuade her to get a medical abortion. When she insisted on surgery, an appointment was made for her at another time. The judge rejected arguments by the Board that medical and surgical abortions pose similar risks.

“Folks, this is not a referendum on abortion,” he said.

“This is one of those times when one has to shake his head and ask what the judge was thinking. Rutland has a record of human destruction a mile long and he continues to flout the law and the restrictions put on him. He is a danger to the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “When Rutland injures or kills another person, and with his track record, that could be any day now, Judge Alher will have that on his conscience.”

Operation Rescue had conducted its own undercover investigation of Rutland’s Chula Vista clinic and recorded a telephone conversation on February 3, between Rutland employee “Rhea” and a woman posing as a potential abortion patient. During that conversation, Rhea offered the option of surgical or medical abortions to the caller and assured her that Dr. Rutland would be handling her procedure. While Rutland claims that his daughter now does all the surgical abortions, there was never any mention that any other physician would be involved in the abortion during the recorded conversation.

Operation Rescue immediately contacted the Medical Board and submitted a copy of the recording.

The California Medical Board has stated that it will now press forward with a full Board hearing to revoke Rutland’s license “as expeditiously as possible.”

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Abortionist Rutland Caught Doing Abortions In Violation of Suspension

BREAKING NEWS! Judge allows Rutland to keep his license. CA Medical Board’s Kathleen Nicholls commented after the hearing, “How many patients have to die before a doctor is shut down? It’s unfortunate someone else is going to have to die to change this order.” Operation Rescue is shocked by this decision and echos Ms. Nicholls’ sentiments. More on this breaking story on Friday.

Operation Rescue’s own undercover sting recording submitted to the Board as evidence of illegal activity

Chula Vista, CA – The California Medical Board has asked for the emergency suspension of Andrew Rutland’s medical license after an undercover sting conducted by Board investigators caught him doing first trimester chemical abortions even though he has been banned from the procedure.

Rutland was scheduled to appear before a judge in San Diego County this afternoon.

Rutland’s license was only partially suspended on January 7, 2010, after Ying Chen died from a backroom abortion at a dirty, ill-equipped acupuncture clinic in San Gabriel as a result of a botched second trimester abortion done by Rutland. He was banned from surgery and from doing abortions.

Subsequently, Rutland asked for permission to continue doing first trimester abortions, but on January 12, the Board issued a clarification specifically banning him from doing them.

Independently from the Medical Board, Operation Rescue conducted an undercover sting of its own on February 3, 2010, wherein a woman posing as a potential abortion customer received an appointment for a surgical abortion with Rutland for later that day.

Operation Rescue immediately contacted the Medical Board and submitted a copy of the recorded conversation.

Listen to the call

Rutland’s attorney told the LA Times that Rutland’s daughter was actually doing the surgical abortions, but in the call made by Operation Rescue, the receptionist “Rhea” indicated that the caller’s appointment would be with Dr. Rutland, referring frequently to “him.” There was no mention of another physician.

“For the second time in two months, the California Medical Board is asking for the suspension of Rutland’s full license because of the danger he poses to the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We pray this time they get it. We will continue to work though all legal channels available to us until he is out of the abortion business for good.”

Rutland has a long and troubled history. Rutland’s license had been previously revoked in 2003, after his negligence caused the death of a wanted baby during childbirth. Rutland lied to the parents about the child’s cause of death. At that time he was on probation for the deaths of two other infants. In 2007, Rutland’s license was reinstated.

He took over a Chula Vista abortion clinic from abortionist Nolan Jones, who had his license revoked in March, 2009, for violations ranging from botched abortions to fraud. Jones had replaced unlicensed abortionist Bertha Bugarin, who is serving nearly 7 years in state prison for illegal abortions. Bugarin had stepped in after abortionist Phillip Rand surrendered his medical license due to his part in killing a woman during a botched abortion in Santa Ana in 2004.

“We pray that Rutland is the last abortionist in this cycle of abuse of women through illegal and unsafe abortions, and that this clinic will never be allowed to reopen,” said Newman.

Rutland Banned From Abortions But Retains License For Now

San Diego, CA – Abortionist Andrew Rutland has been ordered by a judge to stop doing abortions and delivering babies until the California Medical Board and determine whether his medical license should be permanently revoked.

The CMB asked for an emergency suspension of Rutland’s license after he killed a woman during a botched abortion in San Gabriel and violated his probation by doing abortions without the supervision of a second physician in Chula Vista and Santa Ana.

Administrative Judge James Ahler allowed Rutland to keep his license so he could continue to see patients for consultations. However, Deputy Atty. Gen. Douglas Lee questioned Rutland’s professional judgment, noting repeated negligent acts committed by him that led to the death of 30-year old Ying Chen during a second trimester abortion.

Judge Ahler agreed that if Rutland continued to do surgeries and deliveries, he “presents a risk of danger and there is a likelihood of injury to the public.”

Lee pointed out that Rutland has a history of dishonesty and corruption. He has lied to patients and authorities repeatedly, according to the formal revocation petition filed against him on Christmas Eve.

“Rutland is a proven liar. How do we know he will comply with the judge’s order to stop doing abortions? Who is going to enforce this order? Are the authorities simply going to take him at his word?” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We are outraged that Rutland’s license was not fully suspended. This decision places women’s lives at risk.”

Also present during yesterday’s hearing were Scott and Kathy Broussard of San Juan Capistrano, whose daughter, Jillian, died as a result of a forceps delivery by Rutland. That incident led to the revocation of Rutland’s license in 2003. They expressed disappointment at the reinstatement of his medical license in 2007 and at yesterday’s decision.

“I think his victims and the public needed to get full peace of mind today, and they didn’t,” Kathy Broussard told the Orange County Register. “He still has a practice in Anaheim. He’s still allowed to do gynecological exams and consultations. It’s appalling.”

The California Medical Board will meet at a later date to determine if Rutland’s license should be permanently revoked.

View background with link to revocation documents.

District Attorney Disinclined to Investigate Ohio Abortion Patient Death

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, OH — More than four months after the avoidable death of Lakisha Wilson at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, there has been no action taken by the Cuyahoga County District Attorney, Timothy McGinty, despite repeated calls from pro-life groups for a criminal investigation.

Operation Rescue was recently tipped to the fact that McGinty has stated he is disinclined to investigate Wilson’s abortion-related death, prompting Operation Rescue to call on the public to urge McGinty to order police or perhaps his own investigators to look into why she died and who is responsible.

“We know that Lakisha did not need to die and that her injuries suffered during a late-term abortion would not have been fatal if she had not been neglected by Preterm staff. Clearly, criminal negligence or even manslaughter charges are not out of the question,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We don’t want to think that the District Attorney is ignoring the suspicious death of this otherwise healthy African-American woman, but it’s not looking good.”

According to her autopsy report, Wilson died of apparent blood loss that caused her to eventually suffer a heart attack and respiratory arrest, resulting in ensuing brain damage. Emergency 911 records revealed that she was not breathing for at least 27 minutes, and very likely had not been breathing for much longer.

The Medical Examiner ruled that Wilson’s death was a “therapeutic complication” caused by the abortion.

Neither the autopsy report nor the Medical Examiner’s determination of the cause of death spoke to the possibility of practitioner negligence or criminal culpability. Both were intentionally mute on those topics.

Nevertheless, McGinty is said to have cited the autopsy report’s silence on the criminal culpability issue as reason not to pursue an investigation, according to Operation Rescue’s sources.

Medical experts consulted by Operation Rescue indicate that before suffering the heart attack, Wilson would have first gone into shock, a condition that would have been quickly detected if Preterm workers had properly monitored her after the abortion. Wilson’s condition would not have deteriorated to fatal proportions if she had been treated in a timely manner. [Read more]

In addition to suspected criminal negligence, there is concern that Wilson was farther along in her pregnancy than was suggested by the Medical Examiner in her autopsy report, who noted that she was 19 weeks, 4 days pregnant at the time of her abortion on March 21, 2014 – just three days shy of Ohio’s limit on late abortions.

Yet, the autopsy revealed that there were no fetal remains for the coroner to examine. He was forced to rely only on the abortionist’s determination of gestational age as recorded in her abortion record.

Information supplied by the abortion facility must be considered suspect since there is ample documentation to suggest that abortionists, such as late-term abortionists Kermit Gosnell, LeRoy Carhart, and others, have falsified ultrasound results to avoid having to comply with late-term abortion laws. In addition, there is a large volume of documentation that proves far too many abortionists around the country — California’s Andrew Rutland and Massachusetts’ Rapin Osathanondh, for example — have been caught and disciplined for falsifying records in an attempt to conceal their responsibility for patient deaths and other misdeeds.

“It is common for people that commit crimes to try to hide the fact,” said Newman. “That’s why we simply cannot afford to take the abortion business’ word for anything.”

There is compelling reason to believe that Wilson was beyond Ohio’s legal abortion limit of 20 weeks. That information has been passed on to McGinty, but so far, it has fallen on deaf ears.

Those concerns, which cannot yet be discussed publicly, are certainly enough to warrant a few questions by an investigator.

“Illegal abortion, criminal negligence, and manslaughter are serious charges, and if this abortion facility is engaging in such criminal activity, those responsible need to be held accountable, especially since a woman’s death is involved,” said Newman. “We simply cannot allow Lakisha’s death to be swept under the rug without even a cursory investigation. Inaction on the part of District Attorney McGinty is irresponsible. It’s hard to imagine why he wouldn’t want a proper investigation, especially if it can prevent other women from suffering Lakisha’s fate. Certainly as it stands, if another woman dies from an abortion at Preterm because McGinty fails to act, part of the responsibility for that death will have to fall on him.”

However, despite his stated reticence to become involved, sources indicate that McGinty has left the door open for a possible change of position on a Wilson death investigation.

Because of this, Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty and demand that he order an investigation into Lakisha Wilson’s suspicious abortion-related death.

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