Joan Rivers Cause of Death Same as Dead Abortion Patient

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – What could the famous and wealthy comedienne Joan Rivers have in common with a poor urban black woman from Cleveland, Ohio?

Both suffered avoidable deaths during outpatient surgical procedures that share the same unusual cause of death: “anoxic encephalopathy” as the result of complications to a medical procedure. Anoxic encephalopathy refers to brain damage suffered as a result of oxygen deprivation.

Yesterday, a New York medical examiner released the cause of death ruling for Rivers, 81, who went into cardiac arrest after a throat biopsy and stopped breathing on August 28, 2014. She was rushed to a hospital and declared dead on September 4.

Wilson, 22, suffered cardiac arrest and stopped breathing after an abortion in her 20th week of pregnancy at Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland on March 21, 2014. She was transported to Case University Medical Center, where she was placed on life support and pronounced dead on March 28.

According to a USA Today article about River’s cause of death, “The death was classified as a complication of a medical procedure. The classification is not commonly used; more deaths are certified as homicides, suicides or natural causes.”

But there is a stark difference in the way the two similar deaths have been handled. The “medical complication” ruling was used to excuse physician culpability in Wilson’s death while River’s doctors remain not only under a cloud of suspicion, but active investigations.

Because of River’s fame and popularity, the public demands that those accountable for River’s tragic death be held accountable and the authorities are more than ready to comply.

Wilson’s abortionists, on the other hand, who are believed to be Lisa Perierra and Mohammed Rezaee, were quickly cleared of wrong-doing by the Ohio Medical Board – ironically just days after River’s death. An investigation by the Ohio Department of Health appears to have stalled and Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty has been reluctant to get involved.

“We don’t want to think that Lakisha’s race and social status as a poor urban woman of color has anything to do with the disparity in the way these very similar death investigations are being handled, but that appears to be the case. Add to it that Lakisha died during a late-term abortion, and it becomes clear that racial and political biases are allowing her death to be swept under the rug,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “In America, we are supposed to have equal protection under the law — except apparently when you happen to be a black woman at an abortion clinic. Then, killing you is not a problem.”

Operation Rescue uncovered Wilson’s death after obtaining 911 records that indicated Wilson was “not breathing at all” for about a half hour before she was transported to the hospital. A Computer Aided Dispatch Transcript noted “Patient Death” was involved. Operation Rescue then joined with state and national pro-life leaders in calling for a full investigation into Wilson’s death.

Operation Rescue continues to call on District Attorney McGinty and the Ohio Department of Health to hold those accountable for Wilson’s avoidable death accountable and give her the same consideration and justice that is being extended in the Rivers case.

“When abortionists get away with killing women during abortions, it only fosters conditions that continue to place the lives of women at risk. We simply cannot afford to ignore abortion-related maternal deaths and pretend justice has been done. Certainly no one would stand for a cover-up in the River’s death. We cannot tolerate a cover-up in Lakisha’s death, either, if we truly believe that all of us are created equal and deserve equal justice under the law,” said Newman.

Operation Rescue is urging the public to contact Cuyahoga County District Attorney Timothy McGinty and demand that he order a full, impartial investigation into Lakisha Wilson’s suspicious abortion-related death.

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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.

Ohio Board Lets Abortionists Get Away With Death of Poor, Healthy Black Woman

By Cheryl Sullenger

Columbus, OH — The State Medical Board of Ohio has stunned pro-life supporters by dropping all complaints related to the death of abortion patient Lakisha Wilson.

Those who filed complaints seeking an investigation into Wilson’s death at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility, have received form letters in the past week stating, “After a thorough review of the allegations, your complaint has been closed.”

“That’s just not good enough,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “A healthy woman walked into that abortion facility and was wheeled out dead. Someone needs to be held accountable for that so it doesn’t happen to someone else.”

Wilson, 22, received a late-term abortion at Preterm on March 21, 2014. Sometime after the abortion, Wilson stopped breathing, according to 911 records, and was transported to Case University Medical Center, where she was placed on life support and pronounced dead on March 28.

Physicians who evaluated the autopsy report for Operation Rescue, said it shows evidence that Wilson was not properly monitored after her abortion, a lapse that may have prevented her from receiving emergency care in time to save her life.

Preterm abortionist Lisa Perriera was seen the morning of Wilson’s abortion having been involved in a “fender-bender” accident in the parking lot. She appeared shaken when she arrived for work.

Also on duty at Preterm that morning was abortionist Mohammed Rezaee. Witnesses at the scene saw Rezaee leave Preterm and follow the ambulance to the hospital.

Yet, complaints against Preterm and the two abortionists were all dismissed by the Ohio Medical Board.

Preterm has a pattern of sending abortion patients to hospital emergency rooms for care that the abortion facility is not equipped to provide. At least three women have suffered life-threatening medical emergencies at Preterm since 2010.

“We don’t know how many women have been seriously injured at Preterm. If the patients were transferred to the hospital when there was no pro-life presence, we would have no way of knowing about them,” said Newman. “Camera-carrying pro-life activists who document such incidents outside abortion facilities do a huge service in exposing dangerous practices. They act as the eyes and ears for the rest of us.”

In addition, Preterm participates in the Ryan Residency Abortion Training Program. That program is funded by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, which is managed by the family of billionaire Warren Buffett.

This connection raises concerns that there may be an attempt to cover up the third-world-style abortion practices are being taught to hospital residents at Preterm, which targets primarily urban women of color.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Health still continues their investigation. ODH inspectors were at Preterm on April 2, 2014, when a coalition of state and national pro-life leaders held a press conference outside the abortion facility to demand justice for Wilson, whose untimely death left her young son

Efforts to obtain the report from that day’s inspection have been denied citing that it is part of an ongoing investigation.

“We are concerned that politics may be influencing this case,” said Newman. “We have a hospital with ties to the Buffett Foundation and a major hospital that carries a lot of influence. We have to depend on the authorities to be completely unbiased, yet time and again we have seen political pressure derail similar investigation into abortion deaths in other states.”

Newman referred primarily to a Kansas complaint that prompted investigation into the late-term abortion death of 19-year old Christin Gilbert in 2005, which was closed by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts before Gilbert’s autopsy was even completed. Operation Rescue obtained evidence that Sebelius had intervened on behalf of abortionist George Tiller, a major contributor to Sebelius political campaigns.

“We need the public to let the Ohio Department of Health know that people are watching this case. Public pressure is a way to hold them accountable to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation,” said Newman. “It would be all too easy for them to disregard the death of a poor urban black woman with no political influence in favor of protecting those affiliated with such powerful institutions as University Hospital and the Buffett Foundation. If that is what is really going on here, it is a travesty of justice that leaves other women at risk of suffering the same fate as Lakisha Wilson. We simply cannot allow this case to be swept under the rug.”

Please contact the Ohio Department of Health and demand that those responsible for the death of Lakisha Wilson be brought to justice.

Ohio Department of Health
Richard Hodges, Director
Phone: (614) 466-3543

Read letters dropping the medical board cases against abortionist Rezaee, Perriera, and Preterm.