This Troubled Abortionist Can Only Make One of the Most Dangerous Abortion Clinics Even Worse

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bakersfield, CA – The FPA Women’s Heath abortion business in Bakersfield, California, has had its share of problems over the years, but now it is about to get worse.

Deteriorating patient safety is already an urgent concern at this abortion business. What started out in 2012 as one or two calls per year for emergency medical transport from FPA, has grown to seven documented incidents last year alone.

Contributing to the increased risks are the abortionists hired the FPA Women’s Health abortion chain.

For example, there was the “Playboy Abortionist” Alexander Simopoulos, a Beverly Hills based cosmetic surgeon specializing in female genital cosmetic surgery for celebrities. He once appeared in a television episode of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, where he confessed that most of his relationships with women are based on sex. (Women considering any treatment by him should stop and think about that.) He quit the Bakersfield FPA after several botched abortions caused his side job at the abortion clinic to become public.

Then there was Donald Clyde Willis, who presided over the seven emergencies at this facility in 2017, and another one earlier this year. Willis has known mental health issues and once tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide by shooting himself in the forehead. His personal problems were reflected in his sloppy work. Local pro-life leader Tim Palmquist believes Willis has permanently moved on since a tow truck recently hauled away his private vehicle that had been abandoned at the abortion facility for weeks.

Introducing Gorli Harish

Now, the Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health facility has hired abortionist Gorli Harish, an aging abortionist who worked for years in West Virginia, wreaking havoc on women and killing babies at his Kanawha Surgi-Center in Charleston, which shut down last year.

Harish’s West Virginia medical license profile shows him as a 1971 graduate of Mysore Medical School, located in Southern India. It also shows three disciplinary actions taken against Harish from 1993 to 2016, in addition to at least 13 medical malpractice suits, 12 of which he settled for unstated monetary amounts.

In 1993, Harish was ordered by the West Virginia Board of Medicine to undergo a “mini residency,” learn how to keep proper medical records, and submit to peer reviews after three women filed malpractice suits against him.

In 1996, surrendered his medical license and checked into an alcohol rehabilitation facility. Five months later, the West Virginia Board of Medicine reinstated his license, placed him on probation for two years, and implemented other restrictions, including meeting with an addiction recovery monitor and attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

In 2016, Harish was fined $4,975 for lying about having completed his Continuing Medical Education requirements. Instead of completing the required 50 hours, he had actually only done 1 hour and fifteen minutes.

According to Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, things are likely to go from bad to worse with Harish presiding over the operating rooms at this high-volume clinic that is already known as one of the worst in the nation.

“The fact that FPA can only hire the incompetent, perverted, mentally compromised, or addicted says a lot about the murky cesspool of abortionists they have to draw from,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Hiring Harish with all his problems shows that abortion profits are more important to the abortion business than women’s lives. Women of Bakersfield, beware!”

Second Abortionist Involved in Serious Nebraska Abortion Emergency Identified

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, Nebraska – It was clear she didn’t want to be photographed. When the most recent abortionist came to work at LeRoy Carhart’s Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska in Bellevue, Nebraska, she was picked up by another employee and rushed past pro-life activists with a book over her face.

But when an ambulance came for one of their patients on May 4, 2018, she came out on the sidewalk and watched the seriously injured woman was loaded into an ambulance for transport to a nearby hospital.

Now, with the help of local pro-life activists, Operation Rescue has confirmed that Carhart’s mystery abortionist is Major Shana Melody Miles, an Ob/Gyn who also practices at an office located on Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Miles is a 2012 graduate from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where Carhart also operates, a late-term abortion facility that conducts abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

While it is unknown what part Miles played in the May 4th medical emergency in Bellevue, unconfirmed information received by Operation Rescue indicates it was a very serious abortion-related emergency that left the patient in grave danger. Operation Rescue is attempting to confirm that information.

Miles has not been seen at Carhart’s Bellevue abortion facility since.

“We hope Miles has had a change of heart about participating in the business of abortion. But if she hasn’t, we will continue to pray for her to stop participating in abortions and instead use her medical skills to heal instead of kill,” said Troy Newman.

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Background: Butcher of Bellevue Strikes Again, But This Time, Public Recording of the Abortion Emergency is Blank

Warning Signs: What Robert Rho and Kermit Gosnell Have in Common

By Cheryl Sullenger

Queens, NY – Robert Rho and Kermit Gosnell were both little-known abortionists who ran abortion facilities that operated under the radar of regulators as well as the general public until their arrests and ensuing trials thrust them into the public spotlight.

But the two men have more in common that a shared profession and having worn a matching set of “bracelets.”

Both have been criminally convicted for killing women during late-term abortions that went terribly wrong.

Robert Rho pleaded guilty to negligent homicide on May 4, 2018, for causing the needless death of Jaime Lee Morales during a horribly botched abortion at his small Flushing, New York, abortion facility in 2016. Rho had unsuccessfully attempted to conduct an abortion on Morales in her 26th week of pregnancy in just one day. As a result, he lacerated her cervix, sliced a 7.5-inch gash through her uterus, severed her uterine artery, and deeply cut into the wall of her vagina. Rho conducted a second procedure – not to fix the severe internal injuries, but to conceal her hemorrhaging. With the business day ebbing away, he discharged her in an unstable condition and Morales died soon after.

Gosnell is best known for his convictions on three counts of first degree murder for killing babies born alive during late-term abortions at a squalid clinic in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But Gosnell also was convicted of the same crime as Rho – negligent homicide – for killing Karnamaya Mongar during an illegal late-term abortion. Mongar was overdosed by Gosnell’s staff with Demerol, a cheaper drug that those with fewer side effects. During her abortion, her vital signs began to slip, but Gosnell continued with the second trimester abortion without attending to his dying patient. When paramedics arrived, Mongar was found unattended on the abortion table, naked from the waist down, with her legs still in the stirrups – and in full cardiac arrest. Paramedics were able to temporarily revive her, but Mongar did not survive.

I personally attended the 2013 Gosnell trial (and even wrote a book about it), so I am very familiar with Gosnell’s attitude and behavior as well as the evidence and testimony during his murder trial. For Rho’s case, I relied on an observer, Lauren Handy, who attended ten days of the trial and relayed to me Rho’s actions and demeanor during his trial as well as details concerning the testimony and evidence in the case.

Of course, there were significant differences between the two criminal abortionists. Gosnell’s demeanor in the courtroom was serene and almost prideful. He had the look of a man who truly believed he had done nothing wrong, which was striking, given the horrific nature of the case. He never seemed troubled by the damning case presented by the prosecution and didn’t seem to care how long the trial lasted.

On the other hand, Rho appeared angry and impatient — even argumentative with his attorney, who he did not seem to trust. He wanted the trial over as soon as possible and seemed to resent having to sit through the proceedings.

But there were also a striking number of similarities. Both men operated in a reckless and criminal manner because them somehow believed that no negative consequences would ever come of their behavior.

This “above-the-law” attitude and conduct must serve as a warning. There are others out there that share these commonalities, and if they haven’t yet killed a patient, it is just a matter of time before they do.

Here’s a closer look at aspects that Gosnell and Rho have in common.

Erratic behavior

Testimony in the Gosnell case reflected he engaged in bizarre behavior at inappropriate times. For example, when police raided Gosnell’s office, Gosnell proceeded to calmly feed the turtles in the dirty tank in his office, delivered a dead baby from a woman in labor, and then sat down to eat his lunch while still wearing torn and bloody surgical gloves.

For Rho, his behavior could also be described as “bizarre” but in a much different way. Rho seemed impatient and paranoid. When and Associated Press reported sat down to speak with Lauren Handy, Rho interrupted and told the reporter not to speak with Handy because she was “anti-abortion.”

A photographer was tasked with photographing Rho and snapped pictures of him in the hallway outside the courtroom during one of the breaks in the proceedings. Rho approached the photographer and told him he could not use that picture because it showed him near the restroom door, then ordered the photographer to retake his picture.

During breaks, he openly argued with his attorney Jeff Lichtman about the cost of his defense, prompting Lichtman to tell him, “I don’t know what it’s going to cost. I’m just trying to keep you out of jail.”

At one point, Rho startled onlookers when he slammed his hand down on a table and shouted, “I’m stretched thin in my bank account!”

It seemed that Rho had much difficulty trusting his defense counsel and controlling his emotions and actions, which nearly led to a mistrial.

Rho’s most disruptive and shocking behavior came in his attempts to improperly communicate with the jury. While Gosnell would often try to make eye contact and smile at his jury members in an effort to connect with them, Rho would make faces and gesture to the jury in an attempt to influence them. These childish outbursts earned him a stern rebuke from Judge Gregory Lasak.

During a break in deliberations, Rho even approached a juror and tried to tell her his side of the story about one piece of testimony, which was completely outrageous conduct. The jury had to be polled to see how many others had heard his outburst or felt influenced by it. Luckily, the jury was allowed to continue deliberations.

Late-Term Abortions Past Legal Limit

Both Gosnell and Rho had no qualms about conducting late-term abortions beyond the legal limits in their states, which happened to both be 24 weeks. These laws meant little to either man.

While Mongar’s baby was determined to be 16-18 weeks gestation – well within the legal limit – other evidence showed he routinely aborted babies more than 30 weeks into pregnancy.

In the Rho case, Morales’ baby was determined by a forensic anthropologist to be 24-26 weeks gestation. This finding was consistent with Rho’s own determination that the Morales baby was 25.1 weeks gestation, or just into her 26th weeks of pregnancy – over the legal limit for an abortion in New York.

Unqualified Staff

Gosnell and Rho both maintained grossly unqualified staffs. None of Gosnell’s workers were properly qualified or trained. He employed one woman with just a sixth-grade education. Another worker was a 15-year old teenager. Both routinely administered sedation drugs outside Gosnell’s presence. Gosnell also hired two medical school graduates, but neither had bothered to obtain valid licenses in Pennsylvania. However, they conducted duties as if they were licensed physicians.

In Rho’s case, none of his staff were properly qualified or trained, either. He hired two women to work as receptionists, but soon had them helping in surgery and conducting ultrasound exams even though they had no medical background. One of Rho’s workers was tasked with taking vital signs during surgery, which she did not know how to do. When she reminded him of that, he told her to “just put down numbers” on the patient’s chart.

Corners-Cutting on Patient Care and Safety

In the medical profession, there are certain standards that physicians must adhere. Facilities must be clean. Medical records must be properly and completely filled out. For certain procedures, such as abortions, there are also standards that must be met. The standards are there to protect the patient from adverse outcomes or harm.

Gosnell operated his abortion facility as if he was the supreme lawgiver. The workers were taught that he was the doctor and could not be questioned. That is how he convinced his staff that snipping the necks of viable babies that were born alive during abortions was standard practice in every abortion clinic.

Rho also ignored patient care standards, a practice that led to Morales’ death, just like Gosnell’s violation of patient standards regarding anesthesia led to the death of Karnamaya Mongar.

Rho’s attempt to conduct a nearly 26-week abortion in one day violated one of those standards. Cinching Morales’ cervix shut to hide the internal hemorrhaging instead of calling an ambulance was another. When Rho released Morales in a semi-conscious, unresponsive state, Dr. Arup De, an expert in anesthesiology, testified that Rho had violated patient care standards.

The utter disregard for the most basic care required made both of these men extremely dangerous and led to the deaths of Mongar and Morales.

Apathy About Fixing Mistakes

Kermit Gosnell didn’t do much for Karnamaya Mongar when she went into respiratory distress, which led to cardiac arrest. He performed no CPR. He simply walked away. When paramedics arrived, Gosnell had moved on from Mongar and was unhelpful to those who were trying to save his patient’s life.

Rho didn’t even bother calling an ambulance for his dying patient. He never tried to repair all the damage he had done to Morales or stop the internal bleeding. In fact, he tried to cover up her hemorrhaging and gambled that someone would realize she needed to go to the hospital. He was impatient and left his office just five minutes after discharging Morales.

“He just wanted her gone,” prosecutor Brad Leventhal told the jury during closing arguments, emphasizing his lack of concern.

Difficulty Admitting Culpability

Both Rho and Gosnell had much difficulty admitting they had done anything wrong and expressed no remorse for their victims. Even after Gosnelll had settled into his new prison home, it was reported that he had begun training for a triathlon that he wanted to compete in once he was released – despite the fact he agreed to give up his right to appeal in exchange for a life sentence with no parole. The alternative had been capital punishment. He even once remarked that one day people would come to understand what he did and embrace it.

When Rho accepted a plea deal on a lesser count, he was forced to admit his culpability in court. At first, he simply stated that he had lacerated the victim’s cervix, repaired in twice, then sent her home where she died unexpectedly. Finally, he was forced to admit – albeit through clenched teeth – that he killed Jaime Morales by inflicting serious internal injuries during an abortion.

While Gosnell will sit in prison for the rest of his life, Rho’s difficulty admitting guilt is a warning flag that he must never be allowed to practice medicine again.

Lack of Empathy for the Family

Neither Gosnell nor Rho had much sympathy for the family. Gosnell had written a letter to the Monger family after Karnamaya’s death, but he never expressed his sorrow. This caused offense and hurt in an already grieving family.

For Rho, his behavior in court, his open arguing over money, his bizarre attempts to communicate with the jury is disagreement and his willingness to allow his attorney to attack the character of Morales as a heavy drinker and her family members as just in it for the money, all offended caused pain for the family.

But perhaps the worst of all for them was when Judge Lasak announced that the jury had reached a verdict. That is when Rho’s attorney jumped up and told the judge he wanted to cop a plea to the lesser charge. After over three weeks of emotional testimony, the family was denied hearing the verdict that had been reached.

Arrogance and Greed

Gosnell and Rho shared two critical traits that led to two needless patients’ deaths and their own downfall: arrogance and greed.

Gosnell, in his arrogance, believed he was never wrong. In his greed, he cut so many corners on safety and practices that he became a danger to his patients.

The same could be said for Rho. His arrogance and greed manifested in his constant arguing with his defense team over money, along with the corners cutting at his abortion facility that was meant to maximize profits without care for his patients’ health, safety, and lives.

They both also lacked remorse. To this day, neither man truly believes he deserves his fate.

How many other abortionists are out there operating under similar dangerous attitudes? Probably more than we know.

Rho is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, 2018. It is hoped that he will be given the maximum prison sentence of four years — not nearly enough for taking Jaime Morales’ life.

It is Operation Rescue’s hope for both men that during their much deserved time in prison, they may contemplate their hurtful actions, realize a sense of remorse, and eventually come to repentance.

Butcher of Bellevue Strikes Again, But This Time, Public Recording of the Abortion Emergency is Blank

By Cheryl Sullenger

Bellevue, NE – Something went terribly wrong at LeRoy Carhart’s Bellevue, Nebraska abortion facility on Friday May 4, 2018. An ambulance, fire unit, and another emergency response vehicle, were summoned to the Abortion and Contraceptive Clinic of Nebraska (AACCON) at around noon for a woman who was brought out of the abortion facility covered completely in a white sheet.

This is the seventeenth such medical emergency documented by Operation Rescue at a Carhart abortion facility in the past five years. This is the sixth known incident at his Nebraska facility. He hospitalized ten women, including one patient who died from her injuries, while he worked at Germantown Reproductive Health Center in Germantown, Maryland. That facility closed last year.

Carhart, who is 76, opened his own abortion facility,, specializing in late-term abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy in Bethesda. Maryland, in October 2017. Just days after that facility opened, Carhart called for emergency transport of yet another abortion patient.

“Carhart has long had a reputation of being a sloppy abortionist, but in recent years, his incompetence has appeared to have grown,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We have reason to believe he poses a serious danger to the public.”

Operation Rescue attempted to obtain the radio traffic from the May 4 incident in Bellevue, but suspiciously the audio files available were completely blank. In the past, such recordings have been openly available to the public and contained busy radio traffic, including information about dispatches to Carhart’s facility. (Review one example.)

A formal public records request for the 911 records has been submitted.

“One frightening thing is that Carhart is reportedly training new abortionists at his Bellevue facility,” said Newman. “We don’t need new abortionists, and we certainly don’t need any that have been trained by this abortion hack. If Carhart’s trainees go into the abortion business, we are sure to see more women and babies to suffer and die from Carhart’s brand of incompetent abortions.”

One such woman, believed to be an abortionist in training, was present during the May 4 emergency. As if she may have something to hide, she takes more extreme measures to block her identity than has been previously seen at this facility, according to local pro-life activists.

Carhart is one of the few abortionists who openly conduct abortions throughout all nine months of pregnancy, although more do so in secret.

“Our calls for a full and honest investigation of Carhart have fallen on deaf ears in Nebraska and Maryland. How many more women must suffer or die until states begin to protect the public from this dangerous man?” said Newman.

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.