It was in 2011 that TheBlaze first told you about the Orlando Women's Center's discount abortions. At the time, an ad on the clinic's website promised to offer $50 off the procedure -- but only for a "limited time." Now, nearly two years after this "special" was offered, and the office is once again promising women money off should they choose to terminate their pregnancies.
Perhaps the most intriguing element of the discount is that it is only available for abortions that are performed on Sundays, a day deemed particularly holy by many Americans. Previously, in both 2011 and 2012, this same offer was promised to those who went to the clinic for weekend procedures. But now, after the Orlando Women's Center faced some legal problems and briefly shut down, the abortion deal is again posted on its website.
While the new coupon no longer claims that the discount is for a "limited time" only, it still promises to give the $50 discount along with a "free deep IV sedation." To ensure that people don't abuse the offer, the text clearly states that only one coupon may be used per patient.
Image source: Orlando Women's Center
The newest offer comes after the Orlando Women's Center was shut down over a debt collection issue, WKMG-TV reports. Dr. James Pendergraft, who owns the office, reportedly lost his license in April after being accused of performing illegal and botched abortions. In June, the clinic closed and equipment was seized to pay off debts.
But now, just two months later, the office has reportedly opened up again with six other physicians, despite the fact that Pendergraft doesn't yet have his license back. WFTV-TV has more about the issues that the abortionist has faced of late:
Dr. James Pendergraft said [the June] raid was tied to a 2001 lawsuit where a patient, mid-abortion, left the facility and later gave birth to a child with cerebral palsy.
WFTV found out that Pendergraft was found guilty of medical malpractice and his license had been suspended.That case went to court and a $38 million judgment was decided in 2011.
But the clinic has only paid $100,000 of that settlement. Pendergraft said the raid is the result of that.
This isn't the only issue facing Pendergraft. WFTV claims he has had a troubled past: Department of Health records apparently show that he has lost his license five times, including in April. He has also been fined, paying $10,000 and more than $80,000 in legal fees to the Department of Health over a dangerous late-term abortion (he charged the patient $12,000 for it).
The clinic also offers other discounts, which are available on the front page of its website. Another discount promises up to $198 off for an "abortion pill procedure."