Wichita Doctor with History of Incompetence Secretly Signs on at Local Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Wichita, KS – A Wichita doctor, Leslie E. F. Page, D.O., who was once disciplined by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for “professional incompetency,” has secretly signed on to work as an abortionist at South Wind Women’s Center, which is now located in the building that once housed George Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion business.

As of this writing, the 24-hour Informed Consent Form available on South Wind’s website, which is required by law to list abortionists by name, fails to include to Page.

However, documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that a form handed out in person at South Wind does indeed list Page as an abortion provider at that facility.

“For women signing the on-line forms, the omission of Page creates an informed consent issue,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It seems that clinic owner Julie Burkhart will go to any lengths to keep anyone from knowing that Page is one of her abortionists — including misrepresenting her staff on forms where full disclosure is required.”

It’s little wonder that Burkhart doesn’t want the public to know about Page.

The Board of Healing Arts issued an Enforcement Order in August 1996, restricting the medical practice of Page and forbidding her from practicing obstetrics, including a prohibition on Page delivering live babies.

The Board alleged that Page had committed “a pattern or practice of other behavior which demonstrates a manifest incapacity or incompetence to practice medicine.”

Later, the board ended her restrictions only because Page promised not to practice obstetrics any time in the future.

“It appears that Page is tooincompetent to deliver live babies, but it’s apparently fine for her to deliver dead ones through abortions,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This tragically places women in the risky position of being treated by someone the Board considered too incompetent to practice in a field closely related to abortions. This places women’s lives and health in danger.”

Page is only the most recent of a part-time staff of abortionists at South Wind whose competency levels are suspect. [Read more about the other South Wind abortionists.]

Also a reason to keep Page’s employment a secret is the fact that Page is the only one of Burkhart’s abortionists that currently holds hospital privileges. Page holds privileges at Via Christi Medical Center, a Catholic hospital in Wichita, and at Wesley Medical Center, where Tiller once worked.

All other abortionists at South Wind are from outside Kansas and cannot qualify for hospital privileges.

That fact is significant because a 2011 abortion clinic licensing law that has been languishing in a Shawnee County Court without any action whatsoever since August of 2012, was suddenly jump-started again when the Kansas Attorney General’s office suddenly filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on January 16, 2015. That law, which the State is currently enjoined from enforcing, requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within thirty miles of facilities where abortions occur, as well as comply with other licensing requirements. This case is Hodes v. Moser, Case number 2011-CV-001298.

No hearing date has yet been set, but another round of briefs were just filed on February 23, so the case is more active that it has been in almost three years.

“South Wind needed a warm body with hospital privileges in order to keep their doors open should that 2011 clinic licensing law be upheld. As sketchy as Page is as a so-called physician, South Wind could be forced to close without her,” said Newman. “A lot is riding on Page as far as the abortion clinic goes, so it is easy to see why Burkhart is fudging her paperwork to keep Page’s employment as an abortionist secret.”

Page also runs the Whole Woman Center in Wichita, a non-abortion office that handles women’s incontinence issues. A call to that office was answered by a voice mail message indicating that Page was currently “in and out of the office” while she received treatment following a recent automobile accident.

“Obviously, Page has some physical issues that are preventing her from practicing full time right now. While we hope she has a successful convalescence, we also hope that this time she is taking to heal will help her to reconsider her participation in the business of killing babies through abortions,” said Newman.

View Page’s prolife and documents at AbortionDocs.org

Abortion Emergency Filmed at Dangerous Brigham-Owned Pensacola, FL Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Pensacola, FL — A Pensacola, Florida abortion facility, owned by the notorious New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham, transported a woman to the hospital on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

The ambulance arrived around 2:20 pm while pro-life activist Dave Halupowski videotaped the incident during a 40 Days for Life Prayer vigil outside the abortion clinic.

The condition of the woman is currently unknown.

The abortionist thought to be responsible for the medical emergency is Warren I. Taylor, D.O., a Pennsylvania abortionist who also works at several of Brigham’s eight New Jersey abortion facilities. After Brigham was ordered to stop operating abortion facilities in Pennsylvania, Taylor allowed his license in that state to lapse, but still maintains valid licenses in Florida and New Jersey.

Brigham’s own Florida medical license was surrendered years ago under pressure from the Florida Department of Health. His last remaining medical license was revoked by New Jersey in 2014 after it was discovered that he was practicing medicine without a license in Maryland and operating an illegal, under-the-radar bi-state late-term abortion mill there that was meant to circumvent the laws in his home state of New Jersey.

Brigham was arrested and charged with murder in 2010 for aborting viable, late-term babies, after police raided Brigham’s clandestine Elkton, Maryland, abortion facility and discovered the remains of over 30 late-term babies stored in a bloody freezer. Those charges were later dropped after an expert witness for the prosecution withdrew from the case.

Despite suffering license revocation or surrender in at least six states and his involvement in a number of illegal abortion operations, Brigham continues to run a chain of 17 dangerously shoddy abortion facilities on the east coast and in Florida.

In 2012, Maria Santiago died from a botched abortion at a Brigham owned Baltimore, Maryland, abortion clinic that was located in a residential condo. Maryland has since shut down his four abortion clinics in that state and banned Brigham from operating abortion facilities there.

“Brigham is among the worst of America’s abortionists. His shoddy practices rival those of ‘House of Horrors’ abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Even his hired abortionists that keep his clinics operating now are among the bottom of a very rotten barrel,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue

Operation Rescue staff members have filed numerous complaints against Brigham and abortionists in his employment and published extensively in an attempt to expose his horrific abortion abuses. OR’s complaints helped strip Brigham abortionist Nicola Riley of medical licenses in three states and aided in the closure of an illegal abortion facility Brigham was operating in Philadelphia in 2013.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact the Florida Department of Health, Medical Quality Assurance Division and ask for the immediate closure of American Family Planning of Pensacola.

E-mail: MedicalQualityAssurance@doh.state.fl.us

Mississippi Fighting to Maintain the Ability to Protect Women’s Health and Safety

By Cheryl Sullenger

Jackson, MS — Fighting to maintain the right to protect the health and safety of its citizens, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court seeking to overturn a “confusing and inconsistent” Fifth Circuit decision that effectively placed the last abortion clinic in Mississippi “beyond the regulatory reach of the state.”

“We know all too well what happens when abortion facilities are left unaccountable. We end up with the likes of Kermit Gosnell. When abortion clinics are held above the law, women are the ones who suffer when they are subjected to increasingly degrading conditions and shoddy procedures,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “If anyone thinks that’s just exaggerated rhetoric, we have the documentation to prove that this is an unfortunate fact within the abortion cartel today.”

At issue is a 2012 law, HB 1390, which requires abortionists to maintain hospital privileges within thirty miles of the facility where abortions take place.

Mississippi’s last remaining abortion clinic, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO), sued to block the law when its two out-of-state abortionists, Willie Parker and Bruce Elliott Norman, failed to qualify for hospital privileges. Norman is referred to in the court proceedings only as “Dr. Doe.”

Norman, a long-time affiliate of JWHO owner Diane Derzis, does the majority of abortions her “Pepto-Pink” Jackson, Mississippi, clinic located in the heart of the state. Their history together is worth noting.

Norman has injured several women during abortions during his checkered career, including three women in one day at a Birmingham, Alabama, abortion mill, also owned by Derzis. That incident was documented by pro-life activists. Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, and Life Legal Defense Foundation worked to file complaints that resulted in the discovery of 76 pages of health and safety violations that resulted in the closure of the Birmingham facility. The Alabama Department of Health ordered the clinic closed.

However, in defiance, Derzis and Norman illegally reopened their Birmingham clinic, claiming it was a “doctor’s office” that was not subject to state licensing requirements. Again, Operation Rescue, CEC for Life, and Life Legal Defense Foundation documented their illegal operations and persuaded the Alabama State Department of Health to step in. The ADPH sued Derzis and Norman for violating their shut-down order and eventually closed them permanently. A judge issued a permanent injunction barring abortionist Norman from operating an abortion clinic in Alabama.

Meanwhile, back in Mississippi, Norman continued his pattern of abortion injuries. He seriously botched an abortion at Jackson Women’s Health Organization on August 18, 2013, sending yet another woman to the hospital where he holds no privileges. It is doubtful if the hospital was ever alerted that the patient was on the way, leaving ER staff completely unprepared and in the dark.

Inexplicably, the courts ruled in Derzis’ favor and blocked Mississippi from enforcing the hospital privilege requirement, primarily because it would close the last abortion facility in that state. In fact, the Fifth Circuit opinion admitted that if there were other abortion facilities in Mississippi, HB 1390 would likely have been upheld.

Attorney General Hood’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court takes umbrage with the Fifth Circuit’s finding that closing of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization would cause an undue burden on women since women would have to cross state lines to obtain abortions.

Hood’s petition noted that 60% of Mississippi women who receive abortions now voluntarily travel to abortion facilities in neighboring states that are actually geographically closer to them than the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

The petition states that in light of “highly publicized” abortion injuries and in an effort to meet “high professional standards promoting continuity of surgical care for women” the State of Mississippi enacted HB 1390, which provided that each abortionist operating in that state must maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of the facility where abortions occur.

In fact, the bill was the brain child of Operation Rescue’s Troy Newman, whose group documents abuses and injuries at abortion facilities nationwide. Understanding the dangers of Derzis’ Mississippi abortion business, he discussed the prospect of passing a local hospital privilege requirement in that in early 2012 with Terri Herring of the Pro-Life America Network. Herring picked up the ball and ran with it, and HB 1390 was signed into law in April of that same year with the hope that women would then be protected from Derzis’ substandard operations and Norman’s shoddy abortion practices.

Hood also took issue with the Fifth Circuit ruling exempting JWHO from state oversight and outside the state’s authority to regulate. That has provided JWHO with a special status over other Ambulatory Surgical Facilities in the state where all doctors have been required to maintain hospital privileges for years. In fact, Hood states that by enacting HB 1390, the State was trying to “even the playing field” and treat abortion clinics the same as it does all other similarly situated clinics.

“We’ve seen what happens when states fail to exercise oversight of abortion clinics, and it isn’t pretty,” said Newman. “We are encouraged that in Mississippi, they are fighting to protect women from the kinds of abuses we have seen over the years in places were abortion clinic operate without accountability.”

The most obvious example is Pennsylvania case of Kermit Gosnell, whose clinic deteriorated into squalor due to an absence of oversight. There, babies that were born alive during failed abortions were intentionally murdered and women were drugged into stupors by unqualified workers, including a high school student, until one patient finally was killed.

Less well known was a chain of eleven abortion clinics operated in Southern California by owner Bertha Bugarin, where there were essentially no regulatory oversight or standards for abortion businesses whatsoever. Bugarin employed bottom-of-the-barrel abortionists and unlicensed workers who were so incompetent that one by one their medical licenses were revoked after a series of botched abortions, abortion deaths, and criminal fraud. Not to be deterred, when Bugarin ran low on licensed abortionists she and her sister began doing the abortions themselves, even though neither of them had any medical background or training.

Operation Rescue drew this shoddy chain of abortion mills to the attention of the police, who raided Bugarin’s abortion mills and arrested her, her sister, and two other employees for illegal abortion. Bugarin was sentenced to nearly 7 years behind bars and her abortion chain was disbanded.

“If Kermit Gosnell or Bertha Bugarin operated the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, the Fifth Circuit ruling would provide protections for them to continue their obscene practices, and there would be nothing that the State authorities could do about it,” said Newman. “The U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear this case in order to reaffirm the state’s authority to protect women from predatory and substandard practices.”

Since similar hospital privilege requirements have been enacted in several other states, this case has the potential to dramatically impact abortion law in the U.S. Because of that, those on both sides of the abortion issue will be watching this case closely.

- Read Petition for Wit of Certiorari, Currier v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
- Background: Who is Dr. Doe?