February 3, 2011
By Cheryl Sullenger
Wilmington, Delaware - In the wake of the arrest of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell on eight counts of murder, the National Abortion Federation has cut lose three of its member clinics that had ties to Gosnell, just days after Operation Rescue published a report linking Gosnell to Leroy Brinkley owner of the embattled clinics. A string of additional troubled clinics has also been dumped by the NAF in recent months.
"The fact that the grand jury recognized that the NAF saw Gosnell's operation first hand but did not report it places the NAF in a position of culpability," said Newman. "Now they have decided to cut and run to avoid responsibility for enabling Gosnell's criminal enterprise to continue. This is an indication that the NAF is more concerned about maintaining the façade of respectability than protecting the lives and health of women."
The NAF revoked the membership of Atlantic Women's Services in Wilmington, Delaware, where Gosnell worked one day per week. He started dangerous late-term abortions there, then referred women to his Philadelphia "house of horrors" abortion clinic for the completion of the abortions.
Also tossed under the bus by the NAF this week was the Atlantic Women's Services in Dover, Delaware, and the Delta Clinic of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, also owned by Brinkley. The Delta Clinic once employed Eileen O'Neill, who was arrested and charged with Gosnell in Philadelphia. The Delta Clinic has been flagged with so many health violations that the American Catholic Lawyers Association threatened in January to file legal action against the state if the mill is not closed.
In addition, Operation Rescue has learned that troubled late-term abortionist James S. Pendergraft IV has also been dropped from the NAF rolls. Last year Pendergraft suffered a double suspension of his Florida medical license for a horrifically botched abortion, drug violations, and charges of using unlicensed workers to illegally perform medical tasks for which they were not trained or qualified. Pendergraft recently opened a late-term "fetal lethal injection" mill in the Washington, D.C. area where he kills pre-born babies in the womb by injecting them with poison, then sends the women back to their home states for the removal of the dead babies' remains.
"This mass disassociation is a desperate attempt at self-preservation for the NAF, which is known to harbor among the worst abortion mills in the U.S.," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "These clinics represent just a small sampling of the squalid and criminal operations working under the auspices of the NAF."
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