California Abortionist with Mental Health Issues Sends Two Patients to Hospitals by Ambulance

[Note: This is a better quality video than one that originally appeared here.]

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – In two separate incidents, ambulances transported two abortion patients from FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield, California. The emergency transports took place on Saturday, February, 4, 2017, within less than one hour of each other. The women were taken to different nearby hospitals.

The abortionist on duty was Donald Clyde Willis, who has a history of mental disorders that led to a violent suicide attempt. The latest two ambulance transports represent the third and fourth abortion-related medical emergencies involving Willis since he began working at the Bakersfield facility approximately three months ago.

During the first incident, Hall Ambulance #08 arrived FPA Women’s Health at about 1:00 p.m. with lights on and sirens blaring. The ambulance backed into and a facility worker came out to hold up a sheet to block anyone from taking pictures while the women was being loaded into the back of an ambulance. The ambulance left running no lights or sirens in the direction of Kern Medical Center. Experienced pro-life activist Terri Palmquist posted video of the incident live on Facebook.

The second incident, involving Hall Ambulance #53, took Palmquist by surprise, arriving at approximately 1:49 p.m. with lights and sirens on. She phoned her husband, Tim, who videotaped the incident and recorded the arrival of that ambulance at the hospital emergency room.

The ambulance pulled almost up to the door of the abortion facility, and the woman was loaded into the back. She was transported to San Joaquin Hospital, which is about a block from the abortion facility. At the hospital, video showed that she was being treated with an IV while paramedics held the sheet above her face.

More about the women’s condition remains unknown.

So far, fifteen women have been rushed by ambulance from this FPA Women’s Health abortion facility since August 2012, and the third one during the opening weeks of 2017. Video from the last emergency there on January 10, 2017, showed a patient who was not actively being treated tightly wrapped mummy-like in a sheet from head to toe.

While Willis’ safety record is troubling, his background raises additional red flags.

On September 20, 1993, Willis attempted to kill himself in a public park near his home in Portland, Oregon, by shooting himself in the forehead with a .22 caliber revolver. His Oregon disciplinary records reveal the following:

Although he never lost consciousness, respondent remained in the park until the following morning, when he was discovered by a passerby. He thereafter underwent surgery for the removal of pone and bullet fragments before being transferred to the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, for three months of inpatient psychiatric care.

Once released from psychiatric care, Willis volunteered to allow restrictions to be placed on his medical license, including an order that required him to practice only under supervision. Soon after, he voluntarily surrendered his Alaska medical license. Willis has since allowed his Oregon license to expire, but he continues to practice almost exclusively in the field of abortion in California without restriction.

“There are serious patient care problems of crisis proportions at the Bakersfield FPA. These issues must be addressed by the Medical Board, but we have been informed by them that unless we provide patient names and contact information, they will no longer investigate our complaints. This bad policy has only made abortionists less accountable and more dangerous to women,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

But for pro-life advocates in Bakersfield, not every day is as tragic as Saturday. Just five days before the double emergency transports, Terri Palmquist reported that pro-life activists experienced a banner day. They were able to save the lives of seven babies through their advocacy.

“We applaud Tim and Terri Palmquist, who have tirelessly documented the dangers at this abortion facility while offering practical help to women, both before and after their abortions. They are responsible for saving the lives of countless babies and warning women of the dangers that await them during abortions. They are doing an amazing work.”
Photos and video courtesy of Tim and Terri Palmquist

Abortionist Filmed on “Demonic Rant” Fired from California Abortion Chain

By Cheryl Sullenger

San Diego, CA – Abortionist Robert J. Santella, who was featured on a viral video as he hissed and threatened a pro-life activist with scissors while admitting he had a “darkened heart,” has been fired from his job at FPA Women’s Health (formerly Family Planning Associates), the San Diego abortion facility where the incident took place. Operation Rescue confirmed that Santella is no longer employed there.

As previously reported by Operation Rescue, just days after the incident in which Santella wore an identification badge from Sharp Healthcare, the hospital group terminated all affiliations with him.

RSantellaHowever, Santella continues his abortion business at his long-time private practice in the College area near San Diego State University.

“We have a long history with Robert Santella, and remember well the ambulances that used to appear at FPA when it was still located in La Mesa,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We conducted many peaceful protests of Santella’s abortion business and are glad his true nature has been exposed. We pray for Robert Santella’s soul and that he would leave the abortion business for good.”

That may happen, perhaps unwillingly, if the California Medical Board (CMB) has its way. In May of 2016, the CMB filed a malpractice accusation against Santella alleging negligence and unprofessional conduct involving patient care that “demonstrates an unfitness to practice medicine.”

As a repeat offender with questionable patient care practices that date back decades, Santella faces the very real possibility of license revocation.

In the 1983, the California Medical Board suspended Santella’s medical license for 60 days and placed him on probation for five years after it found him guilty of gross negligence and incompetence in the treatment of three patients.

In 2000, Santella’s medical license was revoked for failing to maintain adequate medical records. That revocation was stayed and Santella served four years on probation.

Operation Rescue has also acquired records that show Santella has a documented history of disciplinary actions and medical malpractice.

Recently obtained court records show that a medical malpractice complaint was filed against Santella in 2011 by Jaqueline Thompson-Dunn, a woman who went to him for the surgical removal of an ovary at Promise Hospital in San Diego, a facility that specializes in long-term medical care for serious illnesses.

According to the court records, sometime during the surgery, Santella punctured Ms. Thompson-Dunn’s bowel twice. Once he realized what had happened, he called for a general surgeon to repair the punctures. For reasons unknown, no general surgeon could be located “in the hospital, on call, or anywhere in the county” to repair the damage, according to the suit.

Finally, Santella attempted to repair the bowel damage himself. Six days later, Thompson-Dunn was discharged from the hospital. Two days after her release, Thompson-Dunn reported to another San Diego County hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain.

Surgeons from the second hospital discovered that Santella’s attempted repairs were unsuccessful. Ms. Thompson-Dunn suffered from peritonitis and sepsis. The complaint states, “More than two liters of purulent bowl contents were removed from plaintiff’s abdomen.”

Thompson-Dunn indicated that she suffered long-term health issues since Santella conducted her surgery, including chronic bowel dysfunction.

The malpractice suit was dismissed the next year at the request of both parties. This usually indicates that an out-of-court settlement was reached.

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Since then, at least two ambulances have been observed transporting Santella’s abortion patients from the FPA office, now located on Mira Mar Road.

Santella’s firing from FPA ends a relationship with the California abortion chain that dated back nearly 30 years. Early in their business relationship, Santella provided emergency hospital care for FPA abortion patients who suffered serious complications from their procedures.

Santella was hired on at FPA full time in the early 2000s after two previous abortionists quit or refused to work any longer at the San Diego office. One of FPA’s full-time abortionists, Karl Seligman, suddenly quit in 1993, due to encouragement from pro-life supporters. His successor James M. Long, also quit the San Diego location due to pro-life protests, and was reassigned within the FPA organization.

At one point, Santella stopped offering abortions at his private practice, but with his recent termination with FPA, he has resumed his abortion business there.

Fifth Carhart Abortion Patient Rushed To Emergency Room in Maryland

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD – For at least the fifth time since LeRoy Carhart located his late-term abortion business to Maryland, one of his abortion patients has been rushed to a hospital emergency room by ambulance.

On December 15, 2015, the Maryland Coalition for Life reports that Carhart, who is nationally known for being one of the few abortion providers to conduct third trimester elective abortions, accompanied a patient in the ambulance as she was rushed away to receive emergency help for what appeared to be an abortion-related emergency.

The Coalition provided video of the incident to Operation Rescue.

“Carhart continues to endanger women while the authorities in Maryland look the other way. We are concerned for the woman who was transported to the hospital and can only wonder how many women must suffer injury or death until Carhart’s medical license is revoked,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue has also documented Carhart’s involvement in the third-trimester abortionrelated death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in Wichita, Kansas in 2005.

Earlier this year, while another of Carhart’s patients was being loaded into an awaiting ambulance, a videographer was assaulted by abortion activists working for Carhart as she attempted to document that incident.

Learn more about Carhart and his dangerous abortion practices at

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Safety Crisis: “Lifeless” Patient Rushed From Bakersfield Abortion Clinic to Hospital

This is the third documented medical emergency caused by the same abortionist at the Bakersfield, California FPA Women’s Health abortion clinic in two months. This poses a serious public safety crisis.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – For the third time in just two months, abortionist Karen Mann has sent a patient to the hospital to receive emergency care. Witnesses to the April 14, 2015, incident told Operation Rescue that this time the woman appeared “lifeless.”

“Her arms were just hanging lifeless off the sides of the gurney,” reported Terri Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries. Palmquist is a long-time sidewalk counselor outside FPA Women’s Health, formerly known as Family Planning Associates, in Bakersfield, California. “She was at least unconscious.”

Palmquist explained that nearly every clinic worker emerged from the abortion facility with sheets that were deployed in an effort to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. However, Palmquist’s husband, Tim, got a very good view of the obviously unconscious woman.

The woman was rushed by ambulance running lights and sirens to Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. Her condition today is unknown.

Mann has worked at FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield for only about three months but has so far sent three women to the emergency room for care she was incapable of providing.

Other incidents took place on March 31 and February 3, when a woman suspected of having suffered a heart attack during an abortion procedure was rushed away by ambulance. Overall, this is the eighth documented medical emergency at this facility since 2012.

Tim Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries told Operation Rescue that people who have been inside the abortion facility have complained about conditions inside. One man, who recently escorted a woman for an abortion complained to Palmquist that the clinic was “very dirty inside, specifically mentioning q-tips on the floor and that they obviously hadn’t even vacuumed.”

Mann has a history of providing substandard patient care. She was sued in 2011 for a gruesomely botched circumcision that left a child permanently disfigured and has required several surgeries. The suit alleges that Mann “was negligent and her conduct fell below the care and skill required of medical doctors and medical practitioners.”

“It is our opinion that Mann poses an immediate danger to the public and has created a safety crisis in Bakersfield. Today, we are asking the California Medical Board for an emergency suspension of her medical license in order to protect the public while a full investigation into her abortion practices and conditions is done,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We will continue to investigate this on our end due to serious concerns that the patient may not have survived.”

View Karen Mann’s profile page at

Ambulance Video: Seventeenth Known Medical Emergency at New Mexico Late-Term Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Pro-life activists caught an ambulance on video as it rushed a patient to the hospital from Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion facility known to specialize in very late-term abortions. The incident took place on Friday, December 19, 2014.

This represents the seventeenth documented botched abortion at that facility since 2008.

SellaBotch-FeatredThe video clearly shows a patient on a gurney as she was loaded into an awaiting ambulance and whisked away to a nearby hospital.

“While abortion is never safe for mother or child, those who champion abortion in New Mexico cannot claim to care about women seeking abortions when these injuries continue to pile up without consequence,” stated Bud Shaver, Executive Director of Protest ABQ.

Tara Shaver, also of Protest ABQ, verified that the abortionist on duty was Shelley Sella, who was featured in the film “After Tiller,” which explored controversial late-term abortions done by Sella and others throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Sella, who flies in from her home in California to conduct abortions in Albuquerque, faced license revocation in 2012 for botching an abortion done at 35 weeks on a woman with a history of having a previous Cesarean section. The woman’s uterus ruptured during labor and she nearly died. The incident was discovered by Tara Shaver, who had obtained 911 records that dramatically documented the event. Both Shaver and Operation Rescue filed complaints against Sella with the New Mexico Medical Board.

However, after a disciplinary hearing in which the Board’s attorney recommended sanctions against Sella, the New Mexico Medical Board inexplicably cleared her of all wrong-doing in 2013, leaving Sella to continue her pattern of seriously injuring women.

In addition, New Mexico has enacted no minimum safety standards for abortions and continues to allow abortion clinics to operate without inspection or any other accountability despite the large number of documented abortion injuries.

“New Mexico continues to be the Wild West for an out-of-control abortion cartel that is allowed to run amok by a state government that refuses to hold it accountable to even the most rudimentary safety standards that could spare women from needless injury,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Until that changes, we will continue to see women hurt and perhaps killed by abortionists that admit they do not use practices that meet the minimum standard of care. Women everywhere should be outraged that women’s lives and health are regarded with less consideration that what New Mexico‘s pets receive.”

Operation Rescue continues to urge the New Mexico Medical Board to take action to protect women and shut down Southwestern Women’s Options permanently.

Video was taken by Abolitionist Society of Rio Rancho and produced by Protest ABQ.