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Is NAF’s exclusive membership harming women seeking abortion?

Posted in National Abortion Federation, Texas Abortion, Texas abortion clinics with tags , , , , on August 5, 2014 by saynsumthn

Today, the National Abortion Federation, a select group of abortion providers who meet a special standard of care approved by NAF, has posted their support for the challenge to a new law enacted last year by the Texas legislature (HB2).

NAF Supports opposition to HB2

The National Abortion Federation which funnels many abortion referrals to their paying abortion clinic members nationwide has an exclusive club of abortion clinics which they can approve or reject.

Supposedly – NAF bases this “list” on abortion clinics which comply with their Clinical Policy Guidelines

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But, I have to ask, why is it that when the abortion industry publishes an exclusive list of members and excludes other abortion clinics we do not hear the cry that women will die because they will not be informed of clinics in closer proximately to them from NAF?

After all, the talking points on HB2 is that women will be limited in abortion services if the state increases safety standards which force abortion clinics to close. So, if women can’t even get the list of open abortion clinics from the mother-ship of abortion themselves, the National Abortion Federation, wouldn’t NAF be contributing to the alleged avalanche of unsafe/ illegal abortions headed our way?

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Even Planned Parenthood has criticized how the new Texas law will reduce distribution of abortion providers, yet NAF excludes many providers from their list.
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NAF opposes HB2 and any effort to force abortion clinics to comply with the same standards as other ambulatory surgical centers. However, they claim that not all abortion clinics out there are “good enough” to meet their loose standards. This should alarm women. If NAF, an organization which profits from abortion, segregates some clinics from others – shouldn’t the state, which represents the people be allowed to do the same?

I collected a list of abortion clinics published by the Texas Department of State Health Services as of June of 2014.

Of the clinics licensed in June- some were NAF members and some were not.

Shouldn’t NAF list every Texas abortion clinic so women will have full access and not be forced to travel for miles to seek abortion services?

It is clear that NAF profits off being exclusive and therefore will never do women the alleged service of listing all Texas or national abortion clinics on their website, as I demonstrate below:

Abortion clinics licensed and open as of June 2014
TX Clinics Licensed in June 2014
AAA Concerned Women’s Center Inc – NAF MEMBER
Houston, TX

Aaron Women’s Center/ Womens Pavilion -NOT LISTED WITH NAF !
5607 Schumacher Ln. Houston

Abortion Advantage – NOT LISTED WITH NAF !
1929 Record Crossing
Dallas, Texas

Alamo Womens Reproductive Services Clinic Inc. -NAF MEMBER
San Antonio, TX

Austin Womens Health Canter – NAF Member
Austin, TX

Coastal Birth Control Center – NOT a NAF member
1901 Morgan Avenue, Corpus Christi, TX

Hilltop Womens Reproductive Clinic – NOT a NAF Member
500 E. Schuster, Edificio B
El Paso, TX

Houston Women’s Clinic – NAF MEMBER
Houston, TX

International Healthcare Solution – NAF MEMBER
Austin, TX

North Park Medical Group – NOT A NAF Member
8363 Meadow Road
Dallas, Tc

Planned Parenthood Babcock Sexual HealthCare – NOT a NAF member
104 Babcock Rd.
San Antonio, TX

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services – Not a NAF member
7424 Greenville Ave #211 Ste.B
Dallas, TX

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Surgical Health Services – Not a NAF member
1121 Ross Avenue, Suite A
P.O. Box 1459
Waco, TX

Reproductive Services
Routh Street Womens Clinic – NAF MEMBER
Dallas, TX

Suburban Womens Clinic – NOt a NAF Member
3101 Richmond Ave, Suite 250
Houston, Texas

Suburban Womens Medical Center – Not a NAF Member
17070 Red Oak Dr., Suite 509
Houston, Texas

Whole Womens Health of Austin NAF Member – CLOSED
A/K/A Austin Whole Woman’s Health
Austin, TX

Whole Woman’s Health of Fort Worth, LLC – NAF MEMBER
Fort Worth, TX

Whole Womens Health of McAllen – Not a NAF Member – CLOSED !

Whole Woman’s Health of San Antonio, LLC – NAF MEMBER
San Antonio, TX

Women’s Center of Houston – NAF MEMBER
Houston, TX

NAF MEMBERS NOT LISTED AS LICENSED BY THE STATE OF TEXAS:

Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center
Dallas, TX

Planned Parenthood Center for Choice, Inc.
Houston, TX

Abortion Clinics Closed as of June of 2014

Tx Ab CLinics Out of Business June 2014

A Affordable Womens Medical Center
AAlto Womens Center
All Womens Medical Center
Killeen Womens Health Center
New Womens Clinic Inc
Planned Parenthood Bandera Road
Planned Parenthood Center for Choice Bryan
Planned Parenthood Center for Choice Stafford
Planned Parenthood Choice
Planned Parenthood Choice
Planned Parenthood Northeast Sexual Healthcare Services
Planned Parenthood Womens Health Center
Reproductive Cervices
West Side Clinic Inc
Whole Womens Health of Beaumont

Pro-choice post implies baby with two heads should have been aborted

Posted in National Abortion Federation, Pro-choice mocking with tags , , , , , , on May 19, 2014 by saynsumthn

A Pittsburgh pro-choicer posted something horrible in an attempt to discredit pro-lifers.

Tor Hershman who calls himself a philosopher on his facebook page commented on the story of Rebeca Martinez a Dominican infant born with a second partially formed head. The child died after an attempt to remove the second head. Doctors said her death was from blood loss during the surgery.

But rather than sympathy – – this pro-choicer decided to go to the facebook page of the National Abortion Federation and post this about the newborn, “ I wasn’t aborted and all I got was this crummy extra head and death.”

Baby not aborted with extra head2

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It is ironic that the post was placed on the NAF fb page since they promote abortions for any reason at any age.
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Mr. Hershman’s facebook cover also says a lot about him- his image mocks the Lord’s prayer and his youtube page is also full Christian bashing vids:

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Nice guy huh?

Meanwhile, as technology advances, children born with two faces or two heads are making progress.

The Australian mom who refused to terminate the pregnancy of her daughters — even though they shared one body and one head but have two separate faces and brains — has given birth. Despite sharing one body and all organs, the parents consider them two babies, whom they named Faith and Hope. The babies have so far defied the odds by surviving for nine days, and doctors say if they can live past the five week mark, they stand a good chance of surviving. But for how long?

The babies suffer from craniofacial duplication or diprosopus, a condition so rare that only 35 babies before Faith and Hope have been documented with it.

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Founding Board Member of National Abortion Federation Dies

Posted in National Abortion Federation with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by saynsumthn

Terri BeresfordA founding member of the National Abortion Federation, Terry Beresford, died last week in Virginia, according to pro-choice bloggers.

Terry Beresford
In addition to her work with NAF, Beresford worked at a Washington DC abortion clinic and later at Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

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In 1981, Beresford met her match when she was opposed by a doctor from a Chicago Ghetto. According to the Afro America, Dr. Jasper F. Williams, past president of the Black National Medical Association, told Beresford that was genocide against the black race.

“Abortion is the easy way out,” Dr. Williams said, “because a large number are performed on blacks, we have the feeling- I have the feeling- there are ulterior motives involved.”

” I’m not certain it is because they’re interested in the welfare of the black women or whether they’re just tired of increased public aid rolls the black women increase by having more and more babies…”

“If you look at that side of the question, it looks like genocide. I don’t believe the solution for the social and economic ills of this country should be solved that way.”

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Abortionist Steven Brigham Lied according to Prosecutors

Posted in Abortionist, Brigham, National Abortion Federation, Pro-choice silence, Pro-choice Spin with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2013 by saynsumthn

Steven-Chase-BrighamThree years ago, New Jersey regulators suspended abortion provider Steven Brigham’s medical license for endangering and deceiving patients. During the suspension hearing, he testified that he was covered by medical malpractice insurance.

Since the early 1990s, public records show, Brigham’s patients have suffered emergency hysterectomies, severe bowel injuries, severed ureters, and sweeping lacerations to the uterus. Over a period of two decades, Brigham has been barred from practicing medicine in at least six states, sued by his landlords and business associates, and even served jail time for failing to pay taxes.

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According to RH Reality Blog, in 1986, Brigham failed to complete his National Abortion Federation (NAF) training, and his application for membership was denied.

“We were very enthusiastic about this doctor when he first came,” said Suzanne Poppema, a former board chair of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and Physicians for Reproductive Health. “He was young and socially adept and seemed to say all the right things, and asked good questions that you would expect someone just starting out to ask.”

“Right away we started hearing that he was moving into both early and later second-trimester abortions. And he had a complication,” she said, referring to a problem with an abortion procedure.

“I sat down with him and three other physicians, and we said to him, ‘You have to promise that you will not do any second-trimester abortions until you have spent two weeks with one of our senior physicians,’” Poppema recalled.

Now, as Brigham, 57, tries to regain his license, New Jersey prosecutors have submitted evidence that his sworn statement was yet another lie. They allege that not only did he stop carrying required liability insurance around 2006, but last month produced a phony insurance policy when forced to back up the statement.

The Bermuda-based company that purportedly issued his policy was itself a sham. It has not issued policies since 2006, when the company operator went to jail for insurance fraud and money laundering, according to legal papers filed Nov. 27 by New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Jeri L. Warhaftig.

“Brigham also produced a fraudulent receipt for payment for a policy issued by” the sham company, Warhaftig wrote.

Brigham’s attorney, Thomas Gorrell, did not respond to requests for comment.

The allegations are the latest twist in Brigham’s 20-year, multistate history of trouble with regulators, the IRS, landlords, creditors, and law enforcement agencies, according to the Philly Inquirer.

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Operation Rescue reports that, Brigham has drawn more charges after an interview with the woman who was injured revealed in an interview that she did not sue Brigham for her botched abortion because he did not have the required malpractice insurance. This prompted New Jersey Deputy Attorney General Jeri L. Warhaftig to investigate further. She discovered that the insurance certificate Brigham submitted was for a sham company in the Bahamas that had shut down when the proprietor was convicted of insurance fraud and other crimes. She also found that the receipt he offered as proof of current payment was a fake and that Brigham has not carried the mandatory malpractice insurance since 2006.

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Fellow Brigham abortionist Nicola Riley had been issued a public reprimand and ordered to pay a penalty of $5,000 for unprofessional conduct related to a botched abortion at a secret late-term abortion clinic in Elkton, Maryland, operated by Brigham.

In Utah, the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) issued its final order against Riley on November 25, 2013, after reviewing the final order from Maryland revoking her medical license in that state. Riley was further ordered to “submit an essay describing how she will modify her practice to ensure that any facility in which she practices has an appropriate [emergency] contingency plan.”

DOPL further ordered that the $5,000 penalty be stayed pending the outcome of her Maryland license revocation appeal, which is currently progressing through the system.

Previously, DOPL sanctioned Riley for lying about a previous felony conviction while serving in the military to gain admittance to medical school and licensure in Utah. She was ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 and was restricted from conducting abortions pending the outcome of the Maryland case.

Operation Rescue first discovered Riley’s misrepresentations about her criminal past and obtained her military records through a FOIA request that proved it.

The most recent order makes no mention of restricting her abortion practices, leading to concerns that she may return to the abortion industry.

“I find it shocking that anyone would allow Riley to practice medicine in any form after lying to multiple medical boards, engaging in illegal late-term abortions, nearly killing a woman, then using the worst possible judgment that further delayed emergency care,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “I doubt if an essay on the subject of emergency contingencies will do much to protect the public from her brand of quackery.”

In September, 2010, Riley was working for Brigham doing second and third trimester abortions in Elkton. Brigham would illegally induce labor in the women at his headquarters in Voorhees, New Jersey, then would lead a caravan of laboring women down to a secret facility in Elkton, Maryland, where he was training Riley to complete the riskier late-term procedures.

However, Brigham was legally allowed only to abortion up to 14 weeks. To make matters worse, Brigham was never licensed to practice medicine in Maryland.

During an abortion on patient D.B., as she is referred to in legal documents, Riley perforated her uterus and pulled out part of her bowel.

Records state that Riley waited 90 minutes after inflicting the injury before transporting the patient down the block to a nearby hospital via Brigham’s private vehicle. Riley had considered placing the woman, with her bowel hanging out her vagina, into a wheelchair and pushing her down the sidewalk to the hospital ER. She refused to call an ambulance, even though the women’s condition was serious.

Unbelievably, DOPL found nothing wrong with transporting a patient in her precarious condition via private vehicle, noting that “if a patients s [sic] condition is too critical to wait for ambulance service in a rural or remote area, the use of a private car might well be the best option.” (Emphasis added.)

However, Maryland Board of Physicians documents obtained by Operation Rescue show that Brigham’s secret Elkton abortion clinic was only one block away from Union Hospital’s Emergency Room.

After taking the woman to the hospital, Brigham and Riley behaved suspiciously, stating they were from the “secret late-term abortion clinic in town.” Alarmed, the hospital staff notified the police. The patient was transported via Life Flight to Baltimore for emergency surgery to save her life. The surgeon who treated her reported Riley and Brigham to the Maryland Board of Physicians.

Police later raided the Elkton facility and discovered the bodies of 35 late-term babies stored in a blood-smeared freezer. Brigham and Riley were arrested on murder charges in related to the aborted baby remains and extradited to Cecil County, Maryland, where their charges were eventually dropped after an expert witness withdrew from the case.

D.B. eventually sued Riley for malpractice and reached an undisclosed settlement.

Riley’s Maryland medical license was first suspended and later revoked based upon her lies about her criminal past and her unprofessional conduct in delaying emergency care for her botched abortion victim. In addition, Riley was forced to surrender her medical license after the medical board there discovered she had lied on her license application there as well.

Maryland issued a cease and desist order against Brigham, lacking the jurisdiction to take more serious measures due to his lack of Maryland licensure. However, in New Jersey Brigham faces several counts of negligence and unprofessional behavior that could cost him the only medical license he has left. Brigham’s licenses in at least six other states were either revoked or surrendered under threat of revocation.

Brigham has a long history of ignoring or outright breaking the law beginning shortly after he was fist licensed to practice in 1986. He did a stint in jail in 1998 for billing fraud. Just last month, years after Brigham was ordered not to have anything to do with abortion businesses in Pennsylvania, Integrity Family Health abortion clinic ordered to close after it was discovered that it had deceptively concealed ties to him.

Even if Brigham’s license is permanently revoked at a hearing expected sometimes next year, it is doubtful that it would put him out of the abortion business. He continues to operate abortion clinics in New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida with shoddy abortionists who have little better records than he.

“The fact that authorities continue to allow dangerous abortionists like Brigham and Riley to exploit the system is appalling and places the lives of women in continual danger. It is clear both are proven liars and habitual law-breakers. Even the abortion groups who traditionally defend even the most heinous acts of abortionists understand how dangerous Brigham is and have publicly thrown him under the bus. If these groups can see how bad he is, it should be obvious to authorities in every state he is doing business. Pro-life groups in states where Brigham mills operate should be forwarding news articles and documents related to his every misdeed to medical boards and state attorneys general demanding legal action to close his clinics,” said Newman. “Brigham and Riley simply do not respond to traditional forms of discipline. The only way to ensure that they are not out there victimizing people is to lock them up. Somehow, even though Utah has given Riley what amounts to a slap on the wrist, we hope that New Jersey can find a way to put Brigham out of business and behind bars where he belongs.”

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Recently, the pro-choice lobby has turned inside out attempting to claim they are the ones outing bad abortion doctor. This new agenda comes on the heals of bad publicity received after abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering babies born alive and at least one abortion patient.

But the leap to disown Brigham may be having some backlash from the pro-abortion crowd, NARAL ProChoice Virginia writes these words, “In regards to our previous alert, we wished to affirm our support for continued excellence in women’s reproductive health care, not to pre-judge Mr. Brigham’s guilt or innocence of any charges. Mr. Brigham, like any person accused of wrongdoing, is entitled to due process under state and federal laws. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia supports a continued thorough and fair review of the allegations against Mr. Brigham. The allegations against Mr. Brigham are incredibly serious and, if true, evidence a disregard for women’s health that we at NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia find unacceptable. We take this matter very seriously. It is no secret that anti-choice lawmakers in our Commonwealth could use infractions to attack the courageous abortion providers who operate under the highest standards of care.”

In 2010, Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, said “Brigham is so bad … that even the abortion industry, with its exceedingly low standards requiring abortionists show up with a remotely functioning third world medical license in any field, has been forced to turn against him.”

She notes how Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, a trade group for abortion businesses, was compelled to tell the Associated Press about Brigham, “His record is the most egregious one I know of in the field.”

AP says NAF “has been warning authorities about Brigham’s practices since the mid-1990s” though Stanek says she wants proof because she’s never seen any such warnings.

Stanek also points out that Saporta’s answer makes it appear “Saporta has heard of other egregious abortionists, but Brigham wins the quack hack award.”

She also points out how, in message to followers on Twitter, NAF said the prosecution of Brigham was a “rare occasion of agreement” with pro-life advocates and that “supporters and opponents of abortion want [Brigham] investigated.”

John Hayward, writing for Human Events claims, this isn’t the first time the NAF has been late to the party in condemning an abortion ghoul. They helped a slightly lower-key version of Kermit Gosnell, Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, regain his medical license in New Jersey after it was suspended in 2004 for malpractice that included transporting women across state lines to evade state restrictions – something Gosnell has also been accused of doing. In another similarity to Gosnell, Brigham employed unqualified medical assistants at his clinics.

The New York Medical Board assessed Brigham as having “inexcusably bad judgment” and having “repeatedly exaggerated his medical training, experience, and skill.” Nevertheless, Michael Burnhill, VP of medical affairs for Planned Parenthood and an NAF board member, testified in his defense. The NAF finally turned on Brigham when the Pennsylvania Department of Health shut down four of his clinics last July, and the IRS went after him for tax evasion.

It should be noted that the NAF actively opposes efforts to improve the lax regulation of abortion clinics. They refer to such efforts as “TRAP bills,” and describe them as bills which “are often introduced by abortion opponents who claim that abortion is an unsafe and unregulated procedure. By implying that abortion clinics are uniquely dangerous and in need of special regulation, such bills recklessly promote an unfounded fear of abortion.” Their website assures visitors that “abortion is, in fact, one of the safest medical procedures in the United States.” Apparently Pennsylvania seceded from the union when nobody was looking.

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In an interview at a NAF conference, Brigham told the media, “We believe women deserve the best medical care. We want to provide the best quality of care in a non-judgmental atmosphere”

Pro-choice Wall of Silence or complicity in the War on Women – when abortion injures and kills the women they claim to protect

Posted in Abortion and Sexual Assault, Abortion Clinic Closed, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion coma, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Abortion injury, Abortion lawsuit, Abortion Regulation, Abortion stats, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, NARAL, National Abortion Federation, National Organization for Women, NOW, Planned Parenthood silent on abortion risks, Pro-choice silence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by saynsumthn

Pro-choice groups and the media often cover-up for the abortion industry even when they do egregious things to women. One of the most recent examples was a Florida abortion doctor who slapped a patient in the face – there was zero coverage on the media and SILENCE from groups like NOW, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood:

whitney_booking_warrant_09-22-2010-240x300The Florida Board of Medicine has given a “slap on the wrist” to Randall Whitney, an abortionist who was arrested in 2011 and charged with aggravated battery for slapping a pregnant woman across the face prior to an attempted abortion procedure at Orlando Women’s Center.

As reported when the arrest occurred by this blog:

Long-time Volusia County, Florida abortionist Randall B. Whitney was arrested by Orlando Police inside the Orlando Women’s Center after he slapped a woman patient while preparing her for an abortion procedure.

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Below is a transcript of Orlando Police arresting officer J. Hughley ( patient’s last name is removed):

I,officer Hughley was sitting inside the office when I heard a OWC [Orlando Woman’s Center] patient run out of one of the rooms screaming advising the doctor has slapped her. I followed the patient outside and she advised in a sworn written statement: she went into the exam room to get an abortion procedure and the doctor was trying to find a vein to give some valium. She Amanda ______ advised the doctor had poked her three times trying to get the needle in the vein. She told him the needle was not in the vein and it started to burn. Amanda advised she started screaming. The doctor took the needle out and told her to shut up because she was scaring other patients. Amanda advised she got up and told the doctor she wanted to leave, so she stood up and the doctor slapped her on the left side of the face. Amanda advised that’s when she left. She also advised she did not give the doctor permission to slap her and wishes to press charges. Due to the needle or medicine Amanda’s fingers began to turn blue, so OFD (Orlando Fire Department) was notified. When I (officer Hughley) went back inside the building, the doctor (Dr Whitney) was sitting in the front office and he advised he did slap Amanda because she was being very uncooperative and he was trying to calm her down. Assistant Sonia Merced was inside the room with Dr. Whitney, but refuse to say what happened, nor did she want to write a statement. Dr Whitney refused to write a statement also. Amanda’s face was red on the left side of the face. Whitney was arrested and transported to central booking for aggravated battery.

Whitney was arrested and taken to jail and later released on bond.
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According to Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, Inc. which investigates the abortion industry, “This of course, is exactly the kind of behavior we’ve come to expect from the washouts and losers who work in abortion clinics.”

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Crutcher points out that, “The abortion lobby’s media stooges will always look the other way when these episodes take place. And if you want to see how outrageous that is, just ask yourself how much coverage this story would have gotten if, instead of being assaulted by her abortionist, this woman had been slapped by a pro-life sidewalk counselor as she was walking into the clinic. Where are the so-called women’s groups? If anyone other than an abortionist had done the same thing, do you think they might have trotted out their “war-on-women” rhetoric? Count on it.”

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Author and Pro-choice Writer William Saletan detailed more exampled of the silence of the abortion and women’s groups when it comes to protecting abortionists:

HOWARD SILVERMAN – SEXUAL MOLESTER

In 1989, the Boston Globe disclosed that abortionist Howard J. Silverman, owner of Massachusetts’ biggest chain of abortion clinics, Repro Associates an abortion clinic in Brookline., had admitted to sexual misconduct with a female patient. Based on the patient’s complaint, Silverman had lost his authority to admit patients to nearby hospitals in the event of complications.

In the Boston Globe’s July 2, 1999 article (Board OKs claims against doctor) Silverman allegedly “touched the breasts of numerous patients for no legitimate medical purpose.”

In addition he, “made sexual advances on a medical assistant . . . in an examination room while a patient was still on the examining table. Between 1994 and 1995, Silverman allegedly told a patient to prepare for a pelvic exam by getting “into the position that got you here.”

The New York Times also reported the conduct in their December 10, 1995 article, Investigation Targets Tests For Abortions. The Times states, that in 1984, the Board of Registration in Medicine disciplined Silverman for sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old patient. As a result of all these action, Silverman’s privileges to admit patients to five Boston area hospitals were revoked and have not been reinstated. He must now rely on colleagues to admit patients to hospitals in emergency cases.

Saletan writes, “Despite this, he continued to perform abortions. Unlike other providers in the area, Silverman used dubious advertising tactics, refused Medicaid patients, and apparently reaped huge profits. Although his three clinics handled more than 10,000 abortions per year, he disguised them as doctors’ offices, thereby evading the state’s abortion clinic regulations.”

Jennifer Jackson, than President of the Massachusetts National Organization for Women, made this outrageous comment, “N.O.W. is appalled to learn of any doctor engaged in the sexual exploitation of women, but this is only one doctor and one incident, others working to provide safe abortions should not be tainted by it.”

The Globe found that pro-choice supporters had known of his sexual misconduct, as well as his generally bad reputation, but had kept it secret. “The question was: “Who was going to tell?” an anonymous source in the pro-choice community told the Globe. “Do we go public with it and hurt the whole movement or do we keep quiet and deny women the chance to make an informed choice about who does their abortion?”

In 1995, the Boston Globe did a piece on Silverman entitled: “Please Spare Us Dr. Silverman” where author Eileen McNamara seems to sarcastically hint that the National Abortion Federation (NAF) is silent when it comes to scum abortion doctors. She writes, “Understandably reputable abortion providers wish Dr. Silverman would just go away. Abortion is problematic enough without politically without calling attention to a practitioner who does not pass the smell test…Which is why the National Abortion Federation is misguided to acknowledge that Dr. Silverman is not a member of the organization, which sets voluntary standards for the field. Refusing to say whether he has never applied or been rejected because of substandard care is hardly in the interest of the women it professes to serve.”

WOMAN DIES IN MARYLAND- PRO-CHOICERS SILENT:

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Another horror story surfaced in Maryland where a woman lapsed into respiratory trouble while under anesthesia for an abortion at the Hillview Women’s Medical Surgical Center. Despite having no anesthesiologist on hand, the clinic’s medical director continued the operation. The patient went into cardiac arrest and died. A year later, a similar crisis developed. Again, there was no anesthesiologist. This time, clinic workers tried to revive the woman with the wrong drug and couldn’t get the clinic’s emergency oxygen equipment to work. The woman was left paralyzed, unable to walk or talk. Three years later, she died.

The clinic’s owner, Barbara Lofton, blamed reports of her recklessness on the pro-life views of the local paramedic chief. He denied that he held such views. Months later, on 60 Minutes, Lofton’s former employees and patients alleged that she had practiced medicine without a license and had nearly killed a patient by botching her abortion. CBS correspondent Meredith Vieira reported that “many pro-choice leaders knew about problems at Hillview but didn’t want them publicized. National Abortion Federation head Barbara Radford admitted she was just hoping we would go away.”

In the 60 minutes piece, the reporter says, “I wanted to talk to Barbara Lofton about those reports, but Lofton didn’t think there was much to talk about. Initially, neither did any of the abortion rights activists we contacted. As a reporter, I found that many pro-choice leaders knew about problems at Hillview, but didn’t want them publicized. National Abortion Federation head Barbara Radford [sp?] admitted she was just hoping we would go away.

To which BARBARA RADFORD, Head, National Abortion Federation replies, “Well, I think your first reaction from us was “This is the last thing we need.” We had hoped that it wouldn’t get national publicity because of the political nature of all of this.”

60 Minutes, “Pro-choice activists worry that clinics like Hillview will be used against them in the bitter political battle over abortion. They fear bad publicity will prompt state legislators to start regulating clinics and that pro-lifers will then use those regulations as a backdoor way to stop abortions. So even though those laws could make clinics sater, they usually fight them.”

Maryland had no laws for abortion clinics or outpatient surgery centers. Anesthesia and emergency medicine in these facilities were unregulated. That was why Lofton had moved her clinic to Maryland when the District of Columbia ordered her to stop performing abortions without a clinic license. A pro-choice legislator in Maryland had sought to regulate clinics but had met resistance from her colleagues. “There’s only so much of a willingness to try to push … the pro-choice movement to do what I think is the responsible thing to do,” the lawmaker lamented, “because they then treat you as if you’re the enemy.”

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On Feb. 3, 2006, a 21-year-old woman went to Dr. Romeo A. Ferrer’s office at the Gynecare Center in Severna Park seeking an abortion. The African American Baltimore woman was 16 weeks pregnant, had a 3-year-old son and previously had two abortions without suffering any complications, according to the Board of Physicians’ complaint.

She sought an abortion because she couldn’t afford another child and came with a female friend because her family did not know about her pregnancy.

The patient signed a form authorizing an abortion procedure that used anesthesia and medication as necessary, but Ferrer, according to the board complaint, advised the staff that general anesthesia is not used at the clinic. The facility uses “conscious sedation,” referred to as “twilight sleep.”

The abortion was completed by 1:45 p.m., but a surgical assistant later noticed that the patient’s fingernail beds appeared blue. The staff was unable to get the patient’s blood pressure or pulse and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

They called 911 shortly before 2 p.m. The woman was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Parole, where she was pronounced dead by 2:57 p.m.

Ferrer refers reporters to the National Abortion Federation, of which he is a member, and NAF Spokeswoman Melissa Fowler said abortion is one of the “safest and most commonly provided medical procedures” and that credit for its safety record can be attributed to the “specialized quality care provided by clinics like Gynecare Center,” where Ferrer had an office.

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD KNEW ABOUT GOSNELL: WOMAN AND BABIES NOW DEAD

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Dayle Steinberg is CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Steinberg began her association with Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania (PPSP) in 1978 as a graduate intern, joined the full-time staff in 1981, served as director of surgical services from 1986-1992, then served for eight years as senior vice president, and was appointed president and CEO in 2001.

In February of 2010 WHYY reported that Steinberg denied knowing of any of the horrific conditions at Gosnells’ abortion clinic. They wrote: Steinberg: We do anticipate that women who might have scheduled appointments for abortion procedures at the Women’s Medical Society will be calling Planned Parenthood. and then reported, “Steinberg says she knows that Gosnell has provided abortions in Philadelphia for many years, but says she hadn’t heard of any problems at clinic until the allegations surfaced in recent days.”

PP Lied GosnellBut later, according to Philly.com : Steinberg said this about Gosnell at a public fundraiser: “Steinberg said that when Gosnell was in practice, women would sometimes come to Planned Parenthood for services after first visiting Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic, and would complain to staff about the conditions there.

“’We would always encourage them to report it to the Department of Health,’ Steinberg said as she sat with Steinem before Tuesday’s events.”

NATIONAL ABORTION FEDERATION (NAF) AND GOSNELL:

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Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, the Delaware abortion provider that employed Kermit Gosnell had its membership suspended by the National Abortion Federation.

From the Grand Jury Report: We recommend that NAF reassess the membership of Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, the Delaware abortion clinic where Gosnell worked part-time before losing his license in that state. We learned that at least six patients were referred from Atlantic to Gosnell’s clinic in Philadelphia for illegal late-term abortions. These patients paid Atlantic for late-term procedures performed by Gosnell in his Lancaster Avenue clinic. We heard evidence that Gosnell would insert laminaria in patients in Delaware and then have them come to his Philadelphia office for the abortion procedure itself. The director of Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, Leroy Brinkley, was unconcerned. He did not properly supervise the doctors he hired as “independent contractors” to assure that they were complying with the law. Remarkably, despite Gosnell’s long time association with Atlantic, Brinkley only produced three files for patients seen by Gosnell at Brinkley’s clinic.”

NAF/ GOSNELL TIMELINE:

Gosnell submitted an application to become a NAF member in November 2009

The NAF evaluator conducted a site review on December 14 and 15, 2009

Abortion Patient Died November 2009

FROM THE GOSNELL GRAND JURY REPORT:

In preparation for NAF’s visit, Gosnell and his wife frantically cleaned the facility. The doctor bought new lounge chairs to replace the bloody ones that were there, although by February 18, 2010, they were filthy again. He also re-hired former employee Della Mann, a registered nurse who was a friend of Randy Hutchins and a patient of Eileen O’Neill

*A national association of abortion providers declined to admit the Women’s Medical Society as a member, finding it to be the worst facility its inspector had ever seen.
Immediately following Karnamaya Mongar’s death in November 2009, Gosnell sought membership in the National Abortion Federation (NAF), a professional association of 400 abortion providers nationwide that offers referrals and services to member providers. Membership is contingent on meeting NAF’s quality assurance standards and is based on an on-site inspection. It is inexplicable that Gosnell believed he could somehow pass such an inspection or meet NAF standards.

A NAF quality assurance evaluator testified before the Grand Jury. She stated that NAF’s mission is to ensure safe, legal, and acceptable abortion care, and to promote
health and justice for women. To that end, NAF publishes clinical standards, called Clinical Policy Guidelines that members must follow. These guidelines are drawn from a review of evidenced-based medical literature and patient outcomes.

To be certified by NAF, a provider must submit to an on-site inspection and complete a detailed questionnaire designed to determine whether the provider complies
with NAF’s standards. After the initial approval and certification, members must complete questionnaires annually. NAF re-inspects members every five to seven years, or
more often if there is a complication or a serious event with a patient. Gosnell submitted an application to become a NAF member in November 2009 – apparently, and astonishingly, the day after Karnamaya Mongar died. The NAF evaluator conducted a site review on December 14 and 15, 2009. Despite the odd fact that Gosnell’s decision to seek NAF certification coincided with a patient’s death at his clinic, he made no mention of this significant event to the evaluator before she visited. In fact, it was not until their final interview, after she had spent two days with Gosnell at the facility, that he informed her of Mrs. Mongar’s death. In preparation for NAF’s visit, Latosha Lewis said that Gosnell and his wife frantically cleaned the facility. The doctor bought new lounge chairs to replace the bloody ones that were there, although by February 18, 2010, they were filthy again. He also re-hired former employee Della Mann, a registered nurse who was a friend of Randy Hutchins and a patient of Eileen O’Neill… Gosnell hired Mann, at $31 an hour, to work 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays only. He told her that he wanted her to look at charts, evaluate lab work, and initial patient charts as if she – a licensed nurse – had been the person who had taken vital signs and recorded information in the charts.

This short-term job lasted four days and coincided with the NAF site review. Mann said she quit because she was uncomfortable with Gosnell’s fraud, which included paying her with a check, then taking the check back and giving her cash. Gosnell accomplished what he intended: He ostensibly had a licensed registered nurse on his staff – and her license number in his files – during the NAF review. Despite these efforts, the NAF review did not go well.

The first thing the evaluator noted when she arrived at 3801 Lancaster Avenue was the lack of an effective security system. Although the door was locked, when she rang the bell, no one answered. Even though she could not gain entry by ringing, she was able to walk right in when a man exited the clinic.

Once inside, she found that the facility was packed with so much “stuff, kind of crowded and piled all over the place,” that she couldn’t find a space to put her small overnight bag. She found the facility’s layout confusing, and was concerned that patients could not find their way around it or out of it. She was also concerned that there were plants everywhere, including in the procedure room and rooms designated as “labs.” Most alarming was the bed where Gosnell told her out-of-state patients were allowed to spend the night. These patients were unattended and it was difficult to locate the bathroom facilities and the exits. Such a practice does not meet NAF protocols. The NAF evaluator watched a few first-trimester procedures. She noticed that no one was monitoring or taking vital signs of patients who were sedated during procedures. She asked Gosnell about the pulse oximeter that should have been used for monitoring, but he told her it was broken. Apparently, Karnamaya Mongar’s death a month earlier had not caused Gosnell to obtain equipment that worked.

The evaluator did not observe Gosnell’s practice of allowing unlicensed workers to sedate patients when he was not at the facility, as she was there only when Gosnell was
there. Such a practice would not comply with NAF standards. The evaluator did note, however, that while she was talking to Gosnell in his office, a patient appeared to have been sedated by one of the staff. Such an action does not comport with NAF standards either. The evaluator cautioned Gosnell that he should make sure he was complying with state requirements because many states – including Pennsylvania – do not allow unlicensed workers to administer IV medications. The level of medication administered was also troubling to the evaluator. She testified that Gosnell’s own description of the effects of his routine second-trimester dose – that the patient would feel no pain at all – was a description of deep sedation. She added: “that … would really not be a safe situation … for him to be handling himself.” She explained that when deep sedation or general anesthesia is administered, NAF standards not only require that the doctor performing the procedure be present when the anesthesia is administered, they also require that another doctor or an anesthesiologist administer the sedation and monitor the patient. Instead, Gosnell had Lynda Williams,

Sherry West, and his other unlicensed workers routinely administer anesthesia without proper supervision or appropriate monitoring of patients. The evaluator explained to the Grand Jury, as did several medical experts, that because everyone reacts differently to anesthesia, a doctor has to be prepared for a patient to slip into a level of sedation beyond that intended. In cases in which Gosnell’s objective was deep sedation, therefore, he should have been prepared for the patient to react as if under general anesthesia. Significantly, it is not uncommon for patients under general anesthesia to lose the ability to breathe on their own. Gosnell’s clinic – without the drugs, staff, or equipment necessary to monitor, resuscitate, or assist his patients in breathing – was not even close to meeting NAF standards or any other standard of care.

The evaluator noted that Pennsylvania requires that anesthesia be administered only by licensed personnel, a regulation that Gosnell failed to follow even during the NAF review. Aside from these life-threatening practices, the evaluator noted numerous deficiencies in the clinic’s record keeping, including no notation of RH blood-typing and no record of sedation medications administered or the level of sedation. The clinic’s consent procedures also failed to meet NAF standards. Even with the evaluator watching, patients were not being informed of the risks of the medications, the sedation, or the procedure itself.

The evaluator testified that during the “counseling” she witnessed, a patient was told that Pennsylvania requires a 24-hour waiting period between when a patient is
counseled and when the abortion can be performed. After stating the requirement, however, the counselor, according to the evaluator, said: “Okay, well. When do you want
to come back for the abortion? Do you want to come back at 8 p.m.?” When the patient’s mother said, “but I thought we had to wait 24 hours,” the staff person responded, “if you
want to come back at 8 p.m., you can come back at 8 p.m.” Patient confidentiality is another important standard for NAF, and another that Gosnell flagrantly violated. The evaluator was troubled to find: Throughout the office, there were patient charts everywhere. On desks, on this – the area in that upstairs sleeping area by the sleeping room. There were piles and piles and piles of medical records. That was – if that were in an area that was closed off and nobody had access to it, charts being stored there weren’t a big deal, but if there were patients in the sleeping room, who had to leave there to go to the restroom, they had full access to all of these people’s medical information if they wanted to look through it, it was very, very concerning to me.

When asked if she had ever seen anything like the conditions and practices she observed at Gosnell’s clinic in any of the roughly one hundred clinics she has visited in
the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the evaluator answered: “No.”

Based on her observations, the evaluator determined that there were far too many deficiencies at the clinic and in how it operated to even consider admitting Gosnell to
NAF membership. On January 4, 2010, she wrote to Gosnell informing him of NAF’s decision and outlining the areas in which his clinic was not in compliance. The evaluator
told the Grand Jury that this was the first time in her experience that NAF had outright rejected a provider for membership. Usually, if a clinic is able to fix deficiencies and
come into compliance with the standards, NAF will admit them. Gosnell’s clinic, however, was deemed beyond redemption.

*We understand that NAF’s goal is to assist clinics to comply with its standards, not to sanction them for deficiencies. Nevertheless, we have to question why an evaluator from NAF, whose stated mission is to ensure safe, legal, and acceptable abortion care, and to promote health and justice for women, did not report Gosnell to authorities. To the jurors, the most appalling thing revealed by the NAF review is not that Gosnell tried to bluff his way through the application process with a borrowed nurse andsome new lounge chairs. It is that he made no effort to address the grave deficiencies in his practice that had caused Karnamaya Mongar’s death.

*Gosnell introduced [unlicensed employee Eileen] O’Neill to an evaluator from the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an association of abortion providers, as the doctor who performed the first-trimester medical abortions (performed with pills, not surgery) – and O’Neill confirmed to the NAF evaluator that she did treat these patients. *Gosnell also introduced O’Neill to another one-time clinic worker, Randy Hutchins, as a physician. Hutchins believed O’Neill was a licensed doctor because he saw her treat patients at the clinic. Hutchins personally knew one of the patients – Della Mann, a registered nurse who had worked at the clinic years earlier (and, again, for four days in December 2009, when the NAF evaluator was present).

*So too with the National Abortion Federation. NAF is an association of abortion providers that upholds the strictest health and legal standards for its members. Gosnell,
bizarrely, applied for admission shortly after Karnamaya Mongar’s death. Despite his various efforts to fool her, the evaluator from NAF readily noted that records were not
properly kept, that risks were not explained, that patients were not monitored, that equipment was not available, that anesthesia was misused. It was the worst abortion
clinic she had ever inspected. Of course, she rejected Gosnell’s application. She just never told anyone in authority about all the horrible, dangerous things she had see
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ABORTIONIST BENJAMIN GRABER THWARTS ABORTION REGULATIONS

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From William Saletan’s the Sisterhood of Silence:

On Sept. 13, 1989, a month after Pennsylvania’s health department conducted its next-to-last inspection of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic, the Florida House Health Care Committee met to prepare for an upcoming special session on abortion. Gov. Bob Martinez had called the session to enact several anti-abortion bills, including tighter regulation of clinic safety. Testifying before the committee, abortion clinic owner Patricia Windle condemned legislation that would give state inspectors broad access to abortion facilities. She declared, “Regulation is a euphemism for an excuse to interfere and opportunity to burden.”

William Saletan writes, “Beneath that hard line, there were signs of trouble. The president of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecological Society testified that physicians in the abortion field were “usually residents or somebody in training,” if not from out of town. A representative from the Florida Department of Professional Regulation confirmed this problem: “There appears to be a trend among the physicians who perform terminations of pregnancy on a regular basis. They don’t have admitting privileges to hospitals themselves. Frequently, they have informal arrangements to admit their patients. The result has been in several cases that when things went bad, they didn’t have the ability to promptly admit a patient. … [T]hey go in for a short period of time to work there full-time to get enough money to go into another field, some of them.”

One member of the committee, Democratic state Rep. Ben Graber, knew of these shortcomings firsthand. Graber was an OB-GYN. He performed about 15 or 20 abortions per month. “The reason I became involved in abortion is the inadequacy of abortion services,” Graber told a reporter in August, a month before the hearings began. “These lay people are opening clinics and hiring half-trained doctors to do them.” The problem, he explained, was systemic: “[T]he clinics are a result of the issue being so controversial that doctors shied away from it.”

But when the discussion turned from his role as physician to his role as lawmaker, Graber clammed up. On Sept. 14, the director of the Florida Catholic Conference told the committee that a licensed doctor had lethally botched abortions at “the Dadeland abortion clinic” near Miami. Graber and the committee chairwoman cut off the speaker and dismissed his story. Two days later, Voice for Choice, a coalition of abortion rights advocates, mass-mailed a “Dear Colleagues” letter, signed by Graber on his private-practice stationery, asking doctors to contribute $250 to the pro-choice lobby to block “new areas of physician liability” and “unwarranted state intrusion” in their profession.

The next morning, the Sunday Miami Herald landed with a thud on doorsteps across Florida. Its weekly magazine, Tropic, featured an exposé of the clinic to which the committee’s witness had alluded. Owners of the clinic, formerly known as the Dadeland Family Planning Center, had “lured clients with misleading ads, listing the clinic under more than three dozen names in the phone book,” reporter Deborah Sontag wrote. And its record was awful:

“In the last 10 years, the clinic and its doctors have been sued 15 times. … One doctor who worked at the Dadeland clinic was a convicted sex offender. Another was reprimanded by his state licensing board for “gross malpractice.” A third was responsible for more than $500,000 in out-of-court settlements on abortions gone awry. Year after year, there were ruptured uteruses, perforated colons and emergency hysterectomies. … Finally, one woman, the unluckiest of all, died.”

Sixteen years after Roe, Sontag wrote, “the back alley persists—on a commercial street, in a medical building, with a front door, and sometimes even with a state license.”

William Saletan writes, “Behind that scandal stood another. The regulatory system had failed. Physicians outside the clinic had been confronted by its butchery but hadn’t reported it to the state. Negligence charges had been dropped or dismissed by the state Board of Medical Examiners. Years later, the Department of Professional Regulation was telling inquirers that the doctors responsible were still in good standing. And a year after Dr. Nabil Ghali, the clinic’s convicted sex offender, lost his license to practice medicine in Florida, the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services had granted him a license to open another abortion facility.

In 1983 abortion doc Nabil Ghali’s medical license in Kentucky was revoked following his conviction on four counts of unlawful sexual transaction with a minor. (A fourteen year old female neighbor) The victims younger sister also testified she has seen Ghali improperly touching a five year old child. In 1989 while Ghali was operating an abortion clinic in Florida and performing abortions in several other South Florida clinics, the state’s medical board began revocation procedures of his license due to falsification of his license application. Ghali was caught in Florida performing abortions in South Dade County. When Ghali later lost his license in Florida he moved to Ohio and continued to perform abortions. The State of Ohio after learning of Ghali’s history began revocation procedures. In February 1993 the Ohio Medical Board won an appeal upholding Ghali’s license revocation. In addition to Ghali’s sexual conduct he was involved in the death of at least one woman from an abortion procedure in Florida. ( SOURCE: Kentucky Medical Licensing Board case #190, State Medical Board of Ohio vs. Ghali’s, Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services inspection reports, 1989, The Miami Herald Tropic Magazine September 17, 1989, Utah Medial Board)

The private quality-control system had failed, too. Unsatisfied by the clinic’s methods or conduct, the National Abortion Federation and the Florida Abortion Council, which enforced their own safety standards, had rejected its applications for membership. But those verdicts carried no force. Women seeking abortions wanted them done quickly and anonymously. They relied on ads in the Yellow Pages. Under these circumstances, the clinic’s poor record hadn’t hurt business.”

The third scandal was worse still. More scrupulous abortion providers who considered the clinic unsavory had never filed a complaint or spoken out against it.

A few months before the Herald article appeared, pro-choice activists who privately disdained the clinic had rallied to its premises to resist a pro-life blockade and to present a united pro-choice front to the media.

MEDIA COVER-UP

Saletan again: The cover-up effort extended even to the Herald story. In a letter representing three other clinic operators, Patricia Windle had asked the Herald’s publisher to sit on the story until after the special session. Windle called the Dadeland clinic “wretched” but warned Sontag that “we don’t want to give the hysterics weapons.” She argued, as Sontag put it in her article, that “pro-choice advocates must maintain a hard line: that a woman is safer when abortion is legal. To acknowledge that in some instances women are still not so safe is to dilute the argument, to hand something over to the other side.”

For that reason, Sontag reported, pro-choice leaders refused legislative remedies, insisting that current regulations sufficed. But Sontag pointed out that the sole regulatory hurdle, a license, required only a $35 fee and an inspection. She then discredited the inspection system with a single illustration:

“When Ellen Williams died after an abortion at the Dadeland Family Planning Clinic, Dade Medical Examiner Joe Davis requested a special investigation. Investigators checked everything they could by law: The clinic indeed had copies of its doctors’ licenses; patient records were kept; fetal remains were adequately disposed of.

“In other words, the clinic passed.”

Slatenan points out, “The days of gore, fear, and silence hadn’t ended with Roe. Janis Compton, the director of the Florida Abortion Rights Action League, admitted to Sontag that there were bad entrepreneurs, drawn to the abortion business by its low capital requirements, steady demand, and cash transactions. “In my gut, I am completely aghast at what goes on at that place,” she told Sontag. “But I staunchly oppose anything that would correct this situation in law.”

Pro-choice lobbyists moved quickly to quash talk of changing the law. In a memo to lawmakers, Voice for Choice argued, “The Tropic article clearly illustrates that no matter how restrictive and well-intentioned laws are, greedy and fraudulent professionals will always persist in their pursuit to exploit the most vulnerable of our citizens.” The ACLU of Florida agreed: “No matter how many laws are passed, there will always be a very small number of individuals who will disregard the law and disregard their responsibilities to the people they serve. … More laws will not change unscrupulous people’s hearts.”

Abortion clinic employee receives sentence

Posted in Aborted baby born alive, Abortion and Communism, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion clinic worker arrested, Abortion complication, Abortion death, Kermit Gosnell, National Abortion Federation, Pro-choice law breakers with tags , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2013 by saynsumthn

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An unlicensed physician who worked in the family practice at abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia clinic was sentenced Monday to 6 to 23 months of house arrest by a judge who said he was mystified how “someone with your intelligence” could work for Gosnell.

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart made it clear that Eileen O’Neill, 56, would have gone to prison were she not the sole caretaker for her seriously ill 82-year-old mother. “You have to serve some form of punishment, but I don’t think it has to be at the expense of your mother,” Minehart said.

In addition to house arrest, Minehart ordered O’Neill to complete 100 hours of community service in any area except medicine where she could present herself as a doctor. She will serve two years probation after completing the house arrest.

In May, a jury found her guilty of two counts of theft by deception and two counts of conspiracy involving her work at the Women’s Medical Society clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave. O’Neill, however, shed little light on why, after graduating medical school in the 1990s and passing her medical board tests, she never got her license. Gosnell 72, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder for killing infants born alive during abortion procedures, and is serving three consecutive life sentences.

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Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore described how Eileen O’Neill traveled to Louisiana to find out more on O’Neill, where the unlicensed doctor had previous troubles while working at a Baton Rouge, La. abortion clinic.

Pescatore claimed that O’Neill was “not always truthful” and cited that she was previously charged with perjury in this trial.

She went into detail on the night of Karnamaya Mongar’s death.

Mongar, a 41-year-old immigrant, went into cardiac arrest in Dr. Gosnell’s clinic and died the next morning at a nearby hospital.

Pescatore said O’Neill ran upstairs and hid rather than help, and that she ran out of the clinic during an FBI raid “because she had things to hide.”

MORE ON EILEEN O’NEILL
SOURCE:
District Attorney’s Office – R. Seth Williams, Press release Jan 19,2011 “West Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Charged with Murder” ; list of charges

and Grand Jury Report

2000– Eileen O’Neill relinquished her Louisiana medical license in 2000 – she claimed because of “post traumatic stress syndrome” – and has not been licensed to practice medicine in any capacity since 2001

CHARGES According to the state:
Eileen O’Neill 54 year old Eileen O’Neill of Nutt Road in Phoenixville, Pa
1-Eileen O’Neill 140 Nutt Road Phoenixville, PA
• Theft by Deception (9 counts), 18 Pa.C.S. § 3922, M-l
• Conspiracy (Theft by Deception), 18 Pa.C.S. § 903, M-l
• Corrupt Organizations, Racketeering, 18 Pa.C.S. § 911(b), F-1
• Corru ptOrganization,Conspiracy,18 Pa.C.S.§911(b)(4),F-l
• Perjury, 18 Pa.C.S. §, 4902, F-3
• False Swearing, 18 Pa.C.S.§ 4903, M-2

UNLICENSED:
is a medical school graduate who worked as doctor at the clinic without a license or certification.

Theft by Deception
Conspiracy
Racketeering
Perjury
False Swearing charges.

*Eileen O’Neill testified that she graduated in 1995 from a medical school in Texas. She described an odd course of residency in which she seemingly worked simultaneously in Texas and at a Louisiana abortion clinic and then spent a month at Gosnell’s clinic, where she said she “just stood around and did nothing pretty much.” Louisiana Board of Medicine records show that O’Neill was licensed to practice medicine in Louisiana from 1996 to 2000 (she testified, incorrectly, that she was licensed from 1995 to 1998). She testified that she worked at the Delta abortion clinic in Baton Rouge from 1998 to 2000, even though she also testified that she moved to Texas in 1998. She said that she worked at the Louisiana abortion clinic as a “side job.” During that same time period, in 1998 or 1999, she said she was licensed to practice in Texas, but obtained “special dispensation” to finish her residency at Reading Hospital in Pennsylvania. She spent one month of her residency at Gosnell’s clinic.
*O’Neill briefly held a “graduate medical training license” in Pennsylvania, but let it expire in 2001. After her residency stints, she never held a medical license in
Pennsylvania. (She asserted that she has a license application pending now.)
O’Neill relinquished her Louisiana medical license in 2000 – she claimed because of “post traumatic stress syndrome” – and has not been licensed to practice medicine in
any capacity since 2001. Despite being fully aware that she was not licensed, Gosnell hired her to work at his clinic in 2002. O’Neill testified that she met Gosnell through
Leroy Brinkley, the owner of both the Baton Rouge abortion clinic and Atlantic Women’s Services, the Delaware abortion clinic where Gosnell worked one day a week.
In her testimony, O’Neill tried to minimize her hours, her pay, and her responsibilities at Gosnell’s clinic. She said that she commuted from Phoenixville to work four hours a night (8:00 p.m. to midnight), three nights a week (Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays). She testified, under oath, that she was really a volunteer, and
that Gosnell just provided her with gas money.

She testified:
A: He gave me travel money every now and then, just
whenever he had cash. He always said he never had any
money.
Q: So how much did you make?
A: For 15 hours a week, sometimes he give me 200 every
couple of weeks and sometimes 200 a month. Sometimes
400 every two months.
Gosnell, she said, paid her in cash.

*O’Neill acknowledged that she saw patients and that they called her Dr. O’Neill. But she claimed that her responsibilities were mainly paperwork, tasks such as composing hardship letters, doing referrals, and filling out forms for disability and family medical leave. She insisted that she saw patients only when Gosnell was at the clinic, a
claim refuted by her co-workers and disproved by her own files. Steve Massof testified that every day she worked, O’Neill saw patients before Gosnell arrived for the night. And
Kareema Cross confirmed that O’Neill was regularly at the clinic before Gosnell came in. O’Neill tried to assert that she did not treat patients, based on a fiction that the
doctor was always there supervising her. But her own testimony belied this sham:
Q: What do you mean that you didn’t treat patients?
A: Well, I never decide what the treatment is. That’s up to
him.
Q: What would you do –
A: Because I’m there with him all night. So I can talk to
him about patients.
Q: Okay. So your testimony is that he was with – that every
time you saw patients, where was he, the doctor?
A: Well, it depends, he would be in and out sometimes. I
mean the deal was, he was supposed to be seeing them with
me, but I’m sure there’s times when he didn’t. Sometimes
he just stuck his head in, you know.
Later, she qualified her claim further:
Q: … you’re saying all the services that you provided to the
patient was in the company of Dr. Gosnell.
A: No. I didn’t say that. I said I would like it to be. He was
always on the premises. Sometimes he’d just poke his head
in. Whatever he tells me to do, I would do.

MASSOF

Employee Eric Massof testified that O’Neill worked alone and unsupervised, that she treated patients, and that she prescribed drugs. Latosha Lewis described O’Neill as “basically the doctor that saw family practice patients.” Files found at the clinic show O’Neill signing post-procedure pelvic exams as the “clinician.” Gosnell introduced O’Neill to an evaluator from the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an association of abortion providers, as the doctor who performed the first-trimester medical abortions (performed with pills, not surgery) – and O’Neill confirmed to the NAF evaluator that she did treat these patients.
*Gosnell also introduced O’Neill to another one-time clinic worker, Randy Hutchins, as a physician. Hutchins believed O’Neill was a licensed doctor because he saw her treat patients at the clinic. Hutchins personally knew one of the patients – Della Mann, a registered nurse who had worked at the clinic years earlier (and, again, for four
days in December 2009, when the NAF evaluator was present). *Mann told the Grand Jury that she had been a “patient” of O’Neill’s for several years and a patient of Gosnell’s for over 20 years before O’Neill joined his practice. She explained that she started seeing O’Neill when she arrived for an appointment with Gosnell one night and was told by the person at the front desk that she would be seen by “Dr. O’Neill” instead. Mann testified that for approximately seven years, until 2009, she
saw “Dr. O’Neill” for “each and every one of my visits.” She said that she saw Gosnell only four or five times during that period. Mann listed a number of conditions for which
she had seen O’Neill. O’Neill had diagnosed her conditions, prescribed medication, and signed her charts. Mann could not say whose signature was on the prescriptions, but she
saw O’Neill write them. Mann never saw or talked to Gosnell about these conditions. He did not pop his head in, and he did not consult with O’Neill. As far as Mann knew, O’Neill was her doctor. And she always assumed that O’Neill was licensed. She certainly never suspected that Gosnell allowed her to be treated by a “volunteer” at his clinic. Mann told the Grand
Jurors: “If I knew that she was not licensed, I wouldn’t have let her touch me.”
Mann did eventually stop seeing O’Neill, but it was not because she was not licensed. Mann said that in 2008, she decided to stop going to Gosnell’s office because of
its reckless handling of patient files. She said that the files were left all over the place and that anyone, including other patients, could have access to them.
O’Neill was in the clinic on February 18, 2010, when law enforcement conducted the raid. She fled, however, before being interviewed – even though she had been told not
to leave.

NAF abortion clinic abortionist leaves fetus’ head inside the woman’s uterus, patient sues

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion complication, Abortion injury, Abortion lawsuit, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, National Abortion Federation with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2013 by saynsumthn

RodneyLStephens-140x168West Virginia abortionist Rodney Lee Stephens forced a 26-year-old woman to go through with an abortion she did not want and failed to anesthetize her, putting her through excruciating pain, according to a lawsuit filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

After the abortion the woman’s pain only escalated until doctors discovered the abortionist had left part of the baby’s body, including the skull, inside her womb.

Itai Gravely states in her lawsuit that she repeatedly told employees at the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc., in Charleston, last April 19 that she wanted to keep her baby. Dr. Stephens allegedly ordered employees at the Women’s Health Center to restrain her, and they held her down until he had completed the abortion.

According to her legal complaint, Stephens did not examine “or even take a moment to greet” Gravely after the abortion. Her father and cousin, who accompanied her, had to support her so she could walk.

Employees sent her out the back exit after the procedure, to keep other patients from seeing her pain, she states.

The next day, doctors at the Charleston Area Medical Center – where Dr. Stephens also practices – discovered the abortionist had left fetal remains, including her baby’s skull, inside her womb.

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Read more and shows him practicing at : WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER OF WEST VIRGINIA, INC 510 WASHINGTON STREET CHARLESTON, WV 25302-2036 (KANAWHA CO.) which is a National Abortion Federation Clinic (NAF)

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The West Virginia Medical Board lists 9 malpractice cases against him:

Malpractice Records for RODNEY LEE STEPHENS

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 4/27/1990
Action Date: 5/3/1991
Amount: $8,485
Insurance Company: CNA
File Number: 42-118042F3
Notes: NONE

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 7/28/1988
Action Date: 10/11/1993
Amount: $25,000
Insurance Company: PIE MUTUAL
File Number: 64926
Adjucating Body: LOGAN CTY CIRCUIT COURT, WV
Case Number of Adjucating Body: 91 C 609
Notes: NONE

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Dismissal
Loss Date: 11/16/1988
Action Date: 4/13/1993
Amount: 0
Insurance Company: PIE MUTUAL
File Number: 65794
Adjucating Body: LOGAN CTY CIRCUIT COURT, WV
Case Number of Adjucating Body: 90 C 782
Notes: NONE

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 1/8/1980
Action Date: 6/2/1995
Amount: $7,500
Insurance Company: CHUBB-PACIFIC INDEMITY INS CO
File Number: NO FILE NUMBER LISTED
Notes: PHYSICIAN REPORTED–1995

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 2/8/1980
Action Date: 6/2/1995
Amount: $50,000
Insurance Company: CHUBB-PACIFIC INDEMITY INS CO
File Number: NO FILE NUMBER LISTED
Notes: PHYSICIAN REPORTED–1995

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 4/12/1977
Action Date: 6/2/1995
Amount: $30,000
Insurance Company: CHUBB-PACIFIC INDEMITY INS CO
File Number: NO FILE NUMBER LISTED
Notes: PHYSICIAN REPORTED–1995

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 4/4/1990
Action Date: 4/4/1996
Amount: $150,000
Insurance Company: PIE MUTUAL
File Number: 69260
Adjucating Body: LOGAN CTY CIRCUIT COURT, WV
Case Number of Adjucating Body: 92 C 398
Notes: NONE

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Settlement
Loss Date: 10/5/1998
Action Date: 8/22/2001
Amount: $115,000
Insurance Company: MEDICAL ASSURANCE OF WV
File Number: 100237
Adjucating Body: KANAWHA CTY CIRCUIT COURT
Case Number of Adjucating Body: CA 99-C-2257
Notes: ORDER ON FILE

Malpractice Record: Case Detail
Action Type: Dismissal
Loss Date: 4/5/2000
Action Date: 5/16/2007
Amount: 0
Insurance Company: WOODBROOK CASUALTY
File Number: 113637
Adjucating Body: KANAWHA CTY CIRCUIT COURT
Case Number of Adjucating Body: 01-C-3552
Notes: NONE

According to the Herald-Dispatch the Family Policy Council President Jeremy Dys said Gravely had been going to the clinic for birth control, returned when she unexpectedly became pregnant and was persuaded by clinic counselors to have an abortion in April 2012. The pregnancy was near the end of the first trimester; estimates ranged from 9 to 13 weeks.

According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a fetus tends to be about 2 inches in length at 9 weeks and about 3 1/2 inches long at 12 weeks. Gravely was given a sedative but wanted to stop the procedure because she started having severe abdominal pain. The lawsuit said Stephens ignored her instructions and directed other employees to have her physically restrained.

“When a patient tells the doctor ‘stop’ and the doctor continues, that’s egregious,” Dys said. “She has revoked her informed consent. They did not regain her informed consent, and they proceeded with the procedure anyway with her physically restrained on the table. That’s unacceptable.”

Afterward, there was no record of Stephens checking on Gravely in the recovery room, and she was asked to leave through a back door with the assistance of her father and a cousin, Dys said.

When her pain didn’t subside, Gravely called the next day but was unable to transport herself to the clinic. Instead, she was taken by ambulance to a Charleston hospital, where an exam revealed the fetus’ head remained in her uterus, Dys said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

“Tia’s greatest concern is for other women who, like she was, are completely unaware of what goes on inside of Women’s Health Center of West Virginia,” Dys said. “Her motivation is that other women aren’t harmed.”

The Family Policy Council is being assisted in the lawsuit by Alliance Defending Freedom, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Christian civil rights group that also has sued an abortion doctor in Colorado.

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