Los Angeles, CA — The deaths of 12 women at a chain of abortion mills owned by California’s Edward Allred raise questions about the so-called “standards” of clinics affiliated with the National Abortion Federation (NAF).
Family Planning Associates, (FPA), the largest for-profit chain of abortion clinics in the world with branches in Southern California and Chicago, has been responsible for the abortion-related deaths of Deanna Bell, Chanelle Bryant, Patricia Chacon, Laniece Dorsey , Josefina Garcia, Denise Holmes, Susan Levy, Christine Mora, Kimberly Neil , Joyce Ortenzio, Mary Pena, and Tami Suematsu.
“Any other business that had 12 fatalities in a few short years would be out of business and the owners in jail,” said Operation Rescue spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger, who spent two decades sidewalk counseling outside FPA abortion mills. “The NAF wants women to think that their clinics meet some kind of safety standard, when the reality of the situation is that the NAF standards are a sick joke that have cost lives and continue to endanger women.”
The FPA chain is not the only NAF affiliate with a checkered history.
In Florida, a group of NAF abortion mills run by James Pendergraft has been in the news for shoddy conditions and at least two botched abortions resulting in live births. The State of Florida closed five Pendergraft mills last year citing “a flagrant disregard for the laws of the state of Florida and a willingness to endanger the lives and health of pregnant patients.” Two remain closed.
In Wichita, KS, Operation Rescue bought and closed NAF affiliate Central Women’s Services then documented the filthy and unsafe conditions discovered there. (Click here to view a video documenting conditions there.)
Also in Wichita, Women’s Health Care Services, the late-term abortion mill owned and operated by George R. Tiller has been under fire for multiple botched abortions resulting in emergency hospitalization and the abortion death of Christin Gilbert. The abortionists at this NAF affiliate have also been accused of committing illegal late-term abortions.
“Women need to beware of any clinic bearing the NAF stamp of approval. These are predatory operations whose substandard and dangerous conditions prove that they are more concerned about making a buck than about the lives and health of the women they see,” said Sullenger.
“These clinics only offer a dead baby and the risk of a dead or butchered mother in the process. We encourage any woman considering an abortion to instead seek help and support from abortion alternatives organizations listed in their local phone books,” Sullenger said. “If you walk into a NAF clinic, there is no guarantee you will ever walk out. That’s not a scare tactic. That’s reality.”