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Pro-Choice Violence and Illegal Activities in Georgia

Athens Atlanta Cartersville Columbus Savannah Valdosta Athens, Georgia


Murder (2 counts) and Possession of a Knife During the Commission of a Crime 16-year old Stephanie Nicole Burnett told her boyfriend, Matthew John Wiedeman, that she was pregnant. She said she wanted to keep the baby and marry him, but Wiedeman demanded that she have an abortion, according to witnesses. Nicole refused. So, late in the evening on April 21, 2002, Wiedeman's friend, Raymond Anthony Soto, knocked on Stephanie's window and talked her into sneaking outside to talk with Wiedeman. She followed Soto to the parking lot, where Wiedeman attacked her from behind with a heavy solid steel barbell, as Soto stabbed her with a long-bladed knife. Stephanie's brother found her body in a parking lot next to their South Augusta house, police said. Police found the murder weapons beneath a nearby storm drain. On April 22, Wiedeman was charged with murder. The next day, an autopsy at the Georgia crime lab revealed that Stephanie was not pregnant after all, Richmond County Sheriff Ken Autry said. "I think it's one of the most gruesome [murders] I've ever seen," Deputy Coroner Grover Tuten said. Grief counselors were brought in to Butler High School, where Stephanie was a student, Richmond County schools spokesman Justin Martin said. Stephanie's family members said she loved animals and crafts, played soccer and wanted to be a real estate agent. Her sudden death came as a shock, they said. Stephanie's older sister Rebecca said "It's not something we ever planned on, especially for a 16-year-old. We were thinking more along the lines of buying her a car, not a casket." An autopsy showed that the first blow to Stephanie's head with a dumbbell bar was fatal, preventing District Attorney Danny Craig from seeking the death penalty against Soto. He could also not seek the death penalty against Wiedeman, because he was 16 when the crime occurred, which makes him

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ineligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors had been considering seeking the death penalty against Soto, because there was an aggravating circumstance that applied in the case. According to Georgia law, a person can be tried for the death penalty if a murder was "outrageously and wantonly vile and inhumane" in that it indicated "torture, depravity of mind or an aggravated battery to the victim." Craig said that "There is no evidence of torture as that term is defined in our law. That term is very specific. Though I personally believe both of them deserve the death penalty for the crime, the law does not allow that punishment." On May 7, 2002, a Richmond County grand jury indicted Soto and Wiedeman on charges of malice murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. Wiedeman pleaded guilty to the charges against him before his trial began. On April 24, 2003, a jury found Soto guilty of malice murder and possession of a knife. On May 5, the trial court sentenced him to life plus five years in prison for his crimes. References: "Autopsy: Murdered Girl Not Pregnant." Associated Press, April 23, 2002; WXIA-TV, Atlanta, Georgia, April 23, 2002; Pro-Life Infonet, April 23, 2002; Greg Rickabaugh. "Autopsy Prevents Death Penalty." The Augusta Chronicle, May 8, 2002; Soto v. the State of Georgia, 285 Ga. 367 S09A0225. decided May 4, 2009.

Atlanta, Georgia
Murder, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Rape (6 incidents), Aggravated Child Molestation (6 incidents), Assault (4 incidents), Death Threat, Battery, and Cruelty to Children (2 counts) [Decatur] 37-year-old Curtis Grayer Jr. began to rape his stepdaughter on a regular basis when she was only eight years old. She unexpectedly became pregnant by him, which presented him with a problem. He couldn't take her to an abortion mill, because obvious questions would be raised. So he tried to abort her himself by stomping on her stomach and tying belts around her abdomen so tightly she couldn't breathe. But these attempts at abortion were unsuccessful. So, after she delivered the little baby boy she had named "Kevin" at his home on October 18, 2002, police say, he performed a "fourth-trimester abortion" on the little infant, killing him. On September 19, 2003, police arrested Grayer and charged him with murder, aggravated sexual battery, rape, child molestation and cruelty to children in denying medical care to both the infant and his stepdaughter. Dale Davis, a spokesman for DeKalb County police, said that police were told an infant was delivered at the house but was unaccounted for. Police spent several hours searching the suspect's home, and they also dug up portions of his yard. The search centered on Lake Buena Vista as divers combed the pond for the newborn's remains. The lake is located about four blocks from Grayer's home. Grayer's wife, Sheila Hearns, said Grayer fathered the child after raping her daughter. Hearns said she woke up last October 19 to find her newborn grandson dead. She said that the child was born the previous night at their south DeKalb home, and that Grayer put the infant's body in a box, with a blanket and a teddy bear, and dumped it in a nearby pond. Hearns said "When the baby was alive, he had told us not to get attached to the baby. He told us not to tell anybody or he will hurt me." She also said that the baby's death was the climax of years of rape, child abuse and beatings that Hearns says she and her daughter suffered at the hands of her husband.

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Grayer began sexually abusing the child about three years ago, she said, and that their home was a virtual prison for her and her daughter. She said that "He'd keep us locked in the house. He'd nail the windows down shut. He wouldn't let us go outside unless he was with us. I don't even want to go to court because I don't want to face him, for what he done to me and my daughter." Hearns has told investigators that Grayer beat both her and her daughter. Hearns' family members also said Grayer beat her. "He had beat her so bad all my family members ganged up on him," said Sharon Hearns, a cousin of Sheila Hearns in Virginia. Reporters visiting the peach-colored small frame house saw several windows that had been nailed shut from the outside. The stepdaughter lives out of state with relatives. Her name is being withheld by the press and police because of her age. After dating in Virginia, Hearns and Grayer were married in 1999 in Florida, records show. That same year, according to police records, Grayer was arrested and charged with simple battery by Atlanta police for arguing with Hearns and dragging her on the ground near a MARTA bus stop. The police report said Hearns was bleeding. On November 10, 2005, a jury found Grayer guilty of murder, rape, and several other charges and sentenced him to life in prison. References: "Mystery into Newborn's Death Lingers: Suspect's Girlfriend Disputes the Allegations." WSB-Television 2 [Atlanta, Georgia], September 23, 2003; "Suspected Child Killer in Court." WXIA-TV Channel 11 [Atlanta, Georgia], September 23, 2003; Ben Smith and David Simpson. "Mom Backs Girl's Accounts of Rape." The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, September 27, 2003; "Not Guilty Plea in Rape, Murder of Newborn: Police Have Not Yet Found Infant's Remains." WSB Television 2 [Atlanta, Georgia], December 12, 2003. First-Degree Murder [Austell] 19-year-old Matthew Frederick Wilkins suddenly had a problem on his hands. He had met his 16-year-old girlfriend Marlisa Wells at her grandparent's home on January 19, 2008, and she had just informed him a few days before that she was pregnant by him. He had told several friends that he wasn't ready to be a father, and so he solved his problem the "pro-choice" way. He cornered Marlisa in a basement bathroom, slammed her head into a toilet tank, and stabbed her repeatedly, killing her. Assistant District Attorney Jesse Evans said "It was kind of a secretive relationship. There was another girl he was dating that he held out to be his girlfriend and Marlisa was with him on the side." Wilkins claimed that he was never at Wells' home the day of her murder, but his cell phone records and a pair of blood-stained shoes police found concealed in his attic proved otherwise. On March 10, 2010, a Cobb County jury took just five hours to convict Wilkins of murder. Ironically, the autopsy performed on Marlisa showed that she was not pregnant after all. Reference: Andria Simmons. "Boyfriend Convicted of Murdering Austell Teen." Journal-Constitution, March 10, 2010. The Atlanta

Gross Negligence, Battery, Unlicensed Abortion Mill (2 incidents), Improper Disposal of Medical Waste and Malpractice

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After Catherine Pierce died of a botched abortion at the hands of abortionist Daniel E. McBrayer at the National Abortion Federation (NAF) member Atlanta Surgi-Center abortuary (previously the Northside Women's Clinic), Georgia State health officials launched an investigation. They found "serious problems" at the abortion mill, citing it for administering "the same anesthesia dosages" to patients whose weights ranges from 107 to 167 pounds, inadequate record keeping, and inadequate supervision of its patients. A news article stated that, after state raided the abortion mill to seize its records, its spokespersons alleged that the raid was "political harassment" due to the fact that an anti-abortion activist had complained to the state about its shoddy practices. The abortion mill failed to file the appropriate state-mandated documents after Catherine's cardiac arrest and death. Its staff admitted refusing to allow investigators to access its files previously, but alleged that this was because they had only showed their badges and did not have a subpoena at the time. The news article further reported that the State investigation found gross discrepancies between the number of aborted preborn babies sent to disposal labs and the number of abortions committed at the abortion mill; in 1989, it sent 155 fetuses but did 1,748 abortions; in 1988 it sent 301 fetuses but did 2,774 abortions; and in 1987 it sent 306 fetuses but did 1,104 abortions. Pro-lifers claimed to find aborted babies in the abortuary's trash, but the clinic director denied these allegations. An investigation was initiated after pro-lifers claimed to have seen hundreds of fetuses in dumpsters. Like so many other abortionists, McBrayer has no use for the laws of the state he practices in. In 2001, the Georgia State Medical Board disciplined him for performing second-trimester abortions in his Marietta office, despite the fact that performance of abortions after the first trimester in a non-hospital setting or in an unlicensed abortion mill is a violation of Georgia law. The Board fined him $5,000 fine, put his medical license on probation for two years, and required him to undergo 20 hours of ethics training. Perhaps abortionist McBrayer's problems with medical authorities are causing him to have a problem with anger management. In October 2009, Regina Ordaz said that McBrayer got out of his car, walked up to her car as she was stopped at a red light, and punched her in the face while her two young children were in the back seat. Police arrested McBrayer and charged him with battery. References: Atlanta Constitution, May 12, 1989, September 21, 1989, and January 5, 1990; Associated Press, May 12, July 28, September 20, and September 22, 1989; James Tillman. "Abortionist Punches Woman in Face in Road Rage Incident." LifeSite Daily News, October 13, 2009. Felony Feticide (2 counts), Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault (2 incidents), Assault (2 incidents), Cruelty to Children (3 incidents) and Theft Michael Antonio Glass and his girlfriend (whose name was not reported by the press) already had three children, and he did not want any more. So when she became pregnant again, he demanded that she have an abortion. She refused, so, on June 7, 2002, he beat her savagely, concentrating his assault on her abdomen. She managed to escape and fled to a battered women's shelter. As a result of his attack, her preborn twin babies were delivered stillborn July 20, 2002, at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale. According to warrants filed for his arrest, when he struck her in the abdomen, it caused a laceration to the liver of one of the preborn babies, which subsequently caused its death. That created a chain reaction that eventually led to the death of the second baby also. Glass was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of felony feticide, and three counts of cruelty to children in the second degree because the assault took place in front of the couple's three children, said

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Major Bruce Jordan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department. Jordan said "We expect the evidence to reveal he was after her because he wanted her to get an abortion and she did not." Fayette Magistrate Joe Tinsley denied bond for Glass after a hearing. Tinsley pointed out that Glass had a previous history of assaulting people, and he felt that Glass "could be a danger to the public." Glass was on probation for another assault in Clayton County when the incident with his girlfriend occurred. Glass has been held at the Fayette County Jail without bond since his arrest. At the time of his arrest, he had possession of a stolen weapon at a Marshall's department store in Atlanta where he was a manager, authorities said. Glass denied that the latest assault ever took place. A grand jury returned indictments against Glass on two counts of aggravated assault and three counts of cruelty to children in the second degree. One of Glass's former girlfriends said he kidnapped her from Athens in 1990. She said that, during an argument, Glass forced her to withdraw all the money from her bank account at an automated teller machine, then he forced her into the trunk of a car and drove to a hotel in Gwinnett County. Glass kept her at the hotel against her will for approximately 24 hours. Charges were filed in the case, which was ultimately dismissed. References: John Munford. "Man Faces Charges for Beating Pregnant Girlfriend; Babies Later Delivered Stillborn." Fayette County, Georgia Daily Citizen, July 26, 2002; John Munford. "Boyfriend Charged with Killing Unborn Babies." Fayette County, Georgia Daily Citizen, August 25, 2002; John Munford. "Man Charged with Feticide Denied Bond by Magistrate." Fayette County, Georgia Daily Citizen, September 4, 2002; John Munford. "Grand Jury Tosses Out Feticide Charges." Fayette County, Georgia Citizen News, September 18, 2002. Torture (4 incidents) and Assault (4 incidents) On October 4, 1988, police beat up peaceful pro-life rescuers and used forms of torture which are generally used only on the most violent criminals. This torture and assault was subsequently shown on CBS's "48 Hours." Reference: Chicago Suburban Rescue (CSR) news release, August 21, 1993. Forced Abortion, Interfering with Parental Custody and Falsification of Documents A young man had gotten his 16-year-old girlfriend pregnant, and his pro-choice mother decided to decisively handle the matter by forcing the girl to get an abortion, so that her sons plans for going to college were not disrupted. Cindi Cook took the girl to the Northside Womens Clinic abortion mill in May 2007 and posed as her mother, signing a consent form and paying for the abortion in the process. During the process, the girl cried and begged Cook not to force her to abort her baby. Clinic personnel did not bother to check to see if Cook was really the girls mother. After all, there was money to be made! Cook could only be convicted of a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to only twelve months in jail, the maximum allowed for such a charge. The girls parents were outraged enough to begin to work to change the law. The girls mother said that If someone else does this theyre going to get punished for it. Its not going to be a misdemeanor. The girls mother also said that cook was an awful person. Its difficult to put into words what it has done to us. She threatened her that she wouldnt see (her

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boyfriend) anymore. Her father said I just point-blank asked her, How could you have done this? Both the girls parents said in a press release that The actions of both Cindi Cook and the Northside Women's Clinic have affected our daughter's life with much pain this past year because of the loss of her baby. They took away our right to be there and help our daughter during a time when she needed us most. The outcome of the trial is a positive step forward in the long healing process that we must go through as individuals and as a family. DeKalb County Solicitor General Robert James said that he had never seen such a case, and said that "This is reprehensible conduct and it will not be tolerated. It's terrible when one parent takes another parent's child to have an abortion." Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, got right to the heart of the matter when she said that Abortion clinics will not voluntarily ask girls or women if they're being coerced into ending their children's lives. Abortion clinics are in business to make money and the more abortions they perform, the richer everyone involved becomes, everyone, that is, except the woman who's just had her life shattered and the baby who's just had his life ended. No local or national pro-choice group condemned this forced abortion, showing that they instead approved of it. References: Boy's Mom Sentenced For Signing Teen's Abortion Papers. WSB Channel 2 Television [Atlanta, Georgia], June 10, 2008; Parents of Teen Involved in Abortion Scheme Speak Out. WSB Channel 2 Television [Atlanta, Georgia], June 12, 2008. Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Interstate Transport of Money Taken by Fraud, Money Laundering and Using False Financial Statements William A. Ledee III had a good thing going. His company, named Professional Liability Insurance, sold bogus medical insurance to abortion mills in North Dakota and in several other states, leading to concerns that the mills would not be able to cover legal claims after botching abortions. PLIC sold insurance to the Red River Women's Clinic, the only abortion mill in North Dakota. Jane Bovard, president of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers (NCAP) and owner of the Red River abortion mill, told state officials that PLIC, also known as Unimed, has issued malpractice insurance policies with many other abortion businesses in addition to hers. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman told the Red River abortuary to release its medical malpractice insurance records to the state after it was found that the facility had contracted with the bogus company. Red River wouldn't comply with the request, and Poolman had to obtain a subpoena for the records. Several states, including Washington, Florida, Alabama, Illinois Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas prohibited PLIC from operating within their borders. Wendy Wright, Senior Policy Director for Concerned Women of America, said that The entire abortion industry is based on fraud and deception, and it's the clients

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women who get taken. The latest revelation that abortion clinics gain other's confidence by using a bogus malpractice insurance company says more about the abortionists than the fly-by-night scam artists. The bogus company takes money, but abortionists take babies' lives, wound women's bodies and souls, and charge for the service. In August 2006, Ledee pleaded guilty to to charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, interstate transport of money taken by fraud, money laundering and using false financial statements, and was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. He agreed to turn over ten million dollars in cash and property that he had accumulated while scamming the abortuaries. He had spent his money on fancy homes and an office building, and on luxury cars and other very expensive items. United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said of the sentence, This defendant had been convicted and prohibited from engaging in the insurance business, and he did it anyway. This is a just sentence in a $24 million dollar fraud case that victimized more than a thousand people who were seeking legitimate insurance coverage. Many of the victims are doctors who need that coverage to provide critical care for their patients. This defendant compromised the integrity of the entire system by his greed. References: Steven Ertelt. "Man Who Sold Bogus Insurance to Abortion Businesses Pleads Guilty." LifeNews, August 15, 2006; Press release of United States Attorney David E. Nahmias, Northern District of Georgia. "Ledee Sentenced for Insurance Fraud: Convicted Felon Also Forfeited Over $10 Million in Criminal Profits To U.S." May 8, 2007. Assault (7 incidents) During a May 19, 1990 pro-life picket of The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, seven pro-abortionists clad in costumes shouted slogans such as "A raped woman is a blessed woman," "Kill Jesus not women," and "Kill fetuses not women." Several of the seven bragged about their homosexuality. During a subsequent press conference, the pro-abortionists began shoving and assaulting the pro-lifers. Police arrested all of them and charged them with assault. References: Operation Rescue National, Violence and Disruption Report, December 4, 1994, and Richard Greer, "Police Cite 3 Protesters in Downtown Scuffle over Abortion." The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, May 20, 1990, page D-9. Assault [Dunwoody] Pro-abortionist Joel Marks attacked 71-year old pro-life picketer Paul Fergus, stealing his sign and beating him with it on July 7, 1993. References: Glenn Ellen Duncan, "The Shocking Violence Against Prolifers." Catholic Twin Circle, September 11, 1994, page 11; Paulette Likoudis. "Lone Picketer Assaulted, Then Sued For Causing 'Commotion'." The Wanderer, November 25, 1993, page 6.

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Negligence (5 incidents), Malpractice (5 incidents), Violation of Health and Safety Standards (37 counts) and Inadequate Record Keeping (8 counts) A Fulton County judge shut down Georgia's biggest abortion mill, the Atlanta Midtown Hospital, on charges that it was so filthy and badly run that women's lives were endangered there every day. The Department of Human Resources (DHR) said that the abortion facility was "overcrowded, understaffed and dirty" and showed "a complete disregard for, or the inability to care for, the health and safety of its patients." Superior Court Senior Judge William Alexander ordered the Ponce de Leon Avenue clinic closed while the state pursued attempts to shut it down permanently. Abortuary administrator Ignatius DeBlasio said he would appeal the decision. The state investigated for more than two years and found dozens of violations, according to the complaint it filed in Fulton Superior Court. Among them were: Unborn children were expelled on the floor and in the commode, because of overcrowding and a lack of patient monitoring; Equipment was not sterilized adequately; Employees could not prove their qualifications; Medical records were inadequate; The facility lacked emergency policies; and Maintenance and housekeeping failures included an opened window within a couple of feet of an operating room table, a hole in an operating room wall, dirty floors, stained ceiling tiles and peeling paint.

State investigators began finding rules violations during licensing inspections in February 1996, the complaint says. They found 17 infractions on October 3, 1996, when DHR told the abortion mill it would be fined $25,000. Then, after three more visits early in 1997, the state issued a 60-page statement of deficiencies, revealing "a startling array of severe rule violations which have a direct adverse impact on patient care." In further visits, abortion mill employees refused to allow inspectors to review part of its operations and to provide some records, DHR alleged. The state told the abortion mill on March 9 that it would revoke its permit, and returned March 14, accompanied by a warrant and sheriff's deputies, and again on April 6 in response to complaints. The state found "a continuing, shocking disregard for the welfare" of patients. On April 21, the abortion mill sent the state its compliance plan. But a follow-up tour May 5 found continued problems, the state says. The abortion mill performed more abortions than any other abortuary in Georgia 7,465 in 1996, including second trimester abortions, said DHR spokeswoman Fran Buchanan. On May 22, 1998, Midtown Hospital was temporarily closed by a Superior Court judge pending the outcome of litigation to shut it down permanently. Paragraph 2 of the Verified Complaint for Injunctive Relief, filed May 20, 1998, reads as follows: Inspections of Midtown Hospital by DHR staff, interviews with current and former employees of Midtown Hospital, and interviews with women who have been patients at Midtown Hospital reveal an overcrowded, understaffed and dirty health care facility that jeopardizes the health and safety of its patients. For example, overcrowding and lack of proper monitoring of patients results in the expulsion of fetuses on the floor and in the commode of the preoperative area; Midtown Hospital's sterilization process to prevent the spread of infection is severely deficient; Midtown Hospital's personnel files lack any evidence that many of its employees are qualified for their jobs; and Midtown Hospital

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lacks any system for identifying, documenting, or evaluating unexpected or negative patient outcomes. DHR staff has consistently found that Midtown Hospital's records lack information regarding transfer of patients to other facilities due to complications arising during or after surgical procedures performed at Midtown Hospital. The brief supporting the Motion states that It is Midtown Hospital's practice to administer the oral medication Cytotec and intravenous Pitocin, which induce labor, to second trimester patients early in the morning on the day of the surgical procedure. ... The patients then sit in the pre-operative room until their surgical procedure. ... Thus, Midtown Hospital lacks a system to assure a relationship between the time of the administration of the labor-inducing medications and the time of the surgical procedure. According to the Affidavit of "Employee A," employed at Midtown Hospital from November 1996 to February 1998, The preoperative room is located near the room where I was stationed. I could hear the patients hollering and screaming in the preoperative room. ... I saw patients laying on the floor crying in pain. ... I routinely saw patients expel fetuses on the floor and in the commode in the preoperative room. Patients expelled fetuses in front of other patients that were awaiting procedures. Patients expelled fetuses in commodes that were used by other patients. ... I regularly observed patients expel fetuses in the commode in the discharge area. ... Oftentimes, I was the only staff member in that area to assist patients. I do not have medical training. Employee B is a certified surgical technician, employed at Midtown Hospital from March 30, 1998 until resigning on April 18, 1998, just three weeks later. This employee's affidavit provides a similarly chilling description of Midtown's patient care: On April 18, 1998, at approximately 7:00 a.m., I witnessed a patient deliver an intact fetus in the toilet of a bathroom in the waiting room area. After expelling the baby and the afterbirth, the patient walked to the operating room because there were no wheelchairs. I opened the fetal sac so that the fetus could be weighed. The weight was approximately 3029 grams [over 6 pounds, 10 ounces!]. It was a very big fetus. My impression is that at Midtown Hospital a procedure will be done at any gestational age as long as the patient has the money. I witnessed patients frequently expelling fetuses on the floor and in the toilet. It happened frequently throughout each day the abortion procedures were done. ... Women are allowed to expel fetuses whenever and wherever with no concern for the patient. When I would attempt to comfort the women, I was told that this was not my job. ... I never saw the doctors or the anesthesiologist do any pre-operative work-ups on the patients prior to the patients going into the operating room. ... Sterilization standards are not followed. ... Most women lay on the floor in the pre-op area. Once I attempted to get some sterile sheets for the patients to lay on and was told by the Operating Room supervisor that if "they can lay up and get pregnant then they can come in here and deal with the procedure." I have witnessed the use of stretchers with blood and bodily fluids on them being re-used without being cleaned. The staff was not concerned about cleaning up blood and other bodily fluids from the

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floors, chairs, stretchers and bathrooms and did not do so. The Affidavit of Patient X describes her experience on April 16, 1998. Following her abortion, she experienced "extreme pain ... nausea, vomiting and even more pain." This continued for several days. She called Midtown Hospital at least twice to speak to a doctor or nurse, but was told to make an appointment. Finally, she called 9-1-1 and was transported to a local hospital where they diagnosed an incomplete abortion. The Brief refers to other patients who were transferred to a hospital for "complications" occurring at Midtown. Midtown was a member of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), received many referrals from Planned Parenthood, and was advertised on the attractive Abortion Clinics Online Web site and the Web site for the National Coalition of Abortion Providers (NCAP). Midtown's posting has this to say about the quality of its service: Midtown Hospital has stood for quality healthcare since its founding in the early 1900s. ... In 1977, the focus of that outstanding care changed when Midtown Hospital became a women's medical facility offering a full spectrum of gynecological healthcare services and the tradition of unsurpassed excellence remained. ... Today, Midtown Hospital is a rare facility, providing the medical profession and patients with nationally-recognized programs in second trimester abortions for medical and genetic studies. ... Midtown is an invaluable resource to referring universities, hospitals and private physicians. ... Every abortion is overseen by a Board Certified pathologist. Whether a patient is treated as an out-patient or is admitted for an overnight stay, she receives experienced, professional care in a warm and comfortable environment. Although Midtown Hospital strives to maintain reasonable costs, the staff never cuts corners on laboratory tests, medical care, counseling, personal attention or follow-up care. Midtown Hospital is licensed by the State of Georgia. All physicians are Board Certified and all other medical staff are fully licensed. In addition, our staff is trained in and dedicated to meeting the personal, emotional and physical needs of our patients. It is in this spirit that we preserve the dignity of our patients and provide uncompromised medical care in an atmosphere of comfort and caring. And, if you are foolish enough to believe all of this tripe your life is in danger! References: Pro-Life Infonet, May 23, 1997; Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 23, 1998; "Men Behaving Really Badly." Life Insight [publication of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)], October 1998. Assault and Death Threats (100 incidents) Neal Horsley is a nationally known anti-abortion activist who founded The Creator's Rights Party and created The Nuremberg Files Web site. He sued Geraldo Rivera because of statements Rivera made about Horsley during a live 1998 television interview on CNBC's "Upfront Tonight," conducted in the immediate aftermath of the October 1998 murder of abortionist Barnett Slepian. On February 8, 2001, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Judge Jack T. Camp denied Rivera's "Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings" in the libel and slander lawsuit filed against him by Horsley. Judge Camp explained why Geraldo Rivera had properly been accused of libel and slander "Because Defendant repeatedly asserted and implied that Plaintiff was an accomplice to Dr. Slepian's

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murder, Plaintiff has properly stated a claim for libel and slander and Defendant's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is denied." The Civil Action number for this case is 3:99-CV-142-JTC. In his Opinion, Judge Camp went on to say Soon after appearing in this interview, Plaintiff began receiving threatening emails and letters. Many of these messages contained death threats against Plaintiff and/or his family. One such letter purportedly contained the deadly anthrax virus. As a result of this specific letter, Plaintiff was hospitalized and treated by the hazardous materials unit. ... Plaintiff also contends that these defamatory statements set in motion a "chain of events that damaged the plaintiff, elicited hundreds of death threats ... cost him employment, and other damages that continue to accrue to this day." On May 28, 2002, the Eleventh United States Court of Appeals reversed the lower court and dismissed Horsley's claims against Rivera, but pro-abortionists continued to harass Horsley. References: United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Civil Action #3:99-CV-142-JTC; Neal Horsley v. Geraldo Rivera, D. C. Docket No. 99-00142-CV-JTC-3, no. 01-15821, decided May 28, 2002. Gross Negligence (2 incidents) and Gross Malpractice On June 11, 1979, 15-year-old Delores Smith was aborted at the Atlanta Women's Pavilion abortion mill. She was left unattended by a nurse-anesthetist who forgot to turn off her anesthesia when she went to attend to Angela Scott, who was dying from a botched abortion in another room. Smith went into cardiac arrest, but was kept at the abortion mill by a nurse who attempted to revive her with oxygen and intravenous fluid. The nurse refused to release Smith to an ambulance crew until the abortuary's doctor arrived for a full 30 minutes. Smith was hospitalized in a coma, and was believed to have overdosed on Brevital. Delores lingered for nearly five months before dying on October 24, 1979. An investigation into the deaths of both Angela and Delores found that the nurse-anesthetist who attended to both girls was not technically certified under Georgia law at that time. References: Atlanta Journal, June 27, 1979; Atlanta Constitution, June 28, 1979; Fulton County Superior Court Case #C-55530; Georgia Right to Life News, July 1979; "Girl, 15, Dies after Being in a Coma Since Abortion Last June. Atlanta Constitution, October 25, 1979; Georgia Certificate of Death #042928. Malpractice, Violation of Health and Safety Standards (4 counts) and Inadequate Record Keeping (15 incidents) Abortionist Terry I. Feng performed a suction abortion on 25-year-old Maureen A. Bell, who immediately began experiencing severe pain. Feng noted "perf.?" on her chart, administered Fentanyl and released her three hours after the abortion without ruling out a perforation. Her pain increased and she was subsequently admitted to a hospital. She had suffered uterine and intestinal perforations resulting in massive abdominal infections. She had to have a temporary colostomy and is now unable to conceive. At the Atlanta Women's Medical Center, where this abortion was botched, a 1989 inspection

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revealed that; All three on-call abortionists lacked evidence of a current Georgia license, current D.E.A. number, hospital admitting privileges, or evidence of board certification; The abortuary had no quality assurance mechanism; It possessed no copies of required Certificate of Abortion in 7 of 7 records reviewed; 8 of 9 records lacked patient identification on counseling and lab reports; Its operating room equipment was dusty; It had expired packages of dilators; It had filled, unlabeled syringes stored in an operating room cabinet; Its CRNA lacked evidence of a current license; and It practiced improper handling of infectious wastes.

Reference: "Statement of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction," May 11, 1989; Jury Verdict Review, C2821. Vandalism (3 incidents) In July and August 1990, pro-abortionists vandalized a traveling pro-life sign on the lawn of Maranatha Baptist Church, and spray-painted "pro-choice" on the church itself. They had previously destroyed small crosses on the church lawn that represented aborted preborn babies. Reference: Rob Johnson. "Anti-Abortion Display at Church Hit by Vandals." Journal-Constitution, August 2, 1990, page J1. Atlanta

Cartersville, Georgia
Reckless Conduct Kenneth McCoy pleaded guilty to reckless conduct stemming from a July 2000 incident when he jumped on his wife's stomach to induce an abortion. His wife, who wanted the baby very much, miscarried the same day, but Georgia's chief medical examiner, Kris Sperry, said the baby died of natural causes and not a crushed skull as the first report concluded. In an August 13, 2001 letter to District Attorney Joe Campbell, Sperry said the baby "had been dead long before the assault that the mother purportedly received on the day the infant was delivered." Sperry said the baby was macerated, meaning the skin had peeled from the body, which takes at least a day or two after death in the womb. In addition, the bones of the skull were overlapping and the head was distorted. He said the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, Cameron Snider, interpreted that as a crushing skull fracture. "In reality, this distortion is due to relaxation and decomposition of the skin and soft tissues that support the bones of the skull," Sperry said. Rape and aggravated assault charges against McCoy also were dropped. "The victim, Amanda McCoy, has recanted her previous statements to law enforcement and now maintains that it was an accident," a prosecutor said. "She has returned to North Carolina with no desire to prosecute the case further." McCoy was sentenced to two years in jail and two years probation.

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Reference: "Feticide Charges against Husband are Dropped." August 22, 2001.

The Atlanta Journal- Constitution,

Columbus, Georgia
Murder, Murder Using a Firearm and Feticide [Fort Benning] Michael Antonio Natson was a military policeman who had a dicey problem on his hands, and he decided to solve it the "pro-choice" way. His girlfriend Ardena Carter was a student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, studying to be a teacher. She was also five months pregnant by him, and had told him that she expected him to pay child support. Natson traveled to Statesboro in September 2003 and got her to accompany him back to Fort Benning, promising to buy her a car. On September 11, 2003, he drove her to a remote area of the vast Fort Benning military reservation, about four miles West of the town of Cusseta, and shot her in the back of the head with a handgun. He left her body lying there, and hunters discovered her skeletal remains on December 16. One of the most dramatic moments of Natson's trial occurred when Assistant United States Attorney Michael Solis said the defendant was arguing for mercy though he showed none for Ardena. As he slowly beat out the rhythm of a heartbeat on the podium, Solis described how Ardena's preborn child slowly died after she was murdered, and said "That fetus lived on until it actually died, and there isn't any statement of remorse about how that fetus was murdered." On March 16, 2007, a jury found Natson guilty of murder, murder using a firearm and feticide. During the sentencing phase of Natson's trial, Ardena's mother, Diane Croomes, said to him "You took a precious thing from us. I don't think I hate you, but I forgive you. Otherwise, it would eat my insides. I do forgive you that's something I have to do." Ardena's sister Gail Goodwin, said "Neither [sentencing] decision would have brought my sister back. I'm just sorry that you put us all through this. Not only did we lose our sister, but they're [Natson's family] losing their son. May the Lord just have mercy on your soul." On March 19, 2007, United States District Court Judge Clay Land sentenced Gatson to life in prison without the possibility of parole. References: "Statesboro Student Murder Trial Begins." WXIA Channel 11 News [Atlanda, Georgia], March 5, 2007; Alan Riquelmy. "Natson Gets Life Without Parole: Mother of His Baby Asks Jury to Allow Defendant to Know His Son." The Ledger-Inquirer, March 20, 2007. Murder and Criminal Abortion (3 counts) A sixteen-year old girl who was not named by the police was pregnant, and her relatives did not like it at all. Her mother, Rozellette Y. Blackshire, and two of her cousins, Shonda Y. Blackshire and Monica M. Johnson, forced her to drink turpentine twice, on September 12 and September 20, 2006, in an attempt to cause a miscarriage, but the girl spit up the liquid. She miscarried later, but not due to the poison she was forced to drink. On October 7, 2008, the two cousins pleaded guilty to criminal abortion and were each sentenced to two years on probation and forty hours of community service. Meanwhile, in 2007, Rozellette Y. Blackshire attacked one of her friends and stabbed her twenty times, killing her. She remains in the

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Muscogee County Jail while charged with criminal abortion and murder, and had not yet been tried as of April 2010. References: Steven Ertelt. "Mom Tells Advice Columnist: I May Force My Daughter to Have Abortion." LifeNews, December 19, 2006; Steven Ertelt. "Georgia Women Get Probation, Community Service in Forced Abortion Case." LifeNews, October 7, 2008; Alan Riquelmy. "Two Guilty of Trying to Cause Abortion: Women Get Two Years Probation for Forcing Pregnant Teen to Drink Turpentine." Columbus [Georgia] Ledger-Enquirer, October 8, 2008.

Savannah, Georgia
Grand Theft Auto and Arson On August 22, 2001, 74-year old Pro-Life Andy Anderson woke up to find that a pro-abortionist had stolen his 1980 Buick LeSabre. The two-tone silver and blue car, plastered all over with pro-life bumperstickers, was stolen from his home near Daffin Park. Only a fool would steal such a well-known car, Anderson said. "It would be funny, if it wasn't so tragic," Anderson said. "They would be foolish to be driving in that. Even a thief wouldn't drive around with a car that says "Hey, look at me"." He said he didn't insure the car for theft because he didn't suspect anyone would take it. Anderson drove the car to anti-abortion rallies. Tourists posed next to it. Baby dolls in a crib used to grace the hood. Andy suspects the thief is a pro-abort. "It was my big pro-life mobile," said Anderson, an Air Force retiree. "I know a lot who are glad it's off the street, at least for a while." The police lookout is one of the most unusual descriptions dispatchers have heard. "It's different, that's for sure. It has more distinguishing marks than most that are stolen," said police dispatcher Nickie Stevens in a classic understatement. Pro-aborts certainly don't seem to like his messages. In November 1989, when he lived in Las Vegas, pro-abortion arsonists totally burned his car. References: "Pro-Life Andy Anderson's Car Torched," ALL About Issues, November-December 1989, page 9; ALL News Digest. "Pro-Life Andy Anderson's Car Torched." ALL About Issues, November-December 1989, page 9; Anne Hart. "Who Would Steal This Car?" Savannah Morning News, August 24, 2001.

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Pro-Life Andy Anderson, a great pro-life hero of our time, stands out wherever he goes. Here he is at the 2004 National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Valdosta, Georgia
False Imprisonment, Malpractice, Reckless Conduct (2 incidents) and Criminal Abortion (3 incidents) During the evening of May 9, 2003, paramedics and police were called to abortionist Charles Rossmann's office, and found a 23-year-old local woman who had given birth to a male child. The police and paramedics had to force their way into the building to help the woman, and the newborn child was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and placed in a critical care unit. The mother was treated at South Georgia Medical Center. The little baby died a few days after he was aborted. She said that she requested Rossmann perform an abortion on her, and that she paid him in cash. She was 31 weeks pregnant at the time, and thought that the child might have Downs Syndrome. After starting the third-trimester abortion, Rossmann provided the woman with contact information and then abandoned her in his office. He left the building and locked the doors. Third-trimester abortions are heavily regulated in Georgia and are illegal unless there are health risks for the mother. State law requires that abortions after the first trimester be performed in a hospital or in a health facility listed as an abortion facility by the Department of Human Resources. For third-trimester abortions, the law reads:

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No abortion is authorized or shall be performed after the second trimester unless the physician and two consulting physicians certify that the abortion is necessary in their best clinical judgment to preserve the life or health of the woman. If the product of the abortion is capable of meaningful or sustained life, medical aid then available must be rendered. On May 15, 2003, the Georgia Medical Board revoked the abortionist's medical license, saying that Rossmann's "continued practice as a physician poses a threat to the public health, safety and welfare and imperatively require emergency action ..." Police took out a warrant for Charles Rossmann on a charge of criminal abortion, but the abortionist had skipped town. All signs were removed from Rossmann's office, and a U-Haul moving van was parked in front of the building three days after the botched abortion incident. Rossmann's office phone was also disconnected, and he left no forwarding information. A Web site touting Rossmann's practice which had contained pictures, narratives, phone numbers and lists of professional accreditations and achievements was quickly stripped of virtually all information. If convicted on a charge of criminal abortion, Rossmann could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine. He has practiced medicine in Valdosta since 1994. He has also practiced in South Dakota, Florida, Alabama and Indiana. Police also are investigating the possibility that Rossmann may have performed other illegal abortions, since other patients of Rossmann's, leveling similar allegations, surfaced since the story went public. Their search for Rossmann is complicated by the fact that he may have changed his name several times in the past. A few days later, two of Rossmann's abortion mill workers, Jenny Yates, 38, of Moultrie, and Charlene Mills, 20 were both charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, and Mills faces a felony charge of false imprisonment. Owens said the reckless conduct charges against Mills and Yates stem from "conduct of leaving someone behind without medical care after medications had been given to induce labor or the termination of pregnancy." Mills was charged with false imprisonment because police believe she was the last to leave the building and lock it while the mother was still inside. Police also charged Rossmann with two additional counts of criminal abortion after two more women came forward with reports mirroring the original allegations, Owens said. Rossmann was also charged with four counts of having prescription medications out of their original containers. Two months after he disappeared, the abortionist was still at large. References: Bill Roberts. "Police, Medical Board Probe Birth." Valdosta Daily Times, May 18, 2003; "Police Investigate Botched Late-Term Abortion in Georgia." Pro-Life Infonet, May 19, 2003; "Doctor in Botched Abortion Case Has License Suspended." Pro-Life Infonet, May 21, 2003; "Obstetrician Suspected of Botched Abortion." Associated Press, May 20, 2003; "Baby Survives Botched Late-Term Abortion Attempt in Georgia Abortionist Closes Up Shop and Skips Town." Pro-Life Infonet, May 22, 2003; "Georgia Practitioner Who Botched Abortion Still Missing." Pro-Life Infonet, May 31, 2003; Bill Roberts. "Abortion Doctor Still Missing." Valdosta Daily Times, May 30, 2003; "More Charges Filed Against Georgia Abortion Practitioner." Valdosta Daily Times, June 6, 2003; Pro-Life Infonet, June 7, 2003; LifeSite Daily News, July 26, 2003.

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(updated March 31, 2011)

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