Michigan Board Suspends License of “Michigan Gosnell” for Six Months, One Day

By Cheryl Sullenger

Lansing, MI — Abortionist Robert Alexander appeared before the Michigan Board of Medicine today for a final hearing on charges of gross negligence and incompetence after he was caught operating a squalid abortion facility in Muskegon that rivaled conditions found at Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia “House of Horror.”

Despite the fact that an administrative judge found that Alexander, who suffers from mental illness, was not fit to practice medicine and recommended his permanent license revocation, the Board voted to suspend Alexander’s license for 6 months and 1 day. The also told Alexander that he would have to re-apply to have his license reinstated, at which time he would be required to pay a fine of $75,000.

If Alexander does not reapply for licensing, his license would not be automatically renewed after his suspension and he would continue to be barred from practicing in Michigan.

It was Operation Rescue’s complaint, founded on a former employee’s testimony, which served as the basis for the disciplinary action.

The decision that allows Alexander an option to eventually petition for reinstatement of his medical license is disturbing given the fact that Administrative Law Judge Shawn Downey recommend permanent revocation for Alexander, stating concerns for his mental illnesses and lack of credibility during his testimony at a hearing on September 3, 2014.

In addition, Alexander’s medical license has twice been revoked in Michigan, first in 1990 and again in 1994. Both times, the Board reissued licenses to Alexander.

“Given the facts that Alexander suffers from mental illness, has a long string of documented botched abortions, and was operating in such squalid conditions that it made Kermit Gosnell look like ‘Mr. Good Housekeeping,’ it is unfathomable that this Board could even entertain the possibility that Alexander could soon resume his practice,” said Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue. “We can only hope that Alexander never has access to $75,000 to pay his fine and get his license back. If anyone should be permanently barred from the practice of medicine, it is Robert Alexander.”

Alexander had ridiculously claimed that the wretched conditions found at his Muskegon abortion facility in December, 2012, were staged by pro-life groups. He changed his story to shift responsibility onto a former employee who worked with Operation Rescue to blow the whistle on Alexander. Later, he blamed his own mental illness for the mess that included moldy, leaky ceilings, bloody surgical instruments, rusty equipment, and the contents of at least one abortion that was left to decompose in the abortion machine over a long Christmas break.

A former Medical Board Director, Dr. George Shade, enabled Alexander to continue his incompetent practices by improperly protecting him from further discipline by ordering that there be no investigation of a 2009 complaint filed by the obstetrician of two patients that suffered botched abortions by Alexander. The scandal created by that incident was the basis for a change in Michigan law that prohibits board members from acting unilaterally.

“Corruption has kept Alexander in business for years when he should have been banned from the practice of medicine years ago. Women suffered injury and illness as a result,” said Newman. “We doubt that Alexander will be financially able to petition to restore his license, but if he does, the responsibility for any misery he is sure to inflict will be shared by the Michigan Medical Board.”

Major Pro-Life Groups Call for a National Strike and Protests to End Abortion

By Tara Shaver

Albuquerque, NM- Protest ABQ is joined by national Pro-Life organizations, including Operation Rescue, Created Equal, and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust in declaring a national call to action: a National Strike and Protests on January 22-23, 2015.

national strike logoAmerica has endured 41 years of legalized abortion, now is the time to stand together in solidarity as a people of conscience to end the killing of children in the womb, says Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, founder of Protest ABQ in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The use of strikes in various venues have been and continue to be effective in producing change. This one-of-a-kind call for two days of national strike and protests has the potential of sending a resounding message to the leaders of this nation that the American people want abortion to end.

The yearly anniversary of Roe vs. Wade continues to be a day of mourning across the pro-life community. Each year thousands gather in Washington D.C. to protest against this evil.

However, to step up our call to end abortion, we are encouraging all like-minded people throughout the country not to go to work or spend money on Thursday, January 22nd and Friday, January 23rd, 2015, but instead to join together for prayer, fasting and PROTEST in their localities.

All participants must commit to following the model of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their protests.
“Even if we were to be beaten, screamed at, or abused, we will not respond in kind,” stated Fr. Imbarrato.

Protests will be held in front of state capitol buildings, busy intersections, and abortion facilities. No place is off limits and no one who profits from, supports, or condones pre-born child killing is immune from these protests.

Together, we are calling on national religious and pro-life leaders to join us and encourage all like-minded people to participate in a national strike.

Fr. Imbaratto stated, “Let January 22, 2015, be the start of the national strike, which shuts this country down so that our government and the American people understand the urgency of ending legalized pre-born child-killing. It is time that the successful strategies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Polish Solidarity Movement led by Lech Walesa and Fr.Jerzy Popieluszko be implemented in the United States to end this injustice!”

We will not condone violence of any kind by anyone in this National Strike. Indeed, we are protesting the use of violence — against children in the womb. We will peacefully and prayerfully protest this violence.

“We encourage men and women of conscience across America to join us for this first-ever National Strike and Protest against abortion by standing publicly and peacefully against child-killing on January 22-23, 2015,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Let’s send a powerful message to America that we must stop abortion now!”

For more information visit www.protestABQ.com or visit the Facebook page here.

Planned Parenthood Abortionist Deceptively Omitted Patient Death on Indiana License Application

Operation Rescue has filed a complaint calling for Mandy Gittler’s Indiana license revocation for failing to report a malpractice settlement related to the 2012 death of Tonya Reaves.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Indianapolis, IN – Mandy Gittler has something to hide.

On July 20, 2012, she reported to work as usual at a Chicago Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. But what happened next was anything but routine.

That day, Gittler fatally botched a second trimester abortion on a young African-American woman named Tonya Reaves. While Reaves’ life ebbed away, Gittler delayed her transport to the hospital for 5½ hours. By then it was too late. Reaves died from internal injuries that had been inflicted upon her by Gittler during two consecutive incomplete abortion procedures that ruptured her uterus and caused internal hemorrhaging.

Reaves’ family sued and on January 24, 2014, they settled their malpractice case with Gittler’s employer, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, for the significant amount of $2 million, most of which will be paid to Reaves’ surviving young son, Alvin Jones, III, throughout his life.

That incident is certainly not the kind of thing that an abortionist wants on his or her resume.

Later, Gittler shut down her private Chicago abortion facility and took her abortion act on the road, hiring on at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and an independent abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois.

It appeared that her professional career had survived the Reaves abortion/death scandal and was moving on as a “circuit-riding” abortionist.

Then on September 3, 2014, Gittler submitted an application to obtain a medical license in Indiana, which was granted on November 7.

When Operation Rescue received a copy of Gittler’s Indiana application, one answer jumped out.

Next to a question that asked whether she had ever had a malpractice judgment against her or settled any malpractice action, Gittler had marked the box indicating “no.”

There was no mention of Tonya Reaves, her tragic and avoidable death, or the malpractice suit that clearly named Gittler as a defendant – and not a word about the $2 million settlement for her fatal acts that “deviated from the standard of care.”

Last week, Operation Rescue filed a complaint against Gittler with the Indiana Attorney General for violations of the Indiana Administrative Code, which states regarding license applications, “All information on the application shall be submitted under oath or affirmation, subject to the penalties for perjury.”

It is clear from the documentation Operation Rescue included with its complaint that Gittler was the primary person responsible for Reaves’ death and that Planned Parenthood agreed to pay because there was simply no defense for Gittler’s negligence.

Operation Rescue’s complaint narrative connects the dots from one court document to another and discusses a letter from the plaintiff’s expert witness that places the blame for Reaves’ death squarely on Gittler’s shoulders.

Filed with the Jones v. Planned Parenthood complaint documents, a redacted medical opinion dated September 28, 2012, can be found. . . That letter is purportedly written by a physician who is board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology who is familiar with abortion procedures.

The letter notes that Mandy Gittler performed a dilation and evacuation abortion on Tonya Reaves on July 20, 2012, at a Planned Parenthood of Illinois office without the use of ultrasound guidance. After the procedure, Reaves experienced excessive bleeding and another dilation and evacuation procedure was performed by Gittler. The reviewing physician stated that Gittler “did not timely recognize that the patient needed to be transferred to a hospital for care and treatment, which resulted in a delay in her receiving care and treatment that she needed.” Reaves died as a result.

The letter further notes that each procedure done by Gittler and her delay in sending her patient to the hospital each represented deviations in the standard of care and concludes that if the deviations had not occurred, Reaves would have survived.

Gittler submitted to a sworn deposition in Jones v. Planned Parenthood on August 22, 2013, wherein she admits having conducted two dilation and evacuation abortion procedures on Reaves on July 20, 2012, at a Planned Parenthood of Illinois office. . . She further admits to a timeline that showed Reaves was not transported to a hospital for 5 ½ hours after Reaves’ first procedure and the onset of excessive bleeding.

It was soon after Gittler’s deposition, in which she shamelessly attempted to blame Reaves’ death on a non-existent uterine deformity, that her employer, Planned Parenthood of Illinios, settled the malpractice suit. Gittler left them with nothing to defend. Her negligence was obvious.

“It is our position that Gittler intentionally concealed information about Reaves’ death and the ensuing malpractice suit and settlement from the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are asking for her medical license to be rescinded or revoked because deception was used to obtain it.”

If the Indiana Attorney General’s office finds that Gittler committed perjury, she could be criminally charged.

“We cannot stand idly by while Gittler acts like Tonya Reaves’ death never happened. It was extremely disappointing when the Illinois medical board decided to place the lives of other women at risk by excusing Gittler of responsibility for taking Tonya’s life,” said Newman. “If Indiana decides to act, it won’t be perfect justice, but it will be something. Tonya deserves at least that.”

Read the Complaint Narrative, with links to documentation.