Five Abortion Clinics Shut Down in Five Weeks!

Ocala Closed

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Abortion clinic closures are picking up again with five abortion facilities shutting down in the past five weeks.

This brings the total of abortion facilities that have closed or halted abortions to 21 so far in 2015. However, a more accurate number will not be available until the end of the year when Operation Rescue conducts its annual national assessment of abortion facilities.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue predicts that there will be a noticeable impact due to these closures.

“When abortion numbers come out for 2015, we expect that abortions will have decreased in each state where abortion clinics have closed,” said Newman. “When there is no abortion business marketing their grisly product to vulnerable women, we have found that ladies find other ways of managing life challenges other than taking the lives of their babies. In other words, when abortion clinics close, lives are saved.”

Between September 28 and October 29, 2015, the following abortion facilities have ceased operations:

• Ocala Women’s Center in Ocala, Florida
• Albany Medical-Surgical Center (FPA) in Chicago, Illinois
• Appleton Health Center Planned Parenthood in Appleton, Wisconsin
• Summit Women’s Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut
• Amethyst Health Center in Manassas, Virginia

Ocala Women’s Center

The Ocala Women’s Center was owned by James Scott Pendergraft IV, who was arrested in South Carolina on October 5 on drug violations and for providing illegal abortions out of his vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies discovered him in possession of filthy abortion instruments caked in blood and tissue during a routine traffic stop. Local activists found the Ocala clinic closed and placed up for sale soon after.

Pendergraft has been desperate for money since he was hit with a nearly $37 million malpractice judgement in 2011 and over $120,000 in fines and costs related to disciplinary action against his medical license. He is currently serving his fifth license suspension in Florida and holds no active license in any state.

The Ocala closure was likely related to Pendergraft’s pending criminal case and financial woes.

Albany Medical-Surgical Center

The Albany Medical-Surgical Center was owned and operated by the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic chain. It shut down on October 18 and has vacated its building.

The Pro-Life Action League documented numerous abortion abuses at Albany over the years, including the deaths of four patients and most recently, repeated health and safety violations that resulted in $50,000 in fines, which likely contributed to its closure.

Appleton Health Center Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood’s Appleton Health Center has halted abortion services as of October 14, citing a “temporary gap in medical coverage.” It is not expected to resume abortions for at least six months, depending when it can hire a new abortionist that is willing to work at the Appleton facility.

Planned Parenthood in Appleton was one of two abortion facilities that sued to block a 2013 law that would have required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their abortion clinics. That case is currently on appeal by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and awaiting a decision from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. If the appeal is successful, the Appleton Center may never be able to resume abortions.

Summit Women’s Center

This abortion facility, open since 1975, has experienced a plethora of troubles over the years, including botched abortions, malpractice suits, and abortionist discipline.

In August, 2015, Summit abortionist Jonathan Foster was reprimanded and fined $5,000 by the Connecticut Medical Examiners Board for a botched procedure on a pregnant woman in 2011.

After killing an estimated 150,000 babies through abortion over their 40 years of operation, Summit thankfully closed for good on October 5, 2015.

Amethyst Health Center

The troubled Amethyst Health Center announced its closure as of September 28, 2015. When inspected in June and December of 2012, inspectors discovered 48 pages of violations including multiple violations of infection prevention protocols including dirty facility conditions, soiled linens and recovery recliners, and the failure of staff to change gloves between patients. The second inspection report revealed that infection control issues discovered during the June inspection still had not been corrected six months later.

No reason was stated for its closure.

The current number of surgical abortion clinics in the U.S. is currently 552. Visit AbortionDocs.org for a searchable database of U.S. abortion facilities and documentation of abortion abuses.

Wichita Doctor with History of Incompetence Secretly Signs on at Local Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – A Wichita doctor, Leslie E. F. Page, D.O., who was once disciplined by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for “professional incompetency,” has secretly signed on to work as an abortionist at South Wind Women’s Center, which is now located in the building that once housed George Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion business.

As of this writing, the 24-hour Informed Consent Form available on South Wind’s website, which is required by law to list abortionists by name, fails to include to Page.

However, documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that a form handed out in person at South Wind does indeed list Page as an abortion provider at that facility.

“For women signing the on-line forms, the omission of Page creates an informed consent issue,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It seems that clinic owner Julie Burkhart will go to any lengths to keep anyone from knowing that Page is one of her abortionists — including misrepresenting her staff on forms where full disclosure is required.”

It’s little wonder that Burkhart doesn’t want the public to know about Page.

The Board of Healing Arts issued an Enforcement Order in August 1996, restricting the medical practice of Page and forbidding her from practicing obstetrics, including a prohibition on Page delivering live babies.

The Board alleged that Page had committed “a pattern or practice of other behavior which demonstrates a manifest incapacity or incompetence to practice medicine.”

Later, the board ended her restrictions only because Page promised not to practice obstetrics any time in the future.

“It appears that Page is tooincompetent to deliver live babies, but it’s apparently fine for her to deliver dead ones through abortions,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This tragically places women in the risky position of being treated by someone the Board considered too incompetent to practice in a field closely related to abortions. This places women’s lives and health in danger.”

Page is only the most recent of a part-time staff of abortionists at South Wind whose competency levels are suspect. [Read more about the other South Wind abortionists.]

Also a reason to keep Page’s employment a secret is the fact that Page is the only one of Burkhart’s abortionists that currently holds hospital privileges. Page holds privileges at Via Christi Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Wichita, and at Wesley Medical Center, where Tiller once worked.

All other abortionists at South Wind are from outside Kansas and cannot qualify for hospital privileges.

That fact is significant because a 2011 abortion clinic licensing law that has been languishing in a Shawnee County Court without any action whatsoever since August of 2012, was suddenly jump-started again when the Kansas Attorney General’s office suddenly filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on January 16, 2015. That law, which the State is currently enjoined from enforcing, requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within thirty miles of facilities where abortions occur, as well as comply with other licensing requirements. This case is Hodes v. Moser, Case number 2011-CV-001298.

No hearing date has yet been set, but another round of briefs were just filed on February 23, so the case is more active that it has been in almost three years.

“South Wind needed a warm body with hospital privileges in order to keep their doors open should that 2011 clinic licensing law be upheld. As sketchy as Page is as a so-called physician, South Wind could be forced to close without her,” said Newman. “A lot is riding on Page as far as the abortion clinic goes, so it is easy to see why Burkhart is fudging her paperwork to keep Page’s employment as an abortionist secret.”

Page also runs the Whole Woman Center in Wichita, a non-abortion office that handles women’s incontinence issues. A call to that office was answered by a voice mail message indicating that Page was currently “in and out of the office” while she received treatment following a recent automobile accident.

“Obviously, Page has some physical issues that are preventing her from practicing full time right now. While we hope she has a successful convalescence, we also hope that this time she is taking to heal will help her to reconsider her participation in the business of killing babies through abortions,” said Newman.

View Page’s prolife and documents at AbortionDocs.org

University of New Mexico’s Abortion Clinic Forced Out Due To Pro-Life Campaign

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – The University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health (UNMCRH) abortion clinic is being forced out of its long-time location at 1701 Moon St. due to a pro-life presence that has ramped up in recent weeks. March 25 is scheduled to be the clinic’s last day at that location.

Recently, Project Defending Life launched its new PROTEST ABQ campaign that focuses on the UNMCRH where medical students from the UNM School of Medicine are trained to do abortions up to 22 weeks. PDL and Operation Rescue had previously exposed a series of botched abortions that required the emergency hospitalization of several UNMCRH patients.

The increased focus has had the effect of driving out the abortion clinic. According to Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life a “trusted source” informed them that the move was directly related to the increased pro-life protest led by Bud Shaver.

“Their exact words to our source were, ‘We are moving our location because we are being protested,’” said Tara Shaver.

“This is a huge victory for this neighborhood,” Tara Shaver continued. “Due to Bud’s faithful public presence over the past 3 years, neighborhood residents often voiced their shock and dismay to Bud once they realized that an abortion clinic was killing children each day in their neighborhood. Their question to Bud was often, ‘How can we get this abortion clinic out of our neighborhood?’ Well, PROTEST ABQ has proven to be the answer.”

Last year, the UNMCRH failed to renew their lease and began renting month to month in anticipation of a move, but it was not until the launch of PROTEST ABQ that the clinic sought a new location in earnest.

The abortion facility is scheduled to re-open at their new office located at 2301 Yale Boulevard SE, Building E, in Albuquerque on April 1.

PDL will hold a press conference outside the UNMCRH’s new location on Tuesday, March 18 at 4 p.m. (MDT) to announce efforts to prevent the abortion clinic from relocating.

“This baby killing mill is scheduled to open April 1st. We can keep this mill from opening!” said Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, founder of PROTEST ABQ. “The only thing that will allow this mill to change locations and open here is…apathy from the people of ABQ. If the people rise up the way they did for the petition last summer and the referendum, this mill will not open! We need to Protest ABQ and we need to do it now. Join us at the press conference at the new location this Tuesday! All are welcome”

“Because the UNMCRH is training abortionists who will eventually work at abortion clinics all over the country, this move is of national concern,” noted Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We urge everyone possible to contact those who intend to lease to the UNMCRH and ask them not to do business with the abortion clinic.”

The public is asked to respectfully contact the UNM Medical Group and voice opposition to the UNM Center For Reproductive Health’s new abortion clinic location at 2301 Yale Blvd SE Building E.

Please contact Al Montano: 505-247-0444 and the UNM Medical Group BEFORE April 1st at this number: 505-272-3203.