Fort Lauderdale, FL – A recent complaint-based inspection report from All Women’s Clinic, an abortion facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, reveals a badly botched 20-week abortion that required the patient to be transported to a local hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.
Inspectors found the complaint to be “unsubstantiated,” but in the process of their investigation, they discovered the horrific abortion injury, which was referred to in the report as a deficiency “associated” with the complaint.
All Women’s Clinic was cited on February 16, 2018, for failure to report the serious injury to the Agency for Health Care Administration within 10 days of the incident, as required.
Operation Rescue has confirmed that Theodor Lehrer is the lone abortionist at All Women’s Clinic. Since no other abortionist works there, Lehrer would have been the one who conducted the botched abortion procedure noted in the citation.
The one-page report was heavily redacted but still revealed alarming details of the two-day abortion procedure conducted on a 20-week pregnant woman described only as “Patient #1.”
According to the report, at 10:30 a.m. on an unknown (redacted) date, four laminaria dilators were removed from Patient #1. Five minutes later, the final stage of the dismemberment abortion process began.
In an interview with the health inspector, Lehrer admitted that at some point during the abortion he realized he had pulled out bowel tissue and suspected that another body part, which was redacted from the report, had suffered possible damage. He told the inspector that he immediately halted the procedure and contacted 911. Lehrer apparently accompanied the injured woman to the Broward General Medical Center where he holds hospital privileges. There, he assisted a hospital surgeon in repairing the torn uterus while the surgeon repaired her damaged bowel.
The report further stated, “During the interview, the Physician explains that ‘Patient #1 received a [redacted] due to the perforation.’” While there is no way to know for sure what the redacted word is, the need for a hysterectomy would be consistent with the injuries noted in the inspection report.
The inspector found that All Women’s Clinic reported serious complications biannually instead of within 10 days as prescribed by law. The complication log maintained by the abortion facility lacked important information such as the date, names of patients, and details of the injuries.
Six abortion injuries were noted on the ill-kept log, including Patient #1’s botched abortion.
However, this was not the first time Lehrer failed to report a serious injury in a timely manner or had other run-ins with the law.
A previous inspection report dated August 31, 2010, revealed an almost identical incident to the one cited on February 16, 2018. Lehrer once again perforated a patient’s uterus and transported her to the Broward General Medical Center for emergency surgery, but failed to report it within ten days.
When asked about why he failed to report, Lehrer claimed he had been sick on the day the report was due.
All Women’s Clinic also failed inspections conducted in May 2013 and September 2014 for ill-maintained equipment, poor recovery room care, non-existent emergency protocols, and for conducting second trimester abortions in a facility licensed only for abortions in the first trimester. It was also fined $200 on June 15, 2015, for failing to file required monthly pregnancy termination reports.
But there is more to Lehrer’s disturbing background that should have disqualified him from practicing medicine long ago.
In April 1988, Lehrer was arrested and released on $50,000 bond for raping and forcing an abortion on his wife. News reports explained the grisly details. After she declined to have sex with him due to her pregnancy-related sickness, he handcuffed her on the bed, dragged her into the bathroom, and forcibly raped her after which he aborted their 11-to-14-week old pre-born baby. She notified the police, then spent two days in a hospital where a physician confirmed that she had been pregnant and that an abortion had occurred, according to reports.
An April 29, 1988, Miami Herald article stated that Lehrer admitted to raping his wife, but denied giving her an abortion. [Read the shocking article.]
Judge J. Bart Budetti, who oversaw Lehrer’s criminal case was appalled by the allegations. “If in fact this occurred and this person is a physician, it’s beyond comprehension,” he told the Miami Herald.
In addition to criminal charges, a complaint was filed with the Florida Medical Board, but both cases were later dropped when Lehrer’s wife was unable to testify due her battle with Hodgkin’s disease coupled with her emotional state.
“I doubt if any woman would walk into that abortion facility if she understood Lehrer’s history of botched abortions, or how he was arrested for brutally raping his pregnant wife then forcing an abortion on her. Every woman in Florida should be protesting him,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This man has caused a lot of human misery in his life. It’s a shame the authorities haven’t taken action to shut him down. I pray that by bringing this troubling information to the public, it will cause a backlash that will close his horrific abortion business for good.”