Pro-Lifers Make Strong Statement Against Unlicensed Late-Term Abortions in Bethesda

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – A well-attended press conference and candlelight prayer vigil were held by pro-life activists at the Wildwood Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where abortionist LeRoy Carhart had planned to conduct late-term abortions beginning yesterday.

Members of a number of groups and churches gathered to share their concerns that the facility was unlicensed and would be operating illegally. (Watch video from the press conference.)

However, after it was reported by Operation Rescue on Friday, October 13, 2017, that Carhart had not obtained an abortion facility license as required by law, his office cancelled all abortion appointments set for yesterday.

At the end of the press conference, Lauren Handy of Mercy Missions DC, announced that all abortion appointments were cancelled.

Chelsea Soulder, Carhart’s clinic administrator at his Bellevue abortion business, was at the Bethesda office yesterday where she denied that any abortion appointments were cancelled when asked by reporters.

However, Operation Rescue has proof on file obtained from an ongoing undercover investigation that abortion appointments were indeed cancelled, and that Carhart’s plans to abort babies of “advanced gestation” have been thwarted for now.

Local pro-life groups also leafleted other businesses and concerned pro-life supporters from around the nation called the Aubinoe Management Company, which manages the office building, and asked that they cancel Carhart’s lease. [Its number is (301)986-9070.]

“Every day that abortions do not take place in Bethesda is a victory,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We pray Carhart’s new late-term abortion business never opens.”

Operation Rescue is grateful to all the wonderful people of Maryland and Washington D.C. who have worked tirelessly over the past few days to raise the alarm about Carhart’s illegal abortion plans. Those efforts will continue until Carhart is out of business in Maryland for good.

Carhart Cancels Abortions After Operation Rescue Exposed His Failure to Comply with Maryland Law

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bethesda, MD – Operation Rescue has confirmed that abortion appointments scheduled illegally for today at an unlicensed late-term abortion facility in Bethesda, Maryland, operated by abortionist LeRoy Carhart, have been cancelled.

The cancellations came after Operation Rescue discovered the location of his secret abortion facility in Bethesda through an undercover investigation, then confirmed that the facility had obtained failed to obtain an abortion facility license as required by Maryland law.

Operation Rescue also learned that many of the appointments set for today included abortions in the advanced stages of pregnancy. The abortions were to begin today and terminate later in the week.

“We have successfully prevented Carhart from opening his illegal abortion facility in Bethesda today as planned, but we have only won the first round of what we expect will be a tough fight to protect babies and their mothers from Carhart’s shoddy abortion practices,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We pray this facility is never allowed to open.”

Complaints have already been filed against Carhart and his facility, AbortionClinics.org, Inc., with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Board of Physicians seeking enforcement of Maryland laws.

“There is no doubt that Carhart believes he can break the law without consequences. This time, he tried to pull a fast one and got caught,” said Newman. “We call on the Department of Health to permanently shut down his illegal abortion business. His attempt to conduct late-term abortions illegally is so egregious that we urge the Medical Board to revoke Carhart’s Maryland medical license permanently.”

Germantown Abortion Clinic to Close, but Will Carhart Open Another in Cahoots with the Window Well Abortionist?

The “Window Well Abortionist” has now been identified as Charlie Browne of Seattle, Washington.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD — News broke last week that Germantown Reproductive Health Services, a late-term abortion facility located in Germantown, Maryland, is being purchased by a pro-life group and must permanently close. Already the facility has stopped taking abortion appointments. Wednesday, August 30, 2017, is set to be the facility’s final abortion day.

The buyout deal, made with the Maryland Coalition for Life, also will shut down GRHS’s affiliated abortion facility, Prince George’s Reproductive Health Services, according to a posting on GRHS’s website, abortionpages.com.

However, late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who began conducting abortions through all nine months of pregnancy as an independent contractor at GRHS in 2010, has vowed to continue his late-term abortion business in Maryland and is attempting to locate a new facility, according to a fundraising blog.

“Due to efforts made by anti-choice terrorists, they have been able to raise enough money to buy out the [GRHS] clinic. For a few years, Lee has been trying to purchase a clinic in Maryland that will not only provide gestationally advanced abortion care, but also training future providers,” stated Carhart’s fundraising page.

However, false and incendiary rhetoric aside, his efforts to raise money for the new clinic have been an abysmal failure, with only a little more than $2,000 pledged toward the $2 million goal.

Carhart, who is 76, actually resides in Nebraska and runs his own abortion facility in Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha, which conducts abortions up to 20 weeks of pregnancy. It would be impossible for him to operate a full-time late-term abortion facility in Maryland without help.

That’s where the “Window Well Abortionist” comes in.

Earlier this month, Operation Rescue reported on an African-American abortionist who was arriving at GRHS for his abortion shifts by climbing down a ladder into the window well and entering the facility through the window. At that time, his identity was a mystery.

Local activists have now identified him as Charlie Browne, 54, an abortionist who operates the All Women’s Health North abortion business in Seattle, Washington. Brown was spotted just this week at GRHS wearing a false beard.

It is the word on the street that Browne plans to go into business with Carhart in opening a new late-term abortion facility in Maryland – possibly at another location in Germantown.

With big money to be made conducting expensive late-term abortions, which can cost thousands of dollars, it is easy to see why Carhart and Browne don’t want to see this lucrative income stream dry up.

“Everything is very much up in the air at this point. However, Carhart is well known for making public promises he cannot keep. Much of what he says is just empty bravado for the sake of the gullible left-wing media,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I’ll believe he has a new facility when I see it.”

For example, in 2009, Carhart was working at Women’s Health Care Services in Wichita, Kansas, which at that time was the largest late-term abortion facility outside Communist China. When that facility suddenly closed, he pledged to open his own late-term abortion facility within 25-50 miles of Wichita.

Carhart then told the media he planned to open a late-term abortion facility in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which also failed when the public flooded a City Council meeting in 2010 in opposition of his plans to kill babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy in their community.

Despite Carhart’s boasting, none of those plans ever materialized.

During his time at GRHS, there have been numerous medical emergencies, patient injuries, and even one patient death. Jennifer Morbelli died from complications to a 33-week abortion after Carhart had boarded a plane back to Nebraska. He was inaccessible to the family, who futilely attempted to contact him when Morbelli’s condition worsened. This delayed emergency medical care for Morbelli. The Maryland Board of Physicians ignored calls for disciplinary action.

“We pray that this unholy alliance between Carhart and Browne will never materialize and that there will be no replacement for Germantown Reproductive Health Services,” said Newman. “There has been more than enough human suffering there and it’s past time for it to end.”

Bizarre: Late-Term Abortionist Sneaks Down Ladder into Window Well to Enter Abortion Facility

By Cheryl Sullenger

Germantown, MD — As the notorious and aging abortionist LeRoy Carhart cuts back on his late-term abortion schedule at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, a mystery abortionist has been picking up the slack.

This man, who has yet to be identified, was caught recently in a video entering the abortion facility under police escort.

But that’s not the only way he has been seen entering the clinic.

Pro-life activists have seen him climbing down a ladder into the window well at the back of the office and entering through a window. This bizarre and unexplained behavior has been observed particularly on days that he comes in to do the grisly second and third trimester abortions.

Even more disturbing, local pro-life activists have told Operation Rescue that this abortionist does not use the same late-term abortion procedure as Carhart, who employs the Induction Abortion method developed by his former boss, George Tiller, of Wichita, Kansas.

The Induction method involves killing the baby in the womb with a drug called Digoxin, which is injected into the baby’s body. Afterwards, the woman’s labor is induced and she delivers her dead — but intact — child. The process can take 3-4 days.

However, the Window-Well Abortionist is said to use the Dilation and Evacuation method (D&E) on even the third trimester cases. Since he doesn’t use digoxin, this makes the aborted baby remains coveted by laboratories that engage in experimentation on fetal organs and tissues.

GRHS and LeRoy Carhart were investigated by the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, who were suspected of selling aborted baby remains. Could this be what is going on at GRHS today?

Needless to say, this dismembering of third-trimester babies also poses a much greater risk to women since bone fragments from such abortions have been known to cause serious injuries to the mother.

With the Window Well Abortionist’s identity unknown, there is no way to know his competency level with this dangerous procedure or what kind of disciplinary record he has.

Could previous discipline or even trouble with the law be what he is trying to hide?

Anyone who knows the identity of this abortionist is urged to contact Operation Rescue at info.operationrescue @ gmail.com or call 316-683-6790 anytime and leave a message. Anonymous tips accepted.

Photos and video courtesy of pro-life volunteers who regularly offer help to women outside GRHS.

Criminal Trial Set to Begin for Rolling Abortionist Pendergraft, While Florida Tries to Close His Clinics

UPDATE: Trial postponed until the week of October 16, 2017.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Spartanburg, SC – Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the picturesque community of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will be the sight of a criminal trial that will have implications on the future of a chain of four Central Florida abortion businesses.

James Scott Pendergraft, IV, was arrested on October 5, 2015, during a routine traffic stop. Sheriff’s Deputies found in his possession surgical implements that were covered in blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout South Carolina. He was also in the possession of illegal narcotics, such as marijuana, LSD, and drugs used to sedate women for abortions.

Sheriff Chuck Wright announced Pendergraft’s arrest without naming him, saying, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically, we got an illegal baby killer.”

Operation Rescue was soon able to identify Wright’s traveling abortionist as James Scott Pendergraft, IV, a high-profile Florida abortionist license was under suspension.

Pendergraft was not licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina, a fact that would later cause serious repercussions for his Florida abortion business.

Pendergraft was charged with five drug-related crimes. An additional five drug counts were added on May 6, 2016, after a grand jury issued indictments against him.

He is scheduled for a jury trial that is set to begin later this week. If convicted, it will surely spell the end of Pendergraft’s Florida medical license.

Spartanburg Co Court Trial Roster- Week of 7-24-2017-Hilite by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health revoked the facility licenses of four of Pendergraft’s abortion facilities on May 5, 2017. Those facilities are:

• EPOC Clinic, LLC in Orlando.
• Ft. Lauderdale Women’s Center, LLC in Ft. Lauderdale.
• Orlando Women’s Center, LLC in Orlando.
• Ocala Women’s Center, LLC, an Ocala abortion facility that closed in 2015.

The Florida Department of Health cited Pendergraft’s arrests as the basis for the facility license revocations. According to Florida law, criminal arrests are disqualifying acts, meaning that even an arrest without a conviction disqualifies the person from employment that requires licensure.

Pendergraft serves as Chief Financial Officer for each facility, which is considered an employee under the law. The abortion businesses continued an employee/employer relationship with Pendergraft even though it was illegal for them to do so, and therefore grounds for revocation of their facility licenses.

Pendergraft’s facilities were given 30 days to allow for the orderly winding down of the abortion businesses. However, the revocation orders have been appealed, so the facilities have been allowed to continue operating pending the outcome of the appeal.

Florida Abortion Facility License Revocation Order 5-5-2017 by Cheryl Sullenger on Scribd

Pendergraft’s criminal conviction would likely render that appeal a moot point, and force the closure of Pendergraft’s seedy abortion chain.

Operation Rescue has caught Pendergraft operating outside the law before. He was ordered to cease and desist his illegal late-term abortion racket that he once conducted in Maryland with the help of abortionist Harold O. Alexander. Alexander’s medical license was temporarily suspended as a result.

Operation Rescue also published a video taken by Orlando pro-life activist Michele Herzog showing Pendergraft sneaking in the back door of his EPOC abortion mill in Orlando. According to Herzog, the waiting room was full of abortion patients and there was no other doctor present at the facility, leading her to believe he was about to commit abortions while he was prohibited from doing so by the Florida Medical Board. Herzog called the police, but Pendergraft bolted out the back door and fled the scene before police could arrive.

In 2001, Pendergraft was ordered to pay a judgment of nearly $37 million in a malpractice case that involved a horrific medication abortion inflicted on a woman who was 22.3 weeks into her pregnancy. Medication abortions of the type she received are not recommended after 7-9 weeks of pregnancy. She birthed an extremely premature infant, who survived with serious physical and developmental issues. Pendergraft has dodged efforts by that family to collect on the judgment.

Operation Rescue will continue to monitor Pendergraft’s criminal case and his facility licensing case.

“Please join us in praying for justice and for the closure of Pendergraft’s horrible Central Florida abortion mills,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Pendergraft belongs behind bars, and we pray a jury will put him there this week.”