Late-term Abortionist Carhart Faces Licensure Investigation in Nebraska

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE – A complaint filed by Operation Rescue against nationally known late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart over a recent string of botched abortions has been placed with an investigator with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHH).

“It was necessary to bring the Department’s attention to the fact that Carhart has caused eight medical emergencies in the past several months, including the death of one patient in Maryland last year,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The Maryland authorities seem unconcerned with the pattern of injuries inflicted by Carhart’s dubious abortion practices, but we were hoping Nebraska would be more receptive to protecting women from abortion abuses, and it appears that is now the case.”

In addition, last month Carhart’s only Registered Nurse, Lindsey Creekmore, had her nursing license suspended for two months for “a pattern of negligence” and unprofessional conduct in providing care for eleven abortion patients that “did not meet the acceptable standard of care for a registered nurse licensed in the State of Nebraska.” She delegated tasks that required a nursing license to clinic workers who were unqualified to perform those duties. She also improperly drugged patients at Carhart’s Bellevue abortion facility, according to disciplinary documents.

“Carhart is the one ultimately responsible for treatment his patients receive. If his nurse was routinely negligent in caring for patients, that should ultimately be Carhart’s responsibility. Add to that his culpability for injuring one abortion patient after another and we believe that makes a strong case for license suspension or revication,” said Newman. “We are hopeful that since Nebraska took steps to suspend Creekmore’s nursing license, this investigation will finally result in discipline for Carhart as well for posing a grave danger to the public.”

Recent medical emergencies that show a concerning pattern of abortion injuries at Carhart’s abortion facilities in Nebraska and Maryland include:

July 2, 2014, Germantown, MD: African-American abortion patient transported to hospital.
April 26, 2014, Bellevue, NE: Patient, 37, suffered from abdominal pain after Carhart had an “issue with the procedure.” (Video with 911 recording)
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.)

Late-term Abortionist Haskell Sues ODH to Circumvent Another Closure Order

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cincinnati, OH – Martin Haskell, a nationally-known late-term abortionist who helped develop the now outlawed Partial-Birth Abortion procedure, has sued the Ohio Department of Health this week for ordering his Sharonville abortion facility to close because it does not meet the minimum medical safety standards in Ohio law.

This suit comes just days before Judge Jerome Metz is set to rule on Haskell’s appeal of the ODH’s order to close.

In July, Magistrate Michael Bachman ruled that the ODH had the authority to close abortion businesses and ordered Haskell to shut down his Sharonville abortion business by July 10. Judge Metz intervened and issued a stay on Bachman’s order until he had time to consider the issues involved in the case. He is expected to issue his ruling on Friday.

“By suing the Ohio Department of Health for simply enforcing the law, Haskell appears to be attempting to hedge his bets in the event Judge Metz upholds the closure orders. It is a frivolous action meant to delay closure of his unsafe abortion facility for as long as possible,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Haskell truly believes that as an abortionist, he is above the law and has the right to ignore the same safety rules that everyone else must follow. His disrespect for the law and for medical standards makes him dangerous.”

“This abortion provider will stop at nothing to skirt the law,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, which is organizing a prayer vigil along with Created Equal outside Metz’s courtroom on Friday, August 15 from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. at the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in Cincinnati.

The pro-abortion group NARAL has also called for activists to protest at the Court during Friday’s hearing in opposition to the ODH’s attempt to enforce Ohio’s medical safety law.

For years, Haskell had been operating on an ODH-approved variance that allowed him to continue operations as long as he had an agreement with two physicians to provide hospital care for his abortion patients that suffered from complications.

sharonvilleIn January, the ODH declined to renew his variance out of frustration with Haskell’s unauthorized alterations to his agreements with an ever-changing list of troubled abortionists such as Walter T. Bowers. This placed Haskell in violation and forced the ODH to revoke his facility license and order him to close.

Bowers’ incompetence
was publicly exposed by Operation Rescue, which discovered that he had been banned from the practice of obstetrics in Kentucky after his botched delivery of a wanted baby resulted in a dead child. He was placed on five years of probation and settled a claim with the parents for $250,000.

“There is a history of problems with this particular ambulatory surgery facility and operator,” an ODH spokeswoman told the Cincinnati Enquirer in January. “The agency no longer has confidence that this ambulatory surgery facility will take necessary steps to operate in accordance with regulations.”

Operation Rescue has recently documented four medical emergencies at Haskell’s two Ohio abortion clinics, raising serious concerns for patient safety. In March 2012, Haskell personally placed a 911 call from his Sharonville clinic and was heard laughing at the dispatcher who offered emergency information.

“How many closure orders does it take to shut down an illegal abortion operation in Ohio? We urge Judge Metz to uphold the ODH closure order in the interest of public safety and rule of law. We also call on the court to dismiss Haskell’s most recent frivolous lawsuit against the ODH for simply doing their duty to protect the public,” said Newman.

District Attorney Disinclined to Investigate Ohio Abortion Patient Death

By Cheryl Sullenger

Cleveland, OH — More than four months after the avoidable death of Lakisha Wilson at the Preterm Abortion Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, there has been no action taken by the Cuyahoga County District Attorney, Timothy McGinty, despite repeated calls from pro-life groups for a criminal investigation.

Operation Rescue was recently tipped to the fact that McGinty has stated he is disinclined to investigate Wilson’s abortion-related death, prompting Operation Rescue to call on the public to urge McGinty to order police or perhaps his own investigators to look into why she died and who is responsible.

“We know that Lakisha did not need to die and that her injuries suffered during a late-term abortion would not have been fatal if she had not been neglected by Preterm staff. Clearly, criminal negligence or even manslaughter charges are not out of the question,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We don’t want to think that the District Attorney is ignoring the suspicious death of this otherwise healthy African-American woman, but it’s not looking good.”

According to her autopsy report, Wilson died of apparent blood loss that caused her to eventually suffer a heart attack and respiratory arrest, resulting in ensuing brain damage. Emergency 911 records revealed that she was not breathing for at least 27 minutes, and very likely had not been breathing for much longer.

The Medical Examiner ruled that Wilson’s death was a “therapeutic complication” caused by the abortion.

Neither the autopsy report nor the Medical Examiner’s determination of the cause of death spoke to the possibility of practitioner negligence or criminal culpability. Both were intentionally mute on those topics.

Nevertheless, McGinty is said to have cited the autopsy report’s silence on the criminal culpability issue as reason not to pursue an investigation, according to Operation Rescue’s sources.

Medical experts consulted by Operation Rescue indicate that before suffering the heart attack, Wilson would have first gone into shock, a condition that would have been quickly detected if Preterm workers had properly monitored her after the abortion. Wilson’s condition would not have deteriorated to fatal proportions if she had been treated in a timely manner. [Read more]

In addition to suspected criminal negligence, there is concern that Wilson was farther along in her pregnancy than was suggested by the Medical Examiner in her autopsy report, who noted that she was 19 weeks, 4 days pregnant at the time of her abortion on March 21, 2014 – just three days shy of Ohio’s limit on late abortions.

Yet, the autopsy revealed that there were no fetal remains for the coroner to examine. He was forced to rely only on the abortionist’s determination of gestational age as recorded in her abortion record.

Information supplied by the abortion facility must be considered suspect since there is ample documentation to suggest that abortionists, such as late-term abortionists Kermit Gosnell, LeRoy Carhart, and others, have falsified ultrasound results to avoid having to comply with late-term abortion laws. In addition, there is a large volume of documentation that proves far too many abortionists around the country — California’s Andrew Rutland and Massachusetts’ Rapin Osathanondh, for example — have been caught and disciplined for falsifying records in an attempt to conceal their responsibility for patient deaths and other misdeeds.

“It is common for people that commit crimes to try to hide the fact,” said Newman. “That’s why we simply cannot afford to take the abortion business’ word for anything.”

There is compelling reason to believe that Wilson was beyond Ohio’s legal abortion limit of 20 weeks. That information has been passed on to McGinty, but so far, it has fallen on deaf ears.

Those concerns, which cannot yet be discussed publicly, are certainly enough to warrant a few questions by an investigator.

“Illegal abortion, criminal negligence, and manslaughter are serious charges, and if this abortion facility is engaging in such criminal activity, those responsible need to be held accountable, especially since a woman’s death is involved,” said Newman. “We simply cannot allow Lakisha’s death to be swept under the rug without even a cursory investigation. Inaction on the part of District Attorney McGinty is irresponsible. It’s hard to imagine why he wouldn’t want a proper investigation, especially if it can prevent other women from suffering Lakisha’s fate. Certainly as it stands, if another woman dies from an abortion at Preterm because McGinty fails to act, part of the responsibility for that death will have to fall on him.”

However, despite his stated reticence to become involved, sources indicate that McGinty has left the door open for a possible change of position on a Wilson death investigation.

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

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