Where in the World is Colleen McNicholas? Pro-lifers Celebrate 3 Weeks Without Abortions at MO Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbia, MO – Colleen McNicholas has gone to a lot of trouble to conduct abortions at Planned Parenthood’s Columbia, Missouri, facility. But for at least three weeks, McNicholas has not shown up for her weekly abortion appointments in that north-central Missouri college town.

According to local pro-life activist Kathy Forck, women are being turned away, and that means lives are being saved.

“Last Friday, March 16, 2018, clients who arrived were met with a piece of white paper blowing on the door which said no clients could be seen that day because of no provider was available,” wrote Forck to her fellow pro-life activists.

“Just two days earlier on Wednesday, March 14, they were met with a sign that said it would be closed on Monday, March 19 because of ‘Appreciation day for its Employees.’ It is amazing, at least every week, they are not able to see clients because of no provider. We know that PP has lost its Nurse Practitioner and this has greatly hindered their ability to give ‘care’ to women.”

The Columbia Planned Parenthood is operated by Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP), based in Overland Park, Kansas — the same Planned Parenthood organization that once faced 107 criminal charges for illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover it up.

Planned Parenthood abortionist Colleen McNicholas.[/caption]Since 2005, when Missouri passed a law requiring abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges, the Columbia facility has struggled to keep an abortionist on staff.

After a period of on-and-off again abortions in Columbia, a local abortionist was found, but in 2011, abortions were halted again when he was deployed overseas and never returned to employment at the Columbia facility.

Sometime later, University of Missouri (MU) Assistant Teaching Professor, Kristin Metcalf-Wilson, who also worked at Planned Parenthood in Columbia as a nurse, recruited McNicholas to provide abortions at the Columbia facility while on the clock at MU, a public funded university.

Metcalf-Wilson then quietly shepherded McNicholas through the system at MU in order to obtain hospital privileges so that the Columbia clinic could qualify for licensing as an ambulatory surgical center abortion clinic and resume abortions there.

But instead of obtaining the required hospital privileges, Metcalf-Wilson and others facilitated the issuance of dubious “refer and follow” privileges only. This meant that McNicholas had no right to admit or treat any patients at MU hospital, but could only “refer” a patient there and receive updates on her care.

Planned Parenthood passed off this phony “refer and follow” privilege as full hospital privileges to the Department of Health and Senior Services, which then issued a new abortion facility license to the Columbia facility.

A 2015 State Senate investigation, led by State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, into Planned Parenthood’s shady operations led to the discovery of McNicholas’ the phony hospital privileges that did not meet the requirements for abortion facility licensing. As a result, in November, 2015, abortions were once again halted when Planned Parenthood’s ill-gotten Columbia facility license was revoked.

As a result of that scandal, the head of the DHSS that issued the bogus abortion license and the Chancellor of MU were forced to resign.

In October 2017, the Columbia Planned Parenthood was once again licensed after an appeals court struck down the 2005 Missouri requirement that abortionists maintain local hospital privileges.

However, abortion numbers have been consistently low and the Columbia facility, which has again been sporatic as far as abortion appointment availability, with thankfully none having been done in the past three weeks.

That leads to the question, “Where in the world is Colleen McNicholas?”

“As long as she is not showing up for work to abort babies, we don’t really care where she went,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “But we hope she stays there.”

Sinister Revelation: What the Nunes Memo and Planned Parenthood Have in Common

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – After much anticipation, the Nunes FISA memo was released on Friday that clearly showed that high-ranking officials within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) misused a so-called “Russian Dossier” that they knew had no credibility to obtain a warrant to spy on an associate of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign and during Trump’s initial days as a sitting president.

The anti-Trump elements within the FBI and DOJ also withheld crucial information from the secret FISC court, including the fact that the spurious dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Campaign. Also withheld from the court were connections between the shadowy organization that produced the fake dossier and an Associate Deputy Attorney General who was working on the investigation into Trump.

The source of that dossier was a company called Fusion GPS.

Pro-life supporters are familiar with that business. It was hired by Planned Parenthood in 2015 to perform a “forensic analysis” on the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, which showed evidence that Planned Parenthood was involved in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains and other crimes. That “analysis” stated that the recordings had been deceptively edited and were not reliable as evidence in court.

It turned out that the Fusion GPS “forensic analysis” was as phony as the fake Trump Russian Dossier.

But further investigation revealed that Fusion GPS had no experience in forensic video analysis. It was in fact an “opposition research” firm that specialized in political dirty tricks, especially against Republicans.

Operation Rescue first wrote about Fusion GPS on August 28, 2015, stating:

Fusion GPS is a Democratic opposition research firm that, according to the Weekly Standard, “has a history of harassing socially conservative Republican donors, possibly on behalf of the Obama campaign. In fact, Fusion GPS admitted in its “report” that it “conducted preliminary research into the CMP organization and its personnel.”

So, it appears that Fusion GPS was hired by Planned Parenthood not only to produce a phony analysis to discredit the incriminating recordings, but also to dig up dirt on the CMP “and its personnel,” which included at that time Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who served on the founding board of the CMP.

Meanwhile, Coalfire Systems, Inc. – an actual expert in video forensic analysis – issued a credible report after examining the recordings at the behest of the public interest law firm Alliance Defending Freedom. This report verified that the full length undercover recordings were not altered, except for minor edits to remove bathroom breaks, rides in elevators where no conversation took place, and the like. The recordings were found to accurately depict the conversations without alterations.

However, when the National Abortion Federation, and later Planned Parenthood, sued the CMP and its members, including Troy Newman, in Federal Court, they submitted the phony Fusion GPS report as evidence that the recordings lacked veracity.

Federal Judge William Orrick, relying on a record that included the fake Fusion GPS analysis, then ruled that he found no evidence of any crimes within the undercover recordings. Orrick then issued a gag order that prevented the further release of undercover recordings even to members of law enforcement.

That gag order, which sprang from a poisoned well tainted by a fake Fusion GPS report, is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court for hearing. The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Newman in the NAF and Planned Parenthood cases, filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting that the gag order be overturned so evidence can be released to law enforcement, including 27 State Attorneys General, who have sought the evidence for their own investigations into Planned Parenthood’s alleged criminality. [Fusion GPS is mentioned on pg. 89 of petition.]

Now here is where things get especially interesting.

Planned Parenthood’s use of the phony Fusion GPS analysis to provide friendly media with the basis to attack the recordings was so successful that a similar plan was used by Fusion GPS, the DNC, the Clinton Campaign, and the FBI/DOJ to promote the fake Russian Dossier in attacks in the media and in the secret FISA courts against Donald Trump.

Cecile Richards was very close to Hillary Clinton, for whom she spent much time stumping during the 2016 presidential campaign. She was also close to former President Barack Obama, and was a regular guest at the Obama White House, having visited there 39 times from 2009 through July 2015.

It’s no secret that Richards feared a Trump presidency. After all, her organization had been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation and prosecution by both the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives.

As long as Clinton won the 2016 presidential election, Richards could rest assured that no investigations of Planned Parenthood would be forthcoming. However, under a Trump administration, Richard’s monolithic abortion organization would be placed in jeopardy, along with billions in government funding.

In fact, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that Planned Parenthood is indeed currently under criminal investigation by the FBI and the DOJ, (hopefully not by those involved with the dubious Trump Russian investigation).

As news that the Nunes memo was soon to be released – a memo that was purported to implicate those involved with the Fusion GPS fake Russian dossier – Richards suddenly tendered her resignation as CEO of Planned Parenthood on January 24, 2018.

Could it be that Richards has closer ties to those implicated in the Nunes memo for using the fake Russian Dossier to illegally obtain FISA warrants in order to spy on the Trump administration? What if Richards recommended Fusion GPS to Clinton Campaign/DNC because she knew from first-had experience that organization could fake a dossier against Trump to discredit him and influence the election? Would that qualify as a conspiracy?

Richards obviously had a vested interest to see that Trump was defeated by any means or removed once elected.

It seems that Richard’s sudden resignation and the Nunes memo may have more in common than anyone thought. The FISA warrant scandal and the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal seem to share many working parts.

Now, the investigations into the Clinton/DNC/DOJ/FBI corruption scandal take on new meaning for those who work every day to end abortion.

Read the memo.

Operation Rescue’s Statement on the Departure of Cecile Richards from Planned Parenthood

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC – According to news reports, Cecile Richards will be stepping down from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood.

The following statement is a response from Troy Newman, President, Operation Rescue:

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, is under investigation by the Department of Justice for illegally trafficking in aborted baby remains and other crimes. Could it be that Richards is getting out while she can, before indictments are handed down? Orange may be her new favorite color!

Or could it be that Planned Parenthood now sees her as a liability with all her connections to others under criminal investigation such as Hillary Clinton, the beleaguered Clinton Foundation, and Fusion GPS? Whether she is abandoning a sinking ship or being kicked to the curb by Planned Parenthood, this reveals a destabilized abortion organization, and as long as they are disorganized, it means they won’t be expanding their abortion empire. That is great news.

Planned Parenthood’s links to Clinton and Fusion GPS.
Planned Parenthood’s links to the Clinton Foundation.

Missouri Health Chief Says Planned Parenthood Broke State Abortion Reporting Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

St. Joseph, MO – A statement released last week by the new head of the Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services indicates that abortion businesses in Missouri broke state law without consequences over a long period of several years.

Dr. Randall W. Williams stated in a May 31, 2017, news release that a law has been on the books since 1979, which required abortion facilities to report all complications to abortions, has been completely ignored over several previous administrations.

“This is unacceptable,” Williams said. “As soon as I became aware of this problem, the Department of Health and Senior Services took steps to ensure future compliance with the law and understanding of the importance of these reports.”

He noted that his department “will rigorously enforce this law in the future.”

Dr. Williams, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced for 30 years, as reason to be concerned that there has been no reporting of abortion complications.

The lone abortion facility in Missouri is a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis where 65 medical emergencies have been documented by Operation Rescue, with the help of local pro-life activists, since 2009. That includes two emergencies this year on March 11 and March 24.

“We had to sue to get the public information about abortion complications at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood. Without that case, the public would have no idea how dangerous the Planned Parenthood abortion facility really is,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are grateful that there is finally a Director of the Department of Health that takes the law and women’s safety seriously.”

A 2016 State Senate investigation of abortion practices and fetal tissue disposal at Planned Parenthood led by Sen. Kurt Schaefer encountered “stonewalling” by Planned Parenthood and “top officials in [former] Gov. Nixon’s Department of Health and Senior Services.”

Sen. Schaefer’s investigative committee discovered that the St. Louis Planned Parenthood has written protocols for employees to follow in the event of a medical emergency that included requesting ambulances run with no lights or sirens even though it would delay emergency care for their patients.

In addition, Planned Parenthood trained employees to only give very general information to 911 dispatchers, and never mention whether a complication is abortion-related. Employees are instructed to keep emergency responders out of the abortion procedure room (unless necessary).

In the event that an abortion patient experiences a medical emergency after she left the Planned Parenthood facility, she is told to call Planned Parenthood instead of 911.

In a scathing report released in July 2016, the State Senate investigative committee stated:

This level of callous disregard by PPSLR for the safety of women seeking their services in an apparent effort to protect their own business model from being damaged by news of “botched abortions” and patients ending up in the ER is shocking. This kind of deliberate organizational effort to steer patients away from emergency medical treatment may very well constitute medical malpractice and reckless endangerment of the health of patients.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Senior Services under Dr. Williams’ predecessor, Gail Vasterling, allowed the St. Louis Planned Parenthood to continue operating despite eight years of failed safety inspections that revealed 39 classes of violations involving 210 incidents – 53% (111) of which were related to failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment.

“We hope Dr. Williams will do his duty to not only enforce the abortion complication reporting law, but also take seriously patient care and facility standards with which Planned Parenthood has repeatedly failed to comply,” said Newman. “The St. Louis Planned Parenthood has arrogantly broken the law for years without consequence. It is such an egregious offender that it is in the interest of public health and safety to shut it down. We urge Dr. Williams to do just that.”

Below is Dr. Williams full press statement dated May 31, 2017:

Statement from the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Since 1979, Missouri law has required providers of abortion services and those who treat abortion complications to report every complication they diagnose or treat after an abortion to the Department of Health and Senior Services within 45 days.

It has recently come to my attention that this law was not complied with under previous administrations.

This is unacceptable.

As soon as I became aware of this problem, the Department of Health and Senior Services took steps to ensure future compliance with the law and understanding of the importance of these reports.

As a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who practiced for 30 years, I recognize that every procedure including abortion has recognized risks and potential complications. By the standard of care, these risks should be discussed with the patient prior to the procedure. And when the law requires complications to be reported, each and every complication should be reported.

The Department of Health and Senior Services will rigorously enforce this law in the future.

Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG

Perforated Uterus Led to Death of Michigan Planned Parenthood Abortion Patient


By Cheryl Sullenger

Kalamazoo, MI – The death of a young mother, Cree Erwin-Sheppard, just three days after receiving a surgical abortion at a Planned Parenthood facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has turned into a mystery worthy of the fictional Sherlock Holmes. Questions of why she died and who was responsible remain covered up under heavy redactions in her recently released autopsy report.

After a delay of over eight months, the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report is filled with strategic redactions that obscure the most pertinent parts of the report, including most of the cause of death determination.

In fact, just reading the redacted autopsy report, submitted by Elizabeth A. Douglas, MD, one would never know that an abortion was involved, much less Planned Parenthood.

While important information in the autopsy report was blacked out to remove any mention of an abortion, the toxicology reports noting trace amounts of Methadone and other pain/anti-convulsant drugs was left completely unredacted.

“It is my opinion that there is an effort on the part of the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s office to protect Planned Parenthood while wrongly blaming Erwin-Sheppard for her own death,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The way the autopsy report is censored, it falsely leads one to believe that unprescribed drugs caused her death, while the fact that her uterus was perforated is completely expunged from the record. Planned Parenthood corruption appears to have infiltrated the Medical Examiner’s office.”

If it was not for other bits of documentation obtained by Operation Rescue and its team, the cause of Cree Erwin-Sheppard’s death would be a complete mystery.

First, Operation Rescue obtained an unfilled prescription slip that was provided to Erwin-Sheppard by abortionist Laura Castleman at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on June 30, 2016, the day of her abortion. That script directly placed Erwin-Sheppard at Planned Parenthood.

Operation Rescue partnered with long-time Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills to get to the bottom of what really caused the death of this young mother. Mills obtained Erwin-Sheppard’s unredacted death certificate that shows the full cause of death, much of which was omitted from the autopsy report. Yet, even that document contributes its own mysteries.

The manner of Erwin-Sheppard’s death was listed as “Accident,” although that does not rule out negligence. The determination of “Accidental” death is the default setting for coroners who examine abortion death cases. Most never look further into conditions and practices at the abortion facilities that may have contributed to the death.

[Redactions to this document were done by Operation Rescue.]

Cree Erwin Sheppard Amended DC v2_Redacted by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

The cause of death listed on Cree Erwin-Sheppard’s amended death certificate is as follows:

Complications of intrauterine pregnancy, including pulmonary emboli related to uterine vein thrombosis and uterine perforation status post early vacuum aspiration and intrauterine contraceptive device placement.

The autopsy report noted the only area of vein clotting in Erwin-Sheppard’s body was found in the uterine vein. This lends itself to the conclusion that trauma to the vein caused the clots, which later broke away and traveled to her lungs.

The only source of trauma or injury in Cree’s body was the uterine perforation, which could well have resulted in damage to her uterine vein.

Uterine perforation is a common complication to surgical abortion and is a known complication to IUD placement. However, the death certificate curiously notes that the perforation somehow happened after the suction aspiration abortion and IUD placement at some unknown place and time.

To further muddy the waters, in Box 41c of the death certificate, the medical examiner is asked to “Describe how the injury occurred.” The puzzling answer? “Use of unprescribed drugs.”

“That answer is completely ridiculous,” said Newman. “Drugs don’t cause the uterus to put a hole in itself. It’s hard to believe this is the best the medical examiner could come up with after eight months.”

The death certificate also contains other inconsistencies. Methadone use is noted in a box that asks for “Other significant conditions contributing to death but not resulting in the underlying cause given in Part 1.”

If the methadone did not result in the underlying cause of death, why is it listed as the “injury” that led to Erwin-Sheppard’s death?

Based on the information available at this time, it is logical to reach the following conclusions:

1. Cree Erwin-Sheppard received a surgical suction aspiration abortion on June 30, 2016, at Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
2. During that abortion or subsequent IUD insertion, her uterus was perforated and her uterine artery was injured.
3. On July 2, suffering from intense abdominal pain, Erwin-Sheppard was taken by her mother to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital’s emergency room, according to a police report. There, Cree was supposedly given pain medication and told to see her family physician the next day.
4. In so much pain that she was afraid to go home, Erwin-Sheppard was taken to her mother’s house and put to bed. She slept through the day.
5. While at her mother’s home and desperate to ease the pain, Cree somehow accessed a dose of methadone.
6. In the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, Erwin-Sheppard’s mother found her daughter dead in her bed.
7. An autopsy was performed by Elizabeth A. Douglas, MD, on July 4, 2016 at 8:25 a.m. A uterine perforation was discovered. Blood clots were found in her uterine artery and lungs, which caused her death. Blood and urine was sent for toxicology screening.
8. When the autopsy was finally released on March 9, 2017, all mention of the abortion, uterine perforation, and IUD insertion were redacted along with the salient portions of the cause of death while other sensitive information was left intact.

“This autopsy report and inconsistent entries in the death certificate just don’t pass the smell test,” said Newman. “It is more than a little suspicious that the one that benefits from the cover up of information is Planned Parenthood. Politics and personal ideology have no place in the investigation of Cree’s death. A full and honest investigation must be conducted by the Michigan medical board to determine who is responsible for this abortion-related death before tragedy strikes another Planned Parenthood patient.”

This is a mystery that deserves to be solved for the sake of other women who may seek services at Planned Parenthood’s Kalamazoo office. Operation Rescue will continue to seek transparency and justice on behalf of Cree Erwin-Sheppard and her family until those responsible for her needless death are brought to justice.

[All redactions in this document were done by the Calhoun County Medical Examiner’s Office.]

Erwin-Sheppard Autopsy Report – Redacted by Medical Examiner by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd