UNSAFE: Ambulance Transports 12th Patient from Unaccountable Milwaukee Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Milwaukee, WI – Affiliated Medical Services, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is an independent urban abortion facility that is no stranger to medical emergencies.

According to local activist Dan Miller, since February 2010, he has counted twelve ambulances that have transported abortion patients to local hospitals – including the most recent incident that took place on November 18, 2017.

A search for 911 records for the November 18th incident turned up empty, an indication that Affiliated Medical Services bypasses the 911 system to avoid any public records of the incident. Instead, the abortion business contacts Bell Critical Care Paramedic Ambulance Services directly – a practice that is known to be slower at summoning help that using the 911 exchange.

Without the diligent pro-life activists who have maintained a presence at Affiliated Women’s Services for years, there would be no record that this abortion facility had ever experienced an abortion complication, much less those that are so serious they require emergency assistance and hospitalization is required.

Activists recorded the arrival of the ambulance at the abortion facility at 10:15 a.m. Within minutes, paramedics removed a patient from an alley door and loaded her into the ambulance as clinic volunteers deployed sheets to block the injured woman from view.

According to the Affiliated Medical Services web site, the abortion business conducts abortions through 21 weeks of pregnancy at a cost from $525 and go up to $2,500, not including a $100 fee for a state-mandated informed consent appointment that is followed by a 24-hour reflection period.

A search of the online Wisconsin Department of Health Provider Search showed no record of a facility license for Affiliated Medical Services, even though high-risk surgical abortions through five months of pregnancy are done there.

“This abortion business is flying under the regulatory radar, and that is posing a serious danger to women,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “There are obviously patient care issues at Affiliated Medical Services that should be investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Health before anyone else is seriously injured or killed.”

Previous medical emergencies at Affiliated Medical Services include one on November 30, 2006, two transports that took place on April 8, 2011, and another on July 21, 2012.

AbortionDocs.org Answers Questions with Over 13,000 Documents on Abortion Cartel

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – Have you ever wondered how many abortion facilities are operating in the U.S., in your state, or in your community? Perhaps you have been curious about whether an abortion facility in your area passed it last health inspection, has malpractice judgements, or has hired an abortionist with a disciplinary or criminal history.

Answers to those questions and more are available at Operation Rescue’s informational web site, AbortionDocs.org. This web site is an impressive resource for pro-life advocates that can assist life-saving efforts with revealing documentation on abortion facilities around the nation.

AbortionDocs.org maintains the most accurate listing of abortion facilities in the U.S. It also contains a listing of known abortionists and the facilities where they have been known to work.

But perhaps the most useful feature of AbortionDocs.org is an ever-growing number of documents related to individual abortionists and their businesses. The documents – over 13,000 so far — are a great source for those conducting wanting to learn more about a particular abortion business or provider, but are not willing to settle for hear-say.

These documents represent court records, medical board documents, health department reports that describe disciplinary action, criminal histories, failed inspection citations, and other important records that can help you better understand the Abortion Cartel and their historical behavior.

The site also links to thousands of articles that have appeared in print, photos, and video related abortion providers that give true insight into the dangers associated with a particular abortion establishment or abortionist.

One other helpful feature of AbortionDocs.org is the “Closed” tab, which features a searchable listing of now defunct abortion facilities and former abortionists who have quit or been forced out of the abortion business. It also contains a listing of “Worst Offenders,” which includes the likes of convicted murderer and illegal late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell and convicted illegal late-term abortionist James S. Pendergraft, among others.

“AbortionDocs.org is the most accurate abortion facility list and document repository concerning abortion facilities online in America,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We invest many man-hours each week ensuring AbortionDocs.org is continually being updated with the latest information available, so pro-life supporters as well as the curious can be as informed as possible about what is really going on at the abortion facilities in this country.”

AbortionDoc.org is a work in progress. Despite the large body of information currently available on the web site, Operation Rescue is continually seeking additional documents, photos, videos, and articles.

“We hope those who use AbortionDocs.org will help us keep the site as current and complete as possible. We urge anyone with information or documentation concerning abuses at abortion facilities to contact us, and become part of this project to educate the American people about the true — and very unseemly — nature of abortion.” said Newman.

Those with tips, documents, photos, video, or other data can contact Operation Rescue at info.operationrescue(@)gmail.com or call our office at 316-683-6790.

San Diego Abortion Facility Where Abortionist Engaged in Demonic Rant Has Closed

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Diego, CA – FPA Women’s Health, a chain of California abortion facilities, has shut down its troubled office on Miramar Road in San Diego, effective on Friday, November 17, 2017.

The San Diego location was the site of an incident involving abortionist Robert Santella and pro-life activist Zephaniah Mel. Santella threatened Mel with a pair of surgical scissors during a bizarre demonic rant, that included hissing and a confession that he loved killing children during abortions.

That behavior, along with complaints of malpractice and botched abortions, resulted in Santella’s firing from the abortion chain, which he had been affiliated with for over 30 years. Santella was forced to surrender his medical license after the California Medical Board charged him with negligence and unprofessional conduct.

Operation Rescue confirmed that Santella’s medical license has been surrendered and his private office on College Avenue in San Diego, where he also conducted abortions, is also closed.

The FPA office was also the scene of several medical emergencies that required ambulance transport, including one in September 2015, when a mother accompanying her daughter for an abortion was forced to call an ambulance for her bleeding daughter when the FPA Women’s Health staff refused. Her action likely saved her daughter’s life.

FPA Women’s Health has had a presence in San Diego County since the 1980s. The high-volume abortion business, which once boasted that its “doctors” spent only three minutes per patient completing abortions, has been forced to move a number of times.

While located in La Mesa, California, in the 1990s, the FPA abortion facility was the site of numerous large pro-life sit-ins, that resulted in the arrests of several peaceful protesters. In early 2002, the abortion business’ landlord finally evicted them from their office. FPA relocated Sixth Avenue across from Balboa Park, until being forced to move again when the building they occupied was slated for demolition. Their most recent address on Miramar Road was considered an odd location since it was situated in the middle of a furniture mall.

Two years ago, a pro-life alternatives facility, Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, moved in next door to the abortion facility, and impacted FPA’s business by offering women assistance and positive alternatives to abortion.

Now, Operation Rescue has confirmed that the San Diego FPA abortion business is relocating once again, this time to the more conservative East County community of El Cajon. That facility is located at 1625 E. Main Street, Suite 202, in El Cajon — right next to an Albertson’s grocery store, which is sure to create tension in the community.

“We are thankful that this abortion business has been once again forced to move, thanks to the prayers and action of pro-life activists, who have been so faithful on the sidewalks throughout the decades. When abortion businesses relocate, it usually results in a loss of business – which means babies’ lives are spared,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray the El Cajon FPA office shuts down soon and has nowhere to relocate.”

Ohio Pro-Life Group Demands Closure of Akron-Area Abortion Business for Persistent Egregious Violations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Akron, OH – A letter sent to the Ohio Department of Health from Right to Life of Northeast Ohio reveals lax enforcement of the state’s health and safety codes that is allowing a deteriorating abortion facility operating on an expired facility license to expose hundreds of women per year to shoddy conditions and practices that could harm them.

In a letter dated November 10, 2017, Denise Leipold, Executive Director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio to Lance Himes, Ohio Department of Health Director, called for the closure of the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center due to years of violations that endanger patients, including 24-pages of citations found in a July 11, 2017, inspection report.

The Northeast Ohio Women’s Center is owned and operated by disgraced abortionist David Burkons, who is serving a six-month suspension of his Ohio medical license for prescribing dangerous controlled substances to friends without noting the prescriptions in their medical records, and for leaving signed blank prescription pads for his employees to fill out.

“While Right to Life of Northeast Ohio is an advocate against abortion, as long as abortion remains legal, we are equally concerned about the welfare and safety of the unsuspecting women who choose to visit locations operated or supervised by individuals like Burkons without being aware of the history of the abortionists or the facility. It should be the duty of the Ohio Department of Health and any other regulatory agencies that have allowed facilities like this to remain in operation in violation of established law to force compliance or order them to close,” Leipold wrote.

Leipold revealed that despite his suspended medical license, Burkons is still regularly seen at his abortion facility, raising suspicions that he may be engaged in nefarious activity there. That suspicion is founded in past performance.

The Northeast Ohio Women’s Center formerly operated under the name Capital Care Network of Cuyahoga Falls. This facility employed Burkons and a known sex offender, Thomas Michaelis. In June 2013, Capital Care Network was ordered to close due to “extensive health and safety violations and multiple drug offenses,” according to Leipold.

Six months later, Burkons purchased the failed abortion facility and reopened it as the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center.

“The only thing that changed was the name,” Leipold wrote.

That facility was denied an Ambulatory Surgical Facility license after it unsurprisingly failed a licensing inspection. The facility continued supplying medication abortions, which no not require a facility license, until it was finally received an ASF license in 2015.

However, despite the fact that the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center’s facility license expired on May 31, 2016, and has not been renewed, the abortion business has been allowed to stay open.

On November 29, 2016, the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center was issued a 21-page deficiency report with multiple citations affecting the 435 abortion patients that had been seen in the twelve months prior to the inspection. But, there was no timely follow-up visit to ensure that all of the violations were corrected.

A follow-up licensure compliance inspection was finally conducted on July 11, 2017, where 24 pages of violations were discovered, including twelve violations that were cited, but never corrected, after the May 2016, inspection that occurred fourteen months earlier.

Those repeat offenses, which affected 754 abortion patients over the previous twelve months, included:

The facility’s so-called “quality assurance program” was a complete sham. Staff told inspectors that there were never any meetings as required, and a necessary Quality Assurance manual did not exist, despite obviously falsified documentation to the contrary.
Failure to test staff annually for tuberculosis and failure to follow up on one employee who had a positive TB test in 2013.
Failure to provide job descriptions to employees.
Failure to train staff in the proper cleaning of surgical instruments, which resulted in surgical instruments not being properly reprocessed for use.
Inadequate staff orientation and training, which can cause patient care issues.
Failure to conduct annual employee performance evaluations.
Failure to maintain a sanitary and safe facility. Included improper sterilization procedures, sloppy infection control measures, cross-contamination, and surfaces that could not be properly disinfected.
Infection control audits were not used to improve patient care.
Additional quality assurance violations, since they did not actually have a Quality Assurance program.
Failure to implement a program for pro-active assessment of high risk activities related to patient safety and undertake appropriate improvements.
No evidence the facility’s Director of Nursing was qualified for that position.
Failure to ensure that three registered nurses had the required Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification.

In addition to these repeat offenses, two additional violations were cited.

Failure to develop a quality assurance plan, hold regular meetings, and set quality improvement goals. Staff confirmed that the facility did not work on quality.
Equipment for emergency use was expired. While the facility’s log indicated the contents of the crash cart had been inspected, expired and outdated supplies remained.

Nevertheless, despite evidence of deteriorating conditions, falsified logs, failure to make promised corrections, an expired facility license, and the suspension of the facility’s Medical Director for illegal drug prescription distribution, the Ohio Department of Health has remarkably allowed the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center to stay open.

“The situation at Burkon’s abortion facility represents a concerning regulatory failure. The meager attempts to discipline this motley bunch at the Northeast Ohio Women’s Center has been inadequate to protect the public. The way things are right now, the laws of Ohio regarding abortion businesses have been rendered meaningless,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Health departments in Ohio and elsewhere must come to the realization that abortion businesses are not like legitimate health care facilities. They cannot be treated the same way, and they simply cannot be trusted with the honor system when it comes to correcting problems.”

But the scandal does not end there.

Burkons also serves as medical director at Preterm, the Cleveland abortion facility where Lakisha Wilson died as the result of an avoidable botched late-term abortion in March 2014. Preterm has also been the site of multiple medical emergencies that have been exacerbated by a frequently malfunctioning elevator and sloppy patient care practices.

Burkons is also affiliated with the Toledo Women’s Center/Capital Care Network, which has been in the news due to its failure to maintain a required hospital transfer agreement that resulted in a Department of Health closure order. Toledo Women’s Center appealed the closure order and has been allowed to stay open.

On April 1, 2017, a facility employee was caught transferring a woman with a suspected bowel perforation and incomplete abortion from the abortion business to the hospital emergency room in an employee’s private vehicle in order to avoid having the medical emergency discovered ahead of its hospital transfer agreement case being heard before the Ohio Supreme Court. A letter of intent to fine the abortion facility $40,000 for the mismanaging the medical emergency was issued on August 21, 2017. Yet, the facility falsely argued in court on September 12, 2017, that it hadn’t experienced a medical emergency that required an ambulance transfer in years.

This highlights another regulatory issue that is keeping Burkons in business and the shoddy abortion facilities with which he is involved operating.

The appeals process in Ohio allows unsafe abortion businesses that cannot comply with licensing regulations to remain open for years while appeals filed by abortionists wind through the court system at a glacial pace.

While the Ohio Department of Health has attempted to cite abortion facilities, discipline offending abortionists, and shut down facilities that cannot or will not comply with the law, those efforts have been stymied by an appeals system that benefits the offenders at the expense of vulnerable patients. Abortionists long ago learned how to game the system to stay open almost indefinitely without the inconvenience of bringing their substandard facilities into compliance.

“We join Right to Life of Northeast Ohio in calling for the immediate closure of Northeast Ohio Women’s Center on an emergency basis,” said Newman. “We also urge the Ohio Department of Health to work with the Legislature to amend their outmoded enforcement protocols that leave dangerous abortion facilities up and running for years while unsafe conditions and practices persist.”

Read the Nov. 10, 2017, letter from Leipold to ODS Director Lance Himes.

Planned Parenthood Abortionist Involved in Patient’s Death Is Now Being Sued for an Unwanted Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Flint, Michigan — Last year, Planned Parenthood abortionist Laura Castleman was involved in the fatal abortion of Cree Erwin. Erwin received a suction aspiration abortion at a Planned Parenthood office in Kalmazoo, Michigan on June 30, 2016. Her uterus was perforated and she died in her mother’s home less than three days later. Her mother’s heart wrenching 911 call attests to the penetrating grief of losing a child.

Unfortunately, Castleman and the Planned Parenthood organization in Michigan were never held accountable for Erwin’s needless and tragic death.

Now, it appears that Laura Castleman has been involved in another mismanaged abortion. This time, the needless fatality was a wanted baby.

In March 2017, Amy Rygwelski sued Castleman and Planned Parenthood for malpractice stemming from a September 2014 visit to Planned Parenthood in Flint, Michigan, where Castleman also worked and oversaw the medical staff.

According to Rygwelski’s lawsuit, she first went to Planned Parenthood seeking confirmation of pregnancy and treatment for a vaginal discharge. Planned Parenthood confirmed that Rygwelski was pregnant, but failed to conduct an ultrasound to verify the age of her wanted baby.

She returned to Planned Parenthood a few days later on October 1, 2014, for a cervical biopsy. Quest Diagnostics later returned her test results indicating that the cervical tissue was “products of conception.” However, the test results were faulty. The tissue was actually an endocervical polyp, which is a benign growth inside the cervical canal.

A defendant identified as M. Rodriguez was a health care administrator who was working under Castleman’s medical license and oversight. It appears that, without ever having personally examined or consulted with Rygwelski, Castleman had Rodriguez tell the patient that her condition as an inevitable miscarriage.

However, that was a misdiagnosis that could have been avoided if anyone had ever bothered to examine Rygwelski or conduct an ultrasound on her. Under Castleman’s supervision, Rodriguez wrongfully prescribed misoprostol, a drug used to cause medication abortions.

After two courses of the abortion-inducing drug, Rygwelski had not passed any tissue. She went to see her primary physician who, unlike the Planned Parenthood staff, actually examined her. The doctor found the endocervical polyp and conducted an ultrasound that determined Rygwelski’s baby was thriving at seven weeks, 2 days gestation.

Just a few days later, a Planned Parenthood nurse practitioner working under the supervision of Laura Castleman contacted Rygwelski and told her she would need to report for a surgical abortion because the misoprostol would cause her baby to be malformed.

She submitted to a surgical abortion, done by a third party, on October 20.

Rygwelski claims that if an ultrasound had been performed by Planned Parenthood, they would have realized that her baby was fine and that there was no miscarriage in progress. Her lawsuit indicates that prescribing the abortion-inducing drug without having performed an ultrasonic examination was a violation of the standard of patient care and needlessly led to the wrongful death of her wanted baby.

The lawsuit seeks an undetermined amount for the wrongful abortion and death of her child that resulted in pain and suffering, emotional distress, shock, embarrassment, humiliation, mortification, and loss of the companionship and affections of her child.

There is nothing more painful in this world than the loss of a child. This is a pain that Amy Rygwelski and Cree Erwin’s mother now sadly share and will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Nothing can compensate these mothers for the loss of their children, but holding Castleman and Planned Parenthood accountable for these tragic and avoidable deaths will bring some small measure of justice, and perhaps comfort.

“There is evidence to lead us to believe that the deaths of Cree Erwin and the Rygwelski baby were caused by the incompetency of Planned Parenthood. That alone should disqualify them from seeing patients. It’s just too risky,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “They killed two people. They belong in jail, but unfortunately the only punishment available right now is a huge monetary settlement, which I hope Amy Rygwelski gets.”

Read the Rygwelski complaint, dated March 17, 2017.
Learn more about Cree Erwin.