By Dave Andrusko
As I knew it would, our story posted earlier today (“Planned Parenthood exaggerates impact of abortion clinic regulations to raise money”) generated plenty of response. If you haven’t read the story yet, the gist is simply that Planned Parenthood is $1 billion+ “non-profit” which when it closes abortion clinics it is either to consolidate (to make more money), to milk closures for all they are worth (to make more money), and/or to discretely shut down shoddy clinics (to keep from giving out money in potential lawsuits).
As the last post of the week, I’d like to combine a Washington Post editorial from 12 days ago with the reopening of an abortion clinic in Florida owned by notorious abortionist James Pendergraft who has had his license suspended five times!
The Post trots out all the pro-abortion talking points about the impact of pro-life laws intended to upgrade abortion clinics. As we noted earlier today, pro-abortionists just make up numbers (there would be only five—or six—clinics left standing in Texas; all but one of the 16 abortion clinics in North Carolina will bite the dust) only to have to beat a partial retreat because this is preposterous.
“Safety in abortion clinics is a legitimate concern”—nice of them to agree “but these regulations probably will have little effect on patient safety.”
Pro-abortionists hate it when we bring up abortionist Kermit Gosnell, now serving three consecutive life terms. As NRLC’s Andrew Bair pointed out earlier this week, that is one major reason Texas state Senator Wendy Davis received such an avalanche of publicity: they wanted her, not Gosnell, to be the face of abortion.
But not when they insist that there is nothing about Gosnell that has any application elsewhere, keep in mind they ALWAYS avoid what the Philadelphia Grand Jury recommended in its massive report: that abortion centers be treated as outpatient surgery centers under the law.
Back to Florida abortionist James Pendergraft. There have been a couple of stories out of local television stations today that the same abortion clinic that had been shut down in June because he had made only minor payment on a lawsuit he lost was now reopening. Everything from office furniture to patient exam beds had been taken, filling two moving trucks.
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Pendergraft’s Orlando Women’s Center would not only be re-opening (using borrowed equipment and furniture), it would be performing abortions seven days a week. He still does not have his license back but, according to WFTV—Channel 9, six other “doctors” (abortionists) would be working at his abortion clinic.
As Channel 9 reported, “Pendergraft has been in the news before. He has lost his license five times in the Florida, most recently in April after he failed to pay another debt to the state of Florida for fines related to a former license suspension for an illegal third-trimester abortion. The doctor has been accused of botched abortions and performing that illegal third-trimester abortion.”
The unpaid $36 million medical malpractice judgment against Pendergast goes back to a 2001 abortion. “Pendergraft wouldn’t go into detail about what happened, but attorneys for the woman said the child suffered a brain injury resulting in cerebral palsy, blindness and severe mental and physical disabilities,“ Channel 13 news reported. “A jury found the doctor and woman’s center negligent, and awarded the family more than $36 million in damages.”
“The most recent suspension came in April after he failed to pay more than $120,000 in fines for a 2006 botched abortion,” according to World Magazine. “He has also been in trouble with authorities in Maryland, where he once ran an abortion business despite having no medical license in the state.“
Pendergraft and an associate, Michael Spielvogel. were convicted February 1, 2001, for fraudulently accusing a Marion County official of threatening them and later demanding millions of dollars from the county, the Star-Banner reported. They were sentenced to 46 and 41 months in prison, respectively. Pendergraft was released after serving only seven months of his sentence.
Pendergraft, in his mid-50s, runs a website–latetermabortion.net–where he advertises that he performs “late second and third trimester pregnancy terminations.”
So much for your friendly abortion clinic proprietor.
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