(This article is from reports written by Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue, with additional information from Michele Herzog, Pro-Life Action Ministries Central Florida.)
A trial in the case of Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV, is scheduled to begin the week of November 13 in Spartanburg, S.C. Pendergraft and an accomplice were arrested near Spartan-burg on October 5, 2015 during a traffic stop in which sheriff’s deputies discovered illegal drugs and bloody, tissue-covered abortion instruments. This led law enforcement to conclude that he was conducting an illegal abortion/drug business out of his van. Pendergraft is not licensed to practice in South Carolina. In fact, his license has been suspended six times.
Sheriff Chuck Wright had announced Pendergraft’s arrest by saying, “He traveled around the state of South Carolina without a medical license, with drugs and with medical tools, performing in-home abortions. So basically, we got an illegal baby killer.”
He was charged with 10 drug counts, including possession of sedation drugs used in abortions, LSD and marijuana. Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health revoked the facility licenses of four of Pendergraft’s abortion facilities on May 5, including EPOC and Orlando Women’s Center in Orlando.
The health department cited Pendergraft’s arrests as the basis for the revocations. Ac-cording to Florida law, criminal arrests are disqualifying acts, meaning that even an arrest without a conviction disqualifies the person from employment that requires licensure. The revocation orders have been appealed, so the facilities have been allowed to continue operating pending the outcome of the appeal.
Pendergraft’s criminal conviction would likely render that appeal a moot point, and force the closure of Pendergraft’s seedy abortion chain.
In 2001, Pendergraft was ordered to pay a judgment of nearly $37 million in a malpractice case that involved a horrific medication abortion inflicted on a woman who was 22.3 weeks into her pregnancy. She delivered an extremely premature infant, who survived with serious physical and developmental issues.
Prior to Hurricane Irma hitting Florida, Pendergraft wasted no time in cashing in as he discounted his abortions by $200, according to Michele Herzog. Also, she recently noted that a car owned by Pendergraft which had been sitting in the EPOC lot for years has been removed. Pendergraft has still only paid about $100,000 of the $37 million judgment.