Baton Rouge, LA, May 19, 2011 ( – The embattled Delta Abortion Clinic of Baton Rouge faces more problems after the pro-life organization Operation Rescue filed a complaint with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) against one of their abortionists, Mary Frances Gardner. The complaint was filed on behalf of a former patient who suffered such serious injuries from a botched abortion there that she required a hysterectomy.

However, as horrific as her complications were, they were never reported to the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), as required by law.

The patient, who will be referred to as “Jane Doe” to protect her confidentiality, swore an affidavit detailing her horrific experience which was submitted with the complaint.

Earlier this month, Doe told how after the two abortion pills prescribed by the clinic during her 2009 abortion failed, Gardner botched a D&C abortion procedure. 

“I tried to file medical malpractice against them, because due to the mutilation they did to me, I had to have a hysterectomy,” Doe said.

“However, the attorney says he cannot ‘prove it’ because a year had passed, no doctor documented a reason.  When I had the biopsy of the abnormal tissue during the hysterectomy, the OBGYN said its, ‘Old Scarring.’  The only surgical procedure that I ever had was the abortion. So, I know that’s why I had scar tissue.” 

In her affidavit, Jane Doe recounts the physical and verbal abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of the abortionist and workers at Delta. 

Doe says she remembers herself and other clients being “herded like cattle” by “rude” workers at the clinic.  During her D&C operation, Doe says she was yelled at and threatened physically by the abortionist and never given any type of anesthesia.

“I was having surgery with no type of anesthesia whatsoever and I was told not to move due to pain or Doctor would yell at me more … It hurt so badly,” said Doe.

Following her hysterectomy, Doe attempted to obtain her record from the Delta Clinic, but without success.  “They are always closed when I go there.  When I call they answer and are rude and don’t care about my records.  Plus, they say they are ‘really not even open.’  I wouldn’t trust the records anyway as I have read another affidavit from a former worker that explains that every patients’ records are the same routine answers,” Doe told LSN.

“The [Delta] Doctor butchered me to say the least,” Doe wrote in her affidavit. “That is my opinion.” She now expresses remorse for her abortion.

The Delta Clinic has a long history of abortion abuses and has connections to Philadelphia’s Kermit Gosnell, who is facing the death penalty for having allegedly killed seven newborn babies as well as an abortion client.

Two women, Ingar Weber and Shelia Hebert, are known to have died from botched abortions they received at Delta.

Upon the request of Attorney Mike Johnson for the Holocaust Memorial, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) conducted a thorough investigation of Delta in 2009. 

The result of the investigation was a 41-page Statement of Deficiencies.

Among violations noted by the DHH, Delta was accused of failing to “ensure sterilization of syringes and intravenous injections … to prevent infection and cross-contamination,” failing “to provide pre-abortion counselling as mandated by law,” failing to “provide required records to OPH Vital Records Registry,” failing to “ensure pre-op assessments” for patient medical conditions, and failing to “maintain confidentiality of patient information and records.”

Most significantly, Delta was also found to have “fraudulently pre-printed all of its state forms … indicating there were no complications with any abortions”; Delta has admitted to the fraud.

There is concern, however, that the DHH is aware of this deceptive reporting by Delta and has turned a blind eye to it. Operation Rescue has sent a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal asking for a full investigation into the Delta/DHH reporting scam.

“It is a very serious thing to accuse the government of corruption and helping to cover-up abortion clinic abuses, but the evidence is pretty clear and speaks for itself,” said Operation Rescue Senior Policy Advisor Cheryl Sullenger. “We are hoping that the Board of Medical Examiners and Gov. Jindal are more responsive.”

“We know that this complaint will not do anything to alleviate this patient’s suffering or bring back her precious baby, but it may help to expose the truth concerning the cruel and dangerous treatment dished out at the Delta Clinic and may prevent other women from suffering as this patient has suffered,” said Sullenger. “Louisiana authorities must hold Gardner accountable for her atrocious behavior, expose and eliminate any governmental cover-up or corruption inside its ranks, and work with the DHH to close this dangerous abortion clinic for good.”


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