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DA Drops Tiller Charges! OR Says Cronyism Thwarts Justice in Kansas

Wichita, KS — District Attorney Nola Foulston has successfully moved to drop the 30 charges against late-term abortionist George R. Tiller filed yesterday in Sedgwick County District Court by Kansas Attrney General Phill Kline. The motion was made because, under Kansas Law, charges can only be filed by an Attorney General at the invitation of the District Attorney or request of the governor or legislature. All charges have been dropped.

Foulston has come under criticism by pro-life supporters for refusing to prosecute accusations against Tiller because of her personal friendship with him. It is alleged that she adopted her only son through Tiller, who has stated publicly that he has arranged adoptions in return for political favors.

“This is a classic example of why justice cannot be done in this state because so many officials have ties to George Tiller,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Money buys a lot of favors here. This miscarriage of justice must not be allowed to stand. ”

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Sebelius Shows Cowardice, Cronyism, by Vetoing Clinic Regulations Late Friday

WICHITA, KS — Governor Kathleen Sebelius vetoed HB 2503, the Women’s Health Protection Act, late Friday just minutes after a media appearance in Wichita, KS, where she was met by Operation Rescue who urged her to sign the measure that would have required abortion clinics to be licensed and regulated. The measure had passed both houses of the Kansas Legislature by an overwhelming supermajority.

“Sebelius has shown cowardice in vetoing this bill late Friday on the last day allowed by law,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “If she was proud of the documented filthy abortion clinic conditions where dead rats are putrefying next to open buckets of dead babies, and proud that a Texas teen died at an unregulated abortion mill in January, then she should have vetoed in the light of day when it first came to her desk.”

Sebelius stated in her veto message that “As governor, nothing is more important to me than the safety and good health of our citizens. Kansans must be assured when they receive care in a hospital or clinic that their providers meet high standards of safety and responsibility.”

However, Operation Rescue sees those words as hypocritical, at best.

“There is a crisis at the abortion clinics in our state that does not exist in any other medical profession. If the governor truly cared about the safety and good health of women, she would not have vetoed this bill and allowed these deplorable conditions to continue,” said Newman.

“Sebelius is acting more concerned about catering to her crony and big campaign donor, abortionist George Tiller, who lines her campaign coffers with blood money, than she is concerned about the women who are being maimed and killed in our state’s dangerous abortion mills,” said OR spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger, who submitted documentation of five botched abortions and one abortion-related death to the Kansas Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare. “Sebelius has accused legislators of playing politics with this bill, but in reality this is the most tragic example of the proverbial pot calling the kettle black.”

Photos of OR’s Outreach to Sebelius minutes before veto
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Houston D.A.’s Heavy-Handed Effort to Silence a Blogger is Damage Control Amid Collusion Allegations

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – Don Hooper, a Houston insider political blogger, made a startling revelation recently: District Attorney Devon Anderson tried to stop him from speaking to a group of Republican women about the cases her office filed against Center for Medical Progress head David Dalieden and his associate Sandra Merritt. When the group’s leader would not capitulate, Anderson attempted to retaliate.

In a blog posting on Big Jolly Politics, Hooper wrote of Anderson’s attempts to persuade the Daughters of Liberty (DOLs) to cancel his talk:

Devon tried everything she could to cancel my appearance. She threatened the DOLs on county time and offered herself as a replacement speaker claiming that she is the only person who can discuss the Planned Parenthood investigation. The funny thing is that she, as the elected district attorney prosecuting David and Sandra, is someone who is barred from speaking publicly on the facts of this investigation. Read Rule 3.07 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. I knew [DOL head] Bonnie would have a large turnout thanks to Devon’s efforts. She did.

Devon and her surrogates involved Texas Federation of Republican Women President Theresa Kosmoski and attempted to argue that the DOLs could lose their affiliation with TFRW. It was obvious that Devon was scared about what I would say to the DOLs and I could not help but think that something interesting was about to happen with the case.

That was a pretty heavy-handed reaction to Hooper’s scheduled speaking engagement. Why would Anderson, a supposed “pro-life” Republican, be so concerned about what Hooper had to say?

The focus of Hooper’s discussion was to be on irregularities involving the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt, which was under the authority of Judge Mary Lou Keel, a candidate for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

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That name may not sound familiar to most, but for those of us at Operation Rescue, the mention of Judge Keel holds ominous meaning. Keel is the same judge that oversaw the 2013 grand jury that failed to indict late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen for allegedly murdering babies born alive during failed abortions at his two Houston abortion facilities. That case was prompted by a complaint and supporting evidence filed by Operation Rescue.

The “no-bill” against Karpen was suspicious for several reasons, not the least of which was convincing testimony from three eyewitnesses who said they saw Karpen twist the heads or slash the necks of large babies born alive during abortions. The women even had photographic evidence of two corpses to prove it, but Operation Rescue has reason to believe that the incriminating photos never were presented to the grand jury.

Operation Rescue found out later that Karpen’s lawyer was a man named Chip Lewis, who is a close family friend and largest campaign donor of Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson.

Because of the strong evidence against Karpen, and Lewis’ strong ties to Anderson, it seemed apparent to Operation Rescue that corruption was involved.

In retrospect, it appears that Judge Keel may have played a part as well.

Now, fast forward to 2015, and the release of the Center for Medical Progress’ videos that implicated Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and their mega-abortion center in Houston of trafficking in aborted baby body parts. When Attorney General Ken Paxton directed Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson to investigate the allegations against Planned Parenthood, Anderson dutifully opened a grand jury investigation.

Anderson’s friend, Chip Lewis, had publicly threatened to make Operation Rescue pay for bringing the murder allegations against his client, Douglas Karpen. Anderson was very aware that Operation Rescue’s president, Troy Newman, sat on the Board of the Center for Medical Progress.

From the beginning, it appears that Anderson sought out a way to divert the investigation away from Planned Parenthood and onto the CMP journalists. Anderson tapped Assistant District Attorney Anshu “Sunni” Mitchell – the same prosecutor that oversaw the dubious Karpen investigation – to oversee the CMP grand jury. With Mitchell and Judge Keel on board, the grand jury returned two indictments against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

As Operation Rescue reported, immediately after the grand jury returned indictments against Daleiden and Merritt, revealing comments were made in the media by Lewis and Planned Parenthood’s attorney, Josh Schaeffer. In fact, Schaffer told the Associated Press that “the grand jury never even voted on possible criminal charges” against Planned Parenthood. Those comments indicated he had intimate knowledge of what were supposed to be secret grand jury proceedings.

Hooper has been engaged in an attempt to find out the identities of the grand jurors, information that is usually public. But in this case, there is little that is usual. Keel has put the grand jurors names under seal to their identities cannot be known.

“How do we know that the President of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was not the foreman of the grand jury?” asked Hooper.

Was the grand jury packed with cronies of Planned Parenthood or those who owed Anderson and Lewis a favor?

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Once Daleiden and Merritt filed motions to quash the indictments against them last month, Hooper began to understand more. In his blog post, Hooper broke down the meaning of “Exhibit C,” which was attached to the motions.

“Exhibit C” was an e-mail chain referencing a confusing cast of characters, including the following:

• Murphy Klasing: an attorney representing David Dalieden the civil suits filed against him by the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood that have blocked the release of additional video footage by the Center for Medical Progress.
• Anshu “Sunni” Mitchell: Harris County Assistant District Attorney who handled the Planned Parenthood/Daleiden grand jury. She also handled the 2013 Karpen grand jury that failed to indict.
• Melissa Hervey: another Harris County Assistant District Attorney working on the Planned Parenthood/Daleiden grand jury case.
• Josh Schaffer: Criminal Defense Attorney for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
• Randy Schaffer: Josh Schaffer’s brother and partner in the Houston law practice The Schaffer Firm.
• NAF: The National Abortion Federation, an umbrella group for abortion facilities that sued Daleiden, Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, and the CMP to block the release of incriminating videos taken by CMP operatives at their national meetings. (Planned Parenthood later piled on with their own lawsuit filed in the same court.)

Hooper’s article noted that Exhibit C’s e-mail conversation centered on flash drives containing videos that were under seal in the NAF case that had been mistakenly provided to the supposedly secret grand jury. He explained:

In his email, Mr. Klasing tells Ms. Mitchell that “someone from the DA’s office turned over this information [videos] to NAF.” It is important to understand that when David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress released the now infamous Planned Parenthood videos, NAF immediately went to the California courts to stop the release of these videos. NAF is a legal organization that defends abortionists. NAF was successful in the California courts in obtaining a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress, which prevented the dissemination of the Planned Parenthood videos.

Ms. Mitchell replied that she would return the flash drives to Mr. Klasing. Then came the kicker from Ms. Mitchell: “Additionally, you will recall that Melissa Hervey had notified you that we were providing copies of what you had given us to both Josh Schaffer and Randy Schaffer; therefore, you will need to contact them to obtain those copies as well.”

This email exchange is important for a number of reasons. First, why was the prosecutor sharing evidence produced by David with Planned Parenthood? On August 5, 2015, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick called for an investigation of Planned Parenthood – not an investigation of David and Sandra. Second, this exchange occurs before David appeared before Keel’s grand jury on January 14. This email exchange makes it clear that David is the target of the grand jury. So, why wasn’t he given a target letter when he appeared before the grand jury, which would have advised him of his legal rights? Third, who shared David’s videos with NAF?

Hooper concluded, “Devon [Anderson] can try to explain away a lot of things, but it is impossible to provide a rational explanation as to why her office gave the videos to Planned Parenthood’s lawyers.”

Daleiden's Motion to Quash 04142016 by Cheryl Sullenger

There was one more exhibit included in Daleiden’s Motion to Quash that Hooper mentioned in his blog, and that was Judge Mary Lou Keel’s extension of the Daleiden/Planned Parenthood grand jury, which was conveniently submitted after the candidate filing deadline for the post of Harris County District Attorney, for which Anderson was seeking re-election. Hooper explains:

The motion to quash held another curious piece of information – the prosecutors drafted the extension order for Mary Lou Keel to sign in December 2015, after the filing deadline. Again, the filing deadline is crucial because I guarantee that Devon Anderson would have been faced with multiple legitimate opponents if the indictments of David and Sandra had been released before the filing deadline. Instead, Devon and her prosecutors had the opportunity to present this investigation to five different grand juries in August and September and five grand juries, including Keel’s, in October – December. Then, beginning in January 2016, five new grand juries were empaneled. So, why was it so imperative that Keel’s grand jury be extended to 2016? So to be real clear, Devon had the option at this point to present this case to 15 different grand juries. She wanted Keel’s real bad and for a reason.

Now, if you have been following my posts about Keel, you would know that I asked her about this extension in her two appearances before the Downtown Pachyderm. I specifically asked her why her grand jury was extended and she said that she “didn’t know.” Let’s think about that. Keel wants to serve on the highest criminal court in our state and she doesn’t know why she extended a grand jury, which is an extraordinary event.
As if all this was not enough to raise serious questions about the integrity of the Harris County District Attorney’s office and the Houston courts where this little drama has played out, there is one more connection to consider.

When Daleiden and Merritt appeared in court for a hearing on April 29, 2016, it was in the courtroom of District Judge Brock Thomas – Devon Anderson’s former law partner.

Now it seems clear why Anderson did not want Hooper to address the DOLs and why she and her “surrogates” threatened to disenfranchise them from the Texas Federation of Republican Women if he was allowed to speak. It appears that Anderson tried everything she could to keep Hooper’s revelations of cronyism and corruption from her electoral base of support. She didn’t want them to hear his conclusions that she misused the power of her office to cover up Planned Parenthood’s crimes so she could chase a vendetta against pro-life activists and assure Planned Parenthood’s support in the upcoming election for herself and Judge Keel.

In the famously understated words of Apollo 13’s James Lovell, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Clearly, the indictments against Daleiden and Merritt should be dropped and a new impartial grand jury should be empaneled with a special independent prosecutor to conduct the investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illicit trade in aborted baby remains that the Anderson/Keel grand jury failed to conduct.

It is pretty much assured that the mainstream media won’t touch this account of abortion-related political corruption with a ten-foot coat hanger. It is up to us to spread the word.

Read Big Jolly Politics “Thanks, Devon” by Don Hooper, May 6, 2016.

Iowa Webcam Abortion Flap: Planned Parenthood’s False Indignation over Single Pro-life Letter Deflects from Their Own “E-Mail-Gate” Scandal

By Cheryl Sullenger

Des Moines, Iowa — A group of Iowa physicians and health care professionals have petitioned the Iowa Board of Medicine to begin making rules changes to halt the practice of dispensing abortion pills via webcam outside the physical presence of a doctor. The Board voted 8-2 to in June to begin the process. If the Board decides to approve the changes, it would overturn a Board ruling in 2011 that deemed the risky webcam abortions acceptable over the protests of pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue.

As expected, Planned Parenthood, which began the experimental webcam abortions in 2008, is not taking the Board’s decision to deprive them of their “cash cow” lying down. Jill June, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, is crying foul over an e-mail from a pro-life activist that gave the Governor’s office a “heads up” that the petition was about to be filed.

The Des Moines Register obtained one e-mail sent from Jenny Condon to Brenna Findley, counsel to Gov. Terry Branstad, on June 18, 2013, a week before the petition was submitted to the Board. According to the Register, Findley did not reply to the e-mail, but she did attend a Board hearing on June 28 and encouraged the Board to take action on the petition.

June told the Des Moines Register, “The communication between the governor’s office and anti-abortion activists confirms that there has been a synchronized effort to acquire a vote outlawing Planned Parenthood’s telemedicine delivery system based entirely on politics rather than scientific fact.”

However, June’s false indignation is laughably ridiculous in light of her abortion business’ own cozy political connections to the Attorney General’s office.

In 2010, Operation Rescue became suspicious of the political obstructions we experienced during efforts to halt the controversial and experimental webcam abortion pill delivery scheme. We made an open records request for communications between Planned Parenthood and the office of Attorney General Tom Miller, a pro-abortion Democrat.

Instead of one e-mail, Operation Rescue received a massive, 906-page stack of communications in response to our request that showed a tight co-ordination between the Attorney General’s office and Planned Parenthood on numerous levels, as well as evidence of interference by the AG’s office in efforts by Operation Rescue to obtain county-level investigations into allegations that Planned Parenthood offices were using the webcam abortion scheme to evade Iowa law requiring the presence of a licensed physician during abortions.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, was involved in efforts to halt webcam abortions in Iowa after our undercover investigation documented the risky process. He described the relationships between Planned Parenthood representatives and employees of the Attorney General’s office as revealed in the glut of documents obtained from Miller’s office:

They attend the same parties, they ask about each other’s surgeries or how the grandkids are. Some AG staffers subscribe to Planned Parenthood’s e-mail distribution list. Planned Parenthood staffers have alerted the AG’s office to potential negative information about political opponents and even forward some of our press releases to Miller’s people. Miller’s office has aided PPH staffers in pursuing employment opportunities in the AG’s office.

Certainly, one e-mail from a pro-life supporter to a member of the Governor’s office pales in comparison to the voluminous evidence of collusion over the years between Planned Parenthood and the Iowa Attorney General’s office, which has worked overtime to protect Planned Parenthood’s electronic money-making scheme. Their coziness, cronyism and corruption are the real story.

Using the experimental system, Planned Parenthood aimed to increase abortion profits by cutting the cost of having to maintain licensed physicians at offices all over the state. The system involves an abortionist, who sits at a computer station in Des Moines and briefly interviews abortion patients over a Skype-like connection. Then he pressed a button on his computer screen to release a drawer at the outlying clinic that contains the pills. Women take one round of pills at the office then are sent home to self-administer the rest of the abortion drugs, which cause an unmonitored and often painful abortion that is similar to a miscarriage.

In May 2010, Planned Parenthood admitted it was about to implement a 5-year plan to place their webcam abortion system in every Planned Parenthood office in the nation. Once the news about the plan was out, legislatures in 11 states passed laws to ban the abortion pill distribution system in order to protect women from substandard care. This caused Planned Parenthood to scrap their plan. Currently, Minnesota is the only state outside Iowa to implement webcam abortions.

“Planned Parenthood is fighting to keep what is left of their pet profit-producing abortion pill scheme by attempting to vilify the Governor’s Office when, if the truth be known, it is really Planned Parenthood that is in bed with the Iowa Attorney General’s office, which as overtly acted to protect webcam abortions,” said Newman.

“We applaud efforts by the Iowa Medical Board to protect women from Planned Parenthood’s predatory scheme that subjects women to care that is well below accepted standards and those efforts are not derailed by leftist media spin and Planned Parenthood’s false hysteria.”

Read the report with link to the 906 pages of communications between Planned Parenthood and the Iowa Attorney General’s office.

[Note: We erroneous noted in an earlier version of this story that Mark Bowden was General Counsel for the Iowa Board of Medicine. In fact, he is the Executive Director of the IBM and noes not provide legal counsel to the Board. We regret the error.]

Michigan Board Corruption Shielded Alexander from 2009 Botched Abortion Complaint


Muskegon, MI — A local Muskegon television news station is reporting that a former chairman of the Michigan Board of Medicine with ties to troubled abortionist Robert Alexander, improperly protected him from further discipline by ordering that there be no investigation of a 2009 complaint filed by the obstetrician of two patients that suffered botched abortions by Alexander.

Alexander made headlines shortly after Christmas when police responded to a report of broken glass at his Muskegon abortion clinic only to discover wretched and appalling conditions that caused the city fire marshal to immediately close the clinic.

Dr. George Shade Jr., a long-time ally of Alexander’s, made the decision not to investigation the complaint made by Dr. Michael Engel that Alexander concerning two botched abortions committed by Alexander.

Shade has long-time ties to Alexander. According to a news report on Woodtv.com:

Alexander lost his medical license in 1990 and spent time in federal prison for having sold illegal prescriptions at a Detroit weight loss clinic in the 1980s.

Shade played a key role in helping Alexander get back his license, working for a time as his supervisor, according to state records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

“This kind of cronyism and corruption within Medical Boards that protect abortionists from legitimate complaints is sadly not unique to Michigan,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “We have seen similar situations in several other states, including Kansas during the Sebelius Administration. These are cases where Boards create a political climate that shields abortionists from accountability no matter how egregious the offense, then turns the offending abortionists loose to continue to inflict pain and injury on women. Those who will allow political ideology to trump the lives and health of women should be criminally prosecuted over this abuse of power and breach of public trust. I certainly hope heads roll in Michigan over this.”

According to Engle’s complaint against Alexander, one patient, Sheria McCloud, underwent a failed abortion in April, 2009, at what she thought was 10 weeks into her pregnancy. A month later, suffering pain, McCloud went to Dr. Engel, who discovered that she was still pregnant and in her 30th week of gestation. McCloud miraculously birthed a healthy baby boy who she cherishes today.

“What he sucked out, who knows,” Engel told a news reporter from Target 8 Woodtv.com. “He could have punctured her placenta. This was an outrageous thing he did.”

The second patient in Engle’s complaint concerned one of Alexander’s patients that suffered a perforated uterus during an abortion, which “rendered the patient unable to walk for a month due to the pain,” according to Engle’s complaint.

“She could have bled to death,” Engel told the news reporter.

Now one legislator is calling for hearings to get to the bottom of corruption at the Michigan Board of Medicine. State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, a Republican who serves on the Senate Health Policy Committee, is asking for hearings into Shade’s relationship with Alexander and is asking the Board to reopen Engle’s complaint.

Meanwhile, Operation Rescue’s complaint, filed on August 29, 2012, is pending with the Board concerning horrific facility conditions and shoddy practices employed by Alexander. Operation Rescue received confirmation from the Board on September 26 that an investigation had been authorized.

“We are pressing the Board to immediately suspend Alexander’s medical license until it can be formally revoked,” said Newman. “There is no doubt that Alexander is a danger to the public and must not be allowed by the Board to slink off to another facility where he will continue to endanger women and defy the law.”

Operation Rescue reported that Alexander had been hired by Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Detroit, following the closure of his Muskegon operation. However, news reports indicate that Alexander has since left employment at that clinic. He also filed false addresses with the City of Muskegon and appears to have gone into hiding.