Michigan “Trunk Abortionist” Pleads No Contest to Three Felony Counts of Larceny

By Cheryl Sullenger

Detroit, MI – Abortionist Michael Arthur Roth, 75, appeared in a McComb County Circuit Court today and entered a plea of “No Contest” to three felony counts of Larceny in a Building.

The no contest pleas constitute felony convictions.

Activist Lynn Mills of Pro-Life Michigan was in the court room during the hearing and told Operation Rescue that Roth made a plea for leniency because he recently suffered a stroke.

Roth was criminally charged as the result of a car accident in 2015, when police discovered stolen drugs, abortion equipment, and aborted baby remains in his trunk. Roth had been secretly carrying out hazardous home abortions. He and an accomplice had stolen the instruments and drugs from an abortion facility owned by Angel Ojeda, who had employed Roth.

The incident earned him a nickname as the “Trunk Abortionist,” because he operated his illicit home abortion business out of the trunk of his car.

Roth’s Michigan medical license was suspended for one year, effective on October 13, 2017. He was also fined $25,000 for the “unlawful possession of a controlled substance” by the Michigan Medical Board.

Roth is due to be sentenced on December 7, 2017.

Newman Joins Pro-Life Leaders in Alabama to Demand Closure of Shoddy Planned Parenthood in Birmingham

By Cheryl Sullenger

Birmingham, AL – Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, will join national pro-life leaders in Alabama this week to demand the closing of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Birmingham, Alabama, in light of a documented pattern of substandard practices, and its continued defiance of Alabama law and regulations.

Despite multiple egregious violations found during a recent failed inspection, the Alabama Department of Public Health has been slow to enforce Alabama laws when it comes to the Planned Parenthood facility. The pro-life groups hope to change that this week.

In addition to Newman of Operation Rescue, other participating pro-life leaders include Catherine Glen Foster, CEO of Americans United for Life; Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition; and Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC For Life, who organized the week’s events. State and local leaders from Alabama are also expected to participate.

The groups will conduct joint press conferences in Birmingham on Tuesday and Montgomery on Wednesday, along with a series of planned radio interviews, including one on Priority Talk Radio with Greg Davis Monday, October 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. CDT.

For more information about Planned Parenthood Birmingham, including quotes from Newman and other national leaders, please see the CEC for Life press release, which is reprinted below.

PR: Premier Pro-Life Legal Group Calls for Action in Planned Parenthood Public Health Crisis

BIRMINGHAM, AL, Oct. 13, 2017 — On Tuesday, October 17th, at 9:30 AM, Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of the nation’s premier pro-life legal group, Americans United for Life (AUL), will hold a press conference directly in front of Planned Parenthood Birmingham. She will be joined by national pro-life groups Charismatic Episcopal Church For Life, Operation Rescue (OR), and Christian Defense Coalition (CDC), as well as the pro-life community of Alabama.

As a national leader in state law, AUL provided model legislation for many of Alabama’s regulations regarding abortion facilities. The Alabama state legislature used AUL’s model legislation to pass laws protecting Alabama women and their unborn children from dangerous, substandard abortion facilities. Sadly, these laws have not been consistently enforced.

This press conference will expose this lack of enforcement and offer concrete solutions to protect Alabama women and children. It will also launch the campaign Birmingham Babies Deserve Better, which is dedicated to exposing the substandard practices of Planned Parenthood Birmingham and its continued defiance of Alabama law and regulations. National and local leaders will call for specific regulatory agencies to take action to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, including the revocation of this deficient facility’s license.

Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC For Life, reports, “A September 2016 deficiency report released by the Alabama Department of Public Health reveals that this Planned Parenthood completely fails to offer legitimate healthcare to the citizens of Alabama, or even follow simple procedures, like sterilizing medical instruments. This on the heels of their 2014 debacle, when Planned Parenthood was forced to fire their entire staff and close down for nearly ten months after employees were caught selling abortion drugs illegally out of the parking lot. The facility didn’t even bother to notify ADPH of the incident.”

This is not the first time CEC for Life has helped launch such a campaign. Alabama’s abortion businesses have a well-documented history of disregarding lives and state laws, and CEC For Life has worked with many national organizations in the past, including Operation Rescue and Christian Defense Coalition, to expose the substandard and illegal activities of these abortion businesses to seemingly apathetic state agencies.
In 2013, a nearly two-year public awareness campaign resulted in the final shutdown of the nefarious New Woman All Women facility in Birmingham, an abortion business that once yielded 76 pages of deficiencies, and even opened illegally after losing their license from the state.

In 2015, CEC For Life, along with The Restoration Project and leaders like Dr. Alveda King, worked together again to expose and close down Samuel Lett’s illegal and unlicensed abortion operation in the historic city of Selma.

Fr. Gensemer says, “In both cases, the state presented little to no resistance to these illegal clinics. If it were not for dedicated citizens placing pressure on state agencies to actually do their job, these dangerous abortion operations would still be open, still endangering women and killing children.”

AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster adds, “The problem here is not that Alabama failed to pass sound legislation to regulate healthcare facilities, to protect both women and their unborn children. Alabama state legislators have done their job. But these state agencies, ADPH in particular, do not seem to have enforced that legislation when it comes to abortion. The question is, why?”

Troy Newman, President of OR, comments, “This facility has been opening and closing for months at a time. Seventeen pages worth of 2016 deficiencies prove they have no handle on their own employees and no intention of following state regulations. At this point, these state agencies seem to be protecting the abortion industry over the lives of Alabama citizens.”

The press conference will take place Tuesday, Oct. 17th, at 9:30 a.m., directly in front of Planned Parenthood (1211 27th Pl S). Later that day, national and local leaders will hold a second press conference on the steps of ADPH in Montgomery, calling on ADPH to enforce Alabama law and regulations, and hold Planned Parenthood accountable for its deficiencies.

Director of CDC Rev. Pat Mahoney, based out of D.C., says, “We are coming to Birmingham and Montgomery to ensure the women and children of Alabama are protected from the dangerous and unsafe practices of Planned Parenthood. It is the solemn responsibility of state and governmental agencies to ensure the citizens of their state are protected from harm and danger.

“This is not just a ‘pro-life issue’ but a medical safety issue that must be addressed. Therefore, we call upon the Alabama Department of Health and all other related government entities to immediately shut down this dangerous Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to ensure the women and children of the Great State of Alabama are protected.”

Confirmed: Carhart’s New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Bethesda is Illegally Unlicensed

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has received confirmation from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that the new late-term abortion facility located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 104 in Bethesda, Maryland, is not licensed as an abortion facility as required by state law.

The facility, currently operating under the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is run by Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

That means any abortions he plans to do beginning on October 17, 2017, would be illegal.

Since Operation Rescue released the address of Carhart’s secret new abortion facility yesterday, the AbortionClinics.org web site has been changed to show a location in Bethesda, Maryland, along with an announcement that it would be “Offering advanced gestation abortion care in Maryland Starting Tuesday, October 17th!”

“There is no way Carhart could get the Bethesda location licensed by next Tuesday. It looks like he thought he could sneak some abortions in under the radar without having to comply with licensing laws,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is just another example of how much disregard Carhart has for the law and for the safety of his patients.”

Operation Rescue researchers uncovered the location of Carhart’s unlicensed abortion business through a successful undercover investigation.

Today, two complaints were filed by Operation Rescue with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and with the Maryland Board of Physicians.

“We trust that any effort to open that Bethesda facility without a valid license will be met with swift action on the part of Maryland authorities, who are already aware of the situation,” said Newman.

Meanwhile, local and national pro-life leaders plan to hold a press conference outside the illegal Bethesda abortion office on October 17, 2017, to announce further plans to oppose the dangerous new facility. Details to follow.

International Safe Abortion Day Should be International UNSAFE Abortion Day

By Cheryl Sullenger

Today is International Safe Abortion Day, and to commemorate it, the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute, (Planned Parenthood’s former “research” arm), published a new report today that indicates 45.1% of the 55.7 million abortions conducted annually worldwide are unsafe.

Researchers opined that countries with fewer abortion laws had a higher abortion safety rate.

“Today’s report about abortion safety is pure supposition based on numbers the so-called ‘researchers’ admit are unreliable. It is nothing but a propaganda effort to provide fake data for those seeking to do away with true safety laws that actually save lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “What they propose is dangerous and destructive.”

America has seen what it looks like when there is no accountability or weak enforcement of existing health and safety laws.

It looks like Kermit Gosnell.

At the ramshackle Women’s Medical Society in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gosnell and his unlicensed staff conducted abortions under the most gruesome circumstances up until police raided it in February 2010. The squalid conditions and dangerous practices led one reporter to dub the Gosnell’s abortion facility a “House of Horrors” where late-term babies were born alive and brutally murdered with a pair of scissors to the back of the neck.

Despite two patient deaths and several complaints from doctors who treated women that had contracted sexually transmitted diseases from the unsterilized surgical instruments, the Pennsylvania Department of Health turned a blind eye that allowed Gosnell and his crew of quack abortionists to commit unspeakably inhumane acts.

Abortion without accountability also looks like Keisha Atkins, Jaimie Lee Morales, Cree Erwin, Lakisha Wilson, Jennifer Morbelli, Maria Santiago, Tonya Reaves, Alexandria Nunez, Ying Chen, Karnamaya Mongar, and Laura Hope Smith, and unknown numbers of other women who visited abortion facilities in the U.S. – supposedly one of the safest places for abortions according to the propagandists at the WHO and Guttmacher Institute – but died as a result of their “safe abortions” within the past ten years. [Learn more about what happened to these women.]

It looks like the grief of a mother in her heart-wrenching 911 call after she found her daughter dead just two days after a “safe and legal” abortion at Planned Parenthood in Michigan.

Abortion without accountability looks like hundreds of ambulances that pull up to American abortion facilities to transport women suffering life-threatening abortion complications. It looks like 911 calls for help – some frantic and come cold-hearted – by facilities with no emergency arrangement except to dump women on Emergency Rooms, which do not maintain an ObGyn on staff to handle such emergencies. (And those are the lucky ones. Others have been butchered then discharged, forcing women to find their own way to a hospital, or stuffed in the backs of private vehicles and kicked to the curb at the emergency room entrance.)

Abortion without laws to regulate it looks like the reams of failed inspection reports that have crossed our desks at Operation Rescue from abortion facilities where staff isn’t adequately trained, few understand how to properly sterilize surgical equipment, and where abortionists question why they have to wash their hands.

Tragically, supposedly “safe and legal” abortion looks like the mutilated bodies of an estimated 60 million babies since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized child-killing in the U.S. These babies have been treated in death nearly as inhumanely as they were in life where they have been dumped like garbage, flushed down the sewer, or sold for profit like a slab of meat at the market.

In our experience at Operation Rescue, there is no such thing as a “safe” abortion. Certainly, it is (almost) always fatal for the baby in the womb, and it is fraught with hazards for the mothers who get them.

A safe abortion is one that never takes place, where women find life-affirming ways to cope with their challenges, and where the world wakes up and rejects the fake news and propaganda of the left that seems to revel in the death of every baby that is aborted.

Until then, every day is International UNSAFE Abortion Day.

For more about abortion abuses that take place in America every day, visit AbortionDocs.org.
For videos featuring abortion-related medical emergencies and 911 recordings, visit our YouTube Channel.

Abortion Work and Mental Illness Connection Raised Again by Abortionist’s Suicide

By Cheryl Sullenger

Last week, Operation Rescue reported that Rick Van Thiel, a Las Vegas man who had learned to do abortions by watching YouTube videos, had committed suicide in jail while awaiting trial.

Van Thiel was a troubled man with no medical background, who operated an exceedingly dangerous underground abortion business out of a shabby trailer parked in his back yard. He was a five-time convicted felon in California and Nevada on charges related to battery, assault, burglary and robbery. He had also been heavily involved in the pornography business.

In the quack abortion business, Van Thiel found new opportunities. He advertised for patients on Craig’s List and on seedy “adult” websites using patient testimonials raving about the “unbeatable prices” of his $200 abortions, which he referred be paid in silver due to his distrust of the federal government. He claimed to be a “sovereign” who was not subject to state or federal laws.

He also claimed to be able to cure any STD, including AIDS, and even performed dentistry such as tooth extractions.

But despite his life of crime, perversion, and quackery, Van Thiel’s suicide was an indication he may have suffered from mental health disorders.

This raises the subject of mental illness, addiction, and suicide that have been known to occur with alarming frequency among abortion workers.

Here are some examples:

1991: Former abortion clinic director Deborah Fleming, of San Diego, CA committed suicide after years of work at a politically radical abortion facility. Fleming, who I knew personally, shot herself in the head after despondency over the loss of her baby, who died from meconium inhalation during a home birth. Years of work in an abortion clinic taught her to distrust abortionists – and all doctors – causing her to delay seeking medical care for her infant until it was too late.

1993: Donald Clyde Willis was depressed over a difficult divorce. One night, as he sat in a park behind his Oregon home, he put a gun to his forehead and pulled the trigger. Surprisingly, he survived. After he was well enough, Willis spent three months confined to a mental hospital. He later moved from Oregon to California, where he continues to conduct abortions at a facility in Bakersfield.

Early 2000’s: Albert R. Brown was an abortionist who is best known for dumping the remains of 54 aborted babies aged 8-24 weeks gestation in a field in Chino Hills, California. After an 18-month investigation, on October 11, 1998, the babies were later interred by a group of pro-life activists at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside. Brown’s medical license was revoked in 1999, and sometime later, he committed suicide.

2014: Kimberly Marion Walker struggled with mental illness her entire adult life. When she was taking her medications and undergoing regular therapy, she was functional, but when she went off her meds, she suffered the full effects of Bipolar Disorder with psychosis, schizophrenia, and paranoia. Walker was a medical school graduate, but because of her mental instability, she had difficulty obtaining a medical license. That did not seem to bother New Jersey abortion chain owner Steven Chase Brigham, who hired Walker to train in doing abortions. Despite her involvement with Brigham’s illicit abortion business, she was granted a conditional license to practice in Maryland in February 2013, but by October of that year, she had gone off her meds again in violation of her licensing conditions. Her license was revoked in December 2013. Two weeks later, Walker was found dead at the age of 36 from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

The issue of mental illness within the Abortion Cartel is a serious one that affects patient safety.

Whether abortion attracts the mentally ill, or exacerbates existing issues due to the grisly, morally repugnant nature of the work is a matter of debate, and I am far from an expert on the subject. However, it appears from my anecdotal research at Operation Rescue to be a combination of the two cases.

So why are those with obvious mental health issues attracted to the business of abortion? I sought to answer that question, at least in part, in my book, The Trial of Kermit Gosnell (2017, World Ahead Press).

Mental health disorders figured prominently in the 2013 Gosnell trial, which I attended. There, I heard first-hand the testimony of Gosnell’s clinic workers, many of which were diagnosed with mental disorders, and some admitted they suffered from addiction.

“It stands to reason that there are many more mentally unfit or addicted workers currently staffing abortion clinics around America,” I wrote in The Trial of Kermit Gosnell. “This issue is yet another argument in favor of greater accountability for abortion providers and businesses, as if the crimes of Kermit Gosnell are not enough.”

The following is a relevant excerpt from that book that discussed the prevalence of mental disorders suffered by Gosnell and his employees.
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The Gosnell trial highlighted a little discussed yet extremely troubling aspect that appears to be relatively common throughout the abortion cartel, and that is the problem of mental illness. Gosnell sought out employees among those with little education who were in desperate circumstances, and in some cases, suffering from mental illness and/or substance abuse. Gosnell would take them in, treat them as patients, perhaps house them, and create in them a sense of dependency on him. In this way, he could exert control over them and keep them working long hours under the most horrendous of conditions.

Elizabeth Hampton, a foster sister to Gosnell’s third wife, Pearl, had testified she suffered from depression and anxiety in addition to alcohol abuse, and that she once had a “nervous breakdown.” She attempted to sever ties with Gosnell’s business after her involvement in a traumatic episode there that caused her to relapse into alcoholism. She was pressured by the Gosnell’s to return to work at the clinic, and she eventually succumbed to that pressure “out of obligation,” even though she hated the work. Liz lived rent-free in one of Gosnell’s homes and had her paychecks filtered through Pearl. Even her common-law husband, Jimmy, relied on the Gosnell’s for employment. This placed Liz’s life almost completely under Gosnell’s control.

Sherry West was also financially desperate and admitted to mental health issues, including an anxiety disorder for which she was medicated with Prozac. Like Liz, she also experienced a “nervous breakdown.” She was essentially unemployable—except at Kermit Gosnell’s abortion business. West had a deep loyalty to Gosnell and attempted to defend him even from the witness stand.

Lynda Williams could aptly be described as a basket case. She met Gosnell while working at an abortion clinic in Delaware where Gosnell conducted abortions on a part-time basis. After the murder of her husband, she found herself in a financially desperate situation. She admitted to suffering from mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, an anxiety disorder, and depression that caused her to be heavily medicated with at least three kinds of drugs. Gosnell took her in and was treating her as a patient, prescribing drugs for her mental conditions. She soon developed a dependency on Gosnell for her drugs and her livelihood, which led her to adamantly defend his practices. She repeatedly told police he did nothing wrong.

Steven Massof was a misfit with an inordinate fascination with abortions, particularly the late-term variety. He earned a medical degree in a third-world Caribbean nation that lacked the same medical standards as found in the US. After failing to qualify for a residency in America, Massof agreed to work long hours for low wages for the opportunity to abort late-term babies. While undiagnosed, I highly suspected from his strange demeanor in court and ghoulish fascination (or perhaps obsession) with later abortions that he also suffered some kind of mental illness. He, too, fell under Gosnell’s control, but to a lesser degree than some of the women.

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But mental illness amongst abortion workers is a phenomenon that is not confined only to Gosnell’s abortion staff. Abortion facilities experience high rates of employee turnover due to the grisly nature of the business. This has made abortion businesses willing to hire workers that legitimate medical practices would never consider. Because abortion businesses must repeatedly draw from a very shallow pool of workers, abortion facilities are often staffed with poorly educated workers who find it difficult to obtain employment elsewhere. Some of them are plagued with addiction issues and/or mental health conditions.

In addition, abortionists with addiction and psychological problems tend to gravitate to the abortion business, probably because they can continue to work and even flourish at abortion clinics where there is very little accountability. While their deteriorating mental conditions and physical skills would be noticed and reported at a legitimate medical practice, at abortion clinics they may go without notice.

The Trial of Kermit Gosnell: Shocking Details and What It Revealed About the Abortion Industry in America is available at Amazon.com.