“Abortionist to the Stars” Botches TWO Late Term Abortions During 911 Emergencies in 2017, Records Show

By Cheryl Sullenger

Beverly Hills, CA – It appears as an upscale doctor’s office in the tony Southern California community of Beverly Hills. Photos of the interior of the office show lighted artwork on the walls and furnishings that would make a woman of means feel at home.

But appearances can be deceiving.

In reality, the Pro-Choice Medical Center, owned and operated by “Abortionist to the Stars” Josepha Seletz, is a very late-term abortion facility with a worrisome safety record.

Operation Rescue has obtained 911 records related to two medical emergencies that occurred there so far this year. Previously obtained records document at least three more such incidents within the past two years.

The most recent call to 911 took place on May 3, 2017. The recording indicates a 33-year old female had just completed an “outpatient pregnancy termination” and required emergency care for bleeding after the abortion.

“Patient had an outpatient pregnancy termination and we’re trying rule out a little bit of DAC at this point so observation,” the caller from the abortion facility said.

Apparently the 911 dispatcher did not understand the caller, because she asked, “Just in layman’s terms, what’s wrong with her, please?”

Finally, the caller clarified by saying, “She had a pregnancy termination, a fetal demise, a baby’s died and she’s been bleeding after the procedure.”

The fact that the caller indicated there had been a “fetal demise” indicates this was likely a late-term abortion.

The woman was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where Seletz holds hospital privileges.


Another 911 recording showed that a medical emergency took place at the Pro-Choice Medical Center on April 18, 2017, which sent another woman to Cedars-Sinai for emergency care that could not be provided at Seletz’s abortion facility.

“We are an outpatient surgery facility. We had a patient who had a second trimester pregnancy termination and that Dr. Seletz has ruled out at this time that it’s a probable DIC or she’s just bleeding with uh ya know, we’ve been observing her for a couple of hours but there’s no stop,” the caller explained to the 911 dispatcher.

“Two women within two weeks had late-term abortions that went wrong at Seletz’ abortion facility. These 911 recordings prove just how dangerous late-term abortions really are for women and how barbaric they are for the growing babies,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “They also show an urgent need to ban these horrific abortion procedures.”

Operation Rescue previously obtained Computer Aided Dispatch printout from three other medical emergencies at Seletz’s late-term abortion facility. Those 911 incidents took place on November 4, 2015; December 2, 2015; and June 29, 2016.

While those documents contain scant information, they do note that all three patients were transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is an indication they required further medical attention.

Seletz offers only one service at her Pro-Choice Medical Center, and that is abortion. She is one of the few abortionists in the U.S. who openly admit to conducting abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. She was trained in late-term abortions by the late Jim McMahon at the now-shuttered Eve Surgical Center, which once covertly offered late-term abortions in the Los Angeles area.

McMahon was the true inventor of the now banned partial birth abortion procedure, which he developed in secret by experimenting with new abortion techniques on his patients.

Seletz’s website boasts of her relationship to McMahon and her vast experience killing babies in the third trimester:

Since 2001, Dr. Seletz was the only physician at Eve Surgical Center (Los Angeles, California abortion clinic). She has more experience than any other physician currently practicing in California that performs abortions for maternal and fetal indications through the third trimester. Following in the tradition of Dr. Jim McMahon, she is the provider of last resort.

Even though California law restricts abortions after 24 weeks, exceptions allow Seletz to offer the high-end third trimester abortions for cases of “fetal anomaly.” Such abortions, which can be exorbitantly expensive, but Seletz admits to callers that her fees are higher than competitors.

Prior to 24 weeks, Seletz will conduct abortions on healthy babies for any reason without restriction. According to information documented by Abortion Free New Mexico, Seletz charges $6,700 for a 23-week abortion and $7,250 for abortions at 24 weeks.

In the third trimester, Seletz uses the Induction Abortion method perfected by abortionist George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas. This three to four-day procedure involves an injection of Digoxin into the pre-born baby for the purpose of causing the baby’s death. The woman is then prepared for the final step of the abortion, which is removal of the baby’s remains through dismemberment or the expulsion of the dead baby’s intact body through the process of labor and delivery.

However, such procedures are fraught with often-dramatic, life-threatening risks, which increase with each week of pregnancy.

“Ambulances are being regularly called to Seletz’s abortion business because late-term abortions are not safe for the mothers, especially when done in under-equipped outpatient surgical facilities,” said Newman. “Seletz knows that well, but continues to endanger the lives of her patients for the sake of profit. We can only expect to see more ambulances outside her Beverly Hills abortion business in the future.”

Read CAD printout for May 3, 2017 emergency.
Read CAD printout for April 18, 2017 emergency.

Read new report and watch a video from Abortion Free New Mexico: “BEVERLY HILLS, CA: PERFECTLY OK TO KILL AT 22 WEEKS, ABORTIONIST SAYS”

In Defense of Dismemberment Abortion, Texas Abortionists Condemn a Common Late-Term Abortion Procedure


By Cheryl Sullenger

Austin, TX – A trial currently playing out in an Austin Federal Courtroom has one infamous late-term abortionist claiming a procedure commonly used in his Albuquerque, New Mexico, abortion facility is too dangerous for Texas women.

Curtis Boyd, operator of Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, has joined several other Texas abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, Whole Women’s Health, and others in challenging a provision of S.B.8 that prohibit the dismemberment of living babies in the womb at around 15 weeks gestation or later.

The procedure, known as Dilation and Evacuation (D&E), is currently used in 95 percent of all second trimester abortions nationwide. It entails partial dilation of the pregnant woman’s cervix in order to introduce grasping instruments that are used to dismember the living child, which is too big to remove by suction aspiration method commonly used in first trimester abortions.

As might be expected, the abortionists immediately began looking for loopholes in the law. They decided that if a living baby cannot be dismembered, then maybe the law would allow the abortionist to kill the baby first prior to dismemberment.

As bad as that option is, the abortionists rejected it completely, and in so doing, made a strong case (perhaps unintentionally) against abortions at 18-20 weeks gestation and later.

That late into pregnancy, the Induction Abortion Method is often preferred. That method requires that the growing baby be terminated before the induction of labor. This is usually accomplished through the use of an injection of Digoxin or sodium chloride into the baby, then dilating the woman’s cervix enough to allow for the dismemberment or intact delivery of the baby.

In addition to Boyd, other abortionists who specialize in the Induction Method include Nebraska’s LeRoy Carhart, Colorado’s Warren Hern, and Ohio’s Martin Haskell, along with a short list of others.

The arguments made by the abortionists – including Curtis Boyd — against this multi-day process, could have been made by a pro-life supporter making a case against the grisly procedure. They make it clear that the risks associated with killing the baby prior to dismemberment is so bad for women that the only real option is to continue dismembering living children in order to protect the “patients’ right to bodily integrity.”

It never occurs to them that perhaps they should simply not kill the baby.

“It is a bit hypocritical for Boyd to argue the dire dangers of the Induction Method in Texas while profiting from that same dangerous procedure in New Mexico,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “These abortionists are willing to make any argument so they can continue to dismember babies.”

Interestingly, the term “dismemberment” is not used in the plaintiff’s pleadings to describe pulling the arms, legs, and other body parts off a living child. Instead, they call it “separation or disarticulation of fetal tissue,” as if that makes the barbaric process any more palatable.

But perhaps there was some shred of truth that slipped through in the dire descriptions of the risks involved in the Induction Method listed in the abortionists’ court pleadings.

They warn that Induction procedures take from “five hours to three days and are extremely expensive; entail more pain, discomfort, and recovery time for the patient. . .” compared to ten minutes for the D&E process, and create “physical and emotional burdens” for patients, including the “increased risk of hospitalization.” These are surprising claims coming from abortionists, who sound more like pro-life supporters making a compelling argument against abortion.

The Digoxin drug used to bring about “fetal demise” is fraught with dangers, and provides no benefit to the patient, according to court documents. Digoxin can bring about patient death if it enters the bloodstream. They claim that those who do use Digoxin only do so out of fear of being prosecuted under the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act.

“Digoxin can take up to 24 hours to cause fetal demise,” they complain. Often the first injection doesn’t work, requiring a second injection that adds another day to the procedure, increasing the “risk of infection and extramural delivery,” or delivery outside the clinic setting – something abortionists who conduct Induction Abortions are actually reticent to admit.

Interview with a woman who had an Induction Abortion

Some abortionists use injections of potassium chloride directly into the baby’s heart to cause fetal demise, but the Texas abortionists complaint that is also is an unacceptable alternative to live baby dismemberment because it “requires years of specialized training and hospital-grade equipment,” (that the abortionists don’t have) “and can be fatal to the woman if administered incorrectly.” (Emphasis added.)

But perhaps the real reason the plaintiffs object to any form of Induction Abortion method is because, in Texas, such procedures may only be done in a hospital setting. That would take the profit from the more expensive second trimester abortions completely away from the clinics where the plaintiffs work.

Many Texas abortionists also lack the hospital privileges required to practice in hospitals, most of which refuse to allow abortions. That means, if the dismemberment provision was allowed to stand, abortionists in Texas would practically be prevented from conducting any second trimester abortions, which was the obvious intent of the law.

“If Curtis Boyd really believed all the horrible things that can go wrong during Induction Abortions, he should close down his Albuquerque late-term abortion facility that specializes in it,” said Newman.

Instead, Boyd’s late-term abortion business in Albuquerque has become the sole provider of aborted baby parts derived from second and third trimester aborted babies to the University of New Mexico. Both Boyd’s Southwestern Women’s Options and UNM have been referred by a House investigative panel to the U.S. Department of Justice and the State Attorney General’s office for criminal prosecution for breaking state and federal laws against trafficking in aborted baby remains.

Second trimester D&E abortion gone wrong at Boyd’s New Mexico abortion business

Illustrating how completely shameless Boyd’s Texas arguments really are, the Houston Chronicle reported:

In the second day of the trial before U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, Andrew Stephens, an attorney for the state, pressed the medical director [Robin Wallace] of Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center, a clinic in Dallas, to explain why the clinic had altered a form explaining the risks and benefits of an injection used to cause fetal demise. . .

In 2014, the form read that the abortion process after 20 weeks was made “easier and safer” by injecting the digoxin. In July, the same month the lawsuit was filed, that language was removed. The updated form also listed “toxicity” as a potential complication. The original form did not use that word.

Wallace denied the change was related to the lawsuit, and said the clinic was in the process of changing all the consent forms so that they were concise and easier to read.

“That’s just one of them that was changed at the time, and it was not at all prompted by this lawsuit,” she said.

The state contends this is a significant point because the injection’s safety and efficacy are a key issue in the lawsuit.

It is true that the Induction Abortion method is extremely dangerous, as evidenced by a number of documented patient deaths from complications to that method, including:

Keisha Adkins, 23, died from a late four-day Induction abortion after she developed a raging infection that caused a clotting disorder resulting in hemorrhaging. Ironically, this abortion took place at Curtis Boyd’s Albuquerque abortion business, Southwestern Women’s Options.
Jennifer Morbelli, 29, died in 2013 from an embolism that was a complication from a 33-week Induction abortion conducted by LeRoy Carhart in Maryland.
Christin Gilbert, 19, who died in 2005 from complications to a 29-week abortion done by LeRoy Carhart. Gilbert had delivered her dead baby in the back of her parent’s vehicle on the way back to the Wichita, Kansas, where she succumbed to cardiac arrest and sepsis.

However, the D&E procedure hardly has a better track record. Documented deaths from complications to the D&E procedure include:

Jaimie Morales, 30, who bled to death in 2016 after an abortionist inflicted serious internal injuries during an D&E procedure in New York. Her injuries were so horrific that her abortionist, Robert Rho, was charged with manslaughter for her death.
Lakisha Wilson, 22, hemorrhaged from a botched D&E abortion in 2014. She was not breathing and unresponsive at Preterm in Cleveland, Ohio, by the time clinic staff called 911 for help.
Tonya Reaves, 24, died from complications to a 16-week abortion done at a Chicago Planned Parenthood in 2012. She suffered internal injuries and slowly bled to death.
Alexandria Nunez, 37, bled to death on the abortion table from internal injuries suffered during a 16-17 week D&E abortion in New York City. Her abortionist, Robert Hosty, was stripped of his medical license as a result.

“Abortionists are well aware of the serious dangers to patients for both the Induction and D&E abortion methods, yet they continue to subject women to these life-threatening risks because, for them, it’s always better to kill a child than find alternatives that would spare both the baby and the mother,” said Newman. “For some, it’s all about the money. For others, it’s all about the killing. In both cases, those who engage in these barbaric procedures can claim no noble reason for chopping babies and their mothers.”

For pro-life supporters, it is important to remember that Planned Parenthood, Whole Women’s Health, Curtis Boyd, and others made these arguments about the life-threatening dangers and emotional toll of Induction Abortions, so the next time abortionists try to claim the process is the best thing for women, they can be reminded of their hypocrisy.

The case is scheduled to end today with a ruling from Judge Yeakel expected by the end of the month. Yeakel previously struck down another Texas abortion law, H.B.2, in 2013. That ruling was later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, Yeakel rules on S.B.8’s dismemberment abortion provision, it is expected that his decision will be appealed.

Read the full complaint in Whole Women’s Health, et al v. Paxton, et al

Press Conference, Rally, and Candlelight Prayer Vigil, Aim to Expose Illegal Late-term Abortion Facility in Bethesda

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD — This week, Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart plans to begin offering “advanced gestation” abortions at an illegal abortion facility, AbortionClinics.org, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. However, that opening, set for October 17, 2017, will be met with a strong and unified pro-life response.

A press conference and rally, sponsored by the Maryland Coalition for Life and a group of activists with the @StopCarhart coalition, will be held on opening day at noon on the sidewalk outside the new office located at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814. [Click for more info.]

Later that evening, a Candlelight Prayer Vigil will also be held outside the new abortion business at 6:30 p.m. [Click for more info.]

Operation Rescue, which discovered the address of the secretive facility through an undercover investigation and verified that it has no license to conduct abortions, will provide a written statement to be read at the press conference.

Operation Rescue has since confirmed that Carhart’s new late-term abortion facility has no lab certification that would allow it to conduct routine lab testing, which is necessary for the kind of abortions late in pregnancy that Carhart plans to conduct there.

Operation Rescue has filed complaints with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Board of Physicians concerning the illegal abortion facility.

“We are praying that since Carhart’s plan to conduct illegal abortions at a secret facility in Maryland have been exposed, that he will think twice about opening up this week,” said Newman. “In the case he does open, we will be working hard to persuade the authorities to enforce Maryland laws.”

Take Action!

Please contact Carhart’s new landlord for his illegal abortion office at the Wildwood Medical Center, Aubinoe Management Company at (301)986-9070. Please respectfully inform them that AbortionClinics.org, Inc., is an unlicensed, illegal late-term abortion facility, and ask that Carhart’s lease be terminated immediately.

Carhart to Open New Late-Term Abortion Facility in Maryland Next Week

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has learned that Nebraska’s late-term abortionist, LeRoy Carhart, has secured a new office in Bethesda, Maryland, and plans to continue conducting abortions on babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Operation Rescue’s researchers conducted an undercover investigation to locate the secret new abortion facility, which is going by the name AbortionClinics.org, Inc. It is located in a multi-tenant medical building at 10401 Old Georgetown Road Suite 104, Bethesda, MD 20814.

The new abortion business plans to begin abortions the week of October 16, 2017.

“There will be pro-life advocates outside this facility when it opens next week. This neighborhood is about to be in for a real surprise when they realize one of the most notorious late-term abortionists in the nation will be conducting highly unpopular late-second and third trimester abortions in their neighborhood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

Carhart was forced to relocate after the Maryland Coalition for Life bought and closed Germantown Reproductive Health Services in Germantown, Maryland, where he previously worked as an independent contractor.

During the nearly seven years Carhart conducted late-term abortions in Germantown, at least ten women were rushed to hospital emergency rooms by ambulance suffering from life-threatening complications to the risky abortion procedures. At one woman, Jennifer Morbelli, died from complications to a 33-week abortion.

Carhart has no admitting privileges at any hospital, and hasn’t since 1982.

“We want to warn the public of the dangers women face during abortions done by Carhart, and encourage pro-life activists to maintain a vigil outside this new late-term abortion facility,” said Newman.

The opening of this new late-term abortion facility provides new urgency for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that now languishes in the U.S. Senate. This legislation, if passed, would protect pre-born babies at twenty weeks gestation and later, which are specifically targeted for abortion by Carhart’s Maryland abortion business. If passed, it’s doubtful if Carhart will be able to stay in business in Maryland, since the later abortions are expensive and highly profitable.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

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U.S. House Vote On 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Set for Today

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 36, the 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

If enacted, the bill would ban abortions at 20 weeks gestation and later because of the barbarity of dismembering or otherwise ending the life of a baby in the womb that can feel pain.

“We have been advocating for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act since Nebraska passed similar legislation in 2009,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This new law may not end abortion, but it will end some abortions and will save thousands of lives.”

In 2009, Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart was looking for a new place to conduct late-second and third trimester abortions after the Wichita, Kansas, abortion facility where he had worked closed. Carhart vowed to take his late-term abortion business to his home state of Nebraska, but the state legislature blocked his plans with the passage of the popular 20-week abortion ban later that year.

After grisly revelations surfaced during the 2013 abortion/murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was aborting late-second and third trimester babies alive only to murder them by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors, Rep. Trent Franks led the effort to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act nationally.

In 2015, Newman was arrested along with seven other pro-life leaders during a peaceful sin-in at former House Speaker John Boehner’s office in protest of Boehner’s incessant delays in bringing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to a vote.

The House is expected to pass the measure, and send it on to the Senate where its future is less certain since it will take 60 votes to pass the Senate.

Pres. Donald Trump, in keeping a campaign promise, has already announced he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

According to a Quinnipiac Poll, 60% of Americans support federal legislation limiting abortions after 20 weeks, while only 33% oppose.

“There is no reason for the vote on the 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to be merely a ‘show vote’ that ends up dying in the Senate’s quicksand. The vast majority of the American people support this life-saving legislation, and Democrats should come on board in support, especially if they are up for re-election in 2018,” said Newman. “Late-term abortions are so unpopular that vote against this bill could induce political suicide next year.”

Please contact your Representative now and voice support for H.R. 36, the 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (Please contact them right now. Debate is set to begin at Noon, Eastern time.)

Contact your U.S. Representative.

Also, please start putting pressure on your Senators now, since they will also be voting soon on H.B. 36!

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