Lies Exposed: Toledo Abortion Business Misrepresents True Emergency Practices in Court Documents

By Cheryl Sullenger

Toledo, OH – Ohio pro-life activists who were conducting their usual outreach on the sidewalks outside the Capital Care Network of Toledo last spring could hardly believe what they were seeing.

A commotion alerted them that something was very wrong. It was Saturday, April 1, 2017, but by the frenzied activity, they knew this was no April Fool’s joke.

With cameras at the ready, a local pro-life activist snapped photos as an abortion patient was taken out the back door of the of the abortion business. Witnesses on the scene told Operation Rescue that she was doubled over in pain and walked only with assistance. The suffering woman was loaded into the back seat of a dark maroon Ford Focus, Ohio license plate #GLH8725, which local activists said belonged to CCN employee Schuyler Beckwith.

Another alert pro-life activist followed the private vehicle to Toledo Hospital’s emergency entrance, where Beckwith dropped off the woman, then returned to the abortion business.

One local pro-life supporter has filed a complaint about this dangerous practice with the Ohio Department of Health, but there is no word yet on any outcome of that complaint.

Certainly, most abortion facilities do not want anyone to know when one of their “procedures” goes awry. They attempt to conceal the fact in a number of ways to keep anyone from knowing the truth about the abysmal abortion safety record, which Operation Rescue has attempted to document over the years.

Keeping medical emergencies secret allows the abortion businesses to continue spouting their patently untrue propaganda talking points about abortion safety and the burden that “unnecessary” abortion safety laws put on women.

But the Capital Care Network has an added motive for trying to hide abortion complications so serious they require emergency hospital intervention. They have no valid hospital transfer agreement within a 30-minute driving distance, and are therefore in non-compliance with abortion facility licensing requirements.

Unable to obtain a transfer agreement with a local hospital, Capital Care submitted an agreement with University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is 52 miles and nearly an hour’s drive away. In order to comply with the regulation that the hospital no farther than 30 minutes away, Capital Care’s owner Terrie Hubbard ridiculously promised to helicopter patients that suffered from abortion complications to the hospital in Ann Arbor.

Now we find out that instead, CCN is sneaking women out the back door, dangerously transporting them to Toledo Hospital in private vehicles, and kicking them to the curb at the emergency room entrance!

In 2014, after a full year of notice, the Toledo abortion business was ordered by the Ohio Department of Health to close, because it could not meet the licensing requirements for surgical abortion facilities.

Since then, the Capital Care Network has engaged in a series of legal — and apparently deceptive — tactics to keep its doors open.

A lawsuit filed by Capital Care that claims the hospital transfer agreement requirement is unconstitutional will be heard before the Ohio Supreme Court on September 12, 2017.

In their Merit Brief, filed with the state’s High Court on June 29, 2017, Capital Care makes the following claim:

Capital Care’s policy is to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency where a patient needs immediate treatment. . . The responding EMTs will transport the patient to the hospital nearest to Capital Care, most likely Toledo Hospital. Patients experiencing less serious medical complications who do not need immediate treatment will be transferred to UMHS at by helicopter or vehicle.

There is no mention of cramming an injured woman into the back of a Ford Focus and secretly dropping her at the emergency room.

The statement about CCN’s emergency policies in their Merit Brief is simply untrue.

It is also the position of CCN that if their abortion facility cannot meet licensing requirements, the requirements themselves must be unconstitutional because closure would violate the undue burden clause.

Think about that.

No matter how dangerous an abortion facility’s conditions and practices are, it can never be closed for safety reasons, because any closure would create an undue burden on women.

This puts the interests of dangerous and deceptive abortion businesses like the Capital Care Network first. The lives and health of women are a secondary consideration, if they are even considered at all.

Capital Care is claiming to have the right to endanger their customers simply because closing it would force customers to travel a bit farther for abortions.

The Ohio Supreme Court has an opportunity to put an end to that ludicrous argument and place the safety of women ahead of an abortion business’ contrived excuses for holding themselves above the law.

“For the sake of women and their babies that might visit Capital Care Network of Toledo, it is far better to shut this abortion facility down rather than to allow it to risk women’s lives. The fact that we now have proof that they are lying about their emergency protocols should show the Court just how untrustworthy this abortion business really is,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We will be watching this one very closely.”

Abortionist with Mental Health History Sends 5th Patient to Hospital this Year

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – Despondent over a divorce, Donald Clyde Willis, walked over to a park near his Oregon home on the night of September 20, 1993, put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. The next morning, a passerby found him and called 911.

Willis claimed in a 1996 medical board case that he never lost consciousness after he attempted suicide. He underwent surgery to remove bone and part of his brain. Once he recovered enough, he was admitted to a mental ward where he was treated for three months.

In danger of losing his medical license, Willis made a voluntary agreement with the Oregon Board of Medical Examiners to numerous restrictions on his ability to practice medicine.

It was then that Donald Clyde Willis decided to become an abortionist.


He soon moved to California where the medical board in that state ruled that since the Oregon restrictions were voluntary, Willis should be allowed to practice in California without restriction.

Today, Willis works as an abortionist at FPA Women’s Health, a high-volume abortion facility in Bakersfield, California. He avoids the pro-life activists who stand vigil outside the abortion facility, often parking several blocks away and slipping in the clinic’s back entrance to avoid detection.

On August 19, 2017, he sent his fifth known Bakersfield abortion patient to a hospital emergency room this year.

Video taken by long-time pro-life activists Tim and Terri Palmquist showed a woman on a gurney who was loaded into an ambulance and transported to Kern Medical, a nearby hospital. At the hospital, ambulance personnel offloaded her and wheeled her directly into the emergency room entrance.

Willis was later seen walking down an alley toward the hospital carrying a briefcase. The deep scar in the middle of his forehead is still a visible reminder of a trouble history of mental illness that resulted in a failed suicide attempt and a sudden attraction for the business of abortion that brought about a dramatic career shift.

But Willis does not seem to be particularly good at his chosen profession. Other women were similarly transferred to hospitals suffering from medical emergencies.

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.

“The five medical emergencies so far this year are proof that Willis poses a danger to the public,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We urge the California Medical Board to take immediate steps to protect the women from suffering further injury by this troubled man.”

Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Seriously Botches Abortion That Fiancé Tried to Prevent

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – Pro-life activist Michael Sweeney stood outside of the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion facility on May 24, 2017, attempting to offer help to women seeking abortions as he so often does.

But what started as a routine shift at the abortion facility would soon change into an intense effort to save a baby, and later the life of its mother.

One man emerged from the towering Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the heart of Lower Manhattan to speak with Michael. He had just dropped off his fiancée for an abortion. At one point, Michael persuaded the man to go back inside Planned Parenthood to speak to his fiancée about possibly leaving without the abortion.

However, the security guard posted in the building entryway must have seen him speaking to Michael. Not only was the man was barred from seeing the woman, he was not even allowed to reenter Planned Parenthood’s waiting room. Frustrated and upset, he returned to speak further with Michael.

As they waited on the sidewalk, Michael put the man on the telephone with the Sisters of Life, who explained more about the abortion and about what options were available. After about an hour, Michael’s shift was over and he had to leave his new friend to wait for his fiancée alone.

Meanwhile, the man resumed his conversation on his own phone with the Sisters for Life as long minutes of waiting turned into hours. As he was on the phone with one of the nuns about three hours after Michael left, he saw an ambulance pull up.

He hoped the ambulance was not for his fiancée. What were the odds of that? But soon, the paramedics emerged and his worst fears were realized. The woman in the care of paramedics was indeed his loved one.

She was rushed to NYU Langdon Medical Center several blocks away where she underwent emergency surgery for two and a half hours. One of the Sisters for Life visited the hospital and spoke to a nurse, who confirmed the woman was in surgery. The nun left a prayer card for the nurse to give to the patient.

While the extent of her injuries remains unknown, they were obviously severe considering the length of the surgery she endured to repair the damage from the botched abortion. When Michael followed up with his new friend to see how he and his fiancée were doing, he was told the woman was recovering slowly.

This was certainly not the first time an ambulance has visited Planned Parenthood’s flagship Margaret Sanger abortion facility in New York. Operation Rescue has verified that this was the fifth documented medical emergency at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood this year alone, making this Planned Parenthood abortion office one of the most dangerous in the country.

What might have been if that security guard had allowed the man Michael Sweeney befriended back into Planned Parenthood to speak with his loved one? Perhaps a life would have been saved and a woman spared the traumatic injury of a bungled abortion.

It was obvious that it is Planned Parenthood’s policy to keep companions from interacting with abortion patients once they have been seen so the women will not change their minds at the last minute.

“Planned Parenthood is only about one choice and that is abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “If they were really interested in the woman’s well-being, they would not prevent family members from seeing or communicating their loved ones. This is a tragedy that could well have been avoided if Planned Parenthood had treated this couple with dignity instead of like a dollar bill.”

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

Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Sends 3rd Patient this Year to the Emergency Room

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – For the third time in the opening weeks of 2017, a patient has been transported via ambulance to a nearby emergency room from Planned Parenthood’s flagship New York abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Center.

Photos provided to Operation Rescue by a pro-life activist who witnessed the incident on Friday, March 3, 2017, show paramedics entering the Planned Parenthood building with a hand-held portable stretcher, instead of a standard rolling gurney. They emerged five minutes later with a woman slumped in a wheelchair apparently provided by Planned Parenthood.

The pro-life witness, who wishes to remain unidentified, gave the following written account of what she saw:

An ambulance arrived at Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood (26 Bleecker Street, NYC) today, March 3, at 11:54 a.m. The medics went in with a chair, but they came back with a woman in a Planned Parenthood wheelchair at 11:59 a.m. She was bent over nearly double as she got into the ambulance. The ambulance drove off nearly 20 minutes later at 12:18 p.m.

This account raises several questions concerning patient safety at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Gurney Access?

First is the question of gurney access. This is the second documented incident where a patient of Planned Parenthood was brought to the ambulance in a wheelchair. A lack of gurney access delays emergency care for patients.

For example, in 2009 at Kermit Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion facility in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, paramedics had difficulty extracting Karnamaya Monger from the building due to the narrow halls and doorways. This delayed Mongar’s arrival at the hospital and is believed to have contributed to her death.

While other patients have been seen on gurneys at the Planned Parenthood high-rise, it is possible that they were placed on one once the patient had been moved to the street-level lobby.

Time Lapse Prior to Transport

The length of time it took paramedics to stabilize the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood patient is also alarming. Once the woman was finally in the ambulance, paramedics took 20 minutes to treat her before rushing her to the hospital for additional care. This makes it likely that her injuries were severe and not treatable inside the Planned Parenthood center.

This is similar to an 2013 Ohio incident in which Lakisha Wilson suffered cardiopulminary arrest after a second trimester abortion. Even though he had not been breathing for some time, paramedics could not lay her flat to intubate her due to a cramped elevator. Once Wilson was finally inside the ambulance, paramedics intubated her prior to transporting her to the hospital where she later died.

Increased Frequency of Emergencies

Another concern is the increased frequency with which medical emergencies are occurring at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood. In 2016, there were two documented ambulance transports that took place on March 1, and November 4.

However, in 2017, there have been three such incidents in just eight weeks. In addition to the March 3 event, there were emergency ambulance transports from this same Planned Parenthood facility on January 18 and February 4.

The increased frequency of patient hospitalizations is troubling since it represents a deterioration in patient safety.

“We have to wonder what is happening at the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood abortion center that is increasingly endangering the lives of women. But since this is happening in the pro-abortion state of New York, our efforts to find out more have been thwarted at every turn,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “If an abortion facility can’t keep their patients out of the emergency room, they shouldn’t be operating.”

To date nationwide, there have been a total of 21 documented Planned Parenthood patients that have required emergency transport directly from Planned Parenthood abortion centers around the country since January 2016.

“We only can document what pro-life activists report to us, and that is just a fraction of the abortion injuries that are occurring,” said Newman. “But from what we can see, Planned Parenthood is endangering women in increasing numbers. This shows an urgent need to defund, investigate, and prosecute Planned Parenthood.”