Alabama abortionist jailed weekends – while admitting privileges law contested in court

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 12.01.14 PMYou certainly have to give Alabama’s abortion industry credit for chutzpah.

At this moment a trial is underway to determine the fate of a 2013 law requiring Alabama abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Two of Alabama’s five abortion clinics sued to block the law, claiming it would put them out of business.

It is certainly becoming clearer why the clinics are confident no hospital would want to touch their abortionists with anything other than a cauterizer.

I wrote last week that a brief filed by the Alabama Attorney General and Alabama Department of Health revealed that one of the abortionists who kills children in Alabama is currently being sued for malpractice for misdiagnosing a patient, and another is being prosecuted by the federal government for Medicaid fraud.

Today, Operation Rescue revealed that yet another Alabama abortionist, Raymond Lopez, pictured above right, just completed a sentence of 23 consecutive weekends in jail, between November 2013 and April 2014, for a “domestic relations” violation.

Operation Rescue noted Lopez’s extensive rap sheet: “Since 1996, Lopez has been the subject of 14 court cases, including two criminal cases filed in 1998 and 2008.”

Lopez works at the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, which has its own laundry list of violations.

Perry MasonIn addition, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the state, Planned Parenthood of Birmingham, has been closed since December after an RN was caught selling “abortion inducing drugs” in the parking lot.

If this were a Perry Mason show, people would say the story line is too far fetched.

But it’s all real, very real.

Operation Rescue put together a nice video showing all of Lopez’s weekend  mug shots…


Court docs reveal why Birmingham Planned Parenthood closed, plus two docs in trouble

imageFor months the Birmingham, Alabama, Planned Parenthood has maintained a shroud of secrecy surrounding its “temporary” closing in December 2013.

The abortion giant is only now coming clean after the Alabama Attorney General and Alabama Department of Health filed a legal brief on May 13 revealing exactly why the Birmingham Planned Parenthood shut down.

Ironically, the brief was necessary only because Planned Parenthood was one of two abortion providers that sued to block a law enacted in Alabama in 2013 that forced abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. A trial date was set for May 19, inducing the need for the state to defend itself in this court document.

Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit left it and doctors killing babies in Alabama open to exposure. And expose this brief does. From page 6 (paragraph breaks and underline added):

Finally, the evidence will show, contrary to plaintiffs’ assertions (Doc 173 at 12), that the State has a legitimate need for additional credentialing for abortion doctors.

There are immediate reasons to question the competence and ethics of at least two of the five doctors (40%) who work for plaintiffs as well as their employees more generally. Dr. A is currently being sued for malpractice arising from his misdiagnosis of a patient at a Birmingham abortion clinic. Dr. P2 is currently being prosecuted by the federal government for Medicaid fraud.

And Planned Parenthood’s Birmingham clinic was recently closed after an employee of Planned Parenthood unlawfully sold prescription drugs in the clinic’s parking lot.

The legal brief adds (emphasis theirs):

The evidence will show the plaintiffs’ doctors remain in the city of a clinic for as few as six hours, perform scores of elective procedures, and then leave. They automatically transfer the care of their patients to outside physicians, and patients must go to the emergency room for care for complications. The defendants’ experts will testify that this is substandard practice….

Instead, it is standard medical practice for a physician to provide continuity of care to his or her own patients…. [P]hysicians with staff privileges at local hosptials will testify… that they do not follow the practice of referring patients to an emergency room for effectively all follow-up care.

imagePlanned Parenthood filed its lawsuit several months before being closed for nefarious activity – slightly embarrassing and certainly not helpful to proving the merits of its case, although it should have anticipated something since it has a propensity for trouble.

Likewise, the abortionist identified as “Dr. P2” appears to be Yashica Robinson-White, pictured right, also charged after the abortion providers filed their suit.

So, “at least” two of five abortionists in Alabama have been refused hospital privileges for good reason. Such a system weeds out the quacks and hacks, surely what the abortion industry fears.

[Top photo via; bottom photo via]

State of Alabama catches unlicensed abortion provider red-handed reported today:

The state of Alabama has uncovered a business relationship between the doctor of a clinic accused of being an unlicensed abortion provider and the woman who surrendered an abortion provider license for the Southside facility a year ago.

In a court filing last week, the state says that Dr. Bruce Norman is contracted with a Georgia company headed by Diane Derzis [pictured above right] to provide staffing, supplies, medication, medical malpractice insurance and workman’s compensation — “in short to manage Norman’s practice conducted at 1001 17th St. South.”

In previous court filings, Derzis stated there was no relationship between herself and Norman.

Derzis, owner of the New Woman All Women Health Care abortion clinic in Birmingham (also owner of the last remaining abortion mill in Mississippi) surrendered her clinic license last year after the state launched revocation hearings following a 76-page deficiency report filed by the Alabama Board of Health that found, according to

… inadequately trained staff; failure to have policy and procedures related to medication errors and the administration of medications, which resulted in the hospitalization of three abortion patients, one of whom was placed in the ICU; no documentation indicating that Derzis’ two abortionists were even licensed to perform abortions; inadequate preparation and administration of drugs, which led to [two] overdoses and inadequate pain management; and use of uninspected equipment.

But in March pro-life activists learned the clinic was still illegally open. Authorities were alerted, and the Board of Health filed a complaint to shut it down – again.

normanIn a motion to dismiss that case, Derzis’s attorney claimed she was no longer connected to the clinic and that it was run entirely under the direction of abortionist Norman, pictured right. Norman claimed he committed less than 30 abortions a month and, therefore, did not have to be licensed.

But kudos to the state for investigating and connecting the dots, the evidence of which it has asked to be added to other evidence in a trial set for August 5.

Life Legal Defense Foundation has been a force behind closing Derzis’s clinic all along the way. Its senior staff counsel, Allison Aranda, further explained the latest in an email to me this afternoon. In particular, she responded to my question whether Derzis could be jailed for lying that she no longer had connections to the clinic:

False testimony and/or statements must be made under oath in order to be punished as perjury in a criminal court.  As far as I know, the statements were made by her attorney in a motion to dismiss.  There was no attached declaration signed by Derzis making the claims under penalty of perjury.

Also of note is the fact that Diane’s attorney withdrew the motion to dismiss (the document in which Diane purportedly made the claims disassociating herself with Norman’s office).  So technically the court never issued a ruling on the information.

I do think that it is significant that Derzis lied (likely to her attorney or he should be in trouble for making those claims knowing they were false).  The court is not going to trust her or her attorney after a blunder like this.  Rest assured the court will hold them to the strictest evidentiary rules at the trial set for August 5th.  After these, not merely unsubstantiated claims, but rather blatantly false claims, the court will demand full proof that Norman is performing less than 30 abortions in any two month period and will order Norman to cease employing any of Derzis’ staff.  The court will most definitely order Derzis to cease providing employees to staff the Norman office and will demand proof of the extent of her business relationship with Norman.

But Derzis’ conduct is sanctionable by jail time already.  We should be calling on the local prosecuting agencies to go after her in criminal court in addition to the civil action brought by the ADPH.

See these portions of the Alabama Code dealing with unlicensed hospitals and violations of the rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Health below.  I think more pressure should be put on the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office to prosecute Derzis!  I’m drafting a letter to send to the DA/CA’s office.  We are also filing an amicus brief in support of the ADPH’s request for a permanent injunction against NWAW, Derzis, Norman, and now the Georgia Clinic.

22-21-33.  Unlicensed hospitals.

(a) Any individual, association, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or other business entity who operates or causes to be operated a hospital of any kind as defined in this article or any regulations promulgated hereunder, without having been granted a license therefor by the State Board of Health shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor upon conviction

§ 22-2-14.  Rules and regulations; violation.

Any person who knowingly violates or fails or refuses to obey or comply with any rule or regulation adopted and promulgated by the State Board of Health of this state shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $500.00 and, if the violation or failure or refusal to obey or comply with such rule or regulation is a continuing one, each day’s violation, or failure or refusal shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punished accordingly.

[HT: Fr. Terry Gensener; top photo via]; bottom photo via]

Kermit who? Abortion zealots still claim emergency access to clinics unnecessary

20120121-191413One of many complaints abortion supporters have against clinic regulations, which they call TRAP laws – Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – is a requirement for wider doors and hallways than clinics apparently usually have.

“At no point does the width of doorways have any bearing on the medical treatment that’s being administered,” griped Planned Parenthood of Indiana Executive Director Betty Cockrum to

“Abortion proponents mocked the idea that the architectural standards would actually translate into better health care,” noted the Washington Post.

RH Reality Check’s Robin Marty listed “the size of doorways” as one of several “onerous new regulations” in Virginia.

NARAL Virginia’s deputy director agreed, grumbling that the real agenda behind mandating wider halls and doors was “restricting safe, legal abortion access,” according to MSNBC. protested that “larger hallways and doorways… serve no apparent medical purpose – nor do they make any logical sense.”

ms-mongarYou could try telling all that to Kermit Gosnell’s patient Karnamaya Mongar, except she’s dead, in part due to the inability of paramedics to negotiate the halls. According to the grand jury report:

[T]here might have been some slim hope of reviving Mrs. Mongar. The paramedics were able to generate a weak pulse. But, because of the cluttered hallways and the padlocked emergency door, it took them over twenty minutes just to find a way to get her out of the building.

She wasn’t the only one. When Gosnell’s clinic was raided three months later:

Ambulances were summoned to pick up the waiting patients, but… emergency personnel… discovered they could not maneuver stretchers through the building’s narrow hallways to reach the patients….

Access from procedure rooms to the outside by wheelchair or stretcher was impossible, as was evident the night Karnamaya Mongar died….

Clinics must have doors, elevators, and other passages adequate to allow stretcher-borne patients to be carried to a street-level exit. Gosnell’s clinic, with its narrow, twisted passageways, could not accommodate a stretcher at all.

So, you see, the reason behind mandating that doorways and halls be 36 inches wide is to allow for gurney access. This doesn’t seem to me to be too much to ask of abortion providers, particularly since they say they are so concerned about “safe and legal” abortions. Some clinic regs go further to mandate that hallways be five feet wide, but this is simply to allow for simultaneous passage of two gurneys, which doesn’t seem too much to ask either.

To be fair, all the aforementioned complaints were lodged before the Gosnell story started to get traction, when Kirsten Powers’ USA Today column was published.

So you would think after all the notoriety abortion proponents would back away from protesting common sense safeguards that might have saved Mongar’s life. But no. I was shocked by a frankly ignorant tweet last night by RH Reality Check’s Editor-in-Chief, Jodi Jacobson, in response to my question:


Really? I hardly know where to begin. Jodi apparently thinks legalization has made abortion so safe it is utterly impervious to human error or frailty.

But Jodi did qualify herself the word, “most,” meaning she acknowledges there may be medical emergencies at a few clinics, but she’s willing to roll the dice with women’s lives for the sake of access.

Like at the abortion industry standard bearer, Planned Parenthood?

Well, after Operation Rescue compiled the following video last October of 14 emergency calls to PPs across the country since January 2011, there have been a whopping 13 more, recorded at PPs in Colorado (x2), Delaware x5, Indiana, Missouri (same clinic 3x since Thanksgiving – make that 4), and New York, for a total of 27…


… and that’s just at Planned Parenthoods, which comprise 25% of freestanding abortion clinics in the U.S.

But Jacobson isn’t alone. Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL, complained in a piece blaming pro-lifers for Gosnell that the very state hosting his “House of Horrors,” as it’s now known, Pennsylvania, had enacted “volumes of costly regulations… designed to regulate abortion care right out of existence.”

This makes no sense.  Gosnell would have been one of the abortion clinics regulated out of existence had state agencies or the National Abortion Federation bothered.

Don’t these people want that?

Obviously, no.

[Top photo, taken in January 2012, is of an ambulance crew having to hand-carry an emergency victim from New Woman All Woman abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, because the mill could not accommodate a gurney.]

Good Friday: Alabama abortion mill shutting down due to numerous health code violations

The New Woman All Women abortion mill in Birmingham, Alabama, has shown signs of cracking for some time.

This is the clinic where I reported in January two botch abortions were committed in a single day, and where I reported in February it had posted a threatening sign against pro-lifers (“Use deadly force only if necessary”).

Also in February Bryan Kemper reported the mill’s sole abortionist had quit.

So the handwriting was on the wall when on Friday the  Alabama Department of Public Health announced the clinic would be giving up the ghost due to numerous health code violations.

Owner’s other clinic may close

An interesting aside. New Woman All Women is owned by Dianne Derzis, pictured right.

Derzis also owns the Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion mill in Jackson, Mississippi. After the Mississippi legislature passed a bill on April 5 requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at the local hospital, Derzis warned that clinic may be forced to close as well:

Derzis… said its physicians are OB-GYN certified but only one has admitting privileges. She said clinic doctors live out of state because they have been stalked and threatened. And most hospitals will not grant such privileges to out-of-state physicians….

She also said the clinic would do everything possible to comply with the new regulations but more than one physician is needed to stay open. Derzis said she would sue the state if the doctors cannot comply with the new regulations and the clinic is forced to close.

All in all, last week was one I expect Dianne Derzis would sooner forget, but it was a great one for babies and mothers.

[Photo of Derzis via CNN]

Abortion clinic sign: “Use deadly force only if necessary”

On January 28 pro-lifers gathered to pray at the New Woman All Women abortion mill in Birmingham, Alabama, one week after there had been two botched abortions committed in the span of 30 minutes there.

During that week the clinic, apparently stressed for business, had prepared a huge “Call for Abortions” sign, which you’ll see in the following little video clip.

Apparently angry about all the pro-life attention to their botches the week before, the clinic had also prepared another more ominous sign, photo above. You’ll also it in the video to the left of and a little behind the larger one. Warning: vulgarity…

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Two botched abortions; no gurney access


Today pro-lifers gathered to commemorate the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade at the New Woman All Women abortion mill in Birmingham, Alabama, witnessed not one but two ambulance calls for botched abortions.

As if the botches weren’t dangerous enough, the abortion mill could not accommodate a gurney, forcing responders to carry the first victim out…

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Birmingham Planned Parenthood charged with additional violations

planned parenthood birmingham 1, abortion, rape.png’s Lila Rose has a post up at revealing additional violations found by the AL Dept. of Public Health at the Birmingham Planned Parenthood.
Recall last week the state of AL placed Birmingham PP on a 1-year probation following Lila’s undercover video sting exposing PP workers’ willingness to help a pregnant 14-year-old girl cover up statutory rape by her 31-year-old “boyfriend” – and avoid parental consent to boot.
Now Live Action has received a copy of the ADPH Statement of Deficiencies indicating PP was charged with additional violations. The SOD showed, according to Lila’s post…

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