Can There Still be Justice for Lakisha Wilson?

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, Ohio – Lakisha Wilson, a beautiful 22-year old African American woman, died three years ago from a fatally botched abortion she obtained at the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

What was done to her by Preterm staff is worth retelling on this anniversary of her death.

I found out about Wilson when I was tipped that an ambulance had been called to Preterm on March 21, 2014. As usual, I asked my assistant to order the 911 records. At Operation Rescue, we request so many 911 records based on similar tips that it has become somewhat routine – so much so that when the records arrived, my assistant did not even bother to listen to the recording before forwarding it to me.

When I played it, I was stunned. “It sounds like this patient died,” I hollered down the hallway to my assistant.

That began a fact-finding frenzy where we learned more of Wilson’s deadly encounter with Preterm and its abortionist at that time, Lisa Perriera. I flew to Cleveland and participated in a press conference with other state and national pro-life leaders. We demanded justice. We demanded answers.

Little did I know how those answers would come.

Sometime after that frenzy calmed down, I received an oversized manila envelope from the Ohio Department of Health. Inside was simply a CD with my last name hand-printed on it.

I popped the CD into my computer and was once again stunned by what I saw. Someone had leaked to me all the records – public and “confidential” – that detailed the Department of Health’s investigation into Wilson’s death.

Because of that information, along with the autopsy report and other documents we had assembled, I was able to build the following narrative about her abortion and the investigation that followed.

Wilson reported to Preterm on March 21, 2014, for a second trimester abortion with abortionist Lisa Perriera. The autopsy, which relied on Preterm’s records, showed that she was 19 weeks pregnant at the time of her abortion, but other records contained on that mysterious CD indicated she was actually closer to 23 weeks. Perhaps because of her advanced pregnancy, Wilson suffered blood loss during the abortion and went into shock. Her life-threatening condition was not immediately detected, most likely due to failure to properly monitor her vital signs.

Preterm staff administered medication to Wilson to cause uterine contractions in an apparent effort to control the hemorrhage, but it appeared to be too little, too late.

Depressed respiration caused by sedation may have contributed to the lack of oxygen Wilson’s body received. This only compounded the medical crisis. As a result, Wilson suffered cardiopulmonary arrest and subsequent fatal brain damage all before a Preterm employee finally was told to call 911 for help.

The 911 recording and Computer Aided Dispatch transcript revealed that Wilson was “not breathing at all” at the time the call was placed. In fact, emergency records show that she was not breathing for at least 28 minutes.

When paramedics finally arrived, they were delayed in getting to Wilson due to a malfunctioning elevator. Since all the surgical rooms at Preterm are on the third floor, the elevator is the crucial to patient safety during emergencies such as the one Wilson was suffering.

Once they were finally able to get the elevator working well enough to get them to the third floor, paramedics removed the ill-fitting pediatric oxygen mask that abortionist Perriera had been using and replaced it with a mask of the proper size and fit. They were able to resuscitate Wilson – something the abortion facility staff was unable to do.

However, paramedics could not intubate her, which was necessary to ensure that she was receiving enough oxygen. This was because the elevator was so cramped that they could not lay the gurney flat, which was required for intubation.

Once downstairs, paramedics rushed Wilson out of the building and to an awaiting ambulance, a chaotic moment that was recorded by Pastor Dale Henkel, a pro-life activist who was on the sidewalk praying that day.

So frantic were the paramedics to get her to the ambulance that they never bothered to completely cover her naked body.

Wilson was rushed to University Hospital Case Medical Center, where she was placed on complete life support until an organ procurement company could obtain the documentation needed to harvest her organs. This was callously done against the wishes of the Wilson family, who were concerned that missing organs would compromise any potential investigation. Wilson was officially declared dead on March 28, 2014, leaving her one-year old son motherless.

So what were the consequences for Perriera and Preterm for their obviously negligent treatment of Lakisha Wilson?

Nothing at all.

We may have gotten answers, but there was never any justice for Lakisha Wilson and her family.

The Ohio Department of Health conducted an inspection of Preterm, and cleared them despite their dangerous set up that included third-floor surgical rooms, with gurney access only through a cramped and frequently malfunctioning elevator.

The Ohio Medical Board investigated Perriera and her staff, but despite clear indications of a janky fetal age determination, a hemorrhage that went undetected due negligent monitoring, inadequate resuscitation efforts, and a delay in calling 911 for help, they too were “cleared,” based partially on the coroner’s determination of “accidental death.”

Once the Department of Health files were leaked to me that showed many important deficiencies in Wilson’s treatment, which had been overlooked or dismissed by investigators, our coalition of pro-life groups called for the Department of Health to reconsider the seriousness of those deficiencies and how they contributed to Wilson’s demise.

But they ignored that, too. It was regulatory failure at its worst.

Meanwhile, Perriera was given an award by the Physicians for Reproductive Choice at a posh ceremonial New York City dinner in 2015, for enduring “adversity” during the investigation of Wilson’s tragically avoidable death. She transferred to an abortion facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – a place that never heard of Lakisha Wilson – where she continues to abort babies and place women’s lives at risk, all while publicly advocating for abortion as a “safe” procedure. She also serves as Associate Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Sidney Kimmel Medical Center at Thomas Jefferson University.

Instead of being held accountable for her series of fatal errors that deprived Wilson of her life, Perriera was basically promoted.

Three years later, the sting of this injustice has yet to subside. On the third anniversary of Lakisha Wilson’s death, I still remember, and haven’t given up hope that someday, somehow, there can still be justice.

Leaked Ohio Department of Health files concerning Wilson’s death

Documented Sex Abuse Committed By Members of the Abortion Cartel

“If you knew what I know about the Abortion Cartel, you wouldn’t sleep at night.” -Troy Newman

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An Operation Rescue Special Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC — He was an outspoken supporter of abortion who bragged about packing a gun and his his new, state-of-the-art abortion facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The news media loved interviewing him and he became an in-demand spokesperson for abortion on demand.

But Brian Finkle had a secret. He was a sexual predator. A proud member of the National Abortion Federation, Finkle used his abortion facility, which he referred to proudly as the “Vaginal Vault,” to lure in women for abortions so he could molest and rape them — the pretty ones, anyway — while they were under sedation and could not fight against his advances. He called it “doing the dirty.”

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In 2001, Finkle was arrested and charged with committing 67 sexual crimes. Two years later, Finkle was convicted on 22 counts of sex abuse. But before his four-month trial was over, over 70 more women had come forward with their own nightmarish stories of abuse.

“I didn’t know who to call. I didn’t know who would believe me,” testified one of his sexual assault victims at his 2004 rape trial. “I’m just a person. He’s a doctor.”

Finkle is thankfully still serving his sentence of 35 years behind bars, but he is far from the only abuser of women within the abortion industry – and some of them are even still working at abortion facilities today with free access to new victims.

“If you knew what I know about what goes on inside abortion clinics, you wouldn’t sleep at night,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman of the documentation his organization has acquired concerning sex abuse within the Abortion Cartel. “Abortion facilities, with all their secrecy and political protection, provide sexual predators with an environment that makes it easy for them to abuse women. It’s the ultimate betrayal of the sacred trust that is supposed to exist between legitimate medical providers and their patients.”

Part of that political protection comes from the likes of Hillary Clinton, who is well known for covering up for her husband’s sexual abuse while attacking his victims. Clinton has partnered with Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, who heavily support her campaign for president. Planned Parenthood’s CEO, Cecile Richards, is making public appearances on behalf of Clinton and her organization has contributed huge amounts of money to the Clinton campaign.

“Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood are birds of a feather. Both attempt to deceive the public and cover up for sexual abusers,” said Newman. “Clinton will only continue the cover-up for her friends within the Abortion Cartel, if she is elected.”

Some abortion abusers are full blown rapists, like Laurence Reich. In 1982, Reich’s medical license was suspended for “sexual improprieties” with four women, but if a reading the legal documents reveals that “impropriety” is a vast understatement. The descriptions of his appalling conduct within those documents, (which I will not reprint here) is not for the faint of heart.

Ten years later, Reich resurfaced at a seedy Southern California abortion chain where he often saw female patients without anyone else in the room. In the late 1990’s, this writer repeatedly warned the Board of Osteopathy that Reich would offend again, but they did nothing.

In 2002, Reich pled guilty to two counts of sex exploitation after two patients came forward and complained about him asking inappropriate sexual questions and putting his fingers inside their vaginas without medical necessity. He also gave both woman his phone number. However, this conviction was expunged two years later after he completed a year of probation and paid a $100 fine.

For the Board of Osteopathy, that conviction was the last straw. Reich was forced to finally surrender his medical license. That should have put him out of the abortion business for good.

A year later, police suspected that unlicensed people were posing as doctors and conducting abortions at the 11-clinic chain where Reich had worked. When they raided one Los Angeles-area office, they found Laurence Reich. It appeared as if he never missed a day even though he had no valid license.

Remarkably, Reich reached yet another plea deal and has so far completely avoided incarceration. While his current whereabouts are unknown, he may very well be up to his old habits out there at another abortion facility somewhere.

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Other documented incidents of sexual misconduct committed by abortionists are unnerving.

• Oklahoma Nareshkumar Patel was charged with rape after several women came forward with horrific stories of his appalling sexual conduct with abortion patients and clinic workers. Unfortunately, Patel was inexplicably exonerated despite the overwhelming evidence against him. He later lost is medical license after being convicted of fraud after Operation Rescue lodged a complaint.

• Maryland abortionist Harold O. Alexander was found to have “crossed sexual boundaries” with patients at his abortion business in Forestville. He also freely handed out large amounts of Viagra to men he barely knew and were never his patients. That and a slew of other violations earned him just a three-month suspension in 2012. He continues to conduct abortions illegally at his unlicensed abortion facility.

• Former Planned Parenthood abortionist Timothy Liveright was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior with patients at a Delaware Planned Parenthood in 2013. He received only a public reprimand.

• Maryland abortionist Mansour G. Panah’s long history of discipline started in 1988, when he was accused of fondling and attempting to kiss his patients on the mouth. He was disciplined once again for unwanted sexual contact with patients in 1995. One woman received as many as three breast examinations in one visit for no medical reason. When asked why the need for repeated examinations, Panah simply expressed admiration for the woman’s breasts. In 2014, Panah finally surrendered his license to avoid the expense of the disciplinary action involving non-sexual abortion abuses.

• Vikram Kaji, an associate of Panah’s, was disciplined in 1994 for sexual misconduct with patients, including engaging in intercourse with them. Now 80-years old, Kaji continues to work as the medical director for Steven Chase Brigham’s American Women’s Services abortion chain, but faces disciplinary action in New Jersey.

• Ohio abortionist Thomas W. Michaelis was arrested in 2014 and charged with possession of child pornography. It permanently revoked his medical license in May, 2014, noting a documented history of sexual deviancy dating back at nearly 25 years – sometimes involving minor girls. Last year, Michaelis pled guilty to two counts of possessing and viewing child pornography and was sentenced to 15 years in Federal Prison.

Jacob Kalo was accused by a patient in 1998 of lifting her shirt and bra and improperly touching her breasts. He then sedated her and molested her private area while she was on the procedure table with her legs in the stirrups prior to the abortion, but she was too drugged to resist. A police report was filed. He was never prosecuted.

• Part-time Planned Parenthood abortionist Roger Ian Hardy surrendered his Massachusetts medical license just two years ago amid allegations by 18 witnesses that he sexually molested patients – many under anesthesia – during fertility treatments at Fertility Centers of New England. As his legal issues heated up, he allegedly fled to Thailand to avoid prosecution.

How do these sexual predators get away with it?

There is a propensity for law enforcement and regulators to believe physicians, especially abortionists, over their victims. For example, it is thought that incidents of sex abuse were perpetrated by Roger Hardy for over 20 years – sometimes against under-aged girls – but when one of his victims would come forward, no one believed them.

Again, the patient who claimed Jacob Kalo molested her delayed making a police report because she was afraid no one would believe her. Those fears were realized when a physician who reviewed the records said it did not appear Kalo did anything wrong despite her graphic description of the abuse.

This attitude of dismissing the victim’s accusations is reinforced by a “code of silence” within the abortion industry in particular and medical profession in general, protects them from the consequences of their abuse.

One employee was upset when she saw Roger Hardy fondling a patient’s breast, but was told not to report it if she did not want to be known as a “disgruntled worker.”

Hardy’s boss at the infertility clinic, Vito Cardone, was a willing participant in the “code of silence.” He was aware that Hardy was sexually abusing patients while they were under anesthesia, but Cardone kept quiet and allowed Hardy to continue the abuse.

A disciplinary petition against Cardone, which is seeking license revocation, states, “As a health care provider, [Cardone] had a duty to report to the Board any person who there was reasonable basis to believe was in violation. . . any of the regulations of the Board. [Cardone] did not report the incident involving Dr. Hardy to the Board as required by law.”

Despite the laws, reporting sexual abuse is something that is routinely neglected by the Abortion Cartel.

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L.M. was only twelve years old when her step-father Robert Estrada began raping her. Then he began raping her 11-year old sister as well. When L.M. became pregnant, Estrada was desperate to cover up the evidence of his crimes. He took her for an abortion at the now defunct Central Women’s Services in Wichita, Kansas, who was a National Abortion Federation member in “good standing.”

Abortionist Sherman Zaremski was happy to oblige Estrada. He conducted an abortion on L.M. then returned her to the hands of her rapist. Zaremski never reported L.M.’s abortion or the possibility that she was the victim of abuse.

As a result, L.M. and her sister were forced to endure four more dreadful years of rape. Between the two girls, they experienced a total of 4 pregnancies, including the birth of twins on one of the girl’s 12th birthday.

Finally, Estrada was arrested and charged after the girls finally went to a pro-life center next door to the abortion facility seeking information about adoption. Estrada was sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

So what happened to Zaremski for failing to protect the young sisters from abuse? Nothing. In fact, he sued in Federal Court and successfully challenged Kansas’ mandatory child abuse reporting law. Even though that decision was later overturned, Kansas abortionists still consider the child abuse reporting laws to be discretionary, leaving under-aged girls at the mercy of molesters and rapists.

Another example is Indiana abortionist Ulrich Klopfer lost his abortion business and his medical license after Indiana Right to Life discovered that he failed to report child sex abuse. He was also criminally charged in two counties. While Klopfer entered an agreement that allowed him to avoid prison, he can no longer participate in the business of abortion.

At least 18 abortion businesses have been cited for failure to report when young girls are brought for abortions at their facilities – and these are just the ones that have gotten caught.

A study conducted by Life Dynamics, Inc. in 2002, indicates the problem of facilities ignoring child rape is much, much worse. During its telephone survey of 813 of the 906* surgical abortion facilities known to be affiliated with Planned Parenthood or the National Abortion Federation at that time, Life Dynamics found that over 90 percent of the facilities were willing to ignore laws mandating the reporting of child sexual abuse. (*Note: Today there are 513 surgical abortion facilities in the U.S.)

“The Abortion Cartel operates under a veil of secrecy that covers up sexual crimes to the extent that it is difficult to know how deep this problem actually goes. But from what we know, sexual abuse and covering up for sexual abusers are far from rare occurrences,” said Newman. “When it comes to abortion, it’s easier to look the other way, but that kind of cover up has to stop.”

Below is a listing of sex-related abuses documented by Operation Rescue, including links to documents and stories, but we warn you, much of the documentation is disturbingly graphic.

Abortion Personnel with Backgrounds in Sexual Impropriety

Lawson Acpulonu, California: Accused of rape.
Harold O. Alexander, Maryland: “Crossed sexual boundaries” with employees and patients.
Brian Finkel, Arizona: Convicted of sex abuse/rape.
Evie Gradwohl, Oregon: Abortion nurse accused of molestation.
Roger Ian Hardy, Massachusetts: Accused of sex abuse.
Vikram Kaji, New Jersey, Maryland: Had sex with patients.
Jacob Kalo, Michigan: Accused of molestation.
Douglas Karpen, Texas: Accused of sexual harassment.
Timothy Liveright, Delaware: Accused of sexual harassment.
Joel Match, Virginia: Accused of trying to pimp out his girl friend.
Mila Means, Kansas: Improper sexual relationship with patient.
Thomas Michaelis, Ohio: Convicted of child porn.
Mansour G. Panah, Maryland: Sexually abused numerous patients.
Naresh G. Patel, Oklahoma: Accused of rape.
Laurence Reich, California: Convicted of abuse/rape on numerous patients
John Rivera, California: Convicted of molesting a woman in public.
Tony Ray Thornton, Texas: Planned Parenthood CEO arrested for indecent exposure.
Ghevont Wartanian, Maryland: Engaged in sexual misconduct.

New York Abortionist Charged with Manslaughter in Late-term Abortion Death

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – A New York abortionist, Robert Rho, 52, has been indicted on one count of second degree manslaughter in the death of one of his patients, 30-year old Jaimie Lee Morales of Buffalo, who died on July 9, 2016, after a severely botched second trimester abortion.

Rho was charged on Tuesday during a court appearance in Queens, and was released on a $400,000 bail bond. He has promised not to engage in the practice of medicine.

Rho’s attorney told news media, which have already given this case national attention, that Rho closed his abortion facility voluntarily after Morales’ death.

Morales went to Rho’s Liberty Women’s Health Care in Flushing on July 9 for an elective second trimester abortion. According to news reports, Rho thought the abortion went without complication until staff noticed she was bleeding heavily in the recovery room. Rho determined that she required a second procedure, but that did nothing to control the bleeding.

Despite being woozy and having collapsed once at the clinic, Rho released Morales to her sister, who put Morales in her car and began the trip to the sister’s home in the Bronx. Along the way Morales fell off the back seat and became non-responsive as the result of heavy hemorrhaging.

Morales was transported by ambulance to a Bronx-area hospital where she was pronounced dead later that evening.

moralesAn autopsy was performed where it was learned that Rho had lacerated her cervix, punctured her uterus and sliced her uterine artery. Any one of those injuries would cause heavy bleeding, but together, they proved catastrophic.

Prosecutors charged Rho, saying he had been “reckless” in failing to provide adequate medical attention in a timely manner.

“From statements news reports, it seems that Robert Rho’s attorney thinks we should just shrug off the death of Jaime Lee Morales as an unexpected abortion complication. But when a mistake by an abortionist takes a mother’s life, we cannot simply take a ‘things happen’ attitude,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Rho didn’t just make a small mistake, he literally butchered her then kicked her to the curb. We have high praise for the prosecutors that had the courage to seek justice.”

Operation Rescue was aware of Rho and his Liberty Women’s Health Care abortion facility, which were listed at AbortionDocs.org, but little was known about them. Rho had been conducting abortions along with female genital reconstruction surgery for 23 years. There is no record of any previous disciplinary action on his New York medical license profile that may have attracted attention.

Morales is the second woman this year known to have died after an abortion. On July 3, Cree Erwin died in her mother’s bed after receiving an early abortion by Laura Castleman at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan. An autopsy is still pending in that case.