Ohio Department of Health Revokes Late-term Abortion Facility’s Operating License

The Department of Health has revoked the facility license for the Women's Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dayton, OH.

The Department of Health has revoked the facility license for the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility in Dayton, OH.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Dayton, OH – The Ohio Department of Health has revoked the Ambulatory Surgical Center license of the Women’s Med Center, a late-term abortion facility located in Dayton, Ohio, owned by the nationally known late-term abortion pioneer Martin Haskell.

Operation Rescue obtained a copy of the revocation order issued on November 30, 2016, which gives the abortion facility 15 days to halt surgical abortions. The facility also has the right to appeal within 15 days of the order, which the facility has already indicated it will do.

Once the Women’s Med Center stops surgical abortions, it will leave six surgical abortion facilities in a state that had twelve surgical facilities as late as 2013. These closures have resulted in a steady decrease in abortions in Ohio, according to the latest statistics.

The Women’s Med Center in Dayton is known for providing abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy using a modified version of the now outlawed “partial birth abortion” method that Haskell is credited in part with developing.

The Ohio Department of Health revoked the facility license after the Women’s Med Center failed to maintain a hospital transfer agreement, as required by law, and rejected a variance renewal application as insufficient.

Haskell had long operated on a variance that allowed him to replace the transfer agreement with an arrangement with local physicians who would provide hospital care for women who suffered serious complications from abortions. That variance expired in August, 2012.

An application for renewal of the variance was made on November 20, 2013. The Ohio Department of Health allowed the facility to remain operating while it took three years to consider renewing it. After a series of appeals and hearings, it was finally recommended that the Women’s Med Center variance application be denied and its facility license revoked.

Jennifer Branch, an attorney representing the Women’s Med Center, blamed the pro-life group Created Equal, for the variance denial. The Department of Health had required that four physicians with hospital privileges remain on call, but the facility could never get that many physicians to agree. Created Equal launched a campaign dissuade doctors from aiding Haskell’s abortion business that included post cards, public outreaches, and a large panel Truth Truck exposing those who had worked with Haskell in the past.

“We congratulate Created Equal and its leader, Mark Harrington, for the success of their campaign and for this great victory. Doctors will sometimes become tacitly involved with abortions as long as no one knows they are doing it, but once their participation becomes known, most physicians back away because they do not want their reputations tarnished by an association with abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “While we understand that a lengthy appeal process is still ahead, we are confident that the Women’s Med Center will eventually be forced to comply with the law.”

The need for a hospital transfer agreement was more than evident in the wake of several medical emergencies that have required emergency transport and hospitalization of Women’s Med Center abortion patients over the past few years. In August, 2016, Operation Rescue documented one case where a patient was given a late-term abortion without her consent before being transferred to the hospital by ambulance.

Another of Haskell’s abortion facilities, the Women’s Med Center located in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville, Ohio, also lost its facility license in 2014 after two hospitals revoked hospital privileges for Haskell and his associate, Roslyn Kade. At the Sharonville location, Haskell continues to conduct early medication abortions, which do not require a facility license in Ohio.

Abortionist Hern Publicly Responds to Subpoena with Wild Conspiracy Theories and Abusive Attacks on Select Panel


By Cheryl Sullenger

Boulder, Colorado – Late-term abortionist Warren Hern took out a full-page ad in the Sunday edition of the Denver Post to rant against a subpoena issued to him by the Congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives, which is investigating the illegal sale of aborted baby remains and other offenses. Hern described the investigation as “persecution” even though the sale of aborted fetal tissue for profit is a federal crime.

“Hern’s crazed and disrespectful tirade against the Select Panel’s investigation was filled with hysteria, abusive attacks, and outright falsehoods. In my opinion, it reveals Hern’s tendency toward megalomania and his fantasy that he is above the law,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Sane, stable people don’t act like that.”

In his published ad, titled “From Dr. Hern to Congress,” he first rebukes the Select Panel for not addressing him by his professional titles. In return, he accuses members of Congress of being “inhuman,” “callous,” and “delusional.” He chides them for using “vicious, despicable” and “grotesque” anti-abortion “propaganda term” of “abortionist” – a term many abortion doctors call themselves.

“Hern demands respect for himself, but fails to see his own hateful and hypocritical rhetoric as the verbal abuse it is against elected members of Congress. His rudeness and arrogance are beyond belief, and it is my opinion that his abusive attitude makes him a danger to the public,” said Newman.

Hern’s condescending and accusatory attitude was more than apparent throughout his published ad.

“Your clear and unabashed purpose is to obstruct women seeking abortions, to control their lives, and to crush physicians who help them,” he accused without basis. “You are using the coercive power of the State to impose your own religious and partisan beliefs upon those who do not share them. This is the antithesis of American society and constitutional democracy. We fought the American Revolution to rid ourselves of this oppressive, pestilential and authoritarian practice. Did you know that? Look it up.”

Many subjects of investigations throughout the history of jurisprudence have viewed legal subpoenas with disdain for obvious reasons, but to say we fought the American Revolution to rid ourselves of that important aspect of due process is simply not true.

The ad/letter expounds on several conspiracy theories harbored by Hern, many of which are truly eye-brow raising, and provoke troubling questions about his loose tether to reality.

Out of left field, Hern aggressively accused the Select Panel of attempting to deny women contraceptives, which is not a subject of their investigation nor the subpoena issued to Hern.

He complained that the Select Panel had deliberately instigated physical violence against him by seeking information for their investigation. “This is not some paranoid fantasy,” Hern wrote, indicating he possessed some notion of how crazy such an accusation sounds.

“You and your Republican Party are vigorously allied with a violent terrorist movement that threatens the lives of women, their families, and health care workers,” he wrote. “As part of this sham ‘investigation,’ your letter to me and letters to other physicians constitute a program of target identification for anti-abortion assassins.”

In reality, Hern has done much more than anyone else to proudly identify himself as a very late-term abortion provider. Most people would not be aware that he even received a subpoena if not for his full-page ad in the Denver Post. He also has been very public with his frequent interviews, television appearances, and newspaper ads identifying himself as a late-term abortion provider. He voluntarily participated in the highly-publicized documentary movie, “After Tiller,” which focused on his late-term abortion practice.

As for “threatening the lives of women and families,” no legitimate pro-life activist has ever harmed any pregnant woman, but Warren Hern has.

One recent malpractice suit filed against him by a former patient alleges a nightmare abortion experience where, after paying him $7,500 cash up front, Hern conducted a painful second trimester abortion, then failed to check to make sure the procedure was complete.

The patient suffered months of pain and complications only to find out that Hern had failed to remove a four-centimeter slightly curved section of her aborted baby’s skull. That bone fragment caused her considerable pain and anguish, along with the possibility that she will never bear another child.

Hern’s warped perception of the work of a peaceful pro-life movement that sacrifices to aid pregnant women and provide loving alternatives to abortion – acts that he considers “terrorism” — reveals how much Hern is deceived by his own fears and prejudices.

In his published letter, Hern finally launched into a political tirade involving unhinged conspiracy theories concerning the recent Presidential Election.

“You now have, with total Republican control of all three branches of the federal government, your Supreme Republican, Donald J. Trump, who has all the instincts and characteristics of a brutal fascist dictator. You have given him unrestrained total power. The rest of us will live in fear under his authoritarian regime,” Hern complains.

So the Select Panel on Infant Lives has now bestowed unrestrained total power on Mr. Trump? Hmm. Hern must never have heard of the constitutional balance of power that prevents any one person from “unrestrained total power.”

It seems that Hern’s definition of a “brutal fascist dictator” is based on his false perceptions that anyone who is pro-life is a “violent terrorist.” It takes very little imagination to understand that his own ideal leader would more closely resemble the “brutal fascist dictator” he says he fears.

After all his denial of any wrong-doing, Hern concludes his lecture by instructing the Select Panel that their subpoena violates his Fifth Amendment Right against self-incrimination. What might he be hiding?

Hern’s hateful missive is typical of “liberal-speak.” Anyone who disagrees with the Left is hated, disrespected, castigated, bullied, and demonized. Hern displays all that and more. But it is his condescension and disrespect for authority and the law are perhaps most troubling.

Some might call this an extreme case of “arrogance.” I call it “crazy talk.”

Read Warren Hern’s full ad below that appeared in the Denver Post on November 27, 2016.

Hern Ad Nov 27, 2016 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

[HT to Jo Scott]

Thankful: Late-term Abortionist Carhart Calls it Quits in Maryland!


By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD – Abortionist LeRoy Carhart will no longer be conducting abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health Services (GRHS), an abortion facility in Germantown, Maryland, that has until now provided abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

According to local sources, Carhart’s last abortions in Maryland took place during the week of October 30, 2016. He returned to GRHS on November 8, but stayed only a few hours, sending several very late-term patients home without abortions. He left later in the afternoon and never returned.

“The fact that Carhart will no longer be aborting babies in Maryland is something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We congratulate our co-laborers at the Maryland Coalition for Life for their hard work that has made this day a reality,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Carhart’s brand of very late-term abortions are morally reprehensible and very dangerous, having taken the lives of countless viable babies and two of this patients. We have worked for years to end this atrocity, and today, Maryland is free from the dangers posed by Carhart.”

GRHS, once among the few abortion facilities that would openly do the expensive third-trimester abortions, now offers them up to 19 weeks.

Carhart located his extremely late-term abortion business to Germantown in December 2010. This move was prompted by the 2009 closure of Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, where he also worked conducting third-trimester abortions. His plan to move his late-term business to Nebraska was thwarted by the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – the first of its kind – by the Nebraska Legislature in April 2010, which banned abortions at 20 weeks or later into pregnancy.

While in Maryland, Carhart’s risky abortions were responsible for the emergency transport of at least eight women to hospital emergency rooms. In addition, one of his third-trimester patients, Jennifer Morbelli, died in 2013 from complications to her procedure.

Earlier this year, a Federal lawsuit was filed against Carhart for a seriously botched late-term abortion that came close to costing the life of another one of his patients. He also faced the scrutiny of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives, which issued subpoenas to him and GRHS for documents related to the suspected trafficking of aborted baby remains and the deaths of babies who may have been born alive during abortions at the Germantown facility.

Carhart continues to operate an abortion facility in his home town of Bellevue, Nebraska, where he still does abortions up to 20 weeks.

“At age 75 and not in the best of health, we believe it is a great time for Carhart to retire,” said Newman. “We pray that before next Thanksgiving, he will make the decision to quit the killing business for good.”