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National Abortion Federation president: problem with Gosnell is he ‘wasn’t ensuring fetal demise’

John Jansen

An ABC News article appeared recently on the Kermit Gosnell trial that included remarks from one pro-life spokeswoman (our own Ann Scheidler, Vice President of the Pro-Life Action League), as well as one “pro-choice” spokeswoman (National Abortion Federation President Vicki Saporta).

In the article reporter Colleen Curry quotes or paraphrases Saporta in each of the last four paragraphs.  Here are the first two:

Vicki Saporta, president for the abortion rights group National Abortion Federation, said that Gosnell took advantage of the women who came to him in need of an abortion. She said his clinic is not representative of safe, regulated abortion clinics.

“Unfortunately, you do have rogue providers that prey on the most vulnerable of women and regardless of a woman’s income level they deserve access to high quality care,” Saporta said.

It’s also worth noting that Curry wrote another article earlier this week on the Gosnell trial for which she also interviewed Saporta.  In that article, Saporta called Gosnell an “extreme outlier.”  And now, a few days later, we see Saporta calling Gosnell one of those “rogue providers that preys on the most vulnerable of women.”


As pro-life blogger JivinJehoshaphat wrote after Curry’s first article appeared on Monday:

Kermit Gosnell worked one day a week at a National Abortion Federation clinic in Delaware called Atlantic Women’s Services. For Vicki Saporta to claim Gosnell was “an extreme outlier” when he worked at a NAF clinic and even got patients from that clinic shows just how much confidence the abortion industry has in the media to cover their rears.

What’s more, Saporta acknowledged in a January 21, 2011 open letter that the NAF knew about the horrific conditions in Gosnell’s facility–in fact, an NAF evaluator who visited his so-called clinic in 2009 went far as to say it “was deemed beyond redemption”–and yet neglected to report him to authorities.

Once the Gosnell story first broke in early 2011, the NAF could no longer pretend they’d never heard of Gosnell. At that point, they had to throw him under the bus.

The final paragraph of the recent ABC News article reads:

“The fact that he wasn’t providing care later and wasn’t ensuring fetal demise and not operating under any established standards of care and outside of the law is the problem in this case, and not indicative of the high quality care available across the country,” Saporta said [emphasis added].

Leaving aside for the moment the demonstrable absurdity of Saporta’s comments about the “high quality care available” in abortion clinics across the country, note in particular her claim that the problem with Gosnell was that he “wasn’t ensuring fetal demise”.

Full stop.

In other words, then, according to the president of the National Abortion Federation: The problem with Gosnell is not that he was killing newborns.  The problem with Gosnell is that he was not killing pre-newborns.

Reprinted with permission from the Pro-life Action League.

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Illegal work being done at future site of abortion clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois

John Jansen

Since learning that Forest View Medical Center abortion clinic in Des Plaines, Illinois had closed nearly two months ago, the Pro-Life Action League has continued to keep a close eye on the facility.

After the closing, we knew that the building that formerly housed Forest View was still owned by Vinod and Vijay Goyal, a husband-and-wife team who own more abortion clinics (five) than anyone else in the state, so we were obviously concerned that the Goyals might attempt to open another abortion facility at the site.

And, in fact, we’ve recently learned that’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Pro-Life Action League has learned [PDF] that the Goyals are planning this summer to open a facility called Apollo Surgical Center in the building that formerly housed the Forest View abortion clinic.

Apollo will be an Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center (ASTC), meaning that it will be legally allowed to perform abortions up to 24 weeks gestation. (By contrast, Forest View was a Pregnancy Termination Specialty Center (PTSC), and was legally allowed to perform abortions up to 18 weeks gestation.)

Apollo’s ASTC application indicates that other services will be offered as well, including gastroenterology and urology. In all likelihood, we suspect, abortions will be done at Apollo one or two days a week, which will allow the Goyals to rent out the facility to other physicians the rest of the week.

City Orders Abortion Clinic to Stop Work

On May 30, I visited the facility and noticed that the lobby contained a bag full of garbage, a hand truck, and some windows still in their original packaging. Clearly, work is still being done at the site, but no building permit was posted on the premises.

I alerted the City of Des Plaines building department and recommended that they send an inspector to the site. I also submitted a FOIA request to the city to find out if any permits had been issued for the building. The city responded promptly to my request and assured me that they would send an inspector to the site.

Contractors working illegally at Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, ILContractors working illegally at Apollo Surgical Center in Des Plaines, IL

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Yesterday (June 5), I visited the facility again. Clearly, the city made good on its promise, as a violation notice was posted on Apollo’s front door ordering Apollo to stop construction on its sidewalk. But in defiance of the stop-work order posted mere feet away, contractors were illegally doing work on the sidewalk.

I immediately called the Des Plaines building department to inform them of the situation. They said an inspector would be sent out right away, and that the owners would be fined for violating the stop-work order.

If You See Something, Say Something

Abortionists aren’t above the law, but it’s no surprise when they act as if they are. Instances like this one — which is but one example among many others — illustrate that if you don’t keep an eye on your local abortion clinic, no one will.

Surely this won’t be the last time the Goyals show utter disregard for the law. The next time they do, we’ll be watching.

And we’ll definitely say something.

Reprinted with permission from Pro-Life Action League

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Everything old is new again: The resurgence of pro-life hospital pickets

John Jansen

“Anti-Abortion Protesters Are Coming to a Hospital Near You.”

That’s the apt title of an article published last week by pro-choice journalist Robin Marty on the liberal website ThinkProgress.

Noting that the vast majority of abortions are performed in freestanding clinics, Marty says hospitals are “increasingly viewed as the weak link in the battle over abortion access.” She then adds, “And that’s exactly the way medical boards like it.”

But as more and more states are enacting legislation requiring abortionists in freestanding facilities to have admitting privileges at and transfer agreements with a local hospital, the landscape is changing:

Admitting privileges legislation has made hospitals the gatekeeper for abortion clinics’ ability to remain open. That’s allowed protests to move away from the clinics themselves and back to the hospitals, a far more vulnerable target.

She then mentions a smattering of states that have witnessed pro-life targeted protests of hospitals in recent years, including Alabama, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, California, and Michigan.

Pro-life pickets of hospitals are, of course, nothing new, as Marty notes that they, along with pickets outside abortionists’ homes, are both covered in Pro-Life Action League national director Joe Scheidler’s book Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion (the first edition of which was published in 1985, the second in 1994).

Marty interviewed Scheidler for the article, and she quotes him extensively. In fact, Marty concludes her article thusly:

“Of course we will apply pressure,” said Scheidler. “We are trying to get the abortion clinics closed. Without hospitals, the abortionist can’t get the resources he needs and then he closes. That’s what is going to happen around the country as this becomes more common.”

Marty’s article is further confirmation of what we have known for some time: namely, that hospitals want to be subject to pro-life protests about as much as they want to be hit with a malpractice suit.

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Let this serve as a cautionary tale for hospital administrators who think they can escape protests because they “only” grant admitting privileges or have transfer agreements with abortionists.

Sooner or later, we’ll find out that your hospital is enabling abortionists to ply their trade, and you’ll be protested, and the “stigma” of abortion will be attached to you. It will most definitely make your patients uneasy, and you will lose business.

In short, it will be a P.R. disaster. Think about it, Mr. and Mrs. Hospital Administrator: Is it worth it?

Ideally, hospitals should refuse to have anything at all to do with abortion or its practitioners because — at the risk of stating the mind-numbingly obvious — killing babies is wrong. But if moral reasons aren’t enough, we’ll settle for a hospital refusing to give cover to abortionists out of concern for their own self-interest.

Reprinted with permission from Pro-Life Action League

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Did Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler commit perjury in Tonya Reaves deposition?

John Jansen

Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler was responsible for the death of 24-year old Tonya Reaves in Chicago on July 20, 2012.

And with the recent release of her 165-page deposition [PDF] as part of a civil suit filed against Planned Parenthood, et al., on behalf of Reaves’ sole heir, there is much more that we now know about the case — but there is still much that we do not know.

Early News Stories, Autopsy Report Listed Wrong Planned Parenthood Location

CBS Radio’s Chicago affiliate, News Radio 780 WBBM, broke the story of Tonya Reaves’ death the following day, July 21, 2012. Citing evidence from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, WBBM’s Steve Miller reported that Reaves’ abortion had occurred at 18 S. Michigan Avenue, which is the location of Planned Parenthood’s Loop Health Center.

That detail came as a surprise to us, since the website for the Loop Health Center indicated [PDF] — in a passage that was later deleted — that only limited services (birth control, emergency contraception, and medication abortion; i.e., the abortion pill, or RU-486) were available at that facility.

We suspected that Tonya Reaves’ abortion might have actually been performed at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center, located at 1200 N. LaSalle Street, which does perform surgical abortions.

But there was no evidence to confirm our suspicion — until now.

On page 132 of the deposition, abortionist Gittler mentions that Tonya Reaves’ car was parked in the Treasure Island parking lot.

What is the significance of this seemingly inconsequential detail?

There are only six Treasure Island Foods grocery stores in the city of Chicago — and none is even remotely close to 18 S. Michigan Avenue (the location listed in the autopsy report and early news stories).

There is, however, a Treasure Island Foods located at 75 W. Elm Street — a mere two blocks from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center at 1200 N. LaSalle, around which all available on-street parking is metered.

Without a doubt, that is where Tonya Reaves’ abortion occurred — not at 18 S. Michigan.

No Record of 911 Call

Here’s where things get interesting.

Another early news story from WBBM reporter Steve Miller, citing the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Report, indicates that Reaves was transferred by a Chicago Fire Department ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

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On page 122 of the deposition, Gittler states, “I didn’t call the ambulance. The nurse does.”  Then, on page 136, Gittler is asked to read an excerpt from her medical notes regarding her treatment of Tonya Reaves, and she explicitly states that 911 was called.

And yet the attorney questioning Gittler did not ask her any further questions about the supposed 911 call.

This lack of follow-up on the part of the questioning attorney is enormously disappointing.

More than one year prior, the Pro-Life Action League had published evidence obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that no 911 calls had been placed by the Planned Parenthood location at 18 S. Michigan, where Tonya Reaves’ abortion was said to have taken place.

It’s unclear why no additional questions were asked of Gittler regarding the supposed 911 call.  But once we read the deposition last week and ascertained that Tonya Reaves’ abortion had actually occurred at Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center at 1200 N. LaSalle, we filed another FOIA request with the City of Chicago to find out if any 911 calls had been made on July 20, 2012 from that location.

We just received a response [PDF] from the city’s Office of Emergency Management verifying that no 911 calls were made from Planned Parenthood’s Near North Center on the day Tonya Reaves died.


To recap:

In her sworn deposition, Planned Parenthood abortionist Mandy Gittler explicitly stated that 911 was called on the day Tonya Reaves had an abortion and later died. Yet there is no record of any 911 call from Planned Parenthood on that day.

In light of these facts, the question must be asked: Did abortionist Mandy Gittler perjure herself?

Reprinted with permission from Pro-Life Action League

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