Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cedar River Abortion Chain Evicted from Main Office, Months Behind on Rent

Washington State's most notorious late-term abortion mill, Cedar River Clinics, was recently evicted by its landlord from their corporate head office suite on Interurban Avenue in Tukwila, south of Seattle.
26-week baby in utero. Or as Cedar
River Clinics calls him, a $10k target

According to court records we obtained, the abortion clinic chain, which advertises abortions up to a horrifying 26 weeks of pregnancy -- a crime in most western countries -- was over 5 months behind on rent payments. They had leased the office space since 2003.

"On or about August 7, 2010, a three-day notice to pay $16,633.21 or vacate was served upon defendant," reads the lawsuit. "As of this date, defendant has failed to cure said default or vacate the Premises."

The suit went on to demand double the amount of missed rental payments, and attorneys' fees. Cedar River did lawyer up, but never entered any kind of defense. The only other court records from them were a change of attorney, though they declined to answer when contacted whether this was done at the initiative of the attorneys (Ryan Law), or their own. It seems strange to switch counsel if you're not planning to mount a defense.

Lawyers for the landlord told us that the matter was resolved by Cedar River finally vacating the premises in September 2010, a month after the suit was filed.

After Cedar River vacated the property, the landlord, Fairway Center, dropped the suit.

What's not clear in all this is whether Cedar River could not afford to keep the lights on at this facility, or if they were simply stealing a few months of free rent before a planned departure.

They've had a bunch of well-deserved trouble lately. First they were forced to close their flagship abortion mill Yakima after 30 years of killing babies. Then, in the story we broke, they're defending against a medical malpractice lawsuit against their chief abortionist, Robert Kothenbeutel, who pulls in over $300,000 a year.

Kothenbeutel rendered a woman permanently infertile from a botched late-term abortion ("25+ weeks"), after she was taken by ambulance to a local emergency room, where she had to have a hysterectomy.

Nevertheless, according to the most recently available financial records, they had $1.2 million in net assets at the end of 2008, on revenue of $4.6 million, including about $700,000 in real estate holdings. That is their Yakima building, which they bought with the help of money from pro-lifers extorted by a court which abjectly abused the RICO statute, back in the Clinton Administration.

Their revenue has remained stable near $4.5 million for at least the last 5 years. As we have previously reported, making that much money off 6,000 abortion clients a year (which they have claimed publicly), is an average revenue of about $750. That is about triple what most of their competitors are able to generate, so it would be surprising if they suddenly hit on hard times.

We contacted Cedar River's acting attorney in the case for comment, but she deferred to Beverly Whipple, the founder and Executive Director. We caught up with Ms. Whipple today by phone, but she said and then repeated that she did not want to answer any questions about the eviction.

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