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Swanky art auction held for fraudulent Planned Parenthood affiliate

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“A fool and his money are soon parted” is a phrase that came to mind when reading the May 26 Houston CultureMap story, “Auction party: The stakes are raised for Planned Parenthood at this artful River Oaks bash,” about a “Fine Art Auction benefitting Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.”

Houston’s pro-abortion elite are either unaware or pretending not to notice that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is up to its ears in legal trouble.

Planned Parenthood Lufkin Texas closedI reported last week that a third Medicaid lawsuit has emerged accusing  PPGC of Medicaid fraud.

Two of those cases are pending, but the third has been settled with the Department of Justice, costing PPGC $4.3 million. All three clinics under investigation were forced to close.

One of those clinics, in Lufkin, Texas, had only opened in late 2006, at a cost of $1.5 million. Funds for that money pit were donated or raised by Ellie and Buddy Temple and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Jean and David Dolben, and Joan Duncan.

None of those names appeared on the guest list at the Houston soiree.  Perhaps this was a coincidence, or perhaps it’s as fellow Texan President George W. Bush once quipped, “Fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Whatever, more on the Houston event from the article:

Where: The artful River Oaks home of Judy and Scott Nyquist.

The 411: Guests sipped wine and nibbled light bites from A La Carte Catering while strolling from room to room to view and bid on donated art treasures from well-known artists such as Patrick Hughes, Jim Dine, James Surls, William Wegman, MANUAL, Don Reitz and Joe Aker, who was on hand to share the story behind his iconic photograph “Lonely Road.” The auction items were displayed among the Nyquists’ own exquisite collection, generating lively conversation among the art lovers.

Presiding over the auction was Houston artist and philanthropist  Kathryn Rabinow who, with her daughter Sarah Pesikoff, is chairing the “The Gala: For a Million Women, For a Million Reasons,” benefiting Planned Parenthood, on Oct. 25 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. The Reitz and Surls sculptures were sold outright and Rabinow even received phone-in bids as the party progressed.

Who: The artistic crowd included Elizabeth Weingarten, Anne Chao, Beverly and Howard Robinson, David Haug, Page Kempner, Anne Tucker, Adam Newar, Eddie Allen, Ruth and Tom Dreesen, Carol Neuberger, Lois Stark, Leslie and Russ Robinson and Anne Graubart.

(Tom Dreesen the comedian, I wonder?)

I really do wonder how many of these moneybags know they’re likely donating to the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Medicaid Fraud Endowment Fund?

More photos from the lovely event to support mass murder, all via Houston.Culturemap.com, with photos by Sarah Austin (click twice to enlarge)…

[Top photo, via Houston.Culturemap.com, L to R: Susan Bischoff and Eddie Allen in front of a Jim Dine painting; Lufkin screen shot via Saynsumthn’s Blog]

BREAKING: Third Medicaid fraud lawsuit emerges against Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

breakingA third lawsuit has emerged accusing  Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of committing Medicaid fraud.

Former PPGC accounts receivable manager Patricia Carroll is alleging her former employer falsified Medicaid claim forms and double billed.

Carroll joins former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast employee Karen Reynolds, who won her case in 2013 and received a $1.25 million bounty from the $4.3 million settlement paid by PPGC to Obama’s Department of Justice, and former PPGC employee Abby Johnson, whose lawsuit accusing PPGC of $6 million in fraud is still pending.

Carroll originally filed a sealed whistleblower lawsuit in 2012, but at some point the case was unsealed, coming to light on May 19 when she filed an amended complaint.

Carroll alleges Planned Parenthood’s Huntsville clinic staff ran a Medicaid fraud scheme between 2002-12 involving troubled teens involuntarily remanded at Gulf Coast Trade Center in New Waverly, Texas.

Nonphysician staff from Planned Parenthood routinely drove to the center to take two separate blood draws for STD and HIV testing 10 days apart from newly detained youths, when one blood draw would have sufficed. Planned Parenthood then filed Medicaid claims falsely indicating the blood draws were completed at its Huntsville clinic on two separate visits and by a physician.

Carroll’s lawsuit alleges PPGC “is an ineligible provider of Medicaid services in a school or prison setting.” So, she states, PPGC Huntsville staff created false charts and false office appointments to cover up the scheme. Furthermore, Carroll alleges Trade Center violated the HIPAA privacy rule by providing identities and Medicaid numbers to Planned Parenthood.

Carroll further alleges the blood tests were unnecessary to begin with, since the youth were medically screened before coming to the center.

Carroll says she became suspicious when Planned Parenthood’s Huntsville clinic suddenly showed a 315% spike in revenue, whereupon she took a closer look at its books.

If Carroll’s allegations prove true, the cover-up extends all the way up to the upper  echelons of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

After Carroll discovered the illegal revenue stream, she first approached local PP managers to no avail and finally called PPFA’s corporate office in New York, which forwarded her to PPFA’s ethics attorney, Jay Meisley, in Washington, D.C.

Meisley referred Carroll to a local attorney, with whom she understood she would be filing an ethics complaint. But that attorney, “presumably Alissa Rubin,” according to the lawsuit, turned out to be Planned Parenthood’s own attorney defending PPGC against Reynolds’ and Johnson’s lawsuit.

Carroll finally quit, refusing to file additional Medicaid claims she thought were illegal.

“Immediately thereafter,” according to her lawsuit, “[PPGC CFO] Jeffrey Palmer, [PPGC HIV Program Director] Susan Rokes and [PPGC VP of Medical Services] Laurie McGill made the decision to write-off the claims Carroll refused to release, but did not, to Carroll’s knowledge, fully inform the Medicaid Program or reimburse fraudulent billings.”

Carroll alleges the fraudulent claims were for approximately $200 each and amounted to “thousands” over the course of a decade.

PPGC garnered great media sympathy by taking the occasion of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s signing of the omnibus pro-life law in 2013 to announce it was closing three of its 12 clinics. 

Not coincidentally, the clinics were in Lufkin, where Reynolds discovered fraud, Bryan, where Johnson discovered fraud, and Huntsville, where Carroll discovered fraud.

Planned Parenthood tried to get Carroll’s lawsuit dismissed by claiming the statute of limitations had run out and that her fraud claims were not specific enough.

On May 14, District Court Judge Sim Lake ruled against PPGC on all its motions to dismiss, except its point that one of Carroll’s claim was not specific enough. In the latter case the judge gave Carroll 15 days to clarify that one allegation, which she did on May 19. The judge noted, “Carroll has adequately pleaded factual content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that Planned Parenthood knowingly filed false claims.”

[Thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys Steve Aden and Casey Mattox for their input]

Pro-life blog buzz 11-15-13

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Clinic Quotes shares an admission from the pro-choice side regarding post-abortion trauma:

    Rosemary Candelario, director of Massachusetts Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, on why pro-choice groups often claim that abortion does not contribute to emotional trauma for women:

    “I think the fear in the [abortion rights] movement is if we admit abortion is hard for some women, then we’re admitting that it’s wrong, which is totally not the case. I’ve heard from women who are having problems dealing with their abortion who are still ardently pro-choice.”

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  • Down on the Pharm discusses the latest sexual research which shows how women (surprise!) don’t actually benefit in any way from casual sex.

    Funny… that’s not what the latest (and tasteless) ProgressNow Colorado ads promoting Obamacare (sample pictured left; click to enlarge) seem to portray.

  • Abortion State gives the firsthand account of being investigated by the Department of Justice simply for attempting to contact abortionist Julie Komarow, M.D., for an interview regarding her involvement with reported wrongdoings at Planned Parenthood. Komarow had previously sought legal action (unsuccessfully) to prevent her name from being mentioned in the interview, and when the writer attempted to contact her for a comment via email, landline and cell phone, she filed a restraining order for harassment.

    Soon, the DOJ began monitoring the writer’s blog and treating the case as a possible FACE Act (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances) violation, which could result in heavy fines and jail time. The writer was not contacted to ask about his intentions prior to opening a federal case.

  • American Life League’s Judie Brown asks why, in this sex-saturated culture where chastity is mocked and maligned despite rising STD rates, it is the baby who is deemed the enemy of the feel-good culture:

    … [I]n order for the abortion cartel to continue raking in the money, is has to create at least one, if not two, generations of individuals who will suffer anything for the cause of sexual relations. This is why one-third of Americans today have a sexually transmitted disease.

    Professor emeritus James V. Schall, S.J., commenting on the statistic and the money spent on preventive treatments, opined, “Not only are there these diseases with us but also the millions of abortions which are also the results of failed ‘sexual transmission’ techniques that were designed to prevent the conceptions of children. Contraception methods and sexual education programs have not worked. In fact, they seem to have made the problem worse.”…

    That baby, or any preborn human being at any stage of his development, is not anyone’s enemy. Each is a flesh and blood human being just like you and me.

    The enemy is the force in society that will not rest until every expectant mother detests her child and wants nothing more than to kill him.

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  • RealChoice takes a look at some pro-choice state license plates. For some reason, they just don’t seem as pleasing as the pro-life ones.
  • Expose Abortion has many quotes from former abortion workers whose stark revelations shine a light on the mindset of the abortion industry. Former abortion provider Kathy Sparks is quoted as saying, “I remember one of the doctors stating that he could do three abortions in ten minutes and make the same amount of money as delivering one woman full term.”
  • Family Research Council blogs about the mayor-elect of New York City, who has declared war on non-profit pregnancy resource centers who provide services that are free and confidential. Bill DeBlasio shows his true liberal colors – seeking to deny true choice in communities while promoting only one “choice” – abortion.
  • Veteran pro-life educator Scott Klusendorf of Life Training Institute has must-read advice for new pro-life speakers.
  • At Catholic Vote, Michael New points out that many factors could be at fault for Ken Cuccinelli’s failed run for governor of Virginia – however, his pro-life stance isn’t one of them.
  • Live Action releases video of an Albuquerque late-term abortionist at Southwestern Women’s Options explaining the procedure and bragging that people come to Albuquerque from everywhere, due to their lax abortion restrictions. Beautiful Albuquerque, you deserve better than being the late-term abortion capital. November 19th is your chance to speak.
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Obama, Dems shut down Amber Alert website; restore under pressure

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Above was the headline on Drudge until a few moments ago. Below was the message one got when trying to access amberalert.gov until a couple hours ago:

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The latest, from The Guardian:

The Amber Alert child abduction notification system remained fully functional during the government shutdown, the Department of Justice insisted on Monday, despite its website being taken offline for a week.

The site was brought back online on Monday morning after a weekend of speculation, criticism and crowing over the weekend, particularly from rightwing commentators….

But the fuss was misplaced, the Justice Department said….

Although the amberalerts.gov website did carry a message saying it was unavailable “due to the lapse in federal funding”, the DOJ said the site merely carries information “about DOJ’s role in providing trainings to states on how to have amber alert system”, CNN’s Jake Tapper reported.

But erecting roadblocks to Ambert Alerts in any way whatsoever hinders the program. As I tweeted earlier this morning:

Meanwhile, not only has Michelle Obama’s letsmove.gov website continued throughout the government shutdown without interruption, “Barack Obama’s federally funded golf course remains open,” according to Erick Erickson.

So Obama has gone from targeting elderly World War II veterans to targeting missing children. But who should be surprised? Pro-lifers warned that a president who endorses partial-birth abortion and post-abortion infanticide will show similar disregard to persons at other stages of life.

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But if we didn’t know it before, we know now via the Amber Alerts snafu that Obama/Democrat decisions on what government functions remain open and what don’t are completely arbitrary. As a matter of fact, did you know

… the Washington Examiner on Saturday reported that only 17% of the federal government is shutdown, which would beg the question as to why a safety system such as the Amber Alert system is down.

This is another reason that, as Erickson reported:

Republicans are winning the shutdown fight, and Democrats know it.

People turning on the news this week came away with the knowledge that it was about Obamacare and kept hearing that Democrats wouldn’t negotiate. They also learned that for some reason the President didn’t want Word War II veterans to tour their own memorial, and Harry Reid won’t turn the funding on for cancer clinical trials at the NIH. Oh, and the rollout for Obamacare is one big glitch.

In addition to, and/or put another way:

Since the shutdown, John Hawkins of Townhall.com on Friday noted six things that the public has learned about the Democrats from the government shutdown.

Hawkins listing includes Harry Reid doesn’t care about kids with cancer, Barack Obama is willing to deliberately tank the stock market for political reasons, Democrats don’t care if Obamacare works or not, the Democrats absolutely, positively will not compromise, Democrats don’t care about veterans, and Democrats in Congress believe they should be exempt from Obamacare.

There is one shutdown I’m particularly happy about, even as I roll my eyes…

Poor Planned Parenthood against those evil, greedy whistleblowers

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Poor Planned Parenthood, with its piddly one billion dollar annual income. It’s just no match for evil, greedy whistleblowers, at least according to pro-abort “reporter” Carolyn Jones at The Guardian:

Whistleblowers are the good guys, right? They cry foul on charlatans and overreaching governments. But what if your urge to disclose is lubricated by the promise of a whopping pile of cash? What if powerful lobby groups are standing by to give you first-rate legal representation? And what if your inside knowledge relates to one of America’s most bitter cultural conflicts?

Well, if the prospect of a hefty legal settlement helps persuade you to the anti-abortion cause, then the US False Claims Act, being used to expensive effect against Planned Parenthood providers, might be the law for you.

Jones disdained the fact that former Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast employee Karen Reynolds got a $1.25 million settlement  from the U.S. Obama/Holder Department of Justice, which, Jones did not note, agreed with Reynolds that PPGC committed Medicaid fraud.

No, Planned Parenthood is the underdog, paying off such unmerited lawsuits “rather than endure costly legal battles.”

Nor did Jones like the fact that I promoted Reynolds’ bounty:

And after the size of Reynolds’ bounty became public, influential anti-choice blogger Jill Stanek tweeted every Planned Parenthood affiliate to “tell what u know”. She also endorsed a follower’s tweet that said, “heck, for $1.25 Mil, I’d even tell them what I don’t know”, and she crowed to the ADF that she was trying to drum up business for them.

Commenter ninoinoz nicely summed up all that was wrong with Jones’ piece:

Gosh, I’ve really enjoyed this article.

The Guardian griping against whistleblowers when it’s one of its pet causes being exposed. Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, anyone?

Also, considering abortion is only legal it the United States because of a court decision (Roe vs. Wade), it is LOL funny to complain about legal actions launched by your opponents.

I also like the belly-aching about pro-life groups organising and financing legal action. Are you the only ones allowed to do that then?

Finally, to complain about a pro-life activist using social media (Twitter) to seek out fraud is laughable. Are pro-lifers supposed to only use quills and parchment?

The fact is, whistleblowers could bring Planned Parenthood down. So, of course, they must be pretzeled into being the bad guys.

AG Eric Holder: “I don’t know” if DOJ ever enforced Born Alive Act

Attorney General Holder Testifies On Justice Department FY2011 BudgetWhen Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee last Wednesday to provide information on a variety of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, he was also questioned about whether he had ever enforced the federal Born Alive Infants Protection Act. Holder’s response was the same as it was 56 other times that day: “I don’t know.”

The Born Alive Act, passed by Congress in 2002, should have prevented the gruesome and grotesque killing of innocent lives that occurred in the clinic of Kermit Gosnell and is accused to have taken place in the pending case of late-term abortionist Douglas Karpen of Houston, Texas.

Interestingly, Holder seemed to evade a response to the question, put to him by Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), by referring to his wife as “an obstetrician, a gynecologist – very accomplished in her field.”

What Holder did not mention is that his wife, Sharon Malone Holder of Foxhall OB/GYN in Washington D.C., and her sister are co-owners, through a family trust, of an Atlanta area abortion clinic building, located on Old National Highway in College Park, Georgia….

[Catherine Davis, a founding member of the National Black Prolife Coalition] said she was outraged by the revelations. “There is a clear conflict of interest when the man charged with pursuing those that abuse the system is also one who is engaged in some way with the business.”

~ Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart.com, May 20

[Video at link; photo via Live Action News]

DOJ continues to lose FACE

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Last week President Obama’s Department of Justice lost yet another Freedom of Access to Clinics case when it settled with pro-lifer David Hamilton.

More on Attorney General Eric Holder’s harassment of Hamilton below.

But for those keeping count, here is the losing list of FACE cases brought forth by the Obama DOJ so far (including one not even listed on the DOJ site, US v. Parente):

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As for Hamilton, police arrested him in January 2010 after a deathscort screamed when he touched her at EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

IMG_3919 copyHamilton was attempting to speak with a pregnant mother who was entering EMW for an abortion.

Two deathscorts had locked one arm each behind her and then illegally blockaded the entire sidewalk with their outstretched other arms to keep David from getting past to offer the mom literature.

David moved the arm of one deathscort down to pass her, and she yelled, as they always do, and the police cuffed him, even though the deathscort filed no complaint.

Police later dropped charges – because there were none – but that didn’t stop Holder from attempting to prosecute Hamilton under FACE almost a year later.

The DOJ wanted a $15,000 penalty and got $0. It wanted an injunction to keep David away from EMW and got nada. It wanted $5,000 in damages and got $2,500.

I spoke with David last week. He only settled for damages because the decision would have otherwise been in the hands of a jury.

Dana Cody NEW photo black jacket  white top mouth With soft boarderThanks to Dana Cody, pictured left, and the team at Life Legal Defense Foundation, as well as attorney Vince Heuser, for their help with this case and many other FACE cases.

To date none of Holder’s FACE charges have stuck. One judge has even accused the DOJ of harassment.

Recall the Obama DOJ bragged in 2011 it was “taking a more aggressive approach” against pro-lifers, going so far as to “meet[ ] with abortion-rights groups and medical providers all over the country,” according to NPR.

Also recall Holder’s wife Sharon, an ob/gyn, has a financial stake in the abortion business. She owns a building in Georgia that houses an abortion clinic.

Memo to FBI: Back away from pro-lifers

News about the visit the FBI paid to son-in-law Andy Moore is getting around – as far as New Zealand.

Today Andy’s attorneys, the Life Legal Defense Foundation, sent a letter to the FBI accusing it and President Obama’s Department of Justice of attempting to intimidate pro-life activists around the country:

Moreover, the government is on notice that the collusion between government agents and abortion clinic providers has been brought to light. The concerted efforts to systematically violate the free speech rights of these pro-life advocates, via fabricated FACE cases, will not be tolerated by our federal court system. We are aware of the stern warning issued by Judge Ryskamp in the U.S. v. Pine (10-CV-80971) matter that the government’s baseless FACE allegations unjustifiably burden a person’s First Amendment rights. Any further action taken by your agency to interfere with my client’s constitutionally protected free speech activities will be met with immediate legal action against the government in U.S. District Court.

Further evidence of the conspiracy between the government and the abortion business was made public when LLDF learned that the FBI set up a training program for police officers who are called to respond to conflicts between abortion businesses and pro-life demonstrators. Even more, the very training manual for the FBI event was written by Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation. To make matters worse your agency has listed pro-life activists as domestic terrorists simply because of their viewpoint on abortion.

LLDF sent a copy of its letter to the U.S. House Oversight Committee. As the letter states, the Obama administration is engaging in “McCarthy era surveillance and scrutiny of people because of their supposedly differing ideologies.”

This has become so obvious a Congressional investigation is in order.