Planned Parenthood Plans to Challenge Abortion Laws After Pro-Abortion Hellerstedt Win

Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down tough abortion restrictions in Texas. The repeal campaign will initially target laws in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as measures in Texas that were not directly addressed by the Supreme Court ruling. Laws in other states may be targeted later. “We will fight back state by state and law by law until every person has access to safe, legal abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. “No matter how long it takes, these laws will fall.” On Monday, in a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down regulations in Texas that required doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and forced abortion clinics to meet hospital-like physical standards. More than half of the state’s 41 abortion clinics closed since the law passed in 2013. The Supreme Court’s ruling held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman’s right to an abortion. Soon after the ruling was announced, Texas-style laws were nullified in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Alabama. Here are the targets of the repeal campaign: Missouri: Laws requiring abortion doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet hospital-like standards. The admitting-privileges law ended access to abortion in a Columbia facility, leaving the state with only one health center that provides abortions. Virginia: Regulations requiring hospital-like outpatient surgery standards for abortion clinics. Two clinics have closed since the regulations were approved...

Police Find Surgical Instruments Covered in Blood and Human Tissue After Abortionist Pulled Over

According to court records, late-term abortionist James Scott Pendergraft IV has been indicted by a grand jury on a total of six drug-related charges, including what appears to be posession of LSD. The “true bill” indictments were recorded on May 6, 2016. Pendergraft, a notorious late-term abortionist from Florida, was initially arrested on October 5, 2015, during a traffic stop in South Carolina. There, sheriff’s deputies discovered surgical implements that were covered in blood and human tissue from abortions he had illegally performed throughout South Carolina. He was also in the possession of illegal narcotics. At the time of his arrest last fall, Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told a press conference, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically we got an illegal baby killer.” But no charges appear to have been filed related to unlawful abortions even though Pendergraft holds no medical license in South Carolina. …Meanwhile, pro-life activists are reporting that Pendergraft moved out of his Ocala, Florida, abortion facility this week after suspending abortions “until further notice” last fall after his South Carolina arrest. Ocala Moving DayWorkers were spotted by pro-life activist Ralph Enger carrying out boxes and loading the dumpster with the contents of the former abortion facility. A phone call from the facility confirmed that its closure is permanent. According to Enger, a receptionist who answered the phone told a caller requesting services in Ocala, “I’m sorry ma’am that place is closed...

Abortion Center Closures May Indicate Decreased Demand for Abortions

[Update: Two abortion sites, in Oklahoma City, OK, and Roswell, GA, have also recently closed their doors.] A sign posted on the front door was the first indication that the Planned Parenthood office in Winter Haven, Florida, had closed. It announced that as of February 1, 2016, the abortion facility which offered the abortion pill and surgical abortions through 16 weeks of pregnancy, would shut down for good. According to the ABC News affiliate WFTS in Tampa Bay, the clinic’s staff merged with the Planned Parenthood facility in Lakeland, which does not perform abortions. “Planned Parenthood isn’t one to leave money on the table, and if their Winter Haven abortion facility had shown a profit, it would still be open,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This shows that the demand for abortions had fallen so low in that area that an abortion facility was financially unsustainable.” The fact that Winter Haven referrals are now going to an office that does not supply abortions supports Newman’s conclusions. This sudden closure follows the shutdown of another Florida abortion facility, Woman Care in Orlando, that merged with another abortion business, All Women’s Health Center in Almonte Springs. Sixty-two surgical abortion facilities continue to operate in Florida, down from 71 in 2010. Florida is second only to California for having the largest number of abortion facilities per state. “Florida is over-saturated with abortion clinics and as the demand continues to fall, we expect to see more closures,” said Newman. “This is great news for pregnant women and their babies who will no longer have an abortion business actively marketing abortions to...

Two More Florida Abortion Facilities Cited, Fined for Illegal Second Trimester Abortions

Two more Florida abortion facilities that are licensed only for first trimester abortions have been cited and fined by the Administration for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for conducting illegal second trimester abortions. This brings to five the number of Florida abortion sites cited for exceeding their first trimester abortion limits. Last month, the AHCA cited and fined Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers, and Naples for committing illegal late-term abortions. Bread and Roses Women’s Health in Gainesville and Aastra Women’s Center in Plantation were cited during inspections conducted on August 5, 2015. Second trimester abortions require different procedures that pose more risks to women than those done in the first trimester, and licensing limits reflect that. “Give an abortion business an inch, and it’ll take a mile, especially if it thinks no one is watching or that the political administration favors it and will look the other way,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “The abortionists that have been cited for illegal second trimester abortions have endangered women by acting as if they are above the law and can make up their own definitions as they go along.” Sampled medical records indicated that both facilities failed to record the date of patient’s last menstrual period (LMP) and relied solely upon ultrasound results to determine gestational ages for a total of eleven abortions. Ultrasound reports indicated that the pre-born babies ranged in age from 13.0-14.0 weeks gestation. Florida law defines the first trimester as “extending through the completion of 14 weeks of pregnancy as measured from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period.” However...

Florida Planned Parenthood Business Still Cannot Do Abortions

PP Held to Its Word in Restrictive Covenant…. PP Officials Admit that Abortions Are a MAJOR Part of Their Business…. As Planned Parenthood on the national stage reels from revelations that it sells baby body parts, alters procedures to suit high-rolling body part buyers, performs illegal partial birth abortions, and even peddles fetal tissue contrary to the mother’s wishes, a PP “health center” in Kissimmee, Florida, right outside Disney World, has received bad news: its motion filed with the Fifth District Court of Appeals is denied, so that abortions are still prohibited on its premises. The court’s order in the matter of Planned Parenthood v. MMB Properties, issued on August 11, effectively continues a prohibition in place since May 22, 2015. At issue in this case is not the general propriety of Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills but the application of a restrictive covenant PP accepted when it purchased property at the Oak Commons Medical Park. Another property owner subject to the same covenant filed a complaint because the park’s “Declaration of Restrictions” disallowed the operation of an “outpatient surgical center” on site. There followed an absolute hurricane of defensive measures from Planned Parenthood, a temporary stay for the abortion giant, and finally an affirmation of the covenant’s force. Thanks to the district court’s August 11 order, that affirmation continues, and PP may not provide abortions at its Oak Commons site. PP intends further appeals. Arguments made by the pro-abortion side in the case would constitute great comedy material if they weren’t so sad. At one time, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman actually stated that surgical abortions were not surgical, since...