Pro-Lifers Encouraged by Disciplining of Abortion Practitioners

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 26, 2011   |   12:29PM   |   Washington, DC

One of the pro-life groups that has been the most active in exposing how abortion practitioners in various states run afoul of abortion laws is delighted that disciplinary hearings are coming up in several states.

Operation Rescue has been working overtime to expose how abortion practitioners flagrantly violate health and safety laws by putting women at risk in dangerous abortions, how they illegally dump patient records and medical waste, fail to report suspected cases of statutory rape and sexual abuse, do not provide women proper information before the abortion, and attempt to circumvent parental notification and consent laws.

The laws, which have proven to reduce abortions in many states, give pro-life advocates the opportunity to expose abortion practitioners and businesses that violate them and OR has successfully ensured that they shut down, are fined, or lose their medical licenses when they don’t follow the law. That, its leading spokesman says, results in protecting the lives of women and unborn children, and OR hopes more fines and punishments will be meted out soon.

“Currently, abortionists all over the country are facing hearings in the coming weeks with state disciplinary boards and criminal courts,” OR president Troy Newman said today. “While we are encouraged by the recent trend in several states to finally enforce the abortion laws on the books, we know that this is only a beginning.”

“In all our years of studying the abortion cartel and working to expose their misdeeds, we have never found an abortion clinic that complies with all the laws they should,” he said. “Abortionists are out there right now endangering the lives of women and wrongfully or illegally taking the lives of innocent pre-born babies that laws have been enacted to protect, yet there is so little accountability that abortion clinics openly operate as if the laws do not exist. That is why we investigate, expose wrongdoing, report it, and demand enforcement.”

As part of Operation Rescue’s continuing investigations of abortion practitioners and their businesses across the nation, the pro-life group relies on tips and information submitted by the public, women who have had abortions, pro-life advocates who help women outside abortion centers, and even current and former abortion facility workers. The organization continues to offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of abortion practitioners who are breaking the law.

Newman provided a list of several cases he is watching in the upcoming months of abortion practitioners and businesses that may finally be held accountable for their breaking abortion laws:

Ann Kristin Neuhaus, Kansas: Based on a complaint originally filed in 2006 by an Operation Rescue staff member, Neuhaus faces 11 counts of providing illegal late-term abortion referrals without having properly evaluated patients. She faces a formal hearing before the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts on September 12-15, 2011, in Topeka.

The “Texas Ten”: Earlier this year, Operation Rescue conducted a 3-month investigation into Texas abortion clinics and discovered violations at every abortion clinic that was investigated. As a result 10 abortionists now face hearings to try the facts in the allegations. If the abortionists are found to have committed the violations, the Board will determine what disciplinary action is appropriate. The cases of all ten abortionists will be heard on October 28, 2011, in Austin.

Planned Parenthood’s 107 Criminal Charges: These 2007 charges allege illegal late-term abortions and manufacturing evidence to cover up crimes. Operation Rescue helped convene a grand jury to investigate and has called for the case to move forward while it was was tied up in the KS Supreme Court for years. Now, the abortion giant will face an important Preliminary Hearing where testimony will be heard on October 24-26, 2011, in Olathe, Kansas.

Steven Chase Brigham, New Jersey: Brigham is a notoriously bad abortionist who has been run out of several states due to his shoddy abortion practices. Last August, Brigham was caught illegally starting late-term abortions in New Jersey then transporting women to a “secret late-term abortion clinic” in Elkton, Maryland, where their abortions would be completed. Operation Rescue obtained open record documents and released shocking details of Brigham’s illegal activities to the public. Brigham’s last remaining medical license is currently suspended and his is not allowed to practice medicine anywhere. A formal hearing on his final license revocation has not been set.

Nicola I. Riley, Maryland: Riley was an employee of Brigham’s who conducted late-term abortion at Brigham’s Maryland offices, including the now infamous “Secret late-term abortion clinic” in Elkton. Operation Rescue conducted its own investigation into Riley’s background and discovered through open records that Riley had a criminal background and that she had lied about it to authorities in Utah, Wyoming, and Maryland. Operation Rescue submitted that information to all three states. Wyoming forced Riley to surrender her medical license. Maryland has formally charged Riley with the illegal late-term abortions and lying to the Board to gain licensure. Utah has restricted Riley from doing abortions and awaits the outcome of the Maryland charges before taking further action. No formal hearing date in Maryland has been set.

Kermit Gosnell, et. al., Pennsylvania: Philadelphia’s District Attorney shocked the nation after releasing a 281-page grand jury report that supported dozens of criminal charges against Gosnell and eight members of his abortion clinic staff and issued a strong rebuke to medical board authorities who refused to investigate him. Gosnell faces one count of second degree murder for the death of late-term abortion patient, Karnamaya Mongar, and seven counts of first-degree murder for killing infants born alive by stabbing them in the neck with scissors. Operation Rescue was the first to publish photos of his murder victims online. Gosnell and his co-defendants also face numerous other charges related to illegal drugs, racketeering, and corruption. He is scheduled for a motions hearing on September 8, 2011, in Philadelphia.