Butcher of Bellevue Strikes Again, But This Time, Public Recording of the Abortion Emergency is Blank

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE – Something went terribly wrong at LeRoy Carhart’s Bellevue, Nebraska abortion facility on Friday May 4, 2018. An ambulance, fire unit, and another emergency response vehicle, were summoned to the Abortion and Contraceptive Clinic of Nebraska (AACCON) at around noon for a woman who was brought out of the abortion facility covered completely in a white sheet.

This is the seventeenth such medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at a Carhart abortion facility in the past five years. This is the sixth known incident at his Nebraska facility. He hospitalized ten women, including one patient who died from her injuries, while he worked at Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland. That facility closed last year.

Carhart, who is 76, opened his own abortion facility, AbortionClinics.org, specializing in late-term abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy in Bethesda. Maryland, in October 2017. Just days after that facility opened, Carhart called for emergency transport of yet another abortion patient.

“Carhart has long had a reputation of being a sloppy abortionist, but in recent years, his incompetence has appeared to have grown,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have reason to believe he poses a serious danger to the public.”

Operation Rescue attempted to obtain the radio traffic from the May 4 incident in Bellevue, but suspiciously the audio files available were completely blank. In the past, such recordings have been openly available to the public and contained busy radio traffic, including information about dispatches to Carhart’s facility. (Review one example.)

A formal public records request for the 911 records has been submitted.

“One frightening thing is that Carhart is reportedly training new abortionists at his Bellevue facility,” said Newman. “We don’t need new abortionists, and we certainly don’t need any that have been trained by this abortion hack. If Carhart’s trainees go into the abortion business, we are sure to see more women and babies to suffer and die from Carhart’s brand of incompetent abortions.”

One such woman, believed to be an abortionist in training, was present during the May 4 emergency. As if she may have something to hide, she takes more extreme measures to block her identity than has been previously seen at this facility, according to local pro-life activists.

Carhart is one of the few abortionists who openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, although more do so in secret.

“Our calls for a full and honest investigation of Carhart have fallen on deaf ears in Nebraska and Maryland. How many more women must suffer or die until states begin to protect the public from this dangerous man?” said Newman.

Prosecution Rests as Tensions Rise in Abortion Manslaughter Case

By Cheryl Sullenger, with Lauren Handy

Queens, NY – On the thirteenth day of testimony, the prosecution rested its case against abortionist Robert Rho, who is being tried for Second Degree Manslaughter (Reckless Homicide) for causing the death of Jaime Morales, 30, during a horrifically botched late-second trimester abortion.

Judge Gregory Lasak quickly denied a motion made by defense attorney Jeffery Lichtman to dismiss the case.

Yesterday, it became clear that those involved in the trial have become aware of Operation Rescue’s coverage of the case, with Rho appearing to be particularly upset by the news.

But it was tension between Rho and his attorney that characterized the week’s proceedings, according to Operation Rescue’s in-court observer Lauren Handy.

Handy believes it is possible that Rho has plans to open another abortion business somewhere on the east coast, should he be exonerated. Lichtman was heard telling prosecutor Brad Leventhal that they wanted to “wrap this up quickly,” apparently so Rho could get on with plans for a “new clinic he’s heading.”

Rho surrendered his New York medical license soon after his arrest and closed his Liberty Women’s Healthcare office in Flushing, New York. A search for licensing in surrounding states turned up no immediate results.

“It is possible that he may apply for licensing in another state or seek reinstatement of his New York license if he wins the case,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We don’t want to see anyone else hurt by this man, so there is a lot is at stake in this trial. That is probably why Rho appeared not want any media attention on this case.”

Statements made in the courtroom during breaks indicated that Rho was also very worried and angry about the cost of his legal defense. He was heard arguing with his attorney about money on several occasions.

“Jeff, I expect you to win this case,” Rho was heard to have said to his defense attorney during a break.

“I expect to,” Lichtman responded, after which another argument ensued about money, despite Lichtman’s attempt to reassure his client.

At one point, Lichtman told Rho, “I don’t know what it’s going to cost. I’m just trying to keep you out of jail.”

Later, Rho was seen slamming his hand down on the defense table during yet another argument about money. Rho was heard yelling, “I’m stretched thin in my bank account!”

“Rho’s obsession with money is very telling. A young woman is dead because of him, and all he can do is worry about his bank account and getting on with his plans for the future,” said Newman. “From what we are learning in court, we aren’t seeing a lot of remorse from him.”

Rho is hardly a sympathetic character. He has a history of patient care issues and sexual harassment allegations.

According to a December 6, 2016, article about him that appeared in Buzzfeed, patients have sued Rho three times for medical malpractice, including a case involving a failed second trimester abortion after which a child was born with brain damage. That case was settled for $2 million.

Two of Rho’s female employees filed sexual harassment lawsuits against him.

The Buzzfeed article stated:

In 2010, a medical assistant alleged in a lawsuit that Rho backed her against the wall of the clinic’s consultation room to “hug and kiss her against her will” on several occasions, including once pressing his erection against her body. He was accused of giving her a free cosmetic procedure so she would accept his sexual advances. In this case, a preliminary conference was ordered, where settlement discussions were conducted. There’s no record of how the case concluded.

Rho is also known for liposuction and labial reconstruction surgeries, in addition to abortions. In a 2008 sexual harassment case, a receptionist accused Rho of pressuring her into performing “sexual favors” after he gave her a free liposuction. That case was eventually dismissed.

But the current manslaughter case against Rho looks like it provides greater hurdles for the abortionist.

Earlier testimony in the manslaughter case laid out a timeline leading to Morales’ death and set the age of the Morales baby at 24-26 weeks gestation – just under six months – at the time of the abortion. Despite the advanced stage of pregnancy, the prosecution has argued that Rho attempted to conduct a dismemberment abortion in one day, when normally such a procedure would take a minimum of two days in order to prepare the cervix for opening without causing injury.

As a result of rushing the procedure, Morales suffered extensive internal injuries, including a lacerated uterus and uterine artery, damaged cervix, and cuts deep into the vagina, all of which caused massive hemorrhaging.

In order to make it appear that her bleeding had stopped, Rho “cinched” her cervix, which forced blood to pool up in her abdominal cavity. Instead of calling an ambulance, he released her in an unresponsive condition at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the abortion on July 9, 2016. Morales died a few hours later.

Rho’s trial is tentatively expected to last through May 3.

Operation Rescue’s observer, Lauren Handy, will not be in court today due to unforeseen circumstances.

Operation Rescue plans to report on other developments in the case as they happen.
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Read previous exclusive trial coverage from Operation Rescue:

Abortionist’s Manslaughter Trial Testimony Reveals Patient Suffered a Painful Death

Testimony: Fatal Injuries Resulted from Rho’s Single-Day Dismemberment Abortion of 6-Month Old Pre-Born Baby

Botched Abortion at Little Rock Abortion Facility Leads Discovery of 60 Such Emergencies

By Cheryl Sullenger

Little Rock, AR – A medical emergency that took place last month at Little Rock Family Planning, an abortion facility located in Little Rock, Arkansas, has opened the door to learn more about a dangerous increase in life-threatening abortion complications at that facility since the start of 2018.

It began on March 31, 2018, when pro-life activists photographed an ambulance at Little Rock Family Planning.

Pro-life activist Mary Silfies told Operation Rescue that a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for 911 records related to the incident was denied by the Little Rock City Attorney “because it involved a juvenile.”

A second FOIA request was made to the publicly-funded ambulance company, Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), which complied with a heavily redacted audio recording and Computer Aided Dispatch printout.

A close inspection of the CAD printout revealed under one of the redactions that the young patient suffered hemorrhaging and lacerations.

The 911 recording, which had information about the patient’s condition removed, indicated that the patient was located “in the procedure room with the doctor.” This was an indication that the patient’s condition was serious, otherwise, she would have been sent to the side or back door of the abortion facility for ambulance pick-up.

However, the recording did contain a revealing question at the end of the conversation between the 911 dispatcher and the abortion facility caller.

“Alright, do you have AED there,” asked the dispatcher, to which the call replied in the affirmative.

AED is short for “automated external defibrillator,” which is used to check a patient’s heart rhythm and can send a shock to restore a normal heartbeat. It is also used in the event of a cardiac arrest.

“The fact that the dispatcher was inquiring about the presence of the AED was another indication that young woman was in pretty bad shape,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

In addition, Silfies also was able to obtain a printout that contained all service requests for ambulances to the abortion facility’s address that contained 61 incidents dating back to 1999. One of the incidents included in the printout was for a different location, leaving 60 calls originating from the Little Rock Family Planning abortion facility over the past 19 years.

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In all 60 cases, including the emergency involving the juvenile on March 31, 2018, patients were transported to the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) Hospital for emergency medical care that could not be provided at the outpatient abortion facility.

This data shows that an average of medical emergencies requiring emergency ambulance transport from Little Rock Family Planning is just over three per year.

However, there have already been four such emergency transports in the first three months of 2018 alone. This put the abortion facility on track for a record-breaking number of abortion injuries.

“Whatever is going on at the Little Rock Family Planning is posing a serious danger to women,” said Newman. “With these incidents on the rise, women must be warned that if they walk into that abortion facility, they may come out on an ambulance gurney. This place is just not save for women or their babies. It should be shut down!”

No Irish Luck: Ambulance Called for Heavily Bleeding Abortion Patient on St. Patrick’s Day

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, Ohio – To listen to abortion supporters, one might think serious abortion complications are exceedingly rare. They are not. One woman learned that the hard way after she was seriously injured during an abortion on March 17, 2018 – St. Patrick’s Day — the day her luck ran out.

Women often walk into abortion facilities across America thinking the worst will never happen to them, until it does.

“Women who have abortions are playing a dangerous game of chance. You never know when their luck will run out, and when it does, the consequences are life-threatening — and sometimes life-ending as we have seen far too many times,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

An ambulance was called to the Preterm abortion facility in Cleveland, Ohio, at 5:22 p.m. for a woman whose injuries during a 13-week abortion were so serious that they caused heavy bleeding could not be stopped. She required emergency transport to a nearby hospital, according to a 911 call obtained by Operation Rescue. While a 911 Computer Aided Dispatch printout was heavily redacted, thankfully, the audio file was not.

According to the 911 recording, the 35-year old patient was “bleeding quite heavily” from her cervix after the completion of her abortion. The Preterm employee noted that she was otherwise awake, oriented, and breathing normally.

This incident came just a week before another ambulance transported a woman from Preterm covered eerily in a black sheet.

Lakisha Wilson was not breathing when she was rushed to the hospital from Preterm on March 21, 2014. She later died from her abortion injuries.

Preterm is certainly no stranger to the ambulance companies, which have responded to calls for help there at least a dozen times since 2010.

In 2014, one ambulance transported Lakisha Wilson, 22, after a 911 call reported that she was not breathing at all. She was pronounced dead later at University Hospital Case Medical Center.

“We have complained about shoddy patient care practices at Preterm for years now, but the Ohio Department of Health and the medical board continue to make excuses for them, even though many women have been seriously injured and one woman has died. Patient safety should be a primary concern for the Department of Health, yet they allow Preterm to continue to endanger women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I can guarantee that unless oversight agencies take swift action, more women will suffer harm from incompetent abortions and sloppy patient care at Preterm. It is sadly inevitable – and yet completely avoidable.”

Dangerous Portland Late-Term Abortion Facility Sent Two Women to the Hospital in March

By Cheryl Sullenger

Portland, Oregon — An ambulance was dispatched for the second time in the month of March to the Lovejoy Surgicenter abortion facility in Portland, Oregon.

The Multnomah County EMS Paramedic Unit arrived at Lovejoy Surgicenter at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, as pro-life activists prayed nearby.

Photos from the scene were provided to Operation Rescue by Therese Ruesink of 40 Days for Life. The photos show abortion facility workers in blue scrubs attempting to block the view of pro-life supporters as a blonde-haired woman was brought out the back door and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

Ruesink told Operation Rescue that other ambulances have visited the Lovejoy abortion facility on March 2, 2018, and on November 16, 2017.

“We know that there has been a recent change about four months ago in the abortion staff,” Ruesink explained. “Maybe their “new” abortionists are not as experienced. Why are there so many ambulances there lately?”

Ruesink intends to look into filing complaints against Lovejoy Surgicenter and seek and investigation into the recent medical emergencies.

“There could be something very wrong at the Lovejoy abortion facility, and we applaud efforts to call for a full investigation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This clinic also has a documented history of sexual abuse of patients, so a thorough investigation into all aspects of patient care is needed to make sure this facility has not reoffended.”

In 2012, a former clinic worker filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Lovejoy after she witnessed another female employee molesting sedated abortion patients. The female employee also was known to expose her own breasts to other clinic workers and asked them to fondle her. The offender was eventually fired from Lovejoy.

Lovejoy Surgicenter conducts abortions through 24 weeks of pregnancy. Those done between 20-24 weeks (5-6 months gestation) abortions are three-day procedures, according to the abortion facility’s website. These abortions carry more risks, and life-threatening complications can occur that the outpatient facility is not equipped to handle.

However, there is no information about how far along the women were who were transported to local emergency rooms.