Carhart Botched Abortion Cover Up: Maryland Officials Attempt to Silence Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue makes 911 files public despite attempts at intimidation

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, Maryland – Operation Rescue has received threatening e-mails from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service that “strictly prohibit” the release of two audio files received in response to a Maryland Public Information Act request. The audio files are related to a 911 call placed from the Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS) abortion facility on July 2, 2014.

“The extensive redactions and ban on publishing the recordings can only be considered part of a botched abortion cover-up by Montgomery County officials and an attempt to intimidate us into silence about the danger and frequency of botched abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

GRHS is a late-term abortion facility that employs Nebraska abortionist LeRoy Carhart. The July 2 incident was the eighth medical emergency documented at Carhart abortion facilities since 2012. Video footage provided to Operation Rescue by local activists in Maryland clearly shows that an African-American woman was transported from the late-term abortion facility by ambulance suffering from unknown, but apparently urgent abortion complications.

The e-mails, sent from Michael Baltrotsky, Operations Supervisor of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, warns Operation Rescue that a heavily redacted 911 call and radio traffic audio recordings attached to his e-mails contain “confidential information” and their release is “strictly prohibited.”

“There is absolutely no ‘confidential’ information in those recordings. In fact, they contain much less information than is usually provided and certainly less than is allowable by law. We have made the decision to publish the audio files because we simply cannot be intimidated into aiding in this obvious cover-up nor can we submit to what amounts to governmental bullying, which is the first step toward tyranny,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

911 Call (Redacted by MCFR)

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Radio Traffic (Redacted by MCFR)

While the audio recordings do corroborate the fact that a medical emergency did indeed take place at GRHS on July 2, 2014, they reveal little else about the incident, except that two ambulances were dispatched to the abortion facility for “BLS,” which is “Basic Life Support” assistance.

But more importantly, the files exposes the effort in Montgomery County to protect Carhart and his late-term abortion business.

“The Montgomery County authorities have crossed the line with this failure to properly comply with the Maryland Public Records Act and their brazen attempt at intimidation. We are considering legal action to stop this cover-up,” said Newman.

Last month, Operation Rescue sued the City of St. Louis for improperly withholding public information from requests for 911 records.

“We are seeing more and more attempts to deny information related to abortion emergencies, but it is critical that we stand up to defend the public records laws because the public information contained in 911 records can help expose abortion abuses and spare women from future harm,” said Newman. “It is the duty of emergency communications records custodians to comply with the law and release the records with as few redactions as possible. It is not the duty of those people to conceal public information in order to protect abortion businesses or other special interests.”

Recently, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service changed its procedure for placing Maryland Public Information Act requests for 911 documents. Requesters must now fill out a web form that requires disclosure of the reason a record is being requested. It also notifies the requester that “911 recordings will not be released without a subpoena or compelling [reason].”

“From our reading of Maryland’s Public Information Law, it is improper for records custodians to ask why a particular record is being requested,” said Newman. “That information should be irrelevant to them. Their job it to release the files when requested. Period.”

While the Maryland Public Records Act specifically states that the reasons for a request should not be asked, Operation Rescue stated that it needed the 911 recordings to support a complaint it plans to file with the Maryland Board of Physicians. However, the recordings are so heavily redacted that they would likely be of little or no use to Board investigators.

Operation Rescue has a long history of obtaining and publishing such recordings in order to expose the dangers of abortion and particular abortion facilities and practitioners and has frequently used those recordings to support complaints against abortion facilities and abortionists. Such records prompted investigations that eventually led to the closure of New Woman All Women abortion facility in Birmingham, Alabama, for instance.

Operation Rescue has successfully requested and publicly released two previous 911 calls from Carhart’s Germantown abortion facility related to medical emergencies that took place on July 9 and November 26, 2013.

A video produced by Operation Rescue that featured the July 9th 911 call was broadcast on Fox News last year. The video showed Carhart escorting a woman on a gurney to an awaiting ambulance along with the 911 call that revealed the 35-year old woman was suffering from uncontrolled bleeding.

“We believe that it is no coincidence that since Fox News aired our video, subsequent recordings have been increasingly redacted,” said Newman. “However, if information describing a patient’s condition in last July’s 911 call was considered public enough for release, what has changed in the law that would make similar information too confidential for release this year? The answer to that is nothing.”

Newman continued, “Secrecy works to benefit the wrongdoers and cover up their misdeeds. When the public is denied access to records traditionally considered in the public domain, then those who commit abuses can more easily get away with them.”

Axe to Grind? Massachusetts Governor with Ties to Planned Parenthood Defiant of Supreme Court Free Speech Ruling

By Cheryl Sullenger

Boston, MA – Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is urging the passage of a new state law that will restrict abortion protesters, calling the legislation “a pressing need” in the wake of the unanimous Supreme Court decision that struck down that state’s “buffer zone” law, which prevented pro-life speech within 35 feet of abortion facilities.

However, Patrick’s apparent panic over pro-lifers having their First Amendment rights restored likely stems from his radical pro-abortion agenda and his time as a Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts.

“Lawmakers need to be aware that Patrick’s personal history with Planned Parenthood makes him prejudiced against pro-life speech. His twisted view of pro-life activists has tainted his perspective. He clearly has an axe to grind,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Supreme Court spoke clearly on the unconstitutionality of infringing on the First Amendment right of protesters. Now Patrick is at it again, trying to further limit pro-life speech at abortion facilities where women often want and appreciate the help offered by pro-life supporters. The women who need and want help to avoid abortions are the ones Patrick is hurting the most.”

Operation Rescue obtained documents that show Patrick sat on the Planned Parenthood Board in the early 1990’s. His name is prominently featured in Planned Parenthood’s Board Meeting minutes and on Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts letterhead.

One letter featuring Patrick as a Board Member, dated May 4, 1993, concerns a woman whose daughter may have suffered injuries at Planned Parenthood and received a refund for services rendered. [View Documents, esp. p. 3.]

Patrick, an African-American, is apparently unbothered by the racist roots of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, who proposed abortion and birth control as a way to “exterminate the Negro population.” (Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.)

“There can be no doubt that when women change their minds outside of abortion facilities and make decisions to continue their pregnancies, Planned Parenthood loses money. It seems that Patrick is more concerned about Planned Parenthood’s bottom line than he is about truly helping women, especially women of color who are disproportionally targeted for abortion,” said Newman. “Denying pro-life supporters their constitutionally protected rights to further his abortion agenda is stepping far over the line and is an abuse of his position as governor.”

The bill, which has been fast-tracked by Gov. Patrick and passed the State Senate last week at his personal urging, would allow police to disperse pro-life protesters if they receive complaints and ban them from within 25 feet of abortion facilities for eight hours.

“The proposed law is subjective and prone to abuse. Of course abortion clinic workers will complain all day long. At some point, abortion facilities and their acolytes, such as Gov. Patrick, need to understand that abortion facilities simply do not get to abuse the rights of others and are not above the law,” said Newman.

While pro-life protesters and sidewalk counselors are mischaracterized as “violent” or “aggressive,” Eleanor McCullen, the lead petitioner in the Supreme Court case told news reporters that kind of behavior is not beneficial.

“Our mission is there for the woman first. Then, of course, we’re the voice for the unborn child. And I’m not about to aggravate and say, let’s get a little closer to the door. That’s counterproductive,” she said.

“It is clear that Gov. Patrick is trying to do an end-around the Supreme Court decision and the Constitution by wrongly vilifying pro-life sidewalk counselors in order to protect the flow of money into the abortion cartel in his state,” said Newman. “In the interest of full disclosure, his ties to Planned Parenthood abortion businesses should be known before the State House of Representatives acts in response to Patrick’s personal – and blatantly unconstitutional — biases.”

Carhart Nurse’s License Suspended for Pattern of Negligence; Improperly Drugged Abortion Patients

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE — Documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that Lindsey Creekmore, a registered nurse who works for late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, has had her license suspended for 60 days and has been placed on probation for a period of two years by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.

The case was prosecuted by the office of Attorney General Jon Bruning, who originally sought to revoke Creekmore’s nursing license.

“While this disciplinary action may not shut down Carhart’s Nebraska abortion business, it does expose the routine pattern of negligence and shoddy practices that occur under his watch,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It validates what we have been saying about Carhart’s practice for years, that his substandard Gosnell-like practices are endangering the lives and health of women every day. Because of the grave public safety risk posed by Carhart and his negligent staff, his abortion mill should be permanently closed.”

According to documents, Patient 1, who had an abortion on March 31, 2012, was improperly drugged by Creekmore. Later that patient was transported to a local hospital. The 911 recording obtained by Operation Rescue, on which one can hear Creekmore’s interaction with the 911 dispatcher, showed evasive answers to questions and a request for an ambulance with “no lights or sirens.”

But perhaps most chilling were the patient’s moans and screams that could be clearly heard in the background of the 911 call.

Creekmore is the only licensed nurse employed by Carhart at his Abortion & Contraception Clinic of Nebraska, located in Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha, and has been the only nurse there since April 30, 2011. Disciplinary documents referred to Carhart’s abortion business by its more innocuous-sounding alias, the “Bellevue Health and Emergency Clinic, Inc.”

Creekmore was found to have engaged in “a pattern of negligence” and unprofessional conduct in providing care for eleven abortion patients that “did not meet the acceptable standard of care for a registered nurse licensed in the State of Nebraska.” She had been routinely delegating complex nursing tasks to unqualified, unlicensed clinic workers.

Creekmore was also found to have operated outside the scope of practice for registered nurses by changing doses and frequency of doses on her own for a number of controlled substances used on abortion patients, without receiving orders from Carhart.

This same practice of illegally drugging women was found to be common among Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic workers and eventually caused the death of patient Karnamaya Mongar.

Creekmore was also accused of falsifying medical records, failing to maintain accurate patient records, failure to utilize appropriate judgment, and committing acts which endangered patient safety.

Operation Rescue has documented eight abortion-related medical emergencies at Carhart’s Bellevue, Nebraska, and Germantown, Maryland, abortion facilities, including one fatality, in the past two years. The most recent incident took place in Germantown on July 2, 2014.

“We can only wonder how many of these incidents Creekmore was involved in or responsible for,” said Newman. “The one medical emergency for which we have a 911 recording with Creekmore’s voice makes us shudder to think of what horrors that patient was experiencing to make her cry out as she did. That is likely just the tip of the iceberg.”

Her suspension is set to run from July 24 through September 21, 2014. Her two-year probationary term will begin on January 24, 2014 and end on January 24, 2016.

Creekmore formerly worked for the infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas, where she first met Carhart. She later followed him to Nebraska when Tiller’s abortion business closed in June, 2009. During that time, while she was using the name Lindsey Alejandro, an Operation Rescue undercover investigation documented the fact that she frequently falsified ultrasound results in order to circumvent certain Kansas abortion laws. She was never held accountable for that despite the evidence against her.

Read the Amended Petition and Petition for Discipline