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]

 Pennsylvania (2013)

  • On May 13 abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of the murder of three newborn children and the negligent death of one patient.[3]
  • 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.[4]

 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.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.

Virginia (2013)

  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9]

 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.[10]
  • 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.[11]
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health issued a 76-page deficiency report citing the following among other violations.[12]
    • 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.

 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.[13]
  • Pendergraft’s medical license had been suspended 5 times, yet he continued to profit from 5 different Florida abortion mills.[14]
  • 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.[15]
  • 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.[16] “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.[17]
  • 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.[18]

 Maryland (2010)

  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • 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.

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

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

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

[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/ambulance-transports-patient-from-virginia-abortion-clinic-with-history-of-filth-unsafe-conditions/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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