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Tenth Texas Abortionist to Face Discipline Based on Undercover Investigation

Contact: Troy Newman, President, 316-841-1700; Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor, 316-516-3034; both with Operation Rescue, info@operationrescue.org

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 24, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Operation Rescue has been notified that a tenth abortionist will face a disciplinary hearing this fall before the Texas Medical Board based on a complaint filed by Troy Newman the group's president.

Franz C. Theard will face an Informal Settlement Conference/Show of Compliance (ISC) hearing on October 28, 2011, at 1:00 PM.

Theard is an El Paso abortionist who also runs an abortion clinic just over the state border in New Mexico. Operation Rescue recorded one of Theard's employees coaching a caller who claimed to be a minor seeking an abortion, to cross state lines to avoid having to comply with the Texas parental notification law.

Aborted baby remains were also discovered by pro-life activists in a parking lot outside Theard's El Paso abortion clinic earlier this year. That incident was also reported to the Medical Board by Operation Rescue.

"Theard and the other abortionists have played fast and loose with the law for far too long. Their actions have endangered women, created public health hazards, and misled young women into having preventable abortions. We look forward to seeing them held accountable to the law," said Newman

Operation Rescue, with the aid of the Survivors, conducted a three-month investigation into Texas abortion clinics and discovered a wide range of violations from the illegal dumping of human remains to abuses of the 24-hour informed consent law. Operation Rescue reported the violations to three Texas agencies.

The results have shaken the abortion cartel in Texas. So far, two abortion clinics, Whole Women's Health in Austin and McAllen have been cited for illegal dumping of aborted baby remains and a total of ten abortionists must face ISC hearings to determine what discipline, if any, they should face for violations that have not been made public by the Board. Hearings for all ten abortionist will take place on the save day and are scheduled a half hour apart.

"This will be a day of reckoning for abortionists in Texas and will send the strong message that they are not above the law," said Newman.

Other abortionists facing possible discipline for abortion abuses are William Watkins West, Jr., Robert E. Hanson, Jr., Pedro J. Kowalyszyn, Sherwood C. Lynn, Margaret Kini, Alan Molson, Robert L. Prince, Douglas Karpen, and H. Brook Randal.

Read letter from Texas Medical Board
Read OR's Special Report: Widespread Abortion Abuses in Texas Exposed

About Operation Rescue® 
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006.  From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.