Planned Parenthood Abortionist Deceptively Omitted Patient Death on Indiana License Application

Operation Rescue has filed a complaint calling for Mandy Gittler’s Indiana license revocation for failing to report a malpractice settlement related to the 2012 death of Tonya Reaves.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Indianapolis, IN – Mandy Gittler has something to hide.

On July 20, 2012, she reported to work as usual at a Chicago Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. But what happened next was anything but routine.

That day, Gittler fatally botched a second trimester abortion on a young African-American woman named Tonya Reaves. While Reaves’ life ebbed away, Gittler delayed her transport to the hospital for 5½ hours. By then it was too late. Reaves died from internal injuries that had been inflicted upon her by Gittler during two consecutive incomplete abortion procedures that ruptured her uterus and caused internal hemorrhaging.

Reaves’ family sued and on January 24, 2014, they settled their malpractice case with Gittler’s employer, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, for the significant amount of $2 million, most of which will be paid to Reaves’ surviving young son, Alvin Jones, III, throughout his life.

That incident is certainly not the kind of thing that an abortionist wants on his or her resume.

Later, Gittler shut down her private Chicago abortion facility and took her abortion act on the road, hiring on at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an independent abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois.

It appeared that her professional career had survived the Reaves abortion/death scandal and was moving on as a “circuit-riding” abortionist.

Then on September 3, 2014, Gittler submitted an application to obtain a medical license in Indiana, which was granted on November 7.

When Operation Rescue received a copy of Gittler’s Indiana application, one answer jumped out.

Next to a question that asked whether she had ever had a malpractice judgment against her or settled any malpractice action, Gittler had marked the box indicating “no.”

There was no mention of Tonya Reaves, her tragic and avoidable death, or the malpractice suit that clearly named Gittler as a defendant – and not a word about the $2 million settlement for her fatal acts that “deviated from the standard of care.”

Last week, Operation Rescue filed a complaint against Gittler with the Indiana Attorney General for violations of the Indiana Administrative Code, which states regarding license applications, “All information on the application shall be submitted under oath or affirmation, subject to the penalties for perjury.”

It is clear from the documentation Operation Rescue included with its complaint that Gittler was the primary person responsible for Reaves’ death and that Planned Parenthood agreed to pay because there was simply no defense for Gittler’s negligence.

Operation Rescue’s complaint narrative connects the dots from one court document to another and discusses a letter from the plaintiff’s expert witness that places the blame for Reaves’ death squarely on Gittler’s shoulders.

Filed with the Jones v. Planned Parenthood complaint documents, a redacted medical opinion dated September 28, 2012, can be found. . . That letter is purportedly written by a physician who is board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology who is familiar with abortion procedures.

The letter notes that Mandy Gittler performed a dilation and evacuation abortion on Tonya Reaves on July 20, 2012, at a Planned Parenthood of Illinois office without the use of ultrasound guidance. After the procedure, Reaves experienced excessive bleeding and another dilation and evacuation procedure was performed by Gittler. The reviewing physician stated that Gittler “did not timely recognize that the patient needed to be transferred to a hospital for care and treatment, which resulted in a delay in her receiving care and treatment that she needed.” Reaves died as a result.

The letter further notes that each procedure done by Gittler and her delay in sending her patient to the hospital each represented deviations in the standard of care and concludes that if the deviations had not occurred, Reaves would have survived.

Gittler submitted to a sworn deposition in Jones v. Planned Parenthood on August 22, 2013, wherein she admits having conducted two dilation and evacuation abortion procedures on Reaves on July 20, 2012, at a Planned Parenthood of Illinois office. . . She further admits to a timeline that showed Reaves was not transported to a hospital for 5 ½ hours after Reaves’ first procedure and the onset of excessive bleeding.

It was soon after Gittler’s deposition, in which she shamelessly attempted to blame Reaves’ death on a non-existent uterine deformity, that her employer, Planned Parenthood of Illinios, settled the malpractice suit. Gittler left them with nothing to defend. Her negligence was obvious.

“It is our position that Gittler intentionally concealed information about Reaves’ death and the ensuing malpractice suit and settlement from the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are asking for her medical license to be rescinded or revoked because deception was used to obtain it.”

If the Indiana Attorney General’s office finds that Gittler committed perjury, she could be criminally charged.

“We cannot stand idly by while Gittler acts like Tonya Reaves’ death never happened. It was extremely disappointing when the Illinois medical board decided to place the lives of other women at risk by excusing Gittler of responsibility for taking Tonya’s life,” said Newman. “If Indiana decides to act, it won’t be perfect justice, but it will be something. Tonya deserves at least that.”

Read the Complaint Narrative, with links to documentation.

Abortionist that Killed Tonya Reaves During Botched Abortion Has Closed Her Chicago Abortion Business

By Cheryl Sullenger

AllWomensHealthClosed-FeaturedChicago, IL — The abortionist that was responsible for the late-term abortion death of Tonya Reaves has shut down her All Women’s Health abortion facility in Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League has confirmed.

The closure was discovered when members of the Chicago-based group arrived at the clinic on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, for a planned public outreach only to find the facility closed and a “For Rent” sign on the door. A phone call placed by a League member confirmed that the abortion clinic had gone out of business.

All Women’s Health was operated by abortionist Mandy Gittler, who was working at a Chicago Planned Parenthood abortion center on July 20, 2012, the day Reaves paid $459 and received a fatal Dilation and Extraction dismemberment abortion of her 16-week pre-born baby from Gittler.

This closure brings the current number of remaining surgical abortion clinics in the U.S. to 572.

“Many independently owned abortion businesses are shutting down due to financial issues,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We would hope that her notoriety as the white abortionist that killed Tonya Reaves, a poor urban woman of color, contributed to her failed abortion business.”

Operation Rescue heavily publicized details of Reaves’ death while the Pro-Life Action League had conducted protests at the All Women’s Health abortion facility in the past.

According to records, including Reaves’ autopsy report and Gittler’s sworn deposition, Reaves suffered internal bleeding and an incomplete abortion, but was not transported to the hospital for over five hours after the bleeding began. By then, it was too late to save her life.

Emergency 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue also showed that Planned Parenthood failed to call 911 for emergency transport, even though they had been instructed earlier in the day by an emergency dispatcher to do so since that was the quickest way to get help.

Gittler attempted to blame Reaves’ death on a malformed uterus even though later documentation revealed that Reaves suffered no such condition.

Reaves’ family sued Gittler and Planned Parenthood for the wrongful death of Tonya Reaves. The suit was eventually ended in a settlement agreement in which Planned Parenthood must pay $2 million, most of which will go to Reaves’ surviving son over the course of his lifetime.

Gittler’s Illinois medical license profile indicates that in addition to Planned Parenthood, she may now be working at the troubled National Health Care abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois, where numerous “serious” violations were discovered in 2012, after it underwent its first inspection in over a decade.

Joan Rivers Cause of Death Same as Dead Abortion Patient

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – What could the famous and wealthy comedienne Joan Rivers have in common with a poor urban black woman from Cleveland, Ohio?

Both suffered avoidable deaths during outpatient surgical procedures that share the same unusual cause of death: “anoxic encephalopathy” as the result of complications to a medical procedure. Anoxic encephalopathy refers to brain damage suffered as a result of oxygen deprivation.

Yesterday, a New York medical examiner released the cause of death ruling for Rivers, 81, who went into cardiac arrest after a throat biopsy and stopped breathing on August 28, 2014. She was rushed to a hospital and declared dead on September 4.

Wilson, 22, suffered cardiac arrest and stopped breathing after an abortion in her 20th week of pregnancy at Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland on March 21, 2014. She was transported to Case University Medical Center, where she was placed on life support and pronounced dead on March 28.

According to a USA Today article about River’s cause of death, “The death was classified as a complication of a medical procedure. The classification is not commonly used; more deaths are certified as homicides, suicides or natural causes.”

But there is a stark difference in the way the two similar deaths have been handled. The “medical complication” ruling was used to excuse physician culpability in Wilson’s death while River’s doctors remain not only under a cloud of suspicion, but active investigations.

Because of River’s fame and popularity, the public demands that those accountable for River’s tragic death be held accountable and the authorities are more than ready to comply.

Wilson’s abortionists, on the other hand, who are believed to be Lisa Perierra and Mohammed Rezaee, were quickly cleared of wrong-doing by the Ohio Medical Board – ironically just days after River’s death. An investigation by the Ohio Department of Health appears to have stalled and Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty has been reluctant to get involved.

“We don’t want to think that Lakisha’s race and social status as a poor urban woman of color has anything to do with the disparity in the way these very similar death investigations are being handled, but that appears to be the case. Add to it that Lakisha died during a late-term abortion, and it becomes clear that racial and political biases are allowing her death to be swept under the rug,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “In America, we are supposed to have equal protection under the law — except apparently when you happen to be a black woman at an abortion clinic. Then, killing you is not a problem.”

Operation Rescue uncovered Wilson’s death after obtaining 911 records that indicated Wilson was “not breathing at all” for about a half hour before she was transported to the hospital. A Computer Aided Dispatch Transcript noted “Patient Death” was involved. Operation Rescue then joined with state and national pro-life leaders in calling for a full investigation into Wilson’s death.

Operation Rescue continues to call on District Attorney McGinty and the Ohio Department of Health to hold those accountable for Wilson’s avoidable death accountable and give her the same consideration and justice that is being extended in the Rivers case.

“When abortionists get away with killing women during abortions, it only fosters conditions that continue to place the lives of women at risk. We simply cannot afford to ignore abortion-related maternal deaths and pretend justice has been done. Certainly no one would stand for a cover-up in the River’s death. We cannot tolerate a cover-up in Lakisha’s death, either, if we truly believe that all of us are created equal and deserve equal justice under the law,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty and demand that he order a full, impartial investigation into Lakisha Wilson’s suspicious abortion-related death.

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