DOJ Informs Operation Rescue that Neck-Twisting Texas Abortionist Referred to Houston FBI

PRESS RELEASE

Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice has informed Operation Rescue in a letter dated May 11, 2018, that abortionist Douglas Karpen has finally been forwarded to the FBI Houston Field Office for “any action deemed necessary” related to crimes that include the murder of living babies after failed abortions.

The case actually began in 2012, when four women who worked at Karpen’s Houston area abortion facilities contacted Operation Rescue with information that he was violating the law. Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue, received photos of large babies that one Karpen employee had taken at his abortion facility with her cell phone that workers said had been born alive then killed by slashing or twisting their necks.

On May 15, 2013, Operation Rescue released a report along with the photos that supported allegations that Karpen was murdering babies that survived the abortion process. Other alleged crimes included sexual harassment and/or abuse of employees and patients.

That report and ensuing complaints prompted a grand jury “investigation” that declined to indict Karpen. Operation Rescue later learned that grand jury was tainted by improper communications between then District Attorney Devon Anderson and Karpen’s criminal defense attorney Chip Lewis, who were close family friends. Lewis later donated $25,000 to Anderson’s political campaigns.

Operation Rescue then forwarded the information about Karpen’s alleged crimes to the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives that was tasked in 2015 with investigating evidence that Planned Parenthood was engaging in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains for profit.

On December 7, 2016, the House Select Panel referred Karpen to the Department of Justice under former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for investigation and prosecution. In 2017, the House Select Panel renewed its criminal referral of Karpen to the DOJ under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Sullenger wrote to Sessions in August 2017, asking for him to open an investigation into Karpen’s alleged crimes, especially the allegations that he murdered babies born alive during abortions.

“The letter I received from the Department of Justice is encouraging. The photos depict wounds inflicted on those babies that could not have been done inside the womb. After having personally attended the Pennsylvania trial of Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering living babies after failed abortions, I knew we could never give up seeking proseccutions for Karpen’s similar crimes,” said Sullenger. “We are grateful for this new FBI investigation that has renewed our hope that Karpen may finally be brought to justice.”

Read the letter

Photos of Babies 1 & 2 by cherylsullenger on Scribd

Florida Seeks to Revoke Abortionist’s License After Felony Drug Convictions; He Goes into Marijuana Business

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tallahassee, FL – Operation Rescue has been informed by the Department of Health that a complaint it filed against abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV has resulted in an Administrative Complaint that could result in the permanent revocation of his Florida medical license or other discipline.

The Administrative Complaint alleges that when Pendergraft pleaded guilty to ten felony charges of possession to distribute controlled substances in the State of South Carolina on October 16, 2017, he triggered a violation a Florida statute that states such a felony conviction is grounds for discipline in Florida.

Pendergraft was arrested on October 5, 2015, during a routine traffic stop near Spartanburg, South Carolina, after 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. Pendergraft held no medical license in South Carolina.

He was initially charged with five counts of illegal possession with intent to distribute. A grand jury later added an additional five counts.

In a letter to Cheryl Sullenger dated April 24, 2018, which accompanied a copy of the Administrative Complaint, she was advised that a Probable Cause Panel of the Department of Health found that probable cause exists to believe Pendergraft violated Florida statutes and qualified for disciplinary action. This determination was made after it reviewed her complaint along with the investigative report and the recommendation prepared by the Department of Health.

Pendergraft has had his Florida medical license suspended at least five times. It is currently under indefinite suspension, but that hasn’t stopped Pendergraft from profiting from his abortion businesses and illegal out-of-state abortion and drug operations.

Operation Rescue earlier reported that the Florida Department of Health has revoked the abortion facility licenses of four of Pendergraft’s abortion businesses based on his felony convictions in South Carolina.

Of those four, Pendergraft continued to operate two facilities either illegally or under questionable legality. After Operation Rescue reported that the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center continued to do abortions illegally after its facility license was revoked and that a complaint was filed by Broward Right to Life, the facility finally shut down.

Now, ironically, Pendergraft has been converting some of his abortion facilities in marijuana distribution clinics — the very thing that earned him a felony conviction in South Carolina.

Michelle Herzog, an Orlando area pro-life activist, says that Pendergraft’s Fort Lauderdale location and his former Orlando EPOC abortion facility, both still owned by Pendergraft, are being converted to medicinal marijuana clinics under the name “Green Relief.” The website lists the physician at these marijuana clinics as Frank Rodriguez, who also currently serves as the primary abortionist at the Center of Orlando for Women and Women’s Center of Hyde Park, located in Tampa – both “former” Pendergraft abortion clinics.

The strong connections between the abortion businesses and medicinal marijuana clinics points to the very real possibility that Pendergraft is still in practical control of both businesses, which would be a violation of Board order for him to divest himself from the abortion businesses.

“We don’t want to see another license suspension for Pendergraft. He has proven that he has no respect for the law or the rules that apply to the practice of medicine in Florida. Repeated suspensions have done nothing to cause him to amend his ways. In fact, they have only made him more devious. This time, his license must be permanently revoked,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Pendergraft has a long and sordid history of violations and malpractice cases.

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, where he was unlicensed. His accomplice, abortionist Harold O. Alexander, had medical license was temporarily suspended as a result and later permanently revoked.

Operation Rescue also published a video taken by Herzog showing Pendergraft sneaking in the back door of his now-closed 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 2011, 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.

He has also dodged paying over $120,000 in fines owed to the Florida Board of Medicine.

“Pendergraft richly deserves license revocation and to have all of his abortion facilities closed. However, he should be continually watched. He has proven that he is willing to go to any lengths and break any law to profit from killing babies. He simply cannot be trusted,” said Newman.

The disciplinary case will now move on to an administrative hearing where Pendergraft will be allowed a defense, or he could reach a consent agreement with the Medical Board.

Operation Rescue will continue to monitor the progress of Pendergraft’s disciplinary case.
Read Pendergraft’s Administrative Complaint dated 4/23/2018.

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.

Illegal Abortionist Pendergraft Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 5 Years Probation on Drug Offenses

By Cheryl Sullenger

Spartanburg, SC — Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV pled guilty to ten drug counts yesterday in a Spartanburg, South Carolina County Court stemming from his arrest during a traffic stop in 2015, in which he was caught conducting an illegal abortion business out of his vehicle and in possession of illegal drugs.

The ten criminal Felony and Misdemeanor counts include Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and LSD, Possession and Distribution Prescription Drugs without a Prescription, and Manufacture and Possession of Schedule I & II Substances.

Pendergraft was sentenced on each charge for varying amounts of jail time up to five years, but those sentences were suspended for time served. He was placed on 5 years of probation and fined a total of $26,342.25.

He was also prohibited from ever applying for a medical license in South Carolina.

Pendergraft was not charged with illegal abortions or practicing medicine without a license even though he has never held a medical license in South Carolina.

Upon his arrest on October 5, 2015, Sheriff Chuck Wright stated in a press conference, “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.”

Pendergraft operates four abortion facilities in Florida, yet his medical license is currently under suspension for the fifth time for substandard abortion practices and failing to pay the Florida Medical Board over $122,000 in fines and fees.

A felony conviction should provide ample grounds for permanent license revocation.

Pendergraft also was hit in 2011 with a malpractice judgement of $11,800,000, which creditors continue to try to collect.

Given his financial woes, paying the fines on his drug convictions may prove a difficult task.

The Florida Department of Health also revoked the facility licenses of Pendergraft’s four 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. However, those abortion facilities remain open pending an appeal. Pendergraft’s convictions should be enough to shut his businesses down for good, but that determination still lies in the hands of the court.

“Pendergraft truly belongs behind bars. Traditional discipline has never persuaded him to amend his criminal conduct. Even if his license is revoked and his Florida abortion businesses closed, vigilance is ever necessary, lest he take his illegal and dangerous abortions underground once again,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

Operation Rescue has caught Pendergraft operating outside the law before. In 2012, an undercover investigation found that he was operating an illegal late-term abortion racket at an unlicensed abortion facility in Maryland with the help of abortionist Harold O. Alexander. Alexander’s medical license was temporarily suspended as a result.

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 2011, 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.”