Carhart Cancels Abortions After Operation Rescue Exposed His Failure to Comply with Maryland Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has confirmed that abortion appointments scheduled illegally for today at an unlicensed late-term abortion facility in Bethesda, Maryland, operated by abortionist LeRoy Carhart, have been cancelled.

The cancellations came after Operation Rescue discovered the location of his secret abortion facility in Bethesda through an undercover investigation, then confirmed that the facility had obtained failed to obtain an abortion facility license as required by Maryland law.

Operation Rescue also learned that many of the appointments set for today included abortions in the advanced stages of pregnancy. The abortions were to begin today and terminate later in the week.

“We have successfully prevented Carhart from opening his illegal abortion facility in Bethesda today as planned, but we have only won the first round of what we expect will be a tough fight to protect babies and their mothers from Carhart’s shoddy abortion practices,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray this facility is never allowed to open.”

Complaints have already been filed against Carhart and his facility, AbortionClinics.org, Inc., with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Board of Physicians seeking enforcement of Maryland laws.

“There is no doubt that Carhart believes he can break the law without consequences. This time, he tried to pull a fast one and got caught,” said Newman. “We call on the Department of Health to permanently shut down his illegal abortion business. His attempt to conduct late-term abortions illegally is so egregious that we urge the Medical Board to revoke Carhart’s Maryland medical license permanently.”

Michigan “Trunk Abortionist” Pleads No Contest to Three Felony Counts of Larceny

By Cheryl Sullenger

Detroit, MI – Abortionist Michael Arthur Roth, 75, appeared in a McComb County Circuit Court today and entered a plea of “No Contest” to three felony counts of Larceny in a Building.

The no contest pleas constitute felony convictions.

Activist Lynn Mills of Pro-Life Michigan was in the court room during the hearing and told Operation Rescue that Roth made a plea for leniency because he recently suffered a stroke.

Roth was criminally charged as the result of a car accident in 2015, when police discovered stolen drugs, abortion equipment, and aborted baby remains in his trunk. Roth had been secretly carrying out hazardous home abortions. He and an accomplice had stolen the instruments and drugs from an abortion facility owned by Angel Ojeda, who had employed Roth.

The incident earned him a nickname as the “Trunk Abortionist,” because he operated his illicit home abortion business out of the trunk of his car.

Roth’s Michigan medical license was suspended for one year, effective on October 13, 2017. He was also fined $25,000 for the “unlawful possession of a controlled substance” by the Michigan Medical Board.

Roth is due to be sentenced on December 7, 2017.

Las Vegas “YouTube Abortionist” Committed Suicide in Jail While Awaiting Trial

By Cheryl Sullenger

Las Vegas, NV – A man accused of committing illegal underground abortions without a license was found dead at the Clark County Detention Center where he was being held without bond pending trial.

Rick Van Thiel, 54, was found hanged in an apparent suicide on July 21, 2017.

Van Thiel was arrested and jailed in September, 2015, for conducting abortions and other quack medical treatments out of a grimy trailer in his junk-cluttered back yard. A local news reporter dubbed it the “Trailer of Terror.”

He was never formally educated, trained, or licensed in the field of medicine. His background was instead that of a pornographic movie star/maker and inventor of sex toys.

Van Thiel bragged during an interview from jail shortly after his arrest that he learned to do abortions by watching YouTube videos.

A Clark County grand jury issued 30 felony indictments against Van Thiel in June 2016, including:

• 19 counts of engaging as a medical physician without a license.
• 6 counts of sexual assault resulting in substantial bodily harm.
• 2 counts of sexual assault.
• 2 counts performance of a health care procedure resulting in substantial bodily harm.
• 1 count child abuse, neglect, or endangerment.

As a five-time convicted felon, Van Thiel was also charged with three federal firearms violations. A judge had ruled to suppress information about the firearms charges during his state trial, which was set for January 20, 2017.

Van Thiel was an opportunist. Like many charlatans before him, he saw that offering cut-rate abortions and quack “holistic” cures to hookers and other vulnerable women was a viable means to quick cash. He lured customers through several seedy “adult” websites and by word of mouth.

“It is a shame that Van Thiel took his own life. As long as he was living, there was hope for his redemption,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “However, he will never hurt another person again, and that is something to be grateful for, however tragic the circumstances might be.”

The arrest of Van Thiel came within weeks of news of two other illegal abortionists in two other states, raising concerns that underground abortions have become a dangerous new trend.

In October 2015, Michigan abortionist Michael Roth was involved in a traffic accident after which police discovered stolen drugs and surgical instruments, along with the remains of fourteen aborted babies, the result of his illegal underground home abortion scheme. He was later criminally charged and awaits trial in November 2017. On September 13, 2017, Michigan Medical Board suspended his medical license for 90 days and fined him $25,000.

Also in October 2015, Florida abortionist James Pendergraft was arrested in South Carolina for conducting abortions out of the back of his van and possessing illegal drugs. Pendergraft was never licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina. He was indicted by a grand jury in June 2016, on 10 criminal counts, and is set to stand trial on November 13, 2017.

“Before anyone thinks that a lack of access to abortion facilities had anything to do with this, all three of these men conducted illegal abortions in areas where there were several abortion facilities. This illegal abortion trend is all about exploiting the vulnerable to satisfy greed,” said Newman. “It is a thousand wonders that no mother was killed during these dangerous, unsanitary abortions. If anyone learns that there are underground abortions happening in their area, I urge them to immediately contact the local police.”

Baltimore Abortion Facility Caught Operating Without a License & Violating Patient Privacy Laws

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Baltimore, MD – Even though Baltimore’s Hillcrest Clinic was temporarily closed in February 2016, a group a pro-life supporters continued their routine vigil outside the abortion facility. One activist happened to notice papers blowing down the sidewalk from the nearby commercial dumpster that was a sign renovations were in progress. Being a good citizen, she retrieved the litter of paperwork so she could return it to the dumpster.

But as she causally glanced at the documents, she became alarmed by what she saw.

The papers were medical records from patients who had received abortions.

There were names, addresses, and even a copy of a woman’s photo identification card – all blowing down the sidewalk for anyone to find. When she looked inside the dumpster, she found “buckets” of medical records strewn amongst the broken pieces of office furniture, ceiling tiles, and miscellaneous debris deposited by contractors working on the remodel.

The activist, who asked that she not be identified, was concerned that privacy laws such as the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) were being broken, and that the abortion business had committed a breach of trust. She put the medical records back in the dumpster then took photographs to document the incident.

On the advice of Operation Rescue, a complaint along with her photos was filed with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Then, she waited to see what would happen next.

Reason for Concern

The Hillcrest Clinic first opened in 1973, soon after the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision decriminalized abortions in all 50 states, and claims to be the first legal abortion facility to ever open in Baltimore. While Hillcrest is affiliated with the National Abortion Federation, that hasn’t made it safe by any means. Over the years, there have been a slew of medical malpractice suits and disciplinary actions against its abortionists.

EarlMcLeodFor example, in 1999, Hillcrest abortionist Earl McLeod was working for Potomac Family Planning Center in Rockville when one of his abortion patients, 27-year old Jennifer Halner, died from complications to anesthesia that were exacerbated by negligence, including a lack of patient monitoring, emergency drugs, and equipment.

When it was discovered that Halner had suffered cardiac arrest, the anesthesiologist working with McLeod grabbed an undersized pediatric BVM oxygen mask and began bagging her. If this sounds familiar it should. The same thing happened to another abortion patient, Lakisha Wilson, in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2014. She also died.

McLeod was placed on probation for three years and ordered to maintain emergency equipment at his abortion facility, including adult sized oxygen masks and a defibrillator.

Despite the safety issues, it wasn’t until 2013, when Maryland first began requiring abortion facilities to be licensed in the wake of the Steven Brigham illegal late-term abortion scandal, that the Hillcrest Clinic received its first inspection.

Of course, violations were found, including:

• Lack of procedures for dealing with safety issues, such as fires or mechanical hazards.
• Failure to train nine employees in patient transfer procedures.
• Improper labeling and storage of drugs.
• Failure to record discharge diagnosis in patient files.
• Failure to ensure proper sterilization of surgical instruments.

Once a plan of correction was submitted, the matter was considered closed and an ambulatory surgical facility license was issued to the Hillcrest Clinic, allowing it to conduct surgical abortions.

There is no record that any other inspection was done over the next three years.

Operation Rescue has been informed that the Hillcrest Clinic shut down for renovations on February 1, 2016, when it was apparently taken over by Potomac Family Planning Center – the same business where McLeod killed Jennifer Halner. It is believed that this was when the ambulatory surgical facility license that was initially issued to Hillcrest in 2013 was terminated.

It was just under three weeks later that private abortion patient medical records were found blowing out of the dumpster and down the street.

No License

On April 14, 2016, the Maryland Department of Health Care Quality issued a letter to the pro-life complainant noting that the Hillcrest Clinic had been inspected and that her allegations were in fact substantiated.

But there was a catch.

“However, since the [Hillcrest Clinic] was not licensed by our office at the time of the complaint investigation, we were unable to cite any deficiencies. Our Office did notify the Maryland Board of Physicians and the Office of Civil Rights of our findings,” the letter stated.

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To date, there has been no word from the Board of Physicians or the Office of Civil Rights on the patient privacy violations.

Yet, the admission that the Hillcrest Clinic was not licensed for abortions at the time of the inspection is an important one. The abortion facility did not apply for a new ambulatory surgical facility license until April 12.

On April 19, it was discovered that the Hillcrest Clinic had reopened for business. Operation Rescue confirmed that the abortion facility was providing surgical abortions four days per week. A check of the DHMH’s listing of licensed abortion facilities showed no listing for the Hillcrest Clinic.

A local Maryland activist confirmed with a phone call to the Maryland Department of Health Care Quality on May 2, that the Hillcrest Clinic had indeed applied for a new ambulatory facility license, but that the application had not yet been approved.

Without an ambulatory surgical facility license, Hillcrest Clinic cannot legally conduct surgical abortions. That means since at least April 19, 2016, it was conducting surgical abortions in violation of the law.

Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Department of Health Care Quality seeking the shut-down of the unlicensed abortion business.

“Hillcrest is operating an illegal abortion facility in Maryland right now, yet the Department of Health Care Quality doesn’t seem to care,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Abortion regulations aren’t just for show. They are there to make it harder for abortionists to kill people. That’s why its so important that the laws are enforced and tough penalties are assessed when violations are found. What good are those regulations if they are not enforced? This places the lives of women at risk from shoddy, substandard abortion businesses that are allowed to operate outside the law.”

The Hillcrest Clinic certainly isn’t the first illegal abortion facility operating in Maryland. Operation Rescue recently reported on another abortionist, Harold O. Alexander, who was caught conducting late-night surgical abortions at his unlicensed facility in Forestville. Operation Rescue submitted documentation to the DHMH only to be notified that its complaint was being buried in Alexander’s extensive disciplinary file without action.

“There are major problems at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which oversees the Board of Physicians and the Department of Health Care Quality. It is knowingly allowing unlicensed surgical abortion facilities to operate in that state in violation of their own regulations,” said Newman. “Its unwillingness to enforce the law is placing the lives of women at risk. It is time for new leadership within the entire bureaucratic structure of the DHMH. Someone should be fired, if not prosecuted for this dereliction of duty.”

Planned Parenthood Protested by Thousands as New Video Trailer Shows “A Lot” of Intact Fetal Cadavers Harvested and Sold

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A Los Angeles judge dissolved an injunction Friday against the Center for Medical Progress that had blocked the release of footage of an interview with a StemExpress executive who was harvesting the remains of aborted babies.

Within hours of the decision, the CMP released a two-minute trailer showing a clip of StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer laughing about sending intact fetuses to her lab employees. That trailer was the eighth video released by the CMP that showed Planned Parenthood profiting from the sale of fetal organs and parts.

“Oh yeah, if you had intact cases, which we’ve done a lot, we sometimes ship those back to our lab in its entirety,” Dryer said. “Tell the lab it’s coming! They’ll open the box and ‘Oh, my God!’”

Dyer then is seen laughing heartily at the prospect of her lab employees being shocked by an intact body of an aborted child.

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“The callous, cavalier attitude toward of Dryer and other Planned Parenthood employees toward the brutal killing of aborted babies – some apparently with their hearts still beating – is shocking, sociopathic behavior. It’s as if their consciences have been switched off, just like we see in serial killers,” said Newman. “The CMP videos have shown us like never before that world of abortion and fetal tissue harvesting is a depraved one.”

Intact aborted babies cannot be given drugs that produce fetal demise before the dismemberment or extraction process begins. The fact that Dyer admits that her company gets intact remains “a lot” indicates there is a likelihood that “a lot” of babies are being aborted alive.

Last week’s longer video, Episode 3 of the Human Capital documentary series, supported that concern.

Holly O’Donnell related an experience at Planned Parenthood in San Jose where a baby boy was born “mostly intact” and that she observed his heart beating. She was then ordered by another StemExpress employee to cut through the baby’s face and harvest his brain.

The videos sparked a nationwide protest on Saturday at 342 Planned Parenthood locations. Those protests featured huge crowds of pro-life supporters, including an estimated group of 4,000 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and over 1,000 in several cities such as Tempe, Arizona, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Cincinnati, Ohio. Several locations reported babies saved from abortion as the result of the protests. In Los Angeles, Kristina Garza of Hispanics for Life reported that a security guard quit his job at Planned Parenthood after speaking with pro-life protesters.

In Michigan, pro-abortion Satanists turned out to two protests and conducted Satanic rituals on the sidewalk. Women involved appeared to be in pain as others poured milk on them as pro-life protesters stood by praying.

Operation Rescue was one of the numerous sponsors for the event. With sites still reporting in, total attendance is expected to exceed 70,000 participants.

In Wichita, Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Board member for the Center for Medical Progress, released a short video encouraging protesters that Planned Parenthood is in crisis mode and losing support as the result of the videos.

It is illegal to sell human fetal remains for profit, and it is also illegal to alter an abortion process in order to ensure that body parts are available for “donation” or sale.

So far, the CMP video exposés have each gone viral with millions of total of nearly 8 million views and have sparked defunding efforts at the national and state level, numerous state investigations and a Congressional inquiry. The subject of Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking in aborted baby remains has even dominated presidential politics with all GOP candidates making statements in support of defunding the abortion giant. Some, such as Texas Rep. Ted Cruz, are pushing for criminal prosecutions of Planned Parenthood executives.

More videos are expected to be released in the coming days and weeks.