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.”

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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.

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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.

Ambulance Rushes Seventh Carhart Abortion Patient in Two Years to Hospital

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE – An ambulance arrived at LeRoy Carhart’s Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska in Bellevue on Saturday, April 26, 2014, and transported yet another a patient to a nearby hospital. This is the seventh known abortion-related medical emergency involving Carhart in the last two years.

This even comes ironically on the same day that Operation Rescue received a letter from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services notifying it that there would be no investigation into other botched abortion incidents involving Carhart.

“In light of this most recent emergency, we call on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to immediately close Carhart’s Bellevue abortion business until a full investigation can take place,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We are well aware of Carhart’s political connections that have insulated him from responsibility in two previous abortion-related deaths and a string of abortion injuries. It is time for the DHHS to stop putting politics above the lives and health of women and take immediate action to address the health crisis that has been created by Carhart’s shoddy abortion practices.”

According to pro-life activists who were at the clinic at the time of Saturday’s incident, the injured patient was a woman who had come to Carhart’s poorly-maintained abortion clinic the previous day on Friday with her teen-aged daughter.

On Friday, the two women stayed at Carhart’s abortion office for about three hours, then left with the older woman driving.

The following morning, the two women were seen returning to Carhart’s facility. At about 11:50 a.m. on Saturday, the ambulance arrived for the older woman. According to witnesses, the daughter ran out of the clinic and told pro-life activists, “That’s my mom,” referring to the woman who was being transported.

“The events reported by witnesses are indicative of a botched early second trimester abortion procedure,” said Newman.

Carhart has carried no hospital privileges whatsoever since 1982. A lack of hospital privileges has been shown to interrupt the continuity of patient care and create delays in emergency treatment of women suffering life-threatening abortion complications.

Dates of other incidents involving Carhart documented by Operation Rescue include:

March 4, 2014, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged after 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 30, 2013, Bellevue, NE: Patient suffered 2nd trimester abortion complications.
November 26, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient required emergency surgery. (Video with 911 recording)
July 9, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient hemorrhaged. (Video with 911 recording)
February 7, 2013, Germantown, MD: Patient Jennifer Morbelli died of 3rd trimester abortion complications. (Autopsy Report)
March 31, 2012, Bellevue, NE: Patient heard moaning and screaming during 911 call (Video with 911 recording.)

In addition, Carhart was involved in the 2005 abortion death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert, who died of complications to a third trimester abortion at a now-closed late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas.

First Botched Abortion Victim of 2014 Rushed to Hospital in Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA — An abortion patient shrouded completely in sheets was rushed to a local hospital on Monday, January 6, 2014, from the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in Bakersfield, California.

Saynsumthn’s Blog reported the following:

According to pro-lifer Terri Palmquist, an ambulance showed up without sirens, went to the wrong area, and then was instructed where to drive and park, loaded patient into ambulance and head one block to hospital. She was transported to San Joaquin hospital, according to pro-life sidewalk counselors.

This incident occurred on the first abortion day of the New Year and is the first reported medical emergency at an abortion clinic in 2014.

The Bakersfield FPA abortionist, Vernon P. Wagner, 74, has been responsible for multiple life-threatening abortion-related medical emergencies over the years, most recently in February and August, 2013 and in August and October, 2012. Wagner was also involved in the death of Tami Suematsu in 1988, who died of an asthma attack that sent her into cardiac arrest as Wagner continued abortions on other patients.

The condition of the patient hospitalized on Monday is unknown, or even if she was alive at the time of her transport. The patient was hooked to an IV bag as she was wheeled into the Emergency Room by grim-faced EMTs.

“Because of the number of botched abortions occurring at this clinic, we consider Vernon Wagner to be a public health and safety hazard. We will make sure the California Medical Board is once again made aware of Wagner’s propensity to endanger the lives of women,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Family Planning Associates is the largest “for-profit” abortion chain on the West Coast, operating at 20 locations, and has been called the “McDonald’s” of the abortion industry. Its founder, Edward Allred, pioneered abortion clinic “efficiency,” using multiple abortion rooms where women were herded through in as little time as possible. Abortionists were given a financial incentive to do as many abortions as possible since their pay was based on the number of abortions done in a day. FPA abortionists routinely spend 3-5 minutes per patient conducting first trimester abortions and have been known to do 50 to 60 abortions per day. Other abortion businesses have since patterned their practices after Allred’s model.

However, the volume of abortions appears to have only increased the danger to women. At least 11 women are known to have died at FPA clinics over the years.

Allred retired in 2005, and sold FPA, then operating 20 abortion sites in two states, to a dentist, Irving “Bud” Feldkamp III. Since acquiring the abortion chain, the Feldkamp family has suffered tragedy. In 2009, two of his daughters, two sons-in-law and five of his grandchildren were killed in a private plane crash. Two years earlier, according to Fox News, 10-month-old grandson, Chase, died after he was found to have slipped between a mattress and the edge of a bed during a nap. The child was taken to a hospital and was eventually taken off life support.

“You would think that with all the tragedy Mr. Feldkamp as experienced, he would have learned how precious life is and would divest himself from the business of killing babies. We pray for his repentance and for the permanent closure of his 20 abortion clinics,” said Newman.