Report: Arrested ‘Traveling Abortionist’ Is Notorious Florida Abortionist James Pendergraft

Pendergraft-compressedSPARTANBURG, S.C. — An abortionist arrested in South Carolina last week for running a mobile abortion business is believed to be notorious Florida abortionist James Pendergraft, according to reports.

As previously reported, the arrest occurred during a week-long drug bust that included 578 traffic stops. Police didn’t expect to find an abortionist on wheels in the process.

“We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist,” Sheriff Chuck Wright told local television station WYFF. “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 added.

Wright said that blood and remnants of bodily tissue were found on the instruments inside of the vehicle.

“It’s bad enough that somebody would use abortion as a means of birth control, but it’s worse when you do it illegal,” he stated. “The moms are already making, I think, a bad decision. Of course I don’t know everyone’s situation, [but] we’ve just got to pray about it.”

The abortionist’s identity had not been made public, but now, the pro-life organization Operation Rescue reports that the man arrested was Florida abortionist James Pendergraft, who has a long history of run-ins with the law.

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“Pendergraft, 58, was charged with four drug-related offenses, but remains under criminal investigation for practicing medicine without a license,” Operation Rescue’s Cheryl Sullenger wrote in a post on Friday.

“Pendergraft has no medical license in South Carolina,” she continued. “His Florida medical license remains under suspension, meaning he is not allowed to practice medicine at this time.”

His accomplice, who was mistakenly reported by Sheriff Wright as Pendergraft’s wife, was Angela Jackson, 55, of Cary, North Carolina. She was arrested and charged with intent to sell marijuana out of Pendergraft’s vehicle.

Pendergraft owns five abortion facilities in Florida, but his license is currently under suspension in the state. He has been suspended four times, with the most recent suspension being for allowing a staff member to administer drugs without a license and for proscribing steroids without cause to another employee that was known to have a drug addiction.

In 2007, his license was suspended for performing illegal late-term abortions, and in 2012, it was discovered that Pendergraft was sending mothers to a secret location in Maryland to obtain late-term abortions as a way to skirt Florida law.

In addition to multiple suspensions, Pendergraft has reportedly paid tens of thousands of dollars in fines, as well as hundreds of thousands in administrative costs.

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  • Cosmic Mastermind

    I am unable to find any good source of information about James Pendergraft beyond the fact that he IS a doctor, and has been involved in a number of court cases.

    There is a crazy amount of disinformation about him coming from the anti-abortion camp, but I cannot find any information from the pro-choice camp. I have no clue as to the character of this man or his motives. All I can say is, the sources for this article are dubious and unreliable.

    • Names_Stan

      I think both sides are pretty careful about giving too much information. We all know what has happened in the past when extremists have been given details. (In the case of the Dr. George Tiller murder, it has been argued that Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly put a lot of attention on him at the very least.

      The sheriff is quoted here as saying,

      “Its bad enough that somebody would use abortion as a means of birth control, but its worse when you do it illegal”

      I thought “doing it illegal” was exactly what American pro-life advocates want?


  • Josey

    I seem to recall back before abortion became legal that those who were promoting abortion used this excuse that if the U.S. didn’t make abortion legal then we would continue to have back alley abortions which would only endanger the lives of women, in other words for the safety of women we should legalize abortion. Well, looks like we are finding out more and more about these back alley cases or mobile abortion clinics anyway so made no difference anyway, it’s all a lie to murder the innocent and control population and do so legally which seems to make society feel better about killing babies.
    Abortion should never be a means of birth control anyway, gals, keep the legs together and guys, keep your pants zipped up unless you are ready for the responsibility to raise a child and if you can’t do that much there are many birth control products on the market, abortion or killing your offspring as a means of birth control is not needed, neither is planned parenthood needed for women’s healthcare, there are plenty of OBGYNS who can care for women’s healthcare issues and who can do a fine job of it.
    Fertility issues also have become more widespread for those who want to get pregnant and start a family, I hate to say it and most won’t like what I’m saying but it seems fertility issues is a collective justice for the many babies the U.S. has killed. I personally know many women who want to start families and have gone to fertility clinics and have tried unsuccessfully many times and still the womb is closed for this reason or that reason, seems like judgement against our Nation to me.

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Indeed. Bernard Nathanson was instrumental in helping Roe get passed, and he estimated that he performed or oversaw around 60,000 abortions. He later became pro-life. He admitted that the back alley numbers were a lie to get the law passed, just as you point out (just take the spaces out):

      http://www .abortionfacts .com/facts/12


      “Former abortion-rights activist Bernard Nathanson admits that he and his cofounders of NARAL fabricated the figure that a million women were getting illegal abortions in America each year. The average, he says, was actually ninety-eight thousand per year. Nonetheless, the abortion advocates fed their concocted figures to the media, who eagerly disseminated the false information.

      Nathanson says that he and his associates also invented the “nice, round shocking figure” for the number of deaths from illegal abortions: [3]

      It was always “5,000 to 10,000 deaths a year.” I confess that I knew the figures were totally false, and I suppose the others did too if they stopped to think of it. But in the “morality” of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted, so why go out of our way to correct it with honest statistics? The overriding concern was to get the laws [against abortion] eliminated, and anything within reason that had to be done was permissible.”

      Planned Murder in Da Hood themselves admitted that 90% of illegal abortions were done in doctor’s offices by physicians breaking the law.