Ambulance Transports Patient From Wichita Abortion Clinic in Former Tiller Building


By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS — An ambulance was called to South Wind Women’s Center abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, for a woman experiencing a medical emergency on March 26, 2015.

Operation Rescue was notified of the incident by the Kansas Coalition for Life, which maintains a continuous pro-life presence outside South Wind Women’s Center during business hours.

The ambulance arrived at the abortion clinic at approximately 12:35 p.m. South Wind occupies the same building that once housed George Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion business, which closed in 2009. South Wind purchased the building and reopened it as a first and early-second trimester abortion mill.

This is the first documented medical emergency at South Wind since it began operations in 2013. Under Tiller’s ownership, Operation Rescue documented over a dozen medical emergencies, including one patient death, over a five-year time span.

“It was only a matter of time before someone at South Wind suffered a medical emergency,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “With a gang of quacks like those employed at South Wind, medical emergencies are a tragic inevitability. South Wind boasts of continuing the Tiller legacy and that seems to include substandard care and incompetence.”

The ambulance crew emerged from the South Wind abortion facility at 12:58 p.m. wheeling a patient on a gurney with a towel covering her head who was receiving fluids through an IV. The ambulance then departed using a gate that opened onto Kellogg Drive that is never used except in the event of an emergency.

UPDATE 3/27/2015, 12:50 P.M.: Operation Rescue has received a Computer Aided Dispatch record from the 911 call placed by South Wind’s CEO Julie Burkhart. It indicates the patient suffered vaginal hemorrhage and required emergency transport. The CAD report also indicated that she was transported “TR/YW” for “Trauma/Yellow”. A “yellow” code indicates that lights and sirens are discretionary. However, hemorrhaging is usually considered a “red” emergency that would require lights and sirens.

Operation Rescue’s request for the 911 recording was denied even though other non-medical 911 recordings originating at South Wind have previously been released to Operation Rescue.

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Instead of rushing her to the nearest hospital, which is only 6 minutes away, the woman was transported with no lights or sirens to Galichia Heart Hospital, which is an eleven minutes away from the abortion clinic.

Galichia is a small hospital that is affiliated with the larger Wesley Medical Center where Tiller transported all his botched abortion patients. Tiller’s clinic workers were known to request ambulances with “no lights, no sirens,” as occurred in the following clip from 2005 when an abortion patient named Christin Gilbert died of abortion complications.

“We hope this patient will be okay. We will continue to look into this incident and file whatever complaints are appropriate to protect other women from being injured by South Wind’s shoddy abortion staff,” said Newman.

South Wind employs the following abortionists on a mostly part-time basis:

Cheryl Chastine, who recently admitted in numerous posts on to suffering from a mental health disorder, for which she is heavily medicated. Chastine was fired from her non-abortion job at a legitimate medical facility near Chicago.
Robin Bresette, who also works for the Whole Women’s Health in Minnesota and also for the only abortion clinic in North Dakota.
Colleen McNicholas, who is also an abortionist for Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, where 28 women have been hospitalized with abortion-related complications in less than six years.
Allen Palmer, a “retired” Missouri abortionist who has rarely been seen at South Wind. He also works for Planned Parenthood offices in Overland Park, Kansas, which only survived 107 criminal charges when evidence against them was destroyed, and in Peoria, Illinois.
Leslie Page, who was disciplined for incompetence in the 1990s and has been ordered never to engage in the practice of obstetrics. She is the only abortionist from Wichita and the only one with hospital privileges.

Witnesses at the scene on Thursday indicated that they had reason to believe that Cheryl Chastine, who had no abortion experience whatsoever before she began working or South Wind two years ago, was on duty at the time of the medical emergency.

Currently in Kansas, abortion facilities remain largely unaccountable. A 2011 Clinic Licensing law, which would have required abortion clinics to meet minimum safety standards is currently held up in Shawnee County Court.

Operation Rescue has reason to believe that South Wind Women’s Center cannot comply with the provisions of that law and therefore would be forced to close if the law went into effect.

A hearing on the State’s motion for summary judgement in that case, Hodes v. Mosher, has been set for Friday, April 3, 2015.

“We want to see this law freed from the legal tar paper where it has been mired for four long years while women have continued to be subjected to unaccountable, dangerous abortion practices at Kansas’ three remaining abortion clinics,” said Newman. “Closing South Wind would ensure that no more women suffer there. That moment can’t come soon enough.”

Pro-Life Leaders Arrested at Speaker Boehner’s Office Demanding Vote on Late-Term Abortion Ban

See updates below.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Eight pro-life leaders, including Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman, were arrested this morning outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office while kneeling in prayer and in protest that a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has not received a promised vote.

Other leaders placed under arrest included pro-life blogger Jill Stanek, Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Katie Mahoney, a long-time pro-life spokesperson.

It issue was the cancellation of a promised vote set for January 22, 2015, on the bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states. Pro-life leaders were promised that the vote would be re-scheduled “immediately,” yet two months later, there is no vote in sight.

“We were betrayed, gave them 2 extra months. Get a vote together,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue in a tweet posted by Jill Stanek.

Newman continued, “Though we may lose our freedom temporarily it’s nothing compared to what happens to the babies.”

The event was meant to draw public attention to the late-term abortion ban and the fact that it is being needlessly delayed.

Learn more about the barbaric late-term abortion process

[This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.]

Pat&TroyReleasedUPDATE March 25, 2015, 4:39 EDT: Troy Newman and Rev. Patrick Mahoney have been released from jail. Waiting on Jill Stanek and the women to be released. [Via Daena Moore]

UPDATE March 25, 2015, 5:13 pm EDT: Jill Stanek was released from jail about 15 minutes ago per Daena Moore.

Here is some of the news coverage of the event:

  • The Daily Caller
  • Town Hall
  • Christian News Service
  • Roll Call
  • Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Christian Post
  • World Magazine
  • Kansas City Star
  • Tragic Munoz Case Prompts New Texas Law that Would Protect Baby When Mom is on Life Support

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Austin, TX – When 33-year old Marlise Munoz suddenly collapsed in her Texas home in November 2013, she was 14 weeks pregnant with her second child. “Still alive,” she was rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital in Ft. Worth. There she was put on life support where she remained for two months.

    Thus began a legal struggle between the hospital and the Munoz family that prompted a national debate on whether families have the right to order a hospital to “pull the plug” on pregnant women on life support if it means killing the pre-born baby as well.

    Friday, Texas State Representative Matt Krause introduced HB 1901, the Unborn Child Due Process Act, which would further clarify a legal provision in the Texas Advanced Directives Act that currently prohibits anyone from withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient. The bill would allow the state to appoint an attorney ad litem “to represent the unborn child’s interests” in cases where “the life-sustaining treatment of a pregnant patient is at issue.”

    In the Munoz case, the hospital initially took the position that it had a legal obligation under the Texas Advanced Directives Act to keep Mrs. Munoz on life support until the baby reached “viability,” or 24 weeks gestation when her baby could be expected to survive if birthed.

    However, after her family was told that Mrs. Munoz was “brain dead,” they fought to discontinue life support before the baby could reach viability. The family pled its case in the media, calling Mrs. Munoz a “dead corpse” with the “smell of death” and claiming that the baby suffered serious health issues.

    In January 2014, Operation Rescue sought to intervene to protect Baby Munoz, even lining up a family that was willing to adopt the baby knowing the child would have special medical needs.

    However, a judge ruled that the family could order the hospital to end life support. On the day Operation Rescue and others planned a protest at JPS Hospital, life support was terminated and both Mrs. Munoz and her daughter, Nichole — just days away from her so-called “viability” date — passed away.

    The protest turned into a memorial vigil.

    At the time of their deaths, Troy Newman released the following statement:

    It is despicable that dehumanizing and deceptive language was used to refer to Marlise as a “corpse” and her baby’s condition as “incompatible with life” in order to elicit public support for putting them to death.

    A human being does not lose [his or her] God-given human beauty or dignity just because they are disabled or incapacitated. This case just goes to show how far we have slipped into the abyss of a Culture of Death and how intolerant we have become of those who are seen as “inconvenient.” . . . May this tragedy serve as a wake-up call to our society, lest others wrongly fall victim to this dehumanizing utilitarian view of life and death.

    Now, Newman is pleased that the proposed new Texas law may prevent the deaths of other pre-born babies in similarly tragic circumstances.

    “We strongly support the Unborn Child Due Process Act. This legislation will give hospitals clear guidance on how to handle these tragic cases in order to protect the lives of babies that just need a little more time to have a chance to live,” said Newman.

    Meanwhile, Marlise Munoz’ family is now supporting opposing legislation that would remove the provision in the Texas Advanced Directives Act that prohibits withholding or removing life support from pregnant women. Ironically, they are calling it “Marlise’s Law” — apparently with little or no consideration to little Nichole’s plight.

    “That is more like a ‘Pull the Plug Law,’” said Newman. “While I feel great compassion for the family of Marlise and Nichole Munoz and recognize that no one ever wants to be in their difficult and tragic situation, if there is a chance that a life can be saved, we need to make every effort to protect and save that life.”