Woman Transported by Ambulance (Again) from Planned Parenthood’s Flagship Abortion Facility

New York City, NY – An African-American woman was transported by ambulance from the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood abortion facility on February 15, 2018. This is the tenth medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue with the help of local pro-life activists at this facility since January 2017.

Planned Parenthood’s flagship abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Center is located in a high-rise brick building at 26 Bleecker Street on Margaret Sanger Square in New York City.

Planned Parenthood is known to target the neighborhoods of poor, urban women of color, and the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood is an example of that.

A witness told Operation Rescue that an ambulance, police cruiser, and a fire truck responded to the medical emergency. The ambulance arrived at Planned Parenthood first at approximately 10:44 a.m. She described how the sirens were not used within a block of the abortion facility.

“We heard the ambulance siren, but a block away, the siren was turned off so the ambulance arrived with only flashing lights. The emergency workers went in immediately,” explained the pro-life activist, who also took photos of the incident. “The ambulance drove off at 11:00, but waited until it was a block away from Planned Parenthood to turn on the sirens.”

“This practice of ambulances running silent within proximity of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility is for the sole benefit of Planned Parenthood. In fact, such a policy could delay emergency care to women when every minute counts,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “It is a shame Planned Parenthood cares more about covering up the fact that they seriously injured a woman, than they do about her welfare.”

Photos of the incident showed an African-American woman covered up to her neck with sheets as she was rushed from the building to the ambulance. Gurney access to the actual abortion offices is problematic. Women are generally brought down to the lobby in a wheelchair where they are transferred to a gurney.

The condition of the hospitalized woman remains unknown at this time.

Ambulance Called to Falls Church Abortion Facility with Documented Sanitation Citations

By Cheryl Sullenger

Falls Church, VA – An ambulance was called to the Falls Church Health Care Center abortion facility on February 3, 2018, to transport a woman to a nearby emergency room. Emergency responders were inside the facility for about 15 minutes before the woman was finally wheeled to the ambulance.

The incident was photographed by pro-life activist Ruby Nicado of Lifeguard, who told Operation Rescue that just as the woman was being brought out of the facility on a gurney, one clinic escort shoved an umbrella in to her face to block her camera. That aggressive move was unnecessary because the patient was completely covered with a sheet so her identity was never in jeopardy.

Moments later, the abortionist on duty that day, Jan Paul Fruiterman, emerged from the abortion facility and rode with the ambulance to the hospital.

Operation Rescue attempted to retrieve records related to the expected 911 emergency dispatch, but none existed, making it likely the abortion facility bypassed the 911 system and called an ambulance directly. This practice results in slower response times than dialing 911, delaying care for those experiencing medical emergencies.

Nicdao was able to learn that the patient was alive when she reached the hospital and “improved a great deal quickly” once there.

The Falls Church Health Care Center has a record of failed inspection reports dating back to 2012, just prior to the enactment of minimum licensing requirements in 2013.

The most recent inspection report, dated November 17, 2016, contained 13 pages of citations. It noted “the agency was not incompliance” with licensing regulations.

Citations included the failure to ensure that all employees participated infection control training. As a result, it was found that the facility had the following violations:

• Equipment was not properly cleaned between patients.
• Cleaning solutions were not prepared in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications. This can affect the effectiveness of the cleaners.
• Failed to observe sanitary practices for administering IV drugs.
• Failed to properly use personal protective equipment, such as eye protection during surgical abortion procedures.

The Falls Church Health Center also failed to ensure all employees were trained in fire safety or emergency/disaster training, engaged in shoddy record keeping, and other violations.

But perhaps most disturbing was an incident when one woman was given the abortion drug Misoprostol and a dose of Librium for anxiety prior to a scheduled surgical abortion. However, the abortionist had failed to determine the gestational age of the baby prior to dispensing abortion inducing drugs, as required. In Virginia, businesses licensed as Abortion Facilities are allowed to do abortions up to 13.6 weeks. Abortions later than that are required to be done at a hospital or Ambulatory Surgical Facility.

Uncomfortable with conducting the abortion beyond the legal limit, the unnamed abortionist discharged the patient with a prescription of birth control pills and a referral to another facility. There is no record of any follow-up to ensure the patient actually went to the other facility.

“Essentially, Falls Church Health Care gave a patient abortion-inducing drugs, then kicked her to the curb when it was discovered she was too far along. This was a huge lapse in compliance that placed the women, who was in her second trimester of pregnancy, in a potentially dangerous situation,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “With one failed inspection report after another along with practices that place the lives and heath of women in danger, this abortion facility should be closed.”

It is doubtful that will happen under the current Democratic state administration, which “eviscerated” licensing standards last year, rendering them nearly meaningless, according to Virginia Cobb, President of the Family Foundation. The Board of Health has also ended monthly reports on abortion facilities at their meetings, which had been previously required.

Abortionist Who Attempted Suicide Botches Laminaria Insertion; Woman Rushed to Hospital

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA — An abortionist who survived a failed suicide attempt has injured another woman during part of a second trimester abortion procedure.

Patient J.P. was rushed to the hospital on January 17, 2018, after suffering complications to a botched laminaria insertion conducted the day before by abortionist Donald Clyde Willis at the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California.

This is the seventh abortion-related medical emergencies caused by Willis. After injuring six women in 2017, his streak of carnage was temporarily halted after he appeared to have been involved in an accident of some sort in which he suffered a broken arm. He returned to work at the FPA abortion center earlier this month.

Patient J.P. was accompanied by her mother to the abortion facility after rebuffing her pleas for her daughter to keep her baby.

Once at the abortion facility for the completion of her abortion, Patient J.P. complained of severe pain and cramps and was seen by a second abortionist, Justin Diedrich, who called an ambulance to transport her to the nearby Adventist Health Hospital.

Upon arrival of the ambulance, the mother saw the gurney with a woman completely covered in sheets, and began to ask if it was her daughter that was being transported. FPA staff refused to respond to her as the injured woman was loaded into the ambulance for transport.

Once the ambulance left, Diedrich, called J.P.’s mother inside and explained that when Willis had inserted the laminaria dilators, he had “poked a hole” internally and that the laminaria “went through the wrong thing.”

Perforations of the uterus or cervix are known complications to laminaria insertion that are caused when the dilators are inserted with too much force.

Pro-life activists on the sidewalk befriended the mother, and later, the injured woman. One pro-life volunteer, Mary Darrah, has remained in contact with them, according to Tim Palmquist, a long-time pro-life activist who recorded the ambulance incident.

According to Palmquist, J.P. was rushed into surgery where doctors worked on repairing the damage for about two hours. She required at least two pints of blood, indicating there may have been serious internal injuries and hemorrhaging. Her dead baby was delivered at the hospital.

J.P. told Darrah the abortionist Justin Diedrich attempted to contact her while she was in the hospital, but she refused to speak with him. She said that she never wanted to return to the FPA Women’s Health again.

“Less than a week after returning to work at the FPA abortion business, Willis botches yet another procedure and sends another woman to the hospital. This illustrates Willis’ incompetence and the danger he poses to women,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The woman apparently regrets her abortion decision and now needs our prayers.”

Operation Rescue filed a complaint against Willis last year after the spate of abortion-related injuries suffered by women raised questions of incompetence. That complaint has been accepted by the California Medical Board and it remains under investigation.

In 1993, a depressed Willis attempted suicide over a difficult divorce. As he sat in a park behind his Oregon home, he put a gun to his forehead and pulled the trigger. Surprisingly, he survived. After he was well enough, Willis spent three months confined to a mental hospital.

Other medical emergencies involving Willis are listed below.

October 3, 2017: A 23-year old Hispanic woman suffered a perforated uterus during an abortion. Once at the hospital, she suffered cardiac arrest. Her heart reportedly stopped for five minutes before doctors could revive her. Her injuries were so serious that she received an emergency hysterectomy.
January 10, 2017: A woman was extracted from the abortion business completely wrapped in sheets without any visible signs of ongoing treatment. It is unknown if she was still alive.
February 4, 2017: (First Incident) A patient was wheeled out of the abortion business and transported with no lights or sirens to Kern Medical Center.
February 4, 2017: (Second Incident) A woman was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin Hospital’s emergency room. She was covered in a sheet, but was obviously receiving ongoing medical care.
February 18, 2017: A female patient was transported from FPA Women’s Health to a nearby hospital. The disturbing pattern of botched abortions caused Operation Rescue to issue an Urgent Public Safety Advisory to women seeking abortions in the area of Bakersfield, California.
August 19, 2017: A woman who appeared to be awake and moving was transported to Kern Medical where she was rushed into the emergency room.

Visit the Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health’s profile page on AbortionDocs.org.
Visit Willis’ profile page on AbortionDocs.org.

Visit Diedrich’s profile page on AbortionDocs.org

Insights from the Courtroom: Abortion Malpractice Trial Reveals Over Half of Baby’s Skull Missed During Botched Late-Term Abortion

Baby came out is “100-1,000” pieces

By Cheryl Sullenger

Denver, CO – On this forty-fifth memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme court decision that decriminalized abortion in the U.S., this abortion horror story illustrates the human price of that tragic decision.

Last week, a local pro-life activist attended one day of the malpractice trail against late-term abortionist Warren Hern, who is accused by a former abortion patient, Jennifer D., of botching her abortion by leaving a piece of her baby’s skull inside her womb that resulted in a hysterectomy.

The activist, who wishes to remain anonymous, visited the courtroom on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, for Day 5 of the proceedings. The observer took notes and reported to Operation Rescue about the day’s testimony.

According to the pro-life observer, a psychologist, Dr. Robert Arias, a psychologist from Lincoln, Nebraska, who specializes in neuropsychology and behavioral sciences, gave testimony through a video deposition. He spoke of the plaintiff’s pain and suffering that resulted from her ordeal after her abortion by Hern at his Boulder Abortion Clinic in 2013.

He testified that she did not exaggerate her claims of pain and suffering, and that her claims are real and accurate. There was testimony of spousal abuse and other issues her life that made the complications she endured for 14 months after her abortion particularly traumatizing.

In addition, Arias’ testimony and other court records revealed that Jennifer had a son with severe birth defects prior to the 2013 abortion. That son died from his conditions in 2014, which only added stress and grief to an already difficult situation of coping with her abortion-related injuries.

One court record, an exhibit for the defense, obtained by Operation Rescue, stated in part:

In 2009 [Jennifer] was diagnosed with depression and incapacitating migraine headaches, exacerbated by stress. She was now (in 2015) diagnosed with adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood. She was grieving over the loss of her son and deciding how to proceed with her marriage. Jennifer was a victim of verbal and physical abuse; in addition, her husband had been having an affair for the first few years of their marriage. Currently Jennifer and Jason state that their marriage is a “work in progress.”

Hern’s defense attacked Dr. Arias’ testimony by attempting to belittle him.

The courtroom observer explained that Jennifer D. sat through the day’s proceedings without reaction, and appeared to stare blankly as testimony was given by Dr. Andrew Robertson, her maternal fetal medicine physician, who reviewed the gruesome details of what happened to her baby during the abortion.

Dr. Robertson reviewed the case and testified that Hern failed to follow multiple protocols that are written in Hern’s own book, which is considered the standard for abortion procedures.

Testimony indicated that when Hern conducted the abortion of Jennifer’s 25-week baby, he only dilated her cervix to 2 cm, barely large enough to insert the instruments used to dismember a pre-born baby that big.

Even though Hern conducted an ultrasound, which showed indications of a “echodensity” that should have been an indicator that something had been left behind, Hern ignored the ultrasound result and reported that the abortion was complete.

That “echodensity” was later found to have been a 3.5 cm bone fragment, which weighted five grams and accounted for over fifty percent of the baby’s skull.

Hern’s defense consisted of attacking Robertson for conducting a hysterectomy after he tried and failed to remove the skull bone, which kept chipping and breaking into fragments as he attempted removal during surgery. Hern insists a hysterectomy was unnecessary.

Another witness, C.C., who has worked for Hern for 17 years, testified that although she was not in the procedure room that day, she was the one tasked with reassembling the baby’s remains to determine if everything had been removed.

Hern removed the baby in approximately “100-1,000 pieces,” making it impossible to weigh the remains without the placenta, she stated.

There was a discrepancy in the weight of the remains and placenta with the weight of a 25-week pregnancy. 209 grams were missing from the actual weight of the remains and what should have been the actual weight. C.C. attempted to blame the discrepancy on a malformed skull, but that and the five grams of bone found embedded in Jennifer’s uterus did not account for the full discrepancy.

C.C. was obviously covering up for her long-time employer by calling him an amazing and meticulous man for whom safety of his patients is his primary concern.

“It is disturbing to hear witnesses describe the most barbaric of human abuses in an emotionless, clinical fashion, as if tearing a 25-week baby into 1,000 pieces is a normal medical procedure. It’s not normal. It’s the kind of thing a mentally-ill serial killer would take pleasure in doing. We should all be appalled and horrified,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is the legacy of Roe v. Wade.”

Day 6 of the trail resumed on January 17, 2018, with further video testimony from Dr. Arias, the psychologist who testified of Jennifer’s mental state, according to courtroom minutes.

This was followed by testimony from Jennifer’s husband, Jason, who personally took the stand for about an hour.

Before lunch, there was a dramatic development. After the plaintiff’s case, Hern’s attorneys made an oral motion for judgement, which would have ended the case in Hern’s favor. Judge Phillip A. Brimmer granted the motion in part by dismissing the Boulder Abortion Clinic from the suit, but he denied the motion to dismiss Hern, so the trial continued.

After lunch a Planned Parenthood abortionist Frederick Hopkins was sworn in. He testified for the rest of the day on behalf of the defense.

Hopkins’ testimony continued into Day 7 of the trial on January 18, 2018. Hopkins was followed by someone referred to only as V.H., then by Dr. Kristina Tocce, an Obstrician-Gynecologist with the University of Colorado Denver.

Day 8 of the trial was supposed to continue on January 19, however, court records for that day were not yet available.

The proceedings appear to be spilling into their third week, but the disposition of the case remains unknown. Operation Rescue will continue to monitor court records and post updates as they become available.

“We want to thank the court room observer who provided details from the courtroom. Those insights were important in helping us understand what happened to Jennifer, and how Hern is attempting to shift the blame onto others for his own mistakes. We pray for her and her family that there can be healing from this tremendous trauma,” said Newman.


Courtroom Minutes 1/16/2018
Courtroom Minutes 1/17/2018
Courtroom Minutes 1/18/2018
Defense Exhibit

Read previous report about this trial.

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.