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.

CARHART STRIKES AGAIN: African-American Woman Suffers 8th Abortion-Related Medical Emergency in 2 Years

Germantown, MD — An African-American patient of the notorious late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, 72, was transported to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency at Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

This represents the EIGHTH known medical emergency for which Carhart has been responsible since March, 2012. The recently injured women include Jennifer Morbelli, who died on Feb. 7, 2013.

“Medical emergencies at Carhart’s two abortion locations are becoming more frequent. His age and grueling travel schedule compound the risks to women, who are paying for his mistakes with their health and sometimes their lives,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Our complaints in Maryland are falling on deaf ears while woman after woman is transported to emergency rooms where Carhart isn’t even allowed to enter. The public safety emergency created by Carhart’s shoddy practices has reached crisis proportions.”

In addition to the Germantown office, Carhart also conducts abortions at his run-down abortion facility in Bellevue, Nebraska. Operation Rescue has documented the following incidents involving life-threatening complications suffered by Carhart’s abortion patients.

• July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording)
July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording)
February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report)
March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)

Multiple complaints have been filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians. The most recent asked the MDBP to take a fresh look at Carhart in light of the previous seven medical emergencies. Nearly identical complaints were filed simultaneously with medical boards in Nebraska and Indiana, where he also has operated.

Nebraska and Indiana responded with letters confirming that they are investigating or considering investigating Carhart. Maryland responded with a letter as well, closing the complaint without investigation.

Take Action to Protect Women and Their Babies!

Since Carhart’s abortion business affects women all over the nation who go to him for extremely late abortions that are illegal in most states, Operation Rescue is asking the public to contact the Maryland Board of Physicians and demand an honest and thorough investigation into Carhart’s abortion practices that are increasingly endangering the lives of women.

Contact: Maryland Board of Physicians
Voice: (800) 492-6836 or (410) 764-4777
E-mail: mbpmail@rcn.com

Florida Abortionist Harms Two Abortion Patients on Same Day, One Hospitalized

Azima’s history of substandard abortion practices makes another case for greater oversight

By Cheryl Sullenger

Port Charlotte, FL — An ambulance as called to the Venice Women’s Health Center in Port Charlotte, Florida, last week to transport an abortion patient to the hospital for emergency care.

The patient, who was described as a Caucasian woman in her early 30’s, was removed from the abortion clinic completely covered with a blanket on June 3, 2014. Pro-life activists who witnessed the incident told Operation Rescue that one of the emergency medical technicians who responded to the abortion business’ call for emergency assistance indicated that the patient was going to be “okay.”

“Certainly there are degrees of ‘okay’ and this doesn’t negate the fact that the patient suffered from a serious complication that could not be handled at the clinic,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Pro-life sidewalk counselors also noted that another abortion patient was seen earlier in the day leaving the clinic in poor condition and unable to walk on her own. No clinic staff assisted as that woman was held up by a male companion who helped her into a car. She appeared to be in significant pain, and left the scene fully reclined in her seat.

The abortion business is owned and operated by abortionist Ali Azima, who has operated in the Ft. Myers/Port Charlotte area for over 30 years.

The Venice Women’s Health Center was involved in an incident in 2012, where Azima allegedly began a late-term abortion there even though the facility wasn’t licensed for those procedures. The patient was referred to Azima’s other clinic, the Southwestern Florida Women’s Clinic (SFWC) in Ft. Myers, where the abortion was completed. A citation was issued to the SFWC over the incident.

SFWC was also cited in 2012 for multiple health and safety violations. A deficiency report indicated that the autoclave was not being properly cleaned, which made it impossible to properly sterilize surgical instruments. Inspectors also found that first trimester surgical abortion practices fell below the standard of care for such procedures. A secondary inspection found that the facility was still not in compliance with autoclave sterilization protocols.

In 1985, Azima had his medical license suspended for one year and was placed on probation for three years after a Florida Medical Board inquiry found that Azima failed to take a medical history or properly examine an abortion patient, prior to an abortion, then failed to have a pathologists examine the remains to ensure that everything had been removed. Without examining her, Azima continued to insist during subsequent visits with the patient that she was not pregnant. The woman eventually suffered a ruptured ectopic pregnancy that caused her to undergo emergency surgery and hospitalization.

“Once again, we have a woman who walked into a troubled abortion business only to be carried out on a gurney,” said Newman. “Azima and his troubles are all-too-typical of abortion providers in America today and is a case in point for tighter oversight and regulation of the abortion cartel. Instead, abortionists like Azima resist laws to protect women because they know their shoddy abortion operations are incapable of meeting acceptable medical standards and practices.”

Operation Rescue has used official abortion statistics in several states to document the fact that when abortion clinics like Azima’s close, the number of abortions is reduced.

“We urge Florida to enact regulations such as those passed last year in Texas,” said Newman. “If we can pass rules that will save lives now and spare women from suffering live-threatening injuries, it is our moral duty to do so.”

Operation Rescue continues to investigate the June 3 incident.