Illegal Abortionist Pendergraft Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 5 Years Probation on Drug Offenses

By Cheryl Sullenger

Spartanburg, SC — Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV pled guilty to ten drug counts yesterday in a Spartanburg, South Carolina County Court stemming from his arrest during a traffic stop in 2015, in which he was caught conducting an illegal abortion business out of his vehicle and in possession of illegal drugs.

The ten criminal Felony and Misdemeanor counts include Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and LSD, Possession and Distribution Prescription Drugs without a Prescription, and Manufacture and Possession of Schedule I & II Substances.

Pendergraft was sentenced on each charge for varying amounts of jail time up to five years, but those sentences were suspended for time served. He was placed on 5 years of probation and fined a total of $26,342.25.

He was also prohibited from ever applying for a medical license in South Carolina.

Pendergraft was not charged with illegal abortions or practicing medicine without a license even though he has never held a medical license in South Carolina.

Upon his arrest on October 5, 2015, Sheriff Chuck Wright stated in a press conference, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically, we got an illegal baby killer.”

Pendergraft operates four abortion facilities in Florida, yet his medical license is currently under suspension for the fifth time for substandard abortion practices and failing to pay the Florida Medical Board over $122,000 in fines and fees.

A felony conviction should provide ample grounds for permanent license revocation.

Pendergraft also was hit in 2011 with a malpractice judgement of $11,800,000, which creditors continue to try to collect.

Given his financial woes, paying the fines on his drug convictions may prove a difficult task.

The Florida Department of Health also revoked the facility licenses of Pendergraft’s four abortion facilities on May 5, 2017. Those facilities are:

• EPOC Clinic, LLC in Orlando.
• Ft. Lauderdale Women’s Center, LLC in Ft. Lauderdale.
• Orlando Women’s Center, LLC in Orlando.
• Ocala Women’s Center, LLC, an Ocala abortion facility that closed in 2015.

The Florida Department of Health cited Pendergraft’s arrests as the basis for the facility license revocations. However, those abortion facilities remain open pending an appeal. Pendergraft’s convictions should be enough to shut his businesses down for good, but that determination still lies in the hands of the court.

“Pendergraft truly belongs behind bars. Traditional discipline has never persuaded him to amend his criminal conduct. Even if his license is revoked and his Florida abortion businesses closed, vigilance is ever necessary, lest he take his illegal and dangerous abortions underground once again,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has caught Pendergraft operating outside the law before. In 2012, an undercover investigation found that he was operating an illegal late-term abortion racket at an unlicensed abortion facility in Maryland with the help of abortionist Harold O. Alexander. Alexander’s medical license was temporarily suspended as a result.

Press Conference, Rally, and Candlelight Prayer Vigil, Aim to Expose Illegal Late-term Abortion Facility in Bethesda

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD — This week, Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart plans to begin offering “advanced gestation” abortions at an illegal abortion facility, AbortionClinics.org, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. However, that opening, set for October 17, 2017, will be met with a strong and unified pro-life response.

A press conference and rally, sponsored by the Maryland Coalition for Life and a group of activists with the @StopCarhart coalition, will be held on opening day at noon on the sidewalk outside the new office located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814. [Click for more info.]

Later that evening, a Candlelight Prayer Vigil will also be held outside the new abortion business at 6:30 p.m. [Click for more info.]

Operation Rescue, which discovered the address of the secretive facility through an undercover investigation and verified that it has no license to conduct abortions, will provide a written statement to be read at the press conference.

Operation Rescue has since confirmed that Carhart’s new late-term abortion facility has no lab certification that would allow it to conduct routine lab testing, which is necessary for the kind of abortions late in pregnancy that Carhart plans to conduct there.

Operation Rescue has filed complaints with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Board of Physicians concerning the illegal abortion facility.

“We are praying that since Carhart’s plan to conduct illegal abortions at a secret facility in Maryland have been exposed, that he will think twice about opening up this week,” said Newman. “In the case he does open, we will be working hard to persuade the authorities to enforce Maryland laws.”

Take Action!

Please contact Carhart’s new landlord for his illegal abortion office at the Wildwood Medical Center, Aubinoe Management Company at (301)986-9070. Please respectfully inform them that AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is an unlicensed, illegal late-term abortion facility, and ask that Carhart’s lease be terminated immediately.

Newman Joins Pro-Life Leaders in Alabama to Demand Closure of Shoddy Planned Parenthood in Birmingham

By Cheryl Sullenger

Birmingham, AL – Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, will join national pro-life leaders in Alabama this week to demand the closing of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Birmingham, Alabama, in light of a documented pattern of substandard practices, and its continued defiance of Alabama law and regulations.

Despite multiple egregious violations found during a recent failed inspection, the Alabama Department of Public Health has been slow to enforce Alabama laws when it comes to the Planned Parenthood facility. The pro-life groups hope to change that this week.

In addition to Newman of Operation Rescue, other participating pro-life leaders include Catherine Glen Foster, CEO of Americans United for Life; Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition; and Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC For Life, who organized the week’s events. State and local leaders from Alabama are also expected to participate.

The groups will conduct joint press conferences in Birmingham on Tuesday and Montgomery on Wednesday, along with a series of planned radio interviews, including one on Priority Talk Radio with Greg Davis Monday, October 16, 2017, at 3 p.m. CDT.

For more information about Planned Parenthood Birmingham, including quotes from Newman and other national leaders, please see the CEC for Life press release, which is reprinted below.

PR: Premier Pro-Life Legal Group Calls for Action in Planned Parenthood Public Health Crisis

BIRMINGHAM, AL, Oct. 13, 2017 — On Tuesday, October 17th, at 9:30 AM, Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of the nation’s premier pro-life legal group, Americans United for Life (AUL), will hold a press conference directly in front of Planned Parenthood Birmingham. She will be joined by national pro-life groups Charismatic Episcopal Church For Life, Operation Rescue (OR), and Christian Defense Coalition (CDC), as well as the pro-life community of Alabama.

As a national leader in state law, AUL provided model legislation for many of Alabama’s regulations regarding abortion facilities. The Alabama state legislature used AUL’s model legislation to pass laws protecting Alabama women and their unborn children from dangerous, substandard abortion facilities. Sadly, these laws have not been consistently enforced.

This press conference will expose this lack of enforcement and offer concrete solutions to protect Alabama women and children. It will also launch the campaign Birmingham Babies Deserve Better, which is dedicated to exposing the substandard practices of Planned Parenthood Birmingham and its continued defiance of Alabama law and regulations. National and local leaders will call for specific regulatory agencies to take action to hold Planned Parenthood accountable, including the revocation of this deficient facility’s license.

Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of CEC For Life, reports, “A September 2016 deficiency report released by the Alabama Department of Public Health reveals that this Planned Parenthood completely fails to offer legitimate healthcare to the citizens of Alabama, or even follow simple procedures, like sterilizing medical instruments. This on the heels of their 2014 debacle, when Planned Parenthood was forced to fire their entire staff and close down for nearly ten months after employees were caught selling abortion drugs illegally out of the parking lot. The facility didn’t even bother to notify ADPH of the incident.”

This is not the first time CEC for Life has helped launch such a campaign. Alabama’s abortion businesses have a well-documented history of disregarding lives and state laws, and CEC For Life has worked with many national organizations in the past, including Operation Rescue and Christian Defense Coalition, to expose the substandard and illegal activities of these abortion businesses to seemingly apathetic state agencies.
In 2013, a nearly two-year public awareness campaign resulted in the final shutdown of the nefarious New Woman All Women facility in Birmingham, an abortion business that once yielded 76 pages of deficiencies, and even opened illegally after losing their license from the state.

In 2015, CEC For Life, along with The Restoration Project and leaders like Dr. Alveda King, worked together again to expose and close down Samuel Lett’s illegal and unlicensed abortion operation in the historic city of Selma.

Fr. Gensemer says, “In both cases, the state presented little to no resistance to these illegal clinics. If it were not for dedicated citizens placing pressure on state agencies to actually do their job, these dangerous abortion operations would still be open, still endangering women and killing children.”

AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster adds, “The problem here is not that Alabama failed to pass sound legislation to regulate healthcare facilities, to protect both women and their unborn children. Alabama state legislators have done their job. But these state agencies, ADPH in particular, do not seem to have enforced that legislation when it comes to abortion. The question is, why?”

Troy Newman, President of OR, comments, “This facility has been opening and closing for months at a time. Seventeen pages worth of 2016 deficiencies prove they have no handle on their own employees and no intention of following state regulations. At this point, these state agencies seem to be protecting the abortion industry over the lives of Alabama citizens.”

The press conference will take place Tuesday, Oct. 17th, at 9:30 a.m., directly in front of Planned Parenthood (1211 27th Pl S). Later that day, national and local leaders will hold a second press conference on the steps of ADPH in Montgomery, calling on ADPH to enforce Alabama law and regulations, and hold Planned Parenthood accountable for its deficiencies.

Director of CDC Rev. Pat Mahoney, based out of D.C., says, “We are coming to Birmingham and Montgomery to ensure the women and children of Alabama are protected from the dangerous and unsafe practices of Planned Parenthood. It is the solemn responsibility of state and governmental agencies to ensure the citizens of their state are protected from harm and danger.

“This is not just a ‘pro-life issue’ but a medical safety issue that must be addressed. Therefore, we call upon the Alabama Department of Health and all other related government entities to immediately shut down this dangerous Planned Parenthood abortion clinic to ensure the women and children of the Great State of Alabama are protected.”

Confirmed: Carhart’s New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Bethesda is Illegally Unlicensed

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has received confirmation from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that the new late-term abortion facility located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 104 in Bethesda, Maryland, is not licensed as an abortion facility as required by state law.

The facility, currently operating under the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is run by Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

That means any abortions he plans to do beginning on October 17, 2017, would be illegal.

Since Operation Rescue released the address of Carhart’s secret new abortion facility yesterday, the AbortionClinics.org web site has been changed to show a location in Bethesda, Maryland, along with an announcement that it would be “Offering advanced gestation abortion care in Maryland Starting Tuesday, October 17th!”

“There is no way Carhart could get the Bethesda location licensed by next Tuesday. It looks like he thought he could sneak some abortions in under the radar without having to comply with licensing laws,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is just another example of how much disregard Carhart has for the law and for the safety of his patients.”

Operation Rescue researchers uncovered the location of Carhart’s unlicensed abortion business through a successful undercover investigation.

Today, two complaints were filed by Operation Rescue with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and with the Maryland Board of Physicians.

“We trust that any effort to open that Bethesda facility without a valid license will be met with swift action on the part of Maryland authorities, who are already aware of the situation,” said Newman.

Meanwhile, local and national pro-life leaders plan to hold a press conference outside the illegal Bethesda abortion office on October 17, 2017, to announce further plans to oppose the dangerous new facility. Details to follow.

Carhart to Open New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Maryland Next Week

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has learned that Nebraska’s late-term abortionist, LeRoy Carhart, has secured a new office in Bethesda, Maryland, and plans to continue conducting abortions on babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue’s researchers conducted an undercover investigation to locate the secret new abortion facility, which is going by the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc. It is located in a multi-tenant medical building at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814.

The new abortion business plans to begin abortions the week of October 16, 2017.

“There will be pro-life advocates outside this facility when it opens next week. This neighborhood is about to be in for a real surprise when they realize one of the most notorious late-term abortionists in the nation will be conducting highly unpopular late-second and third trimester abortions in their neighborhood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Carhart was forced to relocate after the Maryland Coalition for Life bought and closed Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, where he previously worked as an independent contractor.

During the nearly seven years Carhart conducted late-term abortions in Germantown, at least ten women were rushed to hospital emergency rooms by ambulance suffering from life-threatening complications to the risky abortion procedures. At one woman, Jennifer Morbelli, died from complications to a 33-week abortion.

Carhart has no admitting privileges at any hospital, and hasn’t since 1982.

“We want to warn the public of the dangers women face during abortions done by Carhart, and encourage pro-life activists to maintain a vigil outside this new late-term abortion facility,” said Newman.

The opening of this new late-term abortion facility provides new urgency for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that now languishes in the U.S. Senate. This legislation, if passed, would protect pre-born babies at twenty weeks gestation and later, which are specifically targeted for abortion by Carhart’s Maryland abortion business. If passed, it’s doubtful if Carhart will be able to stay in business in Maryland, since the later abortions are expensive and highly profitable.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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