Abortion Industry Negligence Nationwide:
Highlighting the Most Egregious Offenses

Delaware (2013)

  • On April 9, ABC Philadelphia news reported that two former nurses at the Planned Parenthood of Delaware abortion facility quit their jobs, citing unsafe, unsanitary conditions, and “a meat-market style of assembly-line abortions.”[1]
  • On May 29, Jayne Mitchell-Werbrich and Joyce Vasikonis testified before the Delaware state senate. They referred to the clinic conditions as “ridiculously unsafe” and noted that women were at risk for hepatitis and AIDS.
  • In the months since January 2013, at least five women were sent to the hospital with complications from botched abortions.[2]



  • In August 2015, two of the highest volume Planned Parenthood abortion facilities (Far Northeast and Elizabeth Blackwell Center, both in Philadelphia) in Pennsylvania failed inspection. Inspectors found that both facilities were improperly storing fetal remains – in undated bags at Elizabeth Blackwell Center, and unpreserved in a janitor’s closet at Far Northeast. They also discovered unsanitary implements, including unused syringes and needles that had been removed from their packaging. At Elizabeth Blackwell Center there were dark stains on the carpet and on a bench in a patient area.[3]


  • On May 13 abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of the murder of three newborn children and the negligent death of one patient.[4]
  • He had been charged with eight counts of murder including seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors. Prosecutors said that he made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many illegal, late-term abortions as he could.[5]

 Texas (2013)

  • In May, Operation Rescue released a report revealing that 3 former staff members of the Aaron Women’s Clinic in Houston had come forward with evidence of horrific late term abortions conducted by abortionist Douglas Karpen.[6]
  • The informants provided photographic evidence (taken on their cell phones) of illegal late-term abortions. The photos depicted two babies aborted well beyond Texas’ legal limit of 24 weeks. Their necks had been cut. The physical condition of the babies revealed that they had likely been born alive and then subsequently killed.[7]
  • Testimony from the former workers indicated that Dr. Karpen was committing both very late term abortions and infanticide. Patients would be administered doses of Cytotec, a drug that causes strong and unpredictable uterine contractions, to induce labor, and then he would proceed with the abortion.
  • “When he did an abortion, especially an over 20 week abortion, most of the time the fetus would come completely out before he cut the spinal cord, or he introduced one of the instruments into the soft spot of the fetus in order to kill the fetus,” stated former surgical assistant Deborah Edge. According to Edge, this was a common occurrence.



  • Steven Chase Brigham’s Fairfax, VA facility remained closed as of June 2 after an April inspection in which “unsanitary equipment, expired medication and failure to maintain equipment or follow proper patient care protocols” were discovered.[8]


  • On June 27, a woman was taken away by ambulance from Nova Women’s Health Center in Falls Church. She was hyperventilating and in need of advanced life support.
  • Following this event, on August 2, the Falls Church facility underwent a licensing inspection, and it was concluded that the facility violated a number of codes.[9]
  • Nova Women’s Health Center, the busiest abortion clinic in Virginia, closed when its lease was terminated via a lawsuit by the property owners on the grounds that the abortion clinic created a public nuisance.
  • According to the lawsuit filings, Nova patients were regularly inside the building “lying down in corridors…and, in some instances, even vomiting.” One filing said witnesses would testify that this was a daily occurrence.[10]
  • Previously in 2007, the state Board of Health reported evidence of negligence and abuse at Nova Women’s Health Center clinic including: failing to provide follow-up care, keeping inadequate records, and improperly handling and dispensing drugs. Abortionist Mi Yong Kim was forced to surrender her medical license, but continued to operate the clinic.[11]

 West Virginia (2013)

  • Itai Gravely, a 26-year-old woman, filed suit against the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia and abortionist Rodney Lee Stephens after Stephens allegedly forced Ms. Gravely to proceed with an abortion against her will and then left her dead baby’s head inside her womb.[12]
  • Gravely changed her mind about the abortion after adequate anesthesia could not be administered.
  • Stephens ordered clinic workers to physically restrain Ms. Gravely as he proceeded with the abortion.
  • The next day, Ms. Gravely was rushed to the emergency room where it was discovered that dismembered body parts of her child had been left in her womb.

Alabama (2012)

  • January: The New Woman All Women abortion facility in Birmingham sent three women with botched abortions to the hospital. Paramedics had to hand-lift a partially clad woman through a narrow doorway and down several steps because the building did not have a gurney-accessible entrance.[13]
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a 76-page deficiency report citing the following among other violations.[14]
    • Clinic staff was not properly trained to provide safe quality patient care.
    • Failure to have policy and procedures related to medication administering and errors. This resulted in the hospitalization of three abortion patients on January 21, 2012, with one patient placed in ICU.
    • There was no documentation that the two abortionists employed by Derzis were even qualified to do abortions.
    • Abortionists made illegible notations on patient charts, which made determining critical information about patient care impossible. In several case, the notes about patient care and conditions were completely false.

Illinois (2012)

  • On July 20, 24-year-old Tonya Reaves died following a second-trimester abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.[15]
  • Autopsy results reveal that Ms. Reaves died as a result of a hemorrhage following a botched surgical abortion. The autopsy reported that she was a healthy woman at the time of her abortion but that she suffered an “extensive” perforation of her broad uterine ligament with a possible severing of her left uterine artery as a result of the abortion procedure.[16]
  • The autopsy also revealed that the abortion was incomplete as the medical examiner discovered that pieces of placenta had been left attached to her womb, despite the dilation and evacuation (D & E) abortion performed by Planned Parenthood. Reports indicate that Planned Parenthood ignored instructions by an emergency dispatcher to call 911.[17]

Florida (2011)

  • Abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV was party to a lawsuit in which the jury awarded the plaintiff $36.7 million in damages. The suit stemmed from a 2001 botched abortion in which a baby girl was born alive and subsequently suffered lifelong handicaps.[18]
  • Pendergraft’s medical license had been suspended 5 times, yet he continued to profit from 5 different Florida abortion mills.[19]
  • Later, in 2013, the Florida Board of Medicine indefinitely suspended his medical license and closed one of his Orlando abortion clinics. After merely paying a fine, Pendergraft reopened the clinic and continued to perform late term abortions 7 days a week.[20]
  • In October 2015, a traveling abortionist who was arrested in South Carolina as the result of a traffic stop is identified as the notorious Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV.[21] “At the time of his arrest on October 5, 2015, Pendergraft had in his possession surgical implements that were covered in blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout South Carolina. He was also in the possession of illegal narcotics.”

 New Jersey (2011)

  • February: An employee of Planned Parenthood of Central Jersey in Perth Amboy was caught on videotape by Live Action aiding and abetting an undercover investigator posing as a sex trafficker of minor girls as young as 13.[22]
  • Amy Woodruff referred the alleged pimp and prostitute to the Metropolitan Medical Association if ever in need of an abortion because “their protocols aren’t as strict as ours and they don’t get audited the same way that we do.”
  • When asked how long after the abortion the girls had to wait before engaging in sex again, Woodruff said to abstain for a “minimum of 2 weeks.” When asked what the girls could do to make money, Woodruff advised, “Waist up, or just be that extra action walking by.”
  • Woodruff was fired after Live Action’s investigation became public.[23]



  • A report on re-licensure inspections conducted in 2015 showed that multiple deficiencies were found in all 12 of Maryland’s licensed surgical abortion facilities – some of them the same violations that were found in the previous inspection in 2013. Violations include unsterile instruments, untrained staff, unpreparedness for patient emergencies, poor infection control, expired medications, and incompetent administration of anesthesia.[24]
  • As of April, at least four patients of Leroy Carhart’s Germantown, MD facility have been transported by ambulance to the hospital in 2016.
  • Combined with Carhart’s Nebraska facility, this adds up to 14 such emergencies since 2012, including the death of Jennifer Morbelli.[25]
  • On April 14, 2016, a pro-lifer who discovered private medical records blowing down the street from a dumpster at Hillcrest Clinic[26] received a letter from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene verifying her complaint and admitting that Hillcrest was operating without a license.[27]


  • April: An 18-year-old New Jersey woman was critically injured during an abortion at a Steven Chase Brigham clinic in Elkton, MD. She was airlifted to Baltimore hospital from Brigham’s facility.[28]
  • The Maryland Board of Physicians found that the woman, who was 21 weeks pregnant, had first been treated in Voorhees, N.J. where her cervix was dilated. She was then told to drive 60 miles in her car to Elkton, MD, so doctors could complete the abortion. After her uterus ruptured, state officials said, she was put into a rented Chevy Malibu and driven to Union Hospital in Elkton.[29]
  • The Maryland Board of Physicians stated that the patient was slumped in a wheelchair, nearly unconscious, outside the emergency room while Riley argued with hospital staff, who demanded their identities before treating the woman.
  • Elkton police searched the clinic but could not find medical records for the woman. During the search, police did find 35 late-term fetuses, some 20 to 35 weeks old, in a freezer.
  • The abortionists involved, Dr. Nicola Riley and Dr. Steven Chase Brigham, are now prohibited from practicing in Maryland. Dr. Riley’s medical license was suspended in September 2010 by Maryland authorities. Dr. Brigham, who did not even have a Maryland license, was barred from practicing in the state.

Michigan (2010)

  • February: The bodies of 17 aborted babies were discovered in a business dumpster outside the WomansChoice abortion clinic near Lansing. Investigations revealed that the owners were Richard and Maggie Remund, owners of another clinic where the bodies of 47 aborted babies were discovered in a dumpster in 1989.[30]
  • Additionally, the business dumpster contained medical records, including patient logs with full names and insurance information, bloody surgical material, and used urine specimen cups labeled with the names of the patients.



  • 911 calls documented two medical emergencies at Preterm Clinic in Cleveland, the same facility where Lakisha Wilson was rushed to the hospital and later died, in March and April. The first concerned an abnormally rapid heartbeat in a 15-year-old patient with no history of heart disease. The second indicated that a 35-year-old patient was requested to be transferred and monitored for heavy bleeding and was given an anti-hemorrhage drug.[31]
  • In September 2015, the Ohio Department of Health denied variance requests for a Planned Parenthood facility in Cincinnati and the Women’s Med Center of Dayton. Neither facility met patient protections standards that health officials called “essential” by having written transfer agreements in case of patient emergency. [32]


  • On March 22, 2014, Lakisha Wilson had to be rushed to the hospital following an abortion at Preterm Clinic in Cleveland. She died a week later. The Cuyahoga Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that her death was due to complications from the abortion.[33] Preterm conducts surgical abortions on the third floor, and emergency responders were delayed by the small, malfunctioning elevator. When they reached Wilson, she was not breathing; she could not be intubated in the elevator because it was too small to fully recline the gurney. This elevator was also broken in March 2012 when a 32-year-old patient weighing approximately 300 pounds who was hemorrhaging needed transport to the hospital.[34]

Missouri- More Medical Emergencies as a result of patients visiting Planned Parenthood


  • In November 2015, Planned Parenthood in Columbia, MO stopped performing abortions because it could not comply with rules on hospital admitting privileges.[1] A U.S. District Court blocked the state from taking action to revoke the facility’s license; the decision is being appealed.[2]


  • In November 2014, witnesses documented the 27th known medical emergency since 2009 at the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Louis, noting that the ambulance lights and siren were turned off while idling by the building.[3]
    • An inspection in 2013 found violations including:
      • expired medications and conflicting stories about how often medication was checked
      • other expired supplies, including postpartum balloons designed to reduce hemorrhaging
      • rusted suction machines
      • “copious amounts of visible dust/dirt”
      • failure to provide adequate written notice of patient rights
      • failure to inspect fire extinguishers monthly[4]


Indiana- State Finally Revokes License of Abortionist with History of Health & Safety Violations


  • In March 2016, Women’s Pavilion — Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s South Bend, IN abortion facility — closed after 30 years in business as the state moved to revoke Klopfer’s license.[5]
    • A state inspection of this facility in late 2014 found 27 violations “including proof of staff certification, clinic procedures and disposal of expired medication.” It also found that half of patient files “showed patients were not monitored by qualified personnel other than the doctor while under conscious sedation.” [6]
    • Inspections in 2010 and 2012 showed violations of an 18-hour informed consent law, fire hazards, and the body of a baby aborted two months prior being stored along with medication in a refrigerator meant only for medication.[7]


  • In May 2015, the Friendship Family Planning abortion clinic in Gary, IN closed as Klopfer, who at one time performed abortions there, faced criminal trial for failing to report suspected sexual abuse.
    • A prior state inspection of this facility had shown “a water leak in the basement, foul smells in the patient care area and unqualified personnel.” [8] In 2010, “an inspector found an oxygen cart that didn’t have a regulator that fit the tank of oxygen, meaning should a patient require oxygen, the tank would not have been able to deliver it.”[9]


  • In 2014, Klopfer’s Ft. Wayne, IN abortion clinic closed[10] after his legally-required Physician Designee (back-up doctor) quit, citing Klopfer’s blatant disregard for his status as a mandated reporter of suspected child sexual abuse and his encouragement of minor girls and their guardians to cross state lines to evade the laws in place for their protection.[11]
    • Prior inspections of this facility found staff taking soiled linens home to wash, a poorly-maintained defibrillator, and a tank of nitrous oxide with an expiration date of 1989. [12]
  • On March 20, 2014, Special Victims Unit officers raided Klopfer’s South Bend facility, leading to a man’s arrest and sentencing for child molestation.[13]
  • In 2014, IN Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed an 1,833-count complaint against Klopfer with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.[14]


  • In November 2013, the South Bend Tribune reported, based on public records, that “at least four Indiana doctors have waited weeks or even months to report abortions provided to girls under 14 despite a law requiring them to do so within three days,” a law that is “intended to speed up reporting of statutory rape and sexual abuse.” The most frequent offender was Klopfer.[15]

[1] http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/missouri/2015/11/25/missouri-down-to-1-abortion-clinic-after-columbia-stops-them/76359816/

[2] http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/28/missouri-appeals-judges-order-stopping-state-from-closing-planned-parenthood-abortion-clinic/

[3] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/ambulance-transports-27th-women-from-st-louis-planned-parenthood-abortion-center/

[4] http://operationrescue.org/pdfs/PP%20St%20Louis%20Inspection%20Report%20-%20Jan%2031,%202013.pdf


[6] http://wane.com/2015/02/18/indiana-aims-to-revoke-south-bend-abortion-clinics-license/

[7] http://m.southbendtribune.com/news/state-lists-women-s-pavilion-violations/article_6a00a55e-b0f1-11e3-b21e-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm

[8] http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary-clinic-closes-amid-abortion-controversy/article_e19a14ac-2697-509c-a7b4-b649d0bbbb9f.html

[9] http://m.southbendtribune.com/news/state-lists-women-s-pavilion-violations/article_6a00a55e-b0f1-11e3-b21e-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm

[10] https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abortionist-caught-violating-state-law-closes-clinic-first-abortion-clinic%20

[11] http://www.irtl.org/2013/12/fort-wayne-abortionist-loses-back-up-doctor-required-by-law/

[12] http://m.southbendtribune.com/news/state-lists-women-s-pavilion-violations/article_6a00a55e-b0f1-11e3-b21e-0017a43b2370.html?mode=jqm

[13] https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/man-jailed-for-molesting-13-year-old-arrest-came-after-investigating-aborti

[14] http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/gary-clinic-closes-amid-abortion-controversy/article_e19a14ac-2697-509c-a7b4-b649d0bbbb9f.html

[15] http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/keynews/watchdog/article_03b2fc62-54f7-11e3-ab6c-001a4bcf6878.html

 [1] http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9059172

[2] http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/15/delaware-planned-parenthood-halts-abortions-while-/

[3] http://www.lifenews.com/2015/11/19/philadelphia-planned-parenthood-clinics-caught-storing-aborted-babies-in-bags-in-janitors-closet/

[4] http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/13/18232657-abortion-doctor-kermit-gosnell-convicted-of-first-degree-murder?lite

[5] http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2011/01/19/abortion-doctor-charged-with-killing-7-babies-with-a-scissors/

[6] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/special-report-new-stunning-photos-testimony-show-texas-abortionist-kills-babies-born-alive/

[7] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/special-report-new-stunning-photos-testimony-show-texas-abortionist-kills-babies-born-alive/

[8] http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/article_d153146e-31c0-5597-9deb-75876c43e64c.html

[9] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/ambulance-transports-patient-from-virginia-abortion-clinic-with-history-of-filth-unsafe-conditions/

[10] http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/fairfax-city-abortion-clinic-busiest-in-virginia-closes/2013/07/14/23f3d450-eb17-11e2-8023-b7f07811d98e_story_1.html

[11] http://abortiondocs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Kim-VA-License-Surrender05182007.pdf

[12] http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/8246

[13] http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8611418747.html

[14] http://abortiondocs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/NEW-WOMAN-ALL-WOMEN-201203011.pdf

[15] http://newsone.com/2026555/tonya-reaves-abortion-planned-parenthood/

[16] http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/13957308-452/death-of-tonya-reaves-after-an-abortion-is-a-reminder-that-abortions-carry-risks.html

[17] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/planned-parenthood-ignored-instructions-to-call-911-in-tonya-reaves-abortion-death/

[18] http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2011-08-15/news/os-abortion-doctor-ruling-20110815_1_abortion-doctor-orlando-women-s-center-malpractice-case

[19] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/exclusive-perspective-sealed-court-records-show-pattern-of-illegal-third-world-abortion-practices/

[20] http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/abortion-clinic-reopens-orlando/nYw5Q/

[21] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/floridas-notorious-james-pendergraft-identified-as-rolling-abortionist-arrested-in-south-carolina-was/

[22] http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-aids-sex-ring/

[23] http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/planned_parenthood_employee_is.html

[24] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/public-safety-scandal-maryland-ohcq-licensed-abortion-facilities-that-failed-to-meet-requirements/

[25] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/videos-911-calls-confirm-carhart-nearly-killed-one-abortion-patient-seriously-injured-another/

[26] http://liveactionnews.org/unlicensed-maryland-abortion-clinic-caught-dumping-patient-records-dumpster/

[27] http://abortiondocs.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/DHMH-Letter-Substantiating-Dumping-Complaint-04142016-1.pdf

[28] http://articles.philly.com/2012-01-01/news/30579167_1_steven-brigham-late-term-abortions-american-women-s-services

[29] http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-12-30/news/bs-md-elkton-abortion-arrests-20111230_1_abortion-clinics-anti-abortion-group-murder-charges

[30] http://www.freep.com/article/20101028/NEWS06/10280478/Law-called-after-17-fetuses-discovered

[31] http://www.operationrescue.org/archives/911-recordings-reveal-new-details-of-two-more-abortion-complications-at-preterm-where-lakisha-wilson-died/

[32] http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/09/25/abortion-clinic-closures.html

[33] http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/05/woman_died_of_complications_du.html#incart_related_stories

[34] http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/21/clinic-that-killed-woman-in-botched-abortion-left-her-on-the-table-with-her-legs-in-the-stirrups/