I reported last week on the recently unsealed lawsuit charging 9 CA Planned Parenthoods with bilking the state out of $180 million by overcharging for contraceptives.
This allegedly occurred from the late 1990s to 2004 when the CA legislature incredibly changed refund rules to let PP overcharge the state legally.
I attached an email to the bottom of my post providing what I thought was an unrelated example showing how PP cuts deals with pharmaceuticals and then charges an outrageous mark-up to consumers....
In that email, a PP VP outlined how PP had made a deal with Barr to buy Plan B for the next 5 years for $4.25-$4.50. I showed how PP sells Plan B for $25-32, a 400-600% mark-up.
I received this email document from a source who got it from another court case.
It turns out this document was part of a wrongful termination case filed by the same PP financial exec who filed this newly revealed federal whistleblower lawsuit, Victor Gonzalez.
In fact, Gonzalez emailed me twice late last week demanding I remove the email, which I refused to do.
Between the 2 lawsuits Gonzalez makes serious allegations....
California Catholic Daily has reported more, quoting a statement by Jack Schuler, attorney for the plaintiff in this case, Victor Gonzalez. These are:
PP used money and at least 1 facility for electioneering, in violation of charitable organization laws. PP is supposed to follow the same anti-politicking rules as churches. PP LA employees misused their corporate credit card, to be used solely for nonprofit purposes, for "Victoria's Secret and private video purchases." More than overbilling, PP allegedly double billed, "purchas[ing] [contraceptives] at substantial discounts under a special government-subsidized program," and then massively overcharging the state for those same contraceptives, "12 or more times their purchase price," according to Schuler. PP LA falsified its financial status and providing "rosy financial projections" to get a state loan.
Here's pure speculation on my part.
The Los Angeles Times, which broke but downplayed the story ("The case involves the arcane reimbursement rules," etc.) March 8, stated:
Officials at the state Department of Health Care Services say they do not believe Planned Parenthood needs to repay any money already reimbursed by the state.
... which I thought was so bizarre.
CCD added why the case was sealed in the 1st place:
The [federal] suit was unsealed earlier this week following a prolonged review by the U.S. attorney's office.
and quoted this from Schuler's statement:
"A previously buried and ignored California Department of Health Services 2004 Audit...."
Could it be the feds are investigating not just PP but also CA state officials and agencies? They should. This looks like collusion on several levels.
yawn. Can you guys find another villain, I'm so tired of Planned Parenthood stories.Posted by: Hal at March 10, 2008 3:30 PM
Another PP tempest in a teapot.
Certainly a disgruntled, fired employee is the most objective source of information.
If anyone is interested in facts, rather than hysteria, see the Los Angeles Times article of 3/8/08 by Charles Ornstein.Posted by: anonymous at March 10, 2008 3:37 PM
yawn. Can you guys find another villain, I'm so tired of Planned Parenthood stories.
Posted by: Hal at March 10, 2008 3:30 PM
You'd think she'd be more shocked by THIS story (Renzi is a pro-lifer who co-chairs the McCain campaign):
Saturday, March 08, 2008
McCain Campaign: More Family Values at work
Pro-Life Groups Hit by GOP Lawmaker's Alleged Fraud
Renzi Funneled Hundreds of Thousands from Pregnancy Crisis Centers to Fund First Run for Congress
By JUSTIN ROOD
March 8, 2007—
Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., allegedly defrauded dozens of pro-life organizations for hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund his first congressional bid, according to an analysis of the recent indictment against him, a state insurance claim and an interview with an insurance lawyer involved in the case.
When federal prosecutors indicted Renzi, 49, on 35 felony counts two weeks ago, many reports focused on alleged crimes stemming from a complicated series of land swaps the congressman facilitated.
But the indictment also accuses Renzi, who ran an insurance firm before coming to Capitol Hill, of misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance premiums and using the money to fund his congressional campaign.
Organizations such as Arizona Right-to-Life, the Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Wickenburg Pregnancy Resource Center paid insurance premiums to Renzi's insurance firm, Renzi & Company, but received notices their insurance coverage was going to be cancelled for nonpayment, according to a 2003 complaint filed with the State of Arizona. The complaint was first reported by the Phoenix New Times.
According to the indictment, Renzi funneled those payments -- totaling more than $400,000 -- through various accounts and finally to his campaign.
Posted by: FetusFascist
at March 10, 2008 3:47 PM
yawn. Can you guys find another villain, I'm so tired of Planned Parenthood stories.
No, Hal! As long as Planned Parhenthood is murdering babies and corrupting our youth with their "comprehensive" sex ed classes and promoting teen sex by distributing contraceptives for much less expensive that other drug stores, we will not stop this battle against them!
...Just putting a guess as to what the PL consensus will be. But I second Hal. I'm so bored of hearing about how horrible PP is.Posted by: Leah at March 10, 2008 3:52 PM
Good one Leah, I could have written that too. And I'm expecting it. The thing is, Planned Parenthood could dissolve into dust tomorrow and abortion would still be legal and supported by a majority of Americans. New abortion providers would spring up to answer the need. I'm sure PP is not perfect, few institutions come even close to perfection. I haven't heard any horror stories from their nice new clinic in Aurora, however.Posted by: Hal at March 10, 2008 3:58 PM
The fact you would use the term nice about the Aurora center is a horror.Posted by: Anon at March 10, 2008 4:14 PM
I know, I should have compared it to a Nazi death camp. But, I won't. I'm sure it's modern, clean, well staffed, and comfortable.Posted by: Hal at March 10, 2008 4:18 PM
Too bad all of the prochoice blogs are shut down today. Must be in honor of Take An Abortionist to Lunch day.Posted by: Carla at March 10, 2008 4:36 PM
Could it be the feds are investigating not just PP but also CA state officials and agencies? They should. This looks like collusion on several levels.
It doesn't take much to make you see a pro-choice conspiracy, does it, Jill? If only we were as conniving as you seem to think we are!Posted by: Ray at March 10, 2008 5:10 PM
Ray, so naive...Posted by: Jill Stanek at March 10, 2008 5:39 PM
Good one Leah, I could have written that too. And I'm expecting it. The thing is, Planned Parenthood could dissolve into dust tomorrow and abortion would still be legal and supported by a majority of Americans. New abortion providers would spring up to answer the need. I'm sure PP is not perfect, few institutions come even close to perfection. I haven't heard any horror stories from their nice new clinic in Aurora, however.
Wrong again, Hal! It's a Nazi death camp. I heard on Fox News (the most unbiased and reliable news source out there--not something ridiculous and crazy liberal, like, say... BBC) that in Aurora they have these people they call "abortion recruiters" and they actually go and drug pregnant women and abort their babies!
Ahh yes. We are conniving, are we not? Soon the world will be under our power!Posted by: Leah at March 10, 2008 5:41 PM
How much do abortion recruiters get paid? And who gives them the drugs for the poor unsuspecting pregnant women? And, don't any of these pregnant women notice that they're not pregnant anymore when they wake up? Who fills out the paperwork for the drugged women? And who would pay for the abortion? I see serious flaws with Fox's scheme.Posted by: Hal at March 10, 2008 6:07 PM
The fact you would use the term nice about the Aurora center is a horror.
Posted by: Anon at March 10, 2008 4:14 PM
Here's some horror:
Incidents in the United States
In the U.S., violence directed toward abortion providers has killed 7 people, including 3 doctors, 2 clinic employees, a security guard, and a clinic escort.
March 10, 1993: Dr. David Gunn of Pensacola, Florida was fatally shot during a protest. He had been the subject of wanted-style posters distributed by Operation Rescue in the summer of the year before. Michael F. Griffin was found guilty of Dr. Gunn's murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
June 29, 1994: Dr. John Britton and James Barrett, a clinic escort, were both shot outside of another facility in Pensacola. Rev. Paul Jennings Hill was charged with the killings, received a death sentence, and was executed September 3, 2003.
December 30, 1994: Two receptionists, Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols, were killed in a clinic attack in Brookline, Massachusetts. John Salvi, who prior to his arrest was distributing pamphlets from Human Life International, was arrested and confessed to the killings. He committed suicide in prison and guards found his body under his bed with a plastic garbage bag tied around his head. Salvi had also confessed to a non-lethal attack in Norfolk, Virginia days before the Brookline killings.
January 29, 1998: Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer who worked as a security guard at an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama died when his workplace was bombed. Eric Robert Rudolph, who was also responsible for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, was charged with the crime and received two life sentences as a result.
October 23, 1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot dead at his home in Amherst, New York. His was the last in a series of similar shootings against providers in Canada and northern New York state which were all likely committed by James Kopp. Kopp was convicted of Dr. Slepian's murder after finally being apprehended in France in 2001.
A fourth doctor, George Patterson, was shot in Mobile, Alabama on August 21, 1993, but it is uncertain whether his death was the direct result of his profession or rather a robbery.
Attempted murder, assault, and threats
According to statistics gathered by the National Abortion Federation (NAF), an organization of abortion providers, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault or battery, and 3 kidnappings committed against abortion providers. The attempted murders were:
August 19, 1993: Dr. George Tiller was shot outside of an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas. Shelley Shannon was charged with the crime and received an 11-year prison sentence.
June 29, 1994: June Barret was shot in the same attack which claimed the lives of James Barrett, her husband, and Dr. John Britton.
December 30, 1994: Five individuals were wounded in the same-day shootings which killed Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols.
December 18, 1996: Dr. Calvin Jackson of New Orleans, Louisiana was stabbed 15 times, losing 4 pints of blood. Donald Cooper was charged with second-degree attempted murder and sentenced to 20 years.
October 28, 1997: A physician whose name has not been revealed was shot in his home in Rochester, New York.
January 29, 1998: Emily Lyons, a nurse, was severely injured in the bombing which also killed Robert Sanderson.
September 11, 2006 David McMenemy attempted a suicide bombing of a women's clinic in Davenport, Iowa after scouting targets throughout the Midwest. It was later revealed that the targeted clinic did not perform or make referrals for abortions.
The first letters claiming to contain anthrax were mailed to U.S. clinics in October 1998, a few days after the Slepian shooting, and since then, there have been a total of 655 such bioterror threats made against abortion providers. None of the "anthrax" in these cases was real
November 2001: After the genuine 2001 anthrax attacks, Clayton Waagner mailed hoax letters containing a white powder to 554 clinics. Waagner was convicted of 51 charges relating to the anthrax scare on December 3, 2003.
Arson, bombing, and property crime
According to NAF, since 1977 in the United States and Canada, property crimes committed against abortion providers have included 41 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 incidents of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism, and 100 attacks with butyric acid ("stink bombs"). The first clinic arson occurred in Oregon in March 1976 and the first bombing occurred in February 1978 in Ohio
More recent incidents have included:
October 1999: Martin Uphoff set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, causing US$100 worth of damage. He was later sentenced to 60 months in prison.
May 28, 2000: An arson at a clinic in Concord, New Hampshire on resulted in damage estimated at US$20,000.
October 1, 2000: A Catholic priest drove his car into the Northern Illinois Health Clinic after learning that the FDA had approved the drug RU-486. He pulled out an ax before being shot at by a security guard.
June 11, 2001: A bombing at a clinic in Tacoma, Washington on destroyed a wall, resulting in US$6000 in damages
July 4, 2005: A clinic Palm Beach, Florida was the target of an arson.
December 12, 2005: Patricia Hughes and Jeremy Dunahoe threw a Molotov cocktail at a clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana. The device missed the building and no damage was caused. In August 2006, Hughes was sentenced to six years in prison, and Dunahoe to one year.
April 25, 2007: A package left at a women's health clinic in Austin, Texas contained an explosive device capable of inflicting serious injury or death. A bomb squad detonated the device.
May 9, 2007: An unidentified person deliberately set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
December 6, 2007: Two unidentified persons set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Posted by: Sally
at March 10, 2008 7:01 PM
How much do abortion recruiters get paid? And who gives them the drugs for the poor unsuspecting pregnant women? And, don't any of these pregnant women notice that they're not pregnant anymore when they wake up? Who fills out the paperwork for the drugged women? And who would pay for the abortion? I see serious flaws with Fox's scheme.
Duh, Hal. They steal the woman's wallet to pay for it. And who needs paperwork? PP is evil, right?Posted by: Leah at March 10, 2008 9:03 PM
Sally, please don't go there. I have exposed much more violence on the pro choice side.Posted by: heather at March 11, 2008 7:09 AM
Ok, Heather, identify by names, dates and locations acts of violence on the pro-choice side.Posted by: anonymous at March 11, 2008 9:23 AM
Here is a horror story from Aurora. A girl needed medical attention after an abortion, and instead of the ambulence coming to get her at PP, she had to be placed in a car and driven to the back of store in another part of the strip mall to meet the ambulence. This girl could hardly walk, and was in bad shape.
Why didn't the ambulence pick her up right in front of PP? Why did PP make her drive to another part of area to receive medical attention?Posted by: Tara at March 11, 2008 10:58 AM
Sally posted an extensive and accurate history of anti-abortion violence.
Heather claimed she "has exposed far more violence on the pro-choice side".
When invited to do so, neither Heather nor any other anti-choice extremist has posted a single instance of "pro-choice violence".
Put up or shut up.
Posted by: zeke13:19 at March 11, 2008 2:59 PM
anonymous, you must have been absent when I did this. I could do it again if ya like. Until then, put a sock in it.Posted by: heather at March 11, 2008 2:59 PM
Human Life International has documented more than 8,519 acts of violence and illegal activities by pro-abortionists. These crimes include:
* 1,251 homicides and other killings
* 157 attempted homicides
* 28 arsons and firebombings
* 904 assaults
* 1,908 sex crimes (including 250 rapes)
* 106 kidnappings
* 420 cases of vandalism
* 290 drug crimes
* 1,616 medical crimes
To see the abortion violence done in each state click here.Posted by: zeke13:19 at March 11, 2008 3:06 PM
PRO-ABORTION VIOLENCE AND CRIME JUST IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
Assault (2 incidents) and Destruction of Property
On October 18, 2001, Pastor Matt Trewhella, founder of Missionaries to the Preborn, was arrested in Bloomington, Illinois and charged with several crimes, including obstructing police and assault. The media also reported claims that, during a pro-life outreach at Normal Community High School, persons with MTP "chased" students and "forced" them to take their literature.
Mary E. Quinn of MTP headed up the outreach at Normal Community High, and had a far different story to tell. She said that the Missionaries simply stood on the public sidewalk offering pro-life literature and gospel tracts to students. Just as they were about to leave, a vice principle of the school verbally assailed Quinn, struck her hand as she offered literature to a student, and then broke her video camera when she began to tape his tirade. Police arriving on the scene then claimed that MTP people were on school property, and read Quinn her rights. In the end, MTP left with no charges because they were not on school property and had done nothing wrong.
The incident involving Pastor Trewhella took place in Bloomington, which is Normal's sister city. It began when a Bloomington police officer arrived at a picket MTP was doing on a busy street. The officer exited his car and with a red face told Quinn, "We are sick of this crap. You have been run off three or four other places, and you are leaving here right now. It is over. Pack it in right now or you are all going to be arrested." Quinn explained that the MTP people had a constitutional right to be where they were, and she called Pastor Trewhella on a two-way radio and requested that he bring a video camera to the scene, which he did. Quinn continued to try to reason with the police officer, while Trewhella stood about eight feet away and taped the scene.
Suddenly, without a word from Trewhella or any provocation or warning, the officer literally jumped him, wrenched away his video camera, and slammed him face down onto the sidewalk. He then dropped a knee into his back, violently twisted his right arm, and handcuffed him. Trewhella ended up spending several hours in jail. For over an hour of that time, he was handcuffed. After he was bailed out, he was taken to an emergency room where he was diagnosed with several injuries to his back, arm, and neck which required treatment and pain medication. A month later, he was still experiencing much pain from the injuries and may need follow up medical care.
Quinn said that, throughout this entire episode, Pastor Matt showed remarkable restraint, even when enduring pain at the hands of the police officer and, in fact, shared the gospel with his attacker while on the way to jail. Likewise, all persons with MTP showed great restraint during the incident, staying at their posts while Quinn dealt with the situation. The attack on Pastor Trewhella is on video tape and was witnessed by a number of people. At the same time, Pastor Matt Trewhella and members of Missionaries to the Preborn have given the Bloomington Police Department and the public a very good Christian witness of which the Body of Christ can be proud, regardless of the picture the police and press are trying to paint.
Reference: Detailed e-mail message entitled "Pastor Brutalized by Police & Press," received from Pastor Ralph Ovadal, Christ the King Church, Post Office Box 771, Monroe, Wisconsin 53566, on October 24, 2001.
First-Degree Murder (27 counts), Torture (11 incidents), Bigamy, Illegal Abortion, Practicing Medicine Without a License, Animal Abuse (8 incidents), Abuse of a Corpse (26 incidents), Insurance Fraud (32 incidents), Fraud (10 incidents), Theft (9 incidents), Grave Robbery (18 incidents) and Bail Jumping [Englewood]
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that America's first serial killer, often known as "America's Arch Fiend," was an abortionist.
Herman Webster Mudgett was born in New Hampshire in 1860. It soon became apparent that he was a troubled child who also had an interest in surgery, a disturbing combination to be certain. As an adolescent, he would capture neighborhood pets and perform surgical experiments on them, usually while they were still alive. In one case, he captured a neighbor's cat and set it on fire, then watched in amusement as it ran desperately, terrified, until it died.
At the age of 18, he entered the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, but was expelled at the age of 24. While a medical student, he stole numerous corpses and experimented on how to use them to defraud life insurance companies. He would take insurance policies out on fictitious people, then obliterate the features of the corpses he stole with acid and make claims on them.
He was eventually caught with a female corpse and banned from the medical school, and so moved to Englewood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Here he changed his name from Herman Webster Mudgett to "Doctor Henry Howard Holmes," and ditched his first wife, Clara Loveringat. A widow who owned a drug store hired him as a druggist. After a few months, he committed his first murder by eliminating the widow and he soon became wealthy by selling a worthless cure in the form of "Linden Grove Mineral Water." Soon after this, he married his second wife, Myrta Z. Belknap, without bothering to divorce the first, but Myrta left him after only about a year.
Then Holmes decided to construct an edifice that would help to satisfy his murderous inclinations. It was a three-story castle-like structure designed to facilitate murder. Some of its features included soundproof rooms that locked from the outside, secret passages, dozens of secret peepholes, false floors, rooms equipped with torture devices (including a rack that would stretch a person to twice their original height), greased chutes that emptied into a cellar, and a very large stove and vats of acid for the disposal of complete human bodies.
When his "castle" was complete, Holmes lured young women into it, seduced them, and drugged them. As many as fifty of his victims were people who had rented one of the 71 guest rooms in his house to attend the 1893 Chicago World Fair. Sometimes he'd fill one of the building's fireproof rooms with flammable gas and incinerate a young woman. He would watch them die horribly, and then slide their bodies down the greased chutes, where large vats of acid awaited them. Then he would sell their bleached skeletons to Chicago-area medical schools.
Julia Connor, the wife of a man Holmes had hired to run a jewelry store on the first floor of his "castle," became pregnant by him. He performed an abortion on her, but botched it horribly. Instead of taking her to a hospital, he murdered her, dissolved her body in acid, and sold her skeleton to a local medical school. He also poisoned her three-year-old daughter Pearl.
Holmes married a third time and then hired an assistant named Herman Pitezel, who planned to enlist Holmes' aid in making him disappear so the two could split the insurance proceeds. Naturally, Holmes smothered Pitezel with chloroform, burned him alive with acid, and kept all the money for himself. He also murdered three of Pitezel's five children, burning one of his young boys alive in a stove.
Eventually, Holmes became careless. He murdered two sisters from Texas and tried to claim the insurance money. Finally, authorities launched an investigation and Holmes left Chicago.
He traveled to Texas, where he began to cheat people out of their life savings. He stole a horse and was caught in Missouri, where he jumped bail. Police did not give up the hunt, however, and The Pinkertons finally captured him Massachusetts, charging him with multiple counts of murder. On the return trip to Philadelphia, Holmes bragged that he had committed enough crimes in his lifetime to be hanged a dozen times over. Since the press was very sensationalistic in the 1890s, newspapers attributed supernatural powers to him, and even called him Bluebeard and Dracula. While sitting in jail, more than fifty people claimed that he had cheated them or stolen large sums of money from them.
On November 4, 1895, a jury convicted Holmes of the first-degree murder of Herman Pitezel. Members of the jury said afterwards that they had taken only sixty seconds to reach the guilty verdict, but remained sequestered longer "for the sake of appearances."
Holmes soon wrote out a long confession for The Philadelphia Inquirer, saying that he was born to be a murderer. It was his life's goal, he said, to become the most notorious murderer the world had even seen. He gave details on 27 murders, including that of Pitezel. Official estimates put the total of his murders at a minimum of fifty and a maximum of two hundred. His "Castle of Horrors" yielded up many grisly secrets, including a pile of human bones in its basement.
He showed no remorse for any of his murders, and, in fact, said that "I was born with the Evil One as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world."
On May 7, 1896, Henry Howard Holmes died at the hands of the hangman at Moyamensing Prison.
References: Katherine Ramsland. "All About Angels of Death: Doctors Who Kill." The Crime Library at http://www.crimelibrary.com; Debra Pawlak. "American Gothic: The Strange Life of H.H. Holmes." MediaDrome.com.
Murder (7 incidents), Fatal Botched Abortion (2 incidents), Attempted Murder (2 incidents), Arson, Blackmail (2 incidents) Illegal Abortions (2 incidents) and Bribery.
At one time, Chicago seemed to have a talent for producing home-grown serial killers who were also abortionists.
Although he stands in the shadow of Harry Holmes, "America's Arch Fiend," Thomas Neill Cream, who was born in Glasgow in 1850, made his bloody mark in the city.
As you can see from the rest of this database, many or most of all male pro-abortionists despise and exploit women for personal and monetary gain.
Cream was no exception. He saw women as weak, sinful creatures good only for satisfying his lust ï¿½ to torture and kill.
Cream was a fascinating character, an illegal abortionist who evaded justice for years. He was a major subject in several books about horrifying crimes of the Victorian era.
Angus McLaren, in his book Prescription for Murder, wrote that "[Cream's] outrageous crimes were the result of an individual psychopathology wedded to a generalized misogyny or mistrust of women at a time when women were making a well-publicized bid for greater autonomy."
W. Teignmouth Shore, wrote in his preface to The Trial of Neill Cream, that
His actions were probably governed by a mixture of sexual mania and Sadism. He may have had a half-crazy delight in feeling that the lives of the wretched women he slew lay in his power, that he was the arbiter of their fates ... Sensuality, cruelty and lust of power urged him on. We may picture him walking at night the dreary, mean streets and byways of Lambeth, seeking for prey, on some of whom to satisfy his lust, on others to exercise his lust, on others to satisfy his passion for cruelty ...
Due to the horrible nature and frequency of his crimes, many criminologists of the day believed that he was Jack the Ripper. This belief was reinforced by the fact, sworn to by his hangman, that Cream shouted "I am Jack ..." as he fell through the trap door to his death at the end of a rope.
Cream graduated from the medical college at Quebec's McGill University in April 1876. Shortly thereafter, he apparently set fire to his home in Montreal in order to collect insurance on items he intended to dispose of anyway.
He was forced to marry Flora Brooks shortly after graduation. He had seduced and aborted her, and the Brooks family arranged a classic "shotgun wedding" for the pair. Cream vanished the next morning and fled to London for more medical studies.
He continued to send medications from London back to Flora, who became progressively more and more ill. Another medical doctor became suspicious and ordered her to stop taking the meds. She recovered temporarily, but then died in 1877. When her body was later exhumed and examined, it was determined that she had extremely high levels of strychnine, Cream's poison of choice, in her system.
In 1878, Cream returned to Canada and set up a medical practice in London, Ontario. It did not take him long to get into trouble again. In May 1879, he aborted and then murdered a young woman. The Ontario Medical Examining Board ruled the death a murder, but Cream avoided indictment.
He moved to Chicago and set up a medical practice at 434 West Madison, close to the city's red-light district, after passing the State Board of Health examination.
Cream immediately began to commit illegal abortions again, seeing the lower-caste women as little more than cattle to be exploited.
In 1880, one of his botched abortions killed Mary Anne Faulkner. He escaped indictment by claiming to have arrived at the scene after the abortion and trying to save the woman's life. He also killed Ellen Stack by ending her pregnancy with strychnine, and escaped prosecution because the authorities could not prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cream had supplied the pills.
In 1881, he began an adulterous affair with Julia Stott. When her husband Daniel became suspicious, Cream killed him with strychnine. Police charged Cream with murder, but he fled back to Canada before he could be arrested. He was captured in Bell Riviere, Ontario, returned to the United States, and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Joliet State Penitentiary for murder in November 1881.
Through bribery of the incurably corrupt justice system of the time, he obtained parole in 1891 after serving ten years in prison. He emerged hating women more than ever, and moved back to London.
He took up residence in a slum area of London and set up medical practice once again, but this time as "Thomas Neill, M.D."
In 1891, he murdered prostitutes Ellen "Nellie" Donworth and Matilda Clover with strychnine.
In 1892, he spent time with another prostitute, Louise Harris, and attempted to persuade her to take strychnine pills for her pallid complexion. She pretended to take the pills, but instead threw them into the Thames.
Cream considered himself to be even more clever than Jack the Ripper, for Cream escaped from his crimes spotless and free of police suspicion. But he was jealous that Jack hid killed two strumpets in one night, so he decided to try the same.
So, on April 11, 1892, Alice Marsh and Emma Shrivell became Cream's latest targets. During a night of carousing, Cream gave them strychnine tables, saying that they would cure the venereal diseases so rampant in the girl's profession. They both died in agony early the next morning.
It was not Cream's murderous nature, but his greed and pride, that finally brought him down. He tried to blackmail distinguished father-and-son surgeons, saying that he had evidence that they had killed Marsh and Shrivell. Finally, he befriended a former detective and boastfully gave him a personal tour of the murder scenes, providing a large number of details that only the murderer could have known.
Cream was arrested and put on trial for murder and extortion on October 17-21, 1892. Though the trial took five full days, the jury took only ten minutes to find Cream guilty of murder. He was sentenced to death and was hung on November 16, 1892.
A Canadian newspaper declared that "Probably no criminal was ever executed in London who had a less pitying mob awaiting his execution."
References: Joseph Geringer. "Killers from History: Dr. Thomas Neill Cream, Shades of Nightshade." Crime TV's Crime Library.
First-Degree Murder (9 counts), Kidnapping (3 counts), Armed Robbery, Drug Dealing, Death Threat and Battery [Wheaton]
28-year-old Deborah Evans had three children, was full-term pregnant with a boy she had already named Elijah, and was on welfare. She had moved away from the drug-infested Chicago suburb of Hanover Park to Addison in the hope of finding a better life for herself and her children.
On November 16, 1995, Laverne Ward appeared at her apartment with his cousin Jacqueline Williams and her boyfriend Fedell Caffey. Ward was high on crack at the time, and an argument broke out.
Caffey then shot Deborah in the head with a handgun and stabbed her repeatedly with a knife. Then Ward and Caffey stabbed Deborah's ten-year-old daughter Samantha to death. Samantha died trying to defend herself, because her forearms were covered in knife wounds.
Then they got down to the reason they had come to Deborah's apartment in the first place ï¿½ to take her preborn child. Caffey and Williams planned to claim the child was theirs. They used a knife and scissors to perform a crude cesarian section on Deborah, and delivered her 6ï¿½-pound baby.
Ward, Caffey and Williams then fled the bloody scene with Elijah's eight-year-old brother Joshua, but left behind Ward's 1ï¿½-year-old Jordan to fend for himself. Then the three poisoned, strangled and stabbed little Joshua to death and dumped his body in a Maywood alley because he was a witness to the murders.
Deborah's live-in boyfriend James Edwards returned home to find little Jordan, crying and splattered with blood, but otherwise unharmed.
Incredibly, the child taken from his mother's womb survived and lives with his maternal grandfather along with Jordan.
Williams had been feigning pregnancy since July and her family even had a baby shower for her, despite the fact that she had been sterilized and had not been pregnant. Williams said that she and Caffey wanted a light-skinned baby like the mixed-race child that Deborah, who is white, would have had.
Ward, Williams and Caffey were all convicted of three counts of murder, one count of kidnapping and one of armed robbery for looting the home. Williams and Caffey now sit on death row, and Ward received a life sentence for his crimes.
Ward had previously done time for drug dealing and domestic battery. He had also called up several former girlfriends and told one that if she did not break off a relationship with her current boyfriend, "if you don't want the same thing that happened to Debbie to happen to you."
References: Jill Smolowe. "Ripped from the Womb." Time Magazine, December 4, 1995; Steven Ertelt's Pro-Life Infonet at http://www.prolifeinfo.org/infonet.html, June 14, 1998.
Murder and Manslaughter
Illegal abortionists flourished in the city of Chicago from the turn of the 20th Century, and Eva Shaver was one of the most prominent abortionists there. On May 26, 1915, Shaver aborted Anna Johnson, who soon bled to death. Then Shaver shot Anna in the head with a handgun to try to cover up her fatal botched abortion and make the entire affair look like a suicide. Police eventually uncovered Shaver's illegal abortion situation and charged her with murder and manslaughter in the death of another abortion patient.
Reference: Leslie J. Reagan. When Abortion Was A Crime. University of California Press, 1997.
First-Degree Murder, Intentional Homicide of an Unborn Child, Aggravated Kidnapping (3 counts) and Home Invasion
According to police and prosecution documents and witness testimony, the following events occurred in and around Chicago, Illinois.
In the early morning hours of March 24, 2007, 21-year-old Jwonda Thurston was visiting her sister's apartment in the Chicago suburb of Riverdale. Her boyfriend, 25-year-old Reginald Lane, showed up and the two began to argue. Lane was jealous that Jwonda wanted to go out with one of her girlfriends. Lane confiscated Jwonda's cell phone and her sister's, and warned them both not to call police. Jwonda's sister became frightened and called the police anyway and, as the police arrived, Lane shot Jwonda in the back of the head once, instantly killing her. Then he barricaded himself in the bathroom and surrendered two hours later.
Lane was charged with first-degree murder, and since Jwonda was three months pregnant with his child, intentional homicide of an unborn child. He was also charged with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and home invasion. Lane later confessed to the killings in a videotaped statement.
Despite her youth, Jwonda already had three children, two by Lane. All three, who are four years old or less, were in the apartment when Lane murdered their mother, along with Jwonda's sister's three children.
References: "Police: Boyfriend Kills 21-Year-Old Woman: Six Children in House at the Time." Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2007; "Bail Denied for Man Accused in Riverdale Shooting." Daily Southtown, March 26, 2007.
First-Degree Murder and Attempted Suicide
On July 13, 1999, Ernest Hubbard got into an argument with his wife Trijuana over an affair she was having. He took their three young children out to the family car, then returned to their home in Glendale Heights and doused himself and Trijuana with gasoline and ignited it. Both husband and wife were severely burned in the resulting fire. However, Trijuana and her preborn child died after lingering in the hospital for eleven days, but Ernest Hubbard recovered.
The day he was released, the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office charged him with first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child.
On November 15, 2002, a jury convicted Hubbard of first-degree murder. The jury did not believe his claim that he and Trijuana had a suicide pact. Hubbard was sentenced to life in prison because the state proved that he acted in an "exceptionally heinous or brutal" manner. Laura Pollastrini of the Illinois State District Attorney's office said that "I think you can call setting someone on fire pretty heinous."
Reference: Christy Gutowski. "Husband Found Guilty of Murder." The Daily Herald [Arlington Heights, Illinois], November 16, 2002.
Murder, Impersonating a Doctor, Medical Malpractice, Illegal Abortions, Reckless Conduct, Theft by Deception, Battery, Prostitution, Illegal Gambling and Illegal Pornography
Notorious Chicago abortion mill owner Kenneth "The Creep" Yellen literally died in the gutter after his gangland-style execution in November, 1979, from five shots in the head as he walked to work. Police discovered that Yellen ï¿½ who also was involved in the gambling, prostitution, and pornography businesses ï¿½ was more than $1 million in debt. At the time of his death, Yellen was being investigated for the arson of a second abortion clinic he owned, was being investigated for the "mysterious deaths" of several women who had abortions at his mills, was gambling away his enormous earnings, and was living in fear that a rival abortion profiteer was planning to eliminate him. One of Yellen's clinics, the Women's Medical Facility, was shut down by the Chicago Board of Health after it was determined that the mill was operating without a license and its staff was performing abortions on women who were not pregnant. Yellen, stated The Chicago Sun-Times in a November 4, 1979 report on his death, was also sued for impersonating a doctor, medical malpractice, performing illegal abortions, reckless conduct and theft by deception, and battery for squeezing a woman's breasts during an "examination."
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Robin Dragin was "... a professional burglar with mob connections, to question him about the murder [of Kenneth Yellin, administrator of Biogenetics]. According to a top investigator, Dragin organized a Chicago abortion clinic that had been in competition with Yellin's operation. Before abortion was legalized, Dragin was a principal in the operation of an illegal abortion ring in the north-west suburbs. That racket, which was based in various motels, was tied to the crime syndicate."
Kenneth Yellin was the administrator of the Women's Medical Facility abortion mill, which was closed by the State of Illinois for safety and health violations, but reopened just a few days later as "Biogenetics." Yellin was indicted for passing himself off as "Dr. York," and for performing physical exams.
An undercover investigator reported that Yellin scolded recovery room workers, saying "We're giving out too many cookies. Cookies cost money. ... no more than three cookies each and only one cup of pop," even though the patients were hungry and weak from the 24-hour fast prior to their abortions.
After Yellin was shot in the head, a police investigator was quoted as saying "What goes around comes around. He was a butcher. He got what he deserved. He died in the gutter where he belonged."
Yellin was known as "Creepy Kenny" as a child due to behavior such as putting sand in the gas tanks of parked cars. He flunked out of 4 colleges. An attorney said that "I remember him driving around town in a big white Cadillac convertible. There was always a blond sitting next to him. Different blonds each time. ... He left a trail of sour deals, bad paper, and civil suits" in a series of businesses opened with money his father gave him (paint and body shop, car dealership, import car business, and Kenneth Yellin Enterprises). The lawyer said that "He put his business acumen and money into concerns that were characterized by their increasing sordidness and which have known links to organized crime. He ran a marriage counseling service which a former prosecuting attorney said was a front for prostitution, and was then believed to have operated or invested in X-rated movie theaters. The abortion business seemed a natural progression ... There were pornographic video cassettes and assorted sexual paraphernalia stacked near the bed in his "elaborate" apartment."
Within one hour of his death, "his live-in girlfriend, a tall, thin blond named Melody Forster, was in Florida with a suitcase full of his money" which police had found her stuffing into a valise in their apartment.
Yellin had been arrested in his home town "for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest ... charges he would beat on a technicality. He was driving a maroon Corvette and wearing a $2000 leather coat."
Reporters said police investigating Yellin's murder indicated that he had lost around $200,000 in a confidence scheme.
References: Chicago Sun-Times, November 5, 6, 7, and 18, 1979; Chicago Tribune, November 4, 1979; and Paul Likoudis. "Investigators Cast a Wide Net to Find Abortionist's Murderer." The Wanderer, December 10, 1998, pages 1 and 10.
Murder, Death Threat, Aggravated Battery, Battery, and Drug Possession
According to police and prosecution documents and witness testimony, the following events occurred in and around Chicago, Illinois.
33-year-old ex-convict Tony Fountain, a manager of a McDonald's Restaurant on Chicago's South Side, had an affair with 17-year-old Chavanna Prather, a junior at the Hyde Park Academy, and she became pregnant by him. Fountain was also her manager at the restaurant.
He did not want the baby and told several witnesses that he did not want to pay for an abortion and intended to kill Chavanna, who was four months pregnant. He followed up on his threat. On April 19, 2001, he used a shotgun and shot her in the stomach, abdomen and hand, then strangled her and repeatedly stabbed her in a crime so vicious that it shocked even hardened investigators. Fountain then told his live-in girlfriend (who was pregnant with his fourth child at the time) and his cousin about the killing. Chavanna's mother reported her missing to police the next day when she did not return home from work.
Chavanna's classmate and longtime friend Dominique Headd said that she referred to Fountain as her "boyfriend," and said that he had stated that he would kill her if she ever left him.
Chavanna's body was found a week after her death in a marsh by a man walking his dog. Investigators found human blood in Fountain's car and shotgun shells in his home.
On November 2, 2002, Fountain was charged with first-degree murder and the intentional killing of an unborn child, and his bond was set at $2 million.
Fountain had been convicted in 1990 of aggravated battery and sentenced to four years in prison. He was released in 1992, but was returned to prison the next year on a drug conviction and was released in 1994. He had also been arrested for domestic battery.
References: "Restaurant Boss Charged in Pregnant Teen's Slaying." Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2002; Janan Hanna. "$2 Million Bond in Pregnant Teen's Slaying." Chicago Tribune, May 2, 2002.
Fatal Botched Abortions (3 incidents), Malpractice (35 incidents) and Illegal Abortions (11 incidents)
The Biogenetics abortion mill was also known by the names "Abortion Hotline," "Bio Enterprises," and "Women's Ltd." It was co-located with another abortion mill named the "Women's Medical Facility," also known as "Women's Rights, Inc."
Biogenetics was shut down by the State of Illinois late in 1978 in wake of allegations of dangerous conditions. Despite the clear and present danger to women's health Biogenetics presented, its lawyers won a stay of suspension which was overturned and then appealed.
Biogenetics was originally known at the Women's Medical Facility at the same site. It was shut down by the State of Illinois for doing abortions on non-pregnant women. It re-opened as Biogenetics within a month. Investigators suspended the abortion mill's license and ordered it closed based on allegations of unlicensed persons performing abortions, unsanitary conditions, "illegally accepted jewelry, welfare checks, and cash payments from pregnant welfare recipients" despite regulations against doctors collecting money from welfare patients; complaints about quality of care, with patients "saying they had to stay at home for weeks after the operation or even enter a hospital;" billing separately for excessive lab tests for abortion patients, although lab tests are supposed to be included in the one-time abortion fee; identifying welfare patients as "new" even if they had prior visits because billing is higher for new patients; lab overbilling estimated at $35,000 annually.
One woman reported being required to cash her welfare check at the abortuary, after the deduction of a $20 fee. A teenager said she was told that Medicaid would cover the entire cost of her abortion, but was then required to leave her watch and a Christmas gift from her boyfriend because she did not have the required $20 fee. She did not return to get the watch back "because of my bitter experiences with that place." Another woman said a Biogenetics abortionist told one welfare recipient her pregnancy was too far advanced for an abortion, yet agreed to meet her at a West Side clinic where he would "cut the water bag" and induce the abortion for $188. Though the woman refused, she said the abortionist called her three times at home trying to change her mind." Kenny "The Creep" Yellin's lawyer identified the abortion mill as a "million-dollar-a-year business."
The Biogenetics abortion mill had a long history of dozens of botched abortions, including the following incidents;
Abortionist Dusan Zivkovic killed Brenda Benton during a botched 1987 abortion at Biogenetics. He also botched 1977 abortions on Sherrell Denise Jones and Deborah Rudowicz at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Inno Obasi killed Synthia Dennard during a 1989 abortion and tubal ligation at Biolgenetics, and also botched a 1989 abortion and tubal ligation on Juanita Solideo.
Sandra Lynn Chmiel, age 35, the mother of four, bled to death after her uterus was punctured during an abortion at Biogenetics on June 3, 1975. The abortion was performed after 12 weeks gestation although at that time such abortions were only legal in Illinois if performed in hospitals. The clinic claimed that the doctor had only repaired the damage caused by a self-induced abortion, but settled out-of-court with her survivors for $75,000. Her death certificate attributed her death to "massive hemoperitoneum due to traumatic perforation of uterus," and lists the manner of her injury as undetermined as to accident, homicide, or other ["The Abortion Profiteers," Chicago Sun-Times, November 11, 1978; Cook County Death Certificate #614138].
Abortionist Carlos Baldoceda botched abortions on Tanya K. Kroetz, Shirley Moreno and Lidia Roe (all in 1978), Shelly Cole (1981), Closteen Jackson and Towanna Mitchell (1982), Nancy Stinger, Shelley A. Paytch and Patricia Weidner (all in 1983), and Ruth Ann Wills (1985), all at Biogenetics. In 1978, Acqunetta Young went to Baldoceda at Biolgenetics for an abortion. She was rushed out of recovery, boarded a bus for home, began to hemorrhage, got off the bus, stumbled into a public library where librarians called ambulance, lost 2 pints blood, went into shock, and had to have a hysterectomy ["The Abortion Profiteers." Chicago Sun-Times, November 19, 1978].
Abortionist Ho Young Kim botched abortions on Georgina Rodruguez (1989); Cheryl Duncan, Chiquita Rattler and Tammy Dudley-Roach (all in 1991); and Felisa Scott (1992) at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Philip Okwuje botched abortions on Susie Werncher (1980); Maria Negron (1987); Belinda Tinsey (1988); and Kristi L. Fernandez (1989), all at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Francisco A. Molina botched abortions on Ella Patterson and Cheryl Pitts in 1984 at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Helio M. Zapata botched a 1988 abortion on Stephanie Johnson at Biogenetics.
After her July 7, 1992 abortion at Biogenetics, D'Jamaa Edwards had to be admitted to a hospital to have fetal material surgically removed [Cook County Circuit Court Petition #93L-38920].
Karen Daylie went to Biogenetics for a pregnancy test on April 29, 1983. According to her lawsuit against the abortion mill, Biogenetics personnel "Willfully and wantonly kept essential information from Karen Daylie or willfully and wantonly attempted to mislead Karen Daylie into believing that its purported abortion was necessitated by the results of the test performed by the medical center personnel." Daylie underwent an abortion that day based on Biogenetics staff assurance that her pregnancy test was positive. At her follow-up visit, she was diagnosed with a severe infection and had to be hospitalized. She suffered "disability and disfigurement," according to her suit. She had in fact not been pregnant in the first place [Cook County Circuit Court Case #83L-12294].
Abortionist Arnold Bickham botched abortions on Bonnie Jean Deane and Ada Roldan in 1975 at Biogenetics.
Abortionist P.C. Okwuje botched a 1980 abortion on Edna Yeboa at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Theodore Jarrett botched an abortion on Yolanda Kirby [also known as Yolanda Johnson] in 1982 at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Scott M. Pierce botched an abortion on Mary Najera in 1981 at Biogenetics.
Abortionist Myriam Wilson botched a 1975 abortion on Granada Williams at Biogenetics.
Other botched abortions at Biogenetics included Pamela Harrington in 1976, who suffered hepatitis attributed to unsanitary, improperly sterilized insturments [Cook County Circuit Court Case #78L-9382]; and an unnamed women in 1975, who alleged failure to provide competent a physician, perforation; "severe and disabling injuries, both enternally and externally," and medical and hospital expenses [Cook County Circuit Court Case #77L19761]
This grisly reality was the total opposite of what the Biogenetics abortion mill claimed in its glossy brochure: "From admission to recovery, patient ease and comfort are first considerations. She is encouraged to ask questions, and share her feelings or misgivings." Although the brochure claimed all women were counseled individually, investigators found that all women were counseled in groups of ten to twelve. One Biogenetics worker said that she was "ordered by her supervisor to stop counseling a distraught patient and get back to the reception desk," and was told "Don't tell them it hurts. Don't answer too many questions because the patient gets too nervous, and the next thing you know they'll be out the door."
One abortion mill patient told the Chicago Sun-Times that she was not counseled, was not sure she wanted an abortion, but ended up going through with it anyway. Another patient told a Sun-Times reporter that she cried as she heard the suction machine going on and off closer and closer to her room as abortionist Pankaj Thaker made his way down the hall doing abortions. One undercover investigator reported that the abortuary ran referral "hotlines," and one 7-line phone had a note taped to it that said "The call we miss, our competitors will get." Biogenetics counselors answering the referral hotline were instructed to inform women that "We have always gotten good feedback from a place called Biogenetics," and if asked for another abortion mill, to say "We're only recommending Biogenetics at this time. Would you like an appointment?"
One woman called the hotline to complain of a botched abortion at Biogenetics, and to warn the counselors not to send other women there. Undercover investigators also alleged employees withheld pregnancy test results, selling women menstrual extraction "just to be safe." The Biogenetics administrator reminded his staff that "We have to sell abortions," and that "rules have to be broken."
Another news article described how a 21-year-old patient paid $50 extra for additional painkillers, but her abortion was inititated before drugs could take effect. She told a reporter "He didn't wait five seconds. He started right in. I was screaming, and squirming all over the table. I asked him to stop until the anesthetic took effect. It was killing me. I continued to scream." The same news article described how an undercover investigator heard a lab technician complaining of a hangover from drinking and "smoking dope" at a party the night before. Curiously, all of the pregnancy tests he ran that day were coming up positive. The news article described how both abortionists Carlos Baldoceda and David Aberman did abortions after drinking several glasses of champagne at a lunchtime staff birthday party.
Yet another news articles described how a 14-year-old abortion patient was found slumped on the floor by an undercover investigator. The young girl had been ejected from Biogenetics' recovery room "so the clinic could close." The investigator was not permitted to put the girl in one of the beds because they'd already been made up for business the following day.
Hospital residents would "audition" for medical director Carlos Baldoceda by performing abortions as he observed. One patient said that Jovenal DuBois performed her abortion with a director instructing him. She said "It must have been his first abortion. He was picking up the wrong things, dropping the wrong instruments." Weeks later, she "was still suffering cramps, passing blood clots and complaining of terrible pain." Another patient alleged moonlighting resident David Aberman parformed her abortion without anesthetic, then announced halfway through that she was not pregnant ["The Abortion Profiteers"].
"The Abortion Profitters" series reported that the Biogenetics brochure offered "all board-certified physicians," but it had none. One woman reported undergoing a post-operatiave examination by "Dr." Shastia Khan. She reported that "She said I was fine, but my own physician said I had all sorts of complications. I had missed tissue." The series reported that Khan did post-op exams, inserted IUDs, and prescribed contraceptives and other drugs under abortionist Pravin Thakkar's name, and billed Public Aid under other doctor's names. The Biogenetics director initially denied Khan's employment, then reported that she had left the staff. The series also said that Luis Garcia Nique, licensed in North Dakota but not in Illinois, performed at least five abortions at Biogenetics. The director "couldn't recall" having employed Nique.
The series describes how one woman was about to be discharged without a RhoGam RH-incompatibility shot she knew she needed, and she had to ask for it. Another patient said she reminded a technician that she had paid for RhoGam and had not received it, and was told "We're too busy to think of everything." An undercover investigator reported Biogenetics employees checking off "no complications" on patient charts "even though an alarming number of paitnets phoned or revisited the clinics with complaints of serious complications. Some of them required hospitalization" for infections, perforations, and retained tissues.
"The Abortion Profiteers" series also indicates that Biogenetics owner and manager Clifford Josefik hired Regaldo S. Florendo as his Medical Director after he had been suspended from Medicaid, and that Florendo's name was on a "requisitions for laboratory work done on public aid patients," but bills were submitted by David B Aberman. Another article alleged that patients told an investigator they were operated on by a Black doctor, but abortion bills were submitted in the name of a White Cook County Hospital resident.
After a major expose entitled "The Abortion Profiteers" in the Chicago Sun-Times in 1978, Josefik reported that "business is fine," and that nothing had changed at Biogenetics as a result of the newspaper's coverage of allegations and state investigations.
Biogenetics administrator Kenneth "Creepy Kenny" Yellin was gunned down in gangland-style execution November 3, 1979, as he was walking from a parking garage to Biogenetics, which remained open for business that day.
References: Chicago Sun-Times, December 15, 1978, January 5, 1979, April 12 and 20, 1979, October 19, 1979, and November 4, 1979; Chicago Tribune, November 21, 1976 and November 4, 1979; Chicago Daily News, May 3, 1977.
Fatal Botched Abortions (2 incidents) and Malpractice (3 incidents)
Abortionist Rudolph Moragne aborted Magnolia Reed Thomas on February 19, 1986 at the Hedd Surgi-Center. He failed to diagnose and treat her ectopic pregnancy, so she suffered a rupture of the pregnancy, shock, and death. Diane Watson also died after Moragne aborted her at the Hedd Surgi-Center on August 29, 1987, although Diane was over 12 weeks pregnant, in violation of state regulations. In Diane's case, a doctor stated the that individuals involved in her case "deviated from the accepted standards of care and failed to appropriately and timely diagnose and treat intraoperative complications which resulted in her death." Diane went into cardiac arrest, and Moragne and other physicians present ï¿½ Henry Pimentel, Ester Pimentel, and Calvin Williams ï¿½ failed to perform CPR. An autopsy attributed her death to "seizures due to an anesthesia during an abortion." Her death certificate made no mention of pregnancy or abortion, going as far as to check "no" regarding a pregnancy in past three months.
This abortionist was also the subject of at least three other malpractice lawsuits.
References: Cook County Circuit Court Case #86L18707 and death certificate #603955); Cook County Circuit Court Case #87L24404 and death certificate #617011; and Cook County Circuit Court Cases #85L19286, #79L16614 and #77L21639.
Fatal Botched Abortion, Malpractice (3 incidents), Gross Negligence and Gross Incompetence
Abortionist Inno U. Obasi killed Synthia Yvette Dennard, a young mother of two, during an abortion and tubal ligation at the Biogenetics abortion mill on September 7, 1989. According to Medical Board documents, Obasi "Performed a surgical incision at a time when the operative field was not clear and the organs at the site of the incision were not clearly visible; severed an artery; severed a vein; failed to locate the source of bleeding and hemorrhage; failed to stop the bleeding and hemorrhage; failed to summon help in a timely manner; refused to allow trained and skilled paramedics to attend to Synthia; refused to allow paramedics to transport Synthia to a hospital in a timely manner; refused to follow medical advice from medical personnel at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who requested immediate transfer of Synthia; allowed Synthia to bleed to death. ... An investigation by the law firm revealed that ... medical records in defendants' possession were altered. Additionally, evidence that was about to be destroyed was preserved through court orders ..."
In another botched abortion, the Illinois Medical Board found the abortionist guilty of "reckless and/or careless disregard for the safety and well being of Patient "A" Krystal." He was also found culpable in at least three other malpractice suits.
The abortionist had an emergency suspension of his Illinois medical license imposed upon him 1989, and it was permanently revoked in 1990 for gross negligence and incompetence.
References: Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Complaint #89-2096; Cook County Circuit Court Cases #89L13692, #89L45575 and #90L11769; Death Certificate #61711; Associated Press, October 26, 1989; Chicago Sun-Times, May 3, 1990; and Chicago Tribune, October 26 and December 7, 1989 and May 3, 1990.
Fatal Botched Abortion and Malpractice
Abortionist Mohammed Pourtabib killed Linda Fondren at Chicago's Pre-Birth abortion mill on January 1, 1974, during a botched abortion. He badly lacerated her cervix, and failed to provide follow-up care, in reckless disregard for her safety. He failed to hospitalize her, although he knew this might result in her death. She was transferred to Cook County Hospital, where doctors attempted to drain fluids from her chest. She died of "hemoperitoneum with splenic rupture following hysterectomy and earlier dilatation and curettage."
In another case, the abortionist seriously injured Pattie Reed at the Midwest Population Center on November 6, 1973, breaking off a surgical instrument inside her uterus. During this incomplete abortion, he perforated her uterus and caused a traumatic lesion of her small bowel.
References: Chicago Sun-Times, November 19, 1978; Chicago Tribune, August 17 and 21, 1974; Chicago Today, August 5 and 16, 1974; Cook County Circuit Court Cases #74L12514 and #75L20652; and Death Certificate #601804.
Rape (5 incidents) and Forced Abortion
Five men raped a female Combined Insurance Company of America co-worker in her hotel room. After she became pregnant as a result of the attack, the company pressured her to get an abortion. The men who assaulted her paid for the abortion. Plaintiff's attorney Patricia Benassi said that "The company found out and did nothing except pressure her to get an abortion."
On December 13, 2001, ten women from Illinois and four other states filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court in Chicago against Combined Insurance Company of America claiming they were targets of sexual harassment. They said that the Chicago insurance firm fostered a culture of harassment and discrimination against women. They also alleged that women were systematically passed over for promotions and paid less than their male counterparts. Managers at Combined Insurance gave a wink and nod to harassment complaints, including groping, fondling and taunting, even after the abuse was reported, the suit alleges. Saleswomen for Combined Insurance Co. claim they were regularly subjected to lewd and sexually explicit taunts from male co-workers and managers, most of which took place at meetings at hotels between the mid-1990s through 2001. Terry Boebel, a manager at Combined Insurance, said that after suffering a heart attack, her boss told her it happened because she wasn't getting enough sex. At a training session for new sales agents last year, women were forced to play strip poker, the suit claims.
Combined Insurance was founded by insurance tycoon W. Clement Stone. In 1982, the company merged with Aon Corporation, a global insurance brokerage and consulting giant. After the lawsuit was filed, Combined Insurance CEO Richard Ravin issued a statement saying his company "is an equal opportunity employer that puts the highest priority on fairness and diversity in the workplace. We have long-standing policies against sexual harassment and discrimination, and as a matter of practice do not tolerate such behavior in our company."
References: Chicago Sun-Times, December 14, 2001; "Sexual Harassment Suit Includes Forced Abortion Case." Steven Ertelt's Pro-Life Infonet at http://www.prolifeinfo.org/infonet.html, December 16, 2001.
Possession of Child Pornography (21 incidents), Criminal Sexual Assault, and Forced Abortion (2 incidents)
On June 5, 2002, chart-topping rhythm and blues singer R. Kelly was arrested on charges of producing child pornography. The charges were based on a videotape he allegedly made with an under-age girl that subsequently become a bootleg best-seller on street corners. In February of 2002, someone had anonymously sent the 26-minute video to the Chicago Sun-Times. The tape was made at Kelly's luxurious Chicago apartment sometime between 1997 and when the newspaper obtained its copy, a grand jury indictment said. Kelly either knew, or should have known, the girl was born in September 1984 and was therefore a minor.
Kelly was arrested in Florida's Polk County a few hours after authorities issued a nationwide warrant for him. He was being held on $750,000 bond, a spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. Kelly's lawyer, Edward Genson, said the girl on the tape was not under-age, and that Kelly would plead not guilty. Cook County State's Attorney Richard Devine said that the indictment produced by a grand jury consisted of 21 counts of videotaping, producing or soliciting for child pornography.
Kelly has been sued several times by women who said they were underage when he had sex with them.
Kelly told an interviewer on Black Entertainment Network television in May that he was no monster. He said "If people out there have a tape of me and they're saying it's me and a young girl, a minor ... then they're sadly mistaken or they're lying. I can say with all confidence it's not me."
This was only the latest round of accusations to dog the Chicago singer under fire for allegedly having sex with underage girls. On April 29, 2002, Patrice Jones, 20, who claims she was coerced by Kelly into having an abortion, filed a lawsuit against him. Kelly's lawyer, Gerry Margolis, griped that "This case we view as a piling on ... People seem to have gotten the idea that R. Kelly is some sort of walking ATM they can hit up for cash simply by threatening to sue him."
Jones said that she and Kelly first had sex at the Chicago Trax Recording studio in January 1999, when she was 16, and that they had sex an average of two to three times per week at Trax and various downtown Chicago hotels from January to August 1999.
In June 1999, the suit says, Jones became pregnant by Kelly, and in September he coerced her into having an abortion at Family Planning Associates in Chicago. Jones' lawyer, Susan Loggans, said that one of Kelly's assistants took Jones to the abortion mill. Loggans said that "This is a very depressing case, as far as I'm concerned. We have the medical records. We'd like to see this go to trial as soon as possible. ... A 17-year-old girl cannot think straight in these circumstances. He intimidated her into it [the abortion]. She was crying, saying: 'I don't want to have it.' But he insisted and he is an intimidating guy. ... She is totally screwed up by this. After all these events with underage minors, he's still trying to characterize himself as the victim."
The lawsuit's criminal sexual assault allegation stems from Kelly having sex with the girl while she was 16 and therefore a minor. The emotional distress allegation refers to Kelly allegedly forcing the girl to have an abortion.
Jones' action was the third lawsuit filed against the platinum-selling R&B artist claiming he had sex with underage girls. One of these lawsuits was brought by a Chicago woman who accused Kelly of impregnating her when she was a teen-ager and forcing her to have an abortion.
Kelly is the married father of two children. Kelly was married to the late singer Aaliyah, his former protege, when she was just 15. The marriage was later annulled.
References: Jeane MacIntosh. "R. Kelly Slapped With Another Sex Suit." FOXNews.com, April 30, 2002; Robert K. Elder and Mickey Ciokajlo. "Suit: Hip-Hop Star Forced Teen Into Abortion." Chicago Tribune, May 1, 2002; "Singer R. Kelly Forced Teen Into Abortion, Lawsuit Says." Steve Ertelt's Pro-Life Infonet at http://www.prolifeinfo.org/infonet.html, May 1, 2002; Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press Music Writer. "R. Kelly Denies Sex Allegations," May 9, 2002; Andrew Stern. "Chicago R&B Star Kelly Arrested on Child Porn Charge." Yahoo! News, June 5, 2002.
Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child (6 incidents) [Waukegan]
This is another excellent example of one of the many cases in which a sexual predator used the free and easy availability of abortion to make sure an underage girl continued to be available for his molestation.
32-year-old Rigoberto Alfaro was repeatedly having sex with a young girl beginning in 2001, when she was just eleven years old. She got pregnant when she was fourteen, and he took her to an abortion clinic, whose personnel did not ask any questions ï¿½ they just aborted her and took his money.
Alfaro pled guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and, on December 22, 2005, Circuit Judge Fred Foreman sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
Reference: "Man Who Assaulted Girl Sentenced to 20 Years." Chicago Tribune, December 23, 2005.
Criminal Abortion and Botched Abortion
Chiropractor Howard White, who had failed his licensing test at least three times, and whose license had been suspended in 1976, charged a 16-year old girl $250 for an abortion. The girl was 21 weeks pregnant and believed White was a qualified doctor; she testified that he used a corkscrew-like device to attempt to induce abortion. She was taken to a nearby hospital from his clinic and was hospitalized for 11 days. She had to have surgery to remove her perforated uterus. White was sentenced to one to three years in prison for this criminal abortion.
Reference: Chicago Tribune, May 24, 1977.
Assault (4 incidents)
On April 7, 2004, while conducting its second Campus Face the Truth tour at the University of Illinois at Chicago, members of the Pro-Life Action League saw once again that pro-abortionists consider college campuses to be their exclusive domain, and that any pro-lifers who try to exercise their rights to free speech can expect to be cursed at and even beaten up.
Pro-abortion counterdemonstrators at UIC many of them wearing black ski masks to prevent identification, held signs with slogans like "I'm Pro-Choice and I RIOT!"
They continued to grow increasingly hateful and violent, kicking pro-lifer's signs, blocking the sidewalk, screaming, swearing and threatening violence. One cowardly pro-abortion man, like all cowardly pro-abortion men, physically assaulted two pro-life women.
When Joe and Eric Scheidler walked away from the main demonstration area, three pro-abortionists followed them and splashed black ink on them. Joe had to seek medical attention, because the pro-abort, who took off running, aimed for his face and got ink in his eyes.
UIC and Chicago Police were out in great numbers, but apparently could not care less what happened to the pro-lifers. One of them even laughed when he saw Joe Scheidler's blackened face shortly after the ink incident.
Reference: "Pro-Aborts Terrorize April 7 Campus Truth Day." Pro-Life Action League press release dated April 11, 2004, downloaded from http://www.prolifeaction.org on April 27, 2004.
Assault (2 incidents) and Battery (2 incidents)
On October 11, 1995, Orin and Ardith Cooper were sidewalk counseling outside the Westmont abortion mill. Abortionist Edward Malters grabbed 62-year-old Ardith and began to swing her around trying to get her camera. Orin came and stepped in between his wife Ardith and the crazed abortionist, who took several swings at Orin. Malters was charged with assault and battery.
Reference: Operation Rescue National Newsletter, December 1995.
Sexual Assault (5 incidents) and Sexual Harassment (12 incidents)
Pro-abortionists love to paint male pro-lifers as "male chauvinist pigs" who "hate women." But this case shows that the real pigs often are pro-abortion.
Elke Budreau was 19 years old and had been a sales agent only a month at Combined Insurance Company of America when she attended her first company-sponsored conference. At that meeting, she was sexually assaulted by her district manager and four other men employed by Combined, she alleges in a sexual harassment claim filed against the company. Later, some of them paid for the abortion they insisted she have, according to her complaint.
Combined, a unit of Chicago-based Aon Corporation, faces complaints from about 135 women alleging harassment and discrimination. Filings in U.S. District Court here describe women being assaulted, grabbed, propositioned and frozen out of promotions. They allege they were paid less than their male counterparts, given lesser assignments and laughed at when they told supervisors about inappropriate treatment. One woman said that she had to endure dirty jokes, comments about her breasts and the frustration of being regularly passed up for more choice assignments. One manager told her he was taking her to a staff meeting, but instead drove her to a strip bar, according to her complaint. Another time a boss told her to stop by his hotel room to pick up some materials she needed. When he opened the door, the man was standing there naked, she said.
Budreau said she stayed with Combined for more than two years because she was inexperienced and needed the work. "When you're working in a big company for the first time ... you go home and talk about it to your boyfriend and what not, and you decide that it's going to be OK."
She declined to discuss specifics, except to say she was incapacitated and didn't realize she had been assaulted until some time later. As a result, criminal charges were not filed, she said.
She realized something wasn't right, she said, when she attended her first Combined meetings and heard "lots of dirty jokes, a lot of bad language, foul language." She protested, and "they kind of looked at me in surprise," she said.
Reference: Mark Skertic. "Experts Say Harassment Endures: Problems Go from Factories to Wall St." Chicago Tribune, May 28, 2003.
Medicaid Fraud and Practicing Medicine Without a License (2 incidents)
Abortionist Henry Pimental had his Illinois medical license suspended in 1991 on allegations that he prescribed controlled substances on a non-renewed license. He entered a guilty plea in 1990 to vendor fraud, billing Medicaid $150,000 for services done by an unlicensed doctor. Pimentel and his wife Ester were also arraigned on charges of allowing a non-physician to practice medicine on public aid patients. A former employee said public aid cited Pimentel for "grossly inferior quality of care," and that Pimentel would perform surgery but sign it off as being performed by his wife for billing to public aid, including 7 abortions performed while Ester was in the Philippines.
References: Chicago Tribune, July 28, 1990 and February 8, 1991.
Extortion and Illegal Gambling
On May 3, 1999, police arrested Anthony T. Centracchio, who, according to the Associated Press, is "reputed to be among the five most powerful organized crime figures in Chicago." He was charged with leading a huge gambling and extortion racket. Centracchio was the owner of the A.C.T. Medical Clinic, an abortuary which he used to carry out many of his illegal activities.
References: "Abortion Providers Arrested and Jailed." LifeSite Daily News at http://www.lifesite.net, May 10, 1999; Steve Warmbir, Federal Courts Reporter. "Living the High Life Without Getting Caught." Chicago Sun-Times, August 25, 2002.
Harassment, Violation of Civil Rights, and Desecration of Religious Services (5 incidents)
On several occasions, members of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP), Refuse and Resist, Queer Nation, Sister Serpents and the Women's Action Coalition (WAC) invaded Armitage Baptist Church during sermons, screamed slogans, and placed condoms in offering plates.
References: The Facts of Life, Inc. Newsletter, December 1992, page 1; "Armitage Baptist Under Attack: Attempt to Intimidate the Church Backfires and Becomes a Source of Revival." Life Advocate, June 1994, page 20.
Manslaughter, Gross Negligence, Fraud (2 counts) and Practicing Medicine Without a License
Abortionist Arnold Bickham aborted 18-year-old Sylvia J. Moore on December 31, 1986. He used first-trimester techniques for a second trimester pregnancy, failed to perform an ultrasound, failed to have adequate staff and equipment, and failed to detect or treat a 6.5 cm (2ï¿½ inch) laceration of her cervix with a foreign body imbedded, and a 2.2 cm (1 inch) laceration of her vagina and heavy bleeding. Bickham reportedly said he injected Sylvia with Demerol because she reported severe abdominal cramps; Sylvia's mother said Bickham called Sylvia "lazy" when she collapsed and was unable to walk. He placed her in a wheelchair and ejected her from his facility. Bickham reportedly testified that he "didn't think there was anything wrong" with her when he had her leave. Her attorney said "This patient would never have been allowed to leave Bickham's clinic with her mother. She should have left in an ambulance." She arrived at hospital in shock, without pulse or blood pressure and subsequently bled to death despite an emergency hysterectomy. A specimen of the abortion tissue sent from the clinic contained segments of placental tissue, umbilical cord, and fetal intestinal parts and liver. The postmortem report on Sylvia gave her cause of death as exsanguinating hemorrhage, and stated: "The circumstances of injury, review of the Medical records, the findings at autopsy examination, and subsequent investigation of the circumstances of the case provide evidence of gross negligence and abandonment on the part of the original treating physician. In consideration of the above, the manner of death is determined to be Homicide." Bickham and his attorney reportedly blamed Sylvia's death on the hospital.
Bickham's license was revoked by the State of Illinois in October 1988 due to Sylvia's death. He was arrested in September 1989 for practicing medicine without license, and was sentenced to 30 months probation, 2.600 hours community service in lieu of 6 months jail, and a $10,000 fine.
Additionally, Bickham served two years in prison after pleading guilty in 1979 of two counts of defrauding the government. During investigations of allegations of his practicing without a medical license, Bickham's attorney told reporters, "I think he's a bright enough man to not do something illegal." News report say that "Bickham, who submitted $792,000 in Medicaid bills in 1974 ï¿½ the highest tab of any physician in the nation ï¿½ was barred from the program in 1979 for "providing grossly inferior care." His license was revoked following the death of 18-year-old Sylvia J. Moore; his petition to overturn revocation denied. He was subsequently convicted of practicing medicine without a license.
Bickham also lost his license in 1970 for performing abortions on non-pregnant women. Court records showed 23 malpractice suits, mostly abortion-related, against Bickham between 1973 and 1988. When investigated by the state in the wake of the 1978 Chicago Sun-Times expose, Bickham allegedly said the state was "reacting to sensationalism in newspapers ... designed to sell newspapers and assist in building esteem for individual reporters who are muckrakers and exponents of yellow journalism at its very worst."
ReferencePosted by: zeke13:19 at March 11, 2008 3:10 PM
Is the pro-baby killing anonymous coward satisfied now?Posted by: zeke13:19 at March 11, 2008 3:42 PM
zeke, awesome! Thank you.Posted by: heather at March 11, 2008 6:29 PM
Ok, Heather, identify by names, dates and locations acts of violence on the pro-choice side.
Posted by: anonymous at March 11, 2008 9:23 AM************* Anytime you want to see it, I'll be ready for you.Posted by: heather at March 11, 2008 7:08 PM
I read the following: "State health officials now say, however, that they do not believe Planned Parenthood acted improperly because the organization was given contradictory guidance on billing from the state. "
My bet: this whole thing turns out to be a stupid error. Some state bureaucrat gave them the wrong instructions.Posted by: SoMG at March 11, 2008 10:48 PM