Illegal Abortionist Pendergraft Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 5 Years Probation on Drug Offenses

By Cheryl Sullenger

Spartanburg, SC — Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV pled guilty to ten drug counts yesterday in a Spartanburg, South Carolina County Court stemming from his arrest during a traffic stop in 2015, in which he was caught conducting an illegal abortion business out of his vehicle and in possession of illegal drugs.

The ten criminal Felony and Misdemeanor counts include Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and LSD, Possession and Distribution Prescription Drugs without a Prescription, and Manufacture and Possession of Schedule I & II Substances.

Pendergraft was sentenced on each charge for varying amounts of jail time up to five years, but those sentences were suspended for time served. He was placed on 5 years of probation and fined a total of $26,342.25.

He was also prohibited from ever applying for a medical license in South Carolina.

Pendergraft was not charged with illegal abortions or practicing medicine without a license even though he has never held a medical license in South Carolina.

Upon his arrest on October 5, 2015, Sheriff Chuck Wright stated in a press conference, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically, we got an illegal baby killer.”

Pendergraft operates four abortion facilities in Florida, yet his medical license is currently under suspension for the fifth time for substandard abortion practices and failing to pay the Florida Medical Board over $122,000 in fines and fees.

A felony conviction should provide ample grounds for permanent license revocation.

Pendergraft also was hit in 2011 with a malpractice judgement of $11,800,000, which creditors continue to try to collect.

Given his financial woes, paying the fines on his drug convictions may prove a difficult task.

The Florida Department of Health also revoked the facility licenses of Pendergraft’s four abortion facilities on May 5, 2017. Those facilities are:

• EPOC Clinic, LLC in Orlando.
• Ft. Lauderdale Women’s Center, LLC in Ft. Lauderdale.
• Orlando Women’s Center, LLC in Orlando.
• Ocala Women’s Center, LLC, an Ocala abortion facility that closed in 2015.

The Florida Department of Health cited Pendergraft’s arrests as the basis for the facility license revocations. However, those abortion facilities remain open pending an appeal. Pendergraft’s convictions should be enough to shut his businesses down for good, but that determination still lies in the hands of the court.

“Pendergraft truly belongs behind bars. Traditional discipline has never persuaded him to amend his criminal conduct. Even if his license is revoked and his Florida abortion businesses closed, vigilance is ever necessary, lest he take his illegal and dangerous abortions underground once again,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has caught Pendergraft operating outside the law before. In 2012, an undercover investigation found that he was operating an illegal late-term abortion racket at an unlicensed abortion facility in Maryland with the help of abortionist Harold O. Alexander. Alexander’s medical license was temporarily suspended as a result.

Confirmed: Carhart’s New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Bethesda is Illegally Unlicensed

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has received confirmation from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that the new late-term abortion facility located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 104 in Bethesda, Maryland, is not licensed as an abortion facility as required by state law.

The facility, currently operating under the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is run by Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

That means any abortions he plans to do beginning on October 17, 2017, would be illegal.

Since Operation Rescue released the address of Carhart’s secret new abortion facility yesterday, the AbortionClinics.org web site has been changed to show a location in Bethesda, Maryland, along with an announcement that it would be “Offering advanced gestation abortion care in Maryland Starting Tuesday, October 17th!”

“There is no way Carhart could get the Bethesda location licensed by next Tuesday. It looks like he thought he could sneak some abortions in under the radar without having to comply with licensing laws,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This is just another example of how much disregard Carhart has for the law and for the safety of his patients.”

Operation Rescue researchers uncovered the location of Carhart’s unlicensed abortion business through a successful undercover investigation.

Today, two complaints were filed by Operation Rescue with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and with the Maryland Board of Physicians.

“We trust that any effort to open that Bethesda facility without a valid license will be met with swift action on the part of Maryland authorities, who are already aware of the situation,” said Newman.

Meanwhile, local and national pro-life leaders plan to hold a press conference outside the illegal Bethesda abortion office on October 17, 2017, to announce further plans to oppose the dangerous new facility. Details to follow.

New Houston DA “Drains the Swamp” of Planned Parenthood Cronies

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By Cheryl Sullenger

Houston, TX – You may remember Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, the faux “pro-life” Republican who refused to prosecute accused neck-twisting Houston abortionist Doug Karpen. She also later flipped a grand jury that was supposed to investigate Planned Parenthood, but instead indicted pro-life journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.

Daleiden and Merritt’s charges were later dismissed after it was revealed that Anderson had violated the law to indict them.

Illustrating that old adage, “what goes around comes around,” Anderson was soundly defeated in November.

But it gets better.

The new District Attorney-Elect Kim Ogg has decided to “drain the swamp” of corruption, which plagued the office during Anderson’s tenure.

Ogg has notified 40 prosecutors that their services are no longer needed.

Among them is Assistant District Attorney Sunni Mitchell.

Anderson had selected Mitchell to oversee the 2013 Karpen grand jury and the 2015 Planned Parenthood/Daleiden grand jury. Mitchell has been blamed for leaking information from the “secret” grand jury process to Planned Parenthood then working with them to indict Daleiden and Merritt. Her manipulation of both grand juries protected Karpen and Planned Parenthood from criminal prosecution.

Karpen was accused in a formal complaint filed by Operation Rescue of murdering babies born alive during shoddy abortion procedures, while two years later, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was caught on film by Daleiden and Merritt haggling for the best price in exchange for aborted baby parts.

The Anderson/Mitchell 2015 grand jury never even took a vote on Planned Parenthood’s charges, citing a lack of evidence, but Mitchell was caught colluding with Planned Parenthood during the entire “investigation.”

Despite efforts to expose the tainted process, it seemed like Planned Parenthood was off the hook for good.

But more good news came earlier this month when the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives announced it had referred Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to the Texas Attorney General for criminal prosecution.

Apparently, the House Select Panel on Infant Lives miraculously found the evidence Anderson said didn’t exist.

For three years, Operation Rescue posted numerous articles and even attended a large press conference in Houston last year in an effort to expose the corruption in Anderson’s office that was thwarting justice.

That makes recent developments particularly satisfying for us.

“Part of what happens when we work to end the injustice of abortion is that corruption, which protects abortion abusers, is exposed,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This serves to benefit everyone in society, even those who have little interest in abortion.”

Now that Anderson and Mitchell have been sent packing, Operation Rescue has plans for the New Year. We are preparing to formally request a reopening of the murder investigation against Karpen once the new District Attorney takes office in January.

Maybe with the swamp finally drained, justice can finally be found.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has been referred for criminal prosecution by the Senate Judiciary Committee. It was actually the House Select Panel on Infant Lives that made the referral. We apologize for the error.

Underground Abortions: Beware of Alarming New Trend!

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An Operation Rescue Special Report
By Cheryl Sullenger

Las Vegas, NV — He’s known as the “YouTube Abortionist.” A 53-year old career criminal from Las Vegas, Nevada, has been indicted by a grand jury for illegal abortions and sex crimes that should keep him behind bars — where he belongs — for a very long time.

Rick 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. 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.

So how did Van Thiel get into the abortion business? He told a news reporter that he learned to do abortions watching videos on YouTube.com.

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.

In addition, Van Thiel, already a five-time convicted felon who has been barred from gun ownership, faces three federal firearms charges and has been transferred into federal detention. Serving as his own attorney, he has flooded the court with a flurry of motions that are currently delaying his trial. Thankfully, Van Thiel remains in custody.

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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.

Given the evidence against him and his public jailhouse confession, it is almost assured that Van Thiel will be convicted in both state and federal court and will remain incarcerated for many years to come.

But, however bizarre as it may be, Van Thiel’s criminal abortion enterprise is not an aberration. In fact, it might be the harbinger of a disturbing new trend.

Within weeks of Van Thiel’s apprehension last fall, two others were arrested for conducting illegal underground abortions. Yet these men are not amateurs. Michael Arthur Roth and James Scott Pendergraft IV are known abortionists that worked for or own licensed abortion facilities in two states.

“The Trunk Abortionist”

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Michigan’s Michael Roth, known as the “Trunk Abortionist” was arrested after the police made the gruesome discovery while investigating a traffic accident involving Roth. In the trunk of his car there were aborted baby remains along with abortion equipment and drugs. He had been secretly carrying out hazardous abortions at the homes of his customers. Roth and an accomplice had stolen the instruments and drugs from an abortion facility owned by Angel Ojeda, who had employed Roth.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette criminally charged Roth on June 23, 2016, on ten counts, including:

• 6 counts of identity theft.
• 3 counts larceny.
• 1 count illegal possession of drugs.

The Attorney General’s office is also attempting to permanently strip Roth of his medical license.

While not a “career criminal” in the same vein as Van Thiel, that status could well be applied to Roth. He has a history of discipline and other legal troubles, including 2005 accusations made by his wife in a protection order application that she lived locked in the basement of her home in constant fear of assault by Roth.

In 2003, Roth was charged by the state Board of Medicine for conducting home abortions. He was fined, placed on probation, and ordered to cease and desist from conducting abortions outside a licensed facility.

That weak attempt at discipline was obviously inadequate to persuade Roth to amend his ways.

“The Rolling Abortionist”

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Last October, the “Rolling Abortionist,” James Scott Pendergraft, IV, was arrested with a female accomplice during a traffic stop in South Carolina. Sheriff’s Deputies discovered abortion instruments caked with blood and bits of tissue from illegal abortions he was conducting up and down the U.S. Interstate Highway system. They also found drugs used to sedate abortion patients and marijuana.

Pendergraft is a well-known Florida abortionist who operates four abortion facilities in Central Florida, but he was never licensed to practice in South Carolina. He is also serving his fifth medical license suspension, and was recently hit with a crushing $37 million malpractice judgment. His financial difficulties coupled with his inability to personally conduct abortions may have sparked his incredibly bad idea to take his abortion business out of state and underground.

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Pendergraft was indicted on May 6, 2016, by a Spartanburg County grand jury on ten counts of drug-related charges.

As with Van Thiel and Roth, Pendergraft’s criminal case is pending, but unlike Van Thiel, Roth and Pendergraft both remain free on bond until their cases can be resolved.

But his South Carolina arrest certainly was not the first time Pendergraft had been caught exceeding the bounds of the law. Operation Rescue reported him and his Maryland associate, Harold O. Alexander, for conducting an illicit multi-state late-term abortion scheme out of Alexander’s unlicensed abortion facility in Forestville, Maryland. (Read more about that.) Unfortunately, Pendergraft suffered no real consequences, except for the loss of income that resulted from the forced break-up of his crime ring. Alexander only received a three-month license suspension, but was ordered not to conduct surgical abortions at an unlicensed facility.

Once again, while Pendergraft spent decades immersed in legal troubles, inadequate discipline failed to reform him.

Stil at large

These illegal – and frighteningly dangerous – abortion enterprises seem to be cropping up with alarming frequency. What is known so far of these shadowy underground abortion schemes may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Operation Rescue has disturbing information concerning four additional suspected illicit abortion operations that should be ringing alarm bells across the nation. While information about these horrific schemes have been reported to the authorities, these perpetrators are still at large.

Among the more disturbing of those is a recent credible report made to Operation Rescue of a man conducting illegal home abortions across several states. He is said to target the poorest urban women of color through a word-of-mouth network. Shockingly, there are reports he offers discounts on his illicit services in exchange for sexual favors.

A second troubling secret abortion scheme reported to Operation Rescue in recent weeks involves the apparent unlicensed practice of abortion by an untrained individual somewhere in the eastern half of the U.S.

Further hair-raising details of these suspected crimes must be withheld for now to ensure investigations are not compromised.

HaroldOAlexander-captionedAnother documented illegal abortionist is Pendergraft’s former partner, Harold O. Alexander, who was reported to the Maryland Board of Physicians earlier this year for conducting prohibited late-term surgical abortions at an unlicensed facility late at night to avoid detection, but so far the only action taken by the Board was to place Operation Rescue’s complaint in his hefty disciplinary file. Alexander continues to conduct abortions with the full knowledge of the authorities. Read more about the evidence.

The last suspected illegal abortionist is the notorious Steven Chase Brigham. Beginning last year, Operation Rescue received reports that he may be slipping into some of his American Women’s Services abortion facilities to conduct abortions even though he is not licensed in any state. However, Operation Rescue has so far been unable to independently verify those reports. Those who engage in pro-life outreach at any Brigham facility should be on the alert.

Cause and effect

While abortion supporters may try to blame the rise of predators like Van Thiel and others on pro-life regulations that have resulted in a record number of abortion facilities closures, that argument falls flat. In truth, there are easily accessible abortion facilities in all the areas where illegal abortionists have been reported.

Operation Rescue President Troy Newman explains that this trend stems from the very immoral nature of abortion itself.

“Abortion is an immoral business that attracts unethical practitioners and criminals – the very worst of the worst – to its ranks,” said Newman. “Traditional discipline and efforts at rehabilitation have been completely ineffective. Now we are seeing that these devious abortionists are moving their negligent abortion activities underground. This is all about criminals making quick, untraceable money through the criminal exploitation of vulnerable women and babies. This has nothing to do with a lack of abortion access.”

Newman explained that a strong deterrent is necessary to halt this incredibly dangerous trend before it further propagates.

“Criminals like Van Thiel are aggressively prosecuted while the likes of Roth and Pendergraft have been treated with kid gloves. Prosecutors need to get tough with all these predators. With more abortionists facing discipline and their abortion facilities being closed by state agencies, an example must be made to deter others,” said Newman. “They cannot be treated with any kind of leniency because these are the kind of people that will just exploit that.”

Raising the alarm

Criminal abortion enterprises usually involve unscrupulous and perhaps financially desperate individuals that view illicit, back-alley style abortions as an opportunity for under-the-table financial gain when all avenues of legitimate employment have dried up. By undercutting the competition’s price, they prey on the poor and vulnerable. For the underground abortionists, the welfare of the women they exploit is the least of their concerns.

Operation Rescue emphasizes the extreme dangers that illegal underground abortionists pose to women and babies, and the necessity of ensuring such predators caught quickly and removed from the streets.

“We are raising the alarm, and asking those involved in outreach to pregnant women, particularly in poor areas, to be vigilant of this underground abortion trend and report anything suspicious,” said Newman.

Anyone that has knowledge of a suspected illegal traveling/home abortion scheme is urged to contact Operation Rescue’s office at 316-683-6790, or make a report to the local police.

Criminal Charges against Michigan’s Trunk Abortionist Get His Former Boss in Trouble

By Cheryl Sullenger

Roth Mug capEastpoint, Michigan – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has criminally charged abortionist Michael Arthur Roth, 74, in two counties with possession of stolen drugs. The charges stem from the discovery of drugs — along with the remains of aborted babies — in the trunk of Roth’s vehicle during an investigation into his involvement in a traffic accident last October that critically injured a special-needs child.

Roth has been booked on charges in two counties, both of which released him on $10,000 personal recognizance bonds.

Schuette’s June 23, 2016, press release details the charges:

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today charged West Bloomfield doctor Michael Arthur Roth, 74, with possession with intent to deliver schedule 2 narcotic Fentanyl, and 6 counts of identity theft in the 48th District Court. In the 38th District Court in Eastpointe, Roth also faces 3 counts of Larceny in a Building. The charges follow a September 2015 car accident where the drugs, as well as post-conception material, were discovered in Roth’s vehicle.

Roth has also formally been charged with violating the Michigan public health code for illegally transporting the aborted baby remains.

The Michigan Board of Medicine filed an administrative complaint against Roth last November seeking the revocation of his medical license for the same offenses. He faces possible revocation of his medical license if convicted of the criminal charges.

AOjedaRoth is accused of stealing the drugs from his former employer, Angel A. Ojeda, MD, who operates Eastland Women’s Clinic, a Detroit-area abortion facility. A medication aide employed at the facility admitted to helping Roth steal abortion instruments and drugs.

But what was Roth doing with abortion drugs, instruments, and aborted baby remains in his trunk?

It appears that Roth was doing home abortions and being paid in stacks of cash that were found tagged with the names of female patients during a search of his home. However, while Schuette’s press release inferred that this is exactly what Roth was doing, it is unknown why no criminal charges were filed against him for unlawful abortions.

Roth had been caught before doing dangerous home abortions. As a result, in 2004, he was disciplined and fined $15,000 then ordered not to perform abortions outside “an approved clinic/hospital/office setting.” (Details here.)

“I can hardly imagine the horror of someone’s loved one being subjected to a home surgical abortion by this quack,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It just sends shivers up the spine and makes me wonder why Roth still has a medical license.”

Now, pro-life activist Lynn Mills, who has long monitored Roth’s misdeeds, has obtained documents that show the state’s Board of Pharmacy filed an administrative complaint against Ojeda on April 25, 2016, for not reporting the theft of the drugs – including 82 vials of the controlled substance Fentanyl, some of which was found in Roth’s trunk. Ojeda also faces a host of other charges, including failure to secure drugs in a locked cabinet, keeping outdated drugs, and failure to maintain drug records.

Other shoddy practices exist at Ojeda’s abortion facility, according to the complaint. It notes that an investigator witnessed a registered nurse, who was employed by Ojeda, obtaining the abortion-inducing drug Misoprostol out of an unlocked cabinet and dispensing it to a patient without Ojeda’s authorization.

“This whole sordid affair has exposed the dishonesty and corruption that characterize Roth and Ojeda’s abortion practices,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Roth certainly cannot be trusted to obey the law. He has been disciplined many times, and traditional discipline has not worked. Meanwhile Ojeda is engaged in Gosnell-like abortion practices with complete disregard for accepted medical standards or patient safety.”

The administrative cases against Roth and Ojeda also reveal systemic problems with the disciplinary process, which is slow to act and designed to be as lenient as possible on offenders, no matter who is hurt it seems.

“Abortionists like Roth are trained by the slow and lax disciplinary process to be re-offenders. They soon come to realize that they will never suffer serious consequences for their actions. The fact that Roth’s medical license is not currently under suspension is evidence that serious reforms are needed in the disciplinary process in order to protect the public,” said Newman.

Newman recommends that both abortionists never be allowed to practice again, and notes that both deserve long stints in a state prison.

“The Medical Board and other authorities cannot take their eyes off Roth or Ojeda for one minute. People like them are proficient at modifying their behavior as long as they think someone is watching. As soon as they think the authorities have turned their heads, they will be back up to no good,” said Newman. “The only real way to protect the public from their dangerous and illegal conduct is to lock them up and throw away the key.”

Roth is set to appear in criminal court on July 1 and 7 for pre-trial hearings. Administrative cases for both Roth and Ojeda remain pending.

Additional information can be found in documents maintained AbortionDocs.org.

View Roth’s profile on AbortionDocs.org.
View Ojeda’s profile on AbortionDocs.org.
View Eastland Women’s Clinic’s profile on AbortionDocs.org.