California Woman Taken to Hospital After Botched Abortion in Santa Ana

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
February 16, 2006

Santana Ana, CA ( — A woman was taken to the hospital on Saturday after apparently suffering from a botched abortion at a southern California abortion business. Local pro-life advocates who were outside the facility say the unnamed woman was "awake and screaming" as she was loaded in an ambulance.

The abortion occurred at Clinica Medica Para La Mujer De Hoy located in Santa Ana, a southeast suburb of Los Angeles.

Pro-life advocate Tim Nissen was outside as the woman was taken to the hospital and he photographed the scene. Nissen, who regularly protests outside, said he had never before seen the abortion practitioner who arrived that day to do abortions on women.

Luis Mendoza, another pro-life advocates there who helps women find abortion alternatives, said Nissen was able to talk a woman out of an abortion after witnessing the situation.

“As this drama was unfolding a couple walked up who had scheduled an abortion,” Mendoza told the pro-life group Operation Rescue. “Tim used the incident to change their minds.”

Mendoza said the couple confirmed they would keep the baby instead of going through with the abortion.

According to OR, the abortion facility is owned by Bertha Bugarin, who also owns restaurants.

The group reports that three abortion practitioners at her businesses have lost their medical licenses in the last five years, one has stopped performing abortions after exposed for having no medical license, and two abortion practitioners at her facilities have been convicted of sexual abuse.

“We call on the state of California to immediately and permanently halt activities at the five Clinica Medica abortion mills and conduct a full investigation into their obviously shoddy and unsafe practices,” OR spokesperson Cheryl Sullenger said.

“The list of women butchered and/or sexually abused by this particular group of abortion mills is as long as my arm,” she added.

“It is an appalling fact that they target predominately Hispanic women who are less likely to complain to authorities when things go wrong," Sullenger explained. "There is a very real public safety consideration here and the State is exhibiting great negligence in not closing down this chain of chop shops for good.”