Planned Parenthood Hides Abortionist’s Name after Bungled Abortion Causes Woman to Deliver Dead Baby in Home Bathroom

By Cheryl Sullenger

Worcester, MA – A lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 5, 2018, against Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts by a woman who experienced a bungled late-term abortion that resulted in the birth of her presumably dead baby in her bathroom.

While the lawsuit names Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc. and the nurse practitioner, Rebecca Kreiger, there is no mention of the abortionist who started the two-day abortion. That’s because Planned Parenthood redacted his or her name from the woman’s medical records.

The lawsuit states:

On or about March 12, 2015, a doctor, whose name is redacted from the medical records and whose identity is unknown, performed the first step in a two-step abortion at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Worcester by softening the cervix. [Emphasis added.]

“Everyone who receives medical treatment of any kind deserves to know the name of their provider. It’s unbelievable that Planned Parenthood decided to keep this woman in the dark by withholding that information from this her own medical record – after they failed to inform her of the risks of the type of abortion she was having,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The plaintiff, Celina Casas, has claimed she was never informed that there was a risk of vaginal delivery prior to her next appointment. The drug Misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, is usually used to soften the cervix prior to a multi-day abortion. However, Misoprostol does more than soften. It also induces unpredictable uterine contractions strong enough to expel a baby in the second trimester.

The following day, March 13, 2015, the complaint states that Casas began experiencing “sever labor type pains” and called Planned Parenthood for advice and instruction. She was only told to take the prescribed pain medication. She was never advised that the contractions could cause delivery, and she was never told to seek medical attention.

That night, Casas delivered her baby in her home’s bathroom. The lawsuit claims the incident caused her severe emotional and mental trauma. The suit also alleges that she suffered undefined “severe and permanent personal injuries.”

But what about the mystery abortionist, who appears to have been let off the hook by the lawsuit?

Operation Rescue has verified that Danielle M. Roncari currently serves as medical director of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc., but there’s no way to know if she was involved in Casas’ abortion.

The Worcester Planned Parenthood abortion facility has a long history of patient care problems, including emergency medical transports and two patient deaths. A complaint was also once filed alleging misuse of Cytotec, the drug that apparently caused the plaintiff’s ill-timed delivery. (Read documents pertaining to these and other incidents at

Operation Rescue will continue to monitor this case and will report back with updates.

Read the Complaint in Casas v. Planned Parenthood, et al

Complaint Filed Against Curtis Boyd in Woman’s Abortion-Caused Death at Late-term Clinic Under Investigation by FBI

By Cheryl Sullenger

Albuquerque, NM – Abortion Free New Mexico has announced that it has filed a formal complaint against abortionist Curtis Boyd, 75, with the New Mexico Medical Board seeking a full investigation into the death of Patient K.A. earlier this year.

The facility where she had her fatal abortion, Southwestern Women’s Options, is owned and operated by Boyd. As confirmed last week, it is currently the subject of an FBI investigation related to the facility’s illegal participation in the sale for “valuable consideration” of aborted baby remains.

K.A. was 23 years old and in her 24th week of pregnancy when she reported to Southwestern Women’s Options on January 21, 2017, to begin a 3-4 day Dilation and Evacuation abortion procedure. When she returned on February 3, 2017, she suffered from shortness of breath and falling oxygen saturation levels.

Tara Shaver of Abortion Free New Mexico, who filed the complaint, noted that Boyd’s staff called 911 at 12:04 p.m. on February 3 asking for an ambulance to transfer K.A. to UNM Hospital, but the ambulance was later cancelled – a move that likely delayed emergency medical care that might have saved her life.

Somehow, K.A. was eventually taken to UNM Hospital later that day and was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m. on February 4, 2017.

An autopsy report incompletely concluded that K.A. died from Pulmonary thromboembolism and suspiciously attempted to blame K.A.’s pregnancy on her death. However, that same report stated, “The lining of the uterus, as well as the maternal surface of the placenta showed acute inflammation, consistent with the clinical picture of a septic abortion.”

In her complaint, Shaver stated, “It is my belief and that of medical professionals I have consulted with, that not only did Ms. A not receive timely emergency medical care to identify and treat the Pulmonary thromboembolism, but she also had sepsis (from the abortion) which is a known trigger for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) that I believe lead to Ms. A ultimate cause of death being Pulmonary thromboembolism.”

Operation Rescue assisted Abortion Free New Mexico with an investigation into K.A.’s death and supports their complaint.

“More could have been done to save this woman’s life. The Medical Board must hold Curtis Boyd accountable for the infection and the resulting complications that cost a young woman’s life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Late-term abortions, especially in outpatient surgical settings, should be outlawed because of the barbaric nature of the procedure that dismembers a baby in the womb and because they just aren’t safe for women. Southwestern Women’s Options must be closed to prevent further injury and loss of life.”

Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for Life stated, “Are late term abortions really safe, legal and rare? Late term abortion up to the day of birth is legal in New Mexico. We have seen time and time again it is not rare that viable late term babies from around the world are murdered here in New Mexico. We also know abortion is not safe for the mothers of these dead babies. For Ms. A, her late term abortion was fatal. How many other women have died from late term abortions that have been covered up? How many more women must die before the medical community admits that abortions are not safe?”

Read the Complaint
Read the Autopsy

Read previous articles by Operation Rescue:

  • Woman DEAD from Abortion at Late-Term Facility Currently Under Criminal Investigation
  • Looking Deeper: Analysis of Facts Proves Woman Died from Abortion — Not Pregnancy
  • Safety Crisis: “Lifeless” Patient Rushed From Bakersfield Abortion Clinic to Hospital

    This is the third documented medical emergency caused by the same abortionist at the Bakersfield, California FPA Women’s Health abortion clinic in two months. This poses a serious public safety crisis.

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Bakersfield, CA – For the third time in just two months, abortionist Karen Mann has sent a patient to the hospital to receive emergency care. Witnesses to the April 14, 2015, incident told Operation Rescue that this time the woman appeared “lifeless.”

    “Her arms were just hanging lifeless off the sides of the gurney,” reported Terri Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries. Palmquist is a long-time sidewalk counselor outside FPA Women’s Health, formerly known as Family Planning Associates, in Bakersfield, California. “She was at least unconscious.”

    Palmquist explained that nearly every clinic worker emerged from the abortion facility with sheets that were deployed in an effort to block pro-life activists from photographing the incident. However, Palmquist’s husband, Tim, got a very good view of the obviously unconscious woman.

    The woman was rushed by ambulance running lights and sirens to Memorial Hospital in Bakersfield. Her condition today is unknown.

    Mann has worked at FPA Women’s Health in Bakersfield for only about three months but has so far sent three women to the emergency room for care she was incapable of providing.

    Other incidents took place on March 31 and February 3, when a woman suspected of having suffered a heart attack during an abortion procedure was rushed away by ambulance. Overall, this is the eighth documented medical emergency at this facility since 2012.

    Tim Palmquist of Life Savers Ministries told Operation Rescue that people who have been inside the abortion facility have complained about conditions inside. One man, who recently escorted a woman for an abortion complained to Palmquist that the clinic was “very dirty inside, specifically mentioning q-tips on the floor and that they obviously hadn’t even vacuumed.”

    Mann has a history of providing substandard patient care. She was sued in 2011 for a gruesomely botched circumcision that left a child permanently disfigured and has required several surgeries. The suit alleges that Mann “was negligent and her conduct fell below the care and skill required of medical doctors and medical practitioners.”

    “It is our opinion that Mann poses an immediate danger to the public and has created a safety crisis in Bakersfield. Today, we are asking the California Medical Board for an emergency suspension of her medical license in order to protect the public while a full investigation into her abortion practices and conditions is done,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We will continue to investigate this on our end due to serious concerns that the patient may not have survived.”

    View Karen Mann’s profile page at

    Despite Desperate 911 Incident, Peoria Abortion Clinic Director Opposes Annual Inspections

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Peoria, IL – A desperate 911 call from a Peoria abortion facility National Health Care (NHC) on February 20, 2015, reveals details of a dangerously botched abortion involving heavy hemorrhaging that the abortionist was incapable of controlling.

    During the emergency call for help that lasted under a minute, an abortion worker repeatedly told the 911 dispatcher, “We need somebody very quickly.”

    “This is an abortion clinic and we have a patient who’s bleeding very heavily and the doctor is not able to get too much of a grip on it,” the caller reported.

    This life-threatening abortion complication comes at a time when the executive director of NHC, Margaret Vanduyn, is publicly opposing efforts by the Illinois legislature to pass a bill that would require abortion facilities to be inspected yearly.

    Vanduyn claimed that abortion clinic inspections are “unnecessary” and that the inspection bill is “politically motivated.”

    However, Operation Rescue has documented at least eight abortion-related medical emergencies at Illinois abortion facilities that required hospital intervention in the past three years, including one patient death.

    “Abortion patient Tonya Reaves bled to death after a botched abortion at Planned Parenthood in Chicago a couple of years ago, and now another woman has nearly bled to death just three weeks ago in Peoria,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Illinois abortion clinics are not equipped to handle the medical emergencies that are injuring and killing unsuspecting women. That is reason enough to justify yearly inspections. However, abortion clinics that oppose such common-sense laws obviously have a lot to hide.”

    Witnesses at the scene in Peoria on February 25 have identified the abortionist on duty at the National Heath Care abortion clinic at the time of the incident as the notorious Yogendra Shah, who works as the primary abortionist at the high-volume Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City.

    Shah was sued for conducting an abortion on a woman who was not pregnant in 1998. He then unsuccessfully countersued the woman, seeking a gag order and $1 million in damages after she went public with her claims.

    National Heath Care also employs two other abortionists who work on a rotating basis with Shah in Peoria.

    One is Mandy Gittler, a Planned Parenthood abortionist who was responsible for fatally botching Tonya Reaves’ second-trimester abortion in 2012. She also works at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

    The other is Allen Palmer, an elderly “retired” Missouri abortionist that also currently works for Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas.

    “With a staff of seedy abortionists like the National Health Center’s, it is no wonder that they do not want inspectors at their facilities. We call the Illinois Medical Board and Department of Public Health to fully investigate February’s near-death incident and take whatever action is necessary to protect women, including shutting down this dangerous abortion clinic,” said Newman.

    Take Action!

    Please contact the Illinois Department of Health at 1-800-252-4343 and demand inspections at all Illinois abortion facilities.

    Brigham’s Last License Is Revoked, Should Close His 8 New Jersey Abortion Facilities

    Operation Rescue urges all other states with Brigham abortion facilities to shutter them immediately in light of the New Jersey Board’s findings.

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners voted yesterday evening to revoke the final medical license held by the notorious abortionist, Steven Chase Brigham, noting that he betrayed the trust of the women he exploited.

    In New Jersey, unlicensed persons are unable to hold ownership in medical facilities, so the Board’s revocation decision should force Brigham to shut down his eight abortion offices he operates there.

    “He dons the mask of caring practitioner but he puts his patients at risk of harm,” Assistant Attorney General Jeri Warhaftig argued.

    “Brigham is considered the worst abortionist in America that still held a medical license. His seedy abortion mills operated far below safe medical standards. Even abortion groups thought his dangerous abortion empire should be brought down. His revocation is a victory for women and their babies that were so often illegally aborted by Brigham,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose groups spent years exposing Brigham’s horrific background and practices and calling for not only his license revocation but his criminal prosecution as well.

    Going further than was even recommended by an Administrative Judge, the Board found that Brigham committed violations that placed his patients at risk by conducting a nefarious and secret bi-state late term abortion scheme that started late abortions – evidence shows he aborted babies as old as 36 weeks gestation – at his home office in New Jersey then caravanned women in full-blown labor to a clandestine abortion facility in Elkton where he or an associate would finish the abortion.

    However, Brigham held no medical license in Maryland and evidence showed that often he personally conducted abortion at the Elkton facility then attributed abortions to an 87-year old Delaware doctor, George Shepard whose paralyzed arm made it impossible for him to actually do them himself. Brigham used Shepard’s Maryland medical license to shield anyone from discovering his own lack of licensure in that state.

    When Brigham’s scheme came to light, he had recently hired and was “training” Utah abortionist Nicola Riley to do the second and third trimester procedures. But in September 2010, the inexperienced Riley tore open the uterus of a young patient during a late-term abortion in Elkton, pulling out a bowel and shoving the remains of the baby into her patient’s abdominal cavity.

    Brigham and Riley eventually shuttled the woman, struggling for her life, to a local hospital in the backseat of Brigham’s rental car, then returned to the clinic to continue abortions on their remaining patients.

    Hospital staff reported Brigham and Riley’s suspicious behavior to police. During an ensuing raid of the Elkton facility, police made the grisly discovery of 35 late-term aborted baby remains stashed in a bloody freezer. This prompted Brigham and Riley’s arrest on murder charges, which were later dropped after an expert prosecution witness pulled out of the case.

    Operation Rescue obtained a large number of documents pertaining to the case through open records requests, including detailed interview transcripts and clinic logs, and published them in a report that detailed for the first time the extent of the deceptive and dangerous practices in which Brigham routinely engaged.

    “We never had to vilify Brigham,” said Newman. “He did that to himself. All we had to do is tell the truth about him. His despicable actions speak for themselves.”

    Last year, Riley’s Maryland medical license was revoked. Operation Rescue had discovered and obtained military records that showed Riley had lied about a felony conviction and incarceration in order to gain licensure in Maryland and two other states. That revelation eventually forced Riley out of the abortion business for good.

    In addition to his most recent revocation in New Jersey, Brigham has had licenses revoked or surrendered in New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and California.

    “If Brigham is not fit to practice in five states, he isn’t fit to practice anywhere,” said Newman. “We are now calling on Virginia, Florida, and Delaware to immediately shut down Brigham’s abortion facilities in those states based on the findings of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners, which found that Brigham’s deceptive and fraudulent practices, which are being replicated at every abortion facility he owns, pose a danger to the public.”

    Read about the case that finally cost Brigham his last medical license
    Read more about Brigham’s cohort, Nicola Riley.