Bombshell: Houston Grand Jury Never Voted on Planned Parenthood Charges

Same Assistant District Attorney that failed to indict another abortionist in 2013 also directed the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt.


Houston, TX – Operation Rescue has learned new information, some published in a report today by the Associate Press, which indicates the grand jury indictments against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were likely in retaliation against Operation Rescue for filing a complaint against Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, which led to a grand jury investigation of him in 2013.

In fact, sources tell Operation Rescue that Planned Parenthood was never the focus of the Harris County investigation.

Josh Schaffer, attorney for Planned Parenthood, informed the news organization that “the grand jury never even voted on possible criminal charges” against Planned Parenthood, according to the AP report.

“No vote means no investigation,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue. “The people are entitled to an unbiased investigation into the serious allegations of illegal conduct by Planned Parenthood. That does not appear to have happened.”

Based on Operation Rescue’s 2013 complaint, a grand jury investigated allegations that Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen had murdered babies born alive during shoddy abortions by twisting their heads nearly off their bodies. Photographic evidence supported those allegations.

This prompted then-Gov. Rick Perry to call a special legislative session to pass a clinic safety law known as HB2. A challenge to this law is set to be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court this spring.

Chip Lewis, Karpen’s attorney, falsely accused Operation Rescue of paying three former Karpen employees to testify against him and of “doctoring” grisly photographs of babies Karpen had allegedly murdered, according to witnesses. Lewis threatened Operation Rescue after no true bill was returned against Karpen. Lewis told the Houston Chronicle, “Those responsible for bringing these wholly unfounded allegations against Dr. Karpen will be held responsible for their crimes.” He further threatened an investigation of Operation Rescue, which never materialized.

Lewis has tight connections to District Attorney Devon Anderson. He is a long time personal friend of hers and her now deceased husband, former D.A. Mike Anderson, and is the largest political donor to the Anderson family. It could be assumed that Anderson owes Lewis for his friendship and political favors.

Lewis told the AP that after the Karpen grand jury, he helped “soften the fallout” for Anderson in “Republican circles” by telling them falsehoods about Operation Rescue, who he wrongly accused of paying witnesses to testify against Karpen.

“I told them, ‘Don’t hitch your wagon to this. They’re crooks, and it’s going to be exposed,'” Lewis told the AP, referring disparagingly to Operation Rescue.

The AP article also noted that the same female Assistant District Attorney that handled the Karpen investigation also directed the grand jury that indicted Daleiden and Merritt.

Of that prosecutor, Lewis said, “I don’t think she forgot what she uncovered,” referring to bogus allegations against Operation Rescue during the Karpen grand jury.

Her bias, based at least in part on Lewis’ falsehoods, likely tainted the grand jury process, turning it against Daleiden because of his association with Newman.

“Because of Newman’s position on the CMP Board, I believe Lewis viewed the Planned Parenthood grand jury as an opportunity for revenge. Both the District Attorney and the grand jury prosecutor were unduly influenced by Lewis’ hatred of Operation Rescue,” said Sullenger.

Because the grand jury was contaminated by bias, Operation Rescue is calling for three specific remedies:

1. Drop all charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt or appoint a special prosecutor that is in no way affiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney’s office or Chip Lewis.
2. Empanel a new, untainted grand jury to investigate Planned Parenthood criminality under the direction of a separate special prosecutor also unaffiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney’s office or Chip Lewis.
3. Reopen the murder investigation against Douglas Karpen, with a new grand jury directed by another special prosecutor who is not affiliated with Devon Anderson, the Harris County District Attorney’s office or Chip Lewis.

“Anderson said that she would let the evidence take her where it would, and we say the evidence reveals an agenda in the District Attorney’s office, under the influence of Chip Lewis, to get even with pro-life whistleblowers who have reported evidence against abortion providers of serious crimes, including murder,” said Sullenger. “In order for there to be justice, we need to stop dipping from a poisoned well and seek unbiased people to push forward with investigations against the real culprits.”

Man Will Stand Trial for Murder After Lacing Girlfriend’s Pancakes with Abortion Drug

By Cheryl Sullenger

bolling-featuredWaKenney, KS — A Kansas man has been bound over for trial after a judge ruled last week to admit as evidence his confession that he laced his pregnant girlfriend’s pancakes with an abortion drug he bought over the internet.

Scott Robert Bollig, 30, will be tried on one count of first degree murder and one count of aggravated battery for causing Naomi Abbott to lose her baby on January 31, 2014. Bollig was arrested after doctors treating Abbott found misoprostol, also known as Cytotec, in her blood.

Abbott has wanted her baby and had refused his demands that abort their child. That fact qualified this case for the first degree murder charge.

Bollig had admitted to police that he gave Abbot the drugs hoping she would have an abortion, but challenged the legal validity of the confession in court. A judge ruled that the prosecution will be allowed to use it as evidence.

“This case sadly illustrates the little discussed problem of women being coerced or forced into abortions by boyfriends or relatives. Most of the time, these forced abortions take place at abortion clinics where women are not protected from those who are demanding they abort,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Ironically, if Bollig had dragged her off to the abortion facility against her will, most likely nothing would have been done to him.”

Newman continued, “This also shows how it is far to easy to obtain dangerous abortion drugs over the internet. More must be done to tighten regulations so that these drugs are not so readily available to any Tom, Dick, or Harry that has an internet connection and a credit card.”

Note: Name spelling corrected

Historic New Archive Documents Sensational Gosnell Murder Case Through Exclusive Operation Rescue Reports

Gosnell ArchivePhiladelphia, PA — Operation Rescue has published a permanent archive of exclusive reports related to convicted murder and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger was among the first to understand the importance of the case. She covered the story from the moment Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” West Philadelphia abortion clinic was raided in January, 2011, through his trial in April-May, 2013, to the 2014 sentencing of notorious case’s final defendant.

Her exclusive first-hand reports from the courtroom — well ahead of any national media outlet — prompted a Tweet-fest that drew national attention to Gosnell’s gruesome crimes. The impact of this case and Operation Rescue’s momentous coverage sent reverberations throughout the United States and has resulted in new laws that continue to close abortion clinics across the country.

“As the first anniversary of Gosnell’s historic conviction nears, it is imperative that the record of events be preserved. This historic archive, written exclusively from the pro-life perspective, is a crucial reference that gives us all a first-hand look at inside the courtroom. We pray this will be a useful resource for future readers that will ensure the important lessons learned from the abuses and corruption uncovered in Philadelphia are not lost to history,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.

The archive will be permanently available through a link on the home page of

View Operation Rescue’s Exclusive Gosnell Report Archive

Historic Archive: Operation Rescue’s Exclusive Reports on Convicted Murderer Kermit Gosnell

This is a permanent historic archive of exclusive reports produced by Operation Rescue on convicted murder, Philadelphia’s Kermit Gosnell.

Operation Rescue’s Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger was among the first to understand the importance of the case. She covered the story from the moment Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” West Philadelphia abortion clinic was raided in January, 2011, through his trial in April-May, 2013, to the 2014 sentencing of notorious case’s final defendant.

Her exclusive first-hand reports from the courtroom — well ahead of any national media outlet — prompted a Tweet-fest that drew national attention to Gosnell’s gruesome crimes. The impact of this case and Operation Rescue’s momentous coverage sent reverberations throughout the United States and has resulted in new laws that continue to close abortion clinics across the country.


  • Read the full Grand Jury Report
  • Read the Presentment (Recommended charges issued by the Grand Jury)
  • View photos of Gosnell’s victims
  • View the Gosnell gang’s mug shots and description of charges
  • Video: Evidence from Gosnell “House of Horrors” Trial
  • The Raid

  • Shop of Horrors: Abortion Death Prompts Raid, Grisly Discovery
  • “He Left An Arm And A Leg Inside Me”- PA Abortion Horror Highlights Need For Greater Oversight
  • PA Abortionist Deceives In TV Interview
  • Delaware Suspends Gosnell’s Medical License
  • PA Health Dept. Acts To Prevent Abortions At “House of Horrors” Clinic
  • Feds Raid Home of PA Abortionist – Seize Documents
  • Authorities Convene Grand Jury, Attempt To Close Abortion Clinic For Good
  • Justice is Coming – Or Is It? Abortion Cases To Watch In 2011 (OR calls for public pressure on Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to charge Gosnell just two weeks before his arrest.)
  • The Arrest and Aftermath

  • BREAKING NEWS! Philly Abortionist, 9 Others Jailed on 8 Counts of Murder in Overnight Raid
  • Not the Only House of Horrors: Troubled Baton Rouge Abortion Mill Has Disturbing Ties to Gosnell
  • Scandal-Plagued National Abortion Federation Cuts Loose More Troubled Abortion Mills
  • Exposing Abortion Corruption: A Tale of Two Prosecutors
  • Fifth Abortion Worker Pleads Guilty to Murder
  • One Abortion Clinic Closes, Five Others Stop Surgical Abortions Due to Pennsylvania Law
  • The Trial

  • Jury Selection to Begin in Murder Case of Abortionist that Snipped Newborn’s Spinal Cords
  • Abortionist Gosnell Rejects Plea Deal, Jury Selection Underway in Capital Murder Case
  • Prosecution Reconstructs Abortion Room in Court for Gosnell Murder Trial
  • State Inspector’s Horrific Discoveries at Gosnell’s Abortion Clinic Described In Court
  • Fight Breaks Out At Gosnell Abortion Murder Trial
  • Homicide Determination in Abortion Death Sparks Outburst, Anger at Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Aborted Babies Dramatically Testify Against Gosnell at Murder Trial
  • Gosnell Sister-in-Law Emotionally Testifies of Mongar Death, Disposal of Bloody Remains
  • Gosnell Employee: ‘It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place’
  • Exception or Rule? Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” Not So Rare
  • Gosnell Witness Recants Guilty Plea, Still Testifies of Abortion Horrors
  • Mental Illness Plagued Gosnell Employees Who ‘Snipped’ Baby’s Necks
  • Dead or Alive: Gosnell Defense Floats Theory That Babies were Dead When Necks Were Snipped
  • #Gosnell ‘Tweet-Up’ Grabs Attention As Grisly Murder Trial Continues
  • Carnage: Grisly Testimony and Photos of Aborted Baby Remains Dominate Gosnell Trial
  • Family of Dead Abortion Patient Give Tearful Testimony at Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Prosecution: Files Show Evidence of Illegal Late-Term Abortions by Gosnell
  • Powerful Testimony of Horrific Abortion Abuses Ends Prosecution Case in Gosnell Murder Trial
  • Common Abortion Abuses Reflected in Gosnell Abortion Patient Testimony
  • Shocker: Gosnell Judge Dismissed 3 Murder Charges, Five Remain
  • Gosnell Defense Rests Without A Witness as Judge Clarifies Murder Charge Dismissal
  • Impassioned Closing Arguments Stir Emotions in Gosnell Trial
  • Jury Deliberations Begin in “House of Horrors” Murder Case
  • Day Three of Jury Deliberations Keep Focus on Gosnell Co-Defendant with History of “Post-Traumatic Stress”
  • Defense Attorney in Gosnell Case Angry About Fox News Special, Judge Quizzes Jurors
  • Questions Abound on Day 8 of Gosnell Jury Deliberations
  • Gosnell Jury Hung on 2 Counts; Ordered to Try Again
  • GUILTY! Gosnell Found Guilty of 3 Counts of First Degree Murder
  • Sentencing

  • Gosnell Case Moves to Penalty Phase
  • Bill Banning Late Abortions in DC Expanded to Include All States In Response to Gosnell-Karpen Horrors
  • First of Gosnell Employees Sentenced to Probation For Perjury
  • Pro-Life Groups Demand Release of Gosnell Victims’ Remains for Proper Burial
  • “Gosnell’s Babies” Reveals Mental Illness Inside the Abortion Cartel
  • Gosnell Accomplice Steven Massof Sentenced in Abortion “House of Horrors” Case
  • Gosnell Post Script: How They Were Sentenced
  • More

  • Temporary Memorial Set at Gosnell Babies’ Unmarked Grave Site
  • Aborted Baby’s Autopsy Report Highlights Gruesome Details of Teen’s Botched Abortion

    By Cheryl Sullenger

    Elkton, MD – Operation Rescue has obtained the autopsy report of a late-term baby aborted by the notorious Steven Chase Brigham and Nicola Irene Riley in an incident that eventually led to the pair being arrested and temporarily jailed on murder charges.

    “This autopsy report reminds us not only of the brutal nature of abortion, but of the fact that Brigham is still out there operating shoddy abortion clinics that are endangering lives. That is an injustice that needs to be rectified,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We renew our call for the closure of every abortion clinic that is affiliated with Steven Chase Brigham in New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida, and anywhere else he might be operating nefariously.”

    The remains of were seized by police during a raid of Brigham’s secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, after staff of a local hospital reported that Brigham and Riley engaged in strange, evasive behavior while attempting to deliver to the emergency room a seriously injured 18-year old abortion patient, known as D.B.

    The police raided Brigham’s mill and discovered a bloody freezer that contained the partial remains of D.B’s baby, who we are calling Baby B., along with 33 other sets of remains from late-term babies – one as old as 36 weeks. All were aborted illegally by Brigham, who was never licensed in Maryland, and Riley, a Utah abortionist who at that time had only two weeks experience in the more risky late-term abortions.

    “Fragmented” remains of African-American baby

    The body parts that were submitted for autopsy were produced to Maryland’s Chief Medical Examiner, David R. Fowler, in a small “Hefty Ziploc” plastic bag, which contained the partial fragmented body and placenta of D.B.’s aborted baby. Markings on the bag indicated the baby was 21.5 weeks gestation with a total clinical weight of 132 grams.

    External examination during the autopsy found that the remains were that of an African-American fetus whose sex could not be determined from the fragmented remains.

    Measurements and gestational age

    Measurements of feet and long bones were used to determine the baby’s actual gestational age. Foot length measurement was “consistent with 21-25.2 weeks gestation” while long bone measurements “corresponded to an estimated gestational age of 25.2 weeks.”

    These measurements indicate that Baby B. was likely a full month older than Brigham had diagnosed. A baby at 25.2 weeks weighs about two pounds and is considered “viable” or capable of living outside the womb if birthed prematurely.

    Brutality of abortion

    The autopsy report further noted that the medical examiner’s “investigation showed that this partial fetus was delivered by therapeutic abortion which resulted in injury to the mother and subsequent extraction from the abdominal cavity by C-section of the remaining portion of the fetus.”

    Records from Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, where D.B. was rushed from Elkton via Life Flight helicopter, indicate that a nearly intact fetus, missing only “its right arm and leg, and portions of its abdominal contents and rib cage,” had been pushed through a uterine tear and into D.B.’s upper abdominal cavity. Those remains were surgically removed at Johns Hopkins and were not part of the autopsy report.

    Illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme

    D.B.’s ordeal started on August 9, 2010, she went to American Women’s Center in Voorhees, New Jersey, where she was told she was 21.5 weeks pregnant. Brigham inserted laminaria to begin the abortion process then told D.B. to return the next day for the completion of the abortion.

    However, Brigham was prohibited from doing abortions beyond 14 weeks in New Jersey, which explains why he would sneak the women across state lines to Maryland, where there is no gestational limit, to finish their abortions.

    The next day, Brigham gave D.B. and two other women medication to induce their labors, then instructed them to get in their cars and follow him to another clinic. None of the women had any idea where they were being led.

    Botched abortion

    Once in Elkton, Brigham’s new hire, Nicola Riley, began D.B.’s Dilation and Extraction abortion with Brigham at her side consulting and training. At some point, Riley reached in with forceps for the purpose of further dismembering D.B.’s baby, and instead pulled out part of her bowel.

    After a chaotic discussion about what to do next, Riley and Brigham loaded the critically injured young woman into Brigham’s rental car and drove her to nearby Union Hospital without so much as an IV hook-up. At the ER, Riley and Brigham delayed care for D.B. by refusing to step inside the ER and instead calling hospital staff outside to talk to them. Incredulously, Riley identified herself as a physician “that works at secret clinic that performs second trimester abortions in town.”

    Sensing something terribly wrong, hospital staff notified the police, who later raided the “secret” clinic where Baby B.’s remains were discovered.

    The entire story of D.B.’s horrific experience can be read in Operation Rescue’s heavily sourced article “Botched Abortion Nightmare” first published on September 13, 2010, which is based on over 300 pages of extraordinarily sensational interview transcripts with Riley, D.B. and others, along with medical records obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.


    The fallout from this incident was dramatic and resulted in the suspension of the medical licenses of three abortionists, and launched investigations that spanned four states. News of the discovery of a multi-state illegal late-term abortion scheme shook the abortion industry and has resulted in new clinic regulations in Maryland that have closed a total of six abortion clinics, including all four of Brigham’s known sites in that state. In addition, the extra public scrutiny generated by this incident resulted in the closure of all five of Brigham’s Pennsylvania abortion clinics, including one in Philadelphia last year that he attempted to operate by subterfuge.

    Murder charges

    Because Brigham was never licensed to practice in Maryland, his participation in the abortions in Elkton was a violation of a criminal statute related to the unlicensed practice of medicine. The Cecil County State Attorney’s office determined that the deaths of the viable babies discovered in Brigham’s filthy freezer qualified for murder charges, since they were killed during the commission of a crime.

    Both Brigham and Riley were arrested in their home states on five counts of First Degree Murder and extradited to Maryland, where unfortunately, the murder charges were eventually withdrawn after a crucial expert witness unexpectedly withdrew from the case.

    Barred from practice, but not from profit

    Since then Riley’s medical license in Maryland has been revoked, her Wyoming license surrendered under threat of revocation, and an application to practice in Virginia has been denied. Her Utah medical license which was restricted after the botched abortion incident, is now restored. However, Riley has claimed that she is finished with the business of abortion.

    Brigham’s last remaining medical license in New Jersey has been on suspension since that 2010 incident. There has yet to be a final determination on whether or not the state will revoke that license after a disciplinary hearing was held in October, 2013.

    Nevertheless, Brigham continues to profit from his chain of at least 11 appallingly shoddy abortion clinics in New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida where he employs abortionists with frighteningly troubled histories who place the lives and health of women in danger every day. Shockingly, his Voorhees, New Jersey, headquarters, which was the first stop on Brigham’s illegal bi-state late-term abortion scheme, remains open.

    Christian burial for babies

    On November 15, 2010, the bodies of the babies discovered in Brigham’s bloody freezer in Elkton were buried in a religious ceremony at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Maryland. That funeral was presided over by the Rev. Joe Piekarski of Immaculate Conception Church, who was able to secure the release of the bodies from the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for burial.

    Nevertheless, there is a sense that justice still has not been served for those 35 tiny victims or for the countless women injured – and even killed – by Brigham and his cohorts over the years.

    “As long as Brigham continues to operate and profit from abortion businesses, there will never be closure. We will continue to expose this abortion criminal and demand enforcement until he is either behind bars where he belongs or permanently banned from any participation in every kind of medically related business – or both. Until that happens, the women and babies he preys upon will remain at grave risk.”

    Full Autopsy Report for Baby B