Urgent Action Needed: Fate of Toledo Abortion Business Now in the Hands of Ohio Department of Health

Capital Care Network abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio. #ShutThemDown

By Cheryl Sullenger

Toledo, OH – There have been new developments in the effort to close a dangerous and deceptive abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio, that require urgent action by pro-life supporters.

After the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Ohio Department of Health was within its rights to revoke the Capital Care Network of Toledo’s Abortion Facility License for failing to maintain a local hospital transfer agreement, the abortion business began scrambling to keep its doors open.

Capital Care Network (CCN) convinced ProMedica, a Toledo area hospital, to sign a transfer agreement earlier this week to prevent the closure of the abortion business.

Today, that signed agreement is in the hands of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), according to local news reports. The ODH is well aware of the dangerous conditions and practices that have taken place at CCN over the years. It has been trying to close the facility since 2013.

Now it is up to the Department of Health to decide whether or not to accept the new agreement.

The transfer agreement is necessary to qualify the abortion business for a variance that would allow it to keep its license even though it cannot meet the licensing requirement that abortionists must maintain local hospital privileges in the event of a medical emergency.

In another important development, the CCN’s attorneys have filed a notice of appeal of the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision. If the appeal is allowed to move forward, CCN would be allowed to stay open pending the resolution of that appeal – which could be months away.

“CCN’s appeal is simply another delay tactic to keeps its doors open. That tactic has worked well for them, delaying a closure that was ordered over four years ago. It’s time for the courts to stop playing games with these people and shut them down for good,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “But right now, we need to help the ODH do the right thing. They must reject this new agreement and order the CCN to close immediately.”

Please do two things today to help shut down this abortion business:

1. Pray that the Supreme Court appeal will be rejected as baseless. This would clear the way for the closure order to be enforced. After over four years of litigation, enough is enough!

2. Contact the Ohio Department of Health Executive Director Lance Himes and ask that he reject CCN’s transfer agreement and order the abortion business closed.

Voice: (614) 466-2253
Email: Lance.Himes@odh.ohio.gov and Director@odh.ohio.gov

Read background on the CCN and learn the shocking truth about the dangers this shoddy abortion business poses to the public.

Complaint Moving Forward in Effort to Revoke Florida Abortionist’s Medical License

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tallahassee, FL – Operation Rescue has been notified by letter that its complaint filed against Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV is moving forward to a Probable Cause Panel, which will decide whether a formal disciplinary action will be filed.

The complaint focused on Pendergraft’s arrest in South Carolina in 2015 for operating a “rolling abortion clinic” out of his vehicle and possession of illegal drugs, and his guilty pleas entered on October 16, 2017, on the felony drug possession charges. He was sentenced to five years of probation and fined a total of $26,342.25.

The South Carolina authorities that prosecuted Pendergraft declined to charge him with illegal abortions or practicing medicine without a license even though he has never held a medical license in that state.

“Pendergraft’s criminal conviction may now be his downfall. In truth, he belongs in prison, but license revocation and the closure of his Florida abortion facilities would be a huge victory for all who have worked and prayed that his abortion career would end,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Currently, Pendergraft’s Florida medical license is under suspension for the fifth time for a variety of shoddy abortion practices, including failure to pay the Medical Board $122,000 in fines and costs.

The South Carolina felony convictions should be enough to finally revoke his license permanently.

Pendergraft continues to operate three abortion facilities in Central Florida. The Florida Department of Health revoked the facility licenses of Pendergraft’s four abortion facilities on May 5, 2017, based on his South Carolina arrests. However, three have remained open pending their appeal of the revocations and one has since closed.

Pendergraft’s remaining abortion facilities are:

• EPOC Clinic, LLC in Orlando (which has been rarely open in recent weeks).
• Ft. Lauderdale Women’s Center, LLC in Ft. Lauderdale.
• Orlando Women’s Center, LLC in Orlando.

In light of the felony convictions, and if Pendergraft’s medical license is indeed revoked, it is expected that those facilities will permanently close.

Pendergraft has been involved in a number of legal issues, including repeated alleged criminal activity over the years.

In 2012, Operation Rescue conducted an undercover investigation that discovered he was operating an illegal late-term abortion racket at an unlicensed abortion facility in Maryland with the help of abortionist Harold O. Alexander. Alexander’s medical license was temporarily suspended as a result, and was later revoked.

In 2011, a malpractice case that resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment against him. In an effort to collect on the judgement, a moving van was used to seize the contents of his Orlando Women’s Center in 2013, but he was able to reopen later with supposedly “borrowed” equipment.

In 2015, pro-life activist Michele Herzog caught Pendergraft on video sneaking into the back door of his Orlando abortion facility, apparently to do abortions even though his medical license was listed as “Delinquent” with a note that he was not permitted to practice medicine. No other abortionist was on duty and women filled the waiting room. After Herzog called the police, Pendergraft fled the scene. It was later that same year that he was arrested in South Carolina in the case that could mean the end to his abortion career.

“Pendergraft has managed to stay in business all these years despite efforts by pro-lifers and by regulators to shut him down,” said Newman. “If our complaint succeeds in accomplishing that goal, it will end the career of one of the worst abortionists in America. That would be a victory for women and a huge answer to years of prayer.”

Read the letter from the Florida Department of Health
View Pendergraft’s profile page with further documentation at AbortionDocs.org.

Hospital Agrees to Join with Dangerous, Deceptive Abortion Business to Keep Them Open

Action needed! See below!

Capital Care Network abortion facility in Toledo, Ohio.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Toledo, OH – A Toledo, Ohio, abortion facility has been saved from closure after ProMedica, a local hospital, agreed yesterday to enter into a transfer agreement with them, despite a public campaign led by the pro-life activist group Created Equal that opposed the agreement.

If approved, the transfer agreement is expected to avert an impending closure of the Capital Care Network (CCN), also known as the Toledo Women’s Center, after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on February 6, 2018, that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was within its rights to shut it down.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue stands in support of Created Equal’s campaign to close this facility, and believes it is now time to lobby the Ohio Department of Health to reject this transfer agreement based on a series of deceptions and even crimes perpetrated by CCN and/or its staff over the five years that the closure order was litigated.

Lengthy appeals

The ODH first notified the Capital Care Network of its intent to revoke their Abortion Facility License on August 2, 2013. At issue was CCN’s lack of compliance with a licensing regulation that required licensed abortion facilities to maintain a transfer agreement with a local hospital.

“The appeals process in Ohio takes so long that and allows so much leeway to the offender that this abortion facility, which was known to employ a known sex abuser and repeatedly failed health inspections, was allowed to continue operating even though it could never meet licensing requirements. It is shocking that women were placed in jeopardy by this chronic violator for so many years,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The appeals process in Ohio needs a complete overhaul. Right now, it is essentially worthless.”

From the beginning, the Capital Care Network defied the law and made a mockery of it.

Sham agreement with Michigan hospital

Since CCN was unable to obtain a transfer agreement with a Toledo area hospital, it decided to challenge the definition of “local.” the CCN entered into an agreement with an Ann Arbor, Michigan, hospital. In order to convince the Ohio Department of Health that the out-of-state hospital was “local,” or within the required 30 minutes of travel time, CCN told the Ohio Department of Health that they planned to helicopter women to that facility in the event of an emergency.

That argument was a complete sham perpetrated by the abortion facility, which fully understood that even if a helicopter was available, it would take over an hour to prepare it for flight, and even then, there was no place near CCN for it to land.

Mishandled medical emergency

CCN also argued that it never had need of an ambulance because its abortions were so safe. This proved to be another brazen falsehood.

On tips from local pro-life activists, Operation Rescue documented exactly how the CCN was handling medical emergencies. On April 1, 2017, one woman suffered what the CCN abortionist believed was an incomplete abortion with possible uterine and bowel perforations.

Instead of calling an ambulance, the woman suffering the life-threatening injuries was loaded into the back of an employee’s private vehicle, then dropped off at the Toledo Hospital’s emergency entrance.

CCN was fined $40,000 by the ODH for mishandling the medical emergency, yet this dangerous and deceptive practice still did not close the abortion facility.

“Capital Care Network was willing to endanger the life of a patient in order to hide the fact that abortions done there are not safe. This alone is despicable and should be enough to close them down,” said Newman.

Rogues Gallery of abortionists

CCN’s staff of abortionists over the years have been a regular “Rogues Gallery” of incompetents and criminals.

On November 10, 2014, months after the ODH notified the abortion facility of its intent to shut them down, CCN staff abortionist Thomas Michaelis was arrested and held without bail after federal grand jury indicted him on two criminal counts related to possessing and distributing child pornography. This was years after Michaelis was convicted of Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, Voyeurism, and Public Indecency in 1991 for crimes involving minor girls who had come to his home to visit his 14-year-old daughter.

Abortionist David Burkons, who also worked at CCN, is currently serving a six-month suspension for prescribing dangerous narcotics to fourteen patients, including several friends, without noting the prescriptions in their medical charts. He also left blank, signed prescriptions for his employees to fill out for patients. He claimed that he did not understand that this practice was illegal.

In 2010, CCN’s current abortionist, Lucy Ann Nunnally, reported a malpractice judgement of over $200,000 to the Department of Health in Lansing, Michigan, where she has also worked.

Failed inspection reports

Capital Care Network has a documented history of failed inspection reports dating back to 2011. Citations have included:

• Failure to use proper disease and infection control.
• Incomplete medical records and charts.
• Unsanitary and unsafe conditions affecting patient safety.
• Improper handling of hazardous materials.
• Failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments.
• Medical staff incompetence.
• No RN present who was trained in life support in case of emergency.
• Medications unsecured.

“Given the reality of the chronically unsanitary conditions, dangerous practices, and use of deception, and five years of litigation, it is unbelievable that ProMedica has agreed to affiliate with this abortion dump,” said Newman. “It is equally unbelievable that the Department of Health will just let the Capital Care Network off the hook,” said Newman. “It seems there should be some consideration of past behavior when issuing a facility license. If any abortion facility deserves to be shut down, it is this one.”

Please contact ODH Director Lance Himes and tell him to reject Capital Care Network’s new transfer agreement and shut this dangerous abortion facility down.

Voice: (614) 466-2253
Email: Lance.Himes@odh.ohio.gov and Director@odh.ohio.gov

Second CSI Van Spotted at Abortion Facility – This Time in Alabama

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tuscaloosa, AL – Somewhat of a mystery has developed over the past few days as a second group of pro-life activists describe the presence of Crime Scene Investigation van at their local abortion facility.

Last week, Operation Rescue reported on the presence of a Palm Beach County Crime Scene unit at Presidential Women’s Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on February 6, 2018. It was unclear why the unit was dispatched to that abortion facility, but given the fact that PWC was referred to the State Attorney General’s office by the U.S. House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives for illegally trafficking in aborted baby remains, it raised hopes the Crime Scene unit was gathering evidence in that case.

Since then, pro-life activists in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, told Operation Rescue that a similar Crime Scene unit was seen at the West Alabama Women’s Center abortion facility on February 3, 2018.

However, additional details emerging from the Tuscaloosa incident may shed more light on why Crime Scene Units have now been spotted at two abortion businesses in two states within days of each other.

The van at the Tuscaloosa abortion business was from the City of Gadsden, which is about 120 miles from Tuscaloosa. Pro-life activists also noticed that one of the two CSI officers that entered the abortion facility carried a small Styrofoam cooler in and out of the facility.

It is possible that the Crime Scene Investigators were collecting evidence related to a sexual assault on an underage girl that took place in Gadsden, which resulted in a pregnancy, and tragically, an abortion. Many states are required to preserve the remains of babies aborted in these circumstances for DNA testing so that the rapist can be positively identified and brought to justice.

Nevertheless, it is a rare occurrence to spot a Crime Scene Unit at an abortion facility, and to have two sightings within days of each other is exceptionally rare.

“The mystery has certainly deepened. We don’t actually know why these crimes scene officers visited the two abortion facilities. It seems to be an unlikely coincidence. But one thing is sure; abortion businesses have been known to break the law, and having a CSI van out front of abortion facilities sends just that message,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “One need only read the House Select Panel’s criminal referral of Presidential Women’s Center to understand the criminal influences within the Abortion Cartel.”

Ambulance Called to Falls Church Abortion Facility with Documented Sanitation Citations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Falls Church, VA – An ambulance was called to the Falls Church Health Care Center abortion facility on February 3, 2018, to transport a woman to a nearby emergency room. Emergency responders were inside the facility for about 15 minutes before the woman was finally wheeled to the ambulance.

The incident was photographed by pro-life activist Ruby Nicado of Lifeguard, who told Operation Rescue that just as the woman was being brought out of the facility on a gurney, one clinic escort shoved an umbrella in to her face to block her camera. That aggressive move was unnecessary because the patient was completely covered with a sheet so her identity was never in jeopardy.

Moments later, the abortionist on duty that day, Jan Paul Fruiterman, emerged from the abortion facility and rode with the ambulance to the hospital.

Operation Rescue attempted to retrieve records related to the expected 911 emergency dispatch, but none existed, making it likely the abortion facility bypassed the 911 system and called an ambulance directly. This practice results in slower response times than dialing 911, delaying care for those experiencing medical emergencies.

Nicdao was able to learn that the patient was alive when she reached the hospital and “improved a great deal quickly” once there.

The Falls Church Health Care Center has a record of failed inspection reports dating back to 2012, just prior to the enactment of minimum licensing requirements in 2013.

The most recent inspection report, dated November 17, 2016, contained 13 pages of citations. It noted “the agency was not incompliance” with licensing regulations.

Citations included the failure to ensure that all employees participated infection control training. As a result, it was found that the facility had the following violations:

• Equipment was not properly cleaned between patients.
• Cleaning solutions were not prepared in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. This can affect the effectiveness of the cleaners.
• Failed to observe sanitary practices for administering IV drugs.
• Failed to properly use personal protective equipment, such as eye protection during surgical abortion procedures.

The Falls Church Health Center also failed to ensure all employees were trained in fire safety or emergency/disaster training, engaged in shoddy record keeping, and other violations.

But perhaps most disturbing was an incident when one woman was given the abortion drug Misoprostol and a dose of Librium for anxiety prior to a scheduled surgical abortion. However, the abortionist had failed to determine the gestational age of the baby prior to dispensing abortion inducing drugs, as required. In Virginia, businesses licensed as Abortion Facilities are allowed to do abortions up to 13.6 weeks. Abortions later than that are required to be done at a hospital or Ambulatory Surgical Facility.

Uncomfortable with conducting the abortion beyond the legal limit, the unnamed abortionist discharged the patient with a prescription of birth control pills and a referral to another facility. There is no record of any follow-up to ensure the patient actually went to the other facility.

“Essentially, Falls Church Health Care gave a patient abortion-inducing drugs, then kicked her to the curb when it was discovered she was too far along. This was a huge lapse in compliance that placed the women, who was in her second trimester of pregnancy, in a potentially dangerous situation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “With one failed inspection report after another along with practices that place the lives and heath of women in danger, this abortion facility should be closed.”

It is doubtful that will happen under the current Democratic state administration, which “eviscerated” licensing standards last year, rendering them nearly meaningless, according to Virginia Cobb, President of the Family Foundation. The Board of Health has also ended monthly reports on abortion facilities at their meetings, which had been previously required.