By Editorial Staff
Published August 23, 2006
Dr. James Pendergraft asks for a review of claims he performed late-term abortions.
By Robyn Shelton, Sentinel Medical Writer
The owner of two Orlando abortion clinics asked a state court Tuesday to reinstate his medical license and review a state agency’s claims that he illegally performed third-trimester abortions.
In his appeal to the 1st District Court in Tallahassee, Dr. James Pendergraft asserts that the Florida Department of Health acted on “downright incorrect information” when it suspended his license earlier this month for two abortions in 2004 and 2005.
Pendergraft’s petition says the state’s real intent is to cause him “professional embarrassment and negative publicity” as well as “maximum disruption of services to patients.”
A spokesman for the Health Department said the agency could not comment because officials did not have time to review the petition.
Pendergraft’s spokeswoman, Marti Mackenzie, said the doctor hoped the court would lift the restrictions quickly. In addition to the license suspension, the state Agency for Health Care Administration is prohibiting all of Pendergraft’s five clinics statewide from performing abortions.
Mackenzie said the doctor’s lawyers are preparing separate appeals for the restrictions on each clinic. In anticipation of the orders being lifted, at least one of his Orlando offices on Tuesday was booking appointments for abortions next week.
Pendergraft owns EPOC Clinic on Virginia Drive and Orlando Women’s Center on Lucerne Terrace in addition to offices in Tampa, Ocala and Fort Lauderdale.
The state alleges that Pendergraft was involved in two illegal third-trimester abortions. In the first instance in November 2004, Pendergraft incorrectly evaluated a woman to be 22 to 23 weeks’ pregnant when she was really at 25 to 27 weeks’ gestation, according to state documents. In the second instance, the state says Pendergraft carried out an abortion on a 28-week-old fetus in July 2005.
The state asserts that both procedures were illegal under Florida laws requiring all third-trimester abortions to be performed in a hospital, and that two doctors must certify in writing that the procedure is needed because the woman’s life or health is in danger.
Mackenzie said Pendergraft says neither abortion involved a third-trimester pregnancy.
Last week, Mackenzie said Pendergraft disputed the third-trimester claims of the November 2004 abortion. But she did not take issue with the state’s findings that he had performed a third-trimester abortion in the July 2005 case, defending that action because the woman’s life was in danger.
On Tuesday, however, she said the doctor now denies that the July 2005 case was a third-trimester abortion.
“Subsequent close scrutiny of the patient’s record reveals the procedure was performed at 24 weeks and six days — a second-trimester termination,” Mackenzie said.
Forerunner - Home » Florida's Murder Industry »
Your comments are welcome!
“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
Running time: 105 minutes
Special offer: Order 5 or more for $5 each.
Watch a clip from Martin Luther.
$9.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
What is true Revival and Spiritual Awakening?
Discover the answer in this eyewitness account by Dennis Kinlaw, President of Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky, who recounts the story of a visitation of the Holy Spirit in 1970. This is the presentation that has continued to spark the flames of Revival in the hearts of people around the world. Contains eyewitness footage from the Revival at Asbury College in 1970 in Wilmore, Kentucky.
Certain to challenge you to greater holiness and a deeper commitment to full-scale revival. Original news and private footage has been included. If you are a student who longs to see a spiritual awakening at your school, you must see this video!
“This simple video does a wonderful job of conveying something of God’s heart and power, Everyone we have ever shown this to has received an immediate impartation of faith for revival and the power of prayer.”
— Bob and Rose Weiner, Weiner Ministries Int’l
Running Time: 40 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?
Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)
Running Time: 145 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Foundations in Biblical Eschatology
By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.
All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?
These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.
$12.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Special Two-Disc Set!
After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
$49.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)