ORLANDO, FL – The Florida Board of Medicine has revoked the medical license of Florida abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV.
Pendergraft was arrested during a traffic stop in 2015 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Deputies found illegal drugs, including Fentanyl, LSD and marijuana in his vehicle along with bloody abortion instruments with tissue still attached used in illicit home abortions. Pendergraft pled guilty to ten drug counts, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession or distribution of prescription drugs without a prescription, and manufacturing or possession of Schedule I & II substances. According to Florida law, criminal arrests are disqualifying acts, meaning that even an arrest without a conviction disqualifies the person from employment that requires licensure.
Upon Pendergraft’s arrest on October 5, 2015, Sheriff Chuck Wright stated in a press conference, “We got a guy and a girl early in the week that was a traveling abortionist. 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.”
Pendergraft was sentenced on each charge for varying amounts of jail time up to five years, but those sentences were suspended for time served. He was placed on five years of probation and fined a total of $26,342.25. Pendergraft was not charged with illegal abortions or practicing medicine without a license even though he has never held a medical license in South Carolina. He was also serving his fifth license suspension in Florida where he operated a chain of abortion facilities. Some of those clinics have permanently closed. Ownership of his other clinics have been transferred to his former wife or have been converted into medicinal marijuana clinics.
Pendergraft’s abortion facilities have a notorious history. For example, on April 2, 2005, 911 Emergency received a frantic call from a woman claiming her friend had given birth to a live baby at Pendergraft’s EPOC clinic in Orlando. When the mother alerted medical staff that her 22-week-old baby was born alive, the staff refused to help her. The young mother held the child and the amniotic sac in her hands as she called a friend at a nearby hotel who had traveled with her to Orlando from out of state. An ambulance was dispatched, but the clinic workers assured the EMTs that it was a hysterical woman and that they had everything under control. The EMTs then left without entering the clinic. Photos showed a perfectly formed baby boy who died from premature birth, confirming part of the mother’s story. Liberty Counsel represented Baby Rowan’s mother.
These photographs of Baby Rowan were taken by Mat Staver at the morgue.
“James Pendergraft is a notorious serial baby killer. It is about time his Florida license has been revoked,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
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