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.

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

Dangerous Portland Late-Term Abortion Facility Sent Two Women to the Hospital in March

By Cheryl Sullenger

Portland, Oregon — An ambulance was dispatched for the second time in the month of March to the Lovejoy Surgicenter abortion facility in Portland, Oregon.

The Multnomah County EMS Paramedic Unit arrived at Lovejoy Surgicenter at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, as pro-life activists prayed nearby.

Photos from the scene were provided to Operation Rescue by Therese Ruesink of 40 Days for Life. The photos show abortion facility workers in blue scrubs attempting to block the view of pro-life supporters as a blonde-haired woman was brought out the back door and loaded into the awaiting ambulance.

Ruesink told Operation Rescue that other ambulances have visited the Lovejoy abortion facility on March 2, 2018, and on November 16, 2017.

“We know that there has been a recent change about four months ago in the abortion staff,” Ruesink explained. “Maybe their “new” abortionists are not as experienced. Why are there so many ambulances there lately?”

Ruesink intends to look into filing complaints against Lovejoy Surgicenter and seek and investigation into the recent medical emergencies.

“There could be something very wrong at the Lovejoy abortion facility, and we applaud efforts to call for a full investigation,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This clinic also has a documented history of sexual abuse of patients, so a thorough investigation into all aspects of patient care is needed to make sure this facility has not reoffended.”

In 2012, a former clinic worker filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Lovejoy after she witnessed another female employee molesting sedated abortion patients. The female employee also was known to expose her own breasts to other clinic workers and asked them to fondle her. The offender was eventually fired from Lovejoy.

Lovejoy Surgicenter conducts abortions through 24 weeks of pregnancy. Those done between 20-24 weeks (5-6 months gestation) abortions are three-day procedures, according to the abortion facility’s website. These abortions carry more risks, and life-threatening complications can occur that the outpatient facility is not equipped to handle.

However, there is no information about how far along the women were who were transported to local emergency rooms.

Abortion Facility License Denied to Planned Parenthood Office in Springfield, Missouri

By Cheryl Sullenger

Springfield, MO – The Planned Parenthood office in Springfield, Missouri, will not be doing abortions anytime soon. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has denied its application for an abortion facility license because the office cannot meet licensing requirements.

“This is great news that will save lives. When women do not have an abortion facility aggressively marketing abortions to them in their communities, they are less likely to have an abortion,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “We are very grateful to the Missouri pro-life activists we have had the privilege to work with, in addition to state legislature, Attorney General’s Office, and the Department of Health and Human Services that have worked together so efficiently under the current administration to protect women and babies from exploitation and harm from abortion.”

Offering abortion drugs in Springfield was part of a long-announced plan by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri to expand abortions into their offices in Springfield and Joplin.

So far, their plan is failing. In addition to the denial of license to the Springfield Planned Parenthood, the Joplin center’s application is still pending and is now in doubt for approval.

The Springfield license was denied because it could not get two ObGyns to agree to be on call 24 hours per day in the event of abortion complications. While Planned Parenthood downplays these complications, the abortion drugs can result in incomplete abortions that require surgical intervention. The Springfield center is not equipped to conduct surgical abortions, leaving women to seek emergency care for their abortion complications elsewhere.

The abortion drug cocktail has a rate of incomplete abortion requiring surgery of up to eight percent. Other complications include hemorrhage, infection, severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. The risks increase the later the gestation of the pre-born baby. Abortion pills are not advised after nine weeks of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood has tried to obtain an abortion facility license for their Springfield center since a Missouri Federal Court decision struck down the long-standing safety law last year that required abortion providers to maintain local hospital privileges. However, the Department of Health and Human Services instituted new regulations last fall to protect the safety of women left vulnerable by the Court’s decision. Planned Parenthood had so far been unable to comply with even the relaxed safety requirements.

There was good reason for these new regulations.

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri also operates a high-volume abortion facility in St. Louis that is known as the most dangerous abortion facility in the country. It has an abysmal safety record and has been cited for multiple health code violations over the years for serious issues including failures in sanitation and infection control protocols.

With the help of local pro-life activists, Operation Rescue has documented 69 medical emergencies requiring emergency transport to hospitals at the St. Louis Planned Parenthood facility. Complications have included perforated uteri, hemorrhaging, abdominal pain, seizures, stroke, allergic reactions, and more.

This has raised concerns that any new facility operated by the St. Louis Planned Parenthood organization will be run in a similarly dangerous fashion.

Planned Parenthood is due in Federal Court in Kansas City on Friday for a hearing in opposition to the regulations on abortion drugs, according to a local news report.

“For Planned Parenthood, abortion profits come before the lives and health of their patients,” said Newman. “They are willing to fight in court for the right to endanger women without consequence to their abortion business. That speaks volumes about Planned Parenthood’s predatory view toward women and their babies.”

Related: Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Expansion Plans May Be Fleeting