Court Docs Hint at Proceedings in Late-Term Abortionist’s Malpractice Trial for Nightmare Botched Abortion

By Cheryl Sullenger

Denver, CO – Court proceedings are expected to resume today in a Federal malpractice trial against late-term abortionist Warren Hern that was brought by a Nebraska woman, who suffered horrendous injuries due to a nightmarish botched abortion in 2013.

Hern, who is nearly 80 years of age, is a nationally known late-term abortionist who operates the Boulder Abortion Clinic in Boulder, Colorado. He is one of the few abortionists that openly admit to conducting abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue was the first to report on the malpractice case on April 26, 2016, after obtaining court records that described a botched abortion horror story.

In 2013, Jennifer D. was pregnant with a wanted baby. However, after her pre-born son was diagnosed with “severe cerebral abnormalities” near the end of her second trimester of pregnancy, she was encouraged by her personal physician to get an abortion. She was referred to Hern’s Boulder Abortion Clinic.

After her dilation and evacuation (D&E) dismemberment abortion, which was done days away from her third trimester, Jennifer suffered complications that included break-through bleeding over the course of the next few months. Finally, she was taken into surgery to remove a foreign object that had been discovered cutting into her uterus. Unable to remove it, her doctor was forced to perform a hysterectomy.

When the object was finally analyzed, it was determined to be a four-centimeter slightly curved section of bone from her aborted baby’s skull. [Read the full report.]

The trial began on January 8, 2018, with jury selection in the Denver Federal Courtroom of Judge Phillip A. Brimmer. The process took all morning and into the early afternoon with a total of 21 jurors being excused for various reasons until, at last, nine citizens – 6 jurors and 3 alternates — were selected to sit on the jury and decide the case.

Plaintiff’s opening statements began shortly after 2:30 p.m., followed by the defense’s opening statements, according to courtroom minutes.

Jennifer’s complaint had accused Hern of failing to examine the baby’s remains to ensure the abortion was complete, and misrepresenting that he completed the abortion without performing adequate diagnostics that would have detected the skull fragment.

Hern’s defense, as expressed in other court records, is that Jennifer’s hysterectomy was unnecessary and the fault of her own physician. He argues his own follow-up care exceeded the standard of care.

To open the plaintiff’s case, Jennifer took the stand and testified for a half hour before court was recessed for the day.

On Day Two of the trial, Jennifer once again took the stand to testify for nearly an hour and a half, after which the judge excused the Jurors and conducted a “discussion” regarding decorum during witness examination. There was obviously some need for this discussion. Based on this writer’s experience in attendance at many hearings and trials, often such discussions comes as the result of overt reactions from observers in the gallery.

In fact, according to the courtroom minutes, after a recess, there was continued discussion regarding a member of Hern’s legal defense team, Amy Cook-Olson, who had interaction with a spectator. Such interaction is usually frowned upon by judges and earn a stern warning.

Jennifer was on the stand testifying the rest of the day. The subject of her testimony was not recorded in the court room minutes.

Day Three began on January 10, with Jennifer again taking the stand for another two hours of testimony.

“It’s very stressful to be grilled on the stand for the better part of three days, especially for someone who has to relive a trauma,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who is no stranger to a courtroom as a plaintiff, a defendant, and as an observer. “Jennifer was brave to endure that.”

Next up was a video deposition of Dr. Mark Carlson, the gynecologist who performed Jennifer’s surgery and ensuing hysterectomy. This video was played in lieu of live testimony. Later in the afternoon the testimony of Dr. Alan Torrell, a pathology specialist from Omaha, Nebraska, was heard through another videotaped deposition.

The day concluded with yet another video deposition of plaintiff’s witness Dr. Robert Arias, a psychologist from Lincoln, Nebraska, who specializes in neuropsychology and behavioral sciences.

While the details of these video depositions are unknown, court records offer hints as to where the plaintiff’s case is headed. A pathologist might well discuss the bone fragments removed from Jennifer’s uterus, while a psychologist would be qualified to discuss Jennifer’s mental condition, pain, and suffering that is alleged in her complaint.

Day 4 began with a discussion outside the presence of the jury concerning taking witnesses out of turn. Usually the plaintiff’s attorneys will present their full case, followed by the defense’s witnesses.

For whatever reason, next up was testimony of Warren Hern as presented in the form of another video deposition, which is unusual given that Hern was likely present in the courtroom. That video continued until the lunch break, after which plaintiff’s next witness Dr. Regan Theiler took the stand – this time, in person.

Theiler is a known abortionist who formerly served as Medical Director for Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire. She is currently employed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

It is common in cases involving abortions to have someone who does them testify for the plaintiff. For example, during the Kermit Gosnell abortion/murder trial in 2013, a Planned Parenthood abortionist, Charles David Benjamin, testified for the prosecution against Gosnell and his horrific practices.

Theiler testified for the remainder of the day.

Jurors were dismissed and Judge Brimmer conducted a discussion about “confidentiality of upcoming witnesses,” which is perhaps a harbinger of what can be expected when the trial resumes on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. It is expected to conclude on Friday.

Operation Rescue will continue to closely follow this case, especially since reporting on it has been blacked out by Colorado media. The only coverage of this trial so far has been one brief story from a Nebraska newspaper, which was then covered by pro-life media outlets.

Read Court Room Minutes:

Day 1, January 8, 2018.
Day 2, January 9, 2018.
Day 3, January 10, 2018.
Day 4, January 11, 2018.

First in 2018: Ambulance Transports Woman from Famous Ohio Late-Term Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH – For the first time in 2018, pro-life activists in Dayton, Ohio, have reported that an ambulance arrived at the Women’s Med Center abortion facility in Dayton, Ohio, to transport a patient to the hospital.

The incident took place on Thursday, January 4, 2018, shortly before noon, and was photographed by multiple pro-life activists who shared their pictures with Operation Rescue.

“It is tragic that just four days into the New Year, we see yet another woman injured by abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are dedicated to praying and working toward the day when babies and their mothers are protected from the barbarity of abortion.”

The Women’s Med Center is a late-term abortion facility owned by the nationally-known abortionist Martin Haskell, who claims credit for having invented the now-outlawed “Partial Birth Abortion” procedure.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has been working since 2015 to close the Women’s Med Center for failing to provide an acceptable hospital transfer agreement. Neither Haskell nor any of his staff abortionists qualify for hospital privileges and sought a variance using a transfer agreement. That case continues to slowly wind its way through the courts.

In August 2016, the Women’s Med Center stirred controversy when it aborted a late-term pregnancy on a 31-year old woman who was so impaired by an overdose of street drugs that she could not give her consent. Despite the outcry against the forced abortion, no action was ever taken against the facility.

A recent undercover phone call made during an investigation into late-term abortion facilities by Abortion Free New Mexico and Priests for Life, revealed that the Women’s Med Center was willing to abort healthy babies through 21 weeks, 6 days of pregnancy. No medical reason was required.

However, the abortion facility’s website indicates they do conduct abortions for “fetal indication” upon referral. Abortions done when it is suspected that the baby is not perfect are known to be done throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

As for Thursday’s emergency, the condition of the woman is unknown at this time. Watch for follow up reports.

“Abortionist to the Stars” Botches TWO Late Term Abortions During 911 Emergencies in 2017, Records Show

By Cheryl Sullenger

Beverly Hills, CA – It appears as an upscale doctor’s office in the tony Southern California community of Beverly Hills. Photos of the interior of the office show lighted artwork on the walls and furnishings that would make a woman of means feel at home.

But appearances can be deceiving.

In reality, the Pro-Choice Medical Center, owned and operated by “Abortionist to the Stars” Josepha Seletz, is a very late-term abortion facility with a worrisome safety record.

Operation Rescue has obtained 911 records related to two medical emergencies that occurred there so far this year. Previously obtained records document at least three more such incidents within the past two years.

The most recent call to 911 took place on May 3, 2017. The recording indicates a 33-year old female had just completed an “outpatient pregnancy termination” and required emergency care for bleeding after the abortion.

“Patient had an outpatient pregnancy termination and we’re trying rule out a little bit of DAC at this point so observation,” the caller from the abortion facility said.

Apparently the 911 dispatcher did not understand the caller, because she asked, “Just in layman’s terms, what’s wrong with her, please?”

Finally, the caller clarified by saying, “She had a pregnancy termination, a fetal demise, a baby’s died and she’s been bleeding after the procedure.”

The fact that the caller indicated there had been a “fetal demise” indicates this was likely a late-term abortion.

The woman was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where Seletz holds hospital privileges.


Another 911 recording showed that a medical emergency took place at the Pro-Choice Medical Center on April 18, 2017, which sent another woman to Cedars-Sinai for emergency care that could not be provided at Seletz’s abortion facility.

“We are an outpatient surgery facility. We had a patient who had a second trimester pregnancy termination and that Dr. Seletz has ruled out at this time that it’s a probable DIC or she’s just bleeding with uh ya know, we’ve been observing her for a couple of hours but there’s no stop,” the caller explained to the 911 dispatcher.

“Two women within two weeks had late-term abortions that went wrong at Seletz’ abortion facility. These 911 recordings prove just how dangerous late-term abortions really are for women and how barbaric they are for the growing babies,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “They also show an urgent need to ban these horrific abortion procedures.”

Operation Rescue previously obtained Computer Aided Dispatch printout from three other medical emergencies at Seletz’s late-term abortion facility. Those 911 incidents took place on November 4, 2015; December 2, 2015; and June 29, 2016.

While those documents contain scant information, they do note that all three patients were transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is an indication they required further medical attention.

Seletz offers only one service at her Pro-Choice Medical Center, and that is abortion. She is one of the few abortionists in the U.S. who openly admit to conducting abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. She was trained in late-term abortions by the late Jim McMahon at the now-shuttered Eve Surgical Center, which once covertly offered late-term abortions in the Los Angeles area.

McMahon was the true inventor of the now banned partial birth abortion procedure, which he developed in secret by experimenting with new abortion techniques on his patients.

Seletz’s website boasts of her relationship to McMahon and her vast experience killing babies in the third trimester:

Since 2001, Dr. Seletz was the only physician at Eve Surgical Center (Los Angeles, California abortion clinic). She has more experience than any other physician currently practicing in California that performs abortions for maternal and fetal indications through the third trimester. Following in the tradition of Dr. Jim McMahon, she is the provider of last resort.

Even though California law restricts abortions after 24 weeks, exceptions allow Seletz to offer the high-end third trimester abortions for cases of “fetal anomaly.” Such abortions, which can be exorbitantly expensive, but Seletz admits to callers that her fees are higher than competitors.

Prior to 24 weeks, Seletz will conduct abortions on healthy babies for any reason without restriction. According to information documented by Abortion Free New Mexico, Seletz charges $6,700 for a 23-week abortion and $7,250 for abortions at 24 weeks.

In the third trimester, Seletz uses the Induction Abortion method perfected by abortionist George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas. This three to four-day procedure involves an injection of Digoxin into the pre-born baby for the purpose of causing the baby’s death. The woman is then prepared for the final step of the abortion, which is removal of the baby’s remains through dismemberment or the expulsion of the dead baby’s intact body through the process of labor and delivery.

However, such procedures are fraught with often-dramatic, life-threatening risks, which increase with each week of pregnancy.

“Ambulances are being regularly called to Seletz’s abortion business because late-term abortions are not safe for the mothers, especially when done in under-equipped outpatient surgical facilities,” said Newman. “Seletz knows that well, but continues to endanger the lives of her patients for the sake of profit. We can only expect to see more ambulances outside her Beverly Hills abortion business in the future.”

Read CAD printout for May 3, 2017 emergency.
Read CAD printout for April 18, 2017 emergency.

Read new report and watch a video from Abortion Free New Mexico: “BEVERLY HILLS, CA: PERFECTLY OK TO KILL AT 22 WEEKS, ABORTIONIST SAYS”

Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Transports Another Young Black Woman to Hospital in NYC

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – For the eighth time this year, an ambulance has transported a woman from the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion facility on Margaret Sanger Square in New York to a local hospital.

During the incident, which took place on Saturday, December 2, 2017, an ambulance arrived at the abortion facility with lights flashing, but no siren. Emergency responders rushed immediately into Planned Parenthood, according to a witness who photographed the incident.

The witness told Operation Rescue that after about five minutes, a young Black woman walked out of Planned Parenthood on her own and climbed into the back of the ambulance. A man who accompanied her to the abortion facility joined her there a few minutes later.

The ambulance then rushed away, but only turned on sirens when it was about a block away from the Planned Parenthood facility.

Operation Rescue has documented several incidents where abortion facilities have asked for ambulances to respond with no lights and sirens. This practice actually delays emergency care for those in need. The situation was so serious at a Planned Parenthood facility in Missouri, for instance, that the State Legislature passed a law this year making it illegal to request no lights and no sirens when calling for an ambulance.

“This incident only adds to the bloody legacy of Margaret Sanger, the racist founder of Planned Parenthood, which is measured in dead babies, and maimed or dead women from predominately poor minority neighborhoods,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We have no idea how many of these eight women even survived their abortion injuries – and Planned Parenthood doesn’t want anyone to know, either. The shroud of secrecy they enjoy, with the help of state authorities, just serves to enable further abuses.”

So far this year, 57 medical emergencies requiring ambulance transport have been recorded by Operation Rescue at abortion facilities nationwide. Of those, 35 have occurred at Planned Parenthood centers.

Operation Rescue relies on pro-life activists who minister on the street at abortion facilities to report these incidents. However, many more actually take place outside the watchful eyes of pro-life supporters.

“What we see is just a small fraction of incidents involving ambulance transports at abortion facilities,” said Newman. “We encourage states to pass stronger reporting laws for abortion complications. I believe if every abortion clinic was legally required to report all abortion complications and deaths, the nation would be shocked at the numbers.”

UPDATE! Alive or Dead? What the Heck Happened To This Botched Abortion Victim?

UPDATE 11/29/2017: Thanks to our readers, we now have more answers. The position of the woman on the gurney has been clarified. She was actually laying on her right side in the fetal position with the restraint under her left arm. Her head cannot be seen in any of the photos. However, oxygen tubes are seen running to the area where her head would be. The conclusion is now that the patient was alive at the time of the transport, but in pain and in need of further care. We are thankful for the input from our readers and are grateful to have at least part of this mystery solved. As with any developing story, additional information has clarified this situation. The video description on YouTube.com has been edited to reflect this update. The article below has been edited to reflect this new information.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Hartford, CT – Disturbing photos have surfaced that show a woman bound at the neck to a gurney during a medical emergency at Hartford GYN Center on October 21, 2017.

The photos, which were taken by a pro-life activist who was on the scene when the emergency occurred, depicted a woman covered completely in white sheets. A sheet that covered her head appeared to be cinched at the neck. Update: However it was learned that the restraint was actually under the woman’s left arm. (See update above.)

Operation Rescue published a report about the incident last week that included a video featuring the actual 911 call placed by a Hartford GYN nurse. That call indicated that a patient was in the middle of an abortion procedure and was experiencing “excessive bleeding.” The abortion business requested an ambulance to transport the hemorrhaging woman to Hartford Hospital.

The troubling photos also showed the woman lying in the fetal position with her knees bent under the sheet.

“Is she alive or dead? Right now, we just don’t know, but it doesn’t look good,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

A search of recent obituaries in the Hartford area was inconclusive.

“We will keep researching this horrific incident until we get answers,” said Newman. “In the meantime, women should be warned that this abortion facility is not safe.”

Read previous report.