New York Abortionist Set for Hearing November 28 in Manslaughter Case

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY –Jaime Morales was an apparently happy and healthy 30-year old woman when she walked into the Liberty Women’s Healthcare office in Flushing, New York, on July 9, 2016, for an elective second trimester abortion.

By evening, she was dead.

In a rare case of criminal prosecution of an abortionist for causing the death of a patient, Robert Rho, was arrested on October 11, 2016, after a Grand Jury issued an indictment against him for Second Degree Manslaughter (Reckless Homicide), a Class C Felony that carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Rho thought that the abortion on Morales went without complication until staff noticed she was bleeding heavily in the recovery room. Rho determined that she required a second abortion procedure, but even that did nothing to control the bleeding.

Morales continued to bleed and feel woozy, and even collapsed once at the clinic. Even though Rho had to she was too unstable to release, he discharged 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 continued hemorrhaging.

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

An autopsy revealed horrific internal injuries inflicted by Rho during one or both abortion procedures he conducted on her that day. 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.

Had Rho not released Morales in her unstable condition, and instead called an ambulance, she might be alive today, and Rho would only be facing the possibility of a malpractice suit instead of jail time.

Soon after Morales’ death, Rho surrendered his medical license and closed his abortion facility.

However, at his arraignment on the day of his arrest, Rho pleaded not guilty and was released on $400,000 bail.

Since then his case has been postponed eleven times with no clear reason for the delay. Rho’s next court appearance appears on the Queens Supreme Court “Trials AM” calendar online for November 28, 2017, but there is some doubt that the case will be resolved even then.

“If anyone thinks we will forget about this case, they are mistaken,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Jaime Morales, her baby, and her family deserve justice, and we will never forget that. When that justice finally comes, we plan to make sure everyone hears about it as a reminder of the Abortion Cartel’s callous disregard for life.”

67 “Women in White” Expose Abortion Dangers at America’s Worst Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Louis, MO – Marking the day that Missouri’s new abortion safety and accountability law, SB5, went into effect, 67 women dressed all in white provided a dramatic backdrop to a press conference outside the high-volume Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis last Tuesday that emphasized the need for the new law.

The demonstrators wore white to represent the 67 women who have required emergency medical transport to local hospitals since 2009, after receiving abortions at the notorious Planned Parenthood facility. Those injured women – covered with white sheets — were removed from the abortion business on gurneys and loaded into awaiting ambulances.

Each of the “Women in White” held placards with a date indicating when specific medical emergencies took place. Records obtained from the St. Louis Fire Department by Operation Rescue and eye-witness reports provided documentation for the number of emergencies, 40% of which involved hemorrhaging that could not be controlled by Planned Parenthood’s staff of abortionists.

The demonstration was largely ignored by the mainstream media, which chose instead to cover opposition to SB5.

Missouri’s Kathy Forck of Team PLAY organized the St. Louis press conference and demonstration along with simultaneous press conferences in four other cities where Planned Parenthood recently expanded abortion services or plans to do so.

“SB5 will provide much needed, enhanced safety to women by requiring stiffer penalties and stricter safety regulations of Planned Parenthood,” said Forck, who also thanked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens for his support for greater accountability for abortion facilities and for signing the new legislation into law.

Other speakers included state pro-life leaders, state legislators, and Susan Thayer, a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the neighboring state of Iowa.

Thayer shared from her experiences with Planned Parenthood about the existence of abortion quotas, which were rewarded with celebratory pizza parties when met, and reduced hours when the quotas were not achieved.

She also described over 200 violations found in failed inspection reports from the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion site, which have been previously reported by Operation Rescue. Those safety violations included gross sanitation issues such the failure of one abortionist to wash his hands, and failure to properly sterilize surgical instruments.

Despite these documented facts about patient injuries and failed health inspections, Bonyen Lee-Gilmore of Planned Parenthood Great Plains had the audacity to tell the local ABC affiliate, “This is not about the health and safety of our patients. If anybody prioritizes health and safety of patients it’s Planned Parenthood.”

Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood announced plans to expand abortion services in Missouri, which, at the time, had just one abortion facility in the state. Planned Parenthood’s Kansas City and Columbia locations were the first to receive new abortion facility licenses just weeks ago after a Federal Court blocked enforcement of a long-standing law that required abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the facilities where they conducted abortions. Licenses are pending at the Springfield and Joplin locations.

Abortionists working at the four expansion facilities could not qualify for local hospital privileges under that law prior to its blockage, leaving a dangerous gap the continuity of patient care in the event of an emergency.

However, the new law, SB5, which went into effect Tuesday, provides alternative safety measures that courts have declined to nullify. This law now prevents abortion facility employees from requesting that ambulances respond with no lights or sirens, and requires abortionists to personally provide informed consent to women 72 hours prior to their abortions.

In addition, a new regulation implemented by the Missouri Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires abortion facilities to maintain written agreements with local physicians who would agree to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide emergency hospital care to women suffering abortion complications.

The real test of Planned Parenthood’s willingness to follow new safety requirements comes today, when women report to abortion facilities in Kansas City and Columbia for abortions even though it is believed that neither facility is in full compliance.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, believes that the Department of Health and Senior Services must carefully monitor Planned Parenthood to ensure compliance, and shut them down if they violate.

“Planned Parenthood organizations in Missouri have been known to engage in dangerous and deceptive practices in order to circumvent state laws and safety regulations,” he said. “Given their poor past performance and the willingness of Missouri officials to enforce the law, I believe Planned Parenthood’s anticipated abortion expansion will not last long.”

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  • Nine Ambulances Rush to Abortion Facilities in Six States

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    New York City, NY — There have been a disturbing number of medical emergencies at abortion facilities reported by pro-life activists since late September, including nine ambulance incidents in six states.

    “These incidents illustrate that the Abortion Cartel’s claims of abortion safety fail the reality test. For the women who have suffered serious injuries and death from botched abortions, all that rhetoric means nothing,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The emergencies that we hear about are only a fraction of what is happening, and do not count abortion emergencies where women have been hospitalized after the left the abortion facility for the day. These serious incidents are ignored by the news media, which does women a disservice by concealing the truth about abortion dangers from them.”

    CALIFORNIA

    Bakersfield: For the sixth time this year, an ambulance was called to the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility on October 3, 2017, as earlier reported by Operation Rescue. A 23-year old woman suffered a perforated uterus and underwent an emergency hysterectomy to save her live once at the hospital.

    Walnut Creek: An ambulance was called to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Walnut Creek, CA, on October 6, 2017, a known surgical abortion day. Witnesses described the woman as looking “upset” as she was bought out of the Planned Parenthood abortion building and loaded into an ambulance.

    NEBRASKA

    Omaha: Nebraskans United for Life report that an ambulance rushed to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility on October 2, 2017. A gurney was taken in to the facility, but the patient refused transport to the hospital. However, it must have appeared her condition was dire at one point, or an ambulance would never have been called.

    Bellevue: With lights from the ambulance flashing in the background, one pro-life activist recorded a brief clip of an incident at LeRoy Carhart’s Bellevue abortion business at approximately 7:00 p.m. on October 6, 2017. 911 records indicated a fire alarm had been tripped, but an eye witness says he saw a gurney removed from the facility with someone on it. This remains a bit of a mystery. This is the 16th ambulance spotted at a Carhart abortion business since 2012.

    NEW YORK

    New York City: On September 29, 2017, at about 4:40 p.m., one pro-life activist stopped by the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood to pray when an ambulance was spotted. The woman was brought out of the facility in a wheelchair because gurneys cannot access the abortion procedure floors in the New York high-rise. She was transported to a nearby hospital. This was the seventh such emergency at this particular abortion facility so far this year.

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Raleigh: The first day they were able to do abortions in a week due to “doctor unavailability,” A Woman’s Choice called an ambulance to transport a patient on October 13, 2017. Apparently this is something that happens there regularly enough that the staff was prepared with a large purple “sheet of shame” to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. (It didn’t really work.)

    This facility had a series of failed inspections from 2013 to 2017. The most recent deficiency report indicated a likely incomplete surgical abortion that required a second surgery to complete.

    OHIO

    Cleveland: An ambulance arrived at the Preterm abortion facility on September 29, 2017 at around 2:00 p.m., as previously reported by Operation Rescue. The woman was wheeled out of Preterm on a gurney. Emergency responders took an additional 10 minutes to stabilize her in the ambulance before transporting her to a hospital emergency room. In 2014, Lakisha Wilson died from a severely botched abortion she received at Preterm. The September incident was the ninth emergency documented at Preterm by Operation Rescue since 2015.

    TEXAS

    Houston: According to the Houston Coalition for Life, an ambulance and fire engine were photographed at the large Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Gulf Freeway on October 3, 2017. Once woman was transported.

    Houston: The next day, on October 4, 2017, another ambulance visited the same Planned Parenthood abortion facility and transported one woman with lights and sirens flashing, the Houston Coalition for Life reports.

    NATIONALLY

    So far in 2017, Operation Rescue has documented 51 incidents where ambulances were called to abortion facilities around the nation. Of those 51 incidents, two-thirds (34) involved Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.

    Woman Suffers Serious Injury, Nearly Dies after Botched Abortion

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Bakersfield, CA — Terri Palmquist noticed an ominous change at the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, where she regularly stands vigil to pray and offer practical assistance to abortion-bound women.

    It was October 3, 2017, during their “LifeVigil” prayer campaign organized by Terri and her husband, Tim. She watched as one woman was helped into the abortion facility doubled over in pain, as if she was experiencing the severe cramps of labor – something with which Terri was well familiar as the mother of eleven. It seemed this woman who struggled to walk was experiencing some kind of complication from a recent abortion.

    Terri had seen her share of women suffering abortion complications as well, having ministered outside the same high-volume abortion facility for nearly three decades.

    She had remained throughout the years and watched as one abortionist after the other was hired, then moved on, leaving a trail of frequently injured women in their wake.

    But the man who has been conducting abortions at the Bakersfield FPA abortion facility since the beginning of the year, Donald Clyde Willis, seemed to be among the worst she had ever seen. Up until then, he had sent five abortion patients to the emergency room for treatment of serious complications.

    Later that morning, Terri spoke to the mother of another woman who was inside getting an abortion at four-and-a-half months into her pregnancy. The mother explained that her daughter had “seaweed” inserted the day before.

    Suddenly, Terri understood what was happening. Willis was now doing more expensive second trimester abortions, upping the previous gestational limit that for years topped out at end of the first trimester.

    But Terri also had a gut feeling. An abortionist with a horrible safety record doing the riskier and more difficult second trimester abortions was a recipe for disaster. At 1:30 p.m., she told her husband Tim, her partner in ministry, that he needed to get ready for an ambulance.

    Her instincts were spot on.

    Just 17 minutes later, at 1:47 p.m., an ambulance arrived at the FPA Women’s Health abortion business, followed by a security vehicle from the Adventist Health hospital two blocks away. A woman covered completely by a sheet was brought out on a gurney and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

    But something wasn’t right. The ambulance didn’t leave right away. Both EMTs appeared to be in the back of the ambulance treating the woman for several minutes before finally making the short trip to the emergency room, where Tim was waiting, camera in hand, thanks to Terri’s early warning.

    When the gurney was pulled out of the ambulance, her head was no longer covered. Tim’s video clearly showed a young light-skinned woman wearing an oxygen mask attached to an oxygen source under the gurney. The obstetric position in which she laid, with her knees up and legs slightly apart, was unusual. Was that blood under her on the gurney?

    She appeared unconscious.

    This wasn’t the same woman who had earlier struggled to walk into the abortion facility, nor was she the woman who completed a two-day abortion that morning.

    She was the sixth Willis patient to be transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room this year.

    Tim Palmquist told Operation Rescue that he learned more about what happened. He said the patient was a 23-year old Hispanic woman whose uterus was perforated during the abortion. Once at the hospital, she suffered cardiac arrest. Her heart reportedly stopped for five minutes before doctors could revive her. Her injuries were so serious that she received an emergency hysterectomy.

    Currently, the woman is recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Adventist Health.

    “FPA has upped the ante in Bakersfield by expanding abortions into the second trimester, so we are upping the ante, too,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are filing a formal complaint against Donald Clyde Willis with the California Medical Board and will be seeking an emergency suspension of his medical license.”

    Willis is a suicide survivor with documented mental health issues that caused Alaska to demand his medical license surrender. He moved to California from his home in Oregon to evade the permanent restrictions imposed on his medical license after the suicide attempt that included strict monitoring and routine appointments with a mental health professional. He also has a history of financial difficulties, having declared bankruptcy in 2010.

    Below are brief summaries of his other abortion-related misadventures that forced the emergency hospitalization of Bakersfield area women this year.

    January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
    February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
    February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.
    February 18, 2017: A female patient was transported from FPA Women’s Health to a nearby hospital. The disturbing pattern of botched abortions caused Operation Rescue to issue an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California.
    August 19, 2017: A woman who appeared to be awake and moving was transported to Kern Medical where she was rushed into the emergency room.

    Visit the Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health’s profile page on AbortionDocs.org.
    Visit Willis’ profile page on AbortionDocs.org.

    Visit LifeVigil Bakersfield’s Facebook page.

    WATCH: Ambulance Called for Injured Patient at Preterm Abortion Facility Where Woman Died in 2014

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Cleveland, OH – An ambulance was called to Preterm, a Cleveland, Ohio, abortion facility on Friday, September 30, 2017, to transport an injured woman to the emergency room.

    This is the fourteenth documented ambulance transport of a Preterm patient in the past seven years.

    The ambulance rolled up to Preterm at approximately 2:00 p.m. Responders were apparently in such a great hurry to get to the injured woman that they left the back doors wide open on the unattended ambulance during the ten minutes they were inside the abortion facility.

    Local pro-life activist Fred Sokol snapped a series of photos as the African-American woman was brought out and loaded into the ambulance.

    Sokol told Operation Rescue that the woman was clothed only from the waist up and was awake, but appeared to be in a great deal of pain.

    The EMTs continued treating the woman at in the ambulance for approximately 10 more minutes before rushing away with lights and sirens running.

    Witnesses report that the abortionist on duty that day was Mitchell William Reider, who also works as an abortionist at Planned Parenthood facilities in the Cleveland area.

    In 2014, Lakisha Wilson, 22, died after receiving a botched abortion at Preterm. Pro-life activists from state and national organizations sought disciplinary action against her abortionist, Lisa Perriera, but the Ohio Department of Health refused to act. Months later, Perriera was hired on by Planned Parenthood Keystone in Pennsylvania, and given an award and a promotion.

    “This abortion facility is a menace to the public. We hope the woman will be alright, but something must be done by the Ohio Department of Health to eliminate the life-threatening risk to women that Preterm poses,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

    Incidentally, as another pro-life activist, Frank Kosmerl prayed outside Preterm the following day, a traffic accident occurred in front of the abortion facility, causing Kosmerl to dive to the pavement to avoid being hit. He phoned Operation Rescue from the emergency room, where he was taken for minor injuries he received.

    But Kosmerl wasn’t concerned about himself. He was rejoicing because the accident hit a pole and knocked out power to Preterm, so the facility was forced to halt abortions.

    Kosmerl’s injuries were minor and he is expected to make a full recovery.

    View Preterm’s profile on AbortionDocs.org.