Confusion: Two Ambulances Called for One Injured Woman at Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood

By Cheryl Sullenger

New York City, NY – A police unit and two ambulances with lights flashing were dispatched on April 5, 2018, to Planned Parenthood’s flagship abortion facility, the Margaret Sanger Center, located at 26 Bleecker St. on the corner of Margaret Sanger Square in New York City.

According to an eye witness report, there seemed to be some confusion on the part of the two ambulance teams.

The anonymous witness told Operation Rescue that the first ambulance arrived shortly after noon and overshot the Planned Parenthood facility. It pulled over about a block away as a second ambulance pulled up to the abortion center and entered with a gurney.

Meanwhile, the first ambulance came back to the facility and paramedics entered Planned Parenthood with a collapsible rolling chair. This team was sent away empty-handed and soon left the scene.

While police looked on, the second paramedic team emerged from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility with a young Black woman on a gurney. Paramedics waited until her male companion joined her in the ambulance then sped away to a nearby hospital at approximately 12:39 p.m. with lights flashing. However, sirens were not turned on until the ambulance was about a block away from Planned Parenthood.

The reason two ambulances were dispatched remains a mystery.

“New York City is a political stronghold for Planned Parenthood. That has made it difficult for us to get any additional information on the numerous abortion-related complications that happen at this high-volume abortion mill. Our FOIA requests are ignored or returned with useless information about unrelated incidents. It is obvious that those in authority are covering up for the serious dangers that this facility exposes women to every day,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The women that go to this Planned Parenthood have no idea that pro-abortion Democratic politics is being put above their lives and safety.”

The Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood targets primarily poor urban women of color for abortions in the heart of New York City.

This is the eleventh medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue with the help of local pro-life activists at this facility since January 2017 – and the second one this year.

So far, there have been a total of 26 medical emergencies requiring ambulance transport at abortion facilities across the nation reported to Operation Rescue in the first four months of 2018. Of those, eight took place at Planned Parenthood centers.

Florida Revokes Four Abortion Facility Licenses, But Two Continue to Operate Illegally

By Cheryl Sullenger

Tallahassee, FL – The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has revoked four abortion facility licenses of abortion clinics associated with criminal abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV.

The revocations were effective on March 27, 2018. Facilities involved were:

EPOC
Ft. Lauderdale Women’s Center
Ocala Women’s Center
Orlando Women’s Center


The revocations were made as a result of Pendergraft’s October 2017 drug convictions in South Carolina. Pendergraft and a female associate were arrested near the community of Spartanburg on October 5, 2015. At that time, 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, who was never licensed to practice in South Carolina, was never charged with operating the illegal abortion scheme out of the back of his van.

However, Pendergraft pled guilty on to ten criminal Felony and Misdemeanor counts including 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.

Those convictions disqualified him from owning or operating any medical facility in Florida.

The AHCA filed suit to close Pendergraft’s abortion facilities. Pendergraft had appealed the revocation orders, but the court ruled on March 26, 2018, that the revocations should stand.

That should have been the end of it. It wasn’t.

While it is true that two abortion facilities had previously closed, others remain open for business under dubious circumstances.

The Ocala Women’s Center voluntarily shut down in October 2015. The EPOC clinic, which is still owned by Pendergraft through his 609 Virginia Drive LLC, has been closed for some months, supposedly “for renovations.” With the recent facility license revocation, EPOC cannot legally reopen at this time.

Orlando Women’s Center name change

The Orlando Women Center, Pendergraft’s flagship abortion facility, is one of the clinics that remains open. It has undergone a name change to Center of Orlando for Women. Pendergraft has transferred ownership to Denise Williams, who is reportedly an ex-wife and the mother of two of his children.

“This transaction is most likely a change in paperwork only. I suspect that Pendergraft will still be just as involved in the abortion business as ever,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, who notes that disgraced New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham employed the same tactic to keep his abortion businesses open after his medical license was revoked. Brigham, who could be in competition with Pendergraft for the title of “America’s Most Deceptive Abortionist,” remains involved with his businesses to this day.

The new Center of Orlando for Women applied for an abortion facility license and was granted it despite the involvement long-time Pendergraft employee Megan Clemente, who currently serves as clinic administrator.

But another major issue involves the designated medical director. The Center of Orlando for Women’s license application lists troubled abortionist Randall Whitney, a long-time associate of Pendergraft’s. However, Whitney’s medical license is currently under indefinite suspension for improperly prescribing controlled substances, making it legally impossible for him to serve in that capacity. Whitney also has a history of criminal patient abuse.

Ft. Lauderdale Women’s Center illegally operating?

The Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center’s license was revoked on March 27, 2018, and no ownership transfers are on record. Nevertheless, the abortion facility continues to conduct abortions – apparently illegally.

A complaint against the facility was filed on April 7, 2018, by Broward Right to Life, which says at least 34 abortions have taken place at the unlicensed facility between March 27 and April 7.

The complaint lists Planned Parenthood abortionist and part-time Pendergraft associate Harvey C. Roth as being on duty during the alleged illegal abortions. Roth appears to be related to the notorious Michigan “Trunk Abortionist” Michael Roth, according to research done by Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills. Michael Roth was convicted last year of three counts of larceny for stealing drugs and medical equipment for use in his illegal home abortion scheme after the stolen goods and the remains of aborted babies were discovered in his vehicle’s trunk following a traffic accident.

An investigation into the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center is currently underway.

Women’s Center of Hyde Park

One of Pendergraft’s abortion businesses not subject to the lawsuit is Women’s Center of Hyde Park, located in Tampa. Ownership was transferred to Denise Williams on October 28, 2010. Since then, the Women’s Center of Hyde Park has been fined seven times, primarily for failure to file termination of pregnancy reports.

However, the Women’s Center of Hyde Park is listed as one of five abortion facilities on WomensCenter.com, which boasts with verbosity about its founder, James Scott Pendergraft.



#ShutThemDown

As far as can be determined, it has just been business as usual at Pendergraft’s abortion chain since the facility license revocations were issued. The two facilities that were already closed remain shut down. The three facilities that operated prior to the revocations continue to operate today.

The two facilities that have opted to shift ownership – at least on paper – continue to be run by those close to Pendergraft, with the same staff.

The Center of Orlando For Women operates without a currently licensed medical director, and Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center appears to be operating illegally without a valid abortion facility license. Both should be shut down permanently.

“Pendergraft is one of the most deceptive and deceitful abortionists in the nation. We have long documented his illegal operations and efforts to evade the law,” said Newman. “There can be no redemption for these facilities. They will continue to operate in violation until the ACHA realized their deceptive practices and permanently prevents them from operating. Pendergraft and his cohorts have had a long run killing babies, injuring women, and operating outside the law. Enough is enough. It’s time to shut them down.”
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Note: Some of the documents used in this article graciously were provided by Liberty Counsel and Michele Herzog.

Abortionist Robert Rho on Trial for Manslaughter in Abortion Death Amid Media Blackout

UPDATE: Trial resumes on Monday, April 16, 2018! Watch for further updates.

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – The criminal trial of an abortionist, Robert Rho, who caused the death of an abortion patient in 2016, is currently underway in the Queens Supreme Court in New York. Although it is a case that should be of national interest, few people are aware of it. That’s because the trial is experiencing a complete media blackout.

The trial involves the death of 30-year old Jaime Morales, who reported to the Liberty Women’s Healthcare office in Flushing, New York, on July 9, 2016, for an elective second trimester abortion with clinic owner Robert Rho.

Rho thought that the abortion on Morales went without complication until staff noticed she was bleeding heavily in the recovery room. Rho determined that she required a second abortion procedure, but even that did nothing to control the profuse bleeding.

A woozy Morales continued to bleed and even collapsed once at the clinic. Even though she was too unstable to release, Rho discharged Morales to her sister, and they began the drive to the sister’s home in the Bronx. Along the way Morales fell off the back seat of the car and became non-responsive as a result of continued hemorrhaging.

Morales was transported by ambulance to a Bronx-area hospital where she was pronounced dead later that evening.

According to news reports at the time, an autopsy revealed horrific internal injuries inflicted by Rho during one or both abortion procedures he conducted on her that day. Rho had lacerated her cervix, punctured her uterus and sliced her uterine artery. Any one of those injuries would cause heavy bleeding, but together, they proved catastrophic.

Had Rho not released Morales in her unstable condition, and instead called an ambulance, she might be alive today, and Rho would only be facing the possibility of a malpractice suit instead of jail time.

A grand jury was convened to investigate Morales death and indicted Rho on one count of Second Degree Manslaughter (Reckless Homicide), a Class C Felony that carries a penalty of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Rho was arrested and booked on October 11, 2016. He entered a “not guilty” plea during his arraignment the following day and was released on $400,000 bail.

At first Rho appeared remorseful for his actions that led to Morales’ needless death. He surrendered his medical license and closed his abortion clinic. A speedy resolution to the criminal case was expected.

However, the case was marked by repeated delays. For the next eighteen months, Rho remained out on bail with scheduled hearings every three months.

It is assumed, but not confirmed, that a plea bargain was offered by Assistant District Attorney Brad A. Leventhal and rejected by Rho. A jury trial was set and now it appears that Rho is fighting for his freedom – an irony considering his victim, Ms. Morales, can never be freed from the grave where Rho put her.

Today, Rho’s trial before a jury of his peers continues in the courtroom of Judge Gregory Lasak, but no information about the proceedings is available outside appearance notices on the Court’s web page. The trial is expected to run through Friday, April 13, 2018.

“The trial delay resulted in the loss of what scant media attention there was in this case. We continue to follow it the best we can, but without being in the courtroom, it is impossible to know any details of the testimony and evidence, due to the media blackout,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “When a woman dies from a negligent abortion, it simply doesn’t fit the mainstream media’s pro-abortion agenda. It’s better for them to ignore it and act like it never happened. In a way, the media bears some responsibility for cases like this because they refuse to report on the true dangers of abortion.”

Operation Rescue has reported on this case since Rho’s arrest in October 2016, and will report on the outcome of the trial when it is known.

Possible Trafficking? Alabama Abortion Clinic Cited For Failure to Report Child Sex Abuse on 13-Year Old Girl


By Cheryl Sullenger

Montgomery, AL – The Reproductive Health Services abortion business in Montgomery, Alabama, has been cited by the Alabama Department of Public Health for failing to comply with mandatory child abuse reporting requirements, leading to concerns that a 13-year old girl may have been trafficked.

A recently released inspection report dated January 26, 2018, described the citations involved failing to report a pregnant girl who received two abortions at Reproductive Health Services within 15 months.

During that routine licensing inspection, two charts were requested for review for patients under the age of fourteen.

Alabama law requires that abortion facility staff report the names of all pregnant minors and their babies’ fathers, if the father is more than two years older than the minor child. However, if the pregnant minor is under the age of 14, her name must be reported to the Department of Human Services no matter the age of the baby’s father.

One of the charts revealed that in January 2016, a pregnant girl came to the abortion facility for informed consent information.

The girl indicated that she was in the 9th grade and said her date of birth was July 3, 2000. That would have made her 15 years old. There was no mention of the age of the baby’s father in the citation narrative.

A woman, described as the pregnant girl’s mother, accompanied her to the abortion facility, but did not speak English. The girl served as translator between clinic staff and her supposed mother.

However, on the date of the abortion, the girl returned with her birth certificate, which documented that her actual birth date was July 3, 2002, making her only 13 years old.

Despite this new information, the facility made no report of suspected child abuse as required by law.

The same girl returned to Reproductive Health Services for a second abortion in April 2017, at the age of fourteen. Again, there was no mention of the age of the baby’s father in the citation narrative, which would have been important information to determine compliance with mandatory reporting laws.

And once again, the abortion facility made no report of suspected child sexual abuse for the 2017 incident.

“Let’s call this what it is. A girl was raped at age 13 and no one lifted a finger to help her or save her from future rapes,” Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “It is clear that the abortion staff either didn’t care enough about that girl to report or they were actively covering up her abuse.”

Once the failure to report was discovered by the state health inspector, the facility’s “Director/Owner” hurriedly placed a phone call in the presence of the inspector to the Department of Human Services and reported information for possible sex abuse — two years after the fact.

The inspection report made no mention of any possible penalties that Reproductive Health Services might incur due to the serious violations.

“This failure of the abortion facility’s staff to report suspected child sex abuse in a timely manner subjected this 13-year old girl to additional sex abuse, as evidenced by a second abortion just 15 months after the first. A simple phone call could have prevented this suffering,” said Newman. “Given the sketchy information provided by the girl and her so-called mother, it leads me to wonder if this child was being trafficked. There should be serious penalties for the clinic, which must be held at least partially responsible for any crimes committed against this girl.”

Read the Inspection Report dated 1/26/2018.

New Documents: Planned Parenthood’s Sanitation Issues & Unacceptable Complication Plan Cause of Multiple Denials of Abortion Facility License

By Cheryl Sullenger

Springfield, MO – New documents have been obtained by Operation Rescue that reveal more about why the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) denied the non-compliant Planned Parenthood office in Springfield an abortion facility license.

Now it appears that the situation at Springfield Planned Parenthood is actually worse than was originally reported, and that due to numerous violations of licensing regulations, the DHSS has actually declined to issue an abortion license this facility three times.

“The Springfield office is run by the same people that run the St. Louis Planned Parenthood, which is considered the most dangerous abortion facility in the nation. It would be appalling to allow these incompetent people to run another abortion facility,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The serious health and safety issues at the Springfield Planned Parenthood, and the fact that none of the three abortionists listed on Planned Parenthood’s complication plan live in the Springfield vicinity, clearly supports the repeated Department of Health denials for an abortion facility license.”

It began last year when Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, which operates the trouble-prone Reproductive Health Services abortion facility in St. Louis, announced plans to expand medication abortion services into their existing centers in Springfield and Joplin.

A letter dated October 12, 2017, was issued by the DHSS to Janice Thomas, Vice President of Patient Services & Research, at the St. Louis Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood. That letter referenced an initial licensing inspection that took place on October 10-11, 2017, wherein 14 citations were issued for violations of six licensing regulations.

The DHSS letter stated, “The initial survey could not be completed as the facility was not fully ready to provide all patient care services in full compliance with all state regulations.”

Some of the deficiencies cited include:

• Improper medication storage that risked cross-contamination.
• Expired urine test strips.
• Rusty examination table in the ultrasound room that was missing laminate at the front of the table, exposing pressed board, which is an uncleanable surface.
• Improper decontamination of vaginal ultrasound probes, which were rinsed in the hand-washing sink and placed in disinfectant in an instrument soaking contained next to the hand-washing sink. The probes should have been placed in a bag and transported to the soiled utility room for proper decontamination.
• Lack of recent infection control training for two employees.
• Failure to conduct criminal background checks on half the facility’s employees.
• Sloppy and incomplete record-keeping on the credentials of all three physicians.
• Failure to have available required emergency equipment such as a suction machine and endotracheal equipment to ensure clear airways.

“Please respond in writing providing evidence/documentation that each of these items has been fully addresses/corrected. Only upon successful completion of the revisit process an ASC license can be issued,” the DHSS letter concluded.

A second letter from the DHSS to Planned Parenthood’s Thomas, dated December 21, 2017, reiterated the deficiencies found during the October 10-11, 2017, inspection and noted that no plan of correction had been received.

In addition, that letter informed Planned Parenthood that a new emergency rule regarding complication plans for “certain drug and chemically induced abortions via abortion facilities” had been enacted as of November 3, 2017. The Springfield Planned Parenthood was also not in compliance with that new rule.

“To date, your facility has not submitted a proposed Correction Plan. Since the facility’s plan is to perform only medication abortions for the time being, until your facility becomes compliant with that rule, the facility cannot be licensed as an abortion facility,” the DHSS letter stated.

Finally, on March 29, 2018, a third letter was sent to Planned Parenthood’s Janice Thomas regarding a proposed complication plan submitted by the Springfield Planned Parenthood on January 8, 2018. That plan was rejected for not meeting the requirements of the complication plan rule.

It is easy to see why the plan was rejected.

The plan was for a “Dr. Grebe” to provide abortion drugs in Springfield and provide emergency care in the event of an emergency “whenever possible.” Operation Rescue has learned that “Dr. Grebe” is actually 72-year old Terry Keith Grebe, who lives and works in Joplin, Missouri – which is one hour and 15 minutes driving time from Springfield.

When Dr. Grebe was unavailable, Planned Parenthood’s complication plan was for Dr. David Eisenberg to treat patients at Reproductive Health Services abortion facility in St. Louis, which is three-hours driving time from Springfield. Finally, if neither Grebe nor Eisenberg was available, patients suffering complications from abortion drugs would be sent to Overland Park, Kansas – two-and-a-half hours driving time from Springfield – to be treated by 76-year old Orrin Moore.

So what kind of care can women expect from Eisenberg and Moore?

During a failed inspection at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility last year, Eisenberg, who serves as Medical Director, was cited for failing to wash his hands between glove changes. When the inspector mentioned it to him, he questioned whether the handwashing requirement was a new protocol. [Documentation related to Eisenberg can be found on AbortionDocs.org.]

Moore has a long history of botched abortions, including the death of a patient, Dawn Mack, 21, and has been sued repeatedly for medical malpractice. In March 2016, Moore was banned from participating in KS Medicaid & KanCare, and was subject to administrative review. [Documentation on these and other issues can be found at AbortionDocs.org.]

“Additionally, the proposed plan fails to recognize the importance of the physician-patient relationship by providing for continuity of cane and ensuring communication among the physician who induced the abortion and all subsequent health care providers involved in treating the patient’s complication,” the letter stated.

Apparently, all of the deficiencies cited in the failed October inspection report were not yet corrected as of the writing of the letter on March 29, 2018.

The letter concluded, “Because the facility’s proposed plan does not meet the requirements of [the emergency rule], the Department cannot approve the plan. Accordingly, the Department cannot issue the facility a license until an approved plan is in place (and all other deficiencies have been corrected.)”

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is challenging the state regulations related to medical abortions in Federal Court. Hearings concluded on Friday, and a series of briefs on the issues were ordered. A decision on the case is not expected for some time.

Read the letters:

DHSS to Thomas, 10/12/2017
DHSS to Thomas, 12/21/2017
DHSS to Thomas, 3/29/2018