H/T To Pro-Life Florida Blog September 23,2010
Central Florida prolife activists initiate call to Orlando Police. Abortionist surrounded by cops at Orlando Women’s Center and held without bond. Whitney screams profanities at activists and threatens to sue. Whitney also charged with resisting arrest without violence. Stunning eyewitness account details results of prolife activism.
On the first day of the massive 13-city Florida campaign of 40 Days for Life, Orlando-area prolife activists discovered an outstanding bench warrant from September 10 against notorious abortionist Randall Brooks Whitney.
While doing abortions for four-time suspended Florida abortionist James Pendergraft, Whitney was arrested in March for slapping a customer of Orlando Women’s Center and charged with felony battery. After pleading not guilty through his and Pendergraft’s attorney James Buonauro, Whitney simply failed to show up for his trial.
On September 8, Judge John Adams issued the order for capias and it was formally entered on September 10. Prolife activists who had been following the case were amazed Whitney didn’t show. Even more stupendous is that he continued to kill babies in Orange County instead of staying in his home county of Volusia.
After dark on Wednesday, under a full moon, activists were notified of the warrant and were able to confirm that Whitney was inside the abortion clinic. They contacted Orlando Police and obtained a copy of the warrant. Four police officers surrounded the building while Whitney claimed he was in the “middle of surgery” and that they were superseding legal authority by removing a doctor from his patient.
Police didn’t buy Whitney’s story and arrested him while he was still in surgical scrubs. Police additionally charged Whitney with “resisting arrest without violence”, a misdemeanor common in situations were a person being arrested attempts to give false information to an officer.
As Whitney was led to the patrol vehicle in handcuffs, he screamed at several activists who remained behind to see his arrest. He threatened to come find them and that they would be sorry. He also threatened to sue although it was unclear if he was threatening Orlando Police or the activists.
He also accused the activists of using hardball tactics. He seemed genuinely shocked when one activist openly identified himself as the owner of the house across the street from an abortion clinic where Whitney used to work over ten years ago. “You’ve got to be kidding me!”, he exclaimed. [Full eyewitness account here on that exchange]
Whitney is being held without bond at the Orange County Jail. Activists intend to notify the Florida Medical Board and ask for an immediate permanent revocation of Whitney’s medical license.
Ten days preceding the arrest, Whitney had slept in his own car overnight in the back parking lot of the abortion clinic. He had exclaimed to sidewalk counselors (whom he frequently interacts with) that his March arrest for battery was a complete misunderstanding. Yet, inexplicably, he failed to show for trial.
Whitney, Pendergraft, and Orlando Women’s Center are currently being sued for malpractice stemming from a 2001 botched abortion. After an early victory for Pendergraft and Whitney, upon appeal the case was remanded back to the lower court by the 5th District Court of Appeals in 2008. On September 13,2010 the parties agreed to proceed with a non-jury trial. It’s unclear whether Whitney’s arrest will further delay justice for the plaintiff in that case.
Original Arrest Story here
Operation Rescue reported that Whitney has faced license suspension and probation in the past and has been accused of illegal late-term abortions beyond the limits set by law by improperly using ultrasound to determine fetal age. Whitney defiantly closed his Daytona Beach abortion clinic rather than comply with laws governing clinic safety.
Orlando Women’s Center is owned by the notorious abortionist James Pendergraft, who is also no stranger to legal problems. On July 6, 2010, Pendergraft had his medical license suspended for a fourth time for botched abortions, committing illegal late-term abortions, and dispensing drugs without a license.
According to Michele Herzog, the director of Orlando’s Pro-life Action Ministries, Whitney has since taken over the work load from Pendergraft, doing an estimated 75% of all abortions at Pendergraft’s five Florida abortion mills.
“We will be forwarding documents to the Florida Medical Board today asking for the emergency suspension of Whitney’s license based on unprofessional conduct and criminal activity,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.
Whitney’s arrest follows recent news of abortionists nationwide in trouble with the law, including the conviction and jailing two weeks ago of Massachusetts abortionist Rapin Osathanondh on a charge of manslaughter in the abortion death of Laura Hope Smith. Medical licenses of four other abortionists were suspended this month in Maryland and New Jersey on charges ranging from wrongful death, illegal late-term abortions, and aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine.
“The dirty truth about the unseemly side of the abortion industry is being exposed like never before and abortionists are finally beginning to be brought to justice after years of abortion abuses,” said Newman. “Whitney is by far no exception, but rather the rule when it comes to abortionists who are operating outside the law. Illegal activity by abortionists is systemic in the industry and that places lives at risk.”
Operation Rescue works to expose and report abortion abuses and is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and convictions of abortionists who are breaking the law.