Abortion Biz Calls FBI on 40 Days for Life Pro-Life Advocates

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 29, 2011   |   11:07AM   |   Austin, TX

An abortion business that recently was caught in an undercover investigation violating Texas’ abortion laws called the FBI on pro-life advocates participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign there.

Shawn Carney, the director of the national event, says a pro-life stalwart named Elizabeth “has led many successful 40 Days for Life campaigns in the most pro-abortion city in the Lone Star State.”

“This is one of several updates that again show the tremendous power of a few humble souls gathered together in prayer in front of the places where there is such despair and destruction,” he says.

According to Elizabeth, she received what she describes as “a very friendly courtesy call from the FBI.” The agent reported that the Whole Woman’s Health abortion center in Austin has made several complaints about the peaceful presence of 40 Days for Life.

Her reaction? “What a blessing!”

She said the abortion center’s complaint “is just the type of confirmation that we always pray for. We now know how much of an impact we are having on their clients, their abortion numbers, and on their workers!” Elizabeth is also aware of four women who were scheduled for abortions at that facility, but who changed their minds during this 40 Days for Life campaign.

“Thank God for the work He is doing inside of that abortion clinic,” she said. “Our presence is working!”

As LifeNews.com reported earlier this month, the pro-life group Operation Rescue conducted a wide-ranging investigation and found numerous abortion centers, staff and abortion practitioners evading Texas laws, illegally dumping patient records and medical waste, covering up potential cases of statutory rape, and helping teenagers avoid the Texas parental involvement law on abortion.

The group filed complaints with the Texas Medical Board against twelve abortion practitioners for violations discovered during the three-month undercover investigation it conducted jointly with members of the pro-life group Survivors.

The allegations against them range from mishandling private patient medical records and information, violating informed consent laws, disregarding the 24-hour waiting period, improper disposal of biohazardous medical waste, including human tissue, instructing minors to cross state lines to avoid Texas parental notification laws, and mishandling of drugs and prescription forms.

Among the worst offenders was Whole Women’s Health, which operates five abortion facilities in Texas.

Discoveries at its McAllen, Texas facility were among the worst in the investigation. They were particularly disturbing as pro-life advocates found the bloody refuse of several abortions along with the names of patients and other private information dumped in the trash.

Meanwhile, during one conference call recorded on January 10, 2011, abortionist William West of Whole Women’s Health can be heard mocking the information he is required by law to tell women. After he says that he is required to say that abortion presents a risk for breast cancer, he launches into a mocking rebuttal of the information he just told them.

The anti-abortion folks have waged this fear campaign for years now, um, making numerous false charges about the quote dangers of abortion, and uh, one completely fictitious this is drummed up spread all around is that there is an increased risk of breast cancer and interference with future childbearing and so forth. None of these are true. It’s their attempt to scare you out of having an abortion.

“If this does not violate the letter of the law, it certainly undermines the intent of the legislature, which determined that women should have certain information on which to make an informed decision,” said Operation Rescue president Troy Newman. “It is his remarks that are grossly untrue, and he should be held accountable for misleading women about abortion risks.”

Later in that same call, one woman expresses concern that her appointment is not 24 hours from the time of the conference call, as required by law.

Caller: Hello?
West: Yes.
Caller: My appointment is tomorrow morning and if I called now, is this enough time? It’s less than 24 hours.
West: Yes.
Caller: And that’ll be okay?
West: Um-hm.
Caller: Thank you.