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State suspends abortion clinic pending investigation

Posted in Abortion clinic closed by state, Abortion Clinic Inspections, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortionist with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2014 by saynsumthn

A woman who will be testifying at a press conference outside a Michigan abortion clinic got her courage to come forward after reading this blog.

Pro-lifers will call for a permanent end to a Lathrup Village abortion clinic when they gather in front of the Women’s Center of Southfield on Tuesday. The clinic is owned by abortionist Jacob Kalo and abortions are performed by abortionist Reginald Sharpe.

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In 2013, this blogger posted this story: Ambulance removes woman from Michigan abortion clinic, detailing an ambulance being summoned to the Summit Medical Services abortion clinic in Detroit, where Reginald Sharpe worked at the time.

At the time of that Blog post, Sharpe had been sued at least five times.

The patient, who was injured from the abortion Sharpe performed on her, stumbled onto the Saynsumthn’s blog post.

While there she saw a series of comments from a a woman who claimed she took a patient to the clinic and another who claimed she caught VD because of unsanitary equipment:

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Although the woman did not leave a comment herself, she responded to the e-mail address of a local pro-lifer who put her in touch with local pro-life investigator Lynn Mills.

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Mills told Saynsumthn, that because she stumbled onto this blog- she is now willing to testify before the state about the treatment she received while under Sharpe’s care for an abortion at Women’s Center of Southfield.

According to Mills, the abortionist perforated the woman’s uterus after she went to him for a 23 week and five day abortion. Mills said after the botched procedure, the woman was removed from the abortion clinic out the back door by ambulance. Mills has a recording of the 911 call placed at the time the ambulance was called, which she hopes state investigators will listen to in deciding whether to allow the clinic to continue operating.

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Mills sent Saynsumthn a transcript of the February 28, 2014 911 call were abortionists Reginald Sharpe tells the dispatcher they need to come right away because, “she has a hole and she’s bleeding.

Unidentified female caller: He’s like, hold for one moment. I’m like what are you talking about?

Receiver: Southfield 911.

Unidentified female caller: I’m calling from WomanCare of Southfield. We have a patient here who needs emergency assistance to the hospital. We were doing a termination of pregnancy and there’s possible complication.

Receiver: Ok, female, how old?

Unidentified female caller: Hello?

Receiver: Ya, how old? How old?

Unidentified female caller: She is 29 years old; she’s a female.

Receiver: 29 (typing termination)

Unidentified female caller: She needs to go to the hospital like as soon as possible. Immediately.

Receiver: Termination. Ok. Of.

Abortionist Reginald Sharpe: This is Dr. Sharpe, how are you doing?

Receiver: Good. We’re going to get the paramedics coming that way. I’m just asking the questions and we’ll get them coming to 28505 Southfield, ok?

Abortionist Reginald Sharpe: We need them right now, she has a hole and she’s bleeding.

Receiver: Ok, gotcha. We’ll get them coming.

Abortionist Reginald Sharpe: Ok, about how long do you think?

Receiver: As soon as I hang up on with you will get them coming that way, Doctor. Bye-bye.

Abortionist Reginald Sharpe: Alright.

According to Mills, the woman had to be hospitalized for several days as a result of her abortion.

Mills said the state Attorney General has since ordered the closure of Sharpe’s Woman’s Center of Southfield pending the outcome of an investigation.

The closure order took place November 21, 2014, and this has been confirmed by a suspension notice on the state’s website:

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However, despite this, calls made to the clinic have confirmed they are open and scheduling abortions.

Mills told Saynsumthn Blog that the Women’s Center of Southfield has failed no less than five inspections within the past ten months and she sent Saynsumth a list of some of the violations:

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I kept writing the state asking how many times do they get to fail?” Mills said.

Mills said a hearing is expected in March.

Abortionist arrested for firearms violations,drugs, and history of abuses has died

Posted in abortion clinic safety, Abortionist, Abortionist arrested, Abortionists and Drugs, Abortionists and Guns, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers with tags , , , , , , , , on June 6, 2012 by saynsumthn

According to Cheryl Sullenger’s report on the Operation Rescue Website:

Florida abortionist Walker L. Whaley died on May 31, 2012, at the age of 64. Walker had a 34-year history of aborting babies, as a circuit riding abortionist he was traveling around Florida working for such notorious abortionists as James Scott Pendergraft and Gary Dresden, who both own well-known chains of abortion clinics in a state with more than its share of abortion businesses. At one point, his medical license was suspended indefinitely, and with good cause:

Sulenger investigated Whaley’s history and found all sorts of sorted details on Walker Lanier Whaley:

Whaley graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1974, but, like most abortionists, he did not seem to be particularly good at his new profession. Whaley was sued for malpractice over a complicated delivery in 1981 that ended in a brain-damaged baby. (Duval County Circuit Court Case #84-10676.) He turned his practice to primarily providing abortions.

Court records show that in 1983, Whaley found trouble with the law when he was arrested for manufacturing cocaine in his basement with the aid of his brother, Jonathan. Money problems followed. In 1984, his first wife, Terri, divorced him and his medical license was suspended indefinitely.

Whaley was released from Federal Prison on April 5, 1988, but any efforts to reform him had failed.

In 1993, his home went into foreclosure and he defaulted on a car loan. He owed nearly $47,000 in unpaid Federal taxes. Creditors lined up to sue him, a trend that continued until his death.

He faced multiple income tax leins. He was sued for malpractice.

In 2009, he was evicted from a Jacksonville business office where he and another doctor operated a “weight loss clinic.” He and his partner were sued for over $26,000 in back rent.

A 2009, Florida Medical Board filed an Administrative Complaint against Whaley recommended suspension or revocation of his medical license after he was caught self-administrating controlled substances for which he had no valid prescription. Police had discovered his use of illicit drugs when they served a search warrant on his home seeking evidence in a fraudulent prescription investigation. According to Forerunner, The Florida Board of Medical Examiners recommended suspension and probation due to Whaley’s 1984 conviction on conspiracy to manufacture cocaine. It ordered his medical license to be suspended for three years or until completion of the federal sentence, whichever was longer, with reinstatement of his license granted only under stipulations. Whaley, his brother, and the brother’s female roommate reportedly were discovered by DEA agents in a drug laboratory in Whaley’s basement.

The following year on February 26, 2010, Whaley was arrested and jailed on five counts of firearms violations. The charges indicated that he was in illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon and was subject to a Domestic Violence Injunction at the time of his arrest. Remarkably, while convicted, he served only one day in jail.

NOTE: Much information was gathered from volumes of documents on-line at http://www.duvalclerk.com/oncoreweb/ and https://showcase.duvalclerk.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx. Search Walker Whaley to access. Walker L. Whaley, M.D., 51 FR 15556
(1986).

According to a report on pro-choice violence: Abortionist Walker L. Whaley attended the birth of Chad Nolan on December 14, 1981. He allowedfetal distress and tachycardia to continue for three hours, administered narcotic drugs which crossed the placenta to the unborn child, and failed to perform a C-section, resulting in the infant suffering a seizuredisorder.The Florida Board of Medical Examiners recommended suspension and probation due to Whaley’s1984 conviction on conspiracy to manufacture cocaine. It ordered his medical license to be suspendedfor three years or until completion of the federal sentence, whichever was longer, with reinstatement of his license granted only under stipulations. Whaley, his brother, and the brother’s female roommatereportedly were discovered by DEA agents in a drug laboratory in Whaley’s basement.

Abortion clinic chain operator in trouble with state for hiring unlicensed abortion doctors, failing to pay taxes

Posted in Abortion, abortion clinic safety, Abortion Clinic Worders, Abortion injury, Abortion Regulation, Abortionist, pro-choice, Pro-choice law breakers, Steven Chase Brigham with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by saynsumthn

More trouble for abortion doctor, this time in Pennsylvania

By Marie McCullough 7-21-2010
Inquirer Staff Writer

Steven Chase Brigham, a physician whose medical license has been revoked, relinquished, or temporarily suspended in five states, is now facing regulatory and tax troubles that could jeopardize his chain of 15 abortion clinics.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health this month ordered Brigham to permanently shut his four clinics in the state for repeatedly employing unlicensed caregivers.

Lawyer Julia Gabis, who represents Brigham in the Pennsylvania case, contends that the order violates his constitutional rights and reflects selective enforcement against abortion providers. The department rejected those arguments.

“We intend to appeal this decision to the Commonwealth Court,” Gabis said in an e-mail.

Brigham also has to deal with the IRS. In April, it placed $234,536 in liens against him for failing to pay payroll taxes from 2002 to 2006. His company, which does business as American Women’s Services, has six clinics in New Jersey, including the headquarters at 1 Alpha Ave., Voorhees.

John Zen Jackson, a lawyer in Warren, N.J. who represented Brigham in a lawsuit against him by his accounting firm, did not respond to requests for comment on the liens.

Brigham, 53, has rarely given interviews about his legal scrapes, which go back as far as 1989 and have pitted him against medical boards, creditors, landlords, patients, and others. He declined to be interviewed for this article.

Brigham graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1986. By 1990, when abortion became the focus of his practice, he was licensed in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, and Georgia, public records show.

Pennsylvania was the first setback. In a confidential 1992 settlement, Brigham agreed to permanently give up his license amid an investigation of his practice in Wyomissing.

Despite this restriction, Brigham continued to own and expand his abortion business in the state.

In 1994, New York took his license, finding him guilty of “gross negligence” and “inexcusably bad judgment” involving two late-pregnancy abortions. The patients suffered life-threatening bleeding and required emergency hospital operations, public records show.

Brigham maintained offices in New York through 1995 but failed to file state business taxes, a misdemeanor for which he was sentenced to 120 days in jail and $8,188 in restitution, public records show.

In Florida, Brigham lost his license for not disclosing New York’s action. California put him on probation and ordered extra training; instead, he let his license lapse, as he did in Georgia.

New Jersey suspended Brigham’s license in 1993, citing the same botched abortions as New York, plus other charges. After three years of defending himself against an action by the state Attorney General’s Office, Brigham won full reinstatement of his medical privileges.

Pennsylvania‘s latest disciplinary action came July 7 when Deputy Secretary of Health Robert Torres permanently banned Brigham and any corporation in which he has a controlling interest from providing abortions in the state. Torres’ order cites repeated violations of the state’s medical licensing rules.

American Women’s Services does about 3,600 abortions a year in Pennsylvania, state records show. It has clinics in Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, and State College. Until last month its website also listed 11 locations in Philadelphia, Bristol Borough, King of Prussia, and Willow Grove where patients could rendezvous for “free transportation” to a clinic.

Vicki Saporta, president of the National Abortion Federation, said this week, “We applaud Pennsylvania’s decision.”

Her trade association, which has 400 abortion providers that meet its clinical standards, has long criticized the quality of care at Brigham’s clinics.
The most recent violation cited in the July 7 order occurred in 2008, when a woman who was not a nurse worked as one in the Pittsburgh clinic, according to Health Department charges.

During hearings early last year, Brigham contended he had been duped. He testified that he did not know the applicant’s name when he verified the license number she provided to his office administrator. As a result, he verified the wrong person’s license.

Asked why he did not specifically check the applicant’s name, he said, “It didn’t dawn on me. I mean, I just, I didn’t. . . . I don’t know. I guess I don’t have a good explanation.”

In his legal pleadings, Brigham argued that even if there were a licensing violation, it was minor. Shutting him down, he contended, would be “excessive” and “drastic.”

But the 2008 violation was far from minor, health officials decided, in the context of his previous lapses.

In 1997, Brigham employed an obstetrician-gynecologist who was under suspension for, among other things, sexually molesting patients.
“We contacted Dr. Brigham, and he said he wasn’t aware that the license was suspended,” recalled Kenneth Brody, the department’s chief counsel. The department accepted that explanation and did not discipline Brigham.

In 2004, Brigham again pleaded ignorance. He said he was unaware that a physician who had done more than 1,600 abortions at American Women’s Services clinics in Pennsylvania had previously retired his license and thus was not paying into the state’s medical malpractice insurance fund.

That time, Brigham had to promise the department that from then on, his company would go to special lengths to verify medical credentials. He agreed that any further slip-ups would be grounds for barring him from having abortion facilities “directly or indirectly” in the state.

In issuing the shut-down order last week, Torres rejected one last legal argument that Brigham added to his pleadings early this year: He claimed the case had become moot because in January, he transferred ownership of his Pennsylvania clinics to a newly created company headed by a 70-year-old woman in Toledo, Ohio.

Permission to run abortion clinics “may not be transferred as part of a sales transaction,” Torres ruled. Any transfer “would be void.”

During Brigham’s travails, his enterprise has continually evolved. Over the years, he has created at least 20 corporate entities – some with names such as Peaceful Corp., Goodness Inc., and Kindness Corp. – and added clinics in Virginia and Maryland.

The IRS now has a big claim against all of it.

“We have made a demand for payment of this liability, but it remains unpaid,” say April IRS notices demanding $234,536 for unpaid payroll taxes. “Therefore, there is a lien in favor of the United States on all property and rights to property belonging to this taxpayer for the amount of these taxes, and additional penalties, interest, and costs that may accrue.”

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