Double Trouble: Ambulances Transport Two Women in One Day from Haskell’s Dayton Late-term Abortion Clinic

By Cheryl Sullenger

Kettering, Ohio – Local pro-life activists have informed Operation Rescue that yesterday, December 11, 2014, two ambulances were called to Martin Haskell’s infamous late-term abortion facility, Women’s Med Center in the Dayton suburb of Kettering, Ohio.

The ambulances each transported one woman to a nearby hospital where neither Haskell nor his hired abortionists hold hospital privileges. Their conditions are currently unknown. Photos of the two ambulances, one showing clinic personnel attempting to shield a gurney with an umbrella, were provided to Operation Rescue by Bob Skovgard.

“This is the fifth medical emergency we have documented at Haskell-operated abortion facilities in the past two years,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is clear that the lives of women are being routinely placed in jeopardy by Women’s Med Center staff. The State of Ohio should move quickly to deny renewal of Haskell’s facility license and shut down this abortion clinic before further tragedy strikes.”

According to Ohio law, abortion facilities must maintain a valid transfer agreement with a local hospital to meet licensing qualifications. However, Haskell could not qualify for such an agreement. Instead, he has operated his Women’s Med Center, which does abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, on a variance granted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

Earlier this year, Haskell’s second abortion facility located in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville, was forced to close after he exhausted his legal appeals of an ODH closure order.

“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.”

Those problems persist at Haskell’s Kettering facility. Currently approval of Haskell’s variance renewal application is under review.

Haskell has a long history of medical emergencies at the Kettering facility, including one incident on August 16, 2012, where a 37-year old patient suffered uncontrolled hemorrhaging after an abortion.

Operation Rescue, along with local activists, are continuing to seek additional information about yesterday’s two medical emergencies.

Abortionist Brigham Ordered to Pay $420,000 in Legal Fees

By Cheryl Sullenger

Trenton, NJ – New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has been ordered to pay $420,000 to the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners to cover the cost of prosecuting him. That decision was made today at a scheduled Board meeting.

“It is our hope that all of Brigham’s assets will be seized and sold to cover this order, including all the equipment in his seventeen abortion facilities,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Given all the human misery he has caused over years of botched abortions and other illicit practices, the time for leniency is long past.”

Brigham’s last remaining medical license was revoked in August of this year after the Board found that he engaged in numerous violations related to a clandestine bi-state late-term abortion scheme that was uncovered when one of his patients suffered an incomplete abortion, ruptured uterus, and a pulled bowel.

Today’s order only adds to Brigham’s financial woes. Brigham has already been ordered to pay $140,000 in fines for his negligent and unethical behavior that led the Board to revoke his license. According to NJ.com, Brigham also owes the federal government $460,000, and a tax lien of that amount could force the Board of Medical Examiners to wait in line for payment.

In addition, because Brigham no long holds a valid medical license, his seven New Jersey abortion facilities should be forced to close since that state does not allow non-licensed individuals to hold ownership in medical facilities.

Brigham has a long history of criminal activity and disciplinary action can be viewed at AbortionDocs.org.

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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